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Univ. of Florida may end midwifery, 2 other nursing programs

The University of Florida College of Nursing is not accepting admissions to three doctoral programs and may eliminate them. The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/15SsC5P ) reports the school announced that it will not accept applications for the fall term in the nurse midwifery, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse ...

1 injured when car slams into Tampa bar

Police say one person was injured when a car slammed into the patio area of a Tampa area cafe and bar. Twenty-nine-year-old Sully Marie Torre-Medina lost control of her car Tuesday night before driving into the Independent, a Tampa bar. The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1DglfzF ) reports 34-year-old Wesley Kincaid was ...

After being hit by car Tampa cat crawls back from grave

If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1y4JxZZ ) reports that when 1 ½-year-old Bart was hit by a car earlier this month, owner Ellis Hutson was so distraught he couldn't stand the thought ...

Father charged after infant daughter dies in fall

A young father is charged with child neglect after his 4-month-old daughter died from injuries sustained when her bouncy chair fell from a table. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1toX3uy ) reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Mia Valentina Montes Balleste who died Tuesday, two days after ...

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 28

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT TO RELEASE SPENDING PLAN FOR 2015 Florida Gov. Rick Scott is releasing his spending priorities for the coming year. The Republican governor is scheduled to announce his budget recommendations on Wednesday ...

Bomb squad called to remove what appeared to be a grenade

Police are investigating after the removal of what appeared to be a grenade from a neighborhood in Mountain Park, just northwest of Roswell. Roswell police and firefighters blocked West Lake Road in Mountain Park Tuesday afternoon after the device was discovered. David Johnson tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1Epbwuo) that his crew found ...

Search called off for missing kayaker near Jacksonville

The search has been called off for a 22-year-old kayaker who went missing off Jacksonville Beach. University of North Florida student Garth Sangree told people he planned to go on a kayak trip alone on Saturday near the Jacksonville Beach pier. Rescue crews ended their search on Tuesday. The Florida ...

Lead-tainted toys seized at Port of Savannah

Department of Homeland Security officials say more than 1,300 toys that could have exposed children to lead were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Savannah. Federal officials said in a statement that 1,320 children's backhoe toys that were seized were excessively coated with lead paint. ...

Controversial homeless Jesus statue coming to Orlando (PHOTOS)

A church in downtown Orlando, Florida, is putting a message about Jesus and homelessness out on the sidewalk for everyone to see. The realistic statue depicts a homeless Jesus sleeping on a park bench. "When people walk by, it looks like a park bench," the Rev. David Swanson told Orlando's ...

Police: Florida's 'barbecue bandit' steals ribs, baked beans, sauce

Jerome Brown has seen it all. But this. This is new. "Twenty years I've been here. Never happened,” he said. Police say a man broke into a side door of Jerome Brown's BBQ and Wings in Jacksonville, Florida, last week and had a field day inside. You name it, he took ...

Court date for ex-music promoter in $300M fraud case

A former music promoter who produced shows for top-name acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith is scheduled to enter a formal plea in a $300 million fraud case after his extradition from Brazil. An arraignment hearing is set Wednesday in Miami federal court for 72-year-old Jack ...

Florida Gov. Scott to release spending plan for 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is releasing his spending priorities for the coming year. The Republican governor is scheduled to announce his budget recommendations on Wednesday during the annual legislative planning meeting hosted by The Associated Press. State lawmakers will use the proposed budget as a framework for a final budget ...

Pinellas County Sheriff supports medical marijuana bill

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told a Florida newspaper that he supports a bill introduced by a state senator that would allow a variety of patients to use a number of different marijuana strains. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1z7kTL0) reports that Gualtieri said he vigorously opposed last year's proposed constitutional ...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill. The Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution three times is once again scheduled for execution this week (AP Photo/Georgia Dept. of Corrections, File)

Ga. man executed for killing fellow inmate

Georgia on Tuesday executed a man who killed a fellow inmate despite arguments from his lawyers that his execution was prohibited by the Constitution because he was intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill was put to death by an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. The 54-year-old was ...

Man gets 30 years for fatal drive-by shooting

A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a deadly drive-by shooting. As part of a deal with Sarasota County prosecutors, 21-year-old Darian Davis pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder. Authorities say Davis and the victim, Justin Ates, had both been at a Sarasota ...

Florida 52, Alabama 50: Dorian Finney-Smith's dominant minute wins it

Doe-Doe, doe. Florida and Alabama were tied, 50-50, with a minute to go in another excruciating game featuring this year's Gators. They had squandered a 13-point halftime lead, let it dwindle all the way to zero, and needed a stop to get the ball back with a chance to take ...

Woman, 3 children found dead in suburban Atlanta apartment

Police say a 35-year-old woman likely killed her three children before taking her own life in a suburban Atlanta apartment. Cobb County Police said in a statement that 35-year-old Kisha S. Holmes of Austell was found dead Tuesday morning along with her 9-month-old daughter, her 4-year-old son and her 10-year-old ...

Executive: No guarantee BP would help pay subsidiary's fines

An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty. The day's first witness was Richard Morrison, regional president ...

Woman in Florida 'stand your ground' case released from jail

A woman who claimed self-defense after prosecutors say she fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons will be released from prison as part of a plea agreement for time served. Marissa Alexander on Tuesday was sentenced to the 1,095 days she has already served in jail ...

This artist's rendering made available by Tiago Campante and Peter Devine shows the Kepler-444 star system, surrounded by at least five earth-sized planets. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, an international team of astronomers announced that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at 13.8 billion years, this is the oldest star with close-to-Earth-size planets ever found. (AP Photo/Tiago Campante, Peter Devine)

Astronomers find solar system more than double ours in age

A newly discovered solar system — with five small rocky planets — makes ours look like a baby. An international team of astronomers announced Tuesday that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at 13.8 billion years, this is the oldest star ...

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