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BUSINESS
February 4, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tobacco companies, in defending a lawsuit brought by the state of Florida, won't be able to use the defense that cigarette smokers assumed the risks of smoking, a Florida judge ruled. Florida, along with 19 other states, is suing the $50-billion tobacco industry to reclaim Medicaid money spent treating smokers under the federal-state health-care plan for the poor. Florida is seeking at least $800 million in damages.
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NEWS
March 7, 1990 | United Press International
A blazing meteor streaked across the night sky over southern Florida Tuesday, appearing almost directly overhead, an official at the Buehler Planetarium said. "This was very, very bright--brighter than most fireballs ever get," said Ralph Battaline at the planetarium. "It was about 100 times brighter than the brightest star in the night sky."
NATIONAL
July 2, 2004 | From Reuters
Florida must release a list of suspected felons it wants purged from voter registration rolls so the names can be checked to avoid errors that wrongly disenfranchised voters in the state's disputed 2000 election, a state judge ruled Thursday. CNN, ABC and other news and civil rights groups sued to get copies of the list to check its accuracy before November's presidential election.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Lawyers for hundreds of thousands of Florida smokers asked the state's highest court to reinstate a $145-billion punitive damage award against Altria Group Inc.'s Phillip Morris USA unit and other U.S. cigarette makers. Stanley Rosenblatt, who represents about 700,000 Florida smokers, asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling that threw out the verdict returned by a Miami jury in 2000. Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled in May 2003 against the plaintiffs.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Six people died Sunday in a head-on collision on Florida's Turnpike that might have been caused by a blown tire, officials said. The driver of a Toyota heading north lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the median into southbound traffic about 20 miles west of Vero Beach, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pat Santangelo said. The car then rammed into a Honda. All three people in the Toyota and three of the four people in the Honda were killed, including a 7-month-old baby, Santangelo said.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2004 | From Reuters
Philip Morris USA said a Florida appellate court affirmed a jury's 2003 decision that ordered it and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. to pay damages to a former smoker with lung disease. The jury awarded about $6.54 million to John Eastman but found Eastman, a former smoker with a respiratory illness, to be 50% at fault. It found Philip Morris USA, the largest U.S. cigarette maker, liable for 40% of the damages, or about $2.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
More than 2,100 Floridians who had their voting rights restored were included on a list of purported felons who were potentially ineligible to vote, a newspaper reported Friday. The names were on a Florida Division of Elections list of more than 47,000 sent to county elections supervisors, who were to determine who should be removed from the rolls. The Miami Herald, after a computer analysis, said at least 2,119 people on the list had received clemency and were eligible to vote.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Amtrak's Silver Meteor train arrived in New York from Florida more than 28 hours late on New Year's Eve, releasing more than 100 exhausted, hungry and angry passengers. Their train had been stuck in Jacksonville, Fla., for half a day because of a derailed CSX freight train, then stopped again in rural Georgia as they waited for the tracks to reopen.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2003 | James F. Peltz
Delta Air Lines' new low-cost subsidiary, Song, plans to launch service between Los Angeles International Airport and two Florida cities Sept. 3. Song will have one daily flight each from LAX to Orlando and Tampa, with introductory one-way fares from $119 to $299. Atlanta-based Delta launched Song on April 15 to fight discount carriers such as Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways and JetBlue Airways, primarily in the South and East.
NEWS
June 9, 1997 | Associated Press
Florida topped the list when a poll asked Americans where they would choose to live if they could be in any state except the one they live in now. The next most frequently mentioned states were Arizona, California, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina and Hawaii, in that order, the Harris Poll said in a report being released today. The only Northeast or Midwest state in the top 15 was New York (13th). Louis Harris and Associates polled a random sample of 1,034 adults from May 1-5.
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