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February 21, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated as indicated below.
A 5-month-old baby was saved from suffocation on a Miami highway thanks to the quick thinking of a group of highway Good Samaritans. Traffic halted when a woman jumped out of her car calling for help for a baby boy who had turned blue. That's when humanity kicked into action, according to the Miami Herald. [Updated at 9:53 a.m. PST Feb. 21: "Baby Sebastian remains in critical but stable condition," a Florida hospital spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning.
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NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Spring break is right around the corner, and the most popular U.S. destinations for 2014 are clustered in Florida and the West, according to online travel booking site Travelocity . The rankings show South Florida as first and the Orlando area as second when it comes to hot places for students and families to visit between March 1 and April 15. The rest are: 3. Phoenix area 4. Fort Myers, Fla. 5. Las Vegas 6. Cancun,...
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February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, has reached verdicts on four charges but said on Saturday it could not agree on the top count of first-degree murder. The jury, which is in the fourth day of weighing Dunn's fate, announced its status in a note to  Judge Russell L. Healey late Saturday afternoon. The judge read the jury the so-called dynamite charge, urging them to return to their deliberations and try to resolve their differences.
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February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A jury in Florida returned a split verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, accused of killing an unarmed teenager in a dispute over loud music - a decision that will put the software engineer in prison for the rest of his life but leaves unanswered lingering questions about race, guns and self-defense law. In its fourth day of deliberation Saturday, the jury convicted Dunn, 47, of four charges. But the jury, which included two African American women, one Latino man, an Asian American woman and eight white people, couldn't reach a decision on the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis, who would have celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday.
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February 15, 2014 | By David Fleshler
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Paddling down the Intracoastal Waterway in southern Florida, Russell Fields noticed what appeared to be a large palm leaf floating near shore. The leaf began moving toward him. A few feet from his paddleboard, a reptilian head filled with teeth emerged from the water. Fields slapped the water with his paddle, and the head stayed there for a moment and then submerged. Fields' encounter with a 10-foot American crocodile in Boca Raton has become a more common experience in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as these light gray cousins of alligators reclaim their historic range.
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February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Deliberations resumed in Florida on Saturday morning in the murder trial of Michael Dunn amid speculation that the jury was having difficulty reaching a decision on the fate of the white software engineer accused of killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music. Shortly after 9 a.m., Judge Russell L. Healey told a Jacksonville courtroom that the jurors had returned to the Duval County Courthouse and were resuming their work.  “We'll be in recess until we hear something more from the jury,” Healey said in remarks televised from the courtroom.
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February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Florida jury weighing the fate of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, told officials Friday that it had hit a wall in its deliberations and then broken for the night. Deliberations were to resume Saturday morning. Jurors have deliberated for more than 181/2 hours since receiving the case Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, the jury asked the judge whether it could hand in a verdict on some charges even if it could not reach a unanimous agreement on one charge.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By David Lauter
A Democratic candidate who has explicitly defended Obamacare holds a slight lead in a special congressional election in Florida that both parties are eyeing as a test of the political impact of the healthcare law. A poll released Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times shows Democrat Alex Sink leading her Republican opponent, David Jolly, 42% to 35% among people considered likely to vote in the March 11 special election. Another 14% of respondents said they were undecided in the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Thiago Silva, a 31-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist, was being held without bond Saturday in a Florida jail after allegedly threatening his estranged wife with a gun Thursday. Silva, who had his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract terminated on Friday following news of his arrest, was taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police in Broward County. Officials allege that Silva confronted his extranged wife, Thaysa, at a mixed martial arts academy in Oakland Park.
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February 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A former Tampa police captain who has been jail since he fatally shot a man after a dispute over texting in a movie theater was denied bond on Friday. Following an acrimonious two-day hearing in Dade City, Fla., Judge Pat Siracusa, ruled that Curtis Reeves, 71, should continue to be held in jail where he has been since the Jan. 13 shooting. Reeves maintains he shot Chad Oulson, 43, in a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla., in self-defense after an argument. "I have been doing this long enough to know whatever I say, there are people in this courtroom who will be unhappy," Siracusa said before handing down his decision.
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