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Key West wants to ban people from feeding roaming chickens

KEY WEST(AP) — Feral chickens run free in Key West, just one of those things that keep the Southernmost City charmingly weird. But what's delightful here and there becomes a nuisance when they're everywhere. With the population getting out of hand, city commissioners are taking action — ...

Florida unemployment dips to 6.1% in December

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's unemployment rate dipped slightly in December, but is still far above the unemployment rate from a year ago, according to figures released by the state on Friday. Last month's unemployment rate was 6.1%, up 3.2 percentage points from December 2019. The ...

Florida unveils telephone appointment system for vaccine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Health Department quietly launched a pilot program of a new telephone appointment system meant to help counties better handle the demand for life-saving coronavirus vaccines. Some hospitals, county health departments and vaccination centers were plunged in ...

Police: Inmate hit officer with shovel, stole car to escape

OKAHUMPKA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate was returned to custody Thursday, shortly after he hit an officer with a shovel and stole a law enforcement agency vehicle to escape, authorities said. Orange County sheriff's deputies were called to an intersection at around 1 p.m. on a report that an ...

Nebraska fugitive arrested in Florida after 35 years

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A man who fled a drug conspiracy charge in Nebraska 35 years ago has been arrested in Florida, where he was living under a false identity, authorities said. Howard D. Farley Jr., 72, was arrested Wednesday at his north Florida home, according to court records. He faces a ...

Firefighter, 2 others hurt in explosion caused by gas leak

By Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A firefighter and two residents were injured in an explosion caused by a gas leak at a home in Bradenton on Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said. The residents were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, while the firefighter was ...

Police: 3 injured in shooting at family gathering in Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Three people were injured Sunday night when someone began shooting at a group gathered outside during a family gathering in Homestead, police said. A police officer for the Miami-Dade County school system who was attending the party returned fire, news outlets ...

$5 million grant will help restore Keys coral reef

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A $5 million grant will help restore one of the major coral reefs located in federally protected waters around the Florida Keys. The Miami Herald reports that the project at the Eastern Dry Rocks reef includes planting more than 60,000 corals and employing professional ...

Florida woman gets 5 years in prison in accidental shooting

DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for what authorities say was the accidental fatal shooting of her boyfriend more than two years ago. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Saturday that a Volusia County judge imposed the sentence on ...

Search on for man who fell overboard in Florida river

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — The Coast Guard and other agencies searched Sunday for a Florida man who fell overboard in St. John's River near Jacksonville. Authorities say the man fell into the water about 3 a.m. Sunday while moving between the Tugboat Pop and a barge. The 42-year-old man's name was ...