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Sheriff wants to hold landlords accountable

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says he will crack down on landlords who are renting out houses where criminal activity is happening, possibly even seizing the homes. Nocco's comments came after a Wednesday raid on a rental house in New Port Richey where deputies said they found drugs, guns and ...

Undeclared cash lands pilot in jail in Puerto Rico

A pilot who runs an executive jet company that has transported the president of Guyana was arrested after U.S. agents found more than $600,000 in undeclared cash inside his aircraft during a stop in Puerto Rico, authorities said Wednesday. Khamraj Lall, the CEO Exec Jet Club LLC, was in custody ...

Audit: Most BP oil spill claims handled correctly

A third-party audit of the oil spill settlement program finds the settlement program has correctly processed 99.5 percent of claims. The audit, conducted by Chicago-based McGladrey LLP, concluded the program is "well-designed and appropriate" and made no major recommendations for improvement. NOLA.com/The Times Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1vir0dv ) that claims administrator ...

LGBT activism growing in conservative Panhandle

In conservative Pensacola, Sara Latshaw feared her months-long campaign to get the city council to recognize domestic partnerships was about to fail. Looking at 17 scheduled speakers during a public discussion just before the December 2013 vote, she knew 10 were supporters but didn't know the others. "I assumed the ...

Florida environmental protection secretary resigns

The head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is stepping down. Gov. Rick Scott's office announced Wednesday that Secretary Herschel Vinyard is resigning Dec. 1. Scott appointed Vinyard in January 2011. Vinyard praised Scott in his letter of resignation for improving water quality in the Everglades, investing more in ...

Florida Supreme Court rules in favor of dog tracks

The Supreme Court upheld a law that will allows two former jai alai fronton operators convert their pari-mutuel licenses to dog racing. The ruling Wednesday reverses an appeals court decision that called the law unconstitutional. The appeals court said the legislation was a special law, rather than a general law ...

Florida Gov. and staff used private email account

Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Scott has previously said he used a Google email account to communicate with his family and not for state ...

Judge: Release FBI secret calls for man's lawsuit

A Pakistani-American man cleared of terrorism support charges is entitled to examine hundreds of classified FBI phone intercepts as part of his malicious prosecution lawsuit against the U.S., a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday. The FBI has resisted turning over the calls to Irfan Kahn and his lawyer, contending that ...

State regulators approve rates for Duke customers

State regulators are setting new rates for Duke Energy Florida customers. The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved cost recovery charges for Duke for 2015. Regulators approved charges for the state's other major utilities back in October. These charges include the amount utilities are expected to pay for fuel ...

Man gets life for raid that left deputy dead

A northeast Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a meth house raid that left a deputy and a fellow suspect dead. A Clay County judge sentenced 33-year-old Ryan Christopher Wilder on Monday. He was convicted in October of two counts of felony murder and one count ...

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