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FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Peanut Corporation of America's president Stewart Parnell, arrives a federal court in Lynchburg, Va. A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact _ that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter.  (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)

Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial

A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact — that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart ...

A woman embraces a Pennsylvania State Trooper during the viewing of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 in front of the Rotunda at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Authorities are searching for 31-year-old Eric Frein who is charged with killing Dickson and wounding another trooper in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

Police trooper killed in ambush to be laid to rest

Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, are gathering in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police. Cpl. Bryon ...

Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

County police officers shot and killed a man after he pointed a rifle at them during a chase in suburban St. Louis, less than five miles from the site of the August shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white Ferguson officer that sparked weeks of unrest. Authorities didn't immediately ...

Bodies of 2 women found along Jacksonville road

Authorities are investigating the deaths of two women whose bodies were found alongside a Jacksonville road. Sgt. T. K. Waters of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says two people driving by spotted the bodies early Thursday and called 911. Waters says the women are believed to be in their late teens ...

Florida student dies from meningitis

A Florida student attending Georgetown University has died from meningitis. Andrea Jaime graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School. She was starting her sophomore year at Georgetown's school of nursing and health studies. Georgetown Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson wrote in a letter addressed to all the university's ...

NOAA recommends moving corals damaged by dredging

Federal officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should move rare corals damaged by dredging at the port of Miami to underwater nurseries. The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/XJyVnx ) that according to an internal Sept. 10 email, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fishery officials said the rehabilitated corals could ...

New runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

Officials say a new runway opening at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport should help reduce flight delays and bring more tourists to South Florida. The $719 million, 8,000-foot runway is set to open Thursday. Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer tells The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/YUFk0B ) that the runway is ...

Coast Guard seizes $23 million worth of cocaine

The Coast Guard is reporting an operation in the Caribbean that netted more than $23 million worth of cocaine. Roughly 719 kilograms of cocaine will be unloaded Thursday at the Coast Guard station in Miami Beach. The drugs were confiscated during a Sept. 8 interdiction. Officials say a Coast Guard ...

3 Fantasy 5 players win $73,862.46 jackpots

Three "Fantasy 5" game players have selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $73,862.46 each, Florida Lottery officials said Thursday. The winning tickets were purchased in Deltona, Miami and Lakeland, officials said. The 1,024 tickets matching four numbers won $34.50 each. Another 11,192 tickets matching three numbers ...

Florida Lotto jackpot rises to $27 million

The jackpot in the Florida Lotto game has grown to $27 million after no one matched the six winning numbers in the latest drawing, lottery officials said Thursday. A total of 16 tickets matched five numbers to win $7,660.50 each. Another 1,368 tickets matched four numbers for $70 each and ...

Cooper-Hargreaves duel in Alabama-Florida clash

A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 4 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida at No. 3 Alabama: The Gators lead the nation in turnover margin, and they'll likely need to force more takeaways to have a shot at pulling the upset in ...

Census: Floridians better educated in 2013

Floridians became a little better educated last year, were middle-of-the-pack in having access to the Internet and had the nation's highest concentration of retail workers. The U.S. Census Bureau released new figures Thursday that capture the lives of Floridians last year and how they changed from 2012. Overall, 2013 wasn't ...

Clemson-Florida State headlines Week 4 in ACC

A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 4 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State. Last year's showcase matchup of top-five teams in Death Valley quickly turned into a show of Seminoles' dominance on their way ...

Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona

A weakened Pacific storm slammed much of southern Arizona, but it appeared to spare Tucson on Wednesday night. Rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Odile was steadily hitting south and east of Tucson, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a flash-flood warning for Nogales, where a major street ...

Falcons' Ryan looking to bounce back vs Bucs

For Matt Ryan, the season opener was pure brilliance. Week 2? Not so much. Coming off a three-interception performance, Matty Ice will be looking to bounce back when the Atlanta Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. "You can't turn the football over," Ryan said. "Any way you ...

2 in Keys charged with $300M vacation rental fraud

Two people are facing fraud and other charges in the Florida Keys for operating what authorities say was a $300 million vacation rental scheme. Federal prosecutors say Fred Davis Clark Jr. and Cristal Clark committed bank fraud through a company called Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas, which supposedly specialized in ...

Steam being used to kill deadly citrus bacteria

A group of University of Florida researchers are using steam in an attempt to kill a deadly citrus disease that's ravaging the state's groves. Researchers at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say they've tented and then enveloped trees in 136-degree steam for about 30 seconds in an attempt ...

Florida caterpillar can harm humans if touched

A common, furry-looking caterpillar species prevalent in Florida in the fall can create uncomfortable stings on humans if touched. University of Florida horticulture specialist Prissy Fletcher says the "puss caterpillar" appears furry, but stores toxins in its spine which are excreted if it's touched. The insect's venom can create a ...

Parents suing center for deaf, autistic children

The families of three children who spent time at a school for deaf and autistic students are suing the facility after they say their children experienced neglect and various forms of abuse at the hands of the facilities' employees. Three separate lawsuits were filed in Duval County this week on ...

Census offers a glimpse of Fla. in 2013

Floridians became a little better educated last year, were middle-of-the-pack in having access to the Internet and had the nation's highest concentration of retail workers. The U.S. Census Bureau released new figures on Thursday that capture the lives of Floridians last year and how they changed from the previous year. ...

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