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Four Florida counties introduce Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April is now officially Child Abuse Prevention Month.   Orland Mayor Buddy Dyer and county commissioners spoke about the issue at city hall this morning.   They said that about 12,000 counts of child abuse and neglect were reported in 2013 alone. The city of Orlando wants ...

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Fla. woman sentenced for leaving pets to die

A Florida Panhandle judge sentenced a woman to a year and a day in prison for leaving six starving pets in her Gulf Breeze home On Wednesday, Toni Phelps, 41, repeatedly told Judge John Simon that she didn't leave three dogs and three cats inside the home that she packed ...

A photo taken from the Facebook page for Christ Bearer of Northstar. The man in photo was not specifically identified on Facebook as Andre Johnson, but the photo was used in ads (left) to promote Christ Bearer and Northstar. Rapper Andre Johnson, who reportedly goes by the stage name Christ Bearer, jumped from a Los Angeles balcony Wednesday, according to police.

Rapper reportedly survives self-mutilation, suicide attempt

Andre Johnson, a member of the rap group Northstar, severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, according to police and media reports. According to TMZ, the jump from the second floor balcony may have been a suicide attempt. Johnson goes by the stage name ...

2 nurses honored for trying to save man's life

Two nurses were honored by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for trying to save the life of a man who was shot in a movie theater in January. Derek Friedhoff and his girlfriend, Jennie Manera, both nurses, were given the award. Friedhoff and Manera were at a movie theater in ...

Accused Osceola County child molester caught in Bahamas

Accused child molester Loomes Wheeler Jr who cut off his GPS monitor and fled in September was caught in the Bahamas. Wheeler was found over the weekend and is being brought to Florida to face charges. Osceola County authorities said Drug Enforcement agents were in the midst of an unrelated ...

Foodies celebrate the return of KFC'S Double Down sandwich

The KFC bacon and cheese fried chicken sandwich that first took America by storm in 2010 is making a return. According to KFC spokesperson Rick Maynard, KFC will bring the "Double Down" sandwich back to it's menu begining April 21.   Once again, the sandwich featuring bacon and cheese between ...

VIDEO: Teen taking selfie gets kicked in the head by train engineer

Lesson learned: don't try to take selfies right next to train tracks. This young man learned the hard way after getting a little too close to the tracks for a photo op, and ended up getting booted in the head by an angry engineer. Jared Michael got an earful from ...

Troopers issue report on fatal Fla. day care crash

When a car crashed into a central Florida day care last week, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children — killing one of them and seriously injuring two others — and left 10 more people injured by flying debris, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday. The driver ...

Volusia County launches new beach safety program

Last summer, 134 children got lost on Volusia County beaches. Now, we've learned its Beach Patrol is using a new program to find kids who get separated or wander away from their families on the beach. Beach Safety Ocean Rescue has ordered 20,000 water-proof wrist bands that a life guard ...

Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes

Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases. A spokesman for the Seattle-based company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on May 1. The move follows the decision by Amazon to build two distribution ...

Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files suit

The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court. The lawsuit on behalf of the family of Mary DeLorenzo Knight was filed Wednesday. The lawsuit was originally filed in federal court in Tampa, ...

FEMA is using social media more than ever

Administrator Craig Fugate revealed that FEMA has worked with the National Weather Service and other partners to provide a one-stop social media hub on it's website and it's smartphone app. Also built in, is the ability for the public to report what it sees. "Send us pictures of damage of ...

Report: Authorities botched Jameis Winston rape investigation

Questions continue to persist about how FSU and the Tallahassee Police Department handled rape accusations against Jameis Winston. The state declined to pursue charges against the star quarterback last December. The New York Times is now making waves, publishing a special report on the case, highlighting what they call flaws ...

PHOTOS: NASA explains that ring around the sun

NEWS 96.5's newsroom was flooded with calls Wednesday afternoon from people wondering what is causing a prominent ring around the sun. Listeners texted us pictures, and we went out and took a few ourselves. Thanks to Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Brian Shields, we learn the phenomenon is called a ...

VIDEO: Boy bullied by girl turns the tables after no one helps him

A new video shows a boy finally getting fed up with being bullied by a girl on his bus that he fights back, putting her in a chokehold! It's not clear what happened before the incident, but in the video you can see the girl standing over the boy in ...

HIV positive St. Cloud man reinstated on rec team after being kick off

A St. Cloud man is back on his rec basketball team after being kicked off because he's HIV positive.  "I was frustrated and humiliated," says Basinger. Dakota Basinger tells the Orlando Sentinel he didn't understand what was happening this week when he was pulled out of a game and kicked ...

Renderings released of 'I-Drive 360' project

Artist renderings were released Wednesday for the Orlando Eye project at the old Mercado site. About 2,000 new jobs are expected to be created once the whole project is complete on International Drive. The size of the development is the equivalent of 24 football fields. The name of the project ...

Cat survives 3-story jump from burning building in Celebration

Several residents are trying to salvage their belongings Wednesday, following a fire that ripped through their building at the Evander Square at Celebration apartments Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials said that the blaze started in the attic, and then spread throughout the 24-unit building. The building has almost completely collapsed on ...

Orlando will host a 3rd college bowl game in 2015

With the sounds of construction behind them, the commissioners of the American Athletic and SunBelt conferences announced they would be playing in the inaugural Cure Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in December 2015. "I'm keeping score. That's three bowl games in the city of Orlando!" said a proud Mayor Buddy ...

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