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Wildlife officials say endangered Key deer no longer need anti-parasite medication to fight off flesh-eating screwworms.

In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose.

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After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

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A Florida Senate committee has advanced a bill that gives certain Florida coastal communities the power to temporarily ban or regulate the use of plastic bags.

The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation gave the measure its first-round approval on Wednesday, gifting a small victory to those who have fought for similar legislation to pass since 2013.

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The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency.

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is pushing House Republicans to drop an idea that could take away food stamps for about 229,000 Floridians.

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A Florida senator who once hunted down a 9-foot Burmese python wants the state to pay private contractors to eradicate pythons and other invasive species from the Everglades.

Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, who doubles as a snake hunter on his spare time, is spearheading the effort to capture and kill pythons in the Everglades to protect the area's small native animals. He says "furry creatures" and American alligator nests are being decimated by the growing population of hungry snakes.

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Congressman Vern Buchanan was greeted with a huge turnout — and chants, boos and cheers — during a town hall meeting.

Florida is among one of the nation's top states in recovering money from health care providers suspected of Medicaid fraud.

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Republicans on Sunday dismissed an upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that more Americans will be uninsured under a proposal to dismantle Barack Obama's health law, despite President Donald Trump's promise of universal coverage.

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Miami-Dade County officials are monitoring four zones in the Miami area where the Zika virus spread through local mosquitoes.

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Officials say unseasonable rainfall and poor conditions caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon contributed to a poor wading bird nesting season in Florida's Everglades.

Republicans on Sunday dismissed an upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that more Americans will be uninsured under a proposal to dismantle Barack Obama's health law, despite President Donald Trump's promise of universal coverage.

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A federal prosecutor charged that a prominent Florida eye doctor tied to a U.S. senator's alleged corruption built much of his fortune by defrauding Medicare and instilling false hopes in his patients.

Prosecutor Carolyn Bell said during opening statements Thursday at Dr. Salomon Melgen's Medicare fraud trial that he stole millions by falsely diagnosing patients and by performing unnecessary tests and treatments.

Melgin attorney Matt Menchel countered in his opening by saying Melgen aggressively treated patients and made mistakes, but wasn't a criminal.

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Environmental groups have filed suit against a large chicken processing plant in north Florida, alleging the facility is illegally polluting the Suwannee River.

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House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care drive.

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Opening statements are expected in the Medicare fraud trial of a prominent Florida eye doctor who is also accused of bribing a U.S. senator.

Over the strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul.

Jury selection heads into a third day in the Medicare fraud trial of a prominent Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen.

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President Donald Trump's recent executive order calling for a review of a rule protecting small bodies of water from pollution and development is strongly supported by golf course owners who are wary of being forced into expensive cleanups on their fairways.

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The Medicare fraud trial of a prominent South Florida eye doctor tied to a New Jersey senator's alleged corruption is set to begin.

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Republicans confronted a conservative rebellion in their own party Tuesday over their long-promised plans to repeal and replace the health care law, and beseeched President Donald Trump to settle the dispute.

An unaired interview Dr. Phil McGraw had with a Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face is expected to be released.

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Defense attorneys for a retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting a man in a movie theater are continuing to present their case to a judge during a so-called Stand Your Ground hearing.

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Sen. Marco Rubio said he has not held an open forum with constituents because the room would be packed by "liberal activists" and wouldn't be productive.

A Planned Parenthood affiliate has won a battle over whether doctors can perform abortions and sonograms at a Florida health center.

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The Florida Supreme Court is upholding a lower court ruling that ordered a massive nuclear plant expansion to be redone to meet environmental and other concerns.

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Florida health officials who oversee the medical marijuana program have started processing identification card applications for patients and caregivers.

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The CEO of a Delray Beach rehab center raided last year has been accused of paying more than $325,000 in kickbacks to sober home operators who brought in patients for treatment.

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Ten people have been charged with operating a $10 million steroid distribution ring allegedly run by a Miami man who co-owns a popular bodybuilding gym.

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