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Ricardo Negon never kissed his boyfriend in front of conservative relatives. Carlos Guillermo Smith was once attacked by anti-gay students at a college party. After coming out in high school, Marco Quiroga left his mother's home and became temporarily homeless.

Simmering frustration with the Florida Legislature's inability to agree on a framework for the state's constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana could build if it's not addressed at this week's special session.

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An appeals court has ordered that a doctor stop performing plastic surgery after an Illinois woman's death.

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Senate Republican leaders plan to vote as soon as this month on major health care legislation even though they remain uncertain, for now, whether their still-unwritten bill will pass, lawmakers said Monday.

Fatal workplace shootings, like the one Monday in Orlando, are ticking upward in the United States, government statistics show.

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The family of a Florida autistic man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over a 2016 police shooting in which the man's caretaker was wounded.

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A Florida city called state health inspectors on itself to report rats in a downtown park so it could evict homeless people living there.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2rGeJFI ) that Fort Lauderdale called the state health department last month to report rats in city-owned Stranahan Park.

A state health inspector cited the city and gave it 30 days to clean the park. Using that citation, Fort Lauderdale ordered 60 people from the park and threw away any belongings that went unclaimed.

A 30-year-old woman suffered a medical emergency and died during a cosmetic procedure at a medical clinic in South Florida.

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Seven babies have been born in Florida with birth defects linked to the Zika virus.

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Florida health officials have confirmed seven cases of H3N2 canine influenza in the state.

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President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that three out of four Americans do not believe it fulfills most of his promises.

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A batch of bad of synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice, sent at least nine people to hospitals in Florida.

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Four counties along Florida's Treasure Coast make up a cluster with high rates of both deaths from liver disease and algae blooms.

TCPalm reported Sunday that the cluster in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties is the only one of its kind in the state.

Nationwide, there are 65 such clusters, according to researchers at Ohio State University.

While the Ohio State study found a suspicious link with a toxin commonly found in blue-green algae, it did not go so far as to confirm that blooms cause liver disease.

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An investigation into a suspected "cancer cluster" at the site of two demolished schools will involve an independent review of environmental testing dating back decades and a request by health authorities to see patient medical records.

Lucy McBath is afraid many more people will die if Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill making it harder to prosecute when people claim they commit violence in self-defense.

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Drug enforcement officials say traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade.

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Florida will eliminate taxes charged on tampons under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

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An administrative law judge Wednesday sided with the St. Johns River Water Management District in a dispute about minimum water flows and levels for Silver Springs in Marion County.

Judge E. Gary Early issued a 56-page order rejecting a challenge to an emergency rule that the district approved in April to set minimum flows and levels until a more-permanent rule takes effect.

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Florida's liquor wall, which was been around since Prohibition ended, will remain standing after a bill to tear it down was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Across the nation, 152 children under 12 were accidentally shot and killed, by either self-inflicted gunshot wounds or by another child, from 2014 through 2016.

Debby Dawson, who lives in southwest Florida, has a simple message to Gov. Rick Scott: The state's existing scholarship program for disabled children is "life changing" and has helped her 7-year-old autistic son "develop by leaps and bounds."

Uncertainty over the future of health care is growing deeper for millions of Americans who buy their own policies.

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President Donald Trump's budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill.

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Local officials are raising concerns about drug use at hurricane shelters, saying they aren't equipped to care for addicts, unaccompanied minors and others with other medical needs.

Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance — but why, and who's to blame?

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Florida's lieutenant governor joined hunters paid by the state to stalk and shoot invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

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Authorities have upgraded charges against a North Miami police officer accused of illegally shooting an autistic man's caretaker who was on the ground with his arms in the air.

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A man has been convicted of beating a random elderly woman to death after taking the synthetic drug flakka.

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A Florida medical marijuana dispensary says it is not violating state law by selling cannabis that could potentially be broken down and made into pot that can be smoked.

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