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Wildlife officials have fitted 30 female Key deer with radio tracking collars amid a screwworm infestation threatening the endangered herd.

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Health insurers are telling Congress there's a workable alternative to getting Americans covered that does not require a federal mandate.

Florida has gone halfway around the world to get help with its python problem.

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Two Republican senators plan to propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.

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Florida Keys officials have approved a framework for county roads that need to be adapted to rising sea levels.

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A Colombian national accused of pretending to be a doctor in South Florida and injecting silicone into his patients as part of cosmetic procedures has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

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Officials are trying to figure out why pelicans are dying in St. Petersburg.

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Airport shooting highlights nexus between mentally ill, cops

Just weeks before a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale's airport, authorities said he walked into an FBI office in Alaska, telling agents the government was controlling his mind and that he was having terroristic thoughts. It's a daily occurrence for law enforcement agencies and authorities say the difficulty is in assessing whether people are reporting a credible threat, whether or whether they need medical help.

Florida officials say the number of human trafficking cases have increased more than 50 percent in the state from the previous year.

Republicans pushed a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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A Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor has been indicted on charges in Virginia after authorities say tried to illegally buy a car.

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Agriculture officials will release flies sterilized with radiation in the Homestead area, where a stray dog was infected with a flesh-eating parasite.

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A legal journey that could mean life or death for the suspect in the Florida airport mass shooting has begun with appointment of a public defender to represent the Iraq war veteran.

A former pain management doctor in Florida will be going to federal prison for two years after a judge rejected sentencing guidelines that recommended a six-month sentence.

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A rabies alert has been issued for Venice and North Port by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County after the discovery of a rabid bobcat.

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The Key West City Commission plans to vote on a proposal to make conversion therapy a crime.

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Minors won't be able to buy some cough syrup brands over the counter as a new law to curb youth substance abuse took effect.

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Officials plan to release lab-reared, bacteria-infected mosquitoes in the Florida Keys in March.

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The University of Florida will lead a new research program focused on stopping diseases such as Zika from becoming widespread in the U.S.

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Researchers say a widespread disease outbreak continues to afflict corals off the Upper Florida Keys.

CHT Medical is the fifth distributing organization in Florida to receive authorization to process and dispense medical marijuana.

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Florida health officials say they have one new case of a locally-transmitted Zika infection in Miami-Dade County.

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Two students from the University of Florida's GRiP program — a club that creates and donates three-dimensional printed prostheses to people with upper limb differences — delivered and strapped prosthetic limbs onto a 13-year-old Palm Beach County boy.

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The number of children taken into protective custody for mental health examinations has surged across the state.

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A last-ditch effort by imprisoned "psychic" Rose Marks to get her convictions and punishment for fortunetelling fraud thrown out on appeal appears to be doomed.

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At the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, engineering and physical therapy students are converting drivable toy cars from store shelves into custom-made fun for disabled children.

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Nearly 880,000 Floridians have signed up for health coverage on President Obama's federal marketplace so far this year.

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A new report ranks Florida as the nation's 36th healthiest state.

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President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse.

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Two staff members were fired for their role in leaving a veteran's body unattended more than nine hours in a shower room at the hospice unit of the Bay Pines VA Health Care System.

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