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Florida's 'pill mills' were a gateway to the opioid crisis

Florida's 'pill mills' were a gateway to the opioid crisisFlorida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics.



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To Florida's Venezuelan exiles, Pence vows more pressure on Maduro

To Florida's Venezuelan exiles, Pence vows more pressure on MaduroIn a visit to the largest community of Venezuelan exiles in the United States – and flanked by four prominent Florida Republican politicians – Pence rejected calls for talks with Maduro, and said all options were on the table to force him to leave. This is time for action,” Pence told a few hundred people at a rally in a local church, many of whom waved Venezuelan flags and shouted “Libertad!” “The time has come to end the Maduro dictatorship once and for all,” said Pence, who has emerged as one of the strongest voices against the Venezuelan leader in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. The U.S. government has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.



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Florida's Scott delays oath, despite light public schedule

Florida's Scott delays oath, despite light public scheduleTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term.



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The Latest: CVS says Florida's opioid claim 'without merit'

The Latest: CVS says Florida's opioid claim 'without merit'FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's lawsuit accusing CVS and Walgreens of illegal opioid sales (all times local):



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AP Explains: Florida's difficult, high-profile recounts

AP Explains: Florida's difficult, high-profile recountsFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's election started badly when Hurricane Michael disrupted early voting in some Panhandle counties. Long lines, ballot shortages and other problems followed statewide, both during early voting and on Election Day. Now the state is having recounts in its U.S. Senate and governor races.



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Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida's red tide

Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida's red tideMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael failed to break up a patchy and toxic algae bloom that has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's shoreline for the last year, experts said Monday, meaning the red tide outbreak could continue to cause problems in the weeks ahead.



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Hurricane Michael adds to hardship of Florida's poor

Hurricane Michael adds to hardship of Florida's poorLYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Mary Frances Parrish is expecting to be without electricity for several weeks, or roughly the same time the terminally ill son she's caring for is expected to live.



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AP Photos: Hurricane leaves Florida's Mexico Beach in shreds

AP Photos: Hurricane leaves Florida's Mexico Beach in shredsMEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael all but erased the tiny community of Mexico Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast, reducing some homes to mere concrete slabs and leaving others in shreds.



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Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidate

Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidateRacist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California.



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Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'

Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'Michael Crosby, president and chief executive of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, welcomed a red tide emergency order issued this week by Governor Rick Scott, designating more state money for research, cleanup and wildlife rescues. Interest in mitigation technologies has been heightened by a 10-month-long toxic algae bloom off Florida’s southwestern coast that has caused mounds of rotting fish to wash up on beaches from Tampa to Naples. The red tide also has been implicated in at least 266 sea turtle strandings and is suspected or determined to have caused 68 manatee deaths so far this year, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission figures.



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