Update: 1,000-plus gather to honor Parkland victims

U.S. 02/14/19, 18:45

The Latest on the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (all times local): 6:45 p.m. More than a thousand people gathered at a South Florida park on the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre to honor the 17 victims killed. Thursday evening's interfaith service at Parkland's Pine ...

Students track fatal child shootings since Parkland killings

U.S. 02/14/19, 16:59

A student journalism project has concluded that at least 1,149 children and teenagers died from a shooting in the year since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Around 200 teenage reporters from across the country worked to document the stories of the children up to age 18 who died ...

Where are Stoneman Douglas students, parents, officials now?

U.S. 02/14/19, 11:22

The massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pushed students, parents, officials and others into the national limelight, something most never sought. A look at where some of the most prominent are today: STUDENTS EMMA GONZALEZ -- Gonzalez, 19, became known for her "We Call B.S." speech criticizing ...

Year after Parkland massacre, 17 victims remembered

U.S. 02/14/19, 09:26

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff's career. But Thursday's anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three ...

Teen migrant detention facility allows a glimpse inside gate

U.S. 02/13/19, 20:04

Journalists were given a glimpse Wednesday of a newly expanded south-Florida detention facility where nearly 150 teenage migrants sleep in rows of bunk beds in a large windowless room and use portable toilets housed in adjacent tents.The sleeping area in a converted Job Corps building in Homestead, Florida, is just ...

Florida governor wants grand jury to investigate schools

U.S. 02/13/19, 18:03

Saying that parents remain frustrated with school officials' responses to last year's Valentine's Day massacre, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are following laws enacted in the wake of the attack that left 17 dead. If the Republican governor's request ...

Police recover rare Goeldi’s monkey, stolen from Florida zoo

U.S. 02/13/19, 07:25

Kali, the 12-year-old rare Goeldi's monkey reported stolen from the Palm Beach Zoo, has been found safe and sound.West Palm Beach police said on Twitter Wednesday morning that "Kali is home!" and that they'll provide more details soon.Detectives brought the Goeldi's monkey back to the zoo just before midnight and ...

Police: Yoga studio shooter was disturbed, hated women

U.S. 02/12/19, 20:02

Wrapping up a three-month investigation, Florida authorities said Tuesday that a 40-year-old man who killed two people and injured five others in a yoga studio was a "disturbed individual" with a "hatred towards women." Tallahassee police said after conducting dozens of interviews and reviewing thousands of pages of documents they found ...

Florida updates sea turtle nesting totals for 2018

U.S. 02/12/19, 18:27

Wildlife officials say sea turtles consistently nested on Florida beaches in 2018, despite lingering algae blooms that killed marine life and tropical storms that washed out habitat.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted the statewide nesting totals on Tuesday.More than 91,400 loggerhead nests were ...

Parkland anniversary highlights Democratic shift on guns

U.S. 02/12/19, 16:26

In the final weeks before the 2008 election, Barack Obama's campaign sent mailers to Florida voters reassuring them that he supported the Second Amendment. In the opening days of the 2020 Democratic primary, it's hard to imagine any candidate feeling the need to make a similar gesture. "Guns are no longer ...

‘Alligator’ Ron is a guardian of South Florida’s waterways

U.S. 02/11/19, 18:02

An emergency alert rang through Davie Elementary, a wooden two-room schoolhouse built so long ago that it's now a museum. Ron Bergeron was in the first grade."There was a Florida panther on the school grounds," Bergeron recalls with a chuckle.Surely, the school would shut down until the panther cleared the ...

Parents question whether shooting drills traumatize kids

U.S. 02/10/19, 12:33

Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn't real. The drills began taking shape after the Columbine High School shooting ...

Where are Stoneman Douglas students, parents, officials now?

U.S. 02/10/19, 09:44

The massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pushed students, parents, officials and others into the national limelight, something most never sought. A look at where some of the most prominent are today: STUDENTS EMMA GONZALEZ -- Gonzalez, 19, became known for her "We Call B.S." speech criticizing ...

More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy

U.S. 02/09/19, 09:31

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across ...

Bundy’s deadly charm still polarizes, 40 years later

U.S. 02/09/19, 08:32

Thirty years after his execution in an electric chair in Florida, serial killer Ted Bundy's deadly charm continues to captivate and perplex.A new Netflix documentary series and a movie that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival have stirred up complicated reactions to the handsome former law student who is believed ...

Parkland attack fueled big shift in America’s gun politics

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:22

Last year's shooting at a Florida high school sparked a movement among a younger generation angered by gun violence and set the stage for a significant shift in America's gun politics.Thousands of student protesters took to the streets and inspired hashtags. Candidates were emboldened too. Many of them confronted the ...

Smoke it? A medical pot idea tough for Florida to swallow

U.S. 02/04/19, 18:39

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana, but it became clear Monday that some fellow Republicans might not be on board.DeSantis took office last month and said firmly that he wanted lawmakers to repeal the ban signed into law by now U.S. ...

Here’s what Florida’s most popular Airbnb is like

U.S. 02/03/19, 00:05

Behind a discreet one-story, white textured house in Biscayne Park sits the most popular Airbnb rental in all of Florida.Paola Ugolini has lived in the 1920s house with her family for 17 years. Originally she imagined her backyard cottage as a place for her relatives from Europe to stay when ...

TSA officer jumps to his death at Orlando airport

U.S. 02/02/19, 18:35

An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida's busiest airport Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for hours, grounded flights and caused serious delays. Panicked passengers rushed past checkpoints leading to about half of the gates at Orlando ...