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Florida 20-year-old claims $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man from Florida's Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of nearly $282 million, Florida lottery officials said on Friday.

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Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

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After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

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'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as snow sweeps South

CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

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'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as South hit by snow

CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

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Rare snow hits U.S. Southeast as Northeast braces for 'bombogenesis'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" whopper forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

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Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

(Reuters) - A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a sophisticated healthcare fraud scheme.

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Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels.

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Head of Florida Democratic Party resigns after accusation

The head of Florida's Democratic Party resigned Friday on the heels of a Politico report alleging he had engaged in inappropriate and demeaning behavior toward women.

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BlackBerry signs license deal with Florida's BLU, ends patent dispute

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it signed a new license agreement with BLU Products Inc, a Florida-based maker of low-end Android phones, that would end patent disputes between the two companies.

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UPDATE 1-Florida's insured losses from Irma total nearly $2 bln to date

Sept 18 (Reuters) - Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday.

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Florida's insured losses from Irma total nearly $2 billion to date

(Reuters) - Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday.

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About 1.5 million, mostly in Florida, without power in Irma's wake

MIAMI (Reuters) - About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remained without power on Friday after Hurricane Irma, including 46 of Florida's nearly 700 nursing homes caught in the deadly storm's path.

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Irma just killed the best season for orange juice in a long time

Florida's orange industry was headed for its best harvest in a long time. Then, Hurricane Irma struck.

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OPINION: Time to take our power grid underground

Hurricane Irma took a dramatic toll on Florida's electric grid, with as many as 15 million people losing power. It struck almost 16 years after 9/11, when New York's power grid was adversely affected by the horrific terrorist attacks.

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FLORIDA AIRPORTS: When will they reopen?

Now that Hurricane Irma is moving out of the state, Florida's airports are working overtime to reopen.

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Where the storm has been and where it's going

Packing winds of 130 mph, Hurricane Irma blasted Florida over the weekend, first making landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm. The storm made a second landfall hours later as a Category 3 storm on Marco Island, a city and barrier island off Florida's southwest coast, before weakening again.

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1st responders have to ignore 911 calls

When the winds kicked up as Hurricane Irma made its way up Florida's west coast, rescue workers watched helplessly as the 911 calls piled up on a computer screen.

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Miami's main airport sustains 'significant' damage from storm

Florida's largest airport is picking up the pieces after taking a hit from Hurricane Irma -- and it's unclear when it'll be up and running again.

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Weakening but still potent Irma aims full force at Florida's Gulf Coast

FORT MYERS, Fla./MIAMI (Reuters) - A weakening but still potent Hurricane Irma lashed Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday with tree-bending winds, pounding rain and surging surf, leaving millions of homes and businesses without power while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers across the state in Miami.

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Irma aims full fury at Florida's Gulf Coast, floods central Miami

FORT MYERS/MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma lashed the Gulf Coast of Florida with the brunt of its fury on Sunday afternoon, knocking out electricity to 2.5 million homes and businesses statewide while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers in Miami.

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Hurricane Irma threatens Florida's bustling tourism industry

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma's path of destruction up Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday threatens to disrupt a thriving state tourism industry worth more than $100 billion annually just months ahead of the busy winter travel season.

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'She can barely walk': Florida's elderly complicate hurricane response

ESTERO, Fla (Reuters) - Sheryl Estes lay in a foldable lounge chair, wrapped in blankets and surrounded by a sea of mattresses, storm refugees and their dogs. Her husband, Rick, squeezed in beside her, between an animal crate and a trash can.

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To flee or stay? Irma's shifting path forces some to reconsider

MIAMI/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Walter Hodgdon scrapped plans to ride out Hurricane Irma on Saturday when shifting forecast models suddenly put his home on a barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast directly in its path.

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Florida's economy poised for major hit

Florida is bracing for a possibly catastrophic hit from Hurricane Irma, and even with the fourth largest economy in the United States, the economic impact to the Sunshine State could be severe.

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Your life's in your own hands if you don't evacuate, FEMA chief warns as Irma begins to whip the tip of Florida

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida's southern coast, the nation's emergency management chief is warning that federal first responders won't immediately be able to help those in the areas hit hardest.

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Irma menaces Florida's Gulf Coast after striking Cuba

REMEDIOS, Cuba (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma pounded Cuba's northern coast on Saturday and barreled toward Florida's Gulf Coast as authorities scrambled to complete an unprecedented evacuation of millions of residents hours before the storm lashes the state.

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Most stations in Miami-Fort Lauderdale out of gas

Florida's gas shortages keep getting worse as millions of motorists flee Hurricane Irma's path of destruction.

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Irma threatens to disturb Florida's final resting places

(Reuters) - Like most Floridians, the state's cemetery directors scrambled over the last few days to secure their properties against the fast-approaching fury of Hurricane Irma, but none of those careful preparations could ease their biggest concern.

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Zelizer: Hurricanes show why Reagan was wrong

As Hurricane Irma moves ominously closer to Florida's shores and Texas continues digging out from the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey, Americans are reminded how much government matters. Devastating natural crises such as these, like others in our history, instantly remind us why President Ronald Reagan's famous maxim -- "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem" -- was so wrong.

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Hammered by Andrew, Florida town's rebuilding tested by Irma

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Reuters) - This sprawling suburb on Florida's southern tip was nearly wiped flat by one hurricane 25 years ago. Now its residents hope they have rebuilt strong enough to withstand another.

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Additional inspectors sent to Florida's nuclear plants ahead of Irma: NRC

(Reuters) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Friday it has dispatched additional inspectors to the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear plants in Florida in preparation for the effects of hurricane Irma on those sites.

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Factbox: Florida's most deadly and destructive hurricanes

(Reuters) - Hurricane Irma was churning toward Florida on Friday, prompting the governor to plead with residents in the evacuation zone to flee their homes before the powerful and immense storms slams into the southern half of the state on Sunday.

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Senate moves ahead with disaster relief, fiscal package

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A disaster-relief bill moving through the U.S. Congress grew significantly in size even as Hurricane Irma threatened Florida's coast, and the Senate was hurrying to approve the measure as early as Thursday.

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Diameter of Irma's winds is twice as wide as Florida's peninsula

Just how big and powerful is Hurricane Irma? According to the National Hurricane Center, it is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded.

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Florida's east coast most likely to be impacted

The east coast of Florida is likely to feel the ferocious punch of Hurricane Irma's outer bands on Saturday, and the storm could rumble very near or pass over Miami on Sunday, forecast models show.

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Hurricane Irma could test Florida's private flood insurance market

(Reuters) - Hurricane Irma could test a nascent private flood insurance market in Florida that some advocates say is a model for making U.S. flood coverage more affordable and commonplace in high-risk areas.

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Lawmakers ask feds to help protect sick Florida children

Two Democratic members of Florida's congressional delegation have asked the federal government to step in and help after the state's removal of thousands of children from a Florida Medicaid program.

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Tropical Storm Emily masses off Florida's Gulf Coast

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Emily, the fifth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, formed off Florida's coast on Monday and was expected to weaken as it moves inland and soaks some parts of the state, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The real injustice wasn't pulling over Aramis Ayala

I can't get worked up over Florida's only black state attorney, Aramis Ayala, being pulled over by police during an uneventful traffic stop. We should reserve our outrage for what really matters, that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been trying to strip Ayala of her power because she's trying to make the criminal justice system a little more just.

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Aramis Ayala, Florida's first and only black elected state attorney, was pulled over by Orlando police on June 19.

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Prosecutor and governor to spar over death penalty in Florida's top court

(Reuters) - The legal battle between Florida Governor Rick Scott and an Orlando prosecutor he removed from two dozen murder cases because she would not seek the death penalty goes before the state's Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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Police in standoff with armed man at Orlando airport

(Reuters) - Police were in a standoff with an armed man at Florida's Orlando International Airport on Tuesday, the airport said, and there were no indications of shots being fired or anyone being injured.

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Florida probes Koch Foods, Wayne Farms over chicken pricing

(Reuters) - Florida's attorney general has demanded records from Koch Foods Inc, Wayne Farms LLC and other chicken companies in connection with an investigation into anticompetitive conduct within the poultry industry, according to newly released documents.

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UPDATE 3-Tyson Foods profit slumps, Florida seeks info in pricing probe

May 8 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday quarterly profit fell 21 percent, hurt by fires at two chicken plants, and that Florida's attorney general was seeking information from the company regarding a probe into possible anticompetitive behavior.

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Florida Senate seeks pardon for wrongly accused 'Groveland Four'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Senate on Thursday apologized to the families of four black men wrongly accused of raping a white teenager nearly 70 years ago, and lawmakers called on the state's governor to issue full pardons.

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Blog post has some questioning whether government is helping Trump's bottom line

President Donald Trump personally owns Mar-a-Lago, his private club on Florida's eastern coast. But that didn't stop the State Department, in a blog post on the United States Embassy in London's website, from touting the property.

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Trump denies climate change, but may be its victim one day

Not far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, one expert after another warned Monday about the dangers that rising sea levels pose to Florida's coast.

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Florida tightens death penalty law to require unanimous jury recommendation

(Reuters) - Florida's governor signed legislation on Monday tightening state law to require a unanimous recommendation by a jury before judges can impose the death penalty.

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Zika risk went beyond Florida's Miami-Dade County: U.S. officials

(Reuters) - Local transmission of the Zika virus in Florida may have occurred as early as June 15 of last year and likely infected people who lived not only in Miami-Dade County, but in two nearby counties, U.S. health officials said on Monday.

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Judge denies 'stand your ground' defense in movie theater shooting

A retired Tampa police captain who shot and killed a man in a movie theater will face a second-degree murder charge after a judge ruled that Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law does not apply in this case.

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Florida survey spots record number of manatees

There's some good news out of Florida: For the third straight year, spotters counted more than 6,000 manatees navigating Florida's waters.

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Mar-a-Lago: Trump's Winter White House takes over Palm Beach

President Donald Trump, a newcomer to the White House, is still developing his relationship with the people of Washington. But that's far from the case with the people of Palm Beach -- now the location of his so-called Winter White House -- the long spit of land off Florida's East Coast that the real estate mogul has been frequenting for decades.

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Biologists investigate deaths of 82 stranded dolphins in Florida

(Reuters) - Biologists were on Monday investigating the death of dozens of false killer whales that became stranded in Florida's Everglades National Park over the weekend, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

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UPDATE 1-Florida lets MetLife, Unum boost premiums for long-term care

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Florida's insurance commissioner is allowing MetLife Inc and Unum Group boost long-term care premiums, alleviating financial stress the insurers have been facing from rising medical costs and policyholders living longer.

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CORRECTED-Florida lets MetLife, Unum boost premiums for long-term care

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Florida's insurance commissioner is allowing MetLife Inc and Unum Group to boost long-term care premiums, alleviating some financial stress the insurers have been facing from rising medical costs and policyholders living longer.

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Florida lets MetLife, Unum boost premiums for long-term care

(Reuters) - Florida's insurance commissioner is allowing MetLife Inc and Unum Group to boost long-term care premiums, alleviating some financial stress the insurers have been facing from rising...

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Airport shooting suspect chose Florida to launch attack: FBI

Jan 7 (Reuters) - The suspect in Florida's deadly airport shooting apparently chose to travel to Fort Lauderdale to carry out the rampage, and there are no signs there was any altercation on the flight or at baggage claim prior to the attack, authorities said on Saturday.

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Nine people shot, one dead at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport: MSNBC, citing sources

(Reuters) - Nine people were shot, including one fatally, and a suspect was in custody after an incident at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday, MSNBC reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.

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Nine people shot, one dead at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport -MSNBC, citing sources

Jan 6 (Reuters) - Nine people were shot, including one fatally, and a suspect was in custody after an incident at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday, MSNBC reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.

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U.S. weather satellite's launch promises 'quantum leap' in forecasts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A U.S. weather satellite that will "revolutionize" forecasting blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Saturday, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. weather satellite's launch promises 'quantum leap' in forecasts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. weather satellite that will "revolutionize" forecasting blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Saturday, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere.

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U.S. weather satellite that is 'a quantum leap' poised for launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. weather satellite that will "revolutionize" forecasting was scheduled for launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Saturday, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere.

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In battleground Florida, tough stance on felons may sap votes for Democrats

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Leonard "Roscoe" Newton has been in and out of Florida's prisons since before he could vote, starting with a youthful conviction for burglary.

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U.S. health officials create color-coded Zika zones in Florida

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials introduced a new color-coding system on Tuesday for Florida's Miami-Dade County to distinguish between areas of active transmission that present a significant risk of transmission and areas where there is a possible risk of being infected.

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Feds: Russians hacked FL election-systems vendor

Federal investigators believe Russian hackers were behind cyberattacks on a contractor for Florida's election system that may have exposed the personal data of Florida voters, according to US officials briefed on the probe.

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Judge extends Florida voter registration deadline six days

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday extended Florida's voter registration deadline by six days following the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, according to court records.

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Florida space center withstands hurricane with millions in damages

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Launch pads and equipment at the Kennedy Space Center mostly escaped damage as Hurricane Matthew swept along Florida's east coast, the director of the NASA facility said on Tuesday, but last week's storm still caused millions of dollars in damages.

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Federal judge extends Florida voter registration deadline

A federal court has extended Florida's voter registration deadline from Tuesday to 5 p.m. ET Wednesday due to Hurricane Matthew's interruption of last-minute sign-ups.

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High risk for homeless as Matthew sweeps up U.S. southeast coast

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Reuters) - As Hurricane Matthew bore down on Florida's Atlantic coast, Richard Hatfield, who is homeless and makes ends meet by panhandling and doing odd jobs, was desperate to get inside to safety.

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Hurricane Matthew pounds coast; storm surge could hit 9 feet

After battering Florida's east coast, a weakened Hurricane Matthew churned slowly north early Saturday, bringing dangerous storm surges and heavy rain to Georgia and South Carolina.

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UPDATE 2-Hurricane Matthew stalls planes, plants, ports and trains

CHICAGO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Disruptions to air travel, manufacturing, supply chains and retail stores spread on Friday as Hurricane Matthew worked its way up Florida's Atlantic coast, leaving people...

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U.S. Coast Guard: all commercial ports along Florida's west coast reopened

Oct 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it had reopened all commercial ports along Florida's west coast on Friday, while hurricane Matthew continued to lash the northeast coast of the state.

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UPDATE 1-Hurricane Matthew disrupts stores, plants and transport

CHICAGO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Disruptions to air travel, manufacturing, supply chains and retail stores spread on Friday as Hurricane Matthew worked its way up Florida's Atlantic coast, leaving people and goods stranded and plants idled.

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Disruptions to stores, ports, plants spread ahead of Hurricane Matthew

CHICAGO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Disruptions to air travel, manufacturing, supply chains and retail stores spread on Friday as Hurricane Matthew worked its way up Florida's Atlantic coast, leaving people and goods stranded and plants idled.

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Hurricane Matthew reaches Florida's coast

After wreaking havoc on Haiti and the tropics, Hurricane Matthew has reached Florida's east coast.

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UPDATE 3-Hurricane Matthew batters Florida as Haiti death toll rises

* Storm moves parrallel, just offshore of Florida's east coast (Updates with storm details in paragraph 2-7)

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Eying hurricane, Clinton camp wants Florida's voter registration extension

Hillary Clinton's campaign is calling on Florida officials to extend the state's Tuesday voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew's potential disruption of late sign-ups.

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Hurricane Matthew kills at least 25, bears down on Bahamas, U.S.

PORT-AU-PRINCE/GUANTANAMO, Cuba (Reuters) - Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas and Florida's east coast on Wednesday after killing at least 21 people in Haiti and prompting the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election.

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Florida's Puerto Ricans strongly favor Clinton: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida's rapidly growing Puerto Rican population heavily favors Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, according to a poll released on Wednesday by groups with links to the Democrats.

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Hurricane Matthew kills at least 17, takes aim at Bahamas, U.S.

PORT-AU-PRINCE/GUANTANAMO, Cuba (Reuters) - Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, powered toward the Bahamas and Florida's eastern coast early on Wednesday after battering Haiti and Cuba with torrential rains and killing at least 17 people.

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Florida declares neighborhood Zika-free, but CDC remains cautious

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Monday urged pregnant women to consider putting off nonessential travel to Miami due to the Zika virus even as they lifted a travel warning for one neighborhood. Earlier in the day, Florida's governor declared the neighborhood of Wynwood Zika-free and invited visitors to return.

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House Dems want Trump Foundation investigated

House Democrats are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the Trump Foundation, following reports about a large donation he gave to Florida's attorney general in 2013.

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UPDATE 2-Hurricane Hermine hammers Florida, leaving thousands without power

TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2 (Reuters) - Fierce winds and rain from Hurricane Hermine slammed Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Friday and power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark.

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UPDATE 1-Hurricane Hermine hammers Florida, leaving thousands without power

TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2 (Reuters) - Growing winds and driving rain from Hurricane Hermine lashed Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Friday as power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark in what the state's governor warned would be a potentially lethal storm.

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Hurricane Hermine slams Florida, leaving thousands without power

TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2 (Reuters) - Growing winds and driving rain from Hurricane Hermine lashed Florida's northern Gulf Coast early on Friday as power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark in what the state's governor warned would be a potentially lethal storm.

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Hurricane Hermine will complicate Florida's Zika fight: experts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hurricane Hermine, set to cause flooding and damage when it hits Florida overnight, will make it harder for the state to fight Zika, a mosquito-borne virus shown to cause birth defects, experts in infectious diseases and mosquitoes said on Thursday.

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Hurricane warning for parts of Florida as Hermine strengthens

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Hermine picked up strength and was expected to be a hurricane when it reached Florida's north Gulf Coast on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains and high winds that forecasters warned could cause catastrophic flooding.

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UPDATE 3-Hurricane warning for parts of Florida as Hermine strengthens

TAMPA, Fla., Sept 1 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Hermine picked up strength and was expected to be a hurricane when it reached Florida's north Gulf Coast on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains and high winds that forecasters warned could cause catastrophic flooding.

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Hurricane warning: Florida braces for Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine could be a Category 1 hurricane by the time it hits Florida's northern Gulf coast early Friday if forecasts hold, which would make it the state's first hurricane in 11 years, the National Hurricane Center said.

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UPDATE 1-Hurricane warning issued for parts of Florida; Madeline weakens off Hawaii

TAMPA BAY, Fla., Sept 1 (Reuters) - Forecasters and public officials urged Floridians to prepare for potentially catastrophic flooding and damaging winds as Tropical Storm Hermine was expected to become a hurricane by the time it reached Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Thursday.

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Hurricane warning issued for parts of Florida; Madeline weakens off Hawaii

(Reuters) - Forecasters and public officials urged Floridians to prepare for potentially catastrophic flooding and damaging winds as Tropical Storm Hermine was expected to become a hurricane by the time it reached Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Storm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens Hawaii

TAMPA, Fla., Aug 31 (Reuters) - Florida's governor declared an emergency on Wednesday ahead of an approaching weather system that could bring life-threatening flooding and fierce winds, placing parts of the state's Gulf Coast under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch.

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Brewing tropical systems threaten U.S. Gulf and Atlantic coasts

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Two brewing tropical systems menaced the southeastern United States on Monday, with forecasters warning that a tropical storm could make landfall later this week on Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Puerto Ricans in Florida could pick the next president

The presidential election could come down to Florida's rapidly growing population of new Puerto Rican residents, which has set off a political gold rush.

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With FDA approval, GM mosquitoes could join Florida's Zika fight

LONDON (Reuters) - Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes could be let loose in Florida's battle against the Zika virus if regulators approve them - and a decision is expected imminently, according to British firm Oxitec that engineers the insects.

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Florida reports evidence of local Zika transmission

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Four people in Miami likely contracted Zika locally through mosquito bites, Florida's governor said on Friday, the first evidence that the virus tied to a rare but serious birth defect is circulating in the continental United States.

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Florida reports evidence of local Zika transmission in U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's governor on Friday reported the first evidence of local Zika virus transmission in the continental United States, saying testing of four residents showed they were likely infected by mosquito bites.

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UPDATE 1-Florida reports evidence of local Zika transmission in U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla., July 29 (Reuters) - Florida's governor on Friday reported the first evidence of local Zika virus transmission in the continental United States, saying testing of four residents showed they were likely infected by mosquito bites.

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UPDATE 1-FDA takes steps to protect blood supply in Florida amid Zika probe

CHICAGO, July 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered blood banks in Florida's two most densely populated counties to stop collecting blood as health officials determine whether Zika has begun transmission in the continental United States.