Florida

  • 9yearold US girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies July 29, 2014

    Florida: A 9yearold girl who was struck by a plane that crashlanded on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said on Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed on Sunday. The two, from Georgia, were walking along a beach...
  • Scared owners lock themselves in the bedroom, call 911, as pet cat "freaked out" on them July 11, 2014

    Kush the cat was quarantined in central Florida after her owner called 911 over the weekend for help, saying the ferocious feline had her trapped in her home. "I can't get out. She's got us trapped in our bedroom," Teresa Gregory, 50, told the emergency police dispatcher, according to the record...
  • Winner of 2014 Miss Florida pageant dethroned, organizers said they crowned the wrong woman after a votecount error June 28, 2014

    Just a week after her coronation, the winner of the 2014 Miss Florida pageant was dethroned on Friday when organizers said they had crowned the wrong woman after a votecount error. Elizabeth Fechtel, a 20yearold student at the University of Florida, won this year's pageant in front of nearly 2,000 spectators...
  • US university honours IIT graduate for his work in rural development May 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Anil Rajvanshi, a renewable energy pioneer of India, on Saturday was honoured by the University of Florida, one of the leading universities in the US, for his "groundbreaking" work in rural development. Rajvanshi is the first Indian to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honour the University of Florida...
  • US: Treasure hunters recover gold worth $1.3 million from 1857 shipwreck May 6, 2014

    Charleston: A deepocean exploration company in Florida says it has recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold, worth $1.3 million at current gold prices, on a reconnaissance dive to an historic Atlantic Ocean shipwreck. The dive confirmed that the ship had not been disturbed since 1991 when another company stopped recovery work,...
  • Flood warnings in place after record rains soak eastern US May 2, 2014

    Washington: Flood warnings were posted across the eastern United States on Thursday after a powerful storm system unleashed record amounts of rain from New England to Florida. The remnants of the storm that dumped up to 11 inches of rain in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday had moved into the Atlantic...
  • Stars skip vote for IIFA, but vocal about the change they want to see April 28, 2014

    While Mumbai managed to cross the half way mark this election with a 53 per cent voter turn out, many Bollywood stars didn't have any stake in that. This as most chose to attend the IIFA awards in Florida. But despite not voting they were vocal about the change they...
  • India's 'Bollywood Oscars' in Florida for U.S. debut April 27, 2014

    Reuters: Celebrities and dignitaries from India and the United States descended on Florida this week for the "Bollywood Oscars," an awards event making its firstever U.S. stop with the aim of creating deeper ties between the two countries. The International Indian Film Academy's awards show set for Saturday has been compared...
  • 'She was speeding': Toddler driving a toy convertible pulled over by the police for reckless driving, given a $4 'ticket' March 15, 2014

    It's the moment every driver dreads. But this two-year-old stood her ground quite firmly when the police drew up beside her tiny toy convertible and handed her a $4 ticket for speeding, the Daily Mail reported. Two-year-old Za'Dariyah was driving her small pedal car outside her Florida apartment complex...
  • Russell Henley wins Honda Classic in four-way playoff March 3, 2014

    American Russell Henley emerged as the last man standing to win his second PGA Tour title in a four-way playoff for the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida on Sunday. Henley, 24, birdied the first extra hole, the par-five 18th, from two feet in fading light to edge out...
  • 101yearold man to contest US Congressional polls February 19, 2014

    Better late than never! A 101yearold man in the US has launched a bid to enter the House of Representatives and contest the Congressional polls. Joe Newman from Sarasota, Florida, will compete for Florida's 16th Congressional District. After living for 101years, Newman has seen what this country is capable of and...
  • Emergency declared in five states, airports closed as snow storm hits US January 29, 2014

    A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the US South on Tuesday, prompting five states to declare a state of emergency, closing the New Orleans airport and causing chaos on roads for drivers unaccustomed to the dangerously slick conditions. The southern cold snap is part of an arctic front...
  • 67yearold wins multi milliondollar Florida Lotto again October 31, 2013

    A US man who won a multi milliondollar jackpot playing the Florida Lotto has done it again. The Florida Lottery says 67year old James Bozeman Jr has claimed a $3 million jackpot from the drawing held on August 31, 2013. Last year, Bozeman claimed a $10 million jackpot. He purchased both winning tickets...
  • US: 90yearold cyclist covers 1497 km journey from Kentucky to Florida September 23, 2013

    Age proved to be no bar for this daring 90yearold man who has just finished a marathon 1497 kilometres long journey on a cycle from Kentucky to Florida. Bert Blevens set off on August 20 and stayed in hotels along the way during his epic journey. It took him 21 days...
  • Florida family finds $300,000 worth of gold from historic wreckage in Atlantic Ocean September 4, 2013

    A Florida family who spends their time together hunting for treasure struck it rich over the weekend, hauling up an estimated $300,000 worth of gold from an historic wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean. "What's really neat about them is they are a family, they spend family time together out there and...
  • US: 64-year-old Diana Nyad sets record with 177-km Cuba-to-Florida swim September 3, 2013

    American 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba without a shark cage on Monday, succeeding on her fifth attempt at the feat. Her face sunburned and lips swollen, with barely enough energy to speak, Nyad waded ashore at Key West, Florida,...
  • Thousands take to US streets to protest Trayvon Martin verdict July 31, 2013

    Demonstrators took to the streets in dozens of US cities on Saturday to vent their anger over the acquittal in Florida of the man who shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin to death and to call for federal charges in the racially tinged case. Hundreds marched in the summer heat to...
  • Series of explosions rock Florida gas plant, workers missing July 30, 2013

    A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing. The Orlando Sentinel reports on Monday night Tavares City Administrator John Drury says 10 of 24 people working at Blue Rhino, a propanetank business in Florida, have not been accounted for after the...
  • Gunman kills six; shot to death by police July 27, 2013

    A gunman holding hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team that stormed the building early Saturday following an hourslong standoff, police said. Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez told The Associated Press that police got a call around 6:30 p.m. Friday that...
  • Trayvon Martin's parents lead protests over Zimmerman verdict July 21, 2013

    Miami: Trayvon Martin's parents were due to lead demonstrations in New York and Miami on Saturday, as protesters across the country rallied to express anger over the acquittal of the man who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager. The protests, outside federal court buildings and police headquarters, were set to...
  • Full Text: US President Barack Obama on Trayvon Martin July 20, 2013

    US President Barack Obama on Trayvon Martin I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session. The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple...
  • US: Murdered teen could have been me, 35 years ago, says Barack Obama July 20, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Friday jumped into the debate over the acquittal of the man who killed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, declaring that Martin "could have been me, 35 years ago" and urging Americans to understand the pain blacks felt over the case. Obama abruptly appeared in the White...
  • Trayvon Martin killing case: George's acquittal exposes racial faultlines July 19, 2013

    Trayvon Martin's parents claim that the aquittal of Geroge Zimmerman exposes racial faultlines. Zimmernman was acquitted on Saturday of seconddegree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of black unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. People have taken to the streets protesting against the verdict. ...
  • Trayvon Martin killing case: People protest against George Zimmerman's acquittal July 16, 2013

    People took to the streets in protest after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman 'not guilty' of murder and manslaughter related to the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin. Several demonstrators were arrested after they clashed with police. ...
  • Trayvon Martin killing case: Verdict draws protests, scrutiny July 14, 2013

    Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday of seconddegree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of black unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The following is reaction to the verdict: Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, said in a tweet after the verdict's announcement, "Even though I am broken hearted...
  • US man held for chopping puppy, cooking its ribs June 30, 2013

    Washington: A man in the US state of Florida has been arrested for allegedly strangling a family puppy, chopping it into pieces and cooking its ribs on a stove, police said. Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25, was arrested earlier this week after a family member called police in Tampa, a media report...
  • US: 84yearold Florida woman wins $ 590 million jackpot June 6, 2013

    Washington: An 84year old woman from Florida has won the $ 590.5 million Powerball lottery, the second largest US jackpot, officials have announced. Gloria Mackenzie opted to take a lumpsum cash payment of somewhat smaller amount of $ 370.9 million, rather than receiving the full winnings spread out over 30 years,...
  • US: Weapons, explosives found in a university dorm March 18, 2013

    Orlando: Authorities investigating an apparent suicide discovered weapons and explosive devices in a dorm on the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando early Monday, and hundreds of students were evacuated, though the school said there was no immediate threat. University police were called to the dorm around 12:20 am...
  • Small plane crashes in US parking lot, 3 dead March 16, 2013

    Fort Lauderdale: A small plane crashed into a parking lot near a South Florida airport on Friday afternoon, killing all three people onboard and burning about a dozen vehicles. No one on the ground was hurt. Fire-Rescue Division Chief John San Angelo said the Piper Navajo, a twin-engine turboprop, began experiencing...