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Protesters greet Pelosi with expletives during Florida campaign stop

Today 10:51 GMT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was confronted by a mob during a campaign stop in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday, with protesters cursing at her and calling her a communist.

The video of the confrontation was uploaded on YouTube and titled “Nancy Pelosi was heckled at a Miami Restaurant by Trump Supporting Cuban Americans,” but it actually occurred outside the campaign stop for Shalala, The Washington Post reported.

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US student detained in Israel for BDS support allowed to enter Jewish state after deportation overturned

Today 10:50 GMT

Israel's Supreme Court said Thursday an American graduate student stuck for more than two weeks in immigration limbo will be allowed to enter the country, ruling the woman's desire to study in the Jewish state undermined her previous support of an anti-Israel boycott campaign.

Unlike her first foray, however, Alqasem's follow-up visit nearly ended before it began, and authorities barred her from entering the Jewish state and ordered her deportation.

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Source: The Guradian

'I'm going to beg for mercy': a Florida woman's years-long struggle to vote

Today 10:50 GMT

Her hands trembling and tears forming in the corners of her eyes, Sheila Holcomb sat down in a sterile basement of the Florida state capitol building.

Although African Americans are disproportionately criminalized – around one in five cannot vote in Florida – the majority of disenfranchised felons are white. There is no reliable way to predict how restoring the right to vote would swing Florida’s notoriously tight elections.

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Source: Common Domain

Travelers Profit Rises as Catastrophe Losses Shrink

Today 01:32 GMT

The insurer said Thursday its pretax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, totaled $264 million during the quarter due to Hurricane Florence and other storms, compared with $700 million a year earlier.

Florence caused between $1.7 billion and $4.6 billion in insured losses due to wind and storm surge, according to an estimate by catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide. In contrast, insurers in the third quarter of 2017 faced three massive hurricanes—Harvey, Irma and Maria—that, combined, caused about $92 billion in insured losses, according to Swiss Re.

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Source: Fox News

Florida woman discovers devastating story behind message in a bottle

Friday 23:42 GMT

A Sunday ceremony is planned and a group of people will head out in a boat and put the message in a bottle back in the water, Arnette said.

George Gumpert Sr. told Fox News he put the ashes of his late son, George “Big Guy” Gumpert Jr., into the ocean during a trip to Perdido Key, Florida, with his wife last week. “It’s been hard to let him go,” the Tannersville, Pennsylvania, man said when referring to "Big Guy," who was just 27 years old when he committed suicide in 2010.

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Source: Reuters

Florida's Republicans feel brunt of hurricane in upcoming election

Friday 20:57 GMT

Two days after Katherine Shimonis returned to her home in the Florida Panhandle to find it destroyed by Hurricane Michael, she went to her local post office, which was empty and without power, and shouldered her way through the front door.

“It was like gold to me; it really was,” said Shimonis, who like many in storm-ravaged northwest Florida worried she might miss out on a chance to vote in November’s congressional and gubernatorial elections.

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Source: Fox News

Florida Dem candidate under fire for event inviting rep who praised Castro

Friday 15:27 GMT

Florida Democratic House candidate Donna Shalala is taking heat after a congresswoman who praised the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was seemingly invited to campaign with her.

Maria Elvira Salazar, the Republican congressional nominee, said it is “shameful” for any candidate in the district to “bring a supporter of the Castro regime to campaign.” “This is not only disrespectful for the Cuban exile, but also for the millions of Venezuelans and Nicaraguans, many who live in this district, who are suffering as a result of the Castro regime,” Salazar, a Spanish-language journalist, said in a statement.

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Source: CBS News

Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's among brands hit by corn recall

Friday 15:27 GMT

Possibly contaminated corn is behind a slew of recalls involving prepared salads sold by major retailers including Walmart, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

A separate but similar recall for about 916 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken wrap and salad products containing possibly tainted corn was issued by Mary's Harvest Fresh Foods, Portland, Oregon, for products sold under its own brand as well as Trader Jose, Trader Joe's house brand for Mexican food.

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Source: CBS News

Grieving woman's heartfelt act of kindness at Florida Publix goes viral

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Nick DeClemente, who works at a Publix in Jacksonville, said the woman came up to the bakery counter last week and asked if they had any first birthday cakes.

DeClemente said he hopes he can find the family that received the cake, so he can get their reaction to the heartfelt gesture. "I wanted to share it because of just how good it was, how heartbreaking, but also so deeply heartfelt," he said.

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Source: CBS News

Armed looters targeting homes and businesses in county ravaged by Hurricane Michael

Thursday 14:31 GMT

Deputies in Bay County, Florida, who are working in Hurricane Michael's shattering aftermath, have arrested about 10 suspected looters each night since the storm made landfall a week ago, according to authorities.

Jimmy Stanford told the News Herald in an article published Tuesday that the looters have targeted businesses and homes.

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Source: Global News

A week after Hurricane Michael more than a 1,000 people still missing

Thursday 13:35 GMT

More than a thousand people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27.

Before-and-after photos show how Hurricane Michael laid waste to a Florida beach community. Most of those missing are from Panama City and many are elderly, disabled, impoverished, or live alone, Marchetti said. Teams made up of hundreds of volunteers with the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue organization were searching for more than1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family, Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue.

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Source: Common Domain

Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Catholic Church Accountable in New York and Florida for Alleged Abuse

Thursday 06:06 GMT

Appeared in the October 17, 2018, print edition as 'Suit Alleges Priest Abuse in Two States.'. Suit claims Diocesse of Rockville Centre on Long Island knowingly sent a priest previously accused of abuse to Florida and is therefore responsible for alleged abuse there

Florida has what is known as a delayed-discovery doctrine, meaning a victim of alleged abuse can file a claim four years from when he recovered memories of abuse or connected the abuse to other problems, said Mr. Cattell’s lawyer, Jeff Herman.

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Source: BBC

States count cost as storm toll rises

Thursday 16:22 GMT

Areas of the US devastated by Hurricane Michael last week are continuing to count the storm's cost as the number of confirmed dead rises.

Swathes of houses were completely obliterated in Mexico Beach - an area described as "ground zero" for the storm's heavy winds and storm surges. "Unfortunately, there are going to be more fatalities than people want to admit," local State Rep. Halsey Beshears said on Monday.

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Source: CBS News

Florida considers ballot initiative that would restore voting rights to felons

Thursday 21:52 GMT

On Nov. 6, Florida voters could approve an amendment that would significantly affect the voting population of one of the most crucial swing states in the country.

With widespread support and little public opposition, Amendment 4 could be poised for approval this November, potentially shifting politics in Florida in ways that could have a national impact.

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Source: Huffington Post

Many Floridians Still Lack Cell Service After Hurricane Michael

Thursday 10:52 GMT

The Federal Communications Commission head said he plans to investigate the “completely unacceptable” failure of wireless providers to fully restore service after Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida’s Panhandle. “The slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacceptable,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Tuesday.

“I’m staying out here to try to keep away looters, to try to save what I can save,” Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient currently living out of a tent and broken-down minivan, told Reuters.


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