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Top News & Analysis Florida

  • A 50- state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 21 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year. The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and...

  • Sprint's new hire, Ballard Partners, will lobby on "general government policies and regulations," according to the disclosure, which did not include financial details. In the first six months of 2017, the wireless provider spent $1.2 million on lobbying in Washington, according to disclosure filings earlier this year. In 2011, the Justice Department and the FCC...

  • Kevin Brady, R- Texas, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, would ease requirements for deducting individual property losses and allow people to draw on their retirement funds without penalty. Vern Buchanan of Florida, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and co-chair of the state's congressional delegation, called Brady's legislation "a...

  • The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • PITTSBURGH— A sheriff is warning that a website promising to help Pennsylvania residents apply and pay for concealed-carry gun permits online is a scam. Kraus says the website claims to help people in Florida, Louisiana, Michigan and Wisconsin get permits. He says people can't register for permits online in Pennsylvania and the state doesn't involve...

  • Ballard Partners will lobby on "general government policies and regulations," according to the disclosure, which did not include financial details. In the first six months of 2017, the wireless provider spent $1.2 million on lobbying in Washington, according to disclosure filings earlier this year. A lobbyist listed as the Ballard Partners contact on the...

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— Kentucky's Democratic attorney general says he has hired four law firms to investigate and potentially sue several makers and marketers of opioid-based painkillers that have spurred a wave addiction across Appalachia. Matt Bevin's administration said Andy Beshear's announcement Friday was premature. Spokesman Glenn Waldrop said the...

  • Two American Airlines planes from Miami and one from Philadelphia arrived at San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport Friday morning. Another plane got halfway to Puerto Rico before returning to Miami because the San Juan airport couldn't handle another plane. Two JetBlue Airways planes with relief supplies— one of them also carrying New York Gov.

  • A resident surveys the damage on her property after Hurricane Maria made landfall, September 21, 2017 in the Guaynabo suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria "raged like a buzz saw," hitting highly populated areas, Vox reports.

  • CSX Assistant Vice President Maryclare Kenney apologized to customers in the email dated Sept. 8. The Surface Transportation Board, the U.S. rail regulator, is due to host a hearing in Washington, D.C., over CSX's service on Oct. 11. The company emailed manufacturers about the Lordstown embargo on Sept. 8, two days after CSX executives said the railroad had made...

  • American Airlines says it plans to send its first plane to San Juan from Miami Friday morning. Spokesman Ross Feinstein says passengers will include federal airport screeners to help run security checkpoints at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Delta Air Lines expects to resume flights from Atlanta and New York to San Juan on Saturday.

  • A horse wades through water on a ranch as Hurricane Harvey hits the Texas coast, in Victoria, TX on Saturday, Aug 26, 2017.

    People in areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma should be alert to possible bacterial contamination of crops from flood waters, says Stan Meiburg.

  • HOUSTON— As Houston recovers from Harvey's devastating flooding, many homeowners could be asked to shoulder an added financial burden: higher taxes on the same houses they are struggling to rebuild. In Harris County, which includes Houston, at least 136,000 homes and other structures were flooded. Some Houston homeowners say the proposal is like being kicked...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- U.S. motorists logged 0.8 percent more miles on the road in July than they did in the year-ago month, keeping 2017 on a pace to break last year's record of total miles driven, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data released Thursday. Motorists drove 1.5 percent more miles on U.S. roads through July than in the same period last year, the...

  • FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, Sept 21- A profit warning from one of the world's largest reinsurers is the latest sign that the death and destruction from a spate of hurricanes and earthquakes in North America are now taking a toll on the titans of global finance. Munich Re last issued such a warning in 2011 after losses from an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a spokeswoman...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the Labor Department said. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. Texas and Florida account for about 14 percent of U.S. employment.

  • NEW YORK— Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast. Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25. Last week, German reinsurer Munich Re, which covers losses from insurers, was the first to warn that it may not meet previous financial goals following the one-two punch of...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the Labor Department said. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. Unadjusted claims for Texas fell 23,549 last week, the second straight weekly drop.

  • THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that the less-volatile four-week average rose by 6,000 to 268,750. Overall, nearly 2 million Americans are collecting jobless aid, down almost 6 percent from a year ago. THE TAKEAWAY: In early September, jobless claims shot up by the most in five years as Harvey battered Texas. But last week claims in Texas fell 45...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. In addition, the Labor Department estimated claims for South Carolina and the Virgin Islands last week.