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Video shows bat-wielding man robbing Fort Lauderdale phone store - Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who was captured on surveillance video robbing a MetroPCS store in Fort Lauderdale. According to investigators, the robbery happened along the 1400 block of Southeast 17th Street, Feb. 13, at around 2:30 p.m.

Scientist who popularized term "global warming" dies at 87 - Miami Herald A climate scientist who popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing in recent months.

Heroic’ rescuers race to pull driver out of flaming car on Louisiana road, video shows A call to authorities reported a vehicle "swerving all over the road" before 7 a.m., and soon the cars collided and caught fire, the Saint John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post on Monday. The crash happened on Airline Highway in Garyville, WVUE reports.

Shakira shows Miami Beach Police officers her boxing skills - Star singer Shakira visited the Miami Beach Police Department and showed off her right hook. Miami Beach Police posted the video of the singer boxing on their Twitter, Monday. After showing off her boxing skills, Shakira took pictures with fans at the department.

NYPD: Fetus, Bloody Clothes Found Near School in Brooklyn Police are investigating after a human fetus was found near a school in Brooklyn on Monday morning. Authorities say a person walking their dog at Bradford Street and Linden Boulevard in East New York around 7 a.m. discovered the fetus alongside a white grocery bag of bloody clothing.

Protesters gather at FIU ahead of President Trump's speech - Dozens of protesters have gathered at Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique Campus ahead of President Donald Trump's speech. The protesters, who held signs outside the campus's library Monday, were protesting the president's involvement in Venezuela and his national emergency declaration to fund the border wall.

U.S. Car Buyers Could Face Higher Prices From Import Tariffs, Auto Industry Warns Automakers, car dealers and parts manufacturers have gone into high gear in a bid to derail the threat of new tariffs on foreign-made cars and car parts. The tariffs, they warn, could backfire, raising prices for U.S. consumers and sending the domestic automotive market into a tailspin, NBC News reported.

Proposal Seeks To Ban Corporal Punishment At Florida's Public Schools TALLAHASSEE - Florida Senate Democrat Annette Taddeo on Monday filed a proposal that would ban corporal punishment in Florida's public schools. Taddeo filed the proposal for consideration during the legislative session that starts March 5. State law currently allows corporal punishment, though it places restrictions on the practice.

Did FedEx lose $50,000 in watches? North Carolina shop is suing over empty envelope A repair shop in North Carolina says it shipped watches worth almost $50,000 through FedEx. But the retailer instead got just a padded envelope, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

First Lady pays visit to Nicklaus Children's Hospital MIAMI - First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Monday, ahead of the president's speech at Florida International University. Trump unveiled the new "Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden," which will offer a place of comfort and reprieve for patients and their families.

Florida Panthers Dedicate Memorial For Parkland Victims Inside Team's Den Of Honor PARKLAND - One year after the deadly shooting in Parkland, the Florida Panthers dedicated a special tribute to the 17 victims. Before their game on Sunday against Montreal, the Panthers hosted a memorial ceremony, unveiling black and white drawings of the 14 students and 3 adults who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Hiker trapped by quicksand in Zion Park. It was a ‘frigid’ overnight rescue, rangers say An Arizona hiker at Utah’s Zion National Park was trapped in quicksand in North Creek and rescued over 2 days, rangers said. It took hours to reach him, hours to pull out his leg and snow trapped rescuers.

Homeless man carrying rattlesnake says he was protecting it in traffic, Fla. cops say A homeless man was caught Monday carrying a live rattlesnake around downtown Jacksonville Beach, Florida, after he said he became convinced God wanted him to protect it from heavy traffic, reports radio station WOKV News.

After Parkland, Hundreds of School Threats Investigated BSO reports it responded to more than 600 threats made against Broward schools in 2018.

Jussie Smollett Case: Clues Into Potential Motive Behind The Attack Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show's studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction, ” is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.

We can breed honeybees to be cleaner — and it may help save the species, study says Honeybees have a gene that promotes cleanliness — like removing dead or sick bees from a colony — and breeding for that could be the key to preventing colony collapse disorder, a study from Genome Biology and Evolution says.

First Lady Melania Trump Visits Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami First Lady Melania Trump visited Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami Monday to unveil a new healing garden for patients and their families.

Miami ostomy group helps patients adjust to their new lifestyles - Miami Herald There is a growing need for ostomy care. There are now approximately one million people in the U.S. with ostomies. An estimated 120,000 to 150,000 new ostomy surgeries are performed each year. Many of these surgeries are permanent.

Fugitive crashed at Publix, was caught at an animal hospital by a dog bite to the butt Upon running the plates, the affidavit said, cops found this wasn't the car for that license plate. They tried to stop the Honda at Meridian and 15th Street, before getting within a block of Lincoln Road,. where the many pedestrians bring erratic respect for a car's weight, speed, right-of-way and possible recklessness.

Flight Attendants Union Demands Investigation of 'Sexist' Skit Caught on Video A union that represents flight attendants is demanding American Airlines investigate a video of a skit depicting flight attendants dancing suggestively to attract passengers, the group said Sunday in a statement.

Florida Lawmaker Looks To Tie Vaping, Smoking Tobacco Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge, wants to define vaping products with tobacco products, a move that would allow electronic cigarettes to be lumped into anti-smoking marketing efforts.

Trump to say Venezuela's move to democracy is 'irreversible' - President Donald Trump will seek on Monday to rally support in the largest Venezuelan community in the U.S. for opposition leader Juan Guaido, saying Venezuela's "current path toward democracy is irreversible." White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump will express "strong support" for Guaido, whom the U.S.

Bird, Cat Stolen From Pet Store in Bizarre Smash-and-Grab If "Ashes" the cat could talk, she would have a wild story to tell from this weekend. The store pet of Diane's Pet Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, began her wild couple days sometime between 3 and 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning. That's when unknown burglars ran a car into the front of Diane's, according to the Central Berks Regional police department.

11-year-old Florida student arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance - A Florida sixth-grader faces charges of disrupting a school function and resisting arrest after a confrontation that followed his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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