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Governor signs 16 bills into law

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Foster families will get free annual passes to Florida state parks under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Larry Lee in the House and Sen. Aaron Bean in the Senate, the new law provides families who operate a licensed family foster home free family annual passes and a discount on base campsite fees at Florida State Parks. Families who adopt children with special needs would be eligible to receive a one-time family…

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House Freedom Caucus chairman says there’s ‘no deal’ on the GOP health care legislation after White House meeting

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The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says there’s “no deal” on the GOP health care legislation after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump. The assertion from Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina throws plans for a vote on the bill later Thursday into doubt. Two dozen or so Freedom Caucus members have opposed the legislation pushed by GOP…

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Guns, immigration and Zika top agenda as Congress returns

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Gun control, immigration and money to combat the Zika virus top the congressional agenda as lawmakers sprint toward the political conventions this month and a seven-week summer recess. Amid all that, Republicans plan to squeeze in a meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday. The House and Senate have just eight legislative days before their break, and lawmakers have scheduled a handful of politically charged votes with implications for incumbents in November’s election. In the House, legislation to fight terrorism and…

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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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Look who’s back in New York: It’s cocky Rex Ryan

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Long before fans see him, New York will hear him coming. He is Rex Ryan, blusterous and boisterous, and he leads NFL coaches in volume. No one does swagger quite the way that Ryan does. For years, that was perfect fit in New York when he coached the Jets. Tonight, he returns to New York. And for the first time in a long time, New Yorkers would love to muzzle him. Ryan, now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills,…

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Toilets, lingerie, shacking up: Some of Florida’s odd bills

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Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion and guns, and some are just odd. Here’s a look at a few that fall into the last category: — UNDERWEAR, OVERWEAR It would be illegal for stores to let customers try on intimate apparel unless they do so over their clothes or with a protective shield. The bill describes intimate apparel…

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