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Orlando is the number one destination in the U.S.

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Visit Orlando announced Thursday that a record 68 million visitors came to Orlando last year, making it the number one destination in the United States. The number was released during Visit Orlando’s annual Travel & Tourism Luncheon at the Hilton Orlando. “Orlando’s visitation number represents the emotional connections we make with millions all over the world,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “The love they show us never ceases to inspire us and led us to launch…

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Man pleads guilty to impersonating senator to erase loan

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A Florida man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a U.S. senator to avoid paying off his home loan. A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 67-year-old Sidney Hines pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tampa federal court. He faces up to three years in prison. Court papers say Hines secured a HomeSaver Advance loan of $5,864 for his New Port Richey home in October 2008. Hines reportedly failed to make the payments. Officials say Hines called a collection agency five times between…

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