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Bombs away? Possible WW II-era munition unearthed in Florida

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Authorities say a neighborhood near Florida State University had to be evacuated as a precaution after construction workers unearthed what appeared to be a World War II-era bomb. Tallahassee police say they located the munition when called to the site Wednesday. Officers called in the bomb squad, saying it could indeed be an unexploded bomb. The department has asked officials at Eglin Air Force Base, located about 150 miles to the west, to help it determine what exactly was unearthed.…

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Email insights: Matt Gaetz boasts of his role in keeping the F-35 program alive at Eglin Air Force Base

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Congressional candidate Matt Gaetz wants friends and supporters to know the F-35 fighter is ready to join the fight against terrorism, thanks — in no small part — to his work as a young North Florida attorney. A new email from Gaetz reminds voters in Florida’s 1st Congressional District that Eglin Air Force Base has been at the epicenter of the fifth-generation fighter program from the beginning, particularly in its rough early days. The program almost didn’t happen in the…

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When the military and private clients need snow, they go to Florida

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Dressed in winter parkas, boots and gloves, engineers for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. used trucks equipped with special sensors, computers and weights as they drove wide circles through a snow-packed field in 10-degree weather on a recent afternoon. Scientists from the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker traveled nearly 1,000 miles in search of the cold and snowy conditions needed for the early September testing. They found what they were looking for in the Florida Panhandle. The test engineers spent their…

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