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Air traffic between US, Cuba to increase with new deal

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The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to fly to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.-Cuba trade since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in…

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Tropic Ocean kicks off flight service from downtown St. Pete to Fort Lauderdale

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A new flight service out of downtown St. Pete could be a useful tool in attracting new businesses. The first flight from Albert Whitted Airport to Fort Lauderdale took off from downtown St. Pete on  Monday morning.  St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce were on board to try it out. Photos show an amphibious Cessna parked at Albert Whitted Airport ready for takeoff. The interior, a small but spacious cabin seating…

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Fraternity suspended following death of female student

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A fraternity at a Florida International University has been suspended following the death of a female student who attended an off-campus party the fraternity hosted. Media outlets report the Phi Gamma Delta held a formal event at the Bahia Mar hotel in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month. Kellie Fullilove, a 19-year old nursing student, was found dead in a room the next morning. Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Keven Dupree says the death does not appear to be suspicious. Detectives are…

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Hillary Clinton set to raise campaign funds in Fort Lauderdale on October 2

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The Hillary Clinton campaign will stop in Florida in early October to hold a ritzy fundraiser at the Fort Lauderdale residence of longtime Clinton supporters and Democratic mega-donors Sharon and Mitchell Berger. An entry-level ticket to the October 2 event, which includes a photo opportunity with the former secretary of state, will set attendees back $2,700, the maximum an individual can contribute to a campaign by law. Raising $15,000 in campaign cash will get donors into the host reception with Clinton, while a $27,000 fundraising…

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Gwen Graham will soon reveal her 2016 intentions

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Down deep, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may already know whether she will run for re-election next year. With the Florida House and Senate in agreement on the new look of her District 2 and Corrine Brown’s District 5, the writing (or map) appears to be on the wall. Graham is doing the right thing by waiting until the court makes it official. Barring something totally unforeseen, a good chunk of her Democratic support in Tallahassee, Leon County and all of…

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Speaking at Koch Brothers event, Jeb Bush says he’s the leader that America needs

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Jeb Bush told a group of elite Republicans and libertarians in a speech in Southern California on Sunday night that America is desperate for leaders, and he is the man who can fill that gap in Washington. “People are desperately looking for is a leader, and I hope you’re looking at him, ” Bush said to Politico reporter Mike Allen in a conversation at the St. Regis Monarch Beach luxury resort, in Dana Point, Calif. The interview was live streamed on Politico’s website.…

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Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

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A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, police said. All three children were tossed to the sand while another unoccupied bounce house nearby also took flight westward over the state road and landed in the same lot, authorities added. The children were injured, but alert and conscious when they…

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