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Carnival Freedom: 3rd Florida-based cruise ship to report Covid-19 cases 

An undisclosed number of passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Freedom cruise caught the virus so the ship was denied entry to Bonaire and Aruba, Carnival said in a statement.
It was the third outbreak this week affecting cruise ships operated by Carnival and Royal Caribbean departing Miami and Fort Lauderdale ports. In picture - A cruise ship sits docked.(Reuters | Representational image)
It was the third outbreak this week affecting cruise ships operated by Carnival and Royal Caribbean departing Miami and Fort Lauderdale ports. In picture - A cruise ship sits docked.(Reuters | Representational image)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 12:23 AM IST
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AP | , Miami

Police rescue a 5-foot-long snake hiding inside a new couch in Florida. See pics

“A resident at Marilyn Pines calls this afternoon because he’s got a snake in his condo and it’s hiding in his couch,” reads a part of the post shared on Facebook.
The image shows the officer holding the rescued snake. (Facebook/@Clearwater Police Department)
The image shows the officer holding the rescued snake. (Facebook/@Clearwater Police Department)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 11:54 AM IST
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ByTrisha Sengupta

Bear with plastic container stuck on its head for 28 days get rescued. Watch

The video shared by MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife, shows a bear had a container around its neck for over 28 days. It was removed and the bear was released back into the wild.
The bear gets rescued after having a plastic container stuck on its head for 28 days. (facebook/@MyFWC)
The bear gets rescued after having a plastic container stuck on its head for 28 days. (facebook/@MyFWC)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 02:28 PM IST
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Astronauts suit up for planned SpaceX mission to International Space Station

Crew 3 will be welcomed aboard the space station by its three current occupants - two cosmonauts from Russia and Belarus and a US astronaut who shared a Soyuz flight to the orbiting platform earlier this year.
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer of Germany, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron wave while departing the crew quarters for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer of Germany, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron wave while departing the crew quarters for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 05:14 AM IST
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Watch Live: SpaceX launches world's first all-civilian Inspiration4 mission

The SpaceX Inspiration4 mission is being watched with great interest across the world since it is the world's first all-civilian mission, a venture that could pave the way for space tourism.
This screengrab taken from the SpaceX live webcast shows crew members (from R) Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, and Christopher Sembroski after being buckled into their seats in the Crew Dragon capsule ahead of the launch of the Inspiration4 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on September 15, 2021. (AFP)
This screengrab taken from the SpaceX live webcast shows crew members (from R) Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, and Christopher Sembroski after being buckled into their seats in the Crew Dragon capsule ahead of the launch of the Inspiration4 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on September 15, 2021. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 16, 2021 05:33 AM IST
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Florida gunman killed 4, including mom still holding baby

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the unidentified suspect was dressed in full body armour — including a bulletproof vest — when he was found outside a Lakeland home that had been booby-trapped.
After two rounds of gunfire with police and deputies — where dozens “if not hundreds of rounds” were exchanged, Judd said, the suspect was shot once and left the home to surrender.(AP)
After two rounds of gunfire with police and deputies — where dozens “if not hundreds of rounds” were exchanged, Judd said, the suspect was shot once and left the home to surrender.(AP)
Published on Sep 05, 2021 11:00 PM IST
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PTI | , Florida

Covid-19: Record deaths in Florida amid Delta surge in US

People aged 65 and above accounted for 63% of the Covid-19 deaths in Florida. Cumulatively, over the entire period of the pandemic, Florida seniors have made up 79% of deaths.
Covid-19 in Florida: The daily average rose 36% to 335, according to calculations based on data in the report. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Covid-19 in Florida: The daily average rose 36% to 335, according to calculations based on data in the report. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 04, 2021 09:31 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Fueled by Delta, Covid cases are on the rise in US; Florida hit worst

Kentucky and Texas have also joined the list of states where intensive care units (ICUs) are overflowing with patients extremely ill with the coronavirus, while top health officials in New Mexico warned on Wednesday that the state is about a week away from rationing health care.
A paramedic admits a patient to the emergency ward at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, this month. (Octavio Jones / REUTERS)
A paramedic admits a patient to the emergency ward at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, this month. (Octavio Jones / REUTERS)
Published on Aug 27, 2021 08:22 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Florida's domestic tourism returns even as international market lags behind

  • Florida's tourism marketing firm, Visit Florida, reveals that about 30.6 million domestic visitors came to the US state from April through June of this year, a 216% jump from the same time last year during the height of Covid-19 pandemic closures
Florida's domestic tourism returns even as international market lags behind amid Covid-19(AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Florida's domestic tourism returns even as international market lags behind amid Covid-19(AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 08:13 AM IST
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AP | , Orlando, Fla.

Zoo in Florida welcomes baby albino alligators, shares super adorable video

“Wow, they look so beautiful,” wrote a Facebook user while reacting to the video.
The image shows the newborn albino alligators.(Facebook/Wild Florida)
The image shows the newborn albino alligators.(Facebook/Wild Florida)
Published on Aug 19, 2021 05:04 PM IST
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ByTrisha Sengupta

Fred, moving towards Florida, may ‘regain’ tropical storm status

The system was dropping heavy rain over parts of Cuba in the early morning hours and was on a forecast track that would carry it toward South Florida by Saturday, the US National Weather Service said.
Tropical storm Fred had earlier lost its strength and was reported to have weakened into a depression. However, it may now regain its strength, meteorologists said. (Photo via Accuweather)
Tropical storm Fred had earlier lost its strength and was reported to have weakened into a depression. However, it may now regain its strength, meteorologists said. (Photo via Accuweather)
Published on Aug 13, 2021 12:03 PM IST
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Florida breaks 2020's record of Covid-19 hospitalizations as cases surge

The previous record was from July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread, when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association.
Florida is now leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations for Covid-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients.(AP)
Florida is now leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations for Covid-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients.(AP)
Published on Aug 02, 2021 09:41 AM IST
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AP | , Orlando

Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new Covid-19 cases

  • Health officials on Friday announced that coronavirus cases in Florida had jumped 50% over the past week with Covid-19 hospitalizations in the state nearing last year’s peak.
Florida has become the new national epicentre for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the US (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)(AP)
Florida has become the new national epicentre for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the US (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)(AP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2021 03:33 AM IST
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Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site

  • Although forensic scientists are still at work, including examining the debris at the warehouse, there are no more bodies to be found where the building once stood.
Members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's urban search and rescue team are reunited with their families after weeks of working on the rubble pile at the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium.(AP)
Members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's urban search and rescue team are reunited with their families after weeks of working on the rubble pile at the collapsed Champlain Towers South condominium.(AP)
Published on Jul 24, 2021 01:20 AM IST
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Candle thief uses bear mace repellent on mall patrons in US

  • The unidentified suspect entered the store, filled a bag with candles and then started spraying people with mace.
A portion of the mall was evacuated after the macing Saturday.(AP / Representational Image)
A portion of the mall was evacuated after the macing Saturday.(AP / Representational Image)
Published on Jul 18, 2021 10:45 PM IST
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Confirmed death toll in Miami condo collapse reaches 86, mayor says

No survivors have been pulled alive from the ruins since the first few hours after the tower partially caved in on itself early on June 24.
Investigators have not determined what caused the 40-year-old Champlain Towers South to collapse.(AP)
Investigators have not determined what caused the 40-year-old Champlain Towers South to collapse.(AP)
Published on Jul 10, 2021 08:00 PM IST
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Reuters | , Washington

3 US states under tropical storm warning as Elsa nears landfall in Florida

  • Elsa is now tracking off the Florida west coast where it is expected to make landfall on Wednesday morning with threats of storm surge flooding, strong winds, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes.
Elsa’s maximum sustained winds stood at 120 kmph early Wednesday when its core was 105 kilometres southwest of Tampa.(AFP)
Elsa’s maximum sustained winds stood at 120 kmph early Wednesday when its core was 105 kilometres southwest of Tampa.(AFP)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 04:17 PM IST
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Tropical storm Elsa turns into hurricane; alert issued in Florida

Hurricane Elsa is headed toward Florida's northern Gulf Coast packing wind speeds of up to 75 mph (121 kmph), news agencies reported, citing the National Weather Service.
Dark clouds from Tropical Storm Elsa loom over Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Park at Venice Beach, Florida, US, on July 6, 2021. (REUTERS/Octavio Jones)
Dark clouds from Tropical Storm Elsa loom over Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Park at Venice Beach, Florida, US, on July 6, 2021. (REUTERS/Octavio Jones)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 06:24 AM IST
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Tropical Storm Elsa lashing Florida Keys, to strengthen slowly

In addition to damaging winds and heavy rains, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surges, flooding and isolated tornadoes.
Elsa’s maximum sustained winds strengthened to 60 mph (95 kph) early Tuesday.(AP)
Elsa’s maximum sustained winds strengthened to 60 mph (95 kph) early Tuesday.(AP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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AP | , Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Florida building collpase: Death toll climbs to 32 after 4 more bodies found

Lightning forced rescuers to pause their work for two hours early Tuesday, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said.
No one has been rescued alive since the first hours after the collapse, but rescuers were still holding out hope of reuniting loved ones.(AP)
No one has been rescued alive since the first hours after the collapse, but rescuers were still holding out hope of reuniting loved ones.(AP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 08:31 PM IST
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AP | , Surfside, Florida

Alligator wanders into Florida church, runs away as pastor tries to baptize it

“When a Gator shows up to your church but isn’t ready to accept the Lord,” reads the caption shared alongside the post.
The image shows pastor Daniel Gregory of Victory church taking a selfie with the alligator.(Facebook/@Daniel Gregory)
The image shows pastor Daniel Gregory of Victory church taking a selfie with the alligator.(Facebook/@Daniel Gregory)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 08:29 AM IST
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Surfside building collapse: 3 more bodies recovered as death toll rises to 27

Three more victims were discovered, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members, raising the death toll to 27 people. More than 115 people remain unaccounted for.
The demolition opened up a previously inaccessible area for the search, though the chances of finding any survivors there waned, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.(AP)
The demolition opened up a previously inaccessible area for the search, though the chances of finding any survivors there waned, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.(AP)
Published on Jul 05, 2021 08:18 PM IST
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AP | , Surfside, Florida

Ahead of US Independence Day, Trump holds 'Save America' rally in Florida

This is the former president's second "Save America" rally, the earlier being held in Ohio near the end of last month. There, Trump had dissed US president Joe Biden's performance as a "catastrophe" and criticised the current administration for the crime wave in major cities.
Former US President Donald Trump walks on stage during a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Former US President Donald Trump walks on stage during a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 08:23 AM IST
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By | Written by Joydeep Bose

Demolition of collapsed Florida condo to start Sunday, says fire official

  • Worries have intensified over the past week that the damaged condominium complex in Florida could come tumbling down on its own.
Search and rescue personnel work at the site of a collapsed Florida condominium complex in Surfside, Miami, US.( via Reuters)
Search and rescue personnel work at the site of a collapsed Florida condominium complex in Surfside, Miami, US.( via Reuters)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 08:40 PM IST
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AP | , North Miami Beach, Florida

Florida condo collapse: Toll rises to 22; nearby building evacuated

This rise in deaths came as Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava news agency AFP on Friday that she signed an order which authorised the demolition of the portion of the building which is still standing.
A general view of a memorial that has pictures of some of the missing from the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 02, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.(AFP)
A general view of a memorial that has pictures of some of the missing from the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 02, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.(AFP)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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By | Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Female voice was heard during initial rescue efforts, says Florida official

  • The search and rescue operation has stretched into the eighth day after the 12-storey Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed last week.
Rescue efforts at the site of the partially collapsed building were halted Thursday out of concern about the stability of the remaining structure.(AP)
Rescue efforts at the site of the partially collapsed building were halted Thursday out of concern about the stability of the remaining structure.(AP)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 11:06 PM IST
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By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Kids react to otters visiting their home in Florida, viral video wins hearts

The video prompted people to share sweet comments.
The image shows otters in the backyard of a family.(Screengrab)
The image shows otters in the backyard of a family.(Screengrab)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 09:22 AM IST
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Four more bodies found in Florida condo rubble; at least 16 dead

  • Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said that in addition to those four bodies, crews also found other human remains.
Local search and rescue personnel and members of an Israeli team work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building.(AP)
Local search and rescue personnel and members of an Israeli team work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building.(AP)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 08:36 PM IST
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AP | , Surfside, Florida

Biden to visit Florida condo collapse site on July 1 as search continues

  • At least 11 deaths have been confirmed and 150 are still unaccounted for in the condo collapse in South Florida and the search for survivors has stretched into a sixth day.
The 12-storey Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed last week.(AP)
The 12-storey Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed last week.(AP)
Published on Jun 29, 2021 10:08 PM IST
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By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Death toll in Florida condo collapse rises to 9, over 150 still unaccounted for

  • Scores of rescue workers remained on the massive pile of rubble, working to find survivors among the more than 150 people who remain unaccounted for.
A South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team looks for survivors at the 12-story oceanfront condo that partially collapsed early Thursday.(AP)
A South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team looks for survivors at the 12-story oceanfront condo that partially collapsed early Thursday.(AP)
Published on Jun 27, 2021 09:40 PM IST
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