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911 calls on nursing home dying: 'Oh my God, this is crazy'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At first there was no hint of distress in the 911 calls, no sense of a crisis unfolding. But newly released emergency calls from a sweltering Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning to Hurricane Irma showed...


27 years later, arrest is made in killer-clown case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On a May morning in 1990, Marlene Warren answered her front door in an upscale Florida suburb to find a clown in an orange wig, red nose and white face paint handing her carnations and foil balloons. "How pretty!" she e...

 By Terry Spencer    Regional    July 9, 2017

Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the nursing home set

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Amy Bernard and her brother kept their mother out of a nursing home as long as they could, until Parkinson's and dementia took their toll and she was seriously injured in a fall. Bernard is happy with her mother's nursi...


Attorney: Florida never helped girl who livestreamed suicide

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who broadcast her suicide on Facebook never got the help she needed from Florida's foster care system, an attorney said Wednesday, even though she had exhibited dangerous and self-destructive behavior. Nak...


For firefighters, emotional stress often the deadliest enemy

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Battalion Chief David Dangerfield's nickname was "Super Dave," a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet...


Report: Zookeeper screamed for help before tiger attack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP, posted Sept. 23, 2016) — A zookeeper screamed for help into her radio before she was fatally attacked by a Malayan tiger, but the 350-pound animal crushed her neck before her co-workers could reach her, an autopsy report...


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