AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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TALLAHASSSEE — The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount. By Brendan Farrington and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 727 words with AP photos and video
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WINTER HAVEN — Dogs survive in her care because she doesn’t give up. That’s what Stefanie Badillo, 45, of Auburndale, said about herself. Badillo is the owner of the nonprofit Crossed Paws Pet Rescue at what used to be Winter Haven Kennels, 3205 Recker Highway. “I’ve spent a lot of time, money and sleepless nights,” Badillo said. “I love animals and always have.” Since 2009, Badillo estimates that she’s spent about $60,000 of her own money rehabilitating animals. She said it started when she took in two Jack Russell Terriers that had been thrown out of a car window. By Mike Ferguson. SENT: 594 words. With AP photos.
JACKSONVILLE — She’d pull four plates, four forks and four knives from the cupboard and then it would hit her: There were only three in the family now. Jessie Clifton was 11 when in 1998 her 8-year-old sister, Maddie, whom she considered to be her very best friend, seemingly vanished from the suburban Jacksonville neighborhood they grew up in. From that moment on, no one’s life in the Clifton family would be the same. By Aileen Kelly. SENT: 1816 words with AP photos
PYTHON HUNT — Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.
ALLIGATOR ATTACK — Officials say a man was hospitalized after being attacked by a 9-foot, 8-inch (3-meter) alligator in Florida.
MIAMI — A pair of struggling teams — 5-6 Miami and 2-9 Washington — meet on Saturday night. The Heat topped the Wizards in a one-point game in the opening week of the season. Game begins 8:10 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
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