Sunday, August 19, 2018

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H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation

Some of the world’s largest clothing chains, including Zara, H&M, Gap and Topshop, have vowed to discontinue selling mohair apparel following allegations of animal cruelty at a dozen goat farms in South Africa.Mohair, made from the hair of Angora...

Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date

SAN JOSE - At Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled changes to the social networking platform, from a function to allow users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them to a new dating...

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Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIOThe Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart...

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Ronda Storms falling short in contributions but insists she has a chance against Joe Wicker

Ronda Storms falling short in contributions but insists she has a chance against Joe Wicker

The Republican primary for the 59th state House seat pits a political figure with high name recognition against a business owner who's winning the race for money and endorsements.Joe Wicker, 40, is an Army veteran who owns a home health-care business...
Published: 08/17/18
More than 800,000 ballots cast as early voting is set to go statewide

More than 800,000 ballots cast as early voting is set to go statewide

More than 800,000 ballots had been cast by Friday morning, 11 days before a closed primary election when both parties will nominate candidates for governor and other state and local offices.The Division of Elections reports that 785,400 voters had ca...
Published: 08/17/18
An election supervisor gives Bill Nelson ‘a fit’ over his Russian claims

An election supervisor gives Bill Nelson ‘a fit’ over his Russian claims

When U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson made a campaign stop in Madison this week, Tommy Hardee asked for a face-to-face meeting — to "eat his lunch.""I was trying to give him as much of a fit as I could," Hardee said.Hardee is the supervisor of elections f...
Published: 08/17/18
Can Bernie Sanders swing the Florida governor’s race?

Can Bernie Sanders swing the Florida governor’s race?

Andrew Gillum's gubernatorial campaign may come down to one question: How much does Bernie Sanders' support matter in a Democratic primary?The Independent Senator from Vermont is coming to Tampa on Friday to campaign with Gillum, the Tallahassee mayo...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
For Andrew Gillum, violent crime called for ‘state of emergency.’ Others didn’t agree.

For Andrew Gillum, violent crime called for ‘state of emergency.’ Others didn’t agree.

When Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum called to end the "Stand Your Ground" law after the shooting of Markeis McGlockton last month, he asked Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency to suspend the law.It didn't happen. It was a politically imp...
Published: 08/17/18
Down in the polls, Adam Putnam doubles down on breakfast and BBQs before primary

Down in the polls, Adam Putnam doubles down on breakfast and BBQs before primary

With less than two weeks until primary day, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is doubling down on the campaign strategy that has gotten him this far: breakfast and barbecues, served with a side of law enforcement.Putnam on Friday will meet with su...
Published: 08/17/18
Florida gun group: Ron DeSantis supports openly carrying guns without requiring permit

Florida gun group: Ron DeSantis supports openly carrying guns without requiring permit

Ron DeSantis told a gun rights advocacy group that people should not need a permit to openly carry a firearm in public, according to the group's lawyer and a release sent out by the organization this week.Eric Friday, the general counsel for Flo...
Published: 08/17/18
Trump nominates U.S. attorney with close ties to Matt Gaetz

Trump nominates U.S. attorney with close ties to Matt Gaetz

WASHINGTON – President Trump has nominated a former law partner of Rep. Matt Gaetz to become U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida.The buzz is the nomination of Larry Keefe, subject to Senate confirmation, has stirred talk in the r...
Published: 08/16/18
Florida election officials to Bill Nelson: You must reveal more about Russian hacking claim

Florida election officials to Bill Nelson: You must reveal more about Russian hacking claim

Two top Florida election officials demanded Thursday that Sen. Bill Nelson reveal more about his unsubstantiated claim that Russians have hacked some county election systems."We are aware of the threat and the need to stay vigilant, but if you have s...
Published: 08/16/18
Citing hurricane in Puerto Rico, lawsuit seeks bilingual ballots in 32 more Florida counties

Citing hurricane in Puerto Rico, lawsuit seeks bilingual ballots in 32 more Florida counties

Voter advocacy groups aligned with Hispanics and Democrats filed a lawsuit Thursday calling on Gov. Rick Scott's administration to order all ballots and election materials to be printed in English and Spanish in 32 counties in the November general el...
Published: 08/16/18