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  1. Neil Patrick Harris, Frozen's Kristoff among celebrity narrators at Epcot's Candelight

    Florida

    Two of the most anticipated celebrity narrators for Epcot's Candlelight Processional — actor Neil Patrick Harris and Broadway star Jonathan Groff, the voice of Kristoff from Frozen — will be telling the Christmas story before a full choir to help kick off the opening of the popular holiday …

  2. Emails detail GOP consultants' mission to circumvent Fla.'s gerrymandering ban

    Politics

    The Republican consultants had to be hush-hush — "almost paranoid" in the words of one — because of their high-stakes mission: Get go-betweens to help circumvent a Florida Constitutional ban on gerrymandering.

    House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate Reapportionment Chairman Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, confer during August's special session to redraw two congressional districts ruled unconstitutional last month. Newly released documents indicate that the redistricting process was steered by GOP consultants working with Republican legislators to draw districts that intentionally favored incumbents, in violation of the state constitution. [AP photo]
  3. Legislators will decide whether to limit impact of environmental initiative

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida environmentalists say they were forced to go to voters to get permanent funding for land and water protection because legislators neglected the need for too many years. But now — even though Amendment 1 passed with 75 percent of the vote — the Legislature will get the last …

  4. Buzz: Without real rivals, two top candidates snag Florida public campaign funds

    State Roundup

    Tampa businesswoman Kathleen Shanahan, the Republican fundraiser, activist and former chief of staff to Jeb Bush, named no names in a recent column for the Tampa Bay Times about the obscene fundraising and campaign spending by top elected officials who faced no real opposition in their recent elections:

    Kathleen Shanahan was critical of fundraising in uncompetitive races.
  5. Orlando I-Drive developer unveils insane plan for 420-foot swing ride (w/video)

    Attractions

    You know those swing rides with a tall pole that spin and you end up parallel to the ground as you twirl in a circle like a Maypole? It's usually a kiddie ride, right?

    A rendering of the Vue 360 ride planned for International Drive in Orlando shows riders flying hundreds of feet in the air.
  6. Obama executive order protects 5M undocumented immigrants

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the most dramatic changes to immigration policy in decades, protecting 5 million people — roughly 40 percent of the undocumented population in the United States — from deportation, arguing his actions were legal and not amnesty.

    From left, Emiliana Ortiz, Benito Ortiz and their daughter Rosalba Ortiz, 19, react to President Obama’s announcement at the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund office in Tampa.
  7. Florida woman latest to accuse Bill Cosby of forced sex (w/ video)

    Celebrities

    BOCA RATON — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

    Nurse Therese Serignese, 57, discusses her experience with comedian Bill Cosby at her home on Thursday  in Boca Raton. Serignese said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment.  [Associated Press]
  8. At education summit, Jeb Bush seeks balance on Common Core under 2016 glare

    National

    WASHINGTON — This town is rife with speculation about who will run for president, so when Jeb Bush took the stage Thursday morning at his Foundation for Excellence in Education summit, there was great interest in what he had to say.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens to a speaker before giving his keynote address at his Foundation for Excellence in Education summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
  9. FSU president John Thrasher played key role in 2011 defeat of NRA guns-on-campus bill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University President John Thrasher, who started the job only earlier this month, was in New York at the time of the shootings and immediately returned to Tallahassee.

  10. Gov. Scott's low-key second inaugural: no black tie ball, just barbecues

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's second inaugural celebration will be much more low-key than his first one and a lot less expensive, too.