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  1. Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority

    State Roundup

    The polling is in: Cuban exile hardliners and Republicans are in the clear minority nationwide when it comes to the embargo and re-establishing ties with the island nation.

  2. Satanic Temple's holiday display at Florida Capitol damaged

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman, police said.

    John and Jean Porgal of the group American Atheists take photos Tuesday of damage to a Satanic Temple holiday display they installed the day before at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. A woman damaged the display.
  3. U.S. travel, trade with Cuba may start in 2015

    State Roundup

    With glasses raised, some Cuban exiles still hopefully toast "Next Year in Havana" as the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.

    People wait Friday at Miami International Airport to check luggage and merchandise for an ABC Charters American Airlines flight to Havana. President Barack Obama’s decision to relax the U.S. policy toward Cuba may mean more travel between the countries.
  4. Satanic Temple holiday display arrives at Florida Capitol

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Satanic Temple, a New York group that doesn't really worship the devil, put up a crudely made diorama in the entry rotunda of Florida's Capitol on Monday.

    Installed in Tallahassee on Monday, it says “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.”
  5. Bay area court clerks will not issue same-sex marriage licenses Jan. 6

    State Roundup

    Pinellas Clerk of Court Ken Burke expects same-sex couples will show up to his office Jan. 6 to seek a marriage license.

    Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith challenges the clerks.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio largely right that Cuba promised no democratic reforms

    Politics

    Sen. Marco Rubio has taken the lead opposing President Barack Obama's overhaul of U.S.-Cuba relations. His main complaint: The United States isn't getting enough out of the deal, especially when it comes to democratic reforms.

    Sen. Marco Rubio on Cuba: “The White House has conceded everything and gained little.”
  7. Petition drive for 2016 would make it easier for ex-felons to regain voting rights

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Civil rights and voting rights groups have quietly launched a grass roots petition drive in Florida to make it easier for ex-felons to regain the right to vote.

  8. Transparency lost in reviews of Florida child abuse deaths

    State Roundup

    In December 2009, the state panel that reviews child abuse deaths released a 179-page report. The document included a detailed analysis of what killed Florida children the year before, dozens of charts and graphs describing both the victims and perpetrators of child abuse, and brief memorials for several of the …

  9. Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy, new poll shows

    State Roundup

    Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week's historic announcement.

    A U.S. and Cuban flag hang from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. After the surprise announcement on Wednesday of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the U.S., many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs and the comforts taken for granted elsewhere, and lift their struggling economy. However others feared a cultural onslaught, or that crime and drugs, both rare in Cuba, will become common along with visitors from the United States. [Associated Press]
  10. Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5

    State Roundup

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday chose not to meddle in Florida's tug-of-war over marriage equality, declining to delay the Jan. 6 start of same-sex vows.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi sought uniformity on the issue.