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  1. Uncharted waters: Restoring the deep Gulf of Mexico fouled by BP's Deepwater Horizon spill


    NEW ORLEANS — Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called …

    In November 2010, the Mississippi Canyon 294 coral community in the Gulf of Mexico was discovered to have been damaged during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the foreground is a large colony of the octocoral Paragorgia, with numerous, smaller, yellow Paramuricea coral colonies with symbiotic brittle stars in the background. [Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER, and BOEM, via AP]
  2. All along the East Coast, officials turn to technology to protect against shark attacks


    CHATHAM, Mass. — From drones and smartphone apps to old-school flags and signs, a growing great white shark population along the East Coast has officials and researchers turning to responses both high- and low-tech to ensure safety for millions of beachgoers this summer.

    Leslie Reynolds, chief ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore, displays a shark-alert flag at the U.S. Parks Service's Cape Cod headquarters in Wellfleet, Mass. The new flags will be used to warn beachgoers to avoid going in the water at areas where sharks have been sighted. [Philip Marcelo | Associated Press]
  3. Video: Boy treated at hospital after shark attack in Florida


    NEPTUNE BEACH — A Florida police spokesman says a 13-year-old boy was badly hurt after a shark attack.

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Todd Wilcox's claim that waterboarding works

    State Roundup

    U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox said the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding isn't torture but an effective tool in the global war on terror.

    It gets results, he said.

    U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox speaks at the Plant City Republican Women Federated Women’s Club meeting in April.
  5. There's no fun these days in Florida's political parties

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — This summer may be remembered not only for a blue moon and the welcome end to a bitter presidential primary, it may also mark the time America's century-old political parties went on life support.

    2016 may mark the time America's century-old political parties went on life support. (DIRK SHADD, Times, 2012)
  6. Pam Keith is Democratic underdog in Florida's U.S. Senate race

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — While Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson attack one another in an increasingly bitter battle to become Florida Democrats' candidate for U.S. Senate, Pam Keith is quietly turning heads to present herself as an alternative contender.

    U.S. Senate candidate Pam Keith, a North Palm Beach attorney, addresses the Florida Democratic state convention during the party dinner, Oct. 31, 2015. [Photo courtesy of the Florida Democratic Party]
  7. Workers' compensation rates could jump after Florida Supreme Court ruling


    TALLAHASSEE — After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney's fees, workers' compensation insurance rates could go up 17.1 percent, according to a proposal submitted Friday to state regulators.

  8. News at noon: Obama at Hiroshima; Marco Rubio; bed bugs on campus; Disney; Ducky's; Raymond; and Alexander Hamilton


    President Barack Obama called for an end to nuclear weapons in a solemn visit to Hiroshima. The president may have faced the legacy of Hiroshima most directly with …

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talks with Sunao Tsuboi, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday in Hiroshima, Japan. [Associated Press]
  9. As Marco Rubio rehabs his career, a vocal, visible senator emerges

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Two months after a brutal home-state loss that ended his presidential campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is in a one-man race against time and perception.

    Sen. Marco Rubio
  10. Is GOP rival Tim Schock targeting Jim Norman's ethical past? Pretty much


    TAMPA — Did Tim Schock take a shot at Jim Norman's ethical history on Thursday?

    Norman said no.

    Former state legislator Jim Norman said comments made at Thursday's debate by his Republican opponent Tim Schock in the District 6 county commission race were not about his past ethical history. But Schock said they were. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]