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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. New leaders Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner vow to continue Legislature's push to the right

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Republican hegemony of the Florida Legislature continued Tuesday with the formal elections of the next leaders of the House and Senate, two like-minded Central Florida lawmakers who vowed to capitalize on the mandate given to them by voters.

    State Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, left, and state Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, join Gov. Rick Scott in greeting guests prior to Scott delivering his State of the State address in Tallahassee last year.
  8. Florida's 2014 election by the numbers shows Gov. Rick Scott won by 64,145 votes

    State Roundup

    Florida's 2014 election results were certified Tuesday, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott defeated Democrat Charlie Crist by 64,145 votes, a margin of 1.07 percent. More than 75,000 voters skipped the race for governor, a sign of the widespread disapproval of both candidates. Despite a mediocre statewide turnout of 50.5 …

    Gov. Rick Scott’s winning percentage in the 2014 elections was the smallest in a governor’s race since 1916.
  9. Free Smithsonian animal exhibit making a Tampa stop this weekend

    Events

    A free interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian is making the final stop on its U.S. tour at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo this weekend. Animal Connections: Our Journey Together will be parked by the main entrance to the zoo at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa to introduce visitors to the special relationship humans share with …

    A free Smithsonian exhibit, Animal Connections: Our Journey Together will end its U.S. tour this weekend at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, parked by the main entrance. Lowry Park Zoo
  10. Video shows ride on world's tallest roller coaster being built in Orlando

    Florida

    The company behind the world's tallest roller coaster coming to Orlando in 2017 has released a stomach-turning video simulating what the twisting Skyscraper will look like when it terrifies people riding it over International Drive.

    This rendering shows the “polercoaster” Skyscraper, which will stand 570 feet tall over International Drive.