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  1. Burmese python bagged in Everglades measures 18 feet, 3 inches and 133 pounds

    Wildlife

    A massive python slithering along the tram road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park may be one for the record books.

    University of Florida researchers captured this female Burmese python, measuring 18 feet, 3 inches, and weighing 133 pounds, while tracking invasive species at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park on July 9.[U.S. Geological Survey]
  2. Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet to settle property lawsuit with Tallahassee lawyer

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members will settle a three-year-old legal battle next week that will give the state access to property it wants to acquire to build a park near the Governor's Mansion.

    Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet will settle a lawsuit over access to property the state wants to acquire as part of a project to enhance the Governor's mansion. [Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP]
  3. Islamic State sympathizer accused of plotting to bomb a Florida beach

    Crime

    MIAMI — A man arrested by the FBI on charges of plotting as an Islamic State sympathizer to detonate a nail-filled bomb on a Florida beach is no extremist, his attorney says.

    Federal agents and Key West police officers gather in a restaurant parking lot in Key West on Monday. A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil was charged Tuesday with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach. [Rob O'Neal | Key West Citizen via AP]
  4. Missing Florida teens strayed from planned route into open ocean

    Public Safety

    TEQUESTA — Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried to maintain hope against the fading odds of their survival.

    People gather during a candlelight vigil and paper balloon release at Jupiter Inlet Park on Monday for teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen in Jupiter. [Thomas Cordy |  Palm Beach Post via AP]
  5. Florida Senate concedes legal battle, sets special session to redraw districts

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After spending nearly three years and millions of dollars defending its redistricting maps, the Florida Senate gave up the fight Tuesday as it conceded for the first time that the courts were going to find it violated the state Constitution.

    The Legislature will meet from Oct. 19 to Nov. 6, according to a joint statement put out by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, pictured, and Senate President Andy Gardiner. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  6. Walton County votes to replace one Confederate flag with another

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Bucking a national trend, a defiant Walton County voted Tuesday after an emotional hearing to replace one Confederate flag with another one at its courthouse in the Florida Panhandle.

  7. Florida leads nation in property at risk from climate change

    State Roundup

    MIAMI —A new study by the Risky Business Project paints a grim picture of Florida's economy if industries fail to take seriously the risks from climate change.

  8. At $14 billion, beer is big business for Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida loves a cold brew — a lot, according to a new study that says beer pumps $14 billion into the state's economy every year.

    Ty Weaver, Head Brewer at 3 Daughter's Brewing. Executive Chef Mark Heimann at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club and brewmaster Ty with 3 Daughter's Brewing  Executive Chef Mark Heimann at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club has collaborated with 3 Daughters Brewery to come up with a signature Paul's Landing beer as well as an array of ale-friendly dishes to go with it.   [The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club]
  9. Coast Guard offers hope of finding missing Florida teens alive

    Public Safety

    JUPITER — More than three days after two 14-year-old boys disappeared on what was supposed to be a routine fishing trip, Coast Guard officials offered hope the teenagers could be found alive.

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, near Jupiter, Fla,.buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  10. Auditor general's report critical of how Florida handles voter information

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A highly critical state audit casts new doubt on whether Florida is ready to count votes in the 2016 presidential election and puts added pressure on Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official to show improvement.

    Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, middle, looks over an absentee ballot. Corley said he is troubled by the audit’s results.