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  1. Sen. Marco Rubio takes aggressive turn as face of opposition to President Obama's Cuba decision


    WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama dropped the bombshell about Cuba on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio was hurrying to the Capitol where a packed room of reporters awaited.

    Sen. Marco Rubio reacts to President Barack Obama's announcement about revising policies on U.S.-Cuba relations on Dec. 17, 2014, in Washington. Rubio called the president a bad negotiator and criticized what he claimed was a deal with no democratic advances for Cuba. [Getty Images]
  2. Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free


    WASHINGTON — U.S. contractor Alan Gross, released from Cuban captivity Wednesday, said he was grateful to the efforts of his family, lawmakers and the White House for securing his freedom, and supportive of President Barack Obama's newly announced plan to normalize relations with Cuba.

    Alan Gross holds his wife Judy's hand while during a news conference at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after five years in a Cuban prison. [Assocaited Press]
  3. Jeff Vinik's $1 billion plan for downtown Tampa finally revealed


    TAMPA — Roads that don't meet. An incomplete skyline. An empty crater at the heart of the city.

    An artist's rendering shows what the southern end of downtown Tampa will look like once Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's new project is complete, bringing 3 million square feet of new development around Amalie Arena. [Strategic Property Partners LLC]
  4. Sen. Jack Latvala gears up for another growler battle


    TALLAHASSEE — It was one of the most spirited battles in the Legislature this year, pitting scrappy independent craft brewers against wealthy beer distributors intent on preserving their dwindling customer base.

  5. Gov. Rick Scott shakes up FDLE, forces longtime commissioner to resign


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's transition to a second term suddenly turned rocky Tuesday when he forced the resignation of the longtime leader of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

  6. Jeb Bush: I will 'actively explore' 2016 presidential run

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — When Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he is "actively" exploring a 2016 campaign for president, he was sending a decisive message to major donors and potential rivals: I'm in.

    Jeb Bush, 61, who served as governor for two terms, hasn’t run a race in a dozen years.
  7. Florida legislators vow to get payment to abused child

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Several influential South Florida legislators said Monday they will not let a legal technicality stand in the way of getting payments to the victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history.

  8. Economists project nearly $1 billion surplus for Florida budget

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Lower gas prices and rising consumer confidence prompted state economists on Monday to boost revenue estimates for next year's budget by $622 million.

  9. Jeb Bush to South Carolina graduates: Seek joy in life

    State Roundup

    Right after Jeb Bush finished speaking to graduates at the University of South Carolina on Monday, a Democratic opposition research group tweeted that it was there watching.

    Jeb Bush delivers a speech at the University of South Carolina on Monday.
  10. Legoland offers some Christmas deals


    Legoland Florida is offering a couple of Christmas deals that will get you a free second day. If you visit the Winter Haven theme park by Dec. 27, you get a free ticket to return between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. Simply show your paid ticket at the park turnstiles for processing before Dec. 27 to claim your free ticket. And …