On this final day of campaigning before Election Day, Hillary Clinton has the slimmest of leads in Florida over Donald Trump, taking 46 percent of the vote to Trump's 45 percent, according to a Qunnipiac University poll released this morning.
Trump will make what is likely his last stop in the state with a rally in Sarasota, while Clinton, who is trying to refocus the race on unity, will be represented by Vice President Joe Biden at a rally in St. Petersburg with Florida singer Jimmy Buffett.
EARLY VOTING SETS RECORDS
Powered by a record-setting torrent of last-minute early voters in traditional Democratic strongholds, Florida's pre-election turnout reached 6.4 million Monday, by far the largest of any state. That's also an all-time Florida record and equivalent to about half of the state's electorate of 12.9 million voters.
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JANET RENO DIES
Janet Reno was a prosecutor, a politician and a pioneer — a brainy South Floridian who grew up barefoot among peacocks and alligators and rose to the highest levels of government as the nation's first female attorney general. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1995, two years after President Bill Clinton appointed her to his cabinet. Reno died at age 78, her family said early Monday morning.
BAN ON 'TEXTING WHILE LEGISLATING'
Incoming Florida House speaker Richard Corcoran wants to impose a ban on texting while legislating. The Republican from Land O'Lakes says the new rule banning lobbyists from texting legislators while in committee or in the House chamber is needed to raise ethical standards and regain public confidence in the legislative process.
40 TO 50 BUILDINGS DAMAGED IN OKLA. QUAKE
Dozens of buildings sustained "substantial damage" after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Cushing, Okla., home to one of the world's key oil hubs, but officials said that no damage has been reported at the oil terminal. Sunday's earthquake was the third in Oklahoma this year with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater. No major injuries have been reported.
RESTAURANT REVIEW: PORTILLO'S
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Laura Reiley says Chicago may have gotten Joe Maddon, but we've now got Portillo's. And their Chicago dog, snappy with casing and served on a cushiony poppy seed-flecked bun with all the fixings — celery salt, chopped onion, tomato, pickle spear, sport peppers, mustard, crazy-green relish — requires full attention, many napkins and a keen appreciation of the merits of dental floss (yeesh, those poppy seeds). It's a classic, great dog.
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BUCS MARTIN, RODGERS STILL OUT
For fans excitedly hoping that the Bucs could get Doug Martin or Jacquizz Rodgers back at running back this week, Monday's bonus practice for Tampa Bay offered no such promising news. Martin, out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury, and Rodgers, out with a foot injury since the Raiders loss eight days ago, were both absent from Monday's practice.
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