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  1. Rubio: 'America cannot avoid its role as a global leader'

    The Buzz

    Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism -- of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival -- in foreign policy speech today that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world's hot spots. …

  2. Veterans with spinal cord injuries gain jobs, sense of purpose

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Troy Webb rolled his wheelchair back from a wall of screens showing the busy hallways of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He can see into a million square feet of the center through more than 100 cameras from his work space, a room the size of an average bedroom. …

  3. Senate votes to arm, train Syrian rebels against ISIS

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way Thursday night for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, reluctantly approving a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.  …

  4. Feds chase fugitive treasure hunter with Florida ties (w/video)

    Human Interest

    COLUMBUS, Ohio One of the last times anyone saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eyeglasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild.  …

  5. FGCU freshman from Trinity dies

    College

    A Florida Gulf Coast University freshman found severely ill and "possibly intoxicated'' in his dorm room Sunday morning died later in a Lee County hospital. A university spokeswoman identified the student as 19-year-old freshman Austin Vonckx, of Trinity.  …

  6. Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — A driver says George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, police said Friday.  …

  7. Miami loses DE for season

    Colleges

    MIAMI — Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad will not play for the Hurricanes this season, after his suspension from the university for a disciplinary matter was revealed Friday.  …

  8. Florida's a dangerous place

    State

    No. 1 for highest risk of property damage loss from natural hazards! Florida ranks as the U.S. state with the highest level of risk exposure to multiple natural hazards, according to new data released Thursday by CoreLogic. …