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A BIPARTISAN SPIRIT PROMISED BY NEW SPEAKER

NEW FLORIDA HOUSE SPEAKER MARCO RUBIO OF MIAMI PLEDGED THURSDAY THAT THE NEXT LEGISLATURE WILL AVOID THE NEGATIVITY HE SAYS HAS FOULED UP POLITICS AND WILL FOCUS ON SOLVING PROBLEMS, NO MATTER WHICH PARTY PROPOSES THE SOLUTIONS. RUBIO'S COMMENTS COME TWO DAYS AFTER HIS PARTY LOST AT LEAST SIX, PROBABLY SEVEN, HOUSE SEATS TO DEMOCRATS. HE WILL STILL OVERSEE A LIKELY 78-42 GOP MAJORITY. "I THINK WE HEARD 48 HOURS AGO FROM VOTERS ACROSS AMERICA, AND CERTAINLY FLORIDA, THAT POLITICS IS BROKEN IN AMERICA. AND THEY DON'T WANT A POLITICAL PROCESS THAT'S ABOUT BLAME. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE ERA OF PROBLEM SOLVERS," RUBIO SAID.

OCALA

Two men found slain in national forest

Marion County sheriff's detectives are investigating the deaths of two men found in a pickup truck in Ocala National Forest on Wednesday afternoon. Detectives said a 911 caller reported finding a black Nissan Titan parked beside a road with the two bodies in the back seat. Both men had been shot. Investigators were attempting to learn their identities.

LEHIGH ACRES

Crash of school bus, car kills one, hurts 7

A school bus and a car crashed at an intersection Thursday, killing the car driver and sending seven people to hospitals with minor injuries, authorities said. The bus, carrying about nine children, turned on its side after the car struck it about 3 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said. Eric Rivera, 21, the car driver, was killed, Lee County sheriff's Deputy Angelo Vaughn said. Four children and an adult were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital but later released. Two other children were treated for minor injuries and released by Lehigh Regional Hospital.

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