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5 reasons Florida might be the most dangerous state in the country

Florida is 2019's third-most dangerous state in the U.S., according to a new ranking by WalletHub. We think it should be number one. Here's why.

That time Amy Klobuchar was asked about Joe Biden's busing history ... and punted

It was the defining moment of Thursday's Democratic presidential debate: Sen. Kamala Harris, the only black candidate on the stage, challenging former Vice President Joe Biden on his civil rights record. Unlike Harris, Amy Klobuchar didn't call out Biden when asked about it in Tampa.

Here's the latest fallout from our investigation into problems at the Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute.

Following a Times investigation, the president of the Johns Hopkins Health System said leaders in Baltimore did not fully understand what was happening in the All Children's heart program until late last year. They'll be more involved in discipline and hiring. Also, we've got details on the first settlement to become public after the Times report on problems with the hospital's heart surgeries. In February, the system said it was negotiating with 11 families, "admitting our liability in most cases."

Online dating and online car shopping are the same. Can they lead to love?

How else do you meet people these days without an app? We've made the profiles, sent the random hellos and been on several dates. It usually doesn't add up to much, really. And these days, the same is true when car shopping. One dealer after another is trying to keep your attention, throwing out a deal, a pickup line. But are we wasting our time?

Alligator captured near Fort Meade canal where man's body was found

The Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call at 7:43 a.m. Thursday from a man saying a Mosaic employee found a body floating in a hydraulic ditch "with a gator ahold of it" on the company's property, just off Peeples Road, near State Road 630, west of Fort Meade.

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  1. An armored police vehicle enters the Town Center at Boca Raton parking lot in front of Nordstrom, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Boca Raton, Fla., as the mall had been placed on lockdown following reports of shots fired. ANDRES LEIVA  |  AP
    Surveillance video shows a janitor popped the balloon in the food court of the Town Center mall on Sunday after it got tangled in his pushcart.
  2. A Hernando County Sheriff's deputy talks to students in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. Earlier this month, the school district put forward a proposal to move away from a contract with the Sheriff and establish its own police force. On Tuesday, it announced it would drop that idea.
    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis spoke out this week against the proposal.
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    The deadline is Friday to submit your employer’s name for consideration.
  4. Sigfredo Garcia leans back in his chair and whispers to his former longtime girlfriend Katherine Magbanua on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla., after Leon County jurors announced a guilty verdict against him in the murder trial of Dan Markel. ALICIA DEVINE  |  AP
    The case had riveted Florida’s capital as sordid details began to emerge about a messy divorce, tensions with in-laws and child custody battles that culminated in a murder-for-hire plot.
  5. The developers of The Heights say they have reached an agreement with Marriott International to include a 153-room Marriott Moxy Hotel on the first seven floors of a 25-story apartment tower planned on the block two blocks east of the Armature Works. The Heights District
    Plans call for a 153-room hotel that will occupy the first seven floors within a new, mixed-use, 25-story tower.
  6. FILE - In this image released Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, by NASA, astronauts Christina Koch, right, and, Jessica Meir pose for a photo on the International Space Station. NASA has moved up the first all-female spacewalk to Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, or Friday because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. AP
    Astronauts Christina Koch (cook) and Jessica Meir (mere) will now venture out Thursday or Friday, instead of next Monday.
  7. Taco Bell Tuesday announced it had recalled 2.3 million pounds of its seasoned beef filling.
    The fast food chain announced Tuesday it voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of beef after customers reported fining metal shavings in their food.
  8. Former White House advisor on Russia, Fiona Hill, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, after testifying before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. MANUEL BALCE CENETA  |  AP
    The aide, Fiona Hill, testified for more than 10 hours on Monday as part of the Democrats’ impeachment probe into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
  9. In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke and dust billows from targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Turkish artillery on Tuesday pounded suspected Syrian Kurdish positions near the town in northeast Syria amid reports that Kurdish fighters had retaken the town as Turkey pressed ahead with a military incursion that has drawn widespread condemnation. CAVIT OZGUL         |  AP
    Russia moved quickly to further entrench its role as a power broker after President Donald Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria.
  10. Timothy Farmer is accused of intentionally driving his car into a New Port Richey house. Pasco Sheriff's Office
    Deputies said Timothy Farmer backed his Ford Explorer into the home, then resisted arrest.