- Business Insider 18:33November 20, 2019A resort in Florida has a giant build-your-own Bloody Mary bar that offers more than 48,000 possible combinationsNaples Grande Beach Resort The Naples Grande Beach in Naples, Florida, is offering a Bloody Mary Bar that features more than 48,000 possible combinations of drink ingredients.
Guests of The Catch of The Pelican are invited to build their own Bloody Mary, starting with vodka or tequila.
The bar features 75 different food options to top your drink with, including jalapeno poppers, egg rolls, mozzarella sticks, and more.
You can purchase one drink for $14 or go bottomless for $35.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're the kind of person who firmly believes that brunch is the best meal of the day then it's time to head to Naples, Florida, where the Bloody Mary is finally getting the attention it deserves.
The Naples Grande Beach Resort, a stunning hotel located smack on the sands of Naples Beach, is already a worthy vacation destination thanks to its many luxurious amenities. Those luxuries include beach and poolside cabanas, a fully equipped gym, and a spa sanctuary offering up almost any bodywork service you'd ever need. However, its greatest amenity may be its unrivaled brunch service. Namely, its Bloody Mary Bar that features a whopping 48,000 possible combinations of drink ingredients.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:Qantas is selling $100 one-way tickets to Australia, but you'll have to act fastA man tried to smuggle $400,000 worth of cocaine in 24 shampoo bottlesWatch 2 grown men continuously open and close a window shade in the most ridiculous airplane fight
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- Business Insider 22:41November 19, 2019Flames engulfed two luxury yachts worth over $20 million in Florida, sinking them — here's what happenedFort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Two luxury yachts worth over $20 million caught fire and sank Saturday morning while docked for repairs at a marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Nearly 100 firefighters battled the flames with foam and water for hours.
Authorities are now monitoring the water for any chemicals that may have seeped out from the yacht, such as diesel fuel.
Nobody was injured in the fire.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two luxury yachts worth over $20 million caught fire and sank early Saturday morning in Florida.
An initial group of firefighters arrived at the Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale where the yachts were docked for repair at around 4:30 a.m., the Miami Herald reported.
By the time the firefighters arrived, both boats were already engulfed in flames and smoke that was visible from miles away. The fire was considered mostly contained by 9 a.m. Saturday, but isolated flames still smoldered throughout the day, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Around 100 firefighters battled the flames by the time the fires were extinguished, according to the Miami Herald. Both fire and foam were used to combat the flames, according to nautical news site The Triton, including water from the canal sprayed by fireboats.
Authorities, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, are now monitoring the canal for any contaminants that may have seeped into the water from the yacht, such as diesel.
Nobody is currently believed to have been injured by the fires and the cause is still being investigated.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the boats:The destruction and subsequent total loss of the yachts is "the biggest fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history," Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told the Sun Sentinel.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
Source: Sun Sentinel
One of the ships — the "Lohengrin" — was 161 feet long. The other, "Reflection," was 107 feet long, according to The Triton.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
Source: The Triton
The two yachts have different owners and were only docked close together as both were undergoing repairs.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
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- The Guardian 19:47November 19, 2019Man sues Burger King for cooking vegan burger and meat on same grillPhillip Williams argues he wouldn’t have bought the burger if he’d known it was ‘covered in meat by-products’When Burger King announced the Impossible Whopper (a vegan alternative to their bestselling burger), they did so with the tagline: “100% Whopper, 0% Beef.”Turns out, the statement may have been misleading. At least, that’s what customer Phillip Williams, who is vegan, has claimed in a lawsuit filed against the fast-food giant in south Florida on Monday. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 23:36November 15, 2019The 15 most expensive homes sold in the US over the past decade, rankedGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images Business Insider teamed up with Jonathan Miller, the president and CEO of the real estate and consulting firm Miller Samuel Inc., to gather a list of the 15 most expensive home sales the US has seen since November 2009.
Home sales on the list include single-family homes and condos and range from $99 million to nearly $240 million.
Of the 15 homes that made the list, 14 of them are located in either Florida, New York, or California.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US has long been home to jaw-dropping real estate with expensive price tags.
Jonathan Miller, the president and CEO of real estate and consulting firm Miller Samuel Inc., has spent the past few years compiling all the sales of single-family homes and condos at or above $50 million in the US. He shared his list with Business Insider so that we could round up the 15 most expensive residential sales the country has seen over the past 10 years.
From a number of $100 million mansions to one nearly $240 million penthouse, 14 out of the 15 homes that made the list are located in either Florida, New York, or California — three states with notoriously expensive housing markets.
The only sale that didn't take place in those markets was a 50-acre property in Greenwich, Connecticut; that home sold for $120 million in 2014.
Keep reading to see the list of the 15 most expensive home sales the country has seen since November 2009.15. This massive estate in Palm Beach, Florida, sold for $99,130,000 in 2019.
The estate, which is located at 60 Blossom Way, was completed in 2000 and bought by its previous owner in 2017 for $77,060,000.
According to a report by the Palm Beach Daily News, the property spans 3.7 acres and boasts about 320 feet of beachfront access.
T11. This 25,000-square-foot mansion in Los Altos Hills, California, sold in 2011 for $100 million.
AP Photo/Paul Sakuma
This mansion on La Paloma Road, called Palo Alto Loire Chateau, was built to mirror an 18th-century French chateau.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, at the time of the purchase, the home featured indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom, and a wine cellar.
T11. This mansion in Holmby Hills — a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California — sold in 2016 for $100 million.
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Also known as the Playboy Mansion, 10236 Charing Cross Road was originally listed for $200 million in January 2016.
As Business Insider previously reported, the property was sold a few months later (for half its asking price) to the next-door neighbor who, at the time of the sale, expressed interest in connecting the two properties.
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- Business Insider 18:36November 7, 2019Conservative officials in Florida refused to pay for a library’s subscription to the New York Times, calling it 'fake news.' Experts say they may have violated the First AmendmentLibrary officials in Citrus County Florida asked their local representatives to approve a $2,657 pending measure that would give all library cardholders digital access to the New York Times. The commissioners rejected the measure and called the NYT "fake news."
In a meeting first reported on by the Citrus County Chronicle, the board of commissioners asked why the digital subscriptions were necessary and then ultimately rejected in on clear partisan lines, citing their support for President Donald Trump.
The board said the subscription, which would have provided free digital access for 70,000 library cardholders, wasn't necessary because each of the four libraries in the county had access to one physical copy each.
Local residents spoke out angrily against the decision.
Deborah-Caldwell Stone, the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association, told Insider that the board of commissioners decision, based on political grounds, undermines the primary function of libraries as disseminators of information.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Florida County board of commissioners office is facing fierce community backlash and potential First Amendment violations after it refused to sign off on a local library's request to provide all of its library cardholders with free digital subscriptions to the New York Times. The commissioners justified the decision by claiming the prestigious paper was "fake news."
The county's decision to restrict one of the world's most subscribed to sources from ten of thousands of Citrus County Floridians comes less than two weeks after President Donald Trump announced the White House would no longer subscribe to print copies of the New York Times or Washington Post. Both local residents and national librarian advocates have fiercely spoken out against the measure, which they view as a partisan attack on information at the expense of local residents. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:The Thai cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for 17 days has now reopened as a tourist attraction‘Prosperity gospel’ pastor Paula White, who believes wealth is a sign of spiritual virtue, joined Trump's administration amid mounting criticism from religious groupsA Louisiana woman has been arrested for selling $20 fake doctor's notes to students trying to skip class
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- Business Insider 01:32November 4, 2019Florida State fired head coach Willie Taggart after just 21 games and the quick hook could cost the school $20 millionMark Wallheiser/AP Florida State has fired head coach Willie Taggart after just 21 games at the helm.
Taggart led the Seminoles to a 9-12 record and failed to notch a single win against either of the school's in-state rivals — the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators — in his less than two seasons in Tallahassee.
The university owes Taggart $18 million and will likely pay upwards of $20 million in total to fire the rest of his staff at the end of the season.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Florida State has fired head coach Willie Taggart after just 21 games at the helm, a move that promises to cost the university many millions of dollars.
Just a few years back, the Seminoles were a powerhouse in the ACC and consistently contenders for the national championship. But after winning a national championship and three conference championships in his eight-year tenure, former head coach Jimbo Fisher left the sunshine state for College Station to coach the Texas A&M Aggies and left the program in Taggart's hands.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:NCAA reverses course, may allow student-athletes to market themselves, and it could be worth millions for some of college sports' biggest starsOur 7 best bets for Week 10 of the college football seasonPeople are obsessed with buying their cars through Costco instead of at auto dealerships — these are the biggest differences between the two
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- Guardian 23:21November 1, 2019Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida deathSylvia Galva Crespo killed by spear to chest in own homeAmazon Echo may hold evidence as husband chargedCalling the witness – Alexa. Police in Florida are investigating whether they have stumbled on a silent witness to a possible murder and are trying to get the truth from “her”.Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, was killed by a spear to the chest at home in Hallandale Beach, Florida, north of Miami, in July, which her husband, Adam Crespo, 43, has portrayed as a mysterious accident. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:24November 1, 2019Trump's decision to become a Florida resident could be a huge tax-saver for him and his familyAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais After the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had switched his residency from Florida to New York, he said the Empire State's taxes factored into his decision.
Setting aside the claims of political victimization, Trump likely stands to reap benefits from Florida's lenient tax climate for two key reasons.
There are no separate state income or inheritance taxes, the latter being used to tax the transfer of wealth and property of the deceased to designated heirs.
The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, has ranked Florida's overall tax burden as among the lowest in the nation.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had switched his residency from Florida to New York, he said that the Empire State's taxes factored into his decision.
"I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state," Trump said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Trump officially relocating to Florida could be a ploy to shore up support in the 2020 swing state, said to have been prompted by his advisers'Good riddance': New York's governor responded to news that Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, declared himself a resident of FloridaFrom rich kid to first daughter: The life of Ivanka TrumpSEE ALSO: State income tax rates across America, ranked from highest to lowest
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- Breitbart News 15:21November 1, 2019Donald Trump Switches Primary Residence from New York to FloridaPresident Donald Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, has switched his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Florida, according to the New York Times.
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- Business Insider 14:52November 1, 2019Trump officially relocating to Florida could be a ploy to shore up support in the 2020 swing state, said to have been prompted by his advisersJoe Raedle/Getty Images US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he was relocating from his home town of New York to Florida, where he owns the luxury Mar-a-Lago estate.
White House officials briefed that the president decided on the move to cut his tax bill.
Trump's advisers reportedly also see political advantage in the move, and which could help him in a state widely seen to be integral to a victory in the 2020 election.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US President Donald Trump's decision to permanently relocate from his home town of New York City to the palm-fronted luxury of his Mar-a-Lago resort was motivated by the thought of a lower tax bill, the president announced on Twitter Thursday night.
But, according to New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman, Trump's top advisers — including campaign manager Brad Parscale — also see political advantages in the move. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:'Good riddance': New York's governor responded to news that Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, declared himself a resident of FloridaTrump's top Russia official quit the day before his impeachment testimony, and he is looking like the most damaging witness yetDemocrats accused Republicans of trying to trick an impeachment witness into naming the whistleblower
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- The Guardian 05:14November 1, 2019Donald Trump changes primary residence from New York to Mar-a-LagoDonald and Melania Trump have filed for residency in Palm Beach, according to documents obtained by the New York TimesThe lifelong New Yorker has officially become a Florida man. Donald Trump changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Mar-a-Lago – the exclusive golf club that he has referred to as the “winter White House”.“I cherish New York,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. But, he added, “despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state.” Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 04:37November 1, 2019'Good riddance': New York's governor responded to report that Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, declared himself a resident of FloridaPatrick Semansky/AP President Donald Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, has declared himself a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida.
According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Trump and wife Melania filled out a "declaration of domicile" in recent weeks, declaring the president's Mar-a-Lago golf club their permanent home.
A person close to the president told The Times that the reason the president changed his address was "primarily for tax purposes."
Under New York State law, if a person spends more than 184 days in the state, the person needs to pay state income taxes. Florida, on the other hand, does not have a state income tax, making it an attractive residential prospect for the wealthy.
New Yorkers paid the highest state and local income taxes of any state as of May 2019.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump, who grew up in Queens, New York, made millions from large-scale building projects in Manhattan, and shot the "The Apprentice" at his namesake Fifth Avenue skyscraper Trump Tower, has now declared himself a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida.
According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Trump and wife Melania filled out a "declaration of domicile" in recent weeks, declaring that the president's property in Florida will be their permanent residence.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:The 19 best perks you get with an Amazon Prime membershipTrump is getting battered on all fronts as Congress, the courts, and even his own officials eviscerate himLegal experts say Trump's last-ditch effort to hide his taxes is 'untenable,' and we could see them as soon as next yearSEE ALSO: Trump is returning to Mar-a-Lago for the first time since Thanksgiving. Take a look inside the exclusive club that the public doesn't get to see.
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- Business Insider 21:40October 31, 201913 mind-blowing facts about Florida's economyFlickr/Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Florida has one of the biggest economies in the United States.
Two of its most famous industries include tourism and agriculture, which contribute to the state's $1 trillion GDP.
Here are 13 surprising facts about Florida's economy.
Visit MarketsInsider.com for more stories. Florida is one of the United States' economic powerhouses.
It's the third biggest state in the country by population, and has the fourth biggest economy. In fact, its GDP is larger than all but 16 countries.
Florida's economy is extremely diverse, with tourism and agriculture among its top industries.
Today, climate change is threatening the state's economy, as rising seas and increasing natural disasters are costing the state millions. But Florida is investing in new technology that it hopes will keep the state thriving for years to come.
Here are 13 surprising facts about Florida's economy.If Florida were a country, it would rank 17th in GDP
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Florida's gross domestic product reached $1 trillion in 2018. If Florida were an independent nation, it would have the 17th-largest GDP in the world, ranking just behind Indonesia and above Turkey, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Argentina.
Disney World employs more people at a single location than any other company in the US
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Disney World's Magic Kingdom calls itself the "Happiest Place on Earth," and the theme park is also one of the busiest. The greater Walt Disney World Resort has 70,000 employees. According to Disney, that's the largest number of people employed by one company in a single location anywhere in the US. Disney World needs that huge staff to entertain and serve the huge numbers of visitors that pour through its gates each year. In 2017, 20.45 million people explored the Magic Kingdom. That's almost as many people as live in Florida (20.98 million), the third most populous US state.
There are actually scammers in Florida who try to sell people swampland
"If you believe that, I've got some swampland in Florida to sell you." People use that phrase to suggest the person they're talking to is gullible, and it's based on the real experience of unfortunate purchasers in Florida who found themselves strapped with land that was too swampy to build on.
According to Florida's attorney general, land scams are not just a thing of the past. If you're buying real estate in Florida, make sure you inspect the property in person first to make sure you're getting what you expect.
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- Breitbart News 03:47October 31, 2019New York Times Upshot/Siena College Poll: Majority of Voters Oppose Impeachment and Removal in BattlegroundsA New York Times Upshot/Siena College Poll shows residents of six battleground states oppose impeaching and removing Trump from office by a 52% to 44% margin,but support the House impeachment inquiry by a 51% to 44% margin.
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- Breitbart News 01:46October 30, 2019Polls: Impeachment, Removal of President Unpopular in Battleground StatesTwo recent polls show that the effort by Democrats to impeach and remove President Trump from office is unpopular with a majority of voters in several key battleground states.
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- Business Insider 17:39October 29, 2019A day in the life of the top real-estate broker in Miami, who commutes by ferry to the richest ZIP code in the US and sold more than $189 million of luxury homes in 2018Dora Puig Dora Puig is the top real-estate broker in the Miami area by sales volume, according to REAL Trends, a residential brokerage industry publication.
She sold more than $189.4 million worth of homes in 2018.
Puig, who founded Luxe Living Realty, usually wakes up at 7 a.m., eats breakfast at her home on the Venetian Islands, and drives 10 minutes to her office in Miami Beach for a team meeting before a day of open houses and other events.
Some days, she'll take the ferry straight to Fisher Island, the richest ZIP code in the US, where residents have an average income of $2.2 million and where Puig sells multimillion-dollar condos.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dora Puig is the top real-estate broker in the Miami area by sales volume, according to REAL Trends, a residential brokerage industry publication.
Puig sold more than $189.4 million worth of homes in 2018. Her listings include multimillion-dollar condos on Fisher Island, the richest ZIP code in the US, where the average income is $2.2 million and the median home value is about $3.2 million.
Puig, who started out as a real-estate associate in Beverly Hills in 1989 and now runs Luxe Living Realty, wakes up at 7:00 a.m. and starts her day either at her office on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, or on Fisher Island.
Here's a look at Puig's typical day, as described to Business Insider, selling multimillion-dollar homes in Miami. Dora Puig is the top real-estate broker in the Miami area by sales volume. She's the founder and principal broker of Luxe Living Realty.
She sold more than $189.4 million worth of homes in 2018, according to REAL Trends, a residential brokerage industry publication.
Puig lives on the Venetian Islands, a chain of artificial islands in Miami and Miami beach where many luxury homes can be found.
The median home sale price on the Venetian Islands is $3.01 million, according to Redfin.
Puig wakes up at 7 a.m. and starts her day by eating breakfast at home.
She has coffee, a plain omelet with avocado, and fruit almost every morning.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Kanye West just dropped his long-anticipated gospel album. Here's a look inside the real-estate portfolio he shares with Kim Kardashian, from a sprawling Wyoming ranch to their 'minimal monastery' mansion in Hidden Hills.A Los Angeles mansion once listed for $250 million has finally sold for 62% off after 3 years. Take a look inside what was once America's most expensive home.The Hamptons real-estate market is suffering. Here's what it's like living in its most expensive ZIP code, where the median home price is $5.5 million and you need to make at least $850,000 to live comfortably.SEE ALSO: I got access to the richest zip code in the US, an island off Miami where the average income is $2.2 million, the beaches have sand imported from the Bahamas, and the preferred mode of transportation is golf carts. Here's what it looks like.
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- Business Insider 19:44October 24, 2019Republicans want to prevent school shootings by tracking students online, a tactic that researchers say won't workAnthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Senate Republicans have introduced a bill intended to combat school shootings by incentivizing schools to surveil students and monitor their online activities.
The bill, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, would also expand the scope of the information that online platforms are allowed to share with authorities.
Researchers have said there's no evidence such surveillance can predict whether students will commit shootings.
Nevertheless, places like Florida have adopted similar policies, implementing systems that collect data on students' grades, behavior, and social media activity.
The efforts have sparked criticism over students' privacy rights and concerns that certain students, such as those with disabilities or mental illnesses, might be treated unfairly.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Senate Republicans have proposed a plan to reduce school shootings in part by incentivizing schools to surveil students and monitor their online activities.
The bill, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, advocates for a number of disparate proposals aimed at deterring or preventing shootings, such as expediting death penalties for people who commit mass murder, cracking down on unlicensed firearms dealers, and increasing funding for local and state authorities to partner with mental health providers.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Nxivm leader Keith Raniere has been convicted. Here's what happened inside his sex-slave ring that recruited actresses and two billionaire heiresses.See Also:The creator of the nicotine patch says that 'anti-vaping forces' are trying to kill the life-saving e-cig industryThese rats learned how to drive tiny little cars so they could eat Froot Loops, and it's so preciousPolice found 245 animals in 'deplorable living conditions' while performing a wellness check on 3 minors
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- Business Insider 17:15October 24, 2019Trump's press secretary says Republicans who oppose him deserve to be called 'human scum'Alex Wong/Getty Images White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday said President Donald Trump was right to call Republicans who oppose him "human scum."
"It is horrible that people are working against a president who's delivering results for this country and has been since day one," Grisham said. "They deserve strong language like that."
Trump referred to "Never Trumper Republicans" as "human scum" in a tweet on Wednesday as he continues to face criticism over a slew of scandals.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday morning defended President Donald Trump after he called Republicans who oppose him — sometimes referred to as "never Trumpers" — as "human scum."
In an appearance on "Fox and Friends," Grisham was asked if Trump regretted referring to Republicans who oppose him in that manner. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Columbia Law School professor explains exactly how impeachment works, and what it takes for a president to be impeachedSee Also:Trump tries to spin his disastrous Syria retreat into a big success, says he showed 'vision' and 'courage'Trump's willingness to listen to dictators has spiraled into a crisis that could upend his presidencyTrump's acting ambassador to Ukraine blew apart the president's 'no quid pro quo' impeachment defense, leaving Republicans to clutch at straws to defend himSEE ALSO: Trump tries to spin his disastrous Syria retreat into a big success, says he showed 'vision' and 'courage'
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- Business Insider 08:32October 22, 2019Police found 245 animals in 'deplorable living conditions' while performing a wellness check on 3 minorsCity of Edgewater Police Department Police discovered 245 animals in a home while performing a wellness check on three minors in in Edgewater, Florida.
In total, there were four dogs, two cats, nine live guinea pigs, 12 rabbits, four hamsters, 10 sugar gliders, 14 birds, a gecko, a tortoise, a hedgehog, seven bearded dragons, a leopard-spotted gecko, 95 mice, and 60 adult rats with 23 babies, police said in a statement.
Officer Anthony Binz, who performed the wellness check, reported that he saw caged flea-infested animals, both dead and alive, sitting in their own feces and without food or water, he wrote in a narrative included in the charging documents.
Three adults — Melissa Hamilton, Greg Nelson and Susan Nelson — were arrested over the weekend and charged with three counts of child abuse and 66 counts of animal cruelty.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Police discovered 245 animals in a home while performing a wellness check on three minors in in Edgewater, Florida.
A variety of animals — including cats, dogs, geckos, sugar gliders, a tortoise, and 95 mice — were found in "deplorable living conditions," as rotting food, animal feces and urine covered the ground, which was also strewn with garbage and debris.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Sharks aren't the deadliest creatures on Earth. Here are the top 10.See Also:The 10 richest royal families in Europe, ranked18 hilarious photos of dogs taken at the perfect timeA woman was accidentally reunited with a dog she'd fostered, and the sweet story will make you cry
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- Business Insider 20:39October 21, 2019The 15 US cities where it's hardest to get a mortgage, rankedGetty Images LendingTree has released an analysis ranking the US cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage.
Of the top 15 cities where borrowers are most likely to be denied, four are in Florida.
The hardest city to get approved for a mortgage is Miami, where 11.6% of applicants are rejected.
The most common reason for an applicant to be denied is their debt-to-income ratio, followed by credit history.
Despite this, mortgage denials across the board are at their lowest rate since at least 2004.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. LendingTree released an analysis ranking the US cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage.
Of the top 15 cities where it's hardest to get a mortgage, four are in Florida. Cities in California, Texas, and Michigan also made the list.
LendingTree analyzed data from more than 10 million mortgage applications using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2018, the most recent available year.
The most common reason for an applicant to be denied was their debt-to-income ratio, followed by credit history, the study found. The analysis also found evidence of racial discrepancies: African-American borrowers had the highest mortgage denial rates at 17.4%, while non-Hispanic whites had the lowest at 7.9%.
Overall, mortgage denials are at their lowest rate since at least 2004, according to LendingTree. At the national level, 9.8% of loan applications were denied in 2018 — nearly 1 in 10 would-be borrowers.
Here are the 15 American cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage, ranked.15. Louisville, Kentucky
Overall denial rate: 7.7%
Top denial reason: Credit history
14. New Orleans, Louisiana
Overall denial rate: 7.8%
Top denial reason: Debt-to-income ratio
13. Riverside, California
Overall denial rate: 8.0%
Top denial reason: Debt-to-income ratio
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I toured 2 of NYC's most notoriously expensive areas for real estate, and they offered a very different look at the city's wealthA Detroit man bought an abandoned house in the city for $2,100 and spent 9 months renovating it for his mom. Here's how he did it — and what it looks like now.The top 10 states where America's wealthiest millennials live, rankedSEE ALSO: The top 10 states where America's wealthiest millennials live, ranked
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- The Guardian 06:11October 20, 2019Donald Trump scraps plan to host G7 at his Doral resort, blaming 'irrational hostility'US president says media and Democrats forced him to ditch plan to award himself the opportunity to host summit Donald Trump has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over plans to host the G7 meeting at his own luxury resort following a political outcry. The US president announced in a Saturday night tweet that he had reversed his decision and would seek an alternative venue to host world leaders next June. Continue reading...
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- Snopes 02:49October 18, 2019Florida Trapper Plays with ’Gator until It Tires, Pulls It from PoolA Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.
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- New York Magazine 01:05October 18, 2019Florida GOP Regrets ‘Lost’ Decade on Climate ChangeRepublican state Senator Tom Lee said that the Florida GOP “lost a decade” to climate denialism, during the tenure of former Governor Rick Scott, who reportedly banned using the phrases “climate change” and “global warming.”
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- Business Insider 20:53October 17, 2019Who has the best cheap car insurance in Florida?holbox/Shutterstock Florida is the fifth-most-expensive state in the US for car insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Floridians, on average, will spend $1,259.55 each year on premiums.
Insurance rates are determined on an individual basis, so factors like your credit score, age, and where you live in Florida will all affect the car-insurance rates you see.
But USAA, State Farm Mutual, and Geico generally offer Floridians the best cheap auto insurance.
To choose the best car-insurance policy for your own needs, make sure to shop around. Compare the coverage limits and deductible requirements, in addition to the premium.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There's no doubt that car insurance in Florida is expensive — the Insurance Information Institute (III) ranks Florida rates as the fifth-most expensive in the US. Typical Floridians will spend $1,259.55 each year on premiums, the institute found.
But auto-insurance rates vary by person. By doing your research, raising your credit score, and comparison shopping, you could save on your car insurance rates in Florida.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Animated map shows how cats spread across the worldSee Also:A man who quit his law job at 49 says if you want to retire early, your income is only part of itI'm 27, and I've started saving for retirement using a 3-part strategy5 eyebrow-raising money lessons I learned from 'I Will Teach You to Be Rich,' one of my favorite personal finance books
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- Snopes 22:17October 16, 2019Deputies: Naked Florida Man Wreaked Havoc on Business, Then ShoweredA Florida man who was found nude inside a plumbing business is facing charges after being accused of using a forklift and a hammer to wreak havoc before taking a shower there.
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- Business Insider 15:23October 16, 2019The 29 best US cities to be a freelancerAndrew Burton/Getty Images Some cities are simply better suited for freelancing.
A report from neighborhoods.com ranked the best US cities for freelancers using five measures: rent, internet speed, taxes, coffee shops, and transportation.
Texas (with seven cities) and Florida (with five cities) are the two states that appeared the most on the list.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some cities are simply better suited for freelancing.
So says a report from neighborhoods.com, which ranked the best cities for freelancers in the US across five measures: Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment
Average internet download speed for the city
Average combined federal and state income taxes a freelancer would have to pay in that city, if they were making median freelancer income of $52,074.
Number of Starbucks coffee shops per 100,00 people
Ease of transportation (via walking, biking, or public transit). The higher the transportation score, the better (50 or higher is considered a very good score). The state that took the cake was Texas, with seven cities on the list. Florida appeared the most in the top 10 cities, compromising four of top 10 picks and five total.
Check out the 29 best US cities for freelancers below: 29. Tucson, Arizona
Median rent: $875
Internet speed: 32.44 mbps
Income taxes: $10,089
Coffee shops: 11.2
Transportation score: 43
28. Arlington, Texas
Median rent: $1,043
Internet speed: 48.89 mbps
Income taxes: $8,739
Coffee shops: 4.1
Transportation score: 37
27. St. Paul, Minnesota
Median rent: $1,238
Internet speed: 73.95 mbps
Income taxes: $11,220
Coffee shops: 2.7
Transportation score: 57
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:11 differences between raising kids in a big city versus the suburbsHustling for my career took over my personal life — this is how it hurt me, and how I fought my way backThe 20 cities in the Midwest that Americans are escaping in droves
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- Business Insider 22:15October 14, 2019The conference held at a Trump resort featuring a fake Trump shooting video is emblematic of the president's ties to dubious right-wing groupsA fake video depicting the president shooting news media outlets and political opponents was shown at a conference for a pro-Trump group, American Priority.
Some of the conference's speakers included Donald Trump Jr., Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Jack Posobiec, who was an early pusher of the fake Pizzagate conspiracy theory, and far-right activist Laura Loomer, were also speakers.
The conference was held at Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort.
Given the venue and the appearance of the president's son, the event is emblematic of how far-right groups and figures with conspiratorial leanings have increasingly infiltrated mainstream conservatism since Donald Trump became president.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The conference held this weekend by a pro-Trump group — which included the screening of a video depicting a fake President Donald Trump shooting various news media outlets and political opponents — is emblematic of the rising influence of far-right and conspiracy theory-pushing groups in the Trump era.
The video was shown at the second annual conference for the ultra-conservative American Priority group, and featured some prominent right-wing figures as speakers, including Donald Trump Jr. The conference was held in Florida at Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why the US border facilities are 'concentration camps,' according to historiansSee Also:As the impeachment probe intensifies, 40% of Americans say they think Mike Pence would make a better president than TrumpA federal court ordered Trump's accounting firm to turn over 8 years of his taxes to CongressTrump spent his first rally since the impeachment inquiry mocking Biden for 'kissing Barack Obama's a--' and launching into a tirade against Somali refugeesSEE ALSO: Young Trump supporters told they need to fight terrorism on college campuses by 'exposing Islam' because all Muslims are 'radical'
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- Business Insider 15:41October 13, 2019We visited a Dollar Tree in both a city and a suburb to compare. They were so different we couldn't believe they were part of the same chain.Shoshy Ciment/Business Insider Dollar Tree is a top dollar store chain.
The company's net sales increased in the second quarter by 3.9% and it currently operates over 15,100 stores in the US and Canada under the brands Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada.
We compared Dollar Tree stores in Jersey City, New Jersey, and in the suburbs of Hollywood, Florida.
The difference was so stark, we could hardly believe the two stores were part of the same chain.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dollar stores are on the rise.
Dollar Tree is a leading dollar store chain that operates over 15,100 stores in the US and Canada under the brands Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada.
The company, which is practically neck-and-neck with Dollar General in terms of store count and annual sales, had its same-store sales increase in the second quarter by 2.4%.
Read more: We compared shopping at Dollar Tree and Dollar General, and the first was so messy, we could barely move in the aisles
Unlike Dollar General, almost every item in Dollar Tree stores goes for $1. However, the company is testing adding more expensive merchandise to some stores to boost sales with its Dollar Tree Plus! initiative.
We visited Dollar Tree stores in a city in New Jersey and a suburb in Florida to compare the shopping experiences. The difference between the two stores we visited was so stark, we could hardly believe they were part of the same chain. Overall, the store in Hollywood, Florida was better for two key reasons: organization and cleanliness.
That's for good reason, as dollar stores tend to cut back on store staff to keep prices low.
Here's what we saw:
If you're a Dollar Tree employee with a story to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org.We walked a few minutes down a bustling Jersey City, New Jersey street until we reached the store.
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The red brick exterior of the building looked promising, so we made our way into the store, ready to find some deals.
Shoshy Ciment/Business Insider
The interior was slightly underwhelming at first glance. The bright lighting and simple shelving structures were nothing special. Plus, the floor looked like it hadn't been washed in a while.
Shoshy Ciment/Business Insider
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I ate the same meal at America's 3 largest sub chains to see which shop does fresh sandwiches best, and the differences were starkI hated Crocs more than anyone, but just one store visit made me understand why teens love the brandA new drink combines cold brew coffee and malt liquor. Here's what we thought of it.SEE ALSO: We visited nearly 40 stores in 3 months, and the messiest of the bunch is also one of the most successful right now
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- Business Insider 17:51October 7, 2019A teen in Florida wasn't allowed into her homecoming dance because she was wearing a jumpsuitABC Action News 17-year-old Darcy Krueger told CNN that she wasn't allowed into the Tampa Bay Homeschool Homecoming dance on September 27 because she wore a jumpsuit, which was ankle-length and covered her shoulders.
The dance was held for home-schooled students in Tampa Bay, Florida, and wasn't associated with a specific school. Tickets were $50.
The dance's dress code required "semi-formal dresses for young ladies," with no plunging necklines or backlines, and said dresses should be "conservative," and that "revealing" clothing was discouraged.
Darcy's mother, Melissa Krueger, confirmed that her daughter was refunded for the ticket, but called her denied entry an "injustice."
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 17-year-old girl in Florida said she was not allowed into her homecoming dance because she was wearing a jumpsuit.
Darcy Krueger told CNN that she had planned to wear the jumpsuit — which went down to her ankles and covered her shoulders — to the Tampa Bay Homeschool Homecoming dance, on September 27.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Nxivm leader Keith Raniere has been convicted. Here's what happened inside his sex-slave ring that recruited actresses and two billionaire heiresses.See Also:A heroic 15-year-old Florida boy was killed protecting his 5-year-old sister from an intruderA Virginia teacher is suing his school district after he was fired for refusing to use a trans student's pronouns, arguing that doing so would have been 'telling a lie'A California high-school football team canceled the rest of its season after 4 players were accused of sexual battery
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- Business Insider 19:25October 6, 2019A Delta flight was delayed 3 hours after a passenger managed to board without a ticket (DAL)A Delta Air Lines flight was delayed about three hours on Saturday because a passenger managed to board without a ticket.
The flight eventually departed from Orlando to Atlanta after police were called, the Miami Herald reported.
A TSA representative told Business Insider that the passenger did go through security, but passengers were re-screened out of caution, Delta said.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A passenger was able to board a flight at Orlando International Airport on Saturday apparently without a ticket.
Delta Air Lines confirmed that the person was removed from flight 1516 to Atlanta, which was originally scheduled to leave at 10:20 a.m., because she did not have a ticket. All passengers aboard the flight as well as their luggage had to be re-screened by security personnel. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Will Boeing recover from the 737 Max crisis?See Also:See all the supercars seized from the son of an African dictator that just sold at auction for $27 millionChevy just revealed the convertible version of its all-new CorvetteAn airline pilot reveals the meanings of 23 code words passengers don't understandSEE ALSO: Delta is buying a $1.9 billion stake in Latin America's largest airline — snatching a major partner away from American Airlines
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- Coindesk 15:00October 4, 2019‘Gold-Backed’ Crypto Token’s Promoter Investigated by Florida RegulatorsKaratbars, issuer of a purportedly gold-backed crypto token, is under investigation by Florida regulators over links to a Miami “crypto bank.”
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- Business Insider 15:13October 3, 2019The 15 Florida cities everyone in the country is moving toGetty Images Lots of Americans have moved to Florida over the last decade.
Using data from the Census Bureau, we found the 15 metro areas in the state with the highest net domestic migration between 2010 and 2018.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Americans have been flocking south for decades, and Florida has been a big beneficiary of that migration.
Business Insider recently took a look at the US cities with the highest net migration since 2010, and noticed that over half of them were in the Sunshine State. For this list, we decided to focus on the places within Florida that have attracted the most newcomers over the last decade.
Using data from the US Census Bureau, we ranked the metropolitan statistical areas in Florida by total net migration between 2010 and 2018 — the number of people who moved into the metro area during that period from another part of the US or another country, minus people who moved out of the metro area — adjusted by the metro area's 2010 population.
Here are the top 15 metro areas in Florida by that metric:15. Ocala had net migration of 39,511 between 2010 and 2018 — 11.9% of the metro's 2010 population of 331,298.
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14. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville had net migration of 66,747 between 2010 and 2018 — 12.3% of the metro's 2010 population of 543,376.
City of Palm Bay - Government/Facebook
13. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater had net migration of 344,163 between 2010 and 2018 — 12.4% of the metro's 2010 population of 2,783,243.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:California just legalized college athlete pay — with the help of LeBron James. Here's how the NBA icon became one of America's most influential labor activists.15 entrepreneurs share the personal rules they set to make sure their work doesn't take over their livesThe 25 major US companies with the happiest employees
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- Business Insider 08:33October 3, 2019Students and staff at the University of Florida slam 'ignorant and shameful' decision by student body to use $50,000 in student fees to pay Donald Trump Jr. and Kim Guilfoyle for speaking engagementDrew Angerer/Getty Images The University of Florida is facing backlash for paying Donald Trump Jr. and senior adviser for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, Kim Guilfoyle, $50,000 in student activity fees to speak at a campus event this month.
Staff and students told Business Insider that the use of student funds was inappropriate and called for the event, hosted by university's ACCENT Speakers Bureau, to be cancelled.
ACCENT Speakers Bureau Chair Henry Fair defended the decision to the student newspaper and said it was important to bring "prominent, influential and, oftentimes, controversial speakers to campus."
Despite the controversy, some former students have expressed support for the event and said ACCENT was fulfilling its mission statement to bring in speakers "across the political spectrum."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The University of Florida is facing backlash for a scheduled speaking event that will feature the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., and former Fox News host Kim Guilfoyle, who serves as a senior adviser for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.
Details of the October 10 event were announced on Tuesday by the ACCENT Speakers Bureau, an agency of the University of Florida's student government. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 7 secrets about Washington, DC landmarks you probably didn't knowSee Also:Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters calls for Trump to be 'imprisoned and placed in solitary confinement' for his 'filthy talk' about the whistleblowerHere are all the documents that lay out the allegations in the Trump-Ukraine scandalThe White House is 'paralyzed' and 'teetering on the edge of a cliff' as it grapples with Ukraine fallout and 'Hurricane Rudy'SEE ALSO: Donald Trump Jr. is writing a book — and Twitter is having a blast predicting the titles
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- Business Insider 16:43October 2, 2019A Florida man was arrested after he was caught on video cutting the brake lines of Lime scootersFort Lauderdale Police Department A man in Florida was arrested on charges of criminal mischief after he was caught on tape cutting the brakes of Lime scooters.
59-year-old Randall Thomas Williams is suspected of being behind up to 20 incidents in his neighborhood in recent days.
Lime says it will take legal action against anyone found defacing its vehicles.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida have arrested a 59-year-old man who they say was caught on video cutting brake lines of electric scooters operated by Lime.
Randall Thomas Williams was charged with criminal mischief, a third degree felony, the department said Tuesday. A YouTube video, apparently caught on a neighbor's Ring doorbell, caught him red-handed.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: All the ways Amazon is taking over your houseSee Also:Lyft just nabbed another glowing Wall Street recommendation — here's why the analysts aren't worried about the stock's terrible performance so farTesla just released a big software update that allows its cars to drive themselves in parking lotsElon Musk said in a leaked email that Tesla has a chance to break its delivery record this quarter
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- Business Insider 22:22October 1, 2019I spent 3 days living on 350 square feet in a community of tiny homes — see what it was likeFrank Olito/ Insider Orlando Lakefront is a tiny house community in Orlando, Florida. I stayed there for three days to learn about the tiny house movement and to see what living in one is like.
I stayed in a 350-square-foot tiny house called The Venice. I was surprised by how spacious it was, especially compared to my Brooklyn apartment back home.
Orlando Lakefront's owner, Adam Money, gives residents access to a community garden, a boat, and fishing gear. He even hosts movie nights for the residents.
After speaking to residents about how they came together during Hurricane Dorian, I realized that living in a tiny house community is all about living with people who share similar interests.
The experience taught me that living in a tiny house community isn't all that different from a regular neighborhood.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the past few years, words like "downsizing" and "living tiny" have entered the common lexicon, as the tiny house movement has been growing in popularity in the US. Tiny house owners are attempting to prove that bigger isn't always better — and it's working. In fact, 53% of people said they would be interested in living in a tiny house, according to a 2018 study by the National Association of Home Builders.
Since the movement is still relatively new, regulations and building codes for them don't exist yet, which can cause headaches for owners, who often have a hard time finding a place to park their tiny home. But there's one place in the US that is attempting to get ahead of the curve: Orlando Lakefront, a tiny house community of 34 tiny homes in Orlando, Florida.
In September, I spent three days there, living in my very own 350-square-foot tiny house. I attempted to learn more about the movement and why people are choosing to live in this community. Here's what it was like. Approaching Orlando Lakefront, I could see the tops of the tiny houses overlooking the trees and fence.
Frank Olito/ Insider
Living in cramped New York City apartments for the past five years, I felt like I was more prepared than most to downsize. But I was still unsure of what to expect.
As the car pulled in, I got a clear view of the lake, and I spotted the tiny house that I had rented for the next three days.
Frank Olito/ Insider
I was surprised by the community's proximity to the lake, with homes lined up right next to the shoreline. The community seemed quaint and picturesque.
I walked up the path to my temporary tiny house — called The Venice — and was struck by how well it was maintained.
Frank Olito/ Insider
The Venice is 350 square feet and sleeps three people.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:17 photos that show the ingenious ways tiny house owners store their belongingsThe most haunted hotel in every stateThe sunrise in Maui is so popular that you need to book a reservation 2 months in advance to see it
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- Business Insider 21:49October 1, 2019A heroic 15-year-old Florida boy was killed protecting his 5-year-old sister from an intruderGo Fund Me Khyler Edman, 15, died last week protecting his five-year-old sister from an intruder at their home in Port Charlotte, Florida. Edman's sister was unharmed in the incident.
The suspected intruder, Ryan Cole, 27, was later found roaming the streets with several stab wounds.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 15-year-old Florida boy is being heralded as a hero after he died protecting his five-year-old sister from an intruder last week.
Charlotte County Sheriff's OfficeNeighbors in a Port Charlotte, Florida, neighborhood called 911 around 4 p.m. on September 26, when they noticed 27-year-old Ryan Cole wandering the streets with several stab wounds, WWSB reported.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The Navy has its own Area 51 and it's right in the middle of the BahamasSee Also:A reporter who dug up a local hero's old offensive tweets was fired for his own offensive tweetsThe whistleblower at the center of the Trump impeachment inquiry has agreed to testify before Congress, says Rep. Adam SchiffTrump reportedly worked with 2 'off the books' lawyers to pressure Ukraine for damaging information about Joe Biden, in addition to Giuliani
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- Business Insider 21:53September 28, 2019A US soldier working at Mar-a-Lago uploaded photos of an underage girl to a Russian website — a closer look at the site reveals a horrific underworldIMGSRC.ru US Army Staff Sgt. Richard Ciccarella was stationed at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida from August 2017 to March 2018.
During that period, prosecutors say, Ciccarella uploaded topless pictures of a relative to a Russian website named iMGSRC.ru.
A cursory inspection of the website reveals it to be an anonymized imageboard, like 4chan and 8chan, that's home to an active community of people sharing photos of children with sexually suggestive and overtly sexual statements.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You'd never know from the front page of the Russian website iMGSRC that, within its depths, dozens of users are sharing photos of children in various states of undress.
The comments sections underneath those photo galleries are full of other users, all anonymized, weighing in with correspondingly disturbing remarks. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 7 lesser-known benefits of Amazon PrimeSee Also:In a lab test of 15 illegal weed vape carts, 13 contained a dangerous additive — and all 15 were contaminated with cyanideA fitness influencer will serve nearly 5 years in jail for using 369 Instagram accounts to harass bodybuilding colleagues and allegedly faking her daughter's kidnappingA Russian man pleaded guilty over one of the biggest-ever hacks, where 100 million people's data was stolen from US companies like JPMorgan Chase
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- Business Insider 09:00September 28, 2019A US Army soldier who worked at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort uploaded photos of an underage girl to a Russian website, prosecutors sayKevin Lamarque/Reuters Staff Sgt. Richard Ciccarella pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about an email address for a Russian website, where prosecutors allege he uploaded topless pictures of a relative, according to multiple news reports.
Ciccarella was attached to the US Army's communication detail at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, from August 2017 to March 2018 — the same time the photos were uploaded to the website.
One of the photographs showed an underage girl in underwear next to a Christmas tree, the Miami Herald reported. The picture, the Herald said, was titled: "dirty comments [sic] welcome."
Investigators were tipped off when they asked him to use his email address to log into the Russian website. The website asked him to input the remaining digits of his government-issued cell phone, which rang and matched the account used for uploading the photos.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A 34-year-old non-commissioned officer who was attached to the US Army's communication detail at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, admitted to lying to federal agents as they investigated him for allegedly distributing child pornography.
Staff Sgt. Richard Ciccarella pleaded guilty to lying about an email address associated with a username for a Russian website, where prosecutors say he uploaded topless pictures of a relative, according to the Palm Beach Post. Ciccarella, who worked at the Trump resort from August 2017 to March 2018, said he was scared and made the false statements.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 7 secrets about Washington, DC landmarks you probably didn't knowSee Also:Costco employees share the 24 things they wish shoppers would stop doingHere's why flight attendants avoid drinking tap water on airplanesSee the graph a former Google and Apple exec created to pinpoint why a manager is ineffective — and what they can do to become better leadersSEE ALSO: Trump told 2 top Russian officials in 2017 that he wasn't bothered about Russia's election meddling
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- New York Magazine 20:28September 23, 2019Officer Suspended After Arresting First-Grader. His Behavior Is Part of a Pattern.Dennis Turner, a former Orlando police officer working as a school resource officer in the city, has been suspended after arresting 6-year-old Kaia Rolle and an unnamed 8-year-old last week. Turner had been arrested years ago for abusing his own son.
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- Business Insider 19:18September 19, 201914 rescuers created a human chain to save 4 dolphins in FloridaClearwater Marine Aquarium/YouTube On Tuesday, rescuers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Clearwater Marine Aquarium created a human chain to transport dolphins from a canal back to Tampa Bay.
The dolphins were first reported as trapped on Sunday.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Tuesday, rescuers in with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Clearwater Marine Aquarium created a human chain to transport trapped dolphins from the St. Petersburg canal back to Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
In total, four dolphins were trapped — two adults and two calves, CNN reported. There was concern over the safety of the dolphins due to the low salinity of the water.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: An Inside look at how the IFAW rescues beached dolphinsSee Also:A heart-stopping video shows a small plane crash-landing in Boca Raton and just barely missing a worker on the groundFriends say transgender woman Bee Love Slater was trying to escape her small Florida town just days before she was found burned to death in a carChina is angry at Thailand after a panda it lent to a zoo in Chiang Mai unexpectedly died
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- Observer 16:00September 19, 2019Tom Petty’s Ex-Wife Bought His Childhood Home in GainesvilleJane Benyo paid $175,000 for the late musician's childhood house.
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- Observer 16:00September 19, 2019Tom Petty’s Ex-Wife Bought His Childhood Home in GainesvilleJane Benyo paid $175,000 for the late musician's childhood house.
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- Breitbart News 03:27September 19, 2019Sanders Campaign Signals Concern After Losing Coveted Working Families Party EndorsementThe Sanders campaign and supporters are signaling concern after the socialist senator lost the coveted Working Families Party endorsement to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), according to recent reports.
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- Coindesk 12:45September 18, 2019Craig Wright ‘in Discussions’ to Settle Multi-Billion Dollar Court CaseCraig Wright, the entrepreneur who controversially claims he is Satoshi Nakamoto, is moving to settle the $10 billion Kleiman court case.
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- New York Magazine 21:31September 16, 2019Trump Relies on Maduro-Bashing to Win Florida Next YearFlorida is a must-win state for Donald Trump in 2020, and he’s trying to boost his party’s eroding vote among the state’s Latinos with militant talk aimed at Venezuela’s Maduro regime, though his immigration policies continue to hurt him.
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- The Guardian 08:00September 15, 2019US says man can bring back 'skin, skull, teeth and claws' of hunted Tanzania lionEnvironmental organizations say ‘very concerning’ move could open floodgates for importing other endangered speciesThe Trump administration has authorized a Florida man to bring back the “skin, skull, teeth and claws” of a lion he hunted in Tanzania, granting the first permit to import a lion from that country since the species gained protection under the US Endangered Species Act.Environmental organizations say the move could open the floodgates for importing other endangered species like lions and rhinos. A freedom of information request made public by the US Fish and Wildlife Services also revealed that the hunter, Carl Atkinson, was represented by lawyer John Jackson III, who is also a member of the Trump administration’s International Wildlife Conservation Council, a controversial advisory board that promotes trophy hunting. Continue reading...
< Endangered species, Trump administration, Animals, Wildlife, Tanzania, Florida, US news, US politics, World news, Environment >
- Time 20:17September 13, 2019The Bahamas Are Still Devastated From Hurricane Dorian. A Tropical Storm Could Make Things WorseA possible tropical cyclone is bearing down on the Bahamas communities that were decimated just days ago by the Category 5 storm Hurricane Dorian. Although the potential storm isn’t expected to be near Dorian’s level, it may still wreak havoc on islands such as Great Abaco and Grand Bahama, where at least 50 people were…
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- Huffington Post UK 11:01September 13, 2019Google Earth Solves Mystery Of Man Who Vanished 22 Years Ago By Locating His Skeletal Remains
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- Breitbart News 17:31September 11, 2019Tallahassee: Multiple People Wounded in 'Massive Stabbing' at Industrial ParkThe Tallahassee Police Department is investigating what was described as a "massive stabbing" at a business in Tallahassee, Florida, according to emerging reports.
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- The Guardian 20:29September 9, 2019Hundreds of Bahamian evacuees ordered off boat due to lack of US visasCrew said people without visas must disembark ferry to Florida because of CBP’s ‘last-minute call’ that they would not be admittedHundreds of Bahamian citizens desperate to escape the devastation of Hurricane Dorian were ordered off a ferry to Florida, sparking a dispute between US immigration officials and the operator of the vessel. Related: Search for survivors of Hurricane Dorian continues in Bahamas Continue reading...
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