The Florida Highway Patrol defended its role in a fiery multi-car crash on Florida's Interstate 75 in Gainesville, where 11 people died and 46 were injured due to heavy fog and smoke from a nearby fire.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Wednesday that an illegal immigrant who was injured and lost most of her family in Sunday's multivehicle wreck in Florida will not face deportation.
Florida authorities had reopened a section of Interstate 75 barely half an hour before a pileup on the smoke-shrouded highway that killed 10 people over the weekend, a state Highway Patrol spokesman said Monday.
He looked a little older. He sounded a little less brash. The questions were slightly different, because his reputation had changed. He wore a black suit and a red tie instead of a black suit and an orange tie.
A man believed to have shot six people, one of them -- his father -- fatally, before turning the gun on himself knew all the victims, authorities said Tuesday. But they stopped short of saying the victims were targeted.
The city of Gainesville, Florida, plans to send a bill estimated at more than $180,000 to Pastor Terry Jones for security costs surrounding his controversial threat to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the September, 11, 2001, attacks, a police spokeswoman said Friday.
The FBI is warning local law enforcement agencies that various controversies involving the U.S. Muslim community could lead to hate crimes against Muslims and encourage extremist rhetoric or actions against the United States.
The imam at the center of an ugly controversy over an Islamic center near New York's ground zero broke his silence Tuesday, just hours after a broad coalition of Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders denounced what they described as a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry across the United States.
In protest of what it calls a religion "of the devil," a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
A gas explosion inside a Gainesville, Texas, Mexican restaurant Monday afternoon injured at least five people, including one child, according to a spokeswoman for the city's police and fire departments.
Question: I am still in school and plan to open my own dance studio. If I teach dance for a small additional income or teach for free, would I be able to write off workshops on my taxes as a part of my business -- and would I break even? -Katie, Las Cruces, N.M.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Everyone here at the NFL owners meetings seems to have a "yeah, but'' reaction when they talk about the overtime-reform rule. As in, "Yeah, the stats are stark that something needs to be done, but we don't like this rule,'' or, "Yeah, I know it's too easy to make three first downs and kick the winning field goal, but I don't like a rule only for the postseason.''
I had the chance to sit with the new executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, for three hours in Washington last week. I liked him. He's personable, he listens, he makes good arguments ... and, more importantly, he's a huge football fan. He loves the game, and it's going to be tough for him to tear himself away from his beloved Redskins and become a fan of all 32 teams. But to me that's a good thing. He's excited about meeting the men he's watched on TV over the years and was tickled that Peyton Manning was trying to reach out to him last week to congratulate him on the new job.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In the early morning of Feb. 11, tired and heartbroken, Nick Calathes laced up his sneakers as his teammates trudged back to their dorms. A few hours earlier, Calathes had stood at the free throw line at Kentucky's Rupp Arena. The Florida point guard had been fouled shooting a buzzer-defying three-pointer, and he needed to make all three free throws to force overtime. He had missed the first. And the second. He missed the third on purpose with the hope that the ball would spring off the rim and into the hands of a waiting Gator, but by then it was too late.
If forced to choose, Chuck Riggs, a CPA from St. Petersburg, Fla., would cancel any vacation so he and wife Linda could take seven weekend trips to a not-so-exotic destination less than three hours' drive from home.
NEW YORK -- Last Sunday evening, with his official visit to Gainesville coming to an end, Will Hill III, the do-everything senior from St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) stopped in to Florida coach Urban Meyer's office to share a few words before dinner. After a few minutes, Hill's parents engaged in a sidebar conversation with Florida assistant coaches Steve Addazio and Chuck Heater, leaving their son to speak with the championship coach, one-on-one.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After signing a few autographs for a throng of some 250 fans who braved the smoldering heat that registered 110 on the heat index, Tim Tebow did a couple brief interviews, before being directed to a golf cart so security could whisk him to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for team meetings.
Billy Donovan and the Orlando Magic were on the verge of officially terminating the coach's five-year, $27.5 million contract Tuesday, a process that would allow Donovan to return to Florida and the Magic to move forward with hiring Stan Van Gundy, their preferred Plan B.
At a press conference to announce Billy Donovan's hiring by the Orlando Magic last Friday morning, nearly 6,500 words were spoken by Donovan and general manager Otis Smith as they sat side-by-side on stools at the center of the team's practice court. Buried in the final 300 words of the 45-minute ordeal was Smith's smiling statement -- in response to what Donovan's first act as coach would be -- that "we gave him the weekend off."
Take a good, hard look, America. In an era of me-first gunners, one-year supernovas (see you in the NBA, Kevin Durant) and attention spans the length of a YouTube clip, it may be a long, long time before we see another college basketball team like these Florida Gators. Just listen to forward Corey Brewer, a.k.a. the Drunken Dribbler (for his swerving forays to the hoop), who was as sober as a reverend (for a little while, at least) after his Gators claimed their second straight national title on Monday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. "I feel like we're one of the best college basketball teams to ever play the game," Brewer said after Florida's 84-75 victory over Ohio State. "You can argue about it, but I'd put us up against anybody."
Picking a new No. 1, now that Wisconsin has gone down, isn't easy. There's only one school left in the four highest-rated RPI leagues (ACC, SEC, Pac-10 and Big Ten) that's undefeated in league play -- and that team, Florida, also hasn't lost since Dec. 3. What about the tear North Carolina is on, though? The Heels have won their past five games by an average of 27 points, making an equally strong case.
Ron Zook was out, Urban Meyer was in, and Chris Leak was conflicted. he'd put in a pair of pretty fine seasons under Zook, the man who'd wooed him out of Independence High in Charlotte. As Leak recalls, "My relationship with Coach Zook went way beyond football."
(FORTUNE Small Business) - If you cash out of a flourishing small business, what's next? Another startup is likely to be all-consuming, yet retirement would probably bore you. For an increasing number of entrepreneurs, the middle ground is angel investing, in which wealthy individuals give financial backing to budding companies.
Tornadoes and thunderstorms brought high winds, hail and floods to east Texas on Saturday after Friday night storms ripped through homes and tossed airplanes into each other at an airport near the Oklahoma border.
Seven children, including an infant, died Wednesday when a tractor-trailer rear-ended their car near Gainesville, Florida, slamming it into the rear of a school bus that had stopped to let children off.