- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

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MIAMI JUDGE WEDS GAYS AND LESBIANS AFTER RULING AGAINST BAN

Lesbian and gay couples were wed in Miami on Monday by the same judge who approved their marriage licenses, hours before Florida’s coming-out party as the nation’s 36th state where same-sex marriages are legal statewide. The addition of Florida’s 19.9 million people means 70 percent of Americans now live in states where gay marriage is legal.

COAST GUARD REPORTS SURGE IN CUBANS TRYING TO REACH FLORIDA

Driven by fear that their window is closing, Coast Guard officials say the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years. U.S. authorities say they’ve have captured, intercepted or chased away 421 Cubans since Dec. 17, mostly in the Florida Straits,

BOY NEARLY DROWNS IN ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP WAVE POOL

A 4-year-old boy nearly drowned in a wave pool on a cruise ship, and authorities have ruled the incident an accident. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1KbTq0h) reports that the boy had wandered away from his mother on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas on Saturday. According to details released by authorities, he was swept away in a wave pool for about six minutes before a guest noticed him.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS IDENTIFY BEAR THAT ATTACKED TEENAGER

Authorities say they have identified a bear that mauled a Florida Panhandle teenager while she was walking her dog. Six bears were captured in the Eastpoint area after 15-year-old Leah Reeder was attacked Dec. 20. Four adult bears were euthanized and two clubs were relocated. One of the adult bears matched DNA collected from the teen’s clothes.

7-MONTH-OLD AND UNCLE KILLED WHEN TRUCK ROLLS INTO RIVER

Authorities have found the body of a 7-month-old boy who was missing after a pickup truck rolled into a Tampa Bay-area river. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melanie Snow said the body of Elijah Wilson was found Monday morning not far from where the truck sank Sunday evening. Authorities say Elijah was being held by his uncle in the bed of the parked truck when the vehicle rolled into the Withlacoochee River in Dade City.

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