South Florida Sun-Sentinel Former Scott Rothstein partner Russell Adler gets 2 1/2 years in prison

Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's former law partner Russell Adler was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for illegally funneling campaign donations to Republican presidential and senate campaigns.

Miami Herald Steady job growth boosts US consumer confidence

Strong job growth lifted U.S. consumer confidence this month, as Americans looked past the economy's dismal first quarter performance.

Miami Herald Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.14 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels.

Miami Herald Consumer spending up 0.2 percent in May

U.S. consumers stepped up their spending slightly in May, boosted by a jump in auto sales and higher income.

Miami Herald Applications for US unemployment benefits dip

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn't caused employers to cut jobs.

Miami Herald Gov. Scott signs two bills into law to help disabled children

Doris Freyre believes her daughter would still be alive today if an attorney had intervened.

Miami Herald Sen. Marco Rubio's pitch for middle class looks like 2016 platform

Wrapping policy details around anecdotes from regular people, Sen. Marco Rubio outlined proposals aimed at the middle class, a large swath of the electorate the GOP has had trouble connecting with.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tolls on Turnpike, other state roads going up July 1

Get ready to pay a little more for tolls on Florida's Turnpike and other state-operated toll roads.

Miami Herald Orders for US durable goods drop 1 percent in May

Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply. But excluding defense-related goods, orders actually rose, and orders in a key category that signals business investment also increased.

Miami Herald US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Lauderdale airport workers get leverage in fight for raises

Discontent workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywod International Airport won a victory Tuesday, with Broward County adopting a set of rules giving them leverage against their employers in their long-running battle for higher wages.

Miami Herald Florida increases age requirement for car seats

Parents will have to use a car seat for children up to 5 years old under a new law approved by Gov. Rick Scott.

Miami Herald Scott signs tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers

A bill honoring the late cyclist Aaron Cohen is among the last to be signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott this year.

Miami Herald Study: Recession and recovery widen US wealth gap

The Great Recession and the slow recovery have sharply widened the gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, according to a study that underscores the unevenness of wealth gains since the recession ended.

Miami Herald US consumer confidence reaches a 6-year high

U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in more than six years.

Miami Herald New homes sales surge in May

Sales of new U.S. homes rose in May to the highest level in six years, providing the strongest signal yet that housing is recovering from a recent slowdown.

Miami Herald US home prices rise at slowest pace in 13 months

U.S. home prices rose in April from a year ago at the slowest pace in 13 months, reflecting a recent drop-off in sales.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Residency issue could open primaries in two Broward races

The election of a new county commissioner and a state representative in northern Broward County might be open to voters of all political stripes, after all.

Miami Herald Sweeping child-welfare changes signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of Florida’s long-troubled child welfare agency, discarding a decade-old policy that gave priority to the rights of parents — even as hundreds of infants and toddlers died preventable deaths.

Miami Herald Sales of US existing homes up 4.9 percent in May

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes in May posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year.

Miami Herald Broward tax-appeal board to vote on job for politically connected lawyer

Broward’s Value Adjustment Board will consider a resolution Monday to give a lucrative no-bid contract to the father of County Commissioner Martin David Kiar.

Miami Herald 3 fight to fill open congressional seat in Florida

Voters in a heavily Republican southwest Florida district are selecting a replacement for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

Miami Herald Chasing Charlie Crist

Nan Rich has been running for governor for more than two years. But she remains in the shadows of her primary opponent: former Gov. Charlie Crist.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Ultimate Software expansion would create 400 jobs

Ultimate Software is planning an expansion of its Weston campus that could add 400 new jobs.

Miami Herald Sen. Ted Cruz visits Miami as long lost son

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, got drew much applause during his speech at the Miami-Dade Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

Miami Herald One-third of Florida Legislature faces no opposition at polls

When combined with unopposed incumbents, 43 percent of the Legislature was decided at noon Friday, more than four months before Election Day.

Miami Herald Donors to major parties hand over $614M so far

Donors to the campaign committees of the two major parties have forked over at least $614 million so far this election cycle and show no signs of slowing down. That heavy giving will allow the campaign committees to flood voters' televisions with ads, mailboxes with fliers, and phones with calls promoting candidates for House and Senate races.

Miami Herald Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Miami Herald VA: 80 percent of senior executives got bonuses

The VA says nearly 80 percent of its senior executives got performance bonuses last year, despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics.

Miami Herald Judge hears evidence for, against, blind trust law used by Gov. Scott

The state demanded dismissal on procedural grounds, arguing that plaintiff Jim Apthorp lacked legal standing, or justification to bring his “abstract” claim to the courthouse.