South Florida Sun-Sentinel Fired Broward deputy was hero before Rothstein scandal, supporters say

Jeff Poole faces up to 10 years in federal prison for false arrest

On his best days as a Broward Sheriff's deputy, Jeff Poole performed so superbly that he was once named Deputy of the Year, and he won two lifesaver awards — one for saving a jogger's life after her legs were severed by a train and the other for resuscitating a drowning child.

Miami Herald Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Miami Herald Wasserman Schultz lays forth on party's chances (better than you think) and Jeb Bush (thin skinned)

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from South Florida who doubles as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said pundits and politicians are misreading the dynamics of the upcoming midterm election and that her party is in a much stronger position than many realize.

Miami Herald Judge sets hearing on redrawing maps before election

After throwing out the state’s redistricting maps, the judge in the case has agreed to hear arguments about whether to wait until after the November elections to fix flawed districts.

Miami Herald Crist names Miamian Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as running mate

Charlie Crist on Thursday tapped the head of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party to become his running mate for governor, adding a needed South Florida Hispanic face to the former Republican’s ticket.

Miami Herald Business partner of suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

A businessman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to organizing an $11 million mortgage-fraud scheme that he says he ran with suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau.

Miami Herald Former Florida House candidate fights to get back on the ballot

Laura Rivero Levey says she should not have been disqualified from the race to represent Florida House District 113.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Free back-to-school vaccines in Lauderhill

Health officials have an important message for parents gearing up for the start of school: don't forget to get your child vaccinated.

Miami Herald Commissioners give early OK to legalizing Lyft, UberX in Miami-Dade

The Miami-Dade County Commission gave initial approval Tuesday to a proposal that would legalize ride-for-hire companies.

Miami Herald Legislature will not appeal redistricting ruling, wants new maps for 2016 elections

Florida legislative leaders have ended their silence on their rejected congressional map and announced Tuesday they will not appeal a judge’s ruling but agree to redraw the map deemed unconstitutional because of two invalid districts.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Have a say on banning 5 species of snake

Does the U.S. need more green anacondas? A ban on imports of five species of large constricting snakes is being considered, in light of the havoc wrought by Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

Miami Herald Marc Caputo: ‘Moron’ move: Rick Scott campaign's LeBron James-size gaffe

If LeBron James-size gaffes decided elections, Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign is on its way to fouling out.

Miami Herald Crist under pressure to name running mate

The Democratic frontrunner will have just nine days to name a number two if he wins the Aug. 26 primary.

Miami Herald Family creates company to bring Charlotte’s Web to Florida

A family that fought to bring a special cultivation of marijuana to Florida faces hurdles and critics in their effort to get the Charlotte’s Web strain here.

Miami Herald Redistricting ruling could mean big change, or status quo

With questions looming, the judge in the redistricting case will be asked to decide how he wants legislators to repair the congressional districts he has ruled invalid.

Miami Herald Florida's political landscape upended with ruling

Florida's political landscape is being upended by a landmark legal ruling that one legal expert says could influence the way other states draw their congressional districts.

Miami Herald Nan Rich defends viability as gubernatorial candidate, rips Crist for not debating

The lesser-known candidate for the Democratic nomination also has less money, but says she is the lone true Democrat on the primary ballot in August.

Miami Herald US records $71 billion budget surplus in June

The U.S. government ran a monthly budget surplus in June, putting it on course to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008.

Miami Herald David Rivera suspends Miami campaign for Congress

David Rivera, the former Miami congressman under federal investigation in a campaign-finance scheme, said Friday he is suspending his latest congressional bid.

Miami Herald Economists downgrade forecasts for US growth

U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

Miami Herald Judge throws out Florida's congressional map

Saying that Republican political operatives “infiltrated” the redistricting process using a shadow map-making scheme, a Florida judge ordered lawmakers to redraw two districts and others nearby.

Miami Herald VA names interim medical inspector

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector.

Miami Herald Some in GOP worried over Fla. governor's missteps

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign for re-election is hitting Democratic rival Charlie Crist with a barrage of attacks but his campaign team has also committed a series of blunders this year.

Miami Herald US wholesalers slow restocking as sales weaken

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.

Miami Herald Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.15 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages edged up slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels.

Miami Herald Man in middle of fed probe of ex-Miami Rep. Rivera sentenced to 7 months

Justin Lamar Sternad, the improbable congressional candidate cast as a central witness in the federal probe of ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera, will finally be sentenced for campaign violations in Miami federal court Thursday after pleading guilty more than a year ago.

Miami Herald US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.

Miami Herald Survey: 9.5 million people gained health coverage in first marketplace enrollment period

- Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

Miami Herald Florida’s Rubio urges White House to restrict travel, freeze assets of Venezuelan officials

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up his pressure on the Obama administration to drop the hammer on Venezuelan officials involved in that country’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Miami Herald Army leaders defend flawed intelligence system

Gen. John Campbell, the army's vice chief of staff and nominee to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan, cited his son's experiences as a soldier there to answer a senator's tough questions last year about a troubled intelligence technology system.