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.

Miami Herald Boehner disagrees with Palin on impeaching Obama

House Speaker John Boehner has been a man of few words when it comes to the far-right-fueled talk of impeaching President Barack Obama. But those few words have been pretty direct.

Miami Herald More flights arriving late; complaints are rising

More flights on U.S. airlines are running late or getting canceled, and complaints are rising.

Miami Herald Opening statements will present two sides of suspended Miami Lakes mayor at bribery trial

A newly empaneled Miami federal jury on Wednesday will hear opening statements and testimony from the prosecution's first line-up of witnesses in the bribery trial of suspended Miami Lakes mayor, Michael Pizzi.

Miami Herald Dog tracks cornered by wagering woes, racing foes

A mural-sized photograph at Flagler Dog Track celebrates the good old days, decades gone: Men and women in their finest clothes lean against the fence to catch a glimpse of the greyhounds, the stands emblazoned with red, white and blue bunting, radio men perched in a booth to bring the action to fans at home.

Miami Herald VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.

Miami Herald US consumer borrowing rises at slower pace in May

Consumers increased their borrowing at a slower pace in May compared to the prior month.

Miami Herald US companies post most jobs in 7 years in May

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

Miami Herald Despite book tour woes, Clinton still tops Democrats, Republicans for ‘16

Hillary Clinton remains in good shape for a 2016 presidential run, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Veterans' job fair July 16 in Fort Lauderdale

The second annual  Paychecks for Patriots Veterans Hiring Fair will be held on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  July 16, at the 356th Quartermaster Co. National Guard Armory (400 SW 24 th Street).

South Florida Sun-Sentinel All Aboard Florida scales back initial run

All Aboard Florida's promised Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail service will initially run only between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with trains rolling in late 2016, officials now say.