US Air Force plane hits a bird, drops dummy bombs on Florida by mistake

The Moody attack aircraft assigned to the 23d Fighter Group "suffered a bird strike which caused an inadvertent release of three BDU-33s," 25-pound nonexplosive training munitions used to simulate the 500-pound M1a-82 bombs, the 23rd Wing Public Affairs Office said in a statement.

The dummy munitions fell somewhere off Highway 129 near Suwannee Springs in northern Florida. The Air Force is apparently still looking for the bombs.

Florida man dies after Hurricane Michael slams into Panhandle

Michael began dashing homes into pieces and flooding neighborhoods shortly after crossing near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 storm. It was the strongest storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Live updates on Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Irma: Time runs out for Florida evacuation

Rick Scott said it was now too late to drive away from the danger areas.

After devastating several Caribbean islands, Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain, and is due to make landfall in Florida on Sunday.

Some 6.3 million people, more than 25% of the US state's population, have been ordered to evacuate.

The hurricane made landfall on the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, in Cuba's north-east, late on Friday as a category five storm but has now weakened to a category three.

Missing Florida woman found after she bottled her scent

Citrus County Sheriff's Office said the anonymous woman had used a specialist scent preservation kit.

It can hold a person's scent for up to seven years.

In a Facebook post police said she stored the scent two-and-a-half years ago, and a picture of the jar showed it was dated January 2015.

Scent preservation kits involve rubbing a pad on a person's underarm, then sealing it in a sterile jar so police dogs have a reliable scent to smell before looking for a missing person.

Florida sinkhole stops expanding after swallowing homes

They say residents have been allowed to return to four adjacent homes.

The sinkhole, which is 50m deep, is full of water, household chemicals and pieces of septic tanks, and may take months to drain.

Authorities have warned that the sinkhole may expand again, especially if it rains.

No one was injured in the two homes that were destroyed nor the other nine that were evacuated, said Kevin Guthrie, assistant Pasco County administrator for public safety.


'Unlock iPhone', says judge in US sextortion case

Reality TV star Hencha Voigt and former boyfriend, Wesley Victor, are accused of threatening to release explicit images of social media star Julieanna Goddard unless she paid a ransom.

The defendants said the ruling broke their constitutional rights.

But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson said he was following the law.

"For me, this is like turning over a key to a safety deposit box," he said on Wednesday.

The Indian tribesmen catching giant snakes in Florida

Masi Sadaiyan and Vadivel Gopal, members of the once-nomadic Irula tribe, are armed with crowbars and machetes. Wearing fleece jackets and baseball caps, they slash and wade their way through the largest subtropical wilderness in the world to hunt down Burmese pythons.

Hurricane Matthew: Florida warned of 'direct hit'

Damage could be "catastrophic", the state governor said. Evacuation orders have been issued along the coast.

Matthew, with winds of 125mph (205km/h), is expected to strengthen and hit Florida as a Category Four storm, US officials say.

It has swept across the Caribbean, with the worst of the damage in Haiti.

At least 22 people have been killed in Haiti and thousands displaced. The storm has forced the presidential election there to be postponed.

Four people were also killed in the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Florida keeps eye on Tropical Storm Erika, could hit Monday

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that as of 11 a.m. Friday, the forecast showed the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path has Erika skirting the state's Gulf Coast and then moving up Florida's spine north of Tampa.

The next 24 hours will be critical in the storm's development, hurricane center meteorologist James Franklin said.

Vandals attack vacation home of dentist who killed Cecil

Marco Island police Capt. David Baer says the vandals also left at least seven pickled pigs' feet on the driveway of Walter Palmer's $1.1 million home. Baer says police have opened an investigation.

A hand-made sign criticizing Palmer was left in the yard last week. A security company has been hired to protect the property.