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Hurricane Irma has strengthened into a Category 5 storm as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path toward the U.S.

Florida legislative leaders are at a “stalemate” over a new state budget with time running out.

Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives.

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From September of last year to September of this year, Jacksonville added 28,700 jobs to its economy. That’s according to new numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Friday.

Last month alone, the entire state saw an increase of only 23,000 jobs and the state’s jobless rate has remained rather stagnant all year at 4.7 percent — that’s just under the national rate of 5 percent.

Still Florida’s growth rate is the third highest in the nation, behind Texas and California.

A senior government official in Jamaica says people in flood-prone areas of the country are refusing to leave their homes as the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew bring heavy rain and some flooding to parts of the island.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says one such area is Port Royal near the now-closed international airport in Kingston. McKenzie says the government ordered the area evacuated and sent two buses to help people move. But he says only two adults and two children boarded the bus. Others in the neighborhood wanted to stay and protect their homes.

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