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Following President Donald Trump's tweet and remarks calling for NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem to be fired, many in the NFL are making a very visual statement, including the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A Florida man who pleaded guilty to landing a gyrocopter on a lawn outside the U.S. Capitol as a political protest says he now wants to land a spot inside the building, as a member of Congress.

Bear killed during hunt
WKMG-TV

After just two days, Florida ended its controversial black bear hunt because a higher than expected number of bears had been killed.

Wildlife authorities said late Sunday that 295 bears taken overall, nearing the official limit in what was supposed to be. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted a statement on its website saying it had closed the 2015 hunt because it was approaching an agency "objective" of 320 bears overall.

"The 2015 bear hunt is officially over," the statement said.

Hundreds of donors to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign will gather later this month in Houston. They'll shake hands with a pair of former presidents, and high-profile lieutenants of the former Florida governor will push them to write generous checks.

This weekend in Las Vegas, dozens of donors met up with Marco Rubio. They ate fast-food hamburgers, shook hands with a celebrity pawn-shop owner and played flag football with the Florida senator.

Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's attempt to get a federal court to stop Florida lawmakers from redrawing her congressional district has been stopped for now.

Lawyers on Monday withdrew the lawsuit that Brown was seeking to join. That means the Jacksonville Democrat will have to start over.

As the search for two missing teen boaters from Florida entered its sixth day, Coast Guard crews on Wednesday extended the search area northward off the South Carolina coast, urging vessels in the wide expanse of the Atlantic to report any potential clues they might spot.

Two teens missing at sea had strayed from the agreed-upon boundaries for their fishing trip, the stepfather of one of the boys said Tuesday, as the Coast Guard continued a massive search off Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they will hold a special session to redraw the state's 40 Senate districts after the chamber acknowledged it violated the state constitution by creating maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida consumers filling up at the gas pump may have had their credit card information stolen.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday that a sweep of roughly 6,100 gas stations in the last few weeks led to the discovery of "skimmers" in 81 locations. The devices enable someone to illegally obtain credit card and debit card information.

The devices were found inside gas station pumps stretching from Miami-Dade County all the way to Florida's Panhandle.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Backers of Florida's professional sports franchises are mounting a drive in the waning moments of this year's session of the Florida Legislature to help out three teams and Daytona International Speedway.

A Florida Senate panel on Tuesday tacked a provision into an economic development bill that would guarantee taxpayer money to the racetrack and the stadiums used by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and the Orlando City Lions.

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Just over 8 hours after Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended, two men who said they have been together for 27 years became the first same-sex couple to legally wed in northeast Florida.

After receiving a marriage license at the St. Johns County Clerk of Court office, Bob and Steve Caldwell were married in a chapel within the courthouse.

"We are a married couple with the all the civil rights of the United States. For the first time in my life I feel like a full citizen," Bob Caldwell said after the wedding.

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  KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.

But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until the statewide ban expired. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel presided over Florida's first legally recognized same-sex marriages Monday afternoon.

Florida Supreme Court / floridasupremecourt.org

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court unsealed documents and a transcript from this summer's trial over congressional districts.

The court on Tuesday posted online 538 pages related to redistricting that had belonged to Republican consultants. The consultants had fought for months to prevent them from becoming public.

Pam Bondi
State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking to keep intact the state's ban on same-sex marriage until ongoing appeals have finished.

A federal judge earlier this month decided to keep Florida's ban in place through Jan. 5. That means no gay weddings can take place for now.

But Bondi's office on Tuesday asked the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep the stay in place beyond that date.

Pam Bondi
State of Florida

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was easily re-elected to a second term, is defending her decisions to take free trips to conferences and socialize with attorneys that represent corporations under investigation by other states.

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