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FLORIDA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DIPS SLIGHTLY IN JUNE
Florida led the nation in job growth in June, a sharp turnaround from the previous month. But the addition of more than 37,000 jobs wasn’t enough to push down the state’s unemployment rate significantly. Florida’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent or a slight dip of 0.1 percent from May. The jobless rate has remained largely flat for the first half of 2014.
OBAMA OPENS EAST COAST TO OIL SEARCH
The Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. It’s the first time in decades that the Eastern Seaboard has been opened to offshore oil exploration. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s approval of this technology’s use off the U.S. East Coast is the first step toward identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware.
HUMAN REMAINS MISTAKENLY BROUGHT TO LANDFILL
Two men hired to clean out a vacant Tampa Bay area house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage. They cut it down and hauled it to the local dump, where landfill workers realized it was actually a human body. Hernando County Sheriff’s officials on Thursday said the 33-year-old Spring Hill man apparently committed suicide several weeks ago and his body was in a “state of decomposition similar to mummification.”
POLICE: FATHER BEATS ACCUSED CHILD ABUSER UNCONSCIOUS
Police say a Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his son. Authorities say the father called 911 early Friday after he walked in on the alleged abuse. When officers arrived they found Raymond Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth. He’s charged with sexual battery on a child under 12.
PANTHER KILLED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Officials say a Florida panther was killed in an apparent territorial dispute in southwest Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 7-year-old male was found Wednesday in Big Cypress National Preserve. Males are known to fight to the death over territory, and biologists say damage to the skull indicates the death came from the jaws of another panther.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.