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Farewell, 2016: Report takes a look at New Year’s Eve traditions

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Spaniards try to gobble up 12 grapes at midnight. The Danes break dishes on their friends’ front doors. And here in the United States, we ring in the new year by drinking lots and lots of bubbly. According to WalletHub, Americans will drink more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve. And where they drink it — and other holiday traditions — are part of a new report looking at how Americans “understand and enjoy the…

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Pulse nightclub massacre is Florida’s top story of 2016

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The massacre of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has been voted Florida’s top story of 2016. The state’s newspaper editors said in an Associated Press poll that the second-biggest story of the year was Florida resident Donald Trump‘s defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida by 1.3 percentage points in the presidential race. Florida’s two hurricanes, the impact of Cuban leader Fidel Castro‘s death and an outbreak of the Zika virus tied for third place. In…

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New Year’s poll: Americans hopeful for a better 2017

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Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A look at the key findings of the Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll: ___ SO HOW WAS 2016? Americans weren’t thrilled with the year. Only 18 percent said things for the country got…

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Can we just get 2016 over with, please?

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When the news came on Christmas Day that singer George Michael had died, well … can we get this year completed, please? Just this month alone, we have lost actor Alan Thicke, astronaut/hero John Glenn, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, former Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jim Williams, broadcaster Craig Sager and musician Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame. This was after Keith Emerson of the same band died in March. We had to say goodbye this year to former first…

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In Central Florida, Barack Obama says justice, fairness, environment, Civil Rights all on the ballot

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Making one last plea for Florida to support Democrat Hillary Clinton and validate his own legacy, President Barack Obama told a big, boisterous crowd in Kissimmee Sunday that democracy itself is on Tuesday’s ballot. Obama made it clear that all Democratic Party priorities and his own legacy are to be judged in the election. “You have proof that your vote matters. And I’m not going to be on the ballot this time. But everything we’ve done is on the ballot.…

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Florida GOP calls ad attacking Dana Young a ‘smear piece,’ calls for Florida Dems to pull it

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The Republican Party of Florida is taking umbrage with attacks on Majority Leader Dana Young, even calling for federal elections officials to step in. Young faces Democrat Bob Buesing in the Senate District 18 election. The district is seen as one of a few Democrats can pick up across the state, and Democrats and other outside groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking the Tampa Republican. In a recent ad, the state party tries to tie Young to…

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Email insights: Patrick Murphy campaign ties Marco Rubio to Donald Trump in spooky scenario

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Rep. Patrick Murphy is hoping to give voters a scare this Halloween. In a Halloween-themed email, the Murphy campaign once again tried to tie Sen. Marco Rubio to GOP nominee Donald Trump. “Floridians in search of a fright this Halloween, need to look no further than the spineless senator and the orange monster he wants to make president,” the campaign said in an email. “There is no haunted houses scarier than the White House, with Donald Trump’s finger on the…

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