Five Things To Know In Florida On Dec. 31st

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

NEW LAW LETS MOTORISTS FLASH HEADLIGHTS TO WARN OTHERS ABOUT SPEED TRAPS

That provision is part of a wide-ranging motor vehicle law taking effect with the new year. Other changes range from allowing homeless people to get free state identification cards to creating a pair of new specialty license plates.

MIAMI’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION GETS MAKEOVER WITH SPANISH FLAIR

The Big Orange has been renamed “La Gran Naranja” to mark 2013 as the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida.

ANNUAL PINEAPPLE DROP RETURNS TO SARASOTA

Organizers and local businesses say they’ve resolved the funding and security problems that scrubbed the city’s traditional New Year’s Eve countdown last year.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING BOATERS

Crews will return to Lake Jesup Monday to search for the bodies of two central Florida men who may have been ejected from their boat early Saturday.

MAN ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they say fatally stabbed another man following a fight over $10 worth of marijuana on the day before Christmas Eve. He’s now charged with first-degree murder.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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