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File photo of a manatee. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Snooty The Manatee Celebrates 66th Birthday

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The manatee that’s believed to be the oldest in captivity in the world is marking another birthday. Hundreds of people gathered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday to […]

CBS Tampa–07/20/2014

President Barack Obama speaks on foreign policy in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 16, 2014. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Opens Eastern Seaboard To Offshore Oil Exploration

Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, 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.

CBS Tampa–07/18/2014

File photo of a female mosquito. (Photo by Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

81 Cases Of Mosquito Virus Now Tallied In Florida

State officials say the number of Florida travelers who contracted the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has risen to 81.

CBS Tampa–07/16/2014

A Burmese python is seen on display at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Burmese Pythons Hatching All Over Southwest Florida, Increasing Threat To Wildlife

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Burmese python eggs are hatching all over Southwest Florida, increasing the threat to the native wildlife species. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is asking for help in locating the […]

CBS Tampa–07/15/2014

Scientists say data suggests the Earth's magnetic field could be ready to flip. (Nasa/Getty Images)

Data: Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakening 10 Times Faster Than Originally Thought

European astronomers say the Earth’s magnetic field could flip so that compasses would point south.

CBS Tampa–07/09/2014

File photo of beach. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Health Officials Warn Residents, Tourists Of Sweltering Heat

Florida health officials are warning residents and tourists to guard against sweltering heat this July Fourth weekend.

CBS Tampa–07/04/2014

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Researchers Find Pesticides May Increase Chances Of Having Autistic Child

A recent autism study found that pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides were used had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.

CBS Tampa–06/26/2014

File photo of wasps. (credit: MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands Of Wasps Attack Father, Son Walking Through Woods

A father and son are hospitalized after getting attacked by thousands of wasps.

CBS Tampa–06/24/2014

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State Officials Urge Floridians To Guard Against Mosquitoes

The biting bugs can carry debilitating diseases and pose an elevated threat to public health during the state’s rainy season.

CBS Tampa–06/15/2014

File photo of damage caused by a tornado. (MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida More Vulnerable To Twisters Than Midwest

Oklahoma and Kansas may have the reputation as tornado hot spots, but Florida and the rest of the Southeast are far more vulnerable to killer twisters, a new analysis shows.

CBS Tampa–06/15/2014

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