As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of a high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott cannot negotiate something new. In 2010, the state and the Seminoles signed a 20-year compact giving the tribe the right to operate slot machines at all its casinos in return for revenue sharing of at least a billion dollars over five years. The deal also gave the tribe the exclusive right to offer house-banked card games like blackjack, chemin de fer and baccarat, also in return for revenue sharing. However, that right expires July 31 unless the Legislature approves a renewal or revision, which would have to be negotiated with Scott. The annual legislative session opens Tuesday and ends May 1.
Florida-Seminole blackjack deal
The mother of Trayvon Martin says she is disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. Speaking with The Associated Press before the third anniversary of the death of her 17-year-old son, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder. Fulton said: He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn't deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he's done.
Sybrina Fulton interview
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The decision resolves a case that focused public attention on self-defense laws and became a flashpoint in the national conversation about race two years before the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting. Martin, who was black, was unarmed when he was killed. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
Feds won't charge Zimmerman
Pamela White, US ambassador to Haiti: It's always rocky in Haiti ... Let's just pray we can get through those two days (of scheduled voting) this year so the Haitian people have the right, the democratic right, to vote in people they think will represent them.
Panel: US diplomats in Caribbean
Addario exposes the risks particular to women working in journalism, and arguably not just those who report in the Middle East. Addario gets the shot while enduring casual sexual harassment, the fear of that harassment escalating to assault and the horror of that assault when it happens. She also writes about fighting off the fear of being perceived as weak if she points out the harassment to her male colleagues, who are oblivious to what is happening to her as they compare images, because this sort of thing never happens to them.
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Florida hunts for rock pythons
This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease: Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow him to run an experiment with the British company Oxitec and release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in a Florida Keys neighborhood to see if the bugs could help officials fight off two extremely painful viral diseases.
GMO mosquitoes await approval
Cuba urged the U.S. to end immigration privileges that grant virtually automatic legal residency to any Cuban who touches U.S. soil. Its government blames the Cold War policy for luring tens of thousands of Cubans a year to make perilous journeys by sea and land to try to reach the United States. Still, many Cubans are worried the elimination of the rules would take away their chance to have a better life in the U.S.
US, Cuba spar over migrant policy