No snow, no problem for Fort Lauderdale's Christmas boat parade

No snow, no problem for Fort Lauderdale's Christmas boat paradeFort Lauderdale, Florida - Celebrating Christmas in Florida is tricky. Americans' love of kitsch calls for elaborate decorations, red-and-green garlands and blinking Santa Clauses with reindeer teams on front lawns.

Special radio stations play blizzards of carols starting around Advent: Gospel choirs, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, etc., croon tunes like "Let It Snow!"

Early Voting Hours Extended In Florida

Early Voting Hours Extended In FloridaRecord turnouts and hours-long waits at most of Florida’s 267 early voting sites, led the state’s Governor Charlie Crist to issue an executive order to extend early voting hours statewide to 12 hours a day, declaring that a “state of emergency” exists.

Crist invoked the state’s Elections Emergency Act during his announcement Tuesday afternoon, saying: “I have a responsibility to the voters of our state to ensure that the maximum number of citizens can participate in the electoral process, and that every person can exercise the right to vote.”

Obama campaign cuts TV station’s cord over Joe Biden grilling

Obama campaign cuts TV station’s cord over Joe Biden grillingOrlando, Fla, Oct 27 : Barack Obama’s campaign has pulled the plug on a Florida news station’s access to the presidential candidate after an anchorwoman angered Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden with uncomfortable questions during a satellite interview.

WFTV-Channel 9 anchorwoman Barbara West quizzed Biden about Obama’s intention to “spread the wealth,” referring to the Democratic White House contender’s comments to “Joe the Plumber.”

Hurricane Omar continues through Caribbean

Hurricane Omar Miami, Florida - Hurricane Omar continued its course through the western Caribbean Thursday, after sweeping through the northern Leeward Islands late Wednesday.

The storm, a category-three, with maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour, is moving in a north-easterly direction, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami, Florida said, in its hurricane public advisory.

Tropical storm warnings for the US Virgin Islands, Vieques, Culebra, and the British Virgin Islands were discontinued as the storm moved away.

Hurricane Omar strengthens before hitting Leeward Islands

Hurricane Omar strengthens before hitting Leeward Islands Miami, Florida - Hurricane Omar swept across the northern Leeward Islands after strengthening to a category 3 storm in the Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour and higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center in the United States said.

It gained in intensity on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Scale before hitting the Antilles and beginning its march late Wednesday across the Leeward Islands.

Sarah Palin draws 60,000-strong crowd in Florida

Sarah PalinThe Villages (Florida, US), Sept. 22: The Palin wave shows no signs of diminishing.

On her first trip as John McCain’s running mate to the battleground state of Florida, Palin drew a massive crowd of 60,000 people.

A Fox News report said that she was welcomed like a star, with tens of thousands cramming into a plaza and nearby streets in the enormous retirement community about an hour north of Orlando.

Some waited more than five hours in 92-degree heat to see her speak for 23 minutes.