5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 21

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

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

FLORIDA RANKS THIRD IN POPULATION GROWTH
Florida ranks third in the nation for population growth. New estimates released by the U.S. Census Thursday shows Florida grew by 235,000 residents. Florida trailed only Texas and California in sheer numeric growth.

INFORMANT: ABUSE AFTER REPORT IN MISSING GIRL CASE
A jailhouse informant says she was abused by fellow inmates and corrections officers after reporting that a missing Florida foster child's caretaker had confessed to the murder.

FATHER CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE
A Sarasota County father has been charged with aggravated child abuse in the death of his 11-year-old daughter.

ONLY GIRAFFE AT SILVER SPRINGS ATTRACTION DIES
The only giraffe at the Silver Springs Nature Park has died. Khama died Wednesday morning.

FEDS LOOKING FOR SWIMMERS WHO RODE DEAD WHALE
Federal officials are looking for the two swimmers who were seen riding a dying whale in South Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asks anyone with more information to call their hotline at 1-800-856-1964.


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