Florida News: Whose Eyeball?; Florida Republicans Raise More Money

By: AP
By: AP
Florida Republicans raise more money... Tampa man sentenced in infant son

This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla. on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --Florida Republicans have a hefty fundraising lead over the state's Democrats in the final days of the campaigns. Reports filed yesterday showed that the Republican Party of Florida raised nearly $14 million in cash donations, while the Florida Democratic Party took in nearly $7.5 million from Aug. 10 until Nov. 1.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay area man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for his infant son's death. A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 27-year-old Charles Scoble after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Authorities say 3-month-old Nicholas Scoble had suffered head trauma and his had intentionally injured the boy.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators said yesterday they have closed a bank in Florida and one in Illinois. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Heritage Bank of Florida, based in Lutz, Fla., and Citizens First National Bank, based in Princeton, Ill.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is known for his grass-roots organization. But this year, Republican Mitt Romney has placed a big emphasis on recruiting thousands of volunteers to register voters, knock on doors and make telephone calls right alongside Obama for America. It's difficult to say which side has an advantage.

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