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Coral Glades High School Apologizes For 'Insensitive' Assignment Involving Parkland Shooter

This post was updated on Friday, December 7, at 6:40 p.m. with new information. Administration at Coral Glades High School in Broward County issued an apology late Friday for a ninth-grade English class assignment involving the Parkland shooter.

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The Trump Administration has approved the search for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast. Late last month, the federal government gave green light to five applications that allow companies to use seismic testing in different sites, including along part of Florida’s eastern seaboard.

The tests work by using airguns to send sound waves through the water to image the sea floor. The waves then bounce back to deliver information about the location of buried oil and gas.

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You tell yourself that you’ll only check Instagram at the red light, or change your Spotify while driving alone on cruise control through Alligator Alley.

But those few seconds can be deadly for South Florida drivers. In fact, distracted driving causes about 50,000 crashes per year in Florida, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 

If you're not feeling well or have a routine health issue, do you go ahead and get it checked out or put if off because of the cost?

And, let's say you do make an appointment and go. Afterward, do you fill the prescription you received or do financial concerns stop you?

We wondered how often people deferred or skipped care because of cost, so we asked in the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Health Poll. The survey queried more than 3,000 households nationwide in July.

School lunches are healthier than they were five years ago. But Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says schools need more flexibility in serving meals that kids will eat.

"If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted," Perdue said in a statement announcing a rule that is set to be published later this month.

Ignoring pressure from President Trump to keep the oil flowing, OPEC, Russia and other producers have agreed to cut production. They pledged to pare output by 1.2 million barrels a day, hoping to stem a sharp drop in oil prices.

The price of crude jumped nearly 4.5 percent Friday morning, to $53.75 per barrel, on word of the agreement, which called for a bigger reduction than analysts had expected.

About 9.4 million people are likely HIV-positive and don't know it. That's a key finding from a new report from UNAIDS — and it's why the theme of this month's World AIDS Day is "Know your HIV status."

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After deciding over the summer that adding a train system in South Dade is unnecessary, Miami-Dade County’s transportation board voted Thursday to approve a new train line to the north.

The proposed elevated train will run along Northwest 27th Avenue up to the Broward County line. Much uncertainty lingers as there's no timetable for the project. The county must still determine how to fund it and decide what form of an elevated train to add—the commissioners noted the train may not be like the Metrorail.

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The big news from Cuba this week was that the communist government is allowing people more Internet access. Another official move may help them actually afford it.

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Flooding is a fact of life in the low-lying Florida Keys. And it's projected to get worse. According to Monroe County, this is the third most vulnerable county in the country to tidal flooding.

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St. Louis-based artist Damon Davis has always been interested in how identity is formed through mythology and "the stories we tell ourselves." Now he's exhibiting work in Little Haiti that tackles notions of black representation in mainstream media.

His exhibit, “Darker Gods in The Garden of The Low Hanging Heavens,” is a mix of photography, film and illustrations. It will be on display Dec. 5 to 9 at Smoke Signals Studio in Little Haiti. The gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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