From WPLG

  • $5,000 reward offered for information about man who attacked 2 students at FIU

    A reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the man who attacked two high school students last month at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus.

    FIU police passed out fliers Wednesday informing the public about the increased reward and trying to find someone who recognizes the attacker from a sketch. 

    "We're just afraid that he'll do this to someone else," James Critz's mother, Tara James, said.  "It was so brutal and completely...


  • Amid squalor and debris, Hurricane Michael's survivors cling to motel

    Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the American Quality Lodge, a low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by Hurricane Michael.

    Families huddle under makeshift tents and in breezeways strewn with broken glass and roofing fragments, seeking escape from Florida’s midday sun. They line up in a parking lot for food and water whenever volunteers and church groups stop by. There’s been no power in a week, and the water has been out for...


  • Tears flow as Mexico Beach residents come home after Michael

    With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered.

    Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she'd lived with her husband. She was particularly distraught over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer.

    Husband Taylor Register said he found...


  • Market roller coaster is making investors nauseous

    Stock market volatility is back with a vengeance.

    On Wednesday the Dow was down nearly 320 points before rebounding from the worst of its losses. At one point, it even moved slightly higher. But there was more selling in the late afternoon and the Dow wound up finishing the day down more than 90 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended flat.

    The Dow's losses picked up after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting were released and showed some concerns about how long the economy could...


  • Advent calendar ditches chocolate for cheese

    Cheese lovers, rejoice!

    Target will be offering a Cheese Advent Calendar this holiday season.

    Yes, that's right - instead of the typical chocolate, the calendar will hold 24 pieces of individually wrapped cheeses, one to be eaten on each day of advent in the countdown to Christmas.

    The calendars will be available in Target stores across the U.S. starting in November, at a cost of $20 each.

    The unique calendar is the creation of a UK food blogger whose company is called "So Wrong It's Nom."

    The...


  • Photos: 2,000 Honduran migrants head toward U.S.

    QUEZALTEPEQUE, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 16: Honduran immigrants, some of more than 1,500 people in a migrant caravan, travel north on October 16, 2018 near Quezaltepeque, Guatemala. The caravan, the second of its size in 2018, began last week in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with plans to march north through Guatemala and Mexico in route to the United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


  • Turn down the noise; Miami Beach passes new noise ordinance

    Complaints by Miami Beach residents over the nighttime noise in the city have finally been heard.

    City commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday that addresses the excessive noise on Ocean Drive between Fifth and 15th streets.

    Miami Beach has always prohibited loud or excessive noise within city limits, but the areas between First and 15th streets were exempt in certain instances. The new ordinance only exempts businesses between Ninth and 11th streets.

    “Undesirable noise in the...


  • FBI asks for public's help in finding Wisconsin girl

    Two days have passed since Jayme Closs' parents were found dead and the 13-year-old girl vanished. But as investigators scramble to find her, few answers have emerged.

    More than 200 tips have poured in since Jayme disappeared from her Wisconsin home on Monday. But the FBI is pleading for more help in finding the girl, who is the subject of an Amber Alert.

    Investigators are trying to find out not only where Jayme is, but also what led to her parents' deaths in the small city of Barron.

    "I'll be...


  • You can now buy 'Golden Girls' cereal

    A new cereal is paying tribute to a sitcom that's an old favorite.

    Funko is selling a "Golden Girls"-themed cereal in select Targets and online stores.

    The box depicts the iconic sitcom's four central characters in an anime-style illustration.

    Each box comes with a collectible figurine inside.


  • Numerous candidates challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz for District 23 seat

    Florida's 23rd Congressional District is solidly Democratic and represented by longtime U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She's being challenged by perennial Republican candidate and security expert Joe Kaufman, as well as by former primary opponent Tim Canova, who is a law professor.

    Canova is now running as an Independent.

    Wasserman Schultz said she is campaigning on her experience.

    "I'm going to continue to do that. Talk about my record, my service on the [House] Appropriations Committee as...


  • Netflix has plenty of room left to grow

    Netflix investors are celebrating the company's latest subscriber boom.

    It's not just because Netflix now has a whopping 137 million members. Wall Street is happy because more of those customers are coming from overseas --- a sign that there's plenty of room for the streaming company to get even bigger than it already is.

    Netflix (NFLX) reported Tuesday that it added nearly 7 million new subscribers last quarter, about 2 million more than it expected. The vast majority, about 6 million, are from...


  • What Canada's legalization of marijuana means for travelers

    As laws surrounding recreational marijuana change state by state in the United States, Canada has just legalized weed nationwide.

    Adults there can now purchase pot and and even grow it in their homes for personal use.

    The Canadian Senate bill, which passed in June and just took effect, is clear in how it pertains to Canadian residents. But how does it affect foreign visitors and tourists?

    Here are some things to be wary of before flocking north for a smoke or an edible.

    The rules are different...