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Is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol?

9:03 PM, Jan 20, 2014

President Obama says that while marijuana is a vice, a waste of time and not very healthy, it's no more dangerous than alcohol. Some medical experts agree, while others take issue with his comments.

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Getting answers for overbilled Georgia retiree

1:53 PM, Jan 15, 2014

Hundreds of retirees under Georgia's State Health Benefit Plan had an amount higher than the actual cost of their health premiums deducted from their accounts this month.

FDA warns against high-dose prescription acetaminophen

11:07 AM, Jan 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to stop prescribing combination medications that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per pill, because of long-standing concerns about liver damage.

Study finds sensory disconnect in autistic kids

4:34 AM, Jan 15, 2014

Researchers say their study shows that autistic children had trouble identifying instantaneous sound and visual stimuli.

Screen all pregnant women for diabetes, task force says

9:38 PM, Jan 14, 2014

U.S. health regulators recommended on Tuesday that healthcare professionals stop prescribing combination drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit, citing the risk of liver damage.

Nominate your guy for Buddy Check 'Man of the Month'

2:41 PM, Jan 13, 2014

Maybe your guy can be our next Buddy Check "Man of the Month." The January 'Man of the Month' is Rafael Castro-Leon, who made sure his wife stayed up beat about her double mastectomy.  To nominate your man, just email Jeannie Blaylock.  

Obese hard hit by flu this season

5:02 AM, Jan 13, 2014

Overall, this year's flu strain seems to be hitting younger people, pregnant women, people with chronic disease and the obese hardest.

Is it a cold or the flu? How to tell

4:57 AM, Jan 13, 2014

With flu season likely to peak in January or February, experts say fever and severity of symptoms are key to differentiating between influenza and the common cold.

Read it and blink: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'

8:17 PM, Jan 9, 2014

Timed for the biggest gathering of screens - desktop, laptop, tablet, TV, phone - on the planet, a new survey finds 70 percent of users of those screens report some level of eye discomfort dubbed "digital eye strain."

Flu season sweeping the nation, not too late for flu vaccine

3:26 PM, Jan 9, 2014

The flu is proving fatal and people across the country are ending up in the hospital. The good news is that Florida is not one of the top 25 states, yet.

Feds shut chicken plant infested with roaches

4:39 AM, Jan 9, 2014

The Foster Farms plant in California is one of three investigated for a salmonella outbreak nationwide.

Man suffers burns to most of his body and warn others

10:16 PM, Jan 8, 2014

Whether you're cleaning up a fire pit that you pulled out for this frozen start to the week or you plan on taking advantage of the coming weekend warm up by pulling out the BBQ, one Jacksonville man has a cautionary tale to share.

Kidney snow sculpture designed to help find a donor

8:37 PM, Jan 8, 2014

It's nearly impossible not to notice the giant, smiling kidney snow sculpture that has made its home on Hillside Trail in Cottage Grove.

What kind of eater are you? Pick the right diet plan for your personality

5:10 AM, Jan 7, 2014

When it comes to losing weight, it's clear that "one size does not fit all." And while it's always tough to drop those pounds, choosing the right eating plan for your personality can help keep you on track for the long run. It's all about choosing a diet plan based on the kind of eater you are.

Seventh-graders sexting? It might be more common than you think

3:38 PM, Jan 6, 2014

In a new study published online Monday, researchers say 22 percent of at-risk middle schoolers admit to texting explicit messages or more.

Dangerous Cold: Health, safety tips

10:59 AM, Jan 6, 2014

With extreme cold can bring dangerous conditions like hypothermia and frostbite. Learn how to identify those problems, treat them and prevent them.

Elderly couple ran a marathon every day of 2013

9:52 PM, Jan 1, 2014

A couple in their 60s ran a marathon every day in 2013, completing a year-long run around Australia on Tuesday.

White House: Religious concerns are addressed in contraceptive mandate

2:16 PM, Jan 1, 2014

The White House says it's confident that the rules requiring free contraceptive coverage under the new health law also address the objections of religious organizations.

Hangover Cures: Fact or Fiction

6:37 AM, Dec 31, 2013

Want to kick back with a few drinks on New Year's Eve, but dreading the inevitable hangover?

Infectious disease dominated 2013 health news

4:38 AM, Dec 31, 2013

Doctors grappled with outbreaks of measles, meningitis and salmonella, as well as a severe flu season.

Obamacare draws last-minute shoppers; site gets nearly 2 million visits

6:05 PM, Dec 25, 2013

The main website for enrollment under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law has drawn nearly 2 million visits, officials said Tuesday, in a last-minute rush to meet an ever-flexible deadline for people to obtain insurance coverage starting January 1.

Pa. girl who inspired thousands to come caroling dies

5:27 PM, Dec 25, 2013

A terminally ill eastern Pennsylvania girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers over the weekend has died.

Dozens test positive for tuberculosis after exposure at hospital neonatal unit

7:34 PM, Dec 24, 2013

Fifty-nine people have tested positive for tuberculosis after being exposed at a Nevada hospital neonatal intensive care unit, according to a report issued by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Consumers beware: Not all health plans cover doc visits before deductible is met

9:24 AM, Dec 24, 2013

If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the health law's marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise. Some plans will not pay for a doctor visit before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars.

Testosterone may make men likely to get the flu, study finds

8:57 AM, Dec 24, 2013

Sorry, dude, we know you're suffering. Higher testosterone levels may give men a weakened immune response to infectious illnesses like the flu.

Health enrollment deadline extended

1:40 PM, Dec 23, 2013

Federal regulators extended the deadline for consumers to enroll in health insurance until midnight Tuesday, Christmas Eve.

231-pound halibut caught in Alaska

Dirk Whitsitt, a construction worker from Kansas, caught the fish of a lifetime only an hour into his first fishing trip in Alaska.

1:40 PM, Sep 11, 2013

Four UF Doctors Disciplined For Misuse of University Funds

By Jackelyn Barnard
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The University of Florida is taking action following a First Coast News I-team report. At least four staffers have been disciplined for their role in the alleged Misuse of UF research funds.

12:16 AM, Feb 28, 2004

Denney Sentenced To Life In Prison For Waitress Murder

By Kyle Meenan
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The man convicted of killing a Jacksonville Beach waitress six years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

8:02 PM, May 9, 2005

Gainesville man built his house out of 12 shipping containers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Shipping containers are extremely durable designed to withstand high winds, salt water and hold 60,000 lbs. so why not stack them and turn them into a house?

11:49 PM, Nov 15, 2012

Erin Hawley

Erin Hawley joins the First Coast from the Emerald Coast, where she was the weekend anchor and reporter at WMBB in Panama City.

8:21 PM, Dec 14, 2012

Sheriff's Office shuts down meth lab in Putnam County

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies serving a search warrant shut down drug house Thursday.

9:34 AM, May 24, 2013

New VERO technology changing cancer treatment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Being diagnosed with cancer is a scary time in a person's life. Big decisions about treatment options have to be made and new technology at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute at Shands Jacksonville may help those whose cancer has begun to spread.

6:45 AM, Jan 2, 2013

Nursing student wants change after failing exam

 A local nursing student was looking forward to graduation, but now she says she won't be getting her diploma and is determined to create change at her school because of it.

5:39 PM, Sep 10, 2013

Jacksonville man and his teenage son die in crash on Florida's Turnpike

YEEHAW JUNCTION, Fla. -- A father and his teenage son from Jacksonville were killed in a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County.

11:22 PM, Sep 22, 2012

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Jacksonville's Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Darius Rucker arrives at the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Darius Rucker returns to St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shake hands after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship: Patriots vs Broncos

ANNA LISA BLUE, 39 - Charged with probation violation January 19.

January 2014 Mugshots

 	Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate in the streets after the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Championship: 49ers vs Seahawks

 	Civil rights demonstrators, led by Dr Martin Luther King (5th R), civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy (5th L), John Lewis (3rd L) and other civil and religious leaders, make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965 in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks and represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. The first march took place on March 07, 1965 (Blood

Reflections of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soledad OBrien, Key Speaker, at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that took place January 17, 2014 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Duckworth)

27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama's iconic looks

First Coast feasting with Circus elephants

A referee gets into the action of Puppy Bowl IV on Oct. 17, 2007.  Animal Planet

Puppy Bowl X pups

Riverside, San Marco street art done by 'Keith Haring's Ghost'

Jacksonville Landing, present-day

Jacksonville Landing through the years & proposed changes

Courthouse preparations underway for Dunn trial

"Danny Bradford. He wont go out in the rain unless he has his raincoat on. Our little Gortons fisherman. He is a rescue and the best dog ever!" Photo courtesy of June Bradford

It's National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Storm leaves major damage at North Main Baptist Church

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15: Audi shows off their RS6 during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show on January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show will be open to the public January 19-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

'New and cool': 2014 North American Auto Show

Have you seen this strong armed robbery suspect?

Police seeking two suspects, person of interest in armed robbery investigation

Lupita Nyong'o L-U-P-I-T-A. Learn this name fast, because the supporting-actress nominee is headed straight for the A-list. She ruled the red carpet in a caped Ralph Lauren dress and Fred Leighton ring. “So far I've only worn things that I feel speak to me,” she told E! of her newly minted fashionista status.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

Photos from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

TV personality Maria Menounos attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Stars on Red Carpet at Golden Globes 2014

 A view of houses and an area covered by ash after the village hit by ash and mud from eruption of Mount Sinabung on January 12, 2014 in Sigarang Garang, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 25,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the

Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia

Bayan Bay apartments off San Pablo Road near Atlantic Blvd. Photo courtesy Donna McCrum

Viewer submitted weather photos from stormy Saturday

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (C) talks with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) as they look out over the wreckage of the World Trade Center terrorist attack site 30 November 2001, in New York. (Photo credit should read BETH A. KEISER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Life of Ariel Sharon in pictures

Jayson is a super dad. He picks his son up from school each day. Helps him with his homework. Prepares dinner every night. Does all the grocery shopping and even does laundry. And he builds a mean Lego set.

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Mandarin Middle School at about 10:45am. Brrrr..... Submitted By:Janet from: Jacksonville, FL

Show us your ice, ice baby!

Marissa Alexander in court and leaving court on Jan. 10

UNF vs. Gulf Coast

FHP: Photos of the buckled 'slab'

'Move Over' law in full effect: FHP

Southerns welcome healthy baby boy

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FSUs Kelvin Benjamin elevates over Chris Davis to catch the game winning touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game.

BCS Title Game: FSU vs. Auburn via USA Today Sports

Team picture for Auburn in front of the Rose Bowl.

FCN in California for BCS title game

Crash, building fire in Fernandina Beach

Band stuck due to weather after Gator Bowl performance

Community leaders 'say no to disrespect'

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office cruiser involved in accident with injuries

Rental home of Aubrey Price

SJSO seeks to identify TV theft suspect

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