(CNN)Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida are once again at the center of a brewing controversy over vote counting as two of the highest-profile races in the state appear to be headed toward a recount. In a news conference on Thursday night, Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- who is also the Republican candidate for US Senate in the state -- alleged without providing evidence that there could be rampant fraud in both counties and accused Democrats of trying to "steal" the election. Scott's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed two lawsuits on Thursday, one against the Broward County supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, and the other against the supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, Susan Bucher. The lawsuits allege that the supervisors have not been transparent either about the collection of the vote or about the vote count, in violation of Florida law. Snipes told CNN she was not aware of Scott's announcement of a lawsuit and was not commenting. … [Read more...] about Broward and Palm Beach counties are at the center of a brewing Florida recount. Again.
Story highlights Popular beach reads pop up in stores just before summer each year They offer tales of betrayal, transformation, mystery and a hint of romance (CNN)These are the books that make readers want to escape. Their covers beckon with tranquil beach and lakeside scenes: endless layers of blue sky and water divided by a strip of sand, dotted with brightly colored flip-flops and umbrellas. The books are sprinkled across store bookshelves every year as summer approaches, offering tales of betrayal, transformation, mystery and a hint of romance, set against a beautiful backdrop with just the right amount of humor and sass. It's an inviting escape, whether you're sitting on your couch or an Adirondack chair sunk deep in the sand. But there is more to these books, and the women who write them, than meets the eye. "These are the chocolate truffle in the box of books," said Nancy Thayer, author of "The Guest Cottage" and 22 other books. Nancy Thayer Although Thayer … [Read more...] about Meet the beach read queens
(CNN)Hurricane Michael destroyed Florida's Mexico Beach, but the storm battered city still has reasons to be thankful. Some families will gather for a Thanksgiving dinner of smoked ham and turkey at Camp Happy Tummies, a pop-up kitchen that has become a community gathering post, a place to eat and to forget -- at least for a while -- the monstrous task of rebuilding the colorful beach town Michael left in ruins. "I see people sitting down here, talking for 30 minutes, stop thinking about what's beyond these walls. It brings out a lot of hope," said Hal Summers, who before the storm was restaurant manager at Killer Seafood, a local favorite. Summers and Killer Seafood's owner, Michael Scoggins, are the men behind Camp Happy Tummies. But the pop-up has also been fueled by tens of thousands of dollars donated by people all over the world. Michael Scoggins prepares dinner for residents and first responders at Camp Happy Tummies. His restaurant, Killer Seafood was complete destroyed in … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving serves hope to Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael’s destruction
Vital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world. (CNN)Jose Guevara lives with his family on a small farm. He has spent most of his life riding horses and working in the fields but today he gets around on the back of his grandson's four wheeler. He is 105 years old. "I wake up at 6 am, then I will get some corn and go and feed the chickens or the pig," he says. "I eat, but not as much ... generally beef, a good cut of pork, rice and beans -- four meals that we never went without in my house, thank God." Guevara lives in the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica. Blessed with sandy beaches and tropical forest, it's something of a backpackers' paradise. It's also an area identified as a "Blue Zone" -- one of five hotspots around the globe where people live measurably longer lives. Dan Buettner led the team that first discovered the Blue Zones more than a decade ago. Along with Nicoya, he identified Loma Linda, California; Ikaria, Greece; … [Read more...] about Does this beach paradise hold the secret to long life?
(CNN)For just a few hours every year, a stretch of sand on the Irish coast transforms for perhaps the most unique event on the horse racing calendar. Laytown Races -- 26 miles from the country's capital Dublin -- is the only official beach race in Europe. The 150-year-old tradition attracts more than 5000 regular visitors every year and, apart from the obvious difference, it's like any other race meeting. Follow @cnnsport "It will be run under the same rules as the Gold Cup or Cheltenham," Joseph Collins, Chairman of Laytown Races, told CNN. "We've got stewards, official starters and handicappers. The horses will all be dope tested and identity checked, all that happens here too." Read More Organizers are in a race against time to set up the spectacle, battling against the tide to build the track and enclosures on the sand. JUST WATCHED Horse racing on the beach for 150 years Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Horse racing on the beach for 150 years … [Read more...] about Laytown Races: 150-year-old tradition of horse racing on the beach