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Progress delivers supplies to ISS

<p> A Russian cargo ship arrived safely at the International Space Station early Sunday, easing concerns about a potential supply shortage after consecutive mission failures.</p><p> Local 6 News partner Florida Today says the un-piloted Progress 60 spacecraft carrying more than 3 tons of food, fuel and spare parts docked at the orbiting research complex at 3:11 a.m. Eastern time, two days after launching from Kazakhstan.</p><p> "It just feels like Christmas in July," a Russian cosmonaut radioed from the ISS, according to a translator. "The presents are here."</p><p> The docking 251 miles above the southern Pacific Ocean came one week after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket failed to place a Dragon cargo capsule in orbit, and just over two months after a launch problem left another Progress spinning out of control in space.</p><p> The new Progress delivered about a month's worth of food, ensuring station crews can be fed through November.</p><p> Its successful flight should clear the way for another three-person crew including NASA's Kjell Lindgren to launch July 22 in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, to join the three Expedition 44 crew members now on board the outpost.</p><p> The extra personnel will enable more science research to be performed.</p><p> An August flight by Japan's HTV vehicle is the next big resupply milestone. More Progress and an Orbital ATK Cygnus craft, returning to flight after a launch failure last October – are expected later this year.</p><p> SpaceX won't fly again for months while investigating what caused its rocket explosion less than three minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral last Sunday.</p><p> The Dragon is a key member of the station's resupply fleet because no other vehicle can return significant amounts of hardware and science experiments down to the ground.</p><p> But station program managers are likely breathing easier after seeing the workhorse Progress back in action.</p><p> "It doesn't get much better than that," said NASA TV commentator Rob Navias. "A textbook approach and docking."</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:43:06 GMT

Florida diver shot by spear, seriously injured by another diver

<p> Authorities are ruling it an accident after a Florida diver shot and seriously injured a fellow diver in Sarasota.</p><p> Two spear fishers were underwater near the Sarasota Yacht Club on Saturday when police say one diver accidentally shot the other with a spear gun. The victim was taken to the hospital and is in intensive care with life threatening injuries. The victim was not identified but authorities said they are both males in their 20s.</p><p> The incident snarled traffic as authorities closed one direction of the John Ringling Causeway.<br/></p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:58:17 GMT

Orange county family escapes burning home overnight

<p> A garage fire spreads to other parts of a home in Orange county early Sunday morning.</p><p> Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the house fire on Chakanotosa Circle off of Hiawassee Road in Orange county.</p><p> The fire started around 1:45 a.m. Sunday in the garage and quickly spread to other parts of the home.</p><p> Witnesses told Local 6 that several people were inside the home at the time and fortunately, everyone got out safely.</p><p> One neighbor said she and her husband saw the fire and worked to get the family out of the home.</p><p> "I think they have propane tanks, by the sound of the explosion and it was pretty big since, I would say the fire started and in like, one minute, it was all over the house," neighbor Ciara Lopez said.</p><p> No word yet on what started the fire.</p><p> Stay with as information comes in.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:18:13 GMT

5-year-old Florida girl killed by jumping sturgeon

<p> A 5-year-old Florida girl died after a sturgeon leaped into her boat along the Suwannee River and struck her.</p><p> Wildlife officials said Jaylon Rippy died after being struck Thursday night. Her mother and 9-year-old brother were also injured and taken to a Gainesville hospital. Their condition was not known.</p><p> Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said this is the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River. Four people have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year, including two boaters who were taken to the hospital Friday.</p><p> Wildlife officials say Colleen Harvey, 42, and her husband Charles, 41, were struck while boating along the Santa Fe River. Last month, a 14-year-old was knocked unconscious by a sturgeon while boating with her family.</p><p> Local 6 News partner Florida Today says the fish are famous for leaping more than 7 feet above the water, and many people boating on the north Florida river have been injured by the large, airborne sturgeon over the years. The large, prehistoric-looking sturgeon have hard plates along their backs. They can grow up to 8 feet long and up to 200 pounds and cause serious injuries.</p><p> In 2007, a leaping sturgeon severely injured a 50-year-old woman from St. Petersburg as she was riding a personal watercraft along the Suwannee River. She suffered a ruptured spleen and had three fingers reattached by surgeons, but she lost her left pinkie finger and a tooth.</p><p> The fish usually return to the area in the spring, but their acrobatics often depend on the water levels. This year's low levels are causing the sturgeon to jump more frequently than in recent years. Biologists aren't sure why they jump, but they assure boaters that the fish aren't trying to attack people.</p><p> Boaters are urged to wear life jackets and avoid the bow of the boat to avoid injury.</p>

Published: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:15:34 GMT

1 person hurt in crash on I-4 at Amelia Street, Orlando FD says

<p> One person was hurt in a crash that happened on Interstate 4 at Amelia Street, the Orlando Fire Department said.</p><p> The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-4 at mile marker 83A or Amelia Street, which is near the Bob Carr Theatre.</p><p> [CHECK: <a href="" target="_blank">Local 6 Timesaver Traffic Conditions</a>]</p><p> Cameras with the Florida Department of Transportation showed that two right eastbound lanes were blocked due to the crash. The interstate has since reopened.</p><p> Fire officials said the injured person was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:29:47 GMT

Usual summer weather pattern could impact Coke Zero 400

<p> A holding pattern continues across the state Sunday with high pressure overhead.</p><p> Weak southerly winds will pump in the heat and humidity while the sea breezes collide over the interior areas Sunday afternoon. Storms will start developing along the Interstate 4 corridor and sliding over to the east coast by Sunday evening.</p><p> Ahead of the rain, inland highs will reach the low 90s, with coastal areas topping off in the upper 80s.</p><p> If you are heading to the Coke Zero 400 Sunday afternoon, remember to keep your poncho handy, as storms will threaten towards the later part of your Sunday.</p><p> Unsettled weather will continue through Tuesday, with a slightly drier trend returning by the second half of the work week.</p><p> </p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:24:14 GMT

America's favorite fast food chain is...

<p> While satisfaction with the restaurant industry has waned, a survey found Americans still eat out an average of four times a week. See which company topped the American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2015. </p>

Published: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:23:54 GMT

On this day: July 5

<p> History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Fans fly Confederate flag at NASCAR race in Daytona Beach

<p> Despite requests from NASCAR and track officials and drivers, fans gearing up for this week's race in Daytona Beach are flying the Confederate flag.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/nascar-offering-flag-exchange-at-coke-zero-400/33882846" target="_self">Fans offered Confederate flag swap</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Activist who took down flag OK with jail time</a>]</p><p> The Confederate flag became more of a hot topic in the wake of a mass killing last month at a South Carolina church, where a man is accused of shooting and killing nine parishioners at a black church.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">Every track that hosts a NASCAR national series race</a> asked its fans on Thursday to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at its events.  In a statement signed by International Speedway Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc. and 30 tracks, the facilities promised to have "welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment."</p><p> NASCAR Chairman Brian France has called the flag a symbol that he personally finds offensive and said he wants to be as aggressive as possible in barring it from sanctioned events.</p><p> "It's an absolute shame that it's come to this," a NASCAR fan said. "We should be able to fly it if we want to."</p><p> Daytona International Speedway said it is holding a <a href="" target="_blank">voluntary flag exchange program</a> this weekend in which fans can swap any flag of their choice for an American flag. But several fans at Daytona International Speedway said they saw no proof of that.</p><p> "They didn't even ask. (They) looked in our camper but didn't even ask," a fan told Local 6. "If they are changing it out, then they should have asked at the beginning and said, 'Do you want to change this out?'  I would have refused it anyway."</p><p> [SEE THESE? <a href="" target="_blank">Best summer vacations</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Tattoo spell check</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Stars who chopped off their hair</a>]</p><p> Many race fans think the swap exchange -- if enacted -- will backfire.</p><p> "(Fans) will go out and try and get more flags to put up," the fan said. "The flea market opens in the morning. We are going straight there to buy a flag and a flagpole."</p>

Published: Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:43:48 GMT

Woman dead in Florida Turnpike crash in Osceola County, FHP says

<p> A woman is dead and a man was hurt in a crash on the Florida Turnpike, the Florida Highway Patrol said.</p><p> It happened at 1:10 p.m. Saturday on the Turnpike at mile marker 246 in Osceola County.</p><p> The 29-year-old Hialeah woman was driving north on the Turnpike in her 2005 Nissan vehicle when for an unknown reason, she lost control of her vehicle, troopers said.</p><p> The Nissan left the roadway and the left side of the vehicle struck a tree.</p><p> FHP said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> The passenger, a 25-year-old Davie man, suffered minor injuries. Troopers said he was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center.</p><p> The woman and man were both wearing seat belts, according to FHP's report. Troopers do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:15:34 GMT

Man armed with knife robs restaurant near UCF

<p> Deputies are searching for a man who was armed with a knife while robbing a restaurant near the University of Central Florida.</p><p> The armed robbery happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Pita Pit at 12140 Collegiate Way.</p><p> Deputies said the armed man entered the restaurant wearing rubber gloves and a bandana over his face while two employees were sitting at a table.</p><p> The man asked if the two worked at the restaurant. Deputies said he then went behind the counter and started opening things.</p><p> One of the restaurant employees went behind the counter and the man asked for the money that is not kept in the register. Deputies said the employee gave it to him.</p><p> The man took the cash, along with money from the register. He fled from the store, deputies said.</p><p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office described the robber as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:14:19 GMT

Police remove unauthorized Confederate flag flown in Florida

<p> Authorities say they've taken down a Confederate flag someone raised unauthorized on a pole outside Tallahassee City Hall.</p><p> Police said in a report released Saturday that an anonymous caller alerted them to the flag found flying Friday afternoon outside City Hall. Police impounded it.</p><p> City Hall was closed for the July Fourth weekend. Mayor Andrew Gillum condemned the flag-raising, vowing whoever put the flag up would be held responsible.</p><p> "Today we proudly celebrate the founding of our Nation" under a single flag, he said. "While this reprehensible act may have been an attempt to divide us, I know that our community will instead choose to unite and focus on the values that bind us together."</p><p> The city hall building is located near the Florida Capitol, where a confederate flag flew until 2001.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:44:16 GMT

Photos: Recent Fla. mugshots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:56:50 GMT