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2012-11-15 16:21:29

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) today announced that its Pratt & Whitney unit will expand manufacturing capabilities at the company's West Palm Beach facility. The formal announcement was made by UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert and Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a press conference today at the West Palm Beach facility, which is shared by both Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft...

2008-08-23 12:00:09

By Brendan Farrington Associated Press STEINHATCHEE, Fla. -- As Tropical Storm Fay finally got on track Friday to leave Florida behind, flood-stricken homeowners got an encouraging sign: Muddy brown water lines began appearing on the sides of homes, a clue that floodwaters were receding. The fickle storm that stuck around for five days and carved a dizzying path that included three separate landfalls dumped more than 2 feet of rain in some places. But to the relief of Floridians, it...

2006-08-28 16:13:43

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Monday barred enforcement of a state law that imposed fines on civic groups for failing to meet state deadlines in their voter registration drives, ruling the law violated free-speech rights and discriminated against the groups. The order was a victory for the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups that claimed the law effectively shut down non-partisan voter registration drives while allowing political parties to...

2006-05-18 16:44:00

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida law that fines civic groups conducting voter registration drives violates free speech rights, harms low-income and minority citizens and should be struck down, a lawsuit filed on Thursday said. The 2005 law has forced the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups to shut down nonpartisan voter registration activities, while allowing political parties to continue, the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, claims. "This has completely...

2005-10-27 17:54:05

By Tabassum Zakaria MIAMI (Reuters) - President George W. Bush checked on relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Wilma on Thursday to ensure federal assistance is provided in a smoother fashion than the widely criticized emergency response after Hurricane Katrina. Bush visited hard-hit south Florida and the National Hurricane Center in Miami in a show of solidarity with Wilma victims and those working to help the millions without electricity and thousands who are short on other...

2005-10-19 18:04:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stung by criticism over a slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the White House on Wednesday said the administration was actively taking steps to ensure "seamless coordination" in preparation for Hurricane Wilma. Wilma became the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded as it threatened Florida after killing 10 people in Haiti. "The primary difference between Wilma and Katrina storm preparations is a renewed effort to make coordination at all levels of...

2005-09-20 17:11:12

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the low-lying islands of the Florida Keys with squalls on Tuesday and threatened Gulf Coast communities to the west with a possible encore to devastating Hurricane Katrina. Rita grew from a tropical storm to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph (160 kph) winds in a matter of hours as it battered the fragile Keys and was expected to strengthen further as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, where Katrina wreaked...

2005-08-26 17:36:26

By Michael Christie and Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina recharged on Friday for a second and potentially more powerful assault on the U.S. coast after killing up to seven people on a rampage across densely populated southeast Florida. Katrina was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm as it churned across the swampy Everglades after dousing Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but turned back into a hurricane with 100-mph (160-kph) winds as it moved over warm Gulf waters. It...

2005-07-26 19:29:56

By Irene Klotz and Michael Christie CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA successfully launched space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday, but anxiously reviewed video showing debris falling from the craft during liftoff, the same problem that caused the fatal Columbia disaster 2-1/2 years earlier. The debris did not appear to hit the shuttle during the smooth morning blastoff, marking a triumphant U.S. return to manned space travel after the long struggle to recover from Columbia's breakup over...

2005-07-26 14:03:13

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - For NASA workers, their families and friends, there was no sigh of relief when shuttle Discovery cleared the launch tower on Tuesday. That sigh -- and a cheer -- came two minutes later, when the ship's solid rocket boosters dropped off, signaling the end of the first, perilous part of the flight. "You hold your breath for the first two minutes," spectator Alex Diaz said after Discovery soared out of sight from Kennedy Space Center in...