6 Things to Know in Florida for December 31 | NBC 6 South Florida

6 Things to Know in Florida for December 31

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau
    Key West Mayor Craig Cates, right, waves goodbye as he boards a chartered aircraft at Key West International Airport Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, that flew to Havana, Cuba. The trip was the first legal commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years and carried five passengers who will remain until Jan. 3, 2014. It was organized by the Florida Keys Tropical Research Ecological Exchange Institute under a people-to-people cultural exchange license. Cates accompanied the passengers but did not stay in Cuba and returned to Key West. At left is Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton.

    DOCTOR IN LANDMARK ABORTION CASE DIES OF CANCER

    Dr. Kenneth Edelin, a Boston physician at the center of a landmark abortion case in the 1970s, has died in southwest Florida. He was 74. Edelin's wife confirmed that he died Monday morning after suffering from cancer. Edelin made national headlines when he was convicted of manslaughter in 1975 for performing an abortion. The case was later overturned by the state Supreme Court.

    MAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING OFFICER

    A Tampa Bay area man is facing charges after authorities say he used red and blue emergency lights to stop a Tampa police officer. Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Charles Stevens was arrested Sunday and charged with impersonating a police officer, unlawful use of a blue light and carrying a concealed firearm. He was later released on $17,500 bail.

    PANHANDLE MEN CHARGED WITH STEALING PUPPIES

    Authorities in the Panhandle say they have arrested two 19-year-old men in connection with an armed robbery that included stealing puppies at gunpoint. The men were arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office following a Sunday morning home invasion and robbery.

    FIRST FLIGHT FROM KEY WEST TO CUBA TAKES OFF

    The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana. The nine-passenger flight departed Monday morning, more than two years after U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave Key West the green light to resume flights to and from the island country. Charter operators have had difficulty getting all of the required approvals from U.S. and Cuban authorities.

    BARRY UNIVERSITY PATIENTS HACKED

    Barry University is warning patients of its foot and ankle institute that their personal information may have been hacked. The incident took place around May 14 and the university launched an investigation, which was announced Monday. They're offering those affected a free year of credit monitoring.

    FOUR HOSPITALIZED IN VIOLENT CRASH IN HOLLYWOOD

    Four people, including a community service officer, were hospitalized following a violent crash in Hollywood late Monday night. The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. when a silver Nissan collided with the officer's car in the area of Taft Street and Park Road.