What you need to know about Florida today
› Progress Energy rates will drop more than $7
Progress Energy Florida electric rates will drop $7.16 beginning Jan. 1, a long-expected decrease largely attributable to a refund of costs related to the broken Crystal River nuclear plant.
› Carnival apologizes and says cruise passengers may dress in drag
Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines quickly apologized Tuesday after finding itself in hot water with gay passengers on an upcoming drag cruise, who were told to "refrain from engaging in inappropriate conduct in public areas" — or be kicked off the liner Glory.
› Record sales on Cyber Monday
More people than ever before are choosing to avoid the long lines and busy parking lots at crowded malls this holiday season and instead shop for gifts online. Based on early results, consumers appear to have boosted Cyber Monday sales by more than 30 percent from 2011.
› Column: Drive, don't text - A Florida law whose time has come
We remain one of the only states in America that does not prohibit drivers who are hurtling down the interstate at high speeds from taking their eyes off the road to type out text messages (hey u want pizza 2nite?) Which is astounding.
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