What you need to know about Florida today
› Legal group challenges manatee's endangered status
A conservative legal group and some north Florida business owners are asking the federal government to strip the manatee of its endangered species status. Federal officials say they're considering doing just that, though relisting the manatee as only a threatened species would not change any of the restrictions the business owners oppose.
› Column: Looming 'fiscal cliff' may devastate space program
The civilian space exploration program is facing the same threat of looming budget cuts as most programs outside national defense and entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.
› South Florida’s Super Bowl team divided over boat show
South Florida risks fielding a divided team for the 50th Super Bowl if it can’t resolve a conflict with the Miami International Boat Show. Long a hassle for Super Bowl organizers, the boat show issue now seems to be something of a dividing line among local leaders charged with pursuing the country’s largest sporting event.
› What tone will next CentCom leader set for civilian-military alliances?
Four-star Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the president's pick to run U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, may not take over for months. His appointment awaits Senate approval. But in the civilian world, minds are busy.
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