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Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones, right, embrace during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a  Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge. But an appeal by the Florida Attorney General's office changed the couple's plans to get married.  (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Not Lifted

The attorney for a gay couple asked a Florida Keys judge to lift a stay in his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The motion was denied.

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1944: American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) travelling with US soldiers, in his capacity as war correspondent, on their way to Normandy for the D-Day landings. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

British Scholar Wins Hemingway Writing Competition

A British scholar and writer won the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition as a part of Key West’s Hemingway Days celebration.


Contestants in the 2014 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest try to impress the judges Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. About 130 men are entered in this year's competition staged during the island city's annual Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Hemingway Look-A-Likes Flock To Florida Keys

White-bearded men are competing in Key West, all trying to find out who looks more like Ernest Hemingway.


Katharine the great white shark. (Source:

Katharine The Great White Shark Swimming Near Islamorada

Headed for the Keys this weekend? May want to think before jumping into the ocean as Katharine, a 14-foot great white shark, is back—and is swimming in the waters just off Islamorada.


(Source: Florida Keys News Bureau)

Florida Keys Launches “Turtle Cam”

Now environmental enthusiasts from all over the world can tune in to see “turtle webcam”.


Florida Keys (photo credit: Thinkstock)

Florida Keys To Get Extra Area Code In 2015

Keys residents, starting next year, will go from seven to ten-digit dialing.


(Source: AP)

Cuban Smuggling Ring Leader Gets 20 Years In Prison

The man prosecutors described as the leader of a Cuban human smuggling ring was sentenced to 20 years in prison.


Tony Mantia, left, raises his hands to signal he is the first contestant to finish consuming a full pie during the Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest Friday, July 4, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The event was staged during the Key Lime Festival that continues through Saturday, July 5, and features several events including the creation of the world's largest Key lime pie and a Miss Key Lime Pageant. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Competitors Jump Into “Limelight” For Pie Eating Contest

Locals and visitors jumped into the “limelight” in Key West for a Key Lime Pie Eatin’ contest during the July 4th weekend.


Divers complete deploying a huge American flag Friday, July 4, 2014, on the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former military troop transport and missile-tracking ship scuttled more than five years ago off Key West, Fla., in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as an artificial reef. The 30- by 40-foot flag, formerly flew at a Morris, Illinois, memorial park for Sept. 11, 2001, New York City terrorists' attack victims. But the flag was scheduled for retirement after being badly tattered by weather. It was to be retired after being tattered by weather, but  Morris attorney Scott Belt conceived the idea of mending the flag and unfurling it on the Vandenberg.  (Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Divers Deploy 9/11 Memorial Flag on Key West Shipwreck

Divers in the Florida Keys decided to honor their country on July 4th by attaching a 9/11 memorial flag to a historic shipwreck.


Chefs Paul Menta, left, and Jim Brush, right, measure a giant Key lime pie Friday, July 4, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The gargantuan pastry, measuring 9 feet, 2 inches in diameter, was the centerpiece of the Key Lime Festival that concludes Saturday, July 5. The pie's ingredients included juice from 6,480 Key limes, 60 gallons of sweetened condensed milk and 220 pounds of graham crackers. The gigantic version of the Florida Keys' signature dessert is being submitted to the World Record Academy as the world's largest Key lime pie. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

World’s Largest Key Lime Pie To Be Created At Key West Festival Friday

A Key lime pie measuring 9 feet in diameter, that should shatter the record for the world’s largest Key lime pie, is to be prepared and served to Independence Day revelers Friday during Key West’s Key Lime Festival