Is Friday The 13th As Unlucky As Many Believe?

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Today is Friday the 13th, a date many people associate with bad luck, but is Friday the 13th as unlucky as many people believe?

Not likely, but don’t tell that to someone who hides under the covers every time Friday the 13th rolls around on the calendar because that person probably suffers from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the scientific word for someone who has a fear of Friday the 13th.

It’s derived from the Greek words for Friday and thirteen with phobia, or fear, tacked on.

There are many theories about why Fridays which fall on the 13th day of the month are unlucky.

Some believe that the Friday the 13th superstition has an origin in Norse mythology. In one story, the evil god Loki is said to have crashed a party with 12 guests and tricked the blind god Hod into killing his brother Balder, the god of light…

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State Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.4%

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent in the month of November, but job creation was nearly stagnant as just 6,100 jobs were created in the state.

Looking at the numbers in South Florida, Broward County saw the unemployment rate drop from 5.4 percent in October to 5.2 percent in November. The November 2013 rate of 5.2 percent was a drop of more than 1.5 percent from November 2012.

According to the state numbers, Broward County’s labor force decreased by 1,894 workers in November and the overall number of employed workers in Broward County dropped by 259 jobs. The number of people on unemployment insurance fell by 1,635 workers.

Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent in October 2013 to 7.0 percent in November 2013. Comparing year-over-year numbers, Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate dropped by 1.3 percent, almost as much as the last month.


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CBS4′s Holiday Homes: The Mesaros

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SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – CBS4’s Craig Setzer continued his Holiday Homes Tour Tuesday at the home of Paul and Marcia Mesaros.

The Mesaros home is located at 10660 NW 32 Street in Sunrise.

This is their 6th year of all-out decorating. Their display is computerized with 112 different channels of computer animation controlling over 40,000 lights.

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There are dozens of snowflakes on the roof, as well as elves, penguins, trains. Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Pluto as well as a 4-color spiral tree all flashing to favorite Christmas songs.  Visitors can hear those songs on the outdoor speakers or on 106.9 FM on their car radios.

Visitors can take pictures with the family’s 7-foot life-like Santa, and the 6-foot Nutcracker.

Click Here for more information on the Masaros’ home.

Click here for directions.


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Holiday Homes: The Hyatt Family

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PLANTATION (CBSMiami) – Thursday’s CBS4 Holiday Home is in Plantation and it’s a real holiday landmark in South Florida.

It belongs to the Hyatt family and is located at 11201 NW 14th Street in western Plantation.

Mark and Kathy Hyatt have transformed their home with more than 150,000 lights and plenty of festive displays including a Santa’s workshop.

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The family has been decorating their home for the holidays for nearly a quarter century.

Their annual display draws thousands of people to the family’s Plantation Acres home every year.

They even have their own website,, which has viewing hours, directions and more fantastic facts about the display.

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Scuba Diving Santa Brings Holiday Cheer To Keys

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KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) — Santa Claus doesn’t just travel by air, he also travels by sea, at least in the Florida Keys he does.

Santa, played by Keys dive shop operator Spencer Slate, took some time off from getting ready for his annual Christmas toy run to dive amid the marine life in Elbow Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Click video below to see Santa swimming with the fishes.

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The yellowtail snapper, angelfish and other Florida Keys inhabitants seemed to appreciate the visit from St. Nick.

Slate has been donning the jolly man’s outfit for years to take the plunge but there is a serious side to his shenanigans. Dive customers frequently have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa for an extra fee and the revenue goes to a local children’s charity to fund gifts during the holiday season.

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Lauderhill Firefighters Play Santa To Family In Need

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LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – Lauderhill firefighters played Secret Santa to a deserving family Tuesday.

In what it hopes will become an annual tradition, the Lauderhill Fire Department adopted a family for the holiday.

Firefighters surprised the Frazier family of Lauderhill with gifts on Christmas Eve.

Tangela Frazier is a single mother of six children, 4 of whom are still minors.

Recently divorced, she said she does not have the financial means to buy her children gifts for Christmas.

“Last couple Christmases, my kids haven’t had a Christmas,” Frazier said through tears after being surprised at her home.

One of her sons wrote an email to the Lauderhill Fire department asking for a little holiday cheer, not for himself, but for his sisters.

Lauderhill Fire Lt. Jason Clark called the email a “selfless act.”

“We had to spring into action and do something for this family,” Lt. Clark said.

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Military strike on Syria would spark uncontrollable regional war, spread ‘chaos and extremism’: Assad

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JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States carried out a joint missile test Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea as Washington weighs sea-launched strikes against Syria.

The Israeli Defence Ministry said Tuesday that it, together with the U.S. Defence Department, had carried out a “successful test” in the Mediterranean and on an air force base in central Israel.

Russian state-owned news agencies earlier said Russian radar systems had detected two “ballistic objects” fired from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern part of the sea.

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The United States, which has warships in the Mediterranean, is considering strikes against Syria for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb.

The missile tests come a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned that any military strike against his country would spark an uncontrollable regional war and spread “chaos and extremism.”

The verbal crossfire, including a rejection…

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24-Year-Old Soldier From Staten Island Killed In Afghanistan

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 24-year-old soldier from Staten Island has been killed in Afghanistan by insurgents who attacked his unit, military officials said.

Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis died Wednesday in Ghani Province in an attack that involved an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, the Pentagon said.

Ollis was an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum in northern New York.

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Ollis joined the Army in August 2006. After serving in Germany and Fort Campbell in Kentucky, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He previously had done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit was deployed to Afghanistan in January.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered prayers for his family and friends, and for…

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