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Old sailing cable ship restored in Key West

A restored schooner that served the Western Union Telegraph Company and now carries visitors on leisure trips from Key West has been fully refurbished after a three-year, $1.25 million effort.Full story

Turtle inadvertently films trip, helps solve mystery

  Paul Schultz was on the job in Key West as a Coast Guard investigator looking for tar balls when a tantalizing mystery washed ashore. NBC’s Chris Jansing shares the modern-day message in a bottle.

Oil spill reaches Florida

  As BP claims it is capturing 40 percent of the oil leaking in the Gulf Coast, state park rangers in Key West, Florida have reported tar balls washing ashore. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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  Tar balls wash ashore on Key West

Coast Guard officials in Florida collect 20 tar balls and send them to a lab to determine if they originated from the BP oil slick swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski has more details.

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== MANDATORY CREDIT TO FLORIDA KEYS NEWS BUREAU ==In this image released by the Florida Keys News Bureau April 30, 2011 shows racers push their Royal Wedding-themed entry down Duval Street April 30, 2011, in Key West, Florida, during the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race. Female impersonator Luca

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KEY WEST, FLORIDA - APRIL 30: In this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, contestants in the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race push their entires down Duval Street April 30, 2011, in Key West, Florida. The event was part of Key West's wacky Conch Republic Independence Celebrat