Hurricane Wilma, the eighth hurricane to hit Florida in just over 14 months, plowed across the Sunshine State Monday, downing power lines, bending palm trees and lashing rain across the peninsula with winds sustained at 125-mph.

More than three months after Democrat Al Gore conceded the contested 2000 election, an independent hand recount of Florida's ballots released Tuesday says he would have lost anyway, even if officials would have allowed the hand count he requested.

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