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FDA halts use of antibody drugs that don’t work vs. omicron

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they don't work against the omicron variant that now accounts for nearly all U.S. infections, U.S. health regulators said Monday. The Food and Drug ...

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be placed under ...

Florida district cancels seminar over race theory concerns

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — School administrators in a central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it had not been screened to make sure it was free of critical race theory, which the college ...

Judge: Jurors can see school shooter’s Instagram photos

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — The gunman who killed 17 at a Florida high school four years ago had no expectation of privacy when he posted disturbing photographs to a public Instagram account before his rampage and prosecutors can use them in his upcoming penalty ...

Lawsuit claims deputies detained man for being foreign-born

OCALA (AP) — A Florida man filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a sheriff and his deputies, claiming he was illegally detained for no other reason than being born in Jamaica. Neville Brooks was a lawful permanent U.S. resident when he was detained in central Florida in August 2020, his ...

Sergeant who grabbed officer by throat under investigation

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida police sergeant who was recorded grabbing a colleague by the neck when she tried to deescalate a situation involving a suspect is under criminal investigation, officials said. Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease has also been placed on paid ...

Corrections officer impersonator arrested at Miami school

MIAMI (AP) — An 18-year-old is accused of impersonating a corrections officer while talking to staff members at a Miami high school. Miami-Dade school police noticed the young man inside Miami Palmetto Senior High School around 1 p.m. Thursday. He was wearing a Miami-Dade County Corrections ...

Officials: Florida manatees eating lettuce in pilot program

Eds: UPDATES: With AP Photos. By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manatees at risk of starvation because native seagrass is dying due to water pollution have for the first time started eating lettuce under an experimental feeding program, Florida wildlife officials ...

Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

. By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case. Igor Fruman was told to report ...

Judge: UF can’t stop faculty in cases conflicting with state

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a decision that made a withering comparison to Communist China, a federal judge on Friday blocked the University of Florida from enforcing a policy that restricted faculty members from providing expert testimony in cases that ...