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DeSantis order suspends COVID-19 restrictions

  By NATHAN MAYBERG Under his proclaimed executive power, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order suspending all local government emergency orders relating to COVID-19 while signing a bill that grants more power to the governor and state legislature to invalidate local emergency ...

Florida Senate passes bill addressing sex, porn with animals

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Recognizing the link between animal abuse and child abuse, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would increase penalties for bestiality and create a new law banning pornography depicting people having sex with animals. The bill would also require ...

Former teacher convicted of recording students undressing

TAMPA (AP) — A former Florida teacher was convicted Thursday of secretly recording 124 students and an adult teacher undressing over a period of nearly two years. Mark William Ackett, 52, pleaded guilty in Hillsborough County Circuit Court to more than 300 counts of video voyeurism, the ...

South Florida university to require COVID-19 vaccine in fall

FORT LAUDERDALE  (AP) — A private university in South Florida will require students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they return to campus in the fall. Vaccinations are mandatory by Aug. 1, Nova Southeastern University said in an email announcing a Friday morning news ...

Officials: Elementary teacher solicited online to have sex with 2-year-old

WEST PALM BEACH  (AP) — A Florida elementary school teacher is facing charges alleging he solicited online to have sex with a 2-year-old and traveled to meet the child. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Xavier Donte Alexander, 28, was arrested Thursday on ...

Florida House passes bills on civics, school records

TALLAHASSEE  (AP) — The Florida House began its Thursday session by unanimously passing two civics education bills, including one sponsored by a representative who emigrated from Kosovo that would require schools to develop an oral history telling diverse, personal stories that promote civic ...

Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Florida's water lawsuit against Georgia on Thursday, ending the long-running legal fight between the two states. The court rejected Florida's claim that Georgia uses too much of the water that flows from the Atlanta suburbs to the ...

Pelosi: Remove Rep. Gaetz from committee if claims are true

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing accusations of a sexual relationship with an underage girl, should at a minimum be removed from the House Judiciary Committee if the claims are true, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. Pelosi, D-Calif., also said the House Ethics Committee ...

DeSantis demands enforcement of federal immigration law

Titusville – Gov. Ron DeSantis on has demanded that the Biden Administration rescind its recent executive action allowing criminal aliens to go free. "These dangerous and reckless policies jeopardize the health, security and wellbeing of Florida communities," a release from his office ...