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Trump defends virus record in 1st post-COVID rally

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press SANFORD (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defense of his handling of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans, joking that he was healthy enough to ...

Study: Hurricane Irma caused 400 senior deaths in Florida

TAMPA (AP) — The aftereffects of 2017's Hurricane Irma appear to have killed more than 400 senior residents of Florida nursing homes, a new university study shows. Researchers at the University of South Florida and Brown University concluded that 433 additional patients died within 90 days ...

Louisiana helps inshore shrimpers buy turtle escape hatches

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will help inshore shrimpers buy turtle escape hatches that will be required next year for some boats in the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern Atlantic, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday. The $250,000 program will pay up to 60% of the cost for two of the ...

Used vehicle prices up as supply sinks, but relief is coming

DETROIT (AP) — It cost a whole lot more to buy a used SUV, car, truck or van last month than it did before the coronavirus hit, and that almost singlehandedly caused September's modest consumer price increase. Blame it on the pandemic, which knocked supply and demand way out of whack, ...

Researchers study wood-boring beetle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of researchers from Tennessee State University will help develop new ways to manage a wood-boring beetle that attacks trees, the university said. The university has received a $6 million federal grant to lead a nationwide team of researchers on the project. ...

South Florida school closes after 2 students test positive

MIAMI (AP) — A marine magnet school in South Florida on Monday told students not to show up for in-person classes, just days after Miami-Dade schools reopened to brick-and-mortar classes, after two students reported having the COVID-19 virus. Miami-Dade County Public Schools tweeted that ...

Historic hotel moved through streets of South Florida city

WEST PALM BEACH (AP) — A historic hotel and boarding house had to be parked overnight on a South Florida street during a move because of delays with its relocation. Traffic had to be blocked off overnight Sunday on a street in West Palm Beach, and some light posts were temporarily removed to ...

Police: Car driven by family member hits, kills 2-year-old

WEST PALM BEACH (AP) — A 2-year-old girl was struck and killed Tuesday night by a vehicle being driven by a family member, West Palm Beach police said. The crash happened around 8 p.m. in a church parking lot, news outlets reported. Witnesses told investigators the family member ...

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird, now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, ...