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Two rescued sea turtles released in Florida after recovery

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Two rehabilitated sea turtles, rescued at different times and locations by the U.S. Coast Guard, have been released off the Florida Keys. "Emma," a 150-pound (68-kilogram) female loggerhead sea turtle, was recovered in June after she was found floating in the Atlantic ...

Sheriff: Kidnapping suspect killed in shootout with deputies

  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suspected in kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint was killed in a Thursday night shootout with sheriff's deputies, officials said. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told reporters at the scene that deputies were searching for Nicholas ...

Construction halted in Miami after six employees were hurt

  By Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Construction was halted Thursday at a Miami construction site where six workers were injured when a load of rebar fell from a crane, officials said. A stop-work order was issued for the Brickell 57-floor property, which is a joint venture between the ...

Florida tops 500K virus cases as testing resumes after storm

By FREIDA FRISARO and CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars waited ...

Pence tours pregnancy center, fires up GOP base in Florida

By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press CLEARWATER. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida's Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, firing up the Republican party's conservative base while touring a pregnancy center, speaking at a church and making an appearance before a packed ballroom. Pence's ...

Cops: Man spit in boy’s face after he refused to remove mask

TREASURE ISLAND (AP) — A Florida man was arrested after confronting a child wearing a mask at a restaurant and spitting in his face when the boy refused to take it off, police said. Jason Copenhaver approached the child's table Sunday and asked the boy if he was wearing a mask, according to ...

9-year-old pulls dad to shore after father fractures neck in dive

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old Florida boy is being hailed a hero for pulling his father from the water after the man fractured his neck in a diving accident. Young Asaih Williams said he always plays a game in his head when he's diving with someone. If the other person doesn't emerge ...

No hoopla: Virus upends Trump and Biden convention plans

By BILL BARROW and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — At the last minute, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are searching for places to impressively yet safely accept their parties' presidential nominations as the spread of the coronavirus adds fresh ...

Trump encourages mail voting in Florida; sues in Nevada

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new ...

Save Space Camp’ drive prompted by virus reaches $1.5M goal

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A fundraising drive has reached its goal of bringing in $1.5 million to save Space Camp from closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said. A corporate donation of $250,000 by the technology company SAIC Inc. pushed the effort over the top, officials ...