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Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies with some exceptions

By TAMARA LUSH and MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG  (AP) — A central Florida sheriff says his deputies won't be allowed to wear face masks except under some conditions, and neither will visitors to the sheriff's office. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said in an email to ...

Sheriff: Woman killed by ex during daughter’s online class

INDIANTOWN  (AP) — A Florida man stormed into a house and fatally shot his ex-girlfriend as her 10-year-old daughter took an online class, with the girl's teacher and other students hearing part of the commotion before the slaying, authorities said. The school year's first day of ...

Florida woman charged in shooting outside grocery store

A Florida woman has been accused of shooting and wounding one woman, and threatened another following a confrontation outside a grocery store. Renata Gloria Ray, 61, of Greenacres was arrested Sunday afternoon shortly after the shooting outside a Lake Worth Publix, the Palm Beach County ...

Homeless man accused of killing hotel guest in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — A homeless man who had been staying at a South Florida hotel as part of an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus is accused of fatally stabbing and stomping on the throat of another guest. Recently released documents showed that Charles Morgan, of Martha's ...

Interest in homeschooling has ‘exploded’ amid pandemic

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press MISSION, Kan. (AP) — As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Some are worried their ...

Miami Beach has issued $14,400 in fines to mask violators

MIAMI BEACH  (AP) — Police and city officials in Miami Beach have issued $14,400 in fines to people who weren't wearing facial coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. One man was issued a citation after he had taken his mask off to answer his phone, while another was walking alone ...

Victims fight back when man takes car with child inside

DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — A man and a woman fought off a carjacker who tried to take a vehicle from a Daytona Beach gas station with a child in the back seat Monday, police said Surveillance video from the 7-Eleven shows a man get out of a Dodge Charger and walk to the passenger side, where a ...

Many landmark restaurants, bars won’t reopen after virus

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — La Tropicana Cafe has been a cornerstone of Tampa's historic Latin-influenced Ybor City neighborhood since the 1960s, well known as a gathering spot where movers and shakers and even mobsters mixed with construction workers over Cuban ...

Trump: Convention speech locale is White House or Gettysburg

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination will be held at either the White House or the Gettysburg battlefield, as he searches for a symbolic substitute for his virus-scuttled plans for an arena celebration. The ...

Appeals court rules for transgender man in bathroom case

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A Florida school district was wrong when it forced a transgender high school student to either use the girls bathroom or a single-stall gender neutral bathroom, a federal appeals court ruled. The ruling issued Friday sides with Drew Adams, who sued ...