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Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Just days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts. The ...

Graham: GOP has votes to confirm Trump court pick by Nov. 3

By LISA MASCARO, ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have the votes to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick before the Nov. 3 presidential election, according to the Senate Judiciary chairman who will shepherd the nomination through ...

Florida decision likely clears Pats owner of solicitation

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Florida prosecutors said Monday that they will not appeal a court ruling throwing out video recordings allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex acts, making it likely that misdemeanor ...

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO  (AP) — The decision to shorten by a month the 2020 head count of every U.S. resident was not made by the U.S. Census Bureau, and some agency officials suspect it was made by the White House or the Department of Commerce, according to a report ...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a ...

Trump to make court pick by Saturday, before Ginsburg burial

By LISA MASCARO, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court by week's end, before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is buried, launching a monumental Senate confirmation fight over ...

Biden visiting Florida to woo Latinos

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is making his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee, while his campaign is acknowledging concerns about his appeal with Latinos, a voting bloc likely to prove pivotal against President Donald Trump in ...

The Latest: Sally’s rains pummel western Florida Panhandle

By The Associated Press Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): ——— Hurricane Sally is now a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph) as of Tuesday morning. Despite this, Stacy Stewart, a senior specialist with the National ...

Key West to consider name change for Confederate memorial

By Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A city commissioner in Key West wants to replace the name of a memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers with the island's official motto declaring everyone equal. On Sept. 16, the city commission will consider the proposal, which would change the ...

Florida Supreme Court orders governor to pick new justice

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis must pick a new Supreme Court justice because the judge he picked to fill a high court vacancy is constitutionally ineligible to serve, the court said in an order issued Friday. The Florida Supreme ...