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Condo board boss warned of worsening damage before collapse

By CURT ANDERSON and BERNARD CONDON Associated Press Weeks before a Florida condo building collapsed, the president of its board wrote that structural problems identified in a 2018 inspection had "gotten significantly worse" and owners needed to pay a hefty price to get them fixed. The April ...

Learning setbacks coming into focus with new student testing results

By COLLIN BINKLEY and ACACIA CORONADO Report for America/Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The scores from the first U.S. standardized tests taken during the pandemic are offering an early glimpse of just how far students have fallen behind, with some states reporting that the turbulent ...

Fears aside, no mass exodus from collapsed building’s twin

By TERRY SPENCER and RUSS BYNUM Associated Press SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — About a block from the Miami-area beachfront condominium tower that collapsed sits its sister building, erected a year later by the same company, using the same materials and a similar design. It has faced the same tides ...

Prosecutors will ask grand jury to probe building collapse

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida will pursue a grand jury investigation into the deadly collapse of an oceanfront condominium building, officials said Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said at a news conference that she fully supports such an investigation. State ...

Remembering the dead and missing in Florida condo collapse

By KELLI KENNEDY and MICHAEL TARM Associated Press SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have identified four of the nine people confirmed to have died after the collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium in Florida. About 150 others remained missing Sunday as rescuers painstakingly searched ...

Despite warning, town deemed condo building in ‘good shape’

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Despite an engineer's warning of major structural problems, a town building official told board members their Florida high-rise condominium was in "very good shape" almost three years before it collapsed, according to minutes of that meeting released ...

Rescuers: Survivors could still be inside collapsed building

By TERRY SPENCER and RUSS BYNUM Associated Press SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Rescue workers digging for a fifth day into the remnants of a collapsed Florida condo building stressed Monday that they could still find survivors in the rubble, a hope family members clung to even though no one has ...

Disney delays test cruise over ‘inconsistent’ virus results

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Disney Cruise Line is postponing its first test cruise since the pandemic brought the cruise industry to a standstill after a handful of participants had inconsistent test results for COVID-19, the company said Monday. The Disney Dream had been scheduled to set ...

Mayor: Child alone outside collapse site brings tragedy home

SURFSIDE  (AP) — The mayor of a Florida town where a beachfront condo tower collapsed says his recent encounter with a little girl sitting alone in a chair near the site reminded him what an enormous impact the tragedy has had on the community. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he came ...

Death toll in Florida collapse rises to 4; 159 still missing

By TERRY SPENCER and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — About 160 people were still unaccounted for Friday a day after an oceanside condominium building collapsed into a pile of rubble, and searchers combing through a twisted, shifting pile of concrete and metal feared the death toll ...