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Orlando to host US final home World Cup qualifier in March

Jan. 19, 2022 16:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play its final home World Cup qualifier at Orlando, Florida, on March 27 against Panama. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Wednesday that the match will be at Exploria Stadium, where the Americans beat Panama 4-0 on Oct. 6, 2017, also their...

Florida man gets 5 years for COVID-19 relief, tax fraud

Jan. 19, 2022 15:10 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of fraudulently collecting more than $1.3 million in COVID-19 relief funds has been sentenced to five years in prison. Johnson Eustache, of Palm Bay, was sentenced Tuesday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He pleaded...

Florida mayor critical of DeSantis virus response has COVID

Jan. 19, 2022 11:29 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A county mayor who has been a vocal critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' recent handling of the latest wave of the coronavirus has COVID-19. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings was experiencing mild symptoms and would be working from home this week, according to...

Florida suspends health official in probe over vaccine law

Jan. 18, 2022 18:13 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A health official who has helped lead central Florida's response to the pandemic has been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate whether he tried to compel employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in violation of state law. The state health...

White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags

Jan. 18, 2022 16:01 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said Tuesday. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old...

McCollum returns, scores 16 points in Blazers' 98-88 win

Jan. 17, 2022 22:41 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 16 points in his first game back from a collapsed lung, Jusuf Nurkic added 21 points and a season-best 22 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 98-88 Monday night. McCollum missed 17 games over six weeks after being...

Florida man accused in carjacking confesses to killing a man

Jan. 17, 2022 17:18 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man who was arrested in a carjacking case told investigators he had also killed a man a week earlier, sheriff's officials said Monday. After being arrested Sunday for the carjacking, Alexander Acs, 33, rode with Orange County Sheriff's detectives to an...

4 young manatees flown from Florida to Ohio for treatment

Jan. 16, 2022 16:03 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando transferred four manatee calves to an Ohio aquarium for rehabilitation, freeing space to treat more of the threatened sea mammals that have been dying in Florida at an alarming rate. SeaWorld said DHL Express transported the manatees from its...

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Jan. 14, 2022 13:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The...

Universal workers must be vaccinated or get weekly testing

Jan. 12, 2022 13:40 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Starting next month, workers at Universal Orlando's theme parks will have to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing in order to comply with federal guidelines, company officials said Wednesday. A majority of workers already are vaccinated. The new...