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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Curfews, closures as COVID-19 burdens Florida hospitals

Jul. 3, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As coronovirus infections surge across Florida and hospital authorities nervously count their available intensive care beds, the state's most populous county is closing down again, imposing a curfew and closing beaches over the Fourth of July weekend to contain the spread. Miami-Dade County...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis greets Vice President Mike Pence upon his arrival at Tampa International Airport on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Tampa. The Vice President met with Governor DeSantis regarding the efforts the state is making to combat COVID-19. (Ivy Ceballo/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Pence, DeSantis meet; Florida hits 10,000 daily virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time Thursday, an unwanted milestone eclipsed hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis met in Tampa to discuss the state's response to the disease. The new record of 10,109...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Florida felons seeking voting rights back face court setback

Jul. 1, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge in...

A waitress takes a food order from the kitchen at Slater's 50/50 Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars, indoor dining and indoor operations of several other types of businesses in various counties, including Los Angeles, as the state deals with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

Jul. 1, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona's outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and West sent a shudder through the country. The run-up in...

Morris Copeland, a team member of the Strategic Urban Response to Guideline Education (SURGE) group, right, talks with Louise Wilkerson, left, as he distributes kits to provide information to residents living in COVID-19 hotspots, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. The teams were formed by Miami-Dade County to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus. The kits contain masks, hand sanitizer, and information about testing locations. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida hospital in virus-hit county scales back surgeries

Jul. 1, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The largest hospital in Florida's hardest-hit county in the coronavirus pandemic announced Wednesday that it is scaling back elective surgeries and other procedures because of a new surge in cases. Jackson Health System, Miami's largest hospital with about 1,200 regular beds...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 1, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: During fireworks season, we must obey law, use common sense and show courtesy The York Dispatch July 1 The Fourth of July holiday is looming. That means there will be fireworks — lots of fireworks. Some of those...

DeSantis signs dozens of bills before deadline

Jul. 1, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis grabbed a lot of attention this week by approving the state budget, creating new restrictions on girls seeking abortions, signing environmental legislation and new requirements for employers to use E-verify to confirm new hires are eligible to work in the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 1, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ July 1 The Miami Herald on charges being brought against police officers in Florida and holding officers accountable for their actions: And just like that, brutal officers in South Florida are being fired and charged with crimes for mistreating the public. Imagine...