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Michael lays bare Panhandle's weaker building codes

Oct. 15, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Unlike in South Florida, homes in the state's Panhandle did not have tighter building codes until just 11 years ago; it was once argued that acres of forests would provide the region with a natural barrier against the savage winds of a hurricane. Many of those structures did not...

Hurricane Michael adds to hardship of Florida's poor

Oct. 15, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Mary Frances Parrish is expecting to be without electricity for several weeks, or roughly the same time the terminally ill son she's caring for is expected to live. In the days after Hurricane Michael smashed through her neighborhood, leaving many of her neighbors' homes destroyed,...

Dad, 7-year-old son drown while fishing in Florida river

Oct. 15, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the bodies of a man and his 7-year-old son a day after they were swept away by the current while fishing on a Florida river. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told news outlets that deputies were alerted Saturday afternoon when 36-year-old Eric...

Police: Suspect in custody after school social media threat

Oct. 15, 2018 7:10 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say they've taken someone into custody after online threats were made against two South Florida schools. Davie police said on Twitter that officers will be present Monday on the campuses of Nova High School and Nova Middle School, following the social media threats posted on...

Trump to visit Florida, Georgia; search ongoing for missing

Oct. 15, 2018 5:33 AM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida's Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. On Monday, President Donald Trump plans to visit Florida and Georgia and see...

Florida rapper shot, posts live video from ambulance

Oct. 15, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida rapper is creating some buzz after he was shot and posted a live video on social media while in the ambulance. In the Instagram video posted Saturday, rapper Koly P is lying on a stretcher and says he's been shot. The video includes a brief conversation with the...

Enrollment period to buy health insurance starts Monday

Oct. 15, 2018 3:50 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The enrollment period for buying health insurance through the federal government starts Monday. And in Florida, premiums should be relatively low compared to previous years. Florida insurers requested the lowest premium hikes under so-called Obamacare since the law's inception, despite...

Florida woman charged after boy left home alone starts fire

Oct. 15, 2018 3:46 AM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been charged after she allegedly left an 11-year-old boy home alone and he started a house fire. Volusia County Sheriff's authorities say they found the injured boy home alone Saturday and took him to the hospital. He told authorities he was burning pieces of paper...

STAT WATCH: Alabama hits midway point atop offensive charts

Oct. 15, 2018 3:09 AM EDT

Alabama leads two of the four major offensive categories, Darrell Henderson of Memphis has overtaken Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in rushing and Washington State's Gardner Minshew is the only quarterback averaging more than 400 yards pass per game as the college football season enters its second half. The Crimson...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: No style points necessary in 2nd half

Oct. 15, 2018 3:08 AM EDT

Style points are not so important during the second half of the college football season. Just win, baby, as the late Al Davis famously said, and the Top 25 voters will likely reward a team. Or at least they won't punish. This past weekend things got a little crazy around the country, with four of the top eight...