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Jane McDow walks with her dog 'Duke' along the Lake Pontchartrain seawall in New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall this afternoon as a category 2 storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hurricane Zeta speeds toward a storm-weary Louisiana

Oct. 28, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta sped toward storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland and batter homes and businesses with fierce winds in a Gulf Coast region already hit by multiple storms during a historically busy...

Michael Sampson poses for photo at Friendship Fountain in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Sampson cofounded the Jacksonville Community Action Committee to help drive change in a city emerging from its Confederate past. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

In Florida's Old South, a new political battleground emerges

Oct. 28, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Florida man charged with changing governor's voting address

Oct. 28, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't initially cast his ballot this week because someone illegally changed his address online, a complication that resulted in a suspect's arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, file photo, an election worker places a vote-by-mail ballot into an official ballot drop box outside of an early voting site, in Miami. Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail-in ballots have still not been returned in key battleground states. Many of those are due in county offices by Tuesday, Nov. 3, but the latest Postal Service delivery data suggests it’s too late for voters to drop their ballots in the mail. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states

Oct. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day. At least 35 million mail ballots had been returned or...

This photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office shows 44-year-old Garrison Courtney. A former federal public affairs officer has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for pretending to be an undercover CIA operative to persuade companies to give him millions of dollars. Courtney used to work as a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration and before that for Republican congresswoman Katherine Harris of Florida. Courtney convinced companies to give him more than $4 million to provide what was supposed to be off-the-books funding for his classified task force. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)

Fraud by fake CIA operative lands 7-year prison term

Oct. 28, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For years, Garrison Courtney had convinced people he was not just a federal public affairs officer but in fact a covert CIA operative working on a classified task force. The fraud was so compelling that even when it began to unravel, the people he duped stonewalled federal...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 28, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 25 The Sun Sentinel on COVID-19 deaths in Florida prisons: Florida used to confine its road-gang prisoners in old wooden barracks that it intended to replace sooner or later. On July 16, 1967, that became too late for 38 men who died when flames swiftly devoured...

A view of Cinderella Castle from Seven Seas Lagoon in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning...

Court won't nullify Florida ballot question on primaries

Oct. 28, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme court dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday that sought to nullify a proposed constitutional amendment that would open primaries to all voters regardless of party affiliation. While the Supreme Court approved Question 3 for the ballot in December, the lawsuit claimed...

Angry Florida woman brings crowbar, demands cable refund

Oct. 28, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was so angered by her cable provider that she drove to their office, demanded a refund and smashed the cash register with a crowbar, police said. Diahianna Serraty went to the Spectrum office on Tuesday to demand her money back. She yelled at employees when they...

This combination photo shows poster art for political documentaries, from left,

Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries

Oct. 28, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. Dozens of films, exploring issues from gerrymandering to white supremacists, have sought to illuminate the many issues and trends voters are confronting at the polls on Tuesday. In a presidential election of...