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Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

Tampa airport says it will test passengers for coronavirus

Sep. 29, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Floridians saw a flurry of positive coronavirus news Tuesday, from an announcement that the state will receive more than 6.4 million rapid tests to one that said Tampa International Airport would begin testing passengers for the virus in the terminal. Also, St. Petersburg Mayor...

A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

Police: Florida woman stabs boyfriend, hit by truck and dies

Sep. 27, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a woman stabbed her boyfriend on an interstate highway, and then was killed when she ran in front of a tractor trailer truck early Saturday. The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports the 30-year-old woman and her 27-year-old boyfriend got into an argument and...

A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...

Florida reports 107 new COVID-19 deaths, 2,795 new cases

Sep. 26, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 107 new resident coronavirus deaths Saturday, the day after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he's lifting restrictions on restaurant capacity. The state also reported 2,795 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing its total to just under 699,000 people...

Florida voters already casting ballots in presidential race

Sep. 26, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting has already begun in Florida, whose 29 electoral college votes will be critical in the presidential election. The Department of State reported Saturday that more than 6,600 vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned and more than 5 million others have been requested....

FILE - In this July 14, 2020, file photo, a health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School in Waukee, Iowa. South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa are seeing sky-high rates of tests coming back positive. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

Sep. 25, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus outbreak is heating up fast in smaller cities in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high. Elsewhere around the...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Florida reopens state's economy despite ongoing pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican governor's order...

Gov. Ron DeSantis lifts restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, moving to completely reopen Florida economy.

Sep. 25, 2020 12:15 PM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis lifts restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, moving to completely reopen Florida economy.