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Florida coronavirus cases near 52,000 with 2,252 deaths

May. 25, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Total coronavirus cases in Florida neared 52,000 on Monday, with 2,252 deaths, as many residents took advantage of relaxed restrictions during the Memorial Day weekend. Numbers released Monday by the Florida Department of Health show 879 new cases since a day earlier, along with 15 new deaths....

Memorial Day is a washout across rainy South Florida

May. 25, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A weather system that dumped rain over much of South Florida on Sunday is expected to bring even more heavy rain to the area on Memorial Day. While beaches remained closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the rain will likely wash away any plans for outdoor activities for...

Special needs parents can't find open childcare centers

May. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Arasay Peñate didn’t know what autism spectrum disorder was when she arrived in Little Havana from Cuba three years ago with her young son, who had trouble saying the word “mamá.” But since her son, now-4-year-old David Silva Jr. , was diagnosed with the...

Florida coach suspended, probed for practice during pandemic

May. 24, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida high school football coach was suspended as administrators investigate whether he held practice against rules and stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The Miami Herald reports that Miami Northwestern Senior High School has launched an investigation...

This photo provided by Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Patricia Ripley.  Officials say Ripley faked her son's abduction and instead led him to the canal where he drowned. Court records show 45-year-old Patricia Ripley is facing a first-degree murder charge. Her son was 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley and was autistic.  The boy's body was found early Friday, May 22, 2020 at a golf course canal. (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Police: Miami mom faked son's abduction, faces murder charge

May. 23, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami woman faked her son’s abduction after trying to drown him twice, with witnesses rescuing the boy from a canal the first time, and the second attempt ending in the boy’s death, officials said Saturday. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Patricia...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, Lifeguards on Clearwater Beach change shifts on the closed beach in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Memorial Day weekend historically signifies the start of the summer vacation season as families throughout the U.S. plan trips to Florida's beaches and theme parks. But as the state just begins to reopen from two months of quarantining, some officials welcome the boost to the struggling tourism industry while trying to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Florida prepares for holiday weekend as parts still closed

May. 22, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Sunshine State faces an uncertain start to summer with some areas hoping for brisk business over Memorial Day weekend while high-profile South Florida beaches remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Florida officials would welcome any boost to the struggling tourism industry, and...

Police: Boy found dead hours after mom said he was abducted

May. 22, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 9-year-old autistic boy has been found dead hours after his mother told police he was abducted by two men who “ambushed" her during a late-night drive south of Miami, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed Friday. An Amber Alert that had been issued for Alejandro Ripley...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) grabs his kids at the end of the second half at an NFL football game again st the Philadelphia Eagles in Miami Gardens, Fla. Ryan Fitzpatrick is spending his coronavirus lockdown in Arizona with his wife and seven children, and hoping to get a chance soon to begin mentoring first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Fitzpatrick awaits battle with Tua for Dolphins' QB job

May. 21, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's house was quiet at midday Thursday, probably because online schoolwork occupied his kids. He has seven. And despite the pandemic lockdown, there are often enough youngsters gathered for the Fitzpatrick family to field a football team. "My brother...

In this Nov. 20, 2019 photo, the entrance to the Trump National Doral resort is shown in Doral, Fla. The Trump golf resort in South Florida where President Donald Trump initially wanted to host this year's Group of Seven summit has temporarily laid off over 500 workers. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Furloughs becoming layoffs at Trump resort in South Florida

May. 21, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Some furloughs at a Trump golf resort in South Florida are becoming permanent layoffs. A notice that the Trump National Doral Miami filed with the State of Florida last week says it is permanently laying off 250 workers out of 560 employees who were furloughed in March. The positions...

Police: 2 Florida teens killed in accidental shootings

May. 21, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Police in South Florida are investigating the accidental shootings of two teenage girls in separate incidents within the past week. A 17-year-old girl was fatally shot by a friend in an apartment in Miami-Dade County on Monday night, according to a police report. On May 12, a 17-year-old boy...