Latest Orlando News

FILE - This March 16, 2020, file photo shows the Oculus at the World Trade Center's transportation hub in New York. Census Day, the April 1 reference day for the once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S., arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus, but census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

Apr. 1, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Census Day — the date used to determine where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus's spread...

Virginia State Police identify man shot, killed by deputy

Mar. 31, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

SALEM, Va. (AP) — A suspect who was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with a Virginia sheriff's deputy was identified Monday as a 46-year-old man from Florida, Virginia State Police said. Robert Harman Sword, of Orlando, was fatally shot by a Botetourt County Sheriff's deputy on Friday as the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, a man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters. The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital

Mar. 30, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an...

This undated photo provided by Jasmine Cho, who was supposed to lead cookie decorating activities at Census events in Pittsburgh in March and April, shows cookies she decorated with U.S. Census themes. The spread of the novel coronavirus has waylaid 2020 census outreach efforts that were planned in advance to get as many people as possible counted in the once-a-decade head count. (Jasmine Cho via AP)

Texts, not door-knocks: Census outreach shifts amid virus

Mar. 28, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In tiny Munfordville, Kentucky, the closure of the public library has cut people off from a computer used only for filling out census forms online. In Minneapolis, a concert promoting the once-a-decade count is now virtual. In Orlando, Florida, advocates called off knocking on doors in...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Zac Giparas, 28, takes a picture of the Covid-19 update beach closure sign along the sand at North Shore Park on Friday, March 20, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Giparas is a USF grad student currently on spring break. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida orders Louisiana arrivals into quarantine

Mar. 27, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered anyone arriving from Louisiana to self-quarantine like those from New York in a bid to blunt the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis said he is expanding his quarantine order to include Louisiana after officials in the lightly hit...

A sign is shown outside the closed Mango's Tropical Cafe along the normally bustling streets of the Art Deco district, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida's famed South Beach. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

74,000 Floridians seek benefits, critics demand reform

Mar. 26, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 74,000 Floridians applied for unemployment benefits last week, a tenfold increase from the previous week, as the spread of the novel coronavirus shut down the state's theme parks and visitors stayed away from its hotels and airports, officials said Thursday. The extraordinary...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Ottawa Senators announced late Tuesday night, March 17, 2020, one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Latest: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off

Mar. 25, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus. In an interview with The Associated Press, team president and general manager...

FILE- In this March 23, 20202 file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center front, arrives at a mobile testing site for a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in The Villages, Fla. The Villages, a retirement community, is one of the largest concentration of seniors in the U.S. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been walking a tightrope for weeks during the coronavirus crisis, trying to protect both Floridians vulnerable to the virus and the cratering economy in a state of 21 million people. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Florida governor's coronavirus dilemma: health vs. economy

Mar. 25, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been walking a tightrope for weeks during the coronavirus crisis, trying to protect both residents vulnerable to the virus and the cratering economy in a state of 21 million people. His dilemma is a clear example of the conundrum facing the...

Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Nona Blues: G-Mac concerned with restaurants and his golf

Mar. 25, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

Graeme McDowell finds motivation in short supply as he tries to keep his golf game sharp without knowing when the next tournament will be played. In that respect, he's no different from most players. His concern goes beyond golf during the shutdown from the spread of the new coronavirus. McDowell is a founding...