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FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida governor says unemployment system now up to speed

Apr. 6, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the state's heavily criticized unemployment system should now be able to handle the crush of applicants it is receiving as workers lose their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak. He said the computer system's capacity has been...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Governors seize spotlight amid states' coronavirus response

Apr. 6, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Across America, as families are stuck in their homes anxious and isolated by the new coronavirus, a new daily ritual is taking shape: tuning into the governor’s afternoon press briefing. Residents sequestered under a stay-at-home order in Ohio seem to hang on Republican Gov....

FILE - In this April 3, 2020, file photo a man crosses an empty street in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Americans are increasingly taking preventative measures, including staying away from large crowds and avoiding touching their hands to their faces, amid growing fears of infection with COVID-19, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

AP-NORC poll: Americans increasing effort to avoid infection

Apr. 6, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows how concerns about infection have...

The Coral Princess cruise ship arrives at PortMiami during the new coronavirus outbreak, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Miami. According to Princess Cruises, disembarkation of guests is expected to take several days due to limited flight availability. Guests requiring shoreside medical care will be prioritized to disembark first. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida coronavirus deaths exceed 220, cases top 12,300

Apr. 6, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The coronavirus death toll in Florida reached more than 220 people as total cases topped 12,300, according to statistics released by the state Department of Health on Sunday. The deaths have been heaviest in South Florida, where three counties have totaled 120 fatalities. That...

FILE - This Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo shows The River Church in Tampa, Fla. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested Monday, March 30, 2020, for violating a county order by hosting a large number of congregants at the church. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

New coronavirus limits bring new religious freedom tension

Apr. 4, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some faith leaders have persisted in holding in-person services -- a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic. The most high-profile clash over in-person worship...

2 Florida officers die from coronavirus, cases top 11,000

Apr. 4, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida law enforcement officers have died from coronavirus as the number of positive cases in the state topped 11,500, officials said Saturday. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala, 38, died Saturday. He had underlying health issues, the...

Passengers that came off the cruise ship Rotterdam Thursday, board a charter plane at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Zaandam and a sister ship sent to help it, the Rotterdam, were given permission to unload passengers at Port Everglades on Thursday, after days of negotiations with officials who feared it would divert resources from a region with a spike in virus cases. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida finally takes cruise passengers, some on stretchers

Apr. 3, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Passengers from an ill-fated cruise were carefully freed from their cabins and allowed to touch dry land Friday for the first time in weeks, after the removal of 14 critically ill people who were wheeled off to Florida hospitals bracing for an onslaught of coronavirus patients....

Settlement reached in Florida dispute over college voting

Apr. 3, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials agreed to allow early voting sites back on college campuses, under an agreement announced Friday, a development cheered by voter rights advocates who had filed a legal challenge. Under the settlement, local elections officials are again allowed to consider college...

A person on a stretcher is removed from Carnival's Holland America cruise ship Zaandam at Port Everglades during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Those passengers that are fit for travel in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will be permitted to disembark. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Apr. 3, 2020 6:21 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A cruise ship where at least two passengers died of coronavirus while barred from South American ports finally docked Thursday in Florida after two weeks at sea and days of negotiations with initially resistant local officials. The Zaandam and a sister ship sent to help it, the...

Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, walks through a viewing room set up to respect social distancing, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He and other funeral directors are seeing a surge of clients because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'We need help': Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

Apr. 2, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and the public health crisis deepened in New York City, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 185 bodies...