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FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot for part of a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna, in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca have all reported promising results with their vaccines, according to preliminary data, but it could be well into 2021 before they're rolled out on a large scale. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

The Latest: CDC advisory panel to meet on vaccine allocation

Nov. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — ATLANTA — A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved. Experts have proposed giving the vaccine to health workers first. High priority also may be given to workers in essential...

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Florida's Sen. Scott has coronavirus, 'very mild symptoms'

Nov. 20, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Friday he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was isolating at home with “very mild symptoms.” He's the second senator, along with Iowa's Chuck Grassley, and at least the eighth member of Congress to announce a positive test this week....

In this March 2, 2020, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. Cut off from the rest of the planet since February, four environmental field workers are back, re-emerging into a changed society by the coronavirus outbreak. (Naomi Worcester/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nov. 19, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing...

An attendee stands in a sterilizer as a precaution against the coronavirus as he arrives for a defense expo, DX Korea 2020, in Goyang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. South Korea has recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three months as it gets set to tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea begins stronger limits in some areas

Nov. 18, 2020 8:59 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day as authorities begin enforcing toughened social distancing rules in some areas to fight a resurgence of small-scale clusters of infections. The 343 new cases announced Thursday raised the...

In this photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol a downed power pole is strapped to the roof of a car, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, on Interstate 4, in Hillsborough County, Fla. A state trooper pulled over a maroon Toyota Camry with a metal light pole, longer than the car itself, strapped to the roof on a Tampa road Monday morning, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The Camry's driver, Douglas Allen Hatley, told troopers that he had found the pole on the ground by the side of the highway and had planned to sell the metal for scrap, according to the report.  Hatley charged with grand theft was being held on $2,000 bond. (Florida Highway Patrol via AP)

Man charged with stealing downed light pole for scrap metal

Nov. 17, 2020 4:45 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has learned the hard way that a downed light pole isn't trash that can be taken and sold for scrap, authorities say. A state trooper pulled over a maroon Toyota Camry with a metal pole — longer than the car itself — strapped to the roof on a Tampa road Monday,...

In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, photo made available by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Fla., Michael Riley is under arrest. Riley, a correctional officer, is facing murder charges for the death of an inmate at a state prison in Central Florida last summer. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Florida officer charged with murder after inmate's death

Nov. 10, 2020 6:09 PM EST

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — A correctional officer is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of an inmate at a state prison in central Florida earlier this year, authorities said Tuesday. A grand jury indicted Michael Riley on a second-degree murder charge following the death in June of the unnamed...

This Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Eta at 10:40 a.m. EST in the Gulf of Mexico, Theta, right, and a tropical wave to the south that forecasters say has a good chance of becoming Tropical Storm Iota. (NOAA via AP)

Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

Nov. 10, 2020 4:01 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Just when you thought it should be safe to go back to the water, the record-setting tropics are going crazy. Again. Tropical Storm Eta is parked off the western coast of Cuba, dumping rain. When it finally moves again, computer models and human forecasters are befuddled about...

A flamenco dancer holds up her dancing shoes during a protest organised by dance associations against virus restrictions, in Barcelona, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, as Spain continue with new measures to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Shanghai quarantines 186 after case at airport

Nov. 9, 2020 9:53 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s financial hub of Shanghai have quarantined 186 people and conducted virus tests on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at the city’s main international airport tested positive for the coronavirus. The city government said on its microblog Tuesday that it...

Demonstrators celebrate after the 2020 presidential election is called for President-elect Joe Biden, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

EXPLAINING RACE CALLS: How AP called the race for Biden

Nov. 7, 2020 1:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden captured the presidency on Saturday when The Associated Press declared him the victor in his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST. That got him the state’s 20 electoral votes, which pushed him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed to prevail over...

In this Nov. 3, 2020, photo, Rafael Fagundo rings a bell as he and other supporters of President Donald Trump chant and wave flags outside the Versailles Cuban restaurant during a celebration on election night in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. While they could share in the possibility of a Biden victory, as other battleground states continue to tally votes, the soul searching and second-guessing has begun amid another high-profile loss at the ballot box. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing

Nov. 5, 2020 12:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Perhaps only in Florida is a loss by fewer than 4 percentage points considered a public drubbing. In a state famous for razor-thin margins, the size of former Vice President Joe Biden's loss to President Donald Trump was humiliating for Democrats and sent many searching for...