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Florida governor orders election systems' security review

May. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor is ordering election officials to review the cybersecurity of the state's election systems. The request comes more than a week after he was briefed that Russia hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential...

Questions raised over Florida Cabinet meeting in Israel

May. 21, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to Israel with a large contingent of business leaders — not surprisingly, especially as the GOP woos Jewish voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. But DeSantis' plan to hold a meeting with his elected Cabinet while he's...

Trump denies plans to fly migrants from border to Florida

May. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied reports that hundreds of migrants would be flown from the Mexican border to Florida and other areas in the U.S. interior to lessen the workload at crowded Border Patrol facilities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, also on Sunday,...

Gov. DeSantis: 'Dumping' migrants in Florida is unacceptable

May. 17, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor plans to fight any federal plans to fly hundreds of immigrants weekly from the Mexican border to South Florida, saying Friday he'll take his case to President Donald Trump. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made his remarks a day after being caught off guard when...

Correction: Russia Probe-Florida Voting story

May. 17, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 16 about Russian hacking of voter databases in Florida, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy. She said the public needs to know which counties in Florida were hacked, not which countries. A corrected version of the story is below: Florida...

Florida prepares for influx of immigrants from Mexico border

May. 16, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in South Florida say they are preparing for an influx of immigrants being sent by the federal government as the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border grows rapidly. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that officials in his community and...

DeSantis: Russians accessed 2 Florida voting databases

May. 14, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday. DeSantis said the hackers didn't manipulate any data and the election results weren't compromised. He...

After FBI briefing, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says Russian hackers accessed voter databases in 2 Florida counties

May. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After FBI briefing, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says Russian hackers accessed voter databases in 2 Florida counties.

Judge requires ballots in Spanish in more Florida counties

May. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More Florida counties must provide election materials and ballots in Spanish, a federal judge has ruled. An order Friday from U.S. District Judge Mark Walker expanded a temporary injunction that he had granted ahead of last fall's elections. Under Walker's latest order, election...

Florida official, businessman arrested in extortion plot

May. 10, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — A former deputy city manager and a local businessman on Florida's Space Coast are accused of plotting to place cameras in a house where they could capture a councilman having sex with prostitutes as well as plotting to plant drugs on another councilman. The Florida Department of Law...