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A couple stands in line as rain falls on voters waiting for the precinct to open, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Miami. Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday. With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates in order to win the White House. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida begins early voting with no major problems reported

Oct. 19, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians began early voting in much of the state Monday with no serious problems reported as the Trump campaign tries to cut into an early advantage Democrats have posted in mail-in votes in the key swing state. The most populous counties reported wait times of 15 minutes or...

Charge dropped against deputy who pepper-sprayed teen

Oct. 16, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A misdemeanor battery charge was dropped Friday against one of two Florida deputies who appear in a video that showed a black teen being pepper-sprayed and slammed to the ground during an arrest last year. A Broward County judge ruled that Sgt. Greg LaCerra, who pepper-prayed...

Florida felon purge would be too late for this election

Oct. 16, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The agency that oversees Florida elections said it will soon send a list of felons who remain ineligible to vote to the counties for a possible purge, but one that state law says will not be completed before the election. The Florida Secretary of State's memo drew sharp...

Trainer Legend Tarvers, center, leads a group during a workout at Legacy Fit, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Miami. As the vast majority of in-person fitness clubs switched to virtual classes when the pandemic hit, Legacy Fit took the opposite approach. When Florida became one of the nation's COVID-19 hot spots in July, CEO Manning Sumner decided to host classes in a ballroom-sized outdoor tent that would still ensure safety, but allow clients to exercise in-person. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles

Oct. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — First there was taco night, then barbecue sandwiches, followed by meats by the pound — all splashy marketing events to generate buzz leading up to Proof BBQ's grand opening in the Cleveland suburbs. And then came coronavirus. Michael Griffin already had success with a...

Officials fired: Problems with 2nd birth at Florida jail

Oct. 15, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two officials at a county jail in South Florida have been fired following problems surrounding a second birth at the facility in just over a year, authorities said Thursday. The more recent Broward County jail birth took place Sept. 27, nearly three months after the state...

Mulraney, Guzan help Atlanta United to 1-1 tie with Miami

Oct. 14, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jake Mulraney scored his first MLS goal, Brad Guzan had five saves, and Atlanta United rallied for a 1-1 tie with Inter Miami on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old Mulraney, making his 14th MLS appearance, tapped in a right-footer from the corner of the six-yard box to cap the...

In this Aug. 26, 2020, photo Florida Rep. Anika Omphroy poses for a photograph at the Dutch Pot Jamaican Restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Omphroy, born to Jamaican parents, said she and her team are encouraging people to vote by mail and early on, especially those who vote at precincts that may now be closed due to the virus. Omphroy said she identifies with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris as a first-generation daughter of immigrants, and she also thinks the candidate is easy to like. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Jamaicans in Florida energized by Harris on 2020 ticket

Oct. 11, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are entering the final stretch of the campaign in a fierce battle for Latino voters who could sway the results in Florida and determine who wins the White House. But in this ultimate battleground state where nearly 10 million voters...

Morgan scores on penalty kick, Inter Miami beats Houston 1-0

Oct. 10, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lewis Morgan scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute, leading Inter Miami a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. The shot was set up when Houston's Aljaz Struna committed a foul in the penalty area. The goal was Morgan's fifth of the season. Miami (5-10-2) won...

Emily Chao, standing, watches as her sister Anabelle, works on a writing exercise after they finished remote learning for the day, as their mom Erica sits, back left, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at their home in North Miami Beach, Fla. Rather than wait to see how the Miami-Dade school system would handle instruction this fall, Erica Chao enrolled her two daughters in a private school that seemed better positioned to provide remote learning than their public elementary school was when the coronavirus first reached Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Enrollment drops worry public schools as pandemic persists

Oct. 9, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rather than wait to see how her children's Florida public school would teach students this fall, Erica Chao enrolled her two daughters in a private school that seemed better positioned to provide instruction online during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Lori Alhadeff shows a pendant bearing a photo of her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa, among the 17 people killed during the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Friday, March 6, 2020, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.  Alhadeff has been championing a bill to require all public schools across Florida to put in place a panic button system to give schools a direct link with first responders. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Court documents ask Parkland parents to prove mental anguish

Oct. 7, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Parents who sued a school district after their children died in a mass shooting at a Florida high school are being asked to turn over their psychiatric records to prove they have suffered mental anguish. The Broward County school district's demand, which is contained in...