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Raptors take Florida State's Scottie Barnes with 4th pick

Jul. 30, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Scottie Barnes hopes to achieve greatness in the NBA. The Toronto Raptors believe he’s got it in him. The Raptors selected the 6-foot-9 Florida State forward with the fourth pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. Boasting a nearly...

Magic select Jalen Suggs at No. 5, Franz Wagner at No. 8

Jul. 29, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When the Orlando Magic’s hopes of moving up in the NBA draft never materialized, they instead used their picks to select former Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs fifth and German forward Franz Wagner eighth. Owners of two top-eight picks for the first time...

Florida virus cases soar, hospitals near last summer's peak

Jul. 29, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing the previous peaks of last summer's surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency. A large hospital...

The Latest: Filipino leader says unvaccinated may be shut in

Jul. 28, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard against the more contagious delta variant. Duterte said in televised remarks...

Florida mayors defy DeSantis with mask, vaccine mandates

Jul. 28, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As coronavirus cases continue to soar, two Florida mayors are announcing mask and vaccine mandates and defying the governor who is firmly opposed to any pandemic restrictions. Masks will again be required at indoor county facilities in Florida’s populous...

Spokeswoman: Mississippi gov won't mandate masks in schools

Jul. 27, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves does not plan to issue a mask mandate for schools, even as COVID-19 cases are proliferating in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation. “Governor Reeves has no intention of requiring students...

In-state foes Florida, UCF to open 2-for-1 series in 2024

Jul. 27, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida and UCF have agreed to play a two-for-one series that begins in 2024 and concludes nearly a decade later, settling on the kind of arrangement the Gators wanted for years. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin got the deal he...

Man gets life sentence for stalking, killing estranged wife

Jul. 27, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Indiana man has received a life prison sentence for stalking his estranged wife to Florida, shooting her and burying her body in Tennessee, court records show. Jarvis Wayne Madison, 62, of New Albany, Indiana, was sentenced Monday in Orlando...

The Latest: Chinese city lists more cases in local outbreak

Jul. 27, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

BEIJING — The major eastern Chinese city of Nanjing recorded another 31 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as authorities announced more than 1.5 billion doses of vaccine have been administered around the country. The new cases bring Nanjing’s total to...

Florida mayor: 'We are in crisis mode,' as virus cases surge

Jul. 26, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the county that hosts Florida's theme park mecca said Monday that “we are now in crisis mode” when it comes to dealing with soaring numbers of COVID-19 infections. Florida accounted for a fifth of the nation's new infections last...