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A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

Sep. 15, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The last time she felt the ocean waves swirling around her, Tabitha was near death. She was tossed about in the surf in Cape May, weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. She also was laden with parasites and covered with 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of...

Women hope to 'diversify the lineup' for Black surfers

Sep. 13, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — From the deck of her parents’ boat in Tampa Bay, GiGi Lucas grew up watching orange sherbet sunsets and the nautical wonders of the ocean. Lucas always loved being in the water, but it wasn’t until she was 35 that she discovered the true beauty of learning to surf in...

Widower sues dive boat company after wife's death

Sep. 12, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man is suing a dive boat charter company following an accident that left his wife dead. According to the Palm Beach Post, Sean Flynn of Melbourne filed the suit against Florida Scuba Charters on Friday in U.S. District Court. His 37-year-old wife, Mollie Ghiz-Flynn, died during a...

'Finally over': DNA brings arrest in teen's 1984 rape, death

Sep. 11, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A suspect in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl in 1984 in Rochester, New York, was arrested in Florida after a DNA search, officials said Friday. Timothy Williams, 56, faces second-degree murder charges in the Nov. 22, 1984, death of Wendy Jerome. He was arrested at his home...

Police investigating explosion in Palm Bay industrial park

Sep. 8, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — Police shut down a section of U.S. 1 in central Florida due to fires from an explosion on Tuesday morning. Palm Bay police said in a Twitter post that officers were checking out reports of an explosion. They posted photos of smoke plumes coming from an industrial area. Florida Today...

Bird watch, volunteer leaves $1 million for Florida parks

Sep. 6, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A bequest from a former bird watcher and volunteer at Sebastian Inlet State Park will make finding feathered friends at the park a lot easier. Bonnie Lizer, an Indialantic resident who died last year, left $1 million to the Florida State Parks Foundation. Part of the proceeds...