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This Feb. 29, 2020 photo provided by Melissa Hernandez shows the Hurricane Oyster Bar and Grill, a popular seafood restaurant known by its acronym

Legal woes for restaurant owner under tax investigation

Jul. 2, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The owner of a landmark seafood restaurant in the Florida Panhandle who is the target of a federal tax fraud investigation is facing new felony drunken driving charges and what may become a challenging effort to renew his liquor license later this summer. The new legal problems...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, a bartender pours a beer for a customer at Shade Bar NYC in New York. Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Jul. 2, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks. In the words of one study, it comes down to the danger of...

In this March 3, 2020 photo released by the University of Maryland via the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Washington, D.C., officials confer under a railroad overpass on L Street NE, about eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, before garbage trucks and front loaders remove the homeless encampment there. (Susannah Outhier/University of Maryland via AP)

Cities try to arrest their way out of homeless problems

Jun. 29, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the nine years he has been homeless, Kenneth Shultz has spent one of every three nights in jail. The 71-year-old retiree has been charged with trespassing 96 times, including after he fell asleep behind gas stations, outside office buildings and in a city park. His 1,034...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Albert and Alberta, the mascots for Florida, do the gator chomp before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt in Gainesville, Fla. The University of Florida is ending its 'gator bait' cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations, the school's president announced Thursday, June 18, 2020, in a letter making several other similar changes on campus. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Univ. of Florida ends 'gator bait' cheer, cites racism

Jun. 18, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is ending its “gator bait” cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations, the school's president announced Thursday in a letter making several other similar changes on campus. Florida president Kent...

Farmers offer reward after watermelon crop is destroyed

Jun. 17, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

NEWBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A family of farmers in North Florida is seeking answers after a field of watermelons was sprayed with damaging chemicals. Hugh Martin told the Gainesville Sun his family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps lead to the arrest and conviction of the person they...

Officers in swat gear work at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Avenue and West Burleigh Street near a Jet Beauty store that was looted in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: 10 resign from SWAT team amid safety concerns

Jun. 12, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dallas officials agree to 90-day ban on use of tear gas against demonstrators. — Judge orders pause on use of tear gas against protesters in Seattle. — Minneapolis council takes step toward abolishing police department. ___ HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Ten members of a...

FILE-This Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 file photo shows the west exterior of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at University of Florida, in Gainesville, Fla. The University of Florida has rescinded an admissions offer to a prospective student who posted a racist comment on social media. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida rescinds admissions to student who made racial post

Jun. 12, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has rescinded an admissions offer to a prospective student who posted a racial comment on social media. Florida's flagship university tweeted earlier this week that the prospective student “will not be joining the University of Florida community...

In this May 23, 2020 photo provided by Fresh Take Florida, William Abramson sits outside the office of Auto Solutions of South Florida, LLC in West Palm Beach, Fla. Abramson filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis shutdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (Lauren Witte/Fresh Take Florida via AP)

Banned lawyer files lawsuit over Florida governor's lockdown

May. 27, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

The one-time busboy who is challenging the legal authority of Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue virus-related shutdown orders in Florida is a used-car salesman who worked for decades as a lawyer until he was banned from the courtroom last year in disputes over his behavior. William Abramson of Lantana, just south of...

Crews return to their ambulances, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. Emergency room visits have dropped by almost 50% across Florida since the coronavirus pandemic began as hospital officials on Tuesday warned that patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes are delaying or refusing care because they are afraid of going to the hospital. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida ER visits plummet, virus scares patients from care

May. 12, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Emergency room visits have dropped by almost 50% across Florida since the coronavirus pandemic began as hospital officials on Tuesday warned that patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes are delaying or refusing care because they are afraid of going to the hospital. ...