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Florida education chief: Masks should be voluntary next year

Apr. 15, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's education commissioner has asked superintendents across the state to update their policies to make facial coverings voluntary rather than mandatory for students, teachers and staff in upcoming school year. In a memo sent Wednesday,...

Police: Bullet kills sleeping 7-year-old boy in Florida

Apr. 15, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida are searching for the person who shot into an apartment and killed a 7-year-old boy who was sleeping inside. The boy's 28-year-old mother was injured in the shooting which happened early Wednesday, Riviera Beach police said...

Nurse accused in scam that cons victims into sending cash

Apr. 15, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A nurse practitioner in South Florida has been arrested as part of a scam that cons senior citizens into wiring or mailing large amounts of money. Paulette Padilla, 31, who specializes in Botox injections at the Nu You Wellness Center in Coral Gables, was...

Lowe homers, rookie Arihara beats Rays 5-1 for 1st MLB win

Apr. 14, 2021 23:53 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nate Lowe hit a solo homer and Texas rookie Kohei Arihara got his first major league victory, pitching into the sixth inning Wednesday night as the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1. Arihara (1-1) allowed two singles and a double over 5 2/3...

Ennis, Carter Jr. come up big as Magic beat Bulls 115-106

Apr. 14, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — James Ennis scored 22 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Bulls 115-106 on Wednesday night despite big performances by Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. ...

Anunoby, Siakam rally Raptors past Spurs 117-112

Apr. 14, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — OG Anunoby scored 22 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-112 on Wednesday night. The Raptors had to go big because they were almost out of guards, and it worked in...

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

Apr. 14, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff's death at the Federal Medical Center...

California woman reported missing while on vacation in Miami

Apr. 14, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

An Arizona woman is pleading for the public’s help after her daughter, a 23-year-old California mother of two, disappeared last month while vacationing in Miami. Darnella Melancon, of Yuma, recently traveled to Florida to help search for her daughter Angela Morrisey, a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 9 The Palm Beach Post on the Florida governor’s banning of COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is taking a bold step toward...

Middleton leads Bucks in 130-105 breeze by Timberwolves

Apr. 14, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Khris Middleton had 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in three quarters, as the Milwaukee Bucks breezed to a 130-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Brook Lopez added 18 points and eight rebounds, Jrue Holiday pitched...