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FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School walkout to the football field for 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 victims killed at the school.  The Florida Supreme Court is blocking an assault weapons ban from going to voters in 2022, saying in a Thursday, June 4 2020 ruling that the ballot summary is deceptive because it doesn't clearly state that a grandfathering clause applies to the owner, not the gun itself.(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Florida Supreme Court blocks assault weapon ban from ballot

Jun. 4, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is blocking an assault weapons ban from going to voters in 2022, saying in a Thursday ruling that the ballot summary is deceptive because it doesn't clearly state that a grandfathering clause applies to the owner, not the gun itself. A group called Ban...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Protesters march through the streets over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Miami. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida officer who shoved protester was reviewed over force

Jun. 3, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A police officer who was suspended for pushing a kneeling black woman to the ground at a George Floyd demonstration in Florida has been under review numerous times for pointing guns and using force on suspects, and at least once for racial profiling, a review of his personnel files shows. The...

Florida educators want staggered school schedules amid virus

Jun. 2, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest association of educators called Tuesday for changing how schools operate in the era of the coronavirus — including staggering school schedules, suspending active-shooting drills and imposing social distancing rules on buses and campuses. The discussions...

Charles Perez wears a protective face mask and gloves as he waits on tables at the Morada Bay Beach Cafe in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Monday, June 1, 2020. The Florida Keys reopened for visitors Monday after the tourist-dependent island chain was closed for more than two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida Keys reopen to visitors as Miami-area beaches closed

Jun. 1, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Keys reopened for visitors Monday after the tourist-dependent island chain was closed for more than two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As the Keys took down barriers, Miami-Dade County decided to keep its beaches closed because of protests in South...

Two workers inspect the damage to a sporting goods store, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla., after the establishment was looted and burned by protesters during a demonstration Saturday night. Several counties across Florida issued curfews to curb large crowds gathering to protest the killings of black people by police. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida police officer suspended for pushing kneeling woman

Jun. 1, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Fort Lauderdale police suspended an officer after video showed he pushed a kneeling black woman to the ground during protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, escalating a clash where bottles were thrown and tear gas was fired. Also in Fort Lauderdale, the state...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 photo, Agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried speaks at a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Fried, the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida, upbraided Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, May 28, 2020, for keeping the state Cabinet “in the dark” by failing to convene the panel to discuss the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Absence of pandemic on Florida Cabinet agenda is hot topic

May. 28, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida, upbraided Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday for keeping the state Cabinet “in the dark” by failing to convene the panel to discuss the state's response to the...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, part of the Orlando area in Fla. Officials from SeaWorld and Disney World say they hope to open their theme parks in Orlando, Fla., in June and July. A city task force approved the plans on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

May. 27, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, under plans approved Wednesday by a city task force. The proposals will now be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval....

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday, May 25, 2020. The document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The Latest: Iowa St AD sees football games with 30,000 fans

May. 26, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no...