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Lightning strikes, injures 2 men leaving Clearwater Beach

Jul. 6, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Lightning struck two people on Sunday afternoon as a line of storms from the Gulf of Mexico moved onto Clearwater of Beach, police said. Gacek Arkadiusz, 37, of Des Plaines, Illinois, was unconscious and not breathing when police arrived at the scene around 2:15 p.m., media outlets...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks to Stacie Ritter, right, and her son, Jan, during a meeting with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in Lancaster, Pa. Biden is hoping to capture Florida and other pivotal states by pushing Latino turnout rates higher than when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes

Jul. 6, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.” But the narrator for the version that...

Tropical Storm Edouard moves through Atlantic away from US

Jul. 6, 2020 5:05 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Edouard was moving early Monday through the Atlantic Ocean away from the continental United States. Edouard had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), with higher gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The storm was moving northeast at about 36 mph (57 kph)....

Port Miami navigates stormy seas in pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is roiling the seas at Port Miami. The Miami Herald reports that while some terminal construction has continued amid the pandemic, much of the $7 billion passenger cruise economy associated with PortMiami is drydocked, as is the $2 billion the industry generates at...

Archaeologists mull whether graves lie near Tropicana Field

Jul. 6, 2020 4:05 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The city of St. Petersburg plans to eventually redevelop an 86-acre parcel of land where the Tropicana Field baseball stadium currently sits, and before it does, hopes to answer the question: are there graves under the parking lots? The Tampa Bay Times reports the University of...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault, right, gestures against the Las Vegas Aces during the second half of Game 1 of a WNBA playoff basketball series in Washington. Thibault knows that he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday, July 6, 2020, to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Most of WNBAs older coaches OK with Florida virus risk

Jul. 6, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Thibault knows that he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old Washington Mystics coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season. “There’s no...

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard marches alongside protesters towards downtown Portland on the Morrison Bridge, on June 4, 2020. Thousands of protesters in the liberal and predominantly white city of Portland, Ore. have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality, but recent violence by smaller groups is creating a deep schism in the protest movement and prompting allegations that white protesters are co-opting the moment. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Damian Lillard emerges from shutdown ready for playoff push

Jul. 6, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Grieving the death of a cousin and missing his mother, Damian Lillard struggled emotionally after the NBA shut down because of the coronavirus. But he also found inspiration in his activism for Black Lives Matter and his flourishing music career. The Trail Blazers were just out of...

Cutter departs Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for last time

Jul. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time. The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola,...

Tropical Storm Edouard forms over far North Atlantic Ocean

Jul. 5, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Edouard formed on Sunday evening over the far North Atlantic, but posed no immediate threat to land. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was centered at 11 p.m. EDT about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, off Canada,...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...