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Female Indigenous leader takes office in Panama

May. 02, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The first elected female leader of Panama’s Wounaan Indigenous group took office Monday. The inauguration of Aulina Ismare Opua marks a strengthening of women’s positions in the country’s Indigenous communities. Recently, Elena Cruz Guerra...

2 Alabama men charged after 'takeover' of Florida beach town

Apr. 08, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Alabama men are accused of inciting or encouraging a riot after authorities said messages were spread online encouraging the spring break “takeover” of a Florida beach town, authorities said. More than 160 people were arrested, about 75...

Panama sets national holiday for victims of 1989 US invasion

Mar. 31, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The president of Panama on Thursday declared an annual national holiday to commemorate Panamanians who died during the 1989 U.S. invasion of the country. The decree signed by President Laurentino Cortizo establishes Dec. 20, the date of the invasion, as a...

Florida officials fight back against rowdy spring breakers

Mar. 28, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rowdy spring break crowds have forced curfews and led some establishments to close their doors from Miami Beach to Florida's Panhandle. Law enforcement officials in Bay County, Florida, said Sunday that they won't tolerate the bad behavior from spring...

Rainfall eases wildfire threat, but officials urge caution

Mar. 10, 2022 11:10 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — While rainfall has improved conditions across much of the Florida Panhandle, state officials said Thursday that the volume of dead trees and vegetation left by a Category 5 hurricane in 2018 remains a threat for additional wildfires. Without additional...

Florida wildfire: Hope for relief from light, steady rain

Mar. 09, 2022 18:16 PM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Fire officials hoped Wednesday that a light, steady rain in the Florida Panhandle would help ease three wildfires that have threatened homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in an area that was ravaged by a Category 5 hurricane three years ago. The rain...

Small plane crash kills 2 near Panama City Beach airport

Mar. 09, 2022 16:28 PM EST

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The head of a Michigan healthcare system and her husband are dead after their small plane crashed a short distance from an airport in the Florida Panhandle, officials said. The single-engine Cessna 182 crashed Tuesday night in a wooded area some two...

Some allowed to go home, others evacuated as wildfires grow

Mar. 08, 2022 17:26 PM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of residents forced to evacuate over the weekend as blazes in the Florida Panhandle threatened their houses have been allowed to return home, but residents in a neighboring county were evacuated Tuesday as three wildfires grew to more than 29,000 acres (11,735...

1,100 homes evacuated as firefighters battle Florida fires

Mar. 07, 2022 18:02 PM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Veterans forced to evacuate a nursing home because of a Florida Panhandle wildfire were allowed to return home Monday, officials said, but mandatory evacuations remained in place for two larger fires. Firefighters continued to battle the 12,000-acre (about...

1,100 homes evacuated as firefighters battle Florida fires

Mar. 06, 2022 17:47 PM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Huge wildfires in the Florida Panhandle forced veterans in a nursing home to evacuate Sunday alongside residents of more than 1,000 homes in an area still recovering from a Category 5 hurricane three years ago. Firefighters battled the 9,000-acre (about...