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Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble

Oct. 19, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie...

The Latest: Body identified as missing 79-year-old woman

Oct. 19, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials have confirmed the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who has been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. The Bay County medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Aggie...

Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

Oct. 18, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real improvement in sight. Daily life is a series of fears...

Even tech execs fret about their kids' smartphone addictions

Oct. 17, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children's brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that weren't possible when his generation grew up? What sets Herrick...

The Latest: Verizon giving credit to hardest-hit counties

Oct. 16, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Telecommunications company Verizon says it is going to give three months of service to customers who reside in some of the Florida counties slammed by Hurricane Michael. In a statement issued Tuesday, Verizon Wireless...

Google to charge for apps on Android phones in Europe

Oct. 16, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google plans to start charging smartphone makers to pre-install apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps on Android handsets sold in Europe, a response to a record $5 billion antitrust fine imposed by the European Union. The U.S. tech company's announcement Tuesday is a change from its...

The Latest: Michael ruins large part of Florida cotton crop

Oct. 15, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael (all times local): 5 p.m. Researchers at the University of Florida estimate that Florida's cotton crop has been nearly decimated by Hurricane Michael's rampage. Researchers at the school's Institute of Food and Agricultural...

4 days after storm, large swath of Panhandle suffering

Oct. 14, 2018 9:38 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm. The death...

Nepal says it has blocked 25,000 websites in pornography ban

Oct. 14, 2018 2:16 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese internet providers have begun blocking thousands of pornographic websites as part of a government directive aimed at stopping sexual violence, officials said Sunday. The government issued new criminal and civil codes this year that include regulations against the use,...

The Latest: Governor's debate to be canceled due to storm

Oct. 13, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The first debate between the two candidates running for Florida governor is going to be cancelled due to Hurricane Michael. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announced Saturday on Facebook that he cannot...