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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the summer coronavirus spike in Sunbelt states subsides, Florida has gone the furthest in lifting restrictions, especially on restaurants where the burden of ensuring safety has shifted to business owners and residents _ raising concerns of a resurgence. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Florida governor requires schools to remain open

Nov. 30, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that schools will be required to remain open despite the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, arguing lockdowns and closures have not worked. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,...

Netherlands' Sherida Spitse, left, and United States Kristie Mewis vie for the ball during the international friendly women's soccer match between The Netherlands and the US at the Rat Verlegh stadium in Breda, southern Netherlands, Friday Nov. 27, 2020. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP)

US women beat Netherlands 2-0 in World Cup rematch

Nov. 27, 2020 4:07 PM EST

BREDA, Netherlands (AP) — Rose Lavelle scored against the Netherlands again, Kristie Mewis scored in her first appearance for the United States in six years and the U.S. women won a rematch of last year's World Cup final by the same score, 2-0, on Friday. The older sister of starter Sam Mewis came in as a...

Miami officer befriends teen who attacked him during protest

Nov. 26, 2020 3:02 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The moment seemed to capture the super-heated emotions of a summer of national protest: A young Black teenager whacked a Miami police officer over the head with a skateboard during a chaotic demonstration. The social-media jury, predictably, was outraged and divided. Either the kid was a thug...

In this selfie photo, Antoine Mickle poses with a “Black Lives Matter” flag he put outside his home, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Jacksonville, Fla. His homeowners association asked him to take it down, but he has declined. Instead he has filed a federal lawsuit asserting that his civil rights was violated under fair housing laws. (Antoine Mickle via AP)

Black Lives Matter flag becomes issue in Florida community

Nov. 25, 2020 6:29 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As demonstrations against police brutality roiled the country earlier this year, Antoine Mickle began noticing the flags going up in his Jacksonville neighborhood declaring “Blue Lives Matter.” For months, those flags hung from his neighbors' homes. But when Mickle...

New Jersey governor signs bill requiring police body cameras

Nov. 24, 2020 2:13 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — All police officers on patrol across New Jersey will be required to wear body cameras under legislation advanced following the summer's Black Lives Matter protests and signed into law Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy signed the bill from his office in Newark during an...

BLM flag can fly, but only if 21 others do too, city decides

Nov. 23, 2020 5:05 PM EST

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city approved raising the Black Lives Matter Flag, the “Thin Blue Line” flag and 20 other flags in a resolution that one city councilor called a “compromise” to satisfy opponents of a BLM proposal. The Black Lives Matter flag will be flown at City...

Florida town fines protesters who use noisy megaphones

Nov. 23, 2020 3:39 AM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida town has fined people involved in recent racial justice protests thousands of dollars for using megaphones police say violate a local noise ordinance. The Tampa Bay Times reports that officials in New Port Richey have issued 14 citations that total about $4,700 to at...

2020 Art: A hot dog stand that doubles as a COVID test site

Nov. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year 2020 has been a tangle of medical, political, social, economic and ecological trouble. There’s no getting around it. But down on Julia Street, the group exhibit “Art in the Time of Empathy” at Arthur Roger Gallery brings a touch of solace to the situation...

Georgia city to remove Confederate monument from park

Nov. 21, 2020 10:38 AM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of a Georgia city have voted to remove a Confederate monument from a park where it has stood since 1902. Commissioners in the port city of Brunswick voted 4-1 Wednesday to take the monument out of Hanover Square. Officials had debated what to do about the monument since July,...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...