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Health workers perform COVID-19 tests at the Orange County Convention Center Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Doctor: Miami becoming 'epicenter' of coronavirus outbreak

Jul. 13, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases is turning Miami into the “epicenter of the pandemic,” a top doctor warned Monday, while an epidemiologist called the region's situation “extremely grave.” Those assessments came as Florida...

A patient gets swabbed during Covid-19 testing at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., Monday, July 13, 2020. Drive-thru testing at OHP continues through July 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m daily; appointments are not required. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Arizona sees record number of virus ICU patients

Jul. 13, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona is reporting all-time highs in coronavirus patients using ventilators and occupying beds in intensive-care units. The state Department of Health Services said 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were in intensive care as of Sunday. Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity...

A class keeps social distance at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

US debates school reopening, WHO warns 'no return to normal'

Jul. 13, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States ignited fierce debate Monday about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warned that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it. “If the basics aren’t followed,...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, dribbles next to Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. Westbrook said Monday, July 13, 2020, that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and that he plans to eventually join his team at the restart of the NBA season. Westbrook made the revelation on social media. As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden — neither of whom traveled with the team to Walt Disney World near Orlando last week — would be with the team in the next few days. In Westbrook's case, that now seems most unlikely. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)

Rockets' Westbrook says he tested positive for coronavirus

Jul. 13, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets said Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and that he plans to eventually join his team at the restart of the NBA season. Westbrook made the revelation on social media. As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that...

Today in History

Jul. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 13, the 195th day of 2020. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 2013, a jury in Sanford, Florida, cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black...

Florida man charged with setting store on fire after protest

Jul. 13, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been arrested on charges that he helped start a fire that engulfed a building housing a Champs Sports store in Tampa during unrest that followed protests over the death of George Floyd in May, authorities said Monday. Terrance Lee Hester surrendered to federal...

Firefighters find woman's body inside burning apartment

Jul. 13, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters found the body of a woman inside an abandoned apartment building that caught fire early Monday. The fire was reported shortly after 6 a.m., according to Delray Beach Fire Rescue. Firefighters said there was heavy smoke and flames were coming from the building when...

DC United scores twice late for 2-2 draw against Toronto FC

Jul. 13, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Federico Higuain and Frederic Brillant both scored late in the second half as D.C. United rallied for a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC on Monday in the MLS is Back tournament. D.C. United played the entire second half with 10 men after Junior Moreno picked up a second yellow card...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018 file photo, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gives an interview in Yangon, Myanmar. Richardson will travel the week of July 13, 2020, to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S., according to The Richardson Center in an annoucement on Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Thet Htoo, File)

Ex-US diplomat Richardson to urge Maduro to free Americans

Jul. 13, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to travel this week to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S. The Richardson Center, which seeks freedom for Americans held by hostile foreign...

This June 1, 2020, rendering provided by Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre shows the Hope probe. The U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates are sending spacecraft to Mars in quick succession beginning this week.(MBRSC via AP)

Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

Jul. 13, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to...