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New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast

Oct. 25, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta stalled Sunday in the western Caribbean, but forecasters said it posed the risk of a rain-heavy hurricane for Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Zeta was the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm recorded in an already historic...

Court invalidates Florida county ordinance on airboat noise

Oct. 25, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A court has invalidated a Florida county's ordinance that restricted noise from airboats to certain times each day. A panel of three judges in Alachua County recently ruled that the county's airboat noise ordinance conflicted with state law and is unconstitutional. County officials...

The king tides are coming. Here’s when they’ll be worst.

Oct. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The highest tides of the year, known as king tides, are here again to flood roads, parks and the occasional home or business. This year, in addition to the army of flood pumps coastal cities deploy to keep streets dry, the city of Miami is hoping that its residents will monitor the floods and...

Florida students with disabilities adapt to COVID-19 changes

Oct. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Luther Smith doesn’t say much, but his teachers know that COVID-19 is stressing him out. The 16-year-old student at Oak Park, Sarasota’s school for children with disabilities, has autism and is nonverbal, so he uses a touch-screen tablet to communicate. The device gives...

during the == inning in Game 4 of the baseball World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Rays defeated the Dodgers 8-7 to tie the series 2-2 games. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Stumbling stunner! Rays shock Dodgers in 9th, tie Series 2-2

Oct. 25, 2020 2:12 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Phillips squatted on the field crying, Randy Arozarena sprawled in the dirt pounding his hands on home plate. Tears of joy, smacks of celebration — and a crucial, crazy win for the scrappy Tampa Bay Rays. In one of the wildest World Series finishes ever, the...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Robeson County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Lumberton, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

Oct. 25, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at a trio of rallies Saturday that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country...

Miami wide receiver Mark Pope (6) catches a first-half pass as Virginia's Nick Grant (1) defends during an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. 
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No. 11 Miami holds off Virginia 19-14, moves to 5-1

Oct. 25, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami's coaching staff sent a clear message to its receivers this week by opening up what was a nine-player competition for three starting spots. Mike Harley heard them — and came up with the best game of his career. D’Eriq King threw for 322 yards and a touchdown,...

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss returns in pandemic: ‘This is normal’

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Watkins stepped into the small circle outlined on the Florida sand Saturday and launched a 1-pound dead fish into the air in hopes of breaking her past record. Thump! The fish landed following a toss of 89 feet, or 1-foot shy of a personal best of 90 feet. Watkins was in the...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Latest: Pence's top aide tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley...

Tropical depression forms south of Cuba, set to strengthen

Oct. 24, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression formed Saturday afternoon south of Cuba amid forecasts that the system would become a named tropical storm later this weekend and possibly a hurricane within days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Tropical Depression 28 was centered about 240 miles (380...