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A damaged business is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Perdido Key, Fla. Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally's rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama on Thursday, as the storm's remnants continued to dump heavy rains inland that spread the threat of flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)

The Latest: Sally speeding up, still dumping heavy rain

Sep. 17, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally is moving a lot faster but it’s still dumping heavy rains in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina, where forecasters also said there was a chance of tornadoes. The National Hurricane Center said Sally was traveling at...

A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 16, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Sept. 16 The Sun Sentinel on allowing ex-felons to vote: The truism that elections have consequences has been proved yet again to dreadful effect in a federal appeals court decision denying the right to vote to some 775,000 Floridians who have paid all their debts...

Corbin Boyce holds an American flag on the beach near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, as strong winds and rough waves from Hurricane Sally scour the shoreline. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

The Latest: Sally's winds increase to 90 mph

Sep. 16, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally is strengthening as it creeps toward Florida and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm's winds have increased to 90 mph (150 kph). Sally was centered about 65 miles (105...

Waters from the Guld of Mexico poor onto a local road, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Waveland, Miss. Hurricane Sally, one of a record-tying five storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic, closed in on the Gulf Coast on Monday with rapidly strengthening winds of at least 100 mph (161 kph) and the potential for up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of rain that could bring severe flooding. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbrt)

The Latest: Trump declares emergency for Alabama

Sep. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): ___ WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has issued an emergency declaration for Alabama as Hurricane Sally approaches. Monday's action authorizes federal emergency officials to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide emergency...

Judge Jamie Grosshans nominated for Florida Supreme Court

Sep. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis nominated Judge Jamie Grosshans on Monday for the Florida Supreme Court after the high court sided with a Democratic lawmaker and nullified the governor's previous appointment. DeSantis announced the nomination Monday evening to comply with the Supreme...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, Andrew Gillum, then-Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Guillum told a television interviewer, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that he is bisexual. Gillum was responding to rumors swirling since March when he was found intoxicated in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

2018 Florida gubernatorial nominee says he is bisexual

Sep. 14, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, told a television interviewer he is bisexual, responding to rumors swirling since March after he was found intoxicated and unconscious in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. ...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo supporters watch the program outside the venue where Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden is speaking, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s strength with Latino voters may be slipping, but he’s betting he can overcome any weakness with this critical group of voters by assembling a broader coalition of seniors, suburbanites and African Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

Sep. 14, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris' motorcade raced past Colombian neighborhoods and made a quick stop for takeout in Doral — or “Doral-zuela” as it's known locally because of its large Venezuelan population — before speeding through the Cuban stronghold of Hialeah. But during her...

This Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 image provided by NOAA shows the formation of Tropical Storm Sally. Tropical Storm Sally has formed off south Florida, becoming the earliest 18th-named tropical storm on record in a busy Atlantic hurricane season. (NOAA via AP)

New Orleans under hurricane watch from Tropical Storm Sally

Sep. 12, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Sally formed Saturday off south Florida amid forecasts it would grow into a hurricane capable of striking the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming days with high winds and a life-threatening storm surge. The earliest 18th-named storm in an Atlantic tropical season, Sally...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

Sep. 11, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month if the city doesn’t issue protective equipment, conduct testing and clean schools properly. Union leader Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video...