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Walt Disney’s ties to Florida reach back to Paisley settlers

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Unless you’ve been under a rock, you have heard that as of Oct. 1, Walt Disney World has officially been a part of Central Florida’s history for a half-century. For many folks who were around then, Walt Disney was not a corporate name but a real...

Friday's Scores

Oct. 16, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Alonso 46, Palm Harbor University 39 Apopka 44, West Port 0 Archbishop Carroll 45, Berean Christian 6 Armwood 19, Bloomingdale 8 Atlantic Coast 34, Ponte Vedra 13 ...

Murdaugh charged with taking insurance money in maid's death

Oct. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper that a lawsuit said total more than $4 million, state police said Thursday. Alex Murdaugh was arrested at a drug rehab...

East preview: Bucks have the title, 76ers, Nets have drama

Oct. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets look like such a title favorite that James Harden felt the need for a reminder they aren't a title team. “We’re not the target. The defending champions are the targets,” Harden said. “They won last year. We’re trying to catch them.” ...

With virus cases down, Florida cities resume usual water use

Oct. 13, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two of Florida's largest cities have ended water emergencies now that COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined drastically in the state. Back in August, the city-owned Orlando Utilities Commission asked residents to stop...

Florida fines key county $3.5 million for mandating vaccines

Oct. 12, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it says violated a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday issued the $3.5 million fine...

Coach Mosley's plan for Magic: Ring the bell, then win games

Oct. 12, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jamahl Mosley waited a long time for this chance. He’s not about to let very low expectations douse his enthusiasm. The new coach of the Orlando Magic understands that this season, his first as an NBA head coach, is part of a massive rebuild that...

NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson criticized over anti-LGBT views

Oct. 11, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is facing calls to resign from elected officials and LGBTQ advocacy groups over comments he made criticizing sexual education and likening gay and transgender people to “filth.” “There’s no reason...

Trial starts for Florida man in police officer slaying

Oct. 10, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection has begun for the trial of a Florida man accused of killing a police officer after he fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Markeith Loyd, 46, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of Orlando police Lt....

Florida is the original home of national restaurant chains

Oct. 09, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

Hooters to Home of the Whopper: A look at popular restaurant chains that began in Florida The Whopper was born here. So was the Bloomin’ Onion. A state known for its famous cartoon mouse, pristine beaches and wild animal stories also served as the...