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Customers wait in line to enter the Home Depot store at Midtown Place while the store limits the number of occupants to maintain six feet of space between shoppers and help prevent the spread of coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton//Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Virus cases, deaths continue upward climb in Georgia

Mar. 30, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Confirmed infections and deaths from the coronavirus in Georgia continued to increase Monday as traveling to Savannah on the coast and into neighboring Florida became more cumbersome and one expert predicted Georgia's daily toll will keep escalating until late April. The Georgia Department...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Zac Giparas, 28, takes a picture of the Covid-19 update beach closure sign along the sand at North Shore Park on Friday, March 20, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Giparas is a USF grad student currently on spring break. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida orders Louisiana arrivals into quarantine

Mar. 27, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered anyone arriving from Louisiana to self-quarantine like those from New York in a bid to blunt the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis said he is expanding his quarantine order to include Louisiana after officials in the lightly hit...

Tow truck driver tossed from truck, killed after hitting car

Mar. 23, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A tow truck driver was thrown from his vehicle and killed after crashing into a disabled car Sunday night on Interstate 75 near Tampa, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Jason Lee Everitt was driving near the U.S. 301 overpass when he he hit a car on the highway's outside shoulder and...

Motorcycle rider dies after falling from expressway ramp

Mar. 17, 2020 4:08 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A North Carolina man died in South Florida over the weekend after crashing his motorcycle on an expressway ramp and being thrown over a barrier wall, authorities said. The 55-year-old man, whose name wasn't immediately released, died at the scene of Sunday night's crash, which occurred...

Man gets 15 years for fatal DUI crash

Mar. 12, 2020 4:35 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that left a woman dead in Florida. Kenneth Lee Archer, 40, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter in Lee County court, according to court records. It was an open plea, meaning he...

Troopers: Teenage bicyclist struck and killed in Florida

Mar. 10, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A teenager was struck and killed by a vehicle when he rode his bicycle through an intersection on Tuesday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Jayden Relyea, 14, of New Port Richey, was taken to a hospital where he died, troopers said in a news release. A Jeep Wrangler...

Man cited for careless driving in crash that killed 4

Mar. 9, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man has been cited for careless driving in a central Florida crash that killed two adults and two children visiting from Massachusetts, authorities said Monday. Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo, 26, was issued a ticket last week, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. Federal...

Parents sue after daughters' bodies switched after car crash

Mar. 6, 2020 2:51 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The parents of two teenagers killed in a car crash are suing the Florida Highway Patrol and others, claiming the bodies of their daughters were misidentified and switched. The lawsuits follow a July 29 crash in the Pensacola area involving four friends. Two of them were killed:...

Troopers: Woman, 2 horses killed in north Florida crash

Feb. 28, 2020 10:58 AM EST

One woman and two horses were killed in a series of crashes on Thursday night in north Florida, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The woman stopped to help a driver who had just struck and killed a horse on U.S. 301 in Nassau County, which is north of Jacksonville on Florida's Atlantic Coast, a highway...