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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Florida man charged with changing governor's voting address

Oct. 28, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't initially cast his ballot this week because someone illegally changed his address online, a complication that resulted in a suspect's arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration...

A view of Cinderella Castle from Seven Seas Lagoon in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning...

Former President Barack Obama waves during a stop at a Biden Victory Center to thank volunteers in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Earlier in the day, Obama rallied Biden supporters at a drive-in rally at Tinker Field in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Obama, Ivanka Trump campaign in Florida as key race tightens

Oct. 27, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Trump and Biden campaigns brought heavyweight surrogates to Florida on Tuesday as both sides push their supporters to vote in a tightening race that suggests the nation's largest swing state likely will again be decided by a percentage point or two. With a week left before...

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scores in 89th, Miami beats OC 2-1

Oct. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scored on a header in the 89th minute to lift Inter Miami past Orlando City 2-1 on Saturday. Inter Miami CF (6-11-3) rebounded from a 2-1 loss against Montreal last Saturday that broke a three-match unbeaten streak. Orlando City (8-3-8) lost a 12-match...

People wait in line to vote outside of an early voting site, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida began in-person early voting in much of the state Monday. With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates in order to win the White House. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida early vote shows even split between Democrats, GOP

Oct. 20, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians cast a record number of ballots on the first day of early voting with a partisan split that emphasizes the razor-thin margin that has historically decided the state for U.S. presidents. State figures released Tuesday show that Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated...

A couple stands in line as rain falls on voters waiting for the precinct to open, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Miami. Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday. With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates in order to win the White House. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida begins early voting with no major problems reported

Oct. 19, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians began early voting in much of the state Monday with no serious problems reported as the Trump campaign tries to cut into an early advantage Democrats have posted in mail-in votes in the key swing state. The most populous counties reported wait times of 15 minutes or...

Florida jail officials fired after woman gives birth in cell

Oct. 17, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Broward County Sheriff’s office fired two top administrators earlier this week after a woman who went into labor in her jail cell was not given medical care despite screams of pain. The Miami Herald reported that the sheriff’s office fired Col. Gary Palmer...

Colette Murray takes a swim up order Jay's Sand Bar Floating BBQ, serving pork nachos and alligator bites to hungry boaters and bikini-wearing partiers on the sandbar in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Hungry boaters fed aboard Florida floating restaurant

Oct. 17, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It’s mid-afternoon when the delivery boy for Jay’s Sandbar Floating BBQ motors up to the charter boat filled with hungry 20-somethings on the Fort Lauderdale sandbar. Chip Keown leans over the charter’s stern in anticipation, his stomach grumbling from a...

Charge dropped against deputy who pepper-sprayed teen

Oct. 16, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A misdemeanor battery charge was dropped Friday against one of two Florida deputies who appear in a video that showed a black teen being pepper-sprayed and slammed to the ground during an arrest last year. A Broward County judge ruled that Sgt. Greg LaCerra, who pepper-prayed...

Florida felon purge would be too late for this election

Oct. 16, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The agency that oversees Florida elections said it will soon send a list of felons who remain ineligible to vote to the counties for a possible purge, but one that state law says will not be completed before the election. The Florida Secretary of State's memo drew sharp...