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A juvenile black bear roams through Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020. The bear was eventually trapped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and will be relocated. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)

Glazed or jelly? Doughnuts lure city-roaming bear into trap

May. 27, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a Florida city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the juvenile 250-pound (113- kilogram) bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the...

Florida county creates animal cruelty task force

May. 17, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — One Florida county has created a new animal cruelty task force that will educate residents on animal abuse and neglect, as well as enforce all laws involving the mistreatment of animals. The News-Press reported that Lee County in Southwest Florida will work with the county's...

Amid uncertainty, families thankful for time together

May. 16, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida has been asked to stay at home for close to a month now to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. For some Southwest Florida families, their vigils at home have been even longer. Photographers from the Naples Daily News and The News-Press set out to document how...

Wildlife officials investigate alligator shot with arrows

May. 6, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials want to know who shot an alligator with arrows in an apparent attempt to harvest the reptile. Lee County deputies responded to the injured 11-foot alligator on April 28 at a Fort Myers pond, the News-Press reported. The animal had two arrows in its head...

Report: Health, medication issues contributed to crash

Apr. 14, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say health, mental, medication and flight issues likely contributed to a Jan. 22, 2018, plane crash in Florida that killed a pilot who had previously crashed a plane in Oregon. The News Press reports the crash in Bonita Springs, Florida, killed 68-year-old Daniel...

#Pandemicbaby. What it's like to be pregnant amid pandemic

Apr. 11, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tonia Doffing, at 30 weeks pregnant, joked to her husband, “If it gets bad enough, we’re just going to pull up a YouTube tutorial and get this baby out ourselves.” She had read that some hospitals might bar support people during delivery — most hospitals...

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws during spring training baseball camp Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Red Sox ace Sale confident he'll be strong after Tommy John

Apr. 7, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his yearlong rehab. Sale had the procedure on his left elbow on March 30, getting his ulnar collateral ligament replaced by...

Fire near Florida airport burns 3,500 rental cars

Apr. 5, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — More than 3,500 rental cars were damaged or destroyed in a fire that burned near a Florida airport before being contained late Friday night. The Fort Myers News-Press reports the cars were in a grassy area used as an overflow lot by car rental companies that service Southwest...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...