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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...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 28, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 25 The Sun Sentinel on COVID-19 deaths in Florida prisons: Florida used to confine its road-gang prisoners in old wooden barracks that it intended to replace sooner or later. On July 16, 1967, that became too late for 38 men who died when flames swiftly devoured...

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...

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss returns in pandemic: ‘This is normal’

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Watkins stepped into the small circle outlined on the Florida sand Saturday and launched a 1-pound dead fish into the air in hopes of breaking her past record. Thump! The fish landed following a toss of 89 feet, or 1-foot shy of a personal best of 90 feet. Watkins was in the...

Former President Barack Obama walks on stage as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Florida International University, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in North Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Trump, Pence, Obama all in Florida as campaign heats up

Oct. 24, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Battleground Florida was again a central focus of the presidential campaign Saturday as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama all had high-profile events in the state. Trump kicked things off in the morning by voting early at a...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

Oct. 22, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every...

Health care workers offer free COVID-19 testing from a Miami-Dade County mobile van outside of an early voting site, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Miami. Florida begins in-person early voting for the general election in much of the state Monday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida says it will give more scrutiny to COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 22, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida plans to more closely scrutinize deaths attributed to the coronavirus, as the Department of Health notes that some people listed as COVID-19 fatalities died months after testing positive for the disease. “Fatality data reported to the state consistently presents...

Pandemic partying: Some students party, others turn them in

Oct. 22, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — College students across Florida are packing bars off campus and private parties while breaking rules about wearing masks and maintaining social distance during the fall semester – and other students themselves are often reporting violations to authorities. At Florida State...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 21, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 20 The Orlando Sentinel on Gov. Ron DeSantis' actions at a recent Trump rally: Mark down Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, as the date when Ron DeSantis officially stopped pretending that public health was more important than politics. That’s when Florida’s...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, file photo, voters Jenny Hart, center, and James Hart, of Clearwater, wait in line to enter the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Pinellas County Courthouse during early voting in Clearwater, Fla. Florida's Pinellas County is one to watch on election night. It was one of only four counties in Florida to switch from Obama to Trump. One thing everyone can agree on: Keep an eye on Pinellas on election night because it's a barometer for broader trends in the state and possibly the nation. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Florida's Pinellas County is one to watch on election night

Oct. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Latricia Robinson donned a surgical mask and marched into the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office on a recent day to drop off her ballot, one of more than 135,000 people in the Florida county to vote early so far this election season. The 48-year-old St. Petersburg...