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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels addresses the audience from the stage as the MC at a rally for Ron DeSantis in Jacksonville, Fla. Officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that Daniels, who is facing a primary contest within days, has been arrested following a sex scandal investigation at his previous job. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

Florida sheriff removed following sex scandal investigation

Aug. 14, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff facing a primary contest next week was suspended from office Friday, a day after his arrest in connection to a sex scandal investigation at his previous job, officials said. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order removing Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels...

Florida to resume high school football over doctors' advice

Aug. 14, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's high school athletic board voted Friday to begin practices for football and other fall sports Aug. 24 and games less than two weeks later, pushing aside the advice of its medical experts who said competition should not resume for at least six weeks because of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels addresses the audience from the stage as the MC at a rally for Ron DeSantis in Jacksonville, Fla. Officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that Daniels, who is facing a primary contest within days, has been arrested following a sex scandal investigation at his previous job. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

Florida sheriff arrested following sex scandal investigation

Aug. 13, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff facing a primary contest within days was arrested Thursday following a sex scandal investigation at his previous job, authorities said. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels turned himself in to the jail in nearby Jacksonville on a felony charge of tampering with...

Associated Press editor Michael Warren's car sits next to a fold-out toilet seat and a pop-up changing tent at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Florida on July 25, 2020. Warren considers these two items essential to long-distance road trips in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Warren)

VIRUS DIARY: Have toilet seat, will travel

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People said we were crazy. We said we’d be careful. Maybe so, my doctor-uncle warned, but it would only take one moment of carelessness to get infected — one time finding ourselves too close to unmasked people. Others raised eyebrows in Zoom calls, silently judging...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 12, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 12 The Palm Beach Post on reopening schools: “Trust the science.” “Trust the data.” “Trust the health experts.” It’s excellent advice. And yet, how often have our political leaders ignored it as they have balked...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

Polling workers help citizens to check in during early voting for primary election at the Miami Dade College North Campus located at 11380 NW 27th Avenue in Miami on Sunday, August 9, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

DeSantis pushes football; Florida breaks virus death record

Aug. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for college football to be played as scheduled this fall, saying Tuesday that canceling the season as some conferences are doing because of the coronavirus will put the players at more risk outside the protective bubble provided by their teams....

DeSantis unhappy with vendor pick, but says hands are tied

Aug. 11, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis isn't happy that a state agency awarded a huge contract to a company that he says bungled the state's unemployment filing system, but he said Tuesday that the situation is out of his hands. DeSantis has asked the state inspector general to investigate the...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Some Florida schools start as new coronavirus cases drop

Aug. 10, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Students began returning to some Florida college campuses on Monday and some public school classrooms in rural districts opened with new safety precautions in place as the state reported the fewest new daily cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. Classes for new students started...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida's coronvirus stats dip: 77 deaths, 6,229 new cases

Aug. 9, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida saw a decline in coronavirus deaths and new cases on Sunday, with 77 reported fatalities and 6,229 reported new cases. That compares to 187 new deaths and 8,502 confirmed cases reported Saturday. Still, the average number of deaths reported over the last seven days is 158. ...