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AP Source: Broncos bringing in free agent QB Blake Bortles

Sep. 22, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as their backup quarterback, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Broncos haven’t announced...

Investigators looking for man who set pews on fire at church

Sep. 22, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Florida are looking for a man who was caught on security cameras breaking into a church and setting some pews on fire. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials said the man broke into Incarnation Catholic Church near Tampa in Friday night and poured flammable...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches his players warm up before an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Gainesville, Fla. Mullen is still wary about what lies ahead as Florida prepares to open the season at Ole Miss on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. “Obviously, all the COVID stuff makes you anxious,” Mullen said. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

No. 5 Florida settles into normal routine, braces for chaos

Sep. 22, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen is finally settling into a somewhat normal routine. He’s back to the game-week schedule he has used for more than a decade. Meetings, practice, treatment. Scouting, video study, game-planning. And now that the fifth-ranked Gators seem to have a grasp...

Deputies arrest teacher in death of boy left in hot car

Sep. 22, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Orlando elementary school teacher is accused of manslaughter in the death of a toddler she left in her car while she worked earlier this month, sheriff's officials said. Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested Dougkindra Wallace, 34, Monday in charges of aggravated manslaughter...

Vote expected on staggered reopening of Miami-Dade schools

Sep. 22, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's largest school district is proposing to have all willing students back in classrooms by Oct. 7, but a final vote was delayed by more than 18 hours of public comment. The Miami-Dade County School District proposed to have a staggered reopening of school buildings following the...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event in Providence, R.I. Bloomberg has come through on his vow to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump. The former presidential candidate has pledged to spend $100 million in Florida to boost Joe Biden there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

Sep. 22, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Just days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts. The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped...

Churchgoers participate in a procession at the Holy Apostles Church in Milwaukee, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote

Sep. 22, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. How they vote in the battleground states this year could well decide the outcome, and the rival campaigns are...

Churchgoers participate in a procession at the Holy Apostles Church in Milwaukee, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote

Sep. 22, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. How they vote in the battleground states this year could well decide the outcome, and the rival campaigns are...

Woman dies after snorkeling in Florida Keys

Sep. 22, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman died after snorkeling in the Keys over the weekend, officials said. Kim Ellen Schwinge, 63, of Port Orange, was on a snorkeling trip Sunday morning near Key West, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office news release. A family member noticed that Schwinge was...

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) and Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk, right, compete for control of a rebound during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Crowder, Olynyk see parallels between Spoelstra, Stevens

Sep. 22, 2020 2:24 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jae Crowder will tell anybody who asks that the Miami Heat are extremely well-prepared for whatever comes their way in the Eastern Conference finals. He can say the same about the Boston Celtics, too. Crowder and fellow Heat teammate Kelly Olynyk are both in the East title...