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A shopper walks to a retail store as information signs are displayed in Downers Grove, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Latest: New virus cases drop for 3rd day in Illinois

Nov. 30, 2020 5:54 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — New cases of coronavirus illness in Illinois dropped Monday for the third day in a row, but officials fear the fallout from Thanksgiving travel and family gatherings will push the numbers back up. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said there will be no change in current restrictions on...

Florida governor says closures don't work, schools stay open

Nov. 30, 2020 2:57 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that schools will be required to remain open despite the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, arguing lockdowns and closures have not worked. DeSantis also said the state was not considering any further restrictions on...

Indiana Landmarks helps preserve historic World’s Fair homes

Nov. 29, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Moving buildings from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to Beverly Shores was no small task. Restoring those homes hasn’t been easy, either. “Welcome to ‘This Old House’ on steroids,” Ross Gambril said during a recent Indiana Landmarks...

A health care employee works at a COVID-19 testing site at Crandon Park, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida quickly approaching 1 million COVID-19 cases

Nov. 28, 2020 4:10 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Health confirmed 6,277 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state’s known total of cases to 985,297. The state also confirmed 81 new deaths on Saturday, bring Florida's total during the pandemic to 18,442. Because of the...

A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 25 The Daytona Beach News-Journal on suicide awareness and prevention: It’s a strange place for an anti-suicide message, blazoned across the front of a sleek and speedy stock car. It must have been even stranger to see the words “Race to Stop...

Man sentenced for having Molotov cocktails at DCF office

Nov. 21, 2020 11:03 AM EST

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of trying to throw a Molotov cocktail at a child welfare office has been sentenced to four years and seven months in federal prison. Tommy Lee Holt, 27, was sentenced Friday in Ocala federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in June to possession...

Sen Scott tests positive; Florida has thousands of new cases

Nov. 20, 2020 4:56 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's U.S. senators announced Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, one of more than 9,000 people newly diagnosed in the state, while several hospitals said they would be among the first to obtain doses of a vaccine. It was the second straight day...

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Florida's Sen. Scott has coronavirus, 'very mild symptoms'

Nov. 20, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Friday he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was isolating at home with “very mild symptoms.” He's the second senator, along with Iowa's Chuck Grassley, and at least the eighth member of Congress to announce a positive test this week....

In this March 2, 2020, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. Cut off from the rest of the planet since February, four environmental field workers are back, re-emerging into a changed society by the coronavirus outbreak. (Naomi Worcester/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nov. 19, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing...