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Sheriff: 2 killed, 1 wounded while breaking into home

Jul. 11, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — Two men were killed and another was wounded while breaking into a Florida home early Friday morning, authorities said. The break-in occurred shortly after midnight in Wesley Chapel, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office identified the dead men as Luis...

An entrance at Jackson Memorial Hospital is shown, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Miami. Florida reported on Thursday the biggest 24-hour jump in hospitalizations, with more than 400 patients being admitted. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida's curve no longer flat amid new surge of virus cases

Jul. 10, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Fighting a surge in coronavirus cases in the spring, Florida appeared to be “flattening the curve” as theme parks shuttered, sugar sand beaches closed and residents heeded orders to stay home. Now, it's almost as if that never happened. Bars, restaurants and gyms began reopening...

Police investigate altercation between diner and protester

Jul. 10, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A physical confrontation between racial injustice protesters and diners in the rooftop bar of the recently reopened St. Pete Pier has prompted a police investigation. A diner told St. Petersburg police Thursday night that a protester's bicycle hit his wife, and that when he...


Florida reports highest single-day jump in COVID-19 deaths

Jul. 9, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Health authorities in Florida reported 120 new deaths from the new coronavirus on Thursday, grimly marking the highest one-day jump yet amid a surge in new infections that continues to befuddle the state's attempts to contain the outbreak. The number of deaths was the highest since...

Archaeologists mull whether graves lie near Tropicana Field

Jul. 6, 2020 4:05 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The city of St. Petersburg plans to eventually redevelop an 86-acre parcel of land where the Tropicana Field baseball stadium currently sits, and before it does, hopes to answer the question: are there graves under the parking lots? The Tampa Bay Times reports the University of...

7-year-old boy dies in Florida ATV accident near Tampa

Jul. 5, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol said that a 7-year-old boy died and five others were injured, including two other children, when an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a grass field. Officials said there were six aboard the ATV, which looks a little like a golf cart, but with all-terrain...

Racial injustice protests in Florida on Independence Day

Jul. 5, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Protests over racial injustice continued in several Florida cities over the weekend. In Miami, a group of about 100 people gathered downtown Saturday night for a “Say Their Names” tribute. Protesters displayed dozens of photos of victims who have died in violent...

Florida man trapped alone with hundreds of parrots

Jul. 5, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — People have been seeing more of their animals since the coronavirus tethered them to their homes. Dogs bark through Zoom meetings. Cats are our “coworkers.” Majid “Magic” Esmaeili has a few hundred squawking parrots for company. His only company. His email to...

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone during a baseball workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Latest: Yankees' LeMahieu, Cessa test positive for virus

Jul. 4, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world: ___ Yankees All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa tested positive for the coronavirus before traveling to New York for preseason camp and are self-isolating at home. Manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu was...

Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell, left, talks with bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez during baseball practice Friday July 3, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic — that it was not worth the health risk. But he said Friday it wasn't difficult to start playing again after the players' agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Rays lefty Snell puts comments behind, gets back to work

Jul. 3, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work, after all. The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic — that it was not worth the health risk. But he said...