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A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test last month. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, governor of the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua Cesar Duarte attends the 30th annual Border Governors' Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Mexican prosecutors said the government had sought  the former Gov. Duarte's extradition from the United States last year and was informed Wednesday, July 8, 2020, by the U.S. Justice Department that U.S. Marshals had detained Duarte in Miami. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Ex-Mexico governor arrested in Miami on extradition request

Jul. 8, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. authorities in Florida on Wednesday arrested a former Mexican governor for extradition on corruption charges, according to Mexico's Attorney General's Office. In a statement, Mexican prosecutors said the government had sought ex-Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte's extradition from the...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony FauciĀ speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Fauci cautiously optimistic on COVID vaccine

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The leading U.S. infectious disease expert says he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine with some degree of effectiveness will be successfully developed by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci told a U.N. event Wednesday that Moderna’s...

A health care worker prepares to test a driver in line at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida legislator recovering from virus; cases rising

Jul. 8, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida legislator said Wednesday that he is recovering from the coronavirus but his parents are now infected, while a man and his three sons are facing federal charges that they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical mixture as a miracle cure for the coronavirus and other...

Charges dropped against woman struck by officer at airport

Jul. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Criminal charges have been dropped against a Black woman who was struck in the face after yelling at a police officer at Miami International Airport. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges of battery on a...

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) drives around Dallas Mavericks guard Delon Wright (55) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Spurs' Patty Mills donating $1 million to fight racism

Jul. 8, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

Patty Mills will play in the NBA restart, and the San Antonio guard said Wednesday that the reason why he's decided to participate is so he can give just over $1 million of his salary to causes in his native Australia devoted to fighting racism. The exact amount, Mills said, for the Spurs' eight remaining...

Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in cruise ship killing

Jul. 8, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for killing his girlfriend by strangling her and pushing her over a balcony on a cruise ship off the coast of Florida. Eric Newman, 55, of Topeka, also was sentenced to five years of supervised release during a hearing...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 8, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ July 6 The Florida Times-Union on the Affordable Care Act in Florida: There is no debate about this statistic: Florida is the most popular state for the Affordable Care Act. With 1.9 million Floridians signing up for Obamacare in 2019, Florida continues to lead the...

From the makers of Whac-a-Mole: hands-free sanitizers

Jul. 8, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — The maker of the popular Whac-a-Mole arcade game hopes its newest offering will help users smash a new target: the coronavirus pandemic. Holly Hill-based Bob’s Space Racers recently rolled out its new line of “Hands-Free Sanitizer Stations” in response to the...

Police: Georgia man kills self as officers try to arrest him

Jul. 8, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Police in coastal Georgia say a man wanted in a shooting killed himself before police could arrest him. Acting Glynn County Police Chief Jay Wiggins told The Brunswick News that Rashard Alford, 18, shot and killed himself Tuesday in a vehicle outside a motel. Georgia Bureau of...