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Florida manatees dying in record numbers amid food scarcity

Oct. 26, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

Police shoot, injure man suspected in Miami home invasion

Oct. 26, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A police officer shot and critically wounded a man suspected of invading a home and beating a couple with a rock after he tried to ram them with his car in a Burger King parking lot, officials said. Officers had been searching for a white four-door sedan...

Dashcam video shows Florida trooper saving choking child

Oct. 25, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A dashcam video captured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saving a toddler from choking on the side of Interstate 95 entrance ramp near Miami. The agency released the dashcam footage from the Oct. 16 incident in a Twitter post that called the trooper a...

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

Oct. 24, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a...

Officers involved in fatal shooting shielded by Marsy's Law

Oct. 22, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The names of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man won't be released because they've invoked their right to remain anonymous under a 2018 amendment to Florida's constitiution. The West Palm Beach...

DeSantis to convene legislature to fight vaccine mandates

Oct. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses. The Republican governor said he will convene a special session of the...

Mask mandate may relax in some South Florida schools

Oct. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The mask mandate for students in some South Florida schools could be eased by the end of October as local rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to fall, officials said. The number of students needing to quarantine in Miami-Dade County...

Victims of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, high school massacre

Oct. 20, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 shooting massacre that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Here are the victims: ALYSSA ALHADEFF, 14 Alyssa excelled in math and Spanish, was...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...

Sheriff: Man killed in shootout with Florida deputies

Oct. 20, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man who pulled a gun from his waistband and shot at a deputy as he was being questioned near Pensacola, officials said. The deputy was struck in the leg and taken to a hospital for treatment on Tuesday night,...