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Michael Sampson poses for photo at Friendship Fountain in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Sampson cofounded the Jacksonville Community Action Committee to help drive change in a city emerging from its Confederate past. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

In Florida's Old South, a new political battleground emerges

Oct. 29, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican...

A view of Cinderella Castle from Seven Seas Lagoon in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning...

Juliet Roa takes a selfie as supporters of President Donald Trump wave flags outside of an early voting location at the John F. Kennedy Library, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida man charged with changing governor's voting address

Oct. 28, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't initially cast his ballot this week because someone illegally changed his address online, a complication that resulted in a suspect's arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 28, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 25 The Sun Sentinel on COVID-19 deaths in Florida prisons: Florida used to confine its road-gang prisoners in old wooden barracks that it intended to replace sooner or later. On July 16, 1967, that became too late for 38 men who died when flames swiftly devoured...

Court won't nullify Florida ballot question on primaries

Oct. 28, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme court dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday that sought to nullify a proposed constitutional amendment that would open primaries to all voters regardless of party affiliation. While the Supreme Court approved Question 3 for the ballot in December, the lawsuit claimed...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

Mask-refusing moms removed from Florida school board meeting

Oct. 27, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Several mothers in Florida were removed by law enforcement from a school board meeting Tuesday after they ignored repeated requests to wear masks during a discussion on whether the school district should extend its mandatory mask policy amid the coronavirus pandemic. No one was...

Police: Virginia man found in car trunk after crash in Miami

Oct. 27, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities found the body of an aspiring hip-hop artist inside the trunk of a Virginia man's car after he crashed on a Miami highway, police said. Robert Deupree Avery Coltrain, 25, was arrested and charged with illegal transport of human remains and second-degree murder in the death of...

Seminole County deputy hits, kills woman standing in road

Oct. 26, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in a marked patrol car struck and killed a woman who was crossing a road in central Florida on Sunday night, officials said. The crash happened just before 8 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release. The victim was standing in the road talking to...

In this photo provided by Fresh Take Florida, people wait in line outside a restaurant, Saturday, Sept.16, 2020 in Gainesville, Fla. College students across Florida are packing bars off campus and private parties while breaking rules about wearing masks and maintaining social distance during the fall semester – and other students themselves are often reporting violations to authorities.  (Lauren Witte/Fresh Take Florida via AP)

Florida official: No birthday parties to keep virus away

Oct. 23, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The top health official in one of Florida's most populous counties is discouraging parents from hosting birthday parties for their children, no matter the size, in an effort to prevent outbreaks of the new coronavirus. Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for Florida Department of Health in...