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Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term

Oct. 17, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gone are the days when President Donald Trump held forth daily at the White House podium flanked by members of his coronavirus task force. And the days when Vice President Mike Pence and other task force officials would head to Trump’s office to brief him immediately after their...

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump leaves after speaking at a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

Oct. 16, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent's family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic on Friday as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation's Sun Belt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak to a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump tries to explain lower fundraising numbers

Oct. 16, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 7:55 p.m. President Donald Trump says he “could be the world’s greatest fundraiser,” but he doesn’t want to put in the work or have to “do things” in return for his donors. Trump claimed...

Man charged with setting fire to Planned Parenthood center

Oct. 15, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of setting fire to a Planned Parenthood center this past weekend was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. Everett Little, 20, of Fort Myers, was charged with arson, criminal mischief and using an incendiary device, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s...

Cape Coral canals are helping researchers find what works

Sep. 19, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists and officials are using Cape Coral’s cyanobacteria slicks as a living laboratory to test ways to fight freshwater algae blooms with potentially global impact. A team including city staff and nationally prominent researchers have deployed a variety of algae-fighting...

Florida pays citrus company $28.5M for conservation land

Sep. 16, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida citrus company has sold another piece of land to the state for preservation. Fort Myers-based Alico Inc. announced Friday that the state's Florida Forever land conservation program purchased 10,702 acres (4,331 hectares) of its land in Hendry County for $28.5 million. The...

Ex-Catholic school teacher charged in 1970's sex abuse cases

Sep. 14, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher in Michigan faces sex abuse allegations stretching back more than four decades. Charges against Joseph Comperchio are part of the state's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office announced Monday. Comperchio, 66,...

Manatee struck by boat is treated in Tampa

Sep. 14, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A female manatee is fighting to live ZooTampa at Lowry Park after being rescued near Fort Myers Beach. The sea cow was rescued Saturday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Denise Boyd told the News-Press that the manatee suffered blunt force injuries when...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

Sep. 11, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month if the city doesn’t issue protective equipment, conduct testing and clean schools properly. Union leader Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video...

Woman hospitalized following alligator attack in Florida

Sep. 11, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman was attacked by an alligator Thursday morning while trimming trees near a lake in Florida, officials said. The 27-year-old woman had been working near the water in North Fort Myers when the 10-foot (3-meter) reptile ambushed her, according to a Florida Fish and...