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Panama exhumes body looking for victims of 1989 US invasion

Apr. 15, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Investigators exhumed another body from a Panama City cemetery Thursday in an attempt to identify the remains of some victims of the 1989 U.S. invasion that removed strongman Manuel Noriega from power. Over 30 sets of remains had previously been...

Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

Apr. 10, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A cluster of severe storms swept across the South early Saturday, leaving one person dead in Louisiana, toppling trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on an Alabama coastal city and leveling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. ...

Balloon release honors teen killed during family vacation

Apr. 04, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of shiny red and black balloons floated up from behind a funeral home on Preston Highway Saturday evening, a memorial to 14-year-old Lucas Dale Likes. With the sun shining from just above the horizon, friends and family members...

Florida woman's husband 'still saving lives' after drowning

Apr. 03, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Less than two years after her husband drowned while attempting to save a struggling swimmer during double-red flag conditions, Alisha Redmon said she was glad to see Beach officials finally take rip currents seriously. Stacey Redmon, 48,...

UN: Increase in child migrants through dangerous Darien Gap

Mar. 29, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The number of child migrants passing through the perilous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama has risen dramatically, the U.N. child welfare agency said Monday. While underage migrants made up only about 2% of those using the jungle corridor in...

Deadly spring break: 3 men charged in 2 deaths in Florida

Mar. 23, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two North Carolina men on spring break in Florida have been charged with drugging and raping a woman who later died, possibly of a drug overdose in Miami Beach, police said Tuesday. Meanwhile, in Panama City, a man has been charged with...

Officials: Man dies after parachute fails

Mar. 22, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man died when his parachute didn't open after he jumped from a hotel balcony in Florida's Panhandle, police said. The man who appeared to be in his 20s jumped from the 14th floor of the Sunrise Beach Resort in Panama City Beach on Sunday...

Air Force target drone washes up on Florida beach

Mar. 19, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) U.S. Air Force drone that had been shot down in target practice was found washed ashore Friday on a Florida beach, authorities said. Beachgoers at Ocean Hammock Park near Boynton Beach found the unmanned orange...

More charges in hurricane debris removal scheme

Mar. 18, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A developer and a former city commissioner of a Florida Panhandle city are the latest to be charged in the theft of millions of dollars in funds for Hurricane Michael debris removal, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Developer James Finch,...

Panama City infant baby Declan fights rare disease

Mar. 06, 2021 03:03 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The name “Declan” carries associations such as “man of prayer” or “full of goodness,” and for a baby of that name from the Panhandle, the prayers have been lofting to the heavens since shortly after he was born. Declan Carpenter was...