Latest St. Petersburg News

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Police: Florida jogger discovers human head alongside road

Jul. 7, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman discovered a human head on the side of the road while out jogging Tuesday morning, according to authorities. St. Petersburg police were called to the scene after 7 a.m., the department said. The remains were in a grassy area between the sidewalk and the edge of...

Archaeologists mull whether graves lie near Tropicana Field

Jul. 6, 2020 4:05 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The city of St. Petersburg plans to eventually redevelop an 86-acre parcel of land where the Tropicana Field baseball stadium currently sits, and before it does, hopes to answer the question: are there graves under the parking lots? The Tampa Bay Times reports the University of...

Florida reaches grim coronavirus milestone

Jul. 5, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials say the state has reached a grim milestone: more than 200,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. State statistics released Sunday show an additional 10,000 confirmed cases. The highest number of...

Racial injustice protests in Florida on Independence Day

Jul. 5, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Protests over racial injustice continued in several Florida cities over the weekend. In Miami, a group of about 100 people gathered downtown Saturday night for a “Say Their Names” tribute. Protesters displayed dozens of photos of victims who have died in violent...

Florida man trapped alone with hundreds of parrots

Jul. 5, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — People have been seeing more of their animals since the coronavirus tethered them to their homes. Dogs bark through Zoom meetings. Cats are our “coworkers.” Majid “Magic” Esmaeili has a few hundred squawking parrots for company. His only company. His email to...

A tour group riding Segways rides down Miami Beach, Florida's famed Ocean Drive on South Beach, July 4, 2020. The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida sees record number of coronavirus cases in one day

Jul. 4, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. State health officials reported 11,445 new cases, a single-day record. The latest count brings the...

People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools

Jun. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida and other states across the Sunbelt are thinning out the deck chairs, turning over the barstools and rushing to line up more hospital beds as they head into the height of the summer season amid a startling surge in confirmed cases of the coronavirus. With newly reported...

Hundreds line up for tests as Florida cities close beaches

Jun. 29, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of people lined up at coronavirus testing sites around Florida on Monday, as the state remained in the virus's grip. St. Petersburg Police said on Twitter that a testing site located at Tropicana Field — where the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team normally plays...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a face mask in his hands during a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, June 26, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans should look to their state and local leadership for modeling their behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. The comments only days after President Donald Trump held two campaign events that drew hundreds of participants but few wearing masks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

What to wear: Feds' mixed messages on masks sow confusion

Jun. 27, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

Forgive the American people if they're in a fog about face masks. President Donald Trump and the federal government have done a number on them. First there was the don't-do-it phase. Then the nice-but-not-for-me dissonance. Followed by the local-rules-don't-apply exceptions. Topped off by Trump's stated...