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Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The Latest: Iowa reports new cases in schools, nursing homes

Sep. 25, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa reported a jump of 1,086 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the second consecutive day of new cases exceeding 1,000. Four more people died, pushing the state’s death toll from the virus to 1,303. Data from state health and education departments indicate the virus is circulating...

FILE - In this July 14, 2020, file photo, a health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School in Waukee, Iowa. South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa are seeing sky-high rates of tests coming back positive. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

Sep. 25, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus outbreak is heating up fast in smaller cities in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high. Elsewhere around the...

President Donald Trump arrives for a Latinos for Trump event at Trump National Doral Miami resort, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump hits battleground states courting key voters

Sep. 25, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

DORAL, Florida (AP) — President Donald Trump tried on Friday to chip away at his Democratic rival's support among Hispanic voters in Florida, who could determine the election outcome in this crucial battleground state. “Joe Biden betrayed Hispanic Americans and I’m fighting for you,”...

Lawyer: Client in Giuliani case hasn't paid legal fees

Sep. 25, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer representing a man accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions has asked a judge to let him quit the case, in part because his client hasn't paid his legal bills. David Correia is among four men charged last year with using straw...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Florida reopens state's economy despite ongoing pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican governor's order...

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, right, fumbles the ball as he is hit by Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, left, and middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Reality check: Jags look like many expected in lopsided loss

Sep. 25, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — This is what the Jacksonville Jaguars were expected to look like in 2020. The Jaguars did little right in a 31-13 home loss to Miami on Thursday night. They dug themselves another early hole, were downright dysfunctional in all three phases — especially on defense —...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs with coaches as he comes off the field after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Fitzpatrick keeps his job as Dolphins QB for another week

Sep. 25, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick emerged early Friday from the Miami Dolphins’ first victorious locker room of the year wearing a tropical print shirt adorned with purple pineapples as a complement to his beachcomber beard. It was a Dad shirt, which is OK because the 37-year-old Fitzpatrick has seven...

In this Sept. 2019, photo provided by the White Oak Conservation, Asian elephants, Kelly Ann, born Jan. 1, 1996, and Mable, born April 6, 2006, are seen at the Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Fla.  A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, that it's expecting to welcome 30 Asian elephants starting next year. (Stephanie Rutan/White Oak Conservation via AP)

Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants

Sep. 25, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

YULEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new, spacious home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville is expected to welcome 30 Asian elephants to a 2,500-acre (1,010-hectare) refuge starting next year, the center announced Wednesday. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, the full moon shines surrounded by clouds in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany.  Future moon explorers will face ultrahazardous radiation levels. That's the conclusion of a new study published by Chinese and German scientists Friday, Sept. 25. The researchers say astronauts on the moon will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts currently circling Earth aboard the International Space Station.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels

Sep. 25, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Future moon explorers will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts aboard the International Space Station, a health hazard that will require thick-walled shelters for protection, scientists reported Friday. China’s lander on the far side of...

Eva Johnson, left, and Liz Cillo walk along the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Trump recently said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting “virtually nobody” under the age of 18 and sought to frame the pandemic as largely impacting older Americans, as he argued for school districts to resume in-person learning.  “We’re dispensable. We’re old. I feel as though he’s never showed any empathy or compassion toward us,” Cillo said. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

Trump's coronavirus remarks weigh on minds of senior voters

Sep. 25, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s remarks at a campaign event in Ohio this week reverberated all the way to a sparkling waterfront in Florida, where senior citizens parsed his assessment of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting...