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Troopers: Florida motorcycle deputy injured in crash

Oct. 27, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida motorcycle deputy was injured early Wednesday in a crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, officials said. The Volusia County Sheriff's deputy was taken by ambulance to a hospital, the Florida Highway Patrol said in...

Fla surgeon general offered outdoor meet as mask alternative

Oct. 27, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s surgeon general said that conversations while wearing masks aren't productive and that he offered to meet elsewhere when a state senator didn't let him in her office without a mask, citing a serious health condition. Dr. Joseph Ladapo said in a...

Florida county relaxes mask mandate for high school students

Oct. 26, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district that had required masks for all students to slow the spread of COVID-19 decided Tuesday to relax its mandate for high school students. The Broward County school board voted 5-3 to keep the district's mask mandate...

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

'Groveland Four' charges could be dropped 70 years later

Oct. 26, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A local prosecutor has filed a motion to clear the names of four young African American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman more than seven decades ago in what is considered one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Jim Crow-era Florida. ...

Police shoot, injure man suspected in Miami home invasion

Oct. 26, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A police officer shot and critically wounded a man suspected of invading a home and beating a couple with a rock after he tried to ram them with his car in a Burger King parking lot, officials said. Officers had been searching for a white four-door sedan...

Dashcam video shows Florida trooper saving choking child

Oct. 25, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A dashcam video captured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saving a toddler from choking on the side of Interstate 95 entrance ramp near Miami. The agency released the dashcam footage from the Oct. 16 incident in a Twitter post that called the trooper a...

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

Oct. 24, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a...

Officers involved in fatal shooting shielded by Marsy's Law

Oct. 22, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The names of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man won't be released because they've invoked their right to remain anonymous under a 2018 amendment to Florida's constitiution. The West Palm Beach...

DeSantis to convene legislature to fight vaccine mandates

Oct. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses. The Republican governor said he will convene a special session of the...