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A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

Bill Hasselback, the owner of The Leon Pub in Tallahassee, Fla., says bars have been treated unfairly during the coronavirus outbreak. He spent Monday night, Sept. 14, 2020, at his bar hoping more of his regular patrons will begin returning, now that Florida has eased more restrictions to reopen the state's economy. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

Sep. 15, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding crowded indoor rallies....

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, Andrew Gillum, then-Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Guillum told a television interviewer, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that he is bisexual. Gillum was responding to rumors swirling since March when he was found intoxicated in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

2018 Florida gubernatorial nominee says he is bisexual

Sep. 14, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, told a television interviewer he is bisexual, responding to rumors swirling since March after he was found intoxicated and unconscious in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. ...

Florida State women's coach taking leave to be with ill mom

Sep. 10, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Florida State women's basketball coach Sue Semrau has always preached to her team that family comes first. After trying to go back and forth between Seattle and Tallahassee, Florida, during the last couple of months to be with her 81-year-old mom, who has ovarian cancer, Semrau decided to...

In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state's tourism industry. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Illinois university quarantines all student body

Sep. 8, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. — Bradley University in central Illinois is requiring its entire student body to quarantine for two weeks because of clusters of COVID-19 on campus and is reverting to remote learning, officials announced Tuesday. Officials of the private university said they have linked a spike of the...

Hundreds of law enforcement officers gather Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. , at the intersection of Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway where Black Lives Matter protesters marched during a protest over the exoneration of police by a grand jury in the deaths of three Black suspects in separate incidents earlier this year.  Several protesters were taken into custody.  (Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Florida activists released after rally over police shootings

Sep. 6, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than a dozen demonstrators were released from jail in Florida's capital city, hours after being arrested during a protest over the exoneration of police by a grand jury in the deaths of three Black suspects in separate incidents earlier this year. Saturday's protest drew an...

3 fatal shootings yield no indictments for Florida officers

Sep. 5, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A grand jury in Florida declined to issue indictments against Tallahassee police officers involved in the shooting deaths of three people in separate incidents that helped ignite Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the state's capital city. Jurors in Leon County concluded that the...

Kendrik Clemons, left, and Charles McMillon pose for a photo, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Tallahassee, Florida. The two are raising concerns about an incident a week earlier in which a white couple in Tallahassee fired shots in what the men call a case of racial profiling by would-be vigilantes seeking street justice over something as petty as siphoned gasoline. They weren't injured but they worry whether the legal system is taking the case seriously enough. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Shots fired, and 2 Black Florida men worry about justice

Sep. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Minutes after pulling into a Florida strip mall parking lot, gunshots rang out in the darkness. Charles McMillon told his 10-year-old son and another passenger to take cover. McMillon, who is Black, said a white couple approached with guns in their hands. That’s when he put...

Gun pulled at protest prompts county to institute curfew

Sep. 1, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county instituted a curfew Tuesday, several days after a man pulled a gun at a protest against police violence, officials said. Leon County Commission Chairman Bryan Desloge signed an order declaring a local state of emergency that includes a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m....

FILE - Florida State's new head football coach Mike Norvell smiles after being introduced during half-time of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Norvell’s first season at Florida State should be an upgrade from the Willie Taggart era. Taggart's tenure was one of college football’s biggest coaching debacles in recent years. He posted four winning seasons at Memphis before taking over in Florida’s capital. He's now tasked with getting the Seminoles back to national prominence. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)

Norvell should have easy act to follow at Florida State

Sep. 1, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

Mike Norvell has a relatively easy act to follow. Norvell’s first season at Florida State should be an upgrade from the Willie Taggart era, which was one of college football’s biggest coaching debacles in recent years. Taggart went 9-12 in 21 games in Tallahassee — he lost eight of those by...