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Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants

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 ...

Mom’s remains go missing after being mailed to wrong address

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Kentucky woman is sending out what she calls an "urgent plea" after a box containing her mother's cremated remains went missing after she mailed it to her sister in Florida. On Sept. 9., Amy Redford of La Grange, Kentucky, sent the box via the U.S. Postal Service ...

Teen relative charged in killing Miami High football coach

MIAMI (AP) — A 15-year-old relative of a high school football coach has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting him and stealing money from his home, Miami-Dade police said. The teen, who has a history of mental health issues, faces second-degree murder and armed grand theft charges, ...

Florida governor reopens state

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (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 ...

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in the scattered longleaf pine forests that remain in 11 U.S. states, has recovered enough to relax federal protections on the species, officials said Friday. But ...

Florida governor reopening state’s economy despite spread

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Gov. Ron 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. "We're not closing anything going forward," DeSantis ...

Woman dies after snorkeling in Florida Keys

KEY WEST (AP) — A Florida woman died after snorkeling in the Keys over the weekend, officials said. Kim Ellen Schwinge, 63, of Port Orange, was on a snorkeling trip Sunday morning near Key West, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office news release. A family member noticed that ...

Vote expected on staggered reopening of Miami-Dade schools

By Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Florida's largest school district is proposing to have all willing students back in classrooms by Oct. 7, but a final vote was delayed by more than 18 hours of public comment. The Miami-Dade County School District proposed to have a staggered reopening of ...

In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. How they vote in the battleground states this year could well ...

5M in drugs seized during Delaware’s largest fentanyl bust

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police and the FBI have confiscated more than $5 million worth of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in what investigators called the largest fentanyl seizure in the state's history. The two-year investigation led to the arrests of more than two dozen suspects, ...