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Florida’s coronvirus stats dip: 77 deaths, 6,229 new cases

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida saw a decline in coronavirus deaths and new cases on Sunday, with 77 reported fatalities and 6,229 reported new cases. That compares to 187 new deaths and 8,502 confirmed cases reported Saturday. Still, the average number of deaths reported over the last seven days ...

Woman struck, killed bicyclist; is charged with DUI manslaughter

JUPITER (AP) — A Florida women was charged with DUI manslaughter after striking a man on a bicycle Saturday. Jupiter Police report that Janelle Nutting, 32, struck an adult male late Saturday night. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Nutting was being held without bail in the Palm ...

Florida couple: Hospital lost body of infant who died

TAMPA (AP) — A Florida couple is suing a hospital after their infant son died and his body was lost. The Tampa Bay Times reports Kathryn and Travis Wilson claim in the lawsuit that St. Joseph's Hospital lost the body of their son Jacob, who died only three days after he was born in ...

Florida surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths, patients decline

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 180 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the number of people who have died of the virus to more than 8,000. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a Friday news conference that hospitalizations, positivity rates and other indicators were ...

Two rescued sea turtles released in Florida after recovery

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Two rehabilitated sea turtles, rescued at different times and locations by the U.S. Coast Guard, have been released off the Florida Keys. "Emma," a 150-pound (68-kilogram) female loggerhead sea turtle, was recovered in June after she was found floating in the Atlantic ...

Sheriff: Kidnapping suspect killed in shootout with deputies

  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suspected in kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint was killed in a Thursday night shootout with sheriff's deputies, officials said. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told reporters at the scene that deputies were searching for Nicholas ...

Construction halted in Miami after six employees were hurt

  By Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Construction was halted Thursday at a Miami construction site where six workers were injured when a load of rebar fell from a crane, officials said. A stop-work order was issued for the Brickell 57-floor property, which is a joint venture between the ...

Florida tops 500K virus cases as testing resumes after storm

By FREIDA FRISARO and CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars waited ...

Pence tours pregnancy center, fires up GOP base in Florida

By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press CLEARWATER. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida's Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, firing up the Republican party's conservative base while touring a pregnancy center, speaking at a church and making an appearance before a packed ballroom. Pence's ...

Cops: Man spit in boy’s face after he refused to remove mask

TREASURE ISLAND (AP) — A Florida man was arrested after confronting a child wearing a mask at a restaurant and spitting in his face when the boy refused to take it off, police said. Jason Copenhaver approached the child's table Sunday and asked the boy if he was wearing a mask, according to ...