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DeSantis defends the right to choose whether to vaccinate

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) —  Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that people who decide not to get a COVID-19 vaccine might be making the wrong choice, but defended their right to make that choice. Speaking a day after holding a news conference to condemn vaccine ...

Equipment explodes in South Florida casino; 26 injured

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Fire suppression equipment exploded in a South Florida casino Monday morning as crews performed maintenance work, causing six people to be hospitalized and 20 others to be treated at the scene, officials said. None of the injuries at Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood ...

DeSantis threatens cities with fines for vaccine mandates

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday threatened local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has overrun hospitals and killed tens of thousands across the ...

Giuliani associate pleads guilty in campaign donation case

By JIM MUSTIAN, LARRY NEUMEISTER and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who gained notoriety for helping Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information on Joe Biden in Ukraine pleaded guilty Friday to a charge alleging he facilitated illegal foreign campaign ...

4th person accused of stealing IDs from Surfside victims

MIAMI (AP) — A fourth person has been accused of stealing the identities of victims in the South Florida condominium collapse that killed 98 people, officials said. Nelson Ronaldo Garcia-Medina, 20, was arrested Wednesday, but his name was not included when Miami-Dade State Attorney ...

Court: DeSantis ban on school mask mandates back in force

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG  (AP) — The on-again, off-again ban imposed by  Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is back in force. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a ...

Key West’s Fantasy Fest is on but no parade or street fair

KEY WEST  (AP) — An annual celebration of debauchery and outrageous costumed parties in the Florida Keys is canceling its famous parade this year due to the state's surge in COVID-19 cases, but events connected to the 42-year-old festival are still being held, according to planners. The ...

Land swap proposed for Florida condominium collapse property

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer A proposed land swap to allow for an on-site memorial to the victims of the deadly Florida beachfront condominium collapse will be examined for financial viability, a judge ordered Wednesday. Many survivors and victim family members of the Champlain ...

Boy’s body found in Colorado mountains after suspected abuse

DENVER (AP) — The body of a 5-year-old boy was found in the Colorado mountains last week, about a month after authorities believe he was abused and died in Texas, according to an arrest warrant. The body of Domenic Patrick Aguilar-Acevedo was found Wednesday in a deep ravine near Fraser, ...

Astronaut gets special ice cream delivery for 50th birthday

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station astronaut is celebrating her 50th birthday with the coolest present ever — a supply ship bearing ice cream and other treats. SpaceX's latest cargo delivery showed up Monday at the International Space Station ...