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Heeding warnings, Gulf Coast residents flee coming hurricane

By JAKE BLEIBERG and STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press LaFITTE, Louisiana (AP) — Thousands of Gulf Coast residents fled inland from an approaching storm deemed "unsurvivable" by forecasters, heeding warnings from leaders in two states, but leaving some without help as available space in ...

Florida school shooting case remains in limbo

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG  (AP) — The death penalty case against Nikolas Cruz in the 2018 massacre at a Florida high school remains in limbo. At a brief hearing Tuesday, no decisions were made on a trial date amid continuing obstacles because of the ...

Beyond November: At GOP convention, there’s a 2024 subplot

By JILL COLVIN and AAMER MADHANI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans this week are focused squarely on their convention's star, President Donald Trump, and securing his reelection in November. But there's also plenty of angling for what — or who — comes next. Beyond the ...

Police: Man punched in the chest over social distancing

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES (AP) — A 75-year-old man who recently had heart surgery was punched in the chest and knocked to the ground after asking a woman to maintain social distancing in a Florida grocery store, police said. The incident began Sunday evening as the man was checking out at a ...

‘In the bullseye:’ Gulf preps for Laura to slam as hurricane

By KEVIN McGILL and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Tropical Storm Marco made landfall, the Gulf Coast turned its attention Monday to Laura, another system following just behind that could grow into a supercharged Category 3 hurricane with winds topping 110 mph (177 ...

Inmate killed in attack at Florida prison

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A 79-year-old man was killed by another inmate last week at a Florida prison, officials said. Nelson Sanderson was pronounced dead Aug. 17 following an attack at the Century Correctional Institute in Escambia County, the Pensacola News Journal reported. He was serving ...

Fraud suspect wanted in 3 states arrested outside Phoenix

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A man wanted in Minnesota and Florida on fraud charges has been arrested in Arizona. Yavapai County Sheriffís officials said 71-year-old Benito Yanez of Phoenix also had a warrant out of Mohave County in a probation violation on charges of fraud schemes and ...

Miami police officer’s wife dies after getting locked in SUV

MIAMI SHORES  (AP) — A Florida police officer's wife died after becoming trapped in the back of his patrol vehicle for several hours during a hot afternoon, police said Monday. Investigators are treating the death of Clara Paulino, 56, as an accident, the Miami Herald reported. Aristides ...

Virtual learning sites sprout up to help working parents

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and FREIDA FRISARO Associated Press MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A dance studio in Florida. A martial arts center in Missouri. Libraries in San Francisco. These and other places are taking on a somewhat unlikely new role this fall — welcoming children for supervised ...

Marco collapses, sets stage for Laura to hit US as hurricane

By REBECCA SANTANA and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Marco began falling apart Monday, easing one threat to the Gulf Coast but setting the stage for the arrival of Laura as a potentially supercharged Category 3 hurricane with winds topping 110 mph (177 ...