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The Latest: U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Ida

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials Monday declared public health emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi, seeking to suspend government red tape that may get in the way of providing help to people affected by Hurricane Ida. The emergency declaration by Health and ...

EXPLAINER: What happens when an ICU reaches capacity?

By BEN FINLEY and SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The latest surge in coronavirus cases is overwhelming many intensive care units, causing hospitals and states to run out of ICU beds in some locations. Kentucky and Texas broke records this week for COVID-19 ...

Judge blocks Florida governor’s order banning mask mandates

By TERRY SPENCER and CURT ANDERSON Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school districts can legally require their students to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a judge ruled Friday, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority when he issued an executive ...

Ida aims to hit New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina anniversary

By KEVIN McGILL and JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday as a rapidly intensifying storm that could speed across warm Gulf waters and slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center ...

Man pleads guilty to stealing iCloud files looking for nude images

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man broke into thousands of Apple iCloud accounts and collected more than 620,000 private photos and videos in an effort to steal images of nude young women, federal authorities said. Hao Kuo Chi, 40, of La Puente, has agreed to plead guilty to four ...

Police: Girl fatally shot while riding in car in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida are looking for information about whoever killed a 4-year-old girl during a drive-by shooting in Tampa. Tampa police Assistant Chief Ruben Delgado said during a news conference Monday that a woman was driving with her daughter in the car Sunday night when ...

School resource officer fired for using racial slur is rehired

TAMPA  (AP) — A Black resource officer at a Florida high school who was fired earlier this year after a random audit of his body-worn camera captured him using a racial slur multiple times was rehired Monday. Tampa's Civil Service Board voted 3-0 that police Chief Brian Dugan had just cause ...

Proud Boys leader who burned BLM flag gets 5 months in jail

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press The leader of the Proud Boys extremist group was sentenced to more than five months in jail on Monday for burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington and bringing two high-capacity firearm ...

Police: Woman stabbed husband, teen, self; baby found dead

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida woman is facing multiple charges after police said she stabbed her husband and teenage daughter in their home near Miami. Police were called to the home Monday night and found the man on the front lawn and the 16-year-old daughter at a neighbor's house. Inside the ...

Troopers: Wrong-way crash kills 1, injures 2 near Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A vehicle traveling the wrong way on Interstate 95 near Miami crashed into a sports utility vehicle early Tuesday, sending it plunging off an overpass, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The SUV caught fire, killing the driver, troopers said. The crash happened along the ...