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Judge: Norwegian cruises can require proof of vaccination

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Florida law that prevents cruise lines from requiring passengers to prove they're vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the law appears unconstitutional and won't likely hold up in court. The "vaccine passport" ban signed into law in May ...

Florida capital schools go against DeSantis, require masks

MIAMI (AP) — The superintendent of the school district in the capital of Florida said Monday that he decided to require masks amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations fueled by the delta variant — despite attempts by the governor to deter schools from enforcing such a ...

DeSantis doubles down as Florida again breaks COVID record

By TERRY SPENCER, ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down Tuesday as the state again broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, insisting that the spike will soon abate and that he will not impose any business ...

Florida may drop Ben & Jerry’s parent over Israel boycott

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Florida won't put any state money into the parent company of Ben & Jerry's unless it reverses a decision to stop selling ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. The ...

Flight attendants report high frequency of unruly passengers

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Nearly one in five flight attendants say they have witnessed physical incidents involving passengers this year, and their union is calling for criminal prosecution of people who act up on planes. A union survey supports what airlines and ...

Family: Last victim ID’d in Florida condo building collapse

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The final victim of the condo building collapse in Florida has been identified, a relative said Monday, more than a month after the middle of the night catastrophe that ultimately claimed 98 lives. Estelle Hedaya, an outgoing ...

Small plane pilot makes emergency landing on I-10

MILTON (AP) — A pilot brought his small plane down on the shoulder of Interstate 10 after running out of fuel, officials said. No one was injured when the planed made an emergency landing around 7:30 p.m. Sunday near Milton in Florida's Panhandle, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news ...

1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86. Moses, ...

Florida woman killed in skydiving accident in upstate NY

WESTFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Florida woman was killed when her parachute malfunctioned as she was skydiving in upstate New York, police said. Karen Bernard, 59, of Wildwood, was killed at around 9 a.m. Saturday when she jumped out of a plane to skydive in the central New York town of Westford, ...

Florida sheriff’s letter aims at people with criminal past

NEW PORT RICHEY (AP) — A Florida sheriff is sending letters to people with criminal histories offering help to get on a better path, a practice critics call unwarranted harassment. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco's letter is the latest step in a broad effort ...