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Trump shelves rally, visits hotspot Florida with scant mention of virus

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The rally's postponement is a blow to Trump's efforts to return to his comfort zone – center stage on the campaign trail – and signal that life and business can begin getting back to normal after 4 months of crisis

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

NBA in 'exploratory' talks to restart season at Disney in Florida

May 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

The Disney complex features 3 arenas and 24,000 hotel rooms that would allow the NBA to restart in a closed-door environment

ALL TOGETHER. West teams like Russell Westbrook’s Rockets (right) may need to join the rest of the East squad like Jaylen Brown’s Celtics in a single site. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Florida craftsman makes face masks from python skin

May 23, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Brian Woods, owner of All American Gator Products, turns his hand to design face masks made out of reptile skin in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Virus throttles Florida's lucrative ornamental plant industry

Apr 19, 2020 - 10:40 PM

'Few people may be aware of the importance of this industry,' says a University of Florida expert, but it is 'a huge economic impact driver'

A woman wears a mask amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) as she buys plants at The Home Depot in Homestead, some 40 miles north of Miami, on April 15, 2020. - The palms that line many roads in the United States, the hedges that divide gardens and parks, the plants and flowers that are sold in supermarkets: much of it is grown in Florida. But their growers are drowning because no one needs an ornamental plant during the pandemic. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Virus-hit cruise ship arrives in Florida – and another on the way

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:52 PM

The Zaandam, operated by Holland America Line, ties up at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and its sister ship the Rotterdam is not far behind

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - APRIL 02: Worker are seen as they dock the Zaandam cruise ship at Port Everglades on April 02, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Holland America cruise ship had been at sea for the past 19 days after South American ports denied their entry due to the coronavirus outbreak. Reports indicated that two of four people that died aboard the Zaandam had tested positive for COVID-19. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Trump says Florida will evacuate stranded cruise ships

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The desperate situation aboard the Zaandam, which was not allowed to enter several South American ports, attracted worldwide publicity, but it is just one of several cruise liners seeking permission to dock in Fort Lauderdale

WAITING. Passengers of Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam are seen as the ship navigates through the Panama Canal in Panama City, on March 29, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Customer leaves $10,000 tip anonymously in Florida restaurant

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM

A mystery customer left a $10,000 tip to be divided among the employees of Skillets, a day before the restaurant was forced to close because of the coronavirus outbreak

Biden-Sanders vote proceeds in 3 U.S. states despite coronavirus fears

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:14 PM

As Arizona, Florida, and Illinois prepare to vote between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, there is confusion over whether polling stations will be safe, given the pandemic

DEMOCRACY GOES ON. Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

U.S. sends home 21 Saudis as probe finds shooting was 'terrorism'

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:01 AM

Attorney General Bill Barr says evidence shows the shooter was 'motivated by jihadist ideology'

NAVAL STATION. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. File photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. city hit by cyberattack days after military base shooting

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Emails, telephone lines and online payment services were affected by the attack. Officials did not say whether there was a link between the cyber and naval base attacks.

Gunman at U.S. military base showed mass shooting videos at party – report

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The shooter did not have any apparent ties to terror groups and no group has officially claimed the attack, the New York Times reports

AFTERMATH. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Military base shooter assailed U.S. as 'nation of evil'

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, identifies the shooter as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a manifesto on Twitter that said, 'America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil'

AFTER THE SHOOTING. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Dorian strengthens to Category 3 storm as it threatens U.S. east coast

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:34 PM

(UPDATED) The National hurricane Center says Dorian packs maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour, making it a Category 3 storm on the 5-level Saffir-Simpson scale

AFTERMATH OF DORIAN. A handout aerial photograph released by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 4, 2019 shows debris and destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on the island Great Abaco in the northern Bahamas on September 3, 2019 during a reconnaissance mission launched by personnel onboard RFA Mounts Bay. Photo by Paul Halliwell/Mod/AFP

13,000 houses damaged in 'catastrophic' Bahamas hurricane – Red Cross

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:56 PM

There is no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands

DORIAN. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NOAA/RAMMB/HANDOUT

Bahamas, Florida in path of 'dangerous' Hurricane Dorian

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Dorian 'has strengthened to an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane' on a 5-level scale

PREPARING FOR DORIAN. A business owner puts plywood over the windows of his office building as he prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on August 30, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump promises 'wild' campaign launch rally

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Organizers claim the Orlando rally has sold out a 20,000-seat arena, with many more to gather outside, watching on big screens

2020. US President Donald Trump promises a 'wild' 2020 campaign launch rally. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Boeing plane skids into Florida river in crash-landing, no fatalities

May 04, 2019 - 6:56 PM

All 136 passengers and 7 aircrew on board had been accounted for

WATER LANDING. This handout image obtained courtesy of Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff's Office on May 3, 2019, shows a Boeing 737 aircraft after it went off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and into the St. Johns river, near Jacksonville, Florida on May 3, 2019. Photo from Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff's Office/AFP

25 years in prison for ex-Florida policeman who shot black motorist

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Nouman Raja is the first police officer to be convicted in Florida for the on-duty shooting death of a black man in 3 decades

JUSTICE FOR COREY JONES. People attend a rally as they seek answers to why Corey Jones was shot and killed by an off duty police officer on October 22, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Team in Florida captures huge python using tracking devices

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:33 AM

The python is one of the biggest pythons ever caught in southern Florida, according to a post on the Facebook page of the Big Cypress National Preserve

BIG CATCH. This handout photograph, obtained April 7, 2019 courtesy of the Big Cypress National Preserve, shows a team of hunters with the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida holding a female python measuring over 17 feet in length and weighing 140 pounds with 73 developing eggs. Handout photo/Big Cypress National Preserve/AFP

Chinese woman arrested at Trump resort with malware on thumb drive

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:44 AM

An arrest document says a Chinese woman carrying multiple cellphones and thumb drives bearing malware was arrested at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while the president was staying there

Gunman kills 5 at U.S. bank – police

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The latest mass shooting ramps up the number of people killed in gun violence in the US to nearly 40,000 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Child enters U.S. rhino enclosure, treated in hospital

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The two-year-old slips into a Florida zoo's rhino enclosure on New Year's Day

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Javan rhinos are shy creatures whose folds of loose skin give the appearance of wearing armour plating. Photo from Shutterstock

Republican Rick Scott wins Florida Senate seat

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Rick Scott edges out Bill Nelson by just over 10,000 votes, or 50.05% to 49.93%, official final results showed.

RICK SCOTT. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses the Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Two dead, multiple wounded in U.S. yoga studio shooting – police

Nov 03, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people,' says police chief Michael DeLeo

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Emergency personnel stationed outside the HotYoga Studio after a gunman killed one person and injured several others inside on November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. Seven people have been admitted to the hospital. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

IN PHOTOS: The aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Hurricane Michael is the most powerful storm to hit Florida's northern Panhandle area in more than a century

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Search teams comb debris for victims of deadly Hurricane Michael

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Florida Governor Rick Scott says the storm caused 'unbelievable devastation' and the priority for the moment is looking for survivors among residents who failed to heed orders to evacuate

SEARCH ONGOING. Members of the South Florida Search and Rescue team search for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Florida girds for 'extremely dangerous' category 4 hurricane

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The National Weather Service appeals: 'Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and cannot be compared to any of our previous events. Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so'

People look out to the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Michael approaches October 9, 2018 in Panama City Beach, Florida Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern US state. The storm -- currently located over the Gulf of Mexico -- is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 miles (19 kilometers) per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Center said.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Hurricane Michael strengthens, Florida panhandle braces

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:00 AM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Michael is now packing winds of 120 miles per hour as it aims for the Florida panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land on the Gulf of Mexico

GAS UP. Drivers line up for gasoline as Hurricane Michael bears down on the northern Gulf coast of Florida on October 8, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Videogamer shoots 2 dead, kills self at 'Madden NFL 19' tournament

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The suspect of the shooting has been identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland

US SHOOTING. Jacksonville Sheriff's officers investigate the shooting at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/AFP


Florida school shooter heard voices telling him to kill

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Nikolas Cruz tells the detective that demons in his head – which had started tormenting him years earlier – told him to 'buy weapons, kill animals and destroy everything.'

NIKOLAS CRUZ. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. File Photo by Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP

Model breastfeeds baby on catwalk – and stirs debate

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Walking the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show, Mara Martin stepped out in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria

CATWALK. Model Mara Martin walks the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria. Screenshot of Daily Mail Instagram

Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Police seize Chris Brown shortly after leaving a concert stage on Thursday night in West Palm Beach. He is booked on a charge of felony battery and released after paying a $2,000 bond, the sheriff's office says.

CHRIS BROWN. R&B singer Chris Brown during a concert. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Maya-1 belongs to the family of satellites produced by the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite or PHL-Microsat, and developed by Two Filipino graduate students in Japan

LAUNCH. The Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute streams from UP Diliman the launch of Maya-1 into space on June 29, 2018.

Chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion shot dead at 20

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

XXXTentacion faced a blacklash by critics who said that his alleged mistreatment of women should be a career-stopper in the age of #MeToo

CONTROVERSIAL RAPPER. The artist, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital Photo from XXXTentacion's official Facebook page

'You're all going to die': Parkland shooter's phone videos released

May 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'My name is Nik, and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,' says the 19-year-old, in clips apparently in part filmed on February 14 – the day of the shooting

FLORIDA SHOOTING. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. File photo by Susan Stocker-Sun Sentinel/AFP

Probe of buses refusing to book Nueva Vizcaya passengers sought

May 22, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Nueva Vizcaya Representative Luisa Lloren Cuaresma seeks the 'possible enactment of legislation that will impose more severe sanctions' against such bus companies

'The Florida Project' review: Truth and consequence

Apr 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'The Florida Project' is a film that shines because it decidedly goes against the grain

Florida school shooting 'hero' files first civil suit against gunman

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Anthony Borges, who was released from the hospital on April 4, is still recovering after 9 surgeries and 7 weeks in hospital. He is still not well enough to speak.

Florida school shooter wants to donate inheritance to survivors

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Nikolas Cruz's legal team suggests any wealth that may be discovered should go to his victims rather than expensive lawyers

NIKOLAS CRUZ. This video screen grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. File photo by Miguel Guttierez/AFP TV/AFP

Florida school shooting survivor rejects 'hero' label

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'I don't know why I survived, but I will tell you that my family and I will dedicate the rest of our lives to seeing that something like this this never happens again,' says Florida shooting survivor Anthony Borges

VICTIM. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Anthony Borges is wheeled out of a press conference by his grandfather Alfredo Borges in Plantation, Florida on April 6, 2018. Photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

U.S. poised for largest gun control protest in a generation

Mar 24, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The student-organized "March For Our Lives" is to feature rallies from coast to coast, with the main event scheduled to take place in Washington within sight of the US Capitol

BEFORE THE MARCH. Young activists paint signs to be carried at the upcoming March for Our Lives Los Angeles on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images / AFP

Death toll rises to 6 after collapse of Miami footbridge

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The operation shifts from rescue to body recovery, with engineers fearing the support structures at either end of the bridge could also come down, Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says

COLLAPSED BRIDGE. Police lights illuminate the scene of a pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, Florida on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead. Photo by Gaston De Cardenas/AFP

U.S. Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools, including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students

GUN CONTROL. Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP PHOTO

Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby,' says Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein

TRUMP ON GUNS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) speaks next to Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) The bill raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21, bans modification devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon fully automatic, and increases mental health funding