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The popular waterfront festival has been postponed amid a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases.

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Court puts halt on local conversion therapy bans in Florida

The U.S. 11th District Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a lower court decision.

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Tagovailoa benched in 1st pro loss but move isn’t permanent

Tua Tagovailoa’s benching won’t last.“No, no changes,” coach Brian Flores insisted.

Denver hands Tagovailoa first loss with 20-13 win over Miami

Justin Simmons intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass to DeVante Parker in the end zone with 63 seconds left Sunday.

Steelers dominate skidding Jaguars 27-3, remain unbeaten

Ben Roethlisberger and Co. gladly shared the spotlight during a 27-3 drubbing of skidding Jacksonville on Sunday.

Tiger Woods to play with 11-year-old Charlie in Father-Son

They'll play in the tournament that has paired major champions with their sons since 1995.

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Tropics of Honduras inspire the vibrant art of Laelanie Larach whose style depends on her mood and inspiration.
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SpaceX launches 2nd crew, regular station crew flights begin

The Falcon rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center with three Americans and one Japanese.

Tropical Storm Eta leaves beach erosion in Florida

The late season storm caused considerable beach erosion on the state’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

10,000 new coronavirus cases in Florida added in one day

According to Florida Department of Health, 885,201 people in the state have contracted the virus.

The Weeknd to perform at Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

The Weeknd will bring his popular falsetto vocals to the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Grief, anger, disbelief: Trump voters face Biden’s victory

Grief, anger, disbelief: Trump voters face Biden’s victory

People who voted for Trump are working through turbulent emotions in the wake of his loss.
Protesters in West Palm Beach push for racial justice on Juneteenth

DeSantis pushes “anti-mob” proposal in response to protests

The proposal would expand the list of “forcible felonies” under Florida’s self-defense law.
Diana Peguero Tiny baby born during pandemic now thriving at home

Tiny baby born in Orlando during pandemic now thriving at home

Diana is the tiniest baby born at Orlando Health medical center to survive.
Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

New tropical storm Theta is chugging east toward Europe on the cusp of hurricane status.
Astronauts arrive at launch site for 2nd SpaceX crew flight

Astronauts arrive at launch site for 2nd SpaceX crew flight

For NASA, it marks the long-awaited start of regular crew rotations at the International Space Station.
Tropical Storm Eta dumps blustery rain on Florida west coast

Tropical Storm Eta dumps blustery rain on Florida west coast

Tropical Storm Eta dumped torrents of blustery rain on Florida’s west coast as it moved over Florida.
Officials name new road in Florida after Trayvon Martin

Officials name new road in Florida after Trayvon Martin

The road became Trayvon Martin Avenue during a brief ceremony near Dr. Michael K. Krop Senior High.
With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing

With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing

The size of former Vice President Joe Biden’s loss to President Trump was humiliating for Democrats.
VoteCast: Florida voters sour on state of nation

VoteCast: Florida voters sour on state of nation

AP VoteCast found that 57% of Florida voters said the United States is headed in the wrong direction.
Yes, it is true -- Florida ran a smooth election

Yes, it is true — Florida ran a smooth election

Amazing fact given Florida’s elections history: It isn’t part of the chaos.
Measure Pushing Florida’s Minimum Wage to $15

Bank-roller of Florida amendments says wage win is swan song

Attorney John Morgan said he was done with any future efforts to change Florida Constitution.
Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade County help Trump win Florida

Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade County help Trump win Florida

President Donald Trump won Florida, the nation’s most prized battleground state.
Democrats extend control of House for two more years

Democrats extend control of House for two more years

Republicans ousted their first incumbent Democrat but lost two seats.
Widow of Parkland massacre victim elected to school board

Widow of Parkland massacre victim elected to school board

Debra Hixon is the widow of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School athletic director Chris Hixon.
Democrat Shalala loses Florida seat to Maria Elvira Salazar

Democrat Shalala loses Florida seat to Maria Elvira Salazar

The district covers much of the central Miami area and has generally been considered Democratic.
Florida voters back raising minimum wage to $15 over 6 years

Florida voters back raising minimum wage to $15 over 6 years

Voters approved the amendment to the Florida Constitution that will raise Florida’s minimum wage.
Florida, a must-win state for Trump, seen as a toss-up

Florida, a must-win state for Trump, seen as a toss-up

Polls have shown the Republican incumbent and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden virtually tied.
Democrats ahead of Republicans in early Florida voting

Democrats ahead of Republicans in early Florida voting

Out of 9 million ballots cast, 108,000 more Democrats have voted than Republicans.
In service-heavy Florida, minimum wage boost is on ballot

In service-heavy Florida, minimum wage boost is on ballot

Business groups are vehemently opposed to the proposal known as Amendment 2.
Road to 270: Biden has options, Trump walks narrow path

Road to 270: Biden has options, Trump walks narrow path

The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016.
In Fort Lauderdale, Biden blasts Trump's handling of Cuba, Venezuela

In Fort Lauderdale, Biden blasts Trump’s handling of Cuba, Venezuela

Biden said Trump is “the worst possible standard-bearer for democracy” in places like Cuba and Venezuela.
Trump, Biden appeal to Florida voters to turn out in person

Trump, Biden appeal to Florida voters to turn out in person

More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail.
In Florida’s Old South, a new political battleground emerges

In Florida’s Old South, a new political battleground emerges

Democrats have been buoyed by the turnout among early voters.
Florida man charged with changing governor’s voting address

Florida man charged with changing governor’s voting address

Gov. DeSantis couldn’t cast his ballot this week because someone changed his address online.
Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

The performer layoffs were part of The Walt Disney Co.’s plans to eliminate 28,000 jobs.
Panhandle shorebirds thrive in aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Panhandle shorebirds thrive in aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Destroyed wild plants, the pearly smooth sand: perfect nesting for the region’s shorebirds.
Pensacola removes statue of a Confederate soldier

Pensacola removes statue of a Confederate soldier

Contractors will have a another month to remove the obelisk. The city is spending $135,000 for the work.
White rhino born at Disney World

It’s a boy — a big boy. White rhino born at Disney World

The as-yet-to-be-named rhino was born to Kendi, the first white rhinoceros born at the park.
Trump, Pence, Obama all in Florida as campaign heats up

Trump, Pence, Obama all in Florida as campaign heats up

Battleground Florida was again a central focus of the presidential campaign Saturday.
Orange County: No birthday parties to keep virus away

Orange County: No birthday parties to keep virus away

The top health official is discouraging parents from hosting birthday parties for their children, no matter the size.
Teen sues Florida school district over his Trump elephant

Teen sues Florida school district over his Trump elephant

A high school student is suing his central Florida school district after his parking pass was revoked.
Florida reports 5,558 new COVID-19 cases and 57 deaths

Florida reports 5,558 new COVID-19 cases and 57 deaths

The rates of positive tests also have been ticking upward, with close to 7% of test-takers positive.
Pinellas County is one to watch on election night

Pinellas County is one to watch on election night

As one of the largest counties in the state, is one of those places likely to track the final outcome.
Glamorous LIV Nightclub caught in power struggle over the virus

Glamorous LIV Nightclub caught in power struggle over virus

Today, LIV sits quiet and empty — a casualty not just of the coronavirus outbreak.
Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

The candidates are targeting Puerto Rico in a way never before seen.
Early in-person voting begins in key swing state of Florida

Early in-person voting begins in key swing state of Florida

With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates but especially so for President Trump.
Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast

Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast

They were taken on board the Carnival Sensation when the boat started taking on water.
Some coronavirus restrictions ease up in South Florida

Florida reports 2.5K new cases of the coronavirus

Over the past week, the daily average of new infections stood just shy of 3,000.
Pence rallies Hispanics in Miami with Trump’s anti-socialist record

Pence rallies Hispanics in Miami with Trump’s anti-socialist record

Pence told them their support on Nov. 3 is crucial in the battleground state to secure Trump’s reelection.
DNC Chairman visits Hispanic-owned small business in West Palm Beach

DNC Chairman visits Hispanic-owned small business in West Palm Beach

Tom Perez visited The Box Gallery for a healthcare community conversation.
Storm season brings new dread while forgotten towns rebuild

2 years after Michael, Florida Panhandle recovery goes on

The psychological and emotional toll wrought from the Category 5 storm continues to linger.
A senior warning sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ cry at Villages

A senior warning sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ cry at Villages

Mostly, it seems, older voters have been put off by Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.
Florida GOP fights to animate Trump's base without president

Florida GOP fights to animate Trump’s base without president

Nearly 300 Republicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder maskless and sweating inside a Holiday Inn conference room.
Enrollment drops worry public schools as pandemic persists

Enrollment drops worry public schools as pandemic persists

Parents across the country face choices about whether to keep their children in public schools.
Judge denies motion to extend Florida’s voter registration

Judge denies motion to extend Florida’s voter registration

U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker denied the motion to extend voter registration in Florida.
Joe Biden made his second trip to Florida in a little over two weeks

Joe Biden made his second trip to Florida in a little over two weeks

Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus.
Jill Biden hosts 'Women for Biden' rally at Century Village in Boca Raton

Jill Biden hosts ‘Women for Biden’ rally at Century Village in Boca Raton

Hundreds of people gathered at Century Village in Boca Raton for a drive-in rally with Dr. Jill Biden.
Miami-Dade students return to class for 1st time since March

Miami-Dade students return to class for 1st time since March

Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students are the first to return to school.
Again, more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases in Florida

At least a quarter of Disney layoffs coming from Florida

At least a quarter of the 28,000 layoffs planned for Disney’s parks division will come from Florida.
Voting registration drive by Palm Beach County Democrats

Voting registration drive by Palm Beach County Democrats

Activists from all over Palm Beach County gathered together around 10 am on Sunday in West Palm Beach.
Long-term jobless caught in a squeeze that imperils recovery

Long-term jobless caught in a squeeze that imperils recovery

Millions of Americans in the industries hit hardest by the viral pandemic face a tough plight.
Surge in new GOP voters puts pressure on Florida Democrats

Surge in new GOP voters puts pressure on Florida Democrats

Republicans continue to win, even if they have fewer voters.
Florida governor reopening state’s economy despite spread

Florida governor reopening state’s economy despite spread

DeSantis says the threat has eased and the time has come to reopen for business.
Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

PBC State Attorney Dave Aronberg without the video recordings there wasn’t enough evidence.
Florida Republican cooperating with campaign finance probe

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen cooperating with campaign finance probe

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating her spending of $50,000 campaign money.
Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

Americans won’t be allowed to bring home cigars and rum from Cuba now.
Cuban-American judge from Florida on Trump high court list

Cuban-American judge from Florida on Trump high court list

Barbara Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban exiles, has had a swift rise as a lawyer and judge.
Rescuers reach people cut off by Gulf Coast hurricane

Rescuers reach people cut off by Gulf Coast hurricane

In the Panhandle, homeowners and businesses began cleaning up a day after Sally rolled through.
Democracy over racism event in Delray Beach event Delray Beach (18)

Democrats united to increase the Hispanic and Black vote in Palm Beach County

Democrats gathered to show visibility and unity to increase Hispanic and Black vote in Palm Beach County.
Hemingway’s favorite Key West bar reopen from virus shutdown

Hemingway’s favorite Key West bar reopen from virus shutdown

By noon, the bar had already reached the 50% capacity allowed by law, including three Ernest Hemingway look-alikes.
Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

In America’s leading presidential battleground, there’s mounting anxiety among Democrats.
Jeff Lello Jeff Lello From a stable job to a tent A waiter’s homeless struggle

From a stable job to a tent: A waiter’s homeless struggle

Lello is one of an estimated 20 million Americans who are likely to experience homelessness.
Pastor killed in shooting at Village Flea Market & Mall

Pastor killed in shooting at Village Flea Market & Mall

Gregory Boyd was walking by a shoe store and was shot as an argument heated up and gunfire erupted.
Florida bars allowed to reopen next week at 50% capacity

Florida bars allowed to reopen next week at 50% capacity

Florida bars will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday.
DeSantis vetoes bill to raise age to buy tobacco products

DeSantis vetoes bill to raise age to buy tobacco products

It was vetoed because it would have also banned the sale of flavored liquid nicotine products used in vaping.
Orlando high school closes for 2 weeks due to virus cases

Orlando high school closes for 2 weeks due to virus cases

More than a third of Olympia’s 3,300 students were taking classes on campus.
Computer glitches disrupt classes as schools return online

Computer glitches disrupt classes as schools return online

In Miami-Dade County, software glitches and cyberattacks disrupted the first week.
Trumps campaigns in Jupiter, expands ban on new offshore drilling

Trumps campaigns in Jupiter, expands ban on new offshore drilling

This was an election-year reversal likely to appeal to voters in Florida and other coastal states.
Florida faces pressure, sees record high virus deaths

Florida death toll from COVID-19 passes 12,000

The average number of deaths over the past week was 105 per day.
As COVID-19 deaths slide, vigilance urged over long holiday

As COVID-19 deaths slide, vigilance urged over long holiday

Florida officials continued urging vigilance over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
3 fatal shootings, no indictments for Tallahassee officers

3 fatal shootings, no indictments for Tallahassee officers

Jurors in Leon County concluded that the police officers were justified in using lethal force.
Palm Beach County to reopen movie theaters, bowling alleys

Palm Beach County to reopen movie theaters, bowling alleys

DeSantis said Palm Beach County will take the step on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day weekend.
Teenager arrested in cyberattacks on Miami-Dade schools

Teenager arrested in cyberattacks on Miami-Dade schools

A 16-year-old student has been arrested for orchestrating a series of network outages.

Art Basel Miami 2020 officially canceled due to COVID-19

Due to the pandemic's impact, Art Basel announces the cancellation of its Miami Beach fair.
Confusion over eviction ban led to selective enforcement

Confusion over eviction ban led to selective enforcement

What a two-month investigation by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism found out.
Florida faces pressure, sees record high virus deaths

Florida cuts ties with Quest over delay of 75K COVID tests

Gov. Ron DeSantis called the company’s failure “egregious” and raised further questions.
DeSantis will lift the state’s ban on visiting nursing homes

DeSantis will lift the state’s ban on visiting nursing homes

DeSantis said he would lift the ban on visitations in an executive order.
Some coronavirus restrictions ease up in South Florida

Some coronavirus restrictions ease up in South Florida

Some coronavirus restrictions started easing up Monday in parts of South Florida.
Universal Orlando laying off undisclosed number of workers

More than 800 lose jobs at Universal Orlando hotels

The employees were indefinitely furloughed or permanently terminated.
Gov. DeSantis encourages tourists to come to Florida on planes

Gov. DeSantis encourages tourists to come to Florida on planes

DeSantis made the case that tourists could safely take commercial flights to visit Florida.
Florida continues downward trend in virus cases since July

Florida continues downward trend in virus cases since July

The positivity rate in testing in Florida has averaged below 10% over the past week.
Innocent Florida inmate released after 37 years

Innocent Florida inmate released after 37 years

Robert DuBoise was set free hours after officials revealed dramatic new evidence that proved his innocence.
Unemployment woes a mounting strain on Trump in Florida

Florida seeks to boost unemployment benefits $300 a week

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is applying to participate in the federal unemployment assistance program.
Florida’s coronavirus spread appears to be waning

Florida judge temporarily blocks mandate to reopen schools

The ruling blocks officials from forcing public schools to reopen brick-and-mortar classrooms.
Florida’s coronavirus spread appears to be waning

Florida’s coronavirus spread appears to be waning

COVID-like illnesses have declined about 75 percent since a statewide peak on July 7.
How starving public health fueled a COVID fire in Florida

How starving public health fueled a COVID fire in Florida

As the nation starved its public health system, staffing and funding fell faster and unprepared.
Mutual Admiration as Parkland Students Celebrate Milestones

Parkland shooting survivors hit the road, target youth vote

Each stop will feature public art exhibits to raise awareness on issues that intersect with their mission.
Gov. Ron DeSantis rescinds quarantine mandate for New York travelers

Florida breaks 600k COVID cases, but infections again fall

The daily total peaked July 15 when more than 15,000 cases were reported, but has been declining since.
Miami ICU nurse: I have never in my life seen so many deaths

Miami ICU nurse: I have never in my life seen so many deaths

Rublas Ruiz is a nurse in Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center
A million more Floridians voted by mail in Tuesday primaries

A million more Floridians voted by mail in Tuesday primaries

Tuesday’s contests were shaped by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 2.3 million people casting mail-in ballots.
Florida virus deaths surpass 10,000 as teachers, state argue

Florida virus deaths surpass 10,000 as teachers, state argue

Florida’s daily average reported deaths over the past week was 167 deaths.
Laura Loomer wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Lois Frankel

Laura Loomer wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Lois Frankel

Frankel has been a political fixture for decades in the Palm Beach County district.
More than 200 Martin County students quarantined due to COVID-19

More than 200 Martin County students quarantined due to COVID-19

South Fork High School in Stuart and Jensen Beach High School switch to remote learning.
Gov. Ron DeSantis rescinds quarantine mandate for New York travelers

Lowest number of reported virus cases in Florida since June

The number of people being treated in Florida hospitals for COVID-19 has been declining.
Florida bomb suspect found dead in his jail cell

Florida bomb suspect found dead in his jail cell

Gregory Haasze was found unconscious Saturday night and could not be revived.
Lawsuit aims to make it easier for Floridians to mail-vote

Vote by mail in Florida primary already far exceeds 2016

Florida has no statewide races on the 2020 ballot and voters are voting by mail in larger numbers.
Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote

Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote

Money and restrictions to control coronavirus are hampering the registration drive.
Florida’s death count spikes to a new height with 191 fatalities

Florida records another 200 deaths from the coronavirus

On Saturday, state health officials announced more than 6,300 new cases of COVID-19.
Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Palm Beach

Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Palm Beach

Ballots were mailed to both the president and First lady Melania Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort.