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Across South, a push to change Confederate school names

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY (AP) — Trude Lamb is a standout cross country runner at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, but the name on her jersey is a sharp reminder of a man "who didn't believe people like me were 100% human." The sophomore, originally from Ghana, ...

Some coronavirus restrictions ease up in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Some coronavirus restrictions started easing up Monday in parts of South Florida. In Miami-Dade County, restaurants were allowed to welcome back diners to indoor seating for the first time in almost two months, provided masks were worn and the establishments operated at 50% ...

May 24 trial set for Steve Bannon in fundraising fraud scam

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A May 2021 trial date was set Monday for Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, on charges that he cheated donors to a group seeking to fund a southern border wall. Bannon, 66, of Washington, D.C., was audible ...

Florida’s economic opportunity chief resigns amid jobs woes

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, (AP) — Florida's director of economic opportunity resigned Monday, months after being stripped of his oversight of the state's glitch-ridden unemployment system, which left hundreds of thousands of people waiting weeks — and sometimes ...

‘Antifa hunter’ gets 3 years for online racist threats

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press A Florida man who called himself "the Antifa hunter" as he waged an online campaign to terrorize and harass those who opposed his white supremacist ideology was sentenced on Monday to more than three years in prison. Daniel McMahon, 32, of Brandon, ...

Esper supports Medal of Honor for soldier’s Iraq heroism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has endorsed awarding the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor in combat, to a soldier who sustained fatal burns while acting to save fellow soldiers in Iraq in 2005. Esper expressed his support in a letter to members of ...

Report: Parents arrested after teen found chained to bed

BONITA SPRINGS  (AP) — A southwest Florida couple landed in jail after being accused of chaining their 17-year-old daughter to a bed, sheriff's officials said. Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jose Samuel Gonzalez, 35, and Yessica Sabala Funes, 37, of Bonita Springs, on child abuse ...

Sheriff: Suspect used knife, hammer to kill 2 Florida boys

By FREIDA FRISARO Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE  (AP) — A 30-year-old man who was invited to live on a family's property in northeast Florida has been charged with the "brutal" premeditated first-degree murders of their two young sons, ages 12 and 14, officials said Friday. "I can tell ...

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 ...