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Here’s the latest for Thursday August 13th: COVID relief deal talks stalled; US says Iran briefly seized tanker; Florida sheriff bans deputies from wearing masks in most situations; Wildfire north of Los Angeles.

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Florida governor: Let’s play college football

Florida’s governor says Florida State University and other schools should play football this fall. He spoke just hours before the Big Ten and Pac-12 pulled the plug on their seasons because of coronavirus. (Aug. 11)

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Video: Florida police tried to handcuff 8-year-old

Lawyers are suing the Key West police and school district over their arrest of an 8-year-old boy who allegedly punched a teacher. Police video shows officers trying to handcuff the boy on a felony battery charge. (Aug. 11)

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SpaceX launches rocket with batch of satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket released dozens of satellites early Friday after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Aug. 7)

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Coast Guard helps release turtles in Florida Keys

U.S. Coast Guard members helped release two endangered sea turtles off the coast of Florida into the wild on Thursday. The turtles, named Emma and Bubbles, were rescued in June and rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. (Aug. 6)

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How Mississippi Quietly Became the New Coronavirus Hotspot

Mississippi is slated to become the worst state in the country for new cases of COVID — morgues are overflowing, ICU beds are full, and people with other health emergencies are having to travel out of state because the healthcare system is overwhelmed. The poorest state in the union, Mississippi already struggles with a population in poor health, exacerbating the effects of the current pandemic and reflecting a situation being experienced across rural America. Experts and residents are terrified that the right precautions aren’t being taken to curb the spread — from the opening of schools to a lack of a state-wide mask mandate. How did Mississippi get to this place — where it’s eclipsing hotspots like New York, Florida and California despite months to have learned from their examples — and can the tide be turned?

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No sleep for Florida resident with family in Beirut

Tuesday night was a sleepless one for Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident Dany Habr. Habr told WPLG-TV that he was checking his phone for notifications nonstop after hearing that his friend in Beirut was missing after a massive blast shook the city. (Aug. 5)

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Pence touts Trump to pro-life audience in Florida

During a visit to Florida, Vice President Mike Pence told a pro-life group that “life is winning in American,” as he sought to draw a contrast between President Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. (Aug. 5)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday August 5th: Trump backs mail voting in Florida battleground; Fireworks, ammonium nitrate likely fueled Beirut explosion; Districts go round and round on school bus reopening plans; A London museum prepares to reopen.

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Trump backs mail in voting in Florida battleground

In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice. (August 4)

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Florida gov. says he’s encouraged by virus trends

Florida has more than 490,000 coronavirus cases and around 7,200 related deaths. The state’s seven-day average of daily reported deaths was 176, second to Texas in total numbers for the summer resurgence of the pandemic in the Sunbelt states. (Aug. 3)

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Virus-hit Florida spared by weakened TC Isaias

Florida’s east coast is getting heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaias, and officials are watching it warily because it threatens to snarl efforts to contain the coronavirus in areas where cases are surging. (August 2)

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SpaceX Crew Dragon hatch sealed, ready to depart ISS: NASA | AFP

Images show the crew on board the International Space Station closing the forward hatch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of its return to Earth. US astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken blasted off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, and are supposed to splash down off the coast of Florida on Sunday.

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Isaias lashes Bahamas while Florida battens down

Hurricane Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and headed toward the US state of Florida, where officials said they were closing beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites. (Aug 1)

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Florida governor on approaching Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas early on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast. (Aug. 1)

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Here are the top stories for Friday, July 31st: Florida residents brace for Hurricane Isiais; Fauci cautiously optimistic on virus vaccine; Republicans, Democrats deadlocked over virus relief; Europe facing sweltering temperatures.

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Trump warns under Biden, US ‘will never be safe’

President Donald Trump took his tough-on-crime message to Tampa, Florida Friday and slammed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden. Surrounded by Florida sheriffs, Trump said if Biden is elected president, Americans will “never be safe.” (July 31)

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Florida braces as new Hurricane Isaias bears down

Forecasters declared a hurricane watch for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday as Hurricane Isaias drenched the Bahamas on a track for the U.S. East Coast. Beaches, marinas and parks in Miami-Dade County will be closed Friday night. (July 31)

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NASA rover ‘Perseverance’ launches for Mars in search of ancient life | AFP

NASA’s latest rover Perseverance launches for Mars, blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on schedule.

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NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of life

NASA’s most elaborate life-hunting Mars rover has rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (July 30)

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NASA rover Perseverance launches for Mars | AFP

NASA’s latest rover Perseverance launches for Mars, blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on schedule.

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Is there life on Mars? NASA’s life-seeking rover set for launch | AFP

“Life may very well still exist on Mars today under its surface,” says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the United States prepares to launch its 9th robot to Mars – eight days after China launched its first.

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NASA ups the ante with its newest Mars rover

NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars. Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet. (July 29)

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Look out, Mars: US to send sample-collecting rover

NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars. Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet. (July 28)

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