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Florida Sheriff In COVID-19 Hot Spot Bans Face Masks For Deputies

Florida Sheriff Billy Woods refuses to be part of a cover-up ― so he is forbidding his deputies and staffers from wearing face masks at work. Woods, the sheriff of Marion County in central Florida, made the no-masks decree in an email to staffers on Tuesday. He insisted he took the risks of spreading COVID-19 into…

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Florida reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Florida shattered its record for weekly hospitalizations, making it one of the biggest coronavirus hot spots in the nation.Some 3,355 people were admitted to Florida hospitals from Sunday, Aug. 2, to Monday, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard showed.Last Wednesday alone, 621 people were admitted to hospitals, The Orlando Sentinel reported. And in total, 30,785 people have…

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Florida teen charged as”mastermind” in Twitter hack hitting Biden, Bezos, along with others

book him — The 17-year-old is facing 30 felony fraud charges. Kate Cox and Dan Goodin – Jul 31, 2020 10:26 pm UTC Authorities on Friday charged three people with orchestrating this month’s epic hack of Twitter and using it to generate more than $100,000 in a bitcoin scam promoted by hijacked accounts of politicians,…

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Florida makes final preparations ahead of 1st hurricane of season

July 31 (UPI) — Final preparations were being made along Florida’s Atlantic coast Saturday as the state braced for its first encounter from a hurricane this season. Forecasters said Isaias weakened with winds dropping to 75 mph and looked ragged on satellite as the storm emerged over the Florida Straits early Saturday afternoon. Hurricane watches…

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Florida couple busted for breaking COVID-19 quarantine insists they were just walking the dog

A Florida man who tested positive for COVID-19 and was busted along with his wife in Key West for allegedly violating a quarantine order insisted Friday he was just walking their dog and not trying to endanger anyone.“I didn’t do anything,” 24-year-old Freire Interian told The Associated Press. “I was just walking my dog. It’s…

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Florida teen charged in Twitter ‘Bit-Con’ hacking attack

Three people have been charged with carrying out the hacking attack on Twitter in mid-July in which the accounts of prominent people were taken over.State authorities in Florida say 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark “was the mastermind” of the attack. He now faces 30 state felony charges, and federal charges may also be filed.Federal authorities also…

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Why Florida Could Go Blue In 2020

Graphics by Jasmine Mithani This is the second in a series of articles examining the politics and demographics of 2020’s expected swing states. Electorally, Florida bounces around like a beach ball. In 2008 and 2012, as Americans nationwide backed Barack Obama for president, Florida voted Democratic too. But in 2016, when Donald Trump reclaimed the…

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Florida couple jailed for breaking COVID-19 quarantine

A Florida couple on Key West that tested positive for the coronavirus was arrested for defying a quarantine order, local officials said Thursday.Neighbors videotaped Jose Antonio Freire Interian and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez flouting the requirement and then handed the telltale tape over to the Key West police, authorities said.“There were complaints from the neighborhood of…

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Donald Trump Needs Florida. Does Florida Still Want Trump?

Donald Trump needs Florida. The purple state has voted for the winner in all but one presidential election since 1964, and no Republican has won the presidency without Florida in nearly 100 years. Trump won the battleground state by about 112,000 votes in 2016. Now several recent major polls show Trump is in danger of…

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DOJ: Florida Man Spends ‘Fraudulently’ Obtained Coronavirus PPP Funds on Lamborghini, Dating Websites

Federal authorities arrested a Florida man on charges that he “fraudulently” obtained nearly $4 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and used some of the funds to purchase a 2020 Lamborghini and meet other personal expenses, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday. Prosecutors also accused the man — David T. Hines, 29, of…