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Florida County Hurt by Pandemic Offers Tuition to Graduates

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — After two years of a pandemic that battered the workforce of this tourism-dependent county in central Florida, leaders had a gift for departing high school graduates this month: free tuition at either the local community college or the county technical school. Osceola County commissioners announced earlier this year that they…

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Orlando International Airport Ends Mask Mandate

ORLANDO, Fla. – Following a Federal Court decision and updated directives from the Transportation Security Administration, the wearing of facial coverings will no longer be mandated at Orlando International Airport. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which runs OIA, released the following statement: “The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority will continue to remain vigilant in its efforts to…

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Cruise Giant Norwegian Threatens to Skip Florida’s Ports

MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is threatening to keep its ships out of Florida after the governor signed legislation banning businesses from requiring that customers show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. The company says the law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is at odds with guidelines from federal health authorities that…

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Biden Administration Allocates $21.6B in Rental Assistance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced the allocation of $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance to help prevent evictions of people who lost jobs during the pandemic. The administration also announced changes Friday in the rental assistance program aimed at addressing criticism that the emergency support has not reached many who need the help.…

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Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies at 99

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that both defined and constricted his life, has died, Buckingham Palace said Friday. He was 99. His life spanned nearly a century of European history, starting with his birth…

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WHO Draft Report Says Animals Likely Source of COVID-19

BEIJING (AP) — A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings offer little new…

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