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Census whiplashed by changing deadlines, accuracy concerns

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can end the 2020 census, a text message went out to field supervisors in Northern California telling them to start collecting the iPhones their census takers use for gathering...

 

Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, in a blow to efforts to make sure minorities are properly counted in the crucial once-a-decade tally. The decision was not a total loss for...

 

Judge: Census violated order; demands mass text to workers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Census Bureau to text every 2020 census worker by Friday, letting them know the head count of every U.S. resident is continuing through the end of the month and not ending next week, as the agency...

 

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened sch...

 

Manager ordered census layoffs despite judge's ruling

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two weeks after a federal judge prohibited the U.S. Census Bureau from winding down the 2020 census, a manager in Illinois instructed employees to get started with layoffs, according to an audio of the conversation obtained by...

 

Judges: Trump can't exclude people from district drawings

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying the president had exceeded his authority, a panel of three federal judges on Thursday blocked an order from President Donald Trump that tried to exclude people in the country illegally from being counted when...

 

Census Bureau adds emails, phone calls to door-knocking

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in...

 

California, Florida, Texas lose House seats with Trump order

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional...

 

Workers praise Disney virus safety, but will visitors come?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Every week, it seems, Kaila Barker, her husband and their five children change their minds about whether to travel from their home in Connecticut to Florida's Walt Disney World as planned in September. On the one hand, the...

 

Trump's new immigration fight: how to redraw House districts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday that seeks to bar people in the U.S. illegally from being included in the headcount as congressional districts are redrawn, a move that drew immediate criticism and promises of co...

 

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forget about up-close "meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or parades — those would draw too many people together — and both...

 

Universal takes first steps reviving Orlando theme park biz

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With masks on their faces and temperature checks at entrances, Harry Potter fans and roller coaster lovers streamed back into Universal Orlando Resort this week in one of the first major steps toward reviving Florida's theme...

 

Launch gives spectators pride, reprieve from troubled times

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For many spectators who filled parks, beaches and roads along Florida's Space Coast, the launch of two astronauts into orbit Saturday was a welcome accomplishment and a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic, economic worrie...

 

Disney Springs reopening comes with a warning about risk

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Walt Disney World prepares to allow some third-party shops and restaurants to open at its entertainment complex later this week, it's posting a warning. While enhanced safety measures are being taken at Disney Springs, "an i...

 

Census address work succeeded despite trouble hiring staff

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Even though the U.S. Census Bureau had trouble finding workers for its massive address-verification work late last summer, it managed to complete the job under budget because of better-than-expected productivity of its...

 

Income growth greatest in tech hubs over past 5 years

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From the middle of the Obama administration to the midpoint of the Trump presidency, household income grew the most in tech and entertainment centers like Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and large chunks of the West Coast....

 

New Disney park attractions will have Mary Poppins, Wakanda

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mary Poppins. Wakanda. Rapunzel. A hodge-podge of beloved characters and settings would hardly fit in the same sentence if not for the fact they're all coming to Disney parks or cruise ships within the next few years. Disney...

 

Scott says he wasn't told about Russian hacking in 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday that he was never told by Homeland Security officials in 2016 when he was Florida's governor that Russian hackers had gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the...

 

Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with...

 

Census says more than 60% of US men are fathers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40. These are some of the conclusions in a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, just in tim...

 

All survive as plane carrying US military crashes into river

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A military-chartered jet carrying 143 people landed hard, then bounced and swerved as the pilot struggled to control it amid thunder and lightning, ultimately skidding off the runway and coming to a crashing halt in a...

 

AP Explains: Workers try to decipher intent in hand recount

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sometimes voters put a check next to a candidate's name instead of filling in an oval that a voting machine can read. Other times, they mistake the abbreviation for "Republican Party" with the abbreviation for "Reform Party"...

 

Florida man sues Tesla over autopilot feature, crash

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man says the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle failed to detect a disabled car on a highway, leading to a collision that left him with permanent injuries, according to a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday. Shawn Hu...

 

Hold the Mayo! Florida town is changing its name temporarily

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mayo, Florida is holding the mayo, at least for a few days. The mayor of this tiny town of less than 1,500 residents, located where Florida's Panhandle morphs into a peninsula, is announcing Saturday that the city is switching...

 

Widow won't sign, and that puts timeshare giant in a bind

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There's a new twist in the standoff between an octogenarian widow in Florida who refused to sell her townhome and the giant developer that constructed a timeshare resort around her vacant, two-story building anyway. In order...

 

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