Articles by Curt Anderson

Anderson is legal affairs writer for AP.

Florida Teachers Sue to Block Reopening of Public Schools

Florida teachers sued Monday to block what they call the “reckless and unsafe reopening” of public school campuses for face-to-face instruction. The Florida Education Association lawsuit argues that reopening this fall would put students and school employees at risk — …

U.S. Businesses, Patients Sue China Seeking Damages From Coronavirus Outbreak

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Saundra Andringa-Meuer was a healthy 61-year-old mother of six who never smoked or drank alcohol. Then she became seriously ill with the disease after traveling from her Wisconsin home to help her son move from college …

Florida Begins ‘Phase 1’ Reopening, Except for South Florida

Florida partially reopened Monday, allowing restaurants and shops in most of the state to open at 25% capacity in hopes of kick-starting the ailing economy after weeks of coronavirus-related shutdowns. Business owners and customers reacted with emotions ranging from elation …

Lawsuit: Teens’ Bodies Misidentified, Switched After Fatal Florida Car Crash

The parents of two teenagers killed in a car crash are suing the Florida Highway Patrol and others, claiming the bodies of their daughters were misidentified and switched. The lawsuits follow a July 29 crash in the Pensacola area involving …

Scientists Forecast Faster Rising Seas in South Florida

New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made …

Holocaust Survivors Want Congress to Let Them Sue Insurers Over Nazi-Era Losses

When David Schaecter was a child in Slovakia in the 1930s, he counted more than 100 people in his extended family. By the end of World War II, he alone survived. The rest had been killed in Nazi concentration camps …

Carnival Cruise Line Under Renewed Pressure to Comply with Environmental Rules

A federal judge pushed top Carnival Corp. executives on Wednesday to work faster to fix ocean pollution problems caused by the world’s largest cruise line. At a hearing in Miami federal court, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said she expects …

Second Florida City Pays Hackers As Third City Faces Breach

A second small Florida city this month has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers who took over most of its computer operations, an official said Wednesday, while a third Florida city said its data was breached. The attacks …

Sinkhole Investigation Uncovers Tunnel Heading to Florida Bank Branch

The FBI and local police are investigating a Miami-area mystery: Who dug a narrow tunnel that burrowed beneath a road and pointed toward a quiet suburban bank branch office? FBI spokesman Mike Leverock said Wednesday that officials were notified after …

Florida Judge Rules Deputy Had Duty to Protect in Parkland School Shooting Suit

A judge has rejected a deputy’s claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander …