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Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika

MIAMI (AP) — There's no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami's trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time.

More bug spray, less dining al fresco planned in Zika zone

MIAMI (AP) — As word spread that Miami's hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests.

Co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69

NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks has died after helping build it into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. Suzanne Wright was 69.

GMO wheat found in Washington state could affect US trade

SEATTLE (AP) — Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food.

'Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US

MIAMI (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

TCU loses 7-year-old fan Micah Ahern to cancer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A 7-year-old Texas boy who was a beloved part of TCU's team for three consecutive trips to the College World Series has died following a battle with cancer.

Jeff Gordon willing to sub for Earnhardt as long as needed

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Jeff Gordon weaved his way through a mob of fans outside the media center, all screaming for an autograph from a driver they thought would never again wear a firesuit.

Texas hands Blue Bell potential $850K fine over listeria

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas fined Blue Bell Creameries for a listeria contamination last year linked to the deaths of three people, but the ice cream maker could end up paying only a fraction of the $850,000 penalty under an agreement announced Friday.

Coroner: Woman, 90, attacked by alligator near nursing home

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A 90-year-old woman found dead in a South Carolina pond after disappearing from her assisted living home appears to have been killed by an alligator, a coroner said Friday.

What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go'

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares?

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