PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Employees of a Florida IHOP were headed to work early Friday when they found a naked toddler wandering the restaurant's parking lot. They then found the toddler's mom and...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — After Hurricane Michael destroyed the country club where they had planned to hold prom, students at a Florida high school were at a loss.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Most of the almost 280 families still receiving federal aid to pay for hotel rooms after being displaced by Hurricane Michael are facing an end next week to their...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael forced the cancellation of homecoming for Florida's Bay High School, but thanks to a community effort the 2019 prom is all set.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — China's expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing's ambitions in...
HONG KONG (AP) — Panama sees a "big opportunity" in China's massive "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative, President Juan Carlos Varela said Tuesday during a visit to Hong Kong amid ambitious...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire that officials say quickly spread through dead trees that still hadn't been cleared after Hurricane Michael forced the evacuation of nearly two dozen homes in...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Nearly two dozen Florida homes have been evacuated because of a 500-acre wildfire that grew rapidly overnight because of downed trees from Hurricane...
Authorities say 2 pilots killed in Oklahoma plane crash
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say the two people killed in the crash of a twin-engine jet near Oklahoma City were both pilots.
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office on Tuesday said...
Man accused of marriage and visa fraud in Florida
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 47-year-old Indian foreign national who lives in Florida has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money...
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi bank is buying banks in Texas and Florida.
BancorpSouth of Tupelo announced Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Summit Bank of Panama City, Florida, and...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn "Shelly" Summers' backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting woods, 10 tents now...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It was little more than four months ago that one of the most intense hurricanes ever to make landfall in the continental United States devastated large parts of the...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Paulina "Bela" Sebastiao would give almost anything to be able to do a load of laundry without having to drive miles from her Mexico Beach home. Anthony Campbell would...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle in October (all times local):
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former world champion Panamanian boxer Eusebio Pedroza, who defended the featherweight title more times than any other, has died at age 62.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hospital administrators in Florida's Panhandle say baby deliveries cannot resume at their facility because of damage from Hurricane Michael.
- Rome News-TribuneLocal volunteers help with relief in aftermath of hurricanesDecember 20, 2018
- The Washington TimesXi plans 'unprecedented visit' to Panama despite warnings from U.S.November 23, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchJOHN F. MAYNARDNovember 22, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchJohn F. Maynard of Panama City, Fla., formerly of Proctorville, Ohio and DunlowNovember 21, 2018
- Beatrice Daily SunJoyce AndersonNovember 15, 2018
Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to...
Panama to build migrant shelter as hundreds of Cubans enter
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's government says it will build a migrant shelter on its southern border with Colombia, after the latest wave of migrants crossed into the country.
Some 716 migrants, mostly Cubans, entered Panama over the weekend through the jungle province of Darien.
The director of Panama's immigration agency says the latest group also included migrants from Haiti and Africa. Javier Carrillo says the migrants wanted to travel to the United States.
Homes sales down by third in Florida area hit by storm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new report shows how much Hurricane Michael has affected home sales in the area of the Florida Panhandle where it made landfall last October.
The report by Florida Realtors shows that year-over-year sales of single-family homes declined by more than a third in the Panama City metro area during the last quarter of last year.
Sales of townhouses and condos were down almost 30 percent in the last quarter.
Panama to play Cuba for Caribbean Series title
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former big leaguer Manny Corpas closed out Panama's 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday night, setting up a championship game against Cuba in the Caribbean Series.
Cuba defeated Venezuela 3-0.
The Panamanians are playing in their first final since 1960, when they lost to Cuba. Panama has one Caribbean Series title, won in 1950.
Utility wants surcharge to pay for hurricane restoration
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A utility company is asking a Florida regulatory agency to allow it to add an $8 a month surcharge for residential customers to make up the cost of restoring power and repairing the grid after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle.
Gulf Power on Wednesday asked the Florida Public Service Commission to approve the plan and allow it to raise the rates of industrial and commercial customers by 3 to 8 percent.
Florida county to shutter schools due to Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county suffering a population drop after being hit hard by Hurricane Michael has voted in favor of temporarily closing three elementary schools.
The Panama City News Herald reports that the Bay County School Board voted Tuesday to close the schools due to hurricane damage and enrollment drops.
Air Force plans to spend $3 billion to rebuild Florida base
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Air Force officials say they are committed to spending $3 billion during the next five years to rebuild a Florida base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael.
The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy announced the Tyndall Air Force Base reconstruction plans Thursday to local officials in Florida's Panhandle.
Sheriff’s office: Scams target Florida hurricane survivors
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle authorities say scam artists are targeting Hurricane Michael survivors looking for rental homes.
In a statement Wednesday, the Bay County Sheriff's Office warned that several schemes are circulating in communities trying to recover from the October storm.
Caribbean Series moving from Venezuela to Panama
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Caribbean Series starting next week has been moved from Venezuela to Panama for security reasons.
Caribbean Professional Baseball Leagues commissioner Juan Francisco Puello announced the decision on Monday. The series will begin on Feb. 4 at Rod Carew National Stadium in Panama City.
Violent street protests have erupted in Venezuela since opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro.
Schools face more financial losses since Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle school district hit hard by Hurricane Michael stands to lose up to $51 million because so many students were displaced by the storm.
Pope seeks peace in Venezuela crisis but doesn’t pick sides
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for a "just and peaceful solution" to Venezuela's political crisis as he wrapped up a visit to Panama for a World Youth Day rally that was overshadowed by the upheaval unfolding nearby.
The Latest: Pope departs for Rome, ending Panama visit
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama and World Youth Day (all times local):
Pope Francis has left Panama, concluding his visit to the Central American nation for World Youth Day 2019.
President Juan Carlos Varela and first lady Lorena Castillo were on hand to bid the pontiff farewell at Tocumen International Airport in a red carpet tarmac ceremony Sunday.
Alabama contractor pays $82K in back wages to 17 employees
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama company has paid $82,515 in back wages and fringe benefits to 17 employees following a federal investigation into labor law violations.
Derelict cruiseliner to get second life as artificial reef
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael took Lee Ingram's boat, but he refused to let his vessel remain another victim of the storm's wrath.
Pope challenged on sex abuse as young take stage in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Young people challenged Pope Francis on the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal and the plight of Christians in the Middle East as the youth took center stage Saturday in the final events of World Youth Day in Panama.
The Latest: Vatican: 600K attend pope’s vigil in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local):
The Vatican says an estimated 600,000 people have turned out for Pope Francis' vigil at World Youth Day in Panama.
Many of the pilgrims will sleep outdoors in the Metropark zone where Francis will return Sunday for an early morning Mass before heading back to the Vatican.
Pope brings World Youth Day to prisoners, hears confessions
LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday brought World Youth Day to Panama's juvenile delinquents, celebrating an emotional penitential liturgy inside the country's main youth prison since the inmates couldn't participate in the Catholic Church's big festival of faith outside.
The Latest: 11 youth offenders freed after papal encounter
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local):
Eleven young offenders have been granted their freedom in Panama following a meeting with Pope Francis at the country's main youth detention center.
Government official Emma Alba says one of them is 21-year-old Luis Oscar Martinez, who told the pontiff earlier Friday that he had turned his life around since his arrest in 2016.
HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Like many others from his poor, indigenous region of Panama, Raul Tugri left for the capital years ago in search of opportunities. He found work at a supermarket, but alcohol abuse sent his life into a tailspin and four years ago he was diagnosed with HIV.
Pope in Panama blasts corruption, walls, prays for Venezuela
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday that public officials live simply, honestly and transparently as he opened a visit to a Central America that has been rife with corruption scandals and is now coping with political upheaval in nearby Venezuela.
The Latest: Pope criticizes those who build walls, sow fear
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local):
Pope Francis has denounced those who would build walls and sow fear about strangers as he opened a global youth rally by urging the next generations to build bridges of understanding and encounter instead.
Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is "making us crazy" as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north.
Francis was asked by reporters about the proposed border wall Wednesday on the way to Panama, where he is looking to leave the sex abuse scandals buffeting his papacy behind. Francis responded: "It is the fear that makes us crazy."
Inmates at Panama youth prison anticipate visit from pope
LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits from Jan. 23-27 for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away there are 144 more who can't make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including murder — so the pontiff is going to them.
Tornado damages Florida air base hit by hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Buildings on a Florida air base were damaged by an apparent tornado according to base officials.
Tyndall Air Force Base posted a message on its official Facebook page that said the tornado struck early Saturday evening.
The post said that no one was injured but that the tornado damaged structures and vehicles on the military installation. Officials added that assessments of the damage will continue through the weekend.
Inmates return to Panama City jail 3 months after hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Three months after Hurricane Michael devastated a large swath of Florida's Panhandle, inmates and staff members are finally returning to the Bay County Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility.
Officials: Florida air base recovering after hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida Air Force base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael is well on the road to recovery.
Col. Brian Laidlaw told local chamber of commerce members that Tyndall Air Force Base has now been open for a month since the powerful storm struck the Panhandle in October.
Hurricane brought ‘moderate’ erosion to Panama City Beach
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A coastal engineering consultant says Panama City Beach suffered only moderate beach erosion during Hurricane Michael.
On Tuesday, Lisa Armbruster told the Bay County Tourist Development Council that the 4½-foot (1.22-meter) storm surge during the Oct. 10 storm, the northerly winds on the western side pushed the water back out to sea.
Panama City clearing hurricane debris from 3 cemeteries
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Workers in the Florida Panhandle are clearing fallen trees and removing debris from cemeteries damaged by Hurricane Michael.
Father daughter duo paint smiley tree stumps after hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, a Florida father and daughter wanted to spread some cheer so they spray painted smiley faces on dozens tree stumps that had snapped in the devastating storm.
Tim west and his 13-year-old daughter were bringing food and supplies to a friend in the Panhandle last fall when they saw the tree stumps and decided on a whim to paint them.
911 calls record chaos as Hurricane Michael hit Florida
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A flood of 911 calls hit emergency operators in Florida's Panhandle as Hurricane Michael roared ashore.
The operators could only listen and take note of each caller's address, because no first responders could be sent out into the storm's fierce winds and catastrophic flooding.