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    Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office

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    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games. More>>

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    Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales

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    Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales. More>>

    Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers

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    The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice. More>>

    Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested

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    Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. More>>

    Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the... More>>

    Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided

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    Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue. More>>

    Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included

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    After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
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    Headstone found in Crystal River

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    Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River. More>>

    Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video Video included

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    A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student. More>>

    Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair Video included

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    A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ... More>>

    EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks Video included

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    It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman. More>>

    Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief Video included

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    There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.
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    Increasing rain, thunderstorm chances south of Tampa Bay

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    A front lifting north into the Tampa Bay area will bring more clouds and a few showers today.
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    3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

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    Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
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    Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

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    A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened. More>>

    Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office

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    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More>>

    12-year-old located safe in Manatee

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    The Manatee Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy reported missing Wednesday night has now been located and is okay. More>>

    Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

    Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect. Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect.
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    A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA. More>>

    90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

    A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO
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    Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men wanted in the home invasion of a 90-year-old man. More>>

    Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

    Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo
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    A Tampa man accused of murdering a woman had the victim in his car when he was talking to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, about an hour before the woman was killed. More>>

    New FHP Report details Winter Park day care crash Video included

    Lily Quintus died in the crash. Lily Quintus died in the crash.
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    The Florida Highway Patrol released a report Wednesday on the deadly daycare crash in Winter Park.
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    AP Source: Giants sign QB Josh Freeman as backup

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    A person familiar with the deal says quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to terms with the New York Giants. More>>

    Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes in FL

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    Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases. More>>

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

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    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

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    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. More>>

    Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

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    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern. More>>

    Schools tweak strategies for weather days

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    Future bouts of unpredictable weather could produce a hodgepodge of solutions for making up lost school days, similar to what happened this year. More>>

    Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine. More>>

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    • Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings

      Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings

      Thursday, April 17 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:00:29 GMT
      Kansas City's police chief says a suspect in a string of random highway shootings that have wounded three people is in custody.
      Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.
    • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

      Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

      As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.
      As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.
    • 911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

      911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

      Thursday, April 17 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:20:37 GMT
      Frantic calls to police from the scene of last week's deadly crash between a tractor-trailer and tour bus carrying students included one from a dazed student who struggled to put into words what just had happened.
      With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday,...
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