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    20 people, 2 businesses busted for spice in St. Pete

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    Twenty people were arrested, and two local shops fined, after the St. Petersburg Police Department conducted an undercover round-up of spice buyers and sellers. More>>

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    VIDEO: Whale lifts kayakers

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    Dramatic video shows a 90,000 lb. whale giving kayakers a ride they'll remember forever. The video was shot by one of the kayakers and begins by showing the whale in the distance.  More>>

    Mother takes stand in Tampa baby throwing trial Video included

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    Jasmine Bedwell, the woman who caused a mistrial in the Richard McTear case last year, is set to testify Wednesday. More>>

    Tampa WWII veteran receives medal in hospice care

    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care. William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care.
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    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran. He served as a medic at a hospital treating the wounded during the “D” day invasion.Later he served as a guard for General Dwight Eisenhower.Cobbs is in the final chapter of his life, with a diagnosis of cancer. More>>

    Thieves in undies steal cookout fixins from restaurant

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    Police in Southwest Florida are looking for three men who were only wearing underwear, when they broke on their into a restaurant and stole fixins for an early morning cookout. Surveillance cameras recorded images of the men, one of whom was clad in tightie whities. More>>

    2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

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    Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. More>>

    State Attorney reviewing disturbing tortoise torture case

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    The State Attorney's office is reviewing a disturbing abuse case involving two Orange Park teens accused of setting a rare gopher tortoise on fire and then stomping it to death. A graphic video of the abuse was circulated on social media. More>>

    AM Headlines: Mostly rain-less morning; Star witness on stand in baby-throwing case; Coyote class

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    AM Headlines: Mostly rain-less morning; Star witness on stand in baby-throwing case; Coyote meeting More>>

    FWC hosts coyote class after Lakeland cat killings

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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a community forum on coyotes Wednesday in response to the recent mutilations of several pet cats in Lakeland. More>>

    John Kerry flies to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban

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    The top U.S. diplomat flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. More>>

    Afternoon storms develop

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    Storms develop near I-75 just after lunch, and they push east through the afternoon.
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    Pro-Israel supporters in Brandon say no fear in traveling to Holy Land Video included

    Dozens gather in support of Israel at a rally in Brandon on Tuesday night. Dozens gather in support of Israel at a rally in Brandon on Tuesday night.
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    Dozens gathered outside of International Center for Torah Studies in Brandon on Tuesday night for a Pro-Israel rally. More>>

    Tampa boy, 6, critically injured after being hit by SUV

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    A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a SUV while riding a scooter in Tampa on Tuesday night. More>>

    Bradenton man accused of impregnating 12-year-old girl Video included

    Zachrey McDowell is charged with lewd & lascivious battery. Manatee Co. Jail booking photo Zachrey McDowell is charged with lewd & lascivious battery. Manatee Co. Jail booking photo
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    A 30-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after investigators say he met a 12-year-old girl on Facebook and got her pregnant. More>>

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes Video included

    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
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    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills. More>>

    Polk residents told to stop cutting their grass near the water Video included

    Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation. Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation.
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    Some Winter Haven homeowners are waist high in weeds as they wait for answers on whether they can cut their backyards.About a month ago, the Island Lakes Homeowners Association and Southwest Florida Water Management District told some 40 homeowners to stop cutting the grass near the water. More>>

    4 - 5,000 attend Snooty's 66th birthday bash

    Snooty’s 66th birthday “cake”  was made from cabbage, strawberries, pineapple, sweet potatoes and beets. South Florida Museum photo Snooty’s 66th birthday “cake” was made from cabbage, strawberries, pineapple, sweet potatoes and beets. South Florida Museum photo
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    Imagine 4,000 people coming to your birthday party. That's about how many people showed up to celebrate the 66th birthday of Tampa Bay's beloved Snooty the manatee.  More>>

    New surveillance shows Tampa boy's death as hit and run Video included

    A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk. A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk.
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    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run.  More>>

    Strangers help Hernando sinkhole victim move out Video included

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    Hernando County officials gave Linda Fisher until noon Tuesday to get everything out of her house on Eldridge Dr. More>>

    St. Petersburg Mayor names new police chief

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    Mayor Rick Kriseman named St. Petersburg's new police chief. He's Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Kriseman went through an extensive search involving internal and external candidates, but in the end, he reached out to Holloway. Kriseman says after several conversations, he knew Holloway would be the perfect fit. More>>

    Lightning strike kills 1, injures 2 in Ft. Myers

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    One person was killed and two others were injured by a lightning strike on the beach Tuesday afternoon on Fort Myers Beach. More>>

    Man critically injured by street sweeper in St. Pete

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    A man was critically injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg when he was run over by a street sweeper. More>>

    Tampa veterinarian solves mystery behind dog's unusual injury

    Riccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photo Riccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photo
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    A Tampa-area Tibetan spaniel is on the road to recovery after a quick-thinking veterinarian figured out what caused a mysterious wound to the dog's back, in one of the most unusual cases he's seen. More>>

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

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    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach. More>>

    US cancels all flights to Israel over missile fear

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    FAA tells US airlines all flights to Tel Aviv airport in Israel are prohibited for 24 hours. More>>

    FSU coach Jimbo Fisher drops peanuts in Coke, creates buzz

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    A Florida State University coach is creating a buzz on social media for something he was spotted doing, dropping peanuts in a bottle of Coca-Cola. More>>

    Crist ahead in new WFLA poll on governor's race Video included

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    Democrat Charlie Crist jumped to a six-point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in a new News Channel 8 gubernatorial race poll released today. Crist, the former governor running to reclaim his old job, is ahead 46-40, giving Crist the biggest margin registered in the poll since it launched this spring. More>>

    How thieves clone your credit cards Video included

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    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it." More>>

    Geo experts to investigate Spring Hill sinkhole Video included

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    Hernando County engineers and contractors will return to a sinkhole on Elderidge Dr. Tuesday with specialized geotechnical equipment to investigate what's happening underground. More>>

    Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Army Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts looks out at the audience after receiving the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. Image AP Army Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts looks out at the audience after receiving the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. Image AP
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    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back.  More>>

    Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city

    A man holds a baby as he walks next to a refrigerated train loaded with the bodies of victims, in Torez, eastern Ukraine. Image AP A man holds a baby as he walks next to a refrigerated train loaded with the bodies of victims, in Torez, eastern Ukraine. Image AP
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    The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday. More>>

    Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic Video included

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    A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic but is expected to degenerate over the next few days. More>>

    Mote scientists do groundbreaking research on great white sharks Video included

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    For the past year, Mote Marine scientists have made all new discoveries about great white sharks. More>>

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
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    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area? More>>

    Spring Hill sinkhole swallows part of street, neighbors on edge Video included

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    Some Spring Hill neighbors remain on edge as a sinkhole swallows part of their street. More>>

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    • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

      Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
      Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
      Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    • 'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

      'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

      Monday, July 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:37:35 GMT
      'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
      'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
    • Tampa veterinarian solves mystery behind dog's unusual injury

      Tampa veterinarian solves mystery behind dog's unusual injury

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:23:33 GMT
      Riccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photoRiccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photo
      A Tampa-area Tibetan spaniel is on the road to recovery after a quick-thinking veterinarian figured out what caused a mysterious wound to the dog's back, in one of the most unusual cases he's seen.
      A Tampa-area Tibetan spaniel is on the road to recovery after a quick-thinking veterinarian figured out what caused a mysterious wound to the dog's back, in one of the most unusual cases he's seen.
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    • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

      Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
      This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
      Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
      Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

      RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
      A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
      A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    • How thieves clone your credit cards

      How thieves clone your credit cards

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
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      Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
      Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
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    • Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

      Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:43:51 GMT
      After two days of jury selection, lawyers are poised to give opening statements in the trial of a Detroit-area man who opened his front door and shot an unarmed woman, killing her.
      A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a...
    • Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

      Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:35:03 GMT
      Health officials say that the head of the government lab which potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned.
      The head of the government lab which potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.
    • Biden among Urban League meeting speakers in Ohio

      Biden among Urban League meeting speakers in Ohio

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:59 GMT
      National Urban League leaders will focus on jobs and pay in U.S. cities during a conference this week that will draw some top Democratic and Republican politicians courting minority support.
      The National Urban League wants to make sure job issues and economic insecurity are in the forefront of this fall's election campaigns, its leader said Wednesday as members of the civil rights organization gathered for...
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    • VIDEO: Whale lifts kayakers

      VIDEO: Whale lifts kayakers

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:48:30 GMT
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      Dramatic video shows a 90,000 lb. whale giving kayakers a ride they'll remember forever. The video was shot by one of the kayakers and begins by showing the whale in the distance. 
      Dramatic video shows a 90,000 lb. whale giving kayakers a ride they'll remember forever. The video was shot by one of the kayakers and begins by showing the whale in the distance. 
    • Baby cakes: 'Smash' trend taking 1-year-old parties by storm

      Baby cakes: 'Smash' trend taking 1-year-old parties by storm

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:23:30 GMT
      Legions of parents have embraced the smash cake, a birthday party feature in which brand-new 1-year-olds are served cakes to destroy — adorably — in front of friends and family.
      Legions of parents have embraced the smash cake, a birthday party feature in which brand-new 1-year-olds are served cakes to destroy — adorably — in front of friends and family.
    • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

      RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
      A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
      A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
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