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    Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

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    The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew... More>>

    Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

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    State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

    $100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games Video included

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    Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant. More>>

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

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    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

    Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video Video included

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    Earlier this month, Jeffrey Daughtry, a math teacher at the Sarasota Military Academy, was fired after a cell phone video captured him screaming at a student.The video shows Daughtry shoving a teenager into a seat and yelling, “You open your mouth again and you will die!” More>>

    Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
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    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning. More>>

    Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008 Video included

    Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday. Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.
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    In a report New Channel 8 received from Orange County on Friday, it shows a teacher recently arrested for allegedly having sex with a student in Polk County also exhibited inappropriate behavior while employed there. More>>

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

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    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
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    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials Video included

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    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems. More>>

    Florida fisherman reels in 805-pound shark Video included

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    A fisherman in Florida seeks to protect the spot where he reeled in a 805-pound mako.
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    Egg hunt for Orangutans at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    "Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo "Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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    The Bornean orangutan family at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was celebrating Easter early on Friday.They all participated in the annual Orangutan Egg Hunt. Zoo keeperers played Easter bunny and "hid" hard-boiled eggs, baskets, coconuts, frozen juice pops and other seasonal goodies throughout the exhibit. More>>

    Canadiens hope to build on win against Lightning

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    Carey Price concedes that failing to protect a pair of third-period leads is not a formula for success in the NHL playoffs. More>>

    Earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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     A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. More>>

    Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

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    Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. More>>

    Coast Guard searching for possible missing boaters

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    U.S. Coast Guard crews are conducting a search for possible missing boaters off the coast of Venice Beach early Friday morning. More>>

    AM Headlines: Wet Friday; Security breach confirmed; Crash closes interstate

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    AM Headlines: Rainy and stormy Friday; Card security breach; Bolts game 2
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    Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards

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    Michaels Stores Inc. says Thursday that about 2.6 million cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach but it has received "limited" reports of fraud. 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 one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data... More>>

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

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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>>

    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>>

    SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

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    A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. More>>

    Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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    A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

    Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

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    Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. More>>

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    • Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

      Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:47:53 GMT
      State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014.
      State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    • $100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games

      $100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:43:14 GMT
      Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant.
      Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant.
    • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

      Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:42:35 GMT
      We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
      We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
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    • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

      Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
      The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
      The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

      Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

      Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
      Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
      Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    • Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them

      Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them

      Thursday, April 17 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:08:40 GMT
      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.
      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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    • Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

      Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

      Friday, April 18 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:01:04 GMT
      A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.
      A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.
    • APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

      APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:51:31 GMT
      An internal state government memo says auditors have found the Illinois Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records.
      The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.
    • American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

      American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:51:28 GMT
      A New York jury has heard two widely differing descriptions of an Egyptian imam accused of carrying out terrorism offenses while he led a London mosque.
      A Seattle man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.
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