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    At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

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    Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the... More>>

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    Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

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    The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. More>>

    Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
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    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk More>>

    FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

    Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66. Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66.
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    The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody Saturday morning in Hardee County.Demetrio DeLeon Ramirez, 30, is facing a variety of charges including theft and escape. More>>

    Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m. Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.
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    Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. More>>

    13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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    Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the... More>>

    Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose. Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose.
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    Three suspects were arrested early Saturday morning following a home invasion in Bradenton.An unidentified fourth perpetrator managed to escape and is being sought by law enforcement officers. The incident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of 22nd Ave. West. More>>

    Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

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    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are... More>>

    Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

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    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody,... More>>

    Your Week in Pop Culture: 5 questions the 'Scandal' finale didn't answer

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    Five questions left after the season 3 finale of Scandal, kids interacting with a Sony Walkman will make you feel old and more this week in pop culture. More>>

    Gainesville authorities investigate arrest of UF football player

    Authorities in Gainesville say Purifoy was arrested last month on drug-related charges. Authorities in Gainesville say Purifoy was arrested last month on drug-related charges.
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    The Gainesville Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the quashing of an arrest warrant for a former University of Florida football star and current NFL draft prospect.The Gainesville Sun reports that Loucheiz Purifoy was allegedly caught by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office last month in possession of both marijuana and bath salts. More>>

    Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
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    A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. More>>

    Bill could slow growth of Florida's craft beer industry

    Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation. Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation.
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    Republican Senate President Don Gaetz is boasting in emails to beer lovers that he helped a craft brewery in his district get started. But now he's also supporting legislation that would hurt the same brewery.Gaetz wrote the legislation that set up an economic development grant program with BP oil spill recovery money. More>>

    Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo
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    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. More>>

    Workers at Universal Studios Orlando overcome by fumes

    The workers were applying paint sealer to the Harry Potter ride when they became ill. The workers were applying paint sealer to the Harry Potter ride when they became ill.
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    Five workers from Universal Studios in Orlando are out of the hospital after being treated early Saturday when they became sick while applying paint sealer to a popular ride.WFTV in Orlando reported that the workers were applying the sealer to the park's Harry Potter ride around 2 a.m. on Saturday. More>>

    Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

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    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays. More>>

    Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

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    A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after... 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>>

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

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    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's... More>>

    Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

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    A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night. More>>

    Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter Video included

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    Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her. More>>

    Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

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    A robotic submarine has finished its sixth trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in the hunt for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, six weeks after the aircraft mysteriously disappeared, the search... More>>

    Breezy conditions expected on Saturday

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    Storm Team 8 meteorologist Julie Phillips says only light rain is expected for your Friday night plans. More>>

    Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy Video included

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    Captain Charlie Ward of the Starlite Majesty in Clearwater Beach can't figure out why the captain of a South Korean ferry abandoned ship with passengers trapped below deck. More>>

    Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters

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    U.S. Coast Guard crews have suspended their search Friday night for possible missing boaters off the coast of Venice Beach. More>>

    Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

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    Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera. More>>

    Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation Video included

    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>>

    Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

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    The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday. More>>

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers? Video included

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    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


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    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>>

    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>>

    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 Video included

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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>>

    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>>

    Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

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    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need - three of whom were seen lifeless in the... 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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    • Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

      Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

      Saturday, April 19 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:13:15 GMT
      Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
      Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
      Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
    • FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

      FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

      Saturday, April 19 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:19:51 GMT
      Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66.Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66.
      The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody Saturday morning in Hardee County.Demetrio DeLeon Ramirez, 30, is facing a variety of charges including theft and escape.
      The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody Saturday morning in Hardee County.Demetrio DeLeon Ramirez, 30, is facing a variety of charges including theft and escape.
    • Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

      Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

      Saturday, April 19 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:29:01 GMT
      Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.
      Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m.
      Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m.
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    • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

      Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

      Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

      In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

      In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


    • 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.
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    • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

      Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

      Saturday, April 19 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:12:03 GMT
      A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside.
      No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.
    • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

      Documents detail another delayed GM recall

      Saturday, April 19 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:42:48 GMT
      Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.
      General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents...
    • Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

      Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

      Saturday, April 19 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:42:00 GMT
      Fiat and Chrysler say they will build three new Jeep models in China for the local market, the biggest for Jeeps outside the U.S.
      Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind...
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