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    Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

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    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. More>>

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    SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

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    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to... More>>

    Canadiens sweep Lightning with 4-3 win

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    Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Ba... More>>

    Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired Video included

    Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher. Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
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    Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times. More>>

    Indian film awards expected to snarl Tampa traffic Video included

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    Officials from the city of Tampa are asking motorists to prepare for traffic delays and allow for extra time if you are traveling in or around downtown Tampa this week, as the city hosts the International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards. More>>

    TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation Video included

    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation. Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
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    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
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    Scott, Crist trade jabs over tuition, cost Video included

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    Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist took swipes at each other over college as they both attended events in Tallahassee on Tuesday. More>>

    Hope the dog: Burns are 90% healed Video included

    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
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    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire. More>>

    Sarasota students rally behind teacher fired after meltdown video went viral Video included

    Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy. Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy.
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    Last week, WFLA News Channel 8 told you about a Sarasota teacher who was fired after a cell phone video showed him having a meltdown. Now, his students are rallying behind him and want him to get his job back
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    12 Indicted In Florida-To-Ohio Drug Ring Video included

    Christopher J. Matheson, 35, Mount Vernon Christopher J. Matheson, 35, Mount Vernon
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    Twelve people were indicted Monday in connection with a five-month investigation into a pill trafficking ring from Florida to Ohio. More>>

    Computer server problem delays FCAT testing in some Tampa Bay counties Video included

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    Computer server problems delayed FCAT testing for students in some Tampa Bay counties on Tuesday. More>>

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure Video included

    The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and  unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver  ingots. Odyssey photo The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver ingots. Odyssey photo
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    Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
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    Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck Video included

    Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
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    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck. More>>

    Brooksville mom pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter Video included

    April Weber, 26, appeared in court Tuesday. April Weber, 26, appeared in court Tuesday.
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     The Hernando County mother accused of killing her infant daughter pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday morning. More>>

    Typical April weather today

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    We'll see a few passing clouds today and slightly warmer temperatures.
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    Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

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    Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in... More>>

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    • Canadiens sweep Lightning with 4-3 win

      Canadiens sweep Lightning with 4-3 win

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:35:42 GMT
      Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Ba...
      Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Ba...
    • Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired

      Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:25:13 GMT
      Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
      Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times.
      Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times.
    • Manatee deputies investigate body found in Palmetto

      Manatee deputies investigate body found in Palmetto

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:02:11 GMT
      Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening. 
      Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening. 
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    • TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

      TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:55:30 GMT
      Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
      The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
      The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
    • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:01:42 GMT
      Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
       When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
      When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    • Tampa homeowner says Duke Energy is a bully for taking her oak tree

      Tampa homeowner says Duke Energy is a bully for taking her oak tree

      Monday, April 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:34:15 GMT
      Neda Dandache and her family love their backyard oasis, even though a gigantic Duke Energy transmission tower abuts their backyard. Oak trees block that view, for now, and give them shade.The trees have never been an issue, but now, Duke wants them gone. Dandache says Duke's forester told her they may cause a problem - seven years from now."
      Neda Dandache and her family love their backyard oasis, even though a gigantic Duke Energy transmission tower abuts their backyard. Oak trees block that view, for now, and give them shade.The trees have never been an issue, but now, Duke wants them gone. Dandache says Duke's forester told her they may cause a problem - seven years from now."
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