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    TRACKING TROPICS: A disturbance in the Atlantic

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    RIGHT NOW:According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane canter website, an area of the low pressure is located about 1300 miles east of the southern Windward Islands.  More>>

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    Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
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    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.
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    Lakeland gymnastics coach accused of sex with minor

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    A man who works as a gymnastics coach in Lakeland has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. More>>

    Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

    Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence. Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence.
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    A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey. More>>

    Wayward baby sea turtles rescued from storm drains

    Firefighters prepare to remove a storm drain cover to rescue turtles. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue photo Firefighters prepare to remove a storm drain cover to rescue turtles. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue photo
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    Some baby sea turtles who became trapped in a Fort Lauderdale storm drain are now safe, thanks to the efforts of local firefighters and a rescue group. More>>

    Less humid air arrives to Tampa Bay

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    Less humid air is spreading south through the Tampa Bay area today. With more sunshine, it will be hotter than average this afternoon. More>>

    Investigation underway after Haines City police office Facebook post Video included

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    A Haines City Police Department officer is under an internal investigation after an e-mail was sent to the department this week including screenshots from her personal Facebook page. That e-mail was also sent to 8 On Your Side by a viewer who said the content was racist and sexist. More>>

    Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins Video included

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    The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday. More>>

    SWAT team invades wrong house, Sarasota woman files lawsuit Video included

    Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home
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    In July 2013, Louise Goldsberry was washing dishes in her Sarasota apartment when she saw a camouflaged man with a large weapon outside her window. More>>

    Closing arguments wrap up in McTear trial Video included

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    Attorneys had one last chance to try to sway jurors Wednesday before they deliberate if Richard McTear is guilty of throwing a baby out of a car window onto I-275. More>>

    SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota Video included

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    A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. More>>

    FWC sets traps for tegus in Hillsborough County Video included

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    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are going on a Tegu trapping excursion Wednesday morning.  More>>

    Pinellas Health Dept. warns of parasitic disease

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    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.
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    Man dies after diving for lobsters off S Florida

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    Authorities say a man has died after diving for lobsters in the waters off South Florida. More>>

    Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix

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    Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. More>>

    Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

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    Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014. More>>

    Fla. baby survives after being left in hot minivan

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    A 2-month old baby is recovering after being left for about an hour inside a hot minivan parked outside a doctor's office in Florida. More>>

    An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it. Video included

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    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

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    Son of American Ebola patient says mom is 'fighting through it,' dad remains healthy Video included

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    The son of a North Carolina missionary who is fighting the Ebola virus in Liberia during the worst outbreak in history said she continues to improve in her battle against the deadly disease. More>>

    Officials: pipe repairs could take several days Video included

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    Los Angeles officials say it could take several days to repair a nearly century-old water pipe that burst from under Sunset Boulevard, spewing some 8 million gallons and inundating UCLA campus. More>>

    Body of young stowaway found in US cargo plane

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    The body of a young stowaway was found inside a compartment near the wheel well of an Air Force cargo plane that had landed in Germany, U.S. military officials said Tuesday, triggering questions about the security of an aircraft that had made several stops in Africa. More>>

    Back to School: Special shoe store for little girls

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    Colete Glover-Hannah has turned her living room into a mini shoe store. More>>

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    • Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

      Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:31 GMT
      What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
      What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
    • 8 ways to save on groceries without coupons

      8 ways to save on groceries without coupons

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      ShopSmart magazine sent undercover shoppers through grocery store aisles and discovered plenty of ways to lower your grocery bill.
      ShopSmart magazine sent undercover shoppers through grocery store aisles and discovered plenty of ways to lower your grocery bill.
    • Couple's selfie photobombed by lightning bolt

      Couple's selfie photobombed by lightning bolt

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:56:28 GMT
      A couple vacationing in Mexico was almost hit by lightning, a few sources including Washington Post reported Tuesday.
      A couple vacationing in Mexico was almost hit by lightning, a few sources including Washington Post reported Tuesday.
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    • Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

      Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:13:31 GMT
      Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
      Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.
      Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.
    • Lakeland gymnastics coach accused of sex with minor

      Lakeland gymnastics coach accused of sex with minor

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:56:59 GMT
      A man who works as a gymnastics coach in Lakeland has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
      A man who works as a gymnastics coach in Lakeland has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
    • Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

      Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:16:02 GMT
      Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence. Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence.
      A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey.
      A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey.
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    • Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins

      Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:06:23 GMT
      The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday.
      The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday.
    • SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

      SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:50:00 GMT
      WFLA file photo.WFLA file photo.
      A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus.
      A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus.
    • An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

      An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:53:07 GMT
      Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.
      Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

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    • Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

      Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:23 GMT
      An 8-year-old boy has died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit the child in bed early Wednesday, Detroit police said.
      Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.
    • Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

      Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:40:43 GMT
      Documentary pioneer Robert Drew has died in Connecticut at age 90.
      By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and...
    • Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

      Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:39:48 GMT
      The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
      The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many...
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