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    EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks

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    It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman Thursday night at 6 p.m. More>>

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    Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack

    Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said. More>>

    New FHP Report details Winter Park day care crash

    Lily Quintus died in the crash. Lily Quintus died in the crash.
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    The Florida Highway Patrol released a report Wednesday on the deadly daycare crash in Winter Park.
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    Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

    Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil... More>>

    AP Source: Giants sign QB Josh Freeman as backup

    Former Bucs' quarterback Josh Freeman Former Bucs' quarterback Josh Freeman
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    A person familiar with the deal says quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to terms with the New York Giants. More>>

    Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown

    The fate of more than 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied a report from Nigeria's military that almost all the students were... More>>

    AM Headlines: Rain chances increase; Day care crash report; Amazon taxes

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    AM Headlines: Rain possible today; Day care crash report; Amazon taxes More>>

    Increasing rain chances south of Tampa Bay

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    A front lifting north into the Tampa Bay area will bring more clouds and a few showers today.
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    Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes in FL

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    Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases. More>>

    Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking Video included

    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of... More>>

    uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

    A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing... More>>

    Hudson house fire sends 1 to hospital

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    A house fire in Pasco County sent one person to the hospital. More>>

    Florida bear attacks raise questions

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    A vicious attack near Orlando has drawn national attention to Florida bears. More>>

    Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

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    Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
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    Tampa Police: 'reckless' driver dead after medical incident

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    Tampa Police are investigating a report of a reckless driver that lead to a man being taken to the hospital, where he died. More>>

    Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a... More>>

    12-year-old missing in Manatee

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    The Manatee Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing 12-year-old boy. More>>

    Tampa Bay fans cheer on the Bolts for playoffs

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    Early Wednesday morning, the Lightning staff started drumming up support for the Bolts, as they prepared to take on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. More>>

    Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday. Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.
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    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County. More>>

    Female sex offenders in still in minority, despite recent cases in Pasco and Polk

    Clinical Sex Therapist Dr. Barbara Cook talks to News Channel 8's Yolanda Fernandez about why teachers prey on their students for sex. Clinical Sex Therapist Dr. Barbara Cook talks to News Channel 8's Yolanda Fernandez about why teachers prey on their students for sex.
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    Now, women having sexual relationships with teen boys is more common in the headlines. In cases just this week, a Pasco mom was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and a Polk teacher was also charged with having sex with a minor. More>>

    Investigation of FSU quarterback Jameis Winston criticized

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    Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department have come under national scrutiny for their handling of the Jameis Winston case.
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    Mom says she complained about Lakeland teacher facing sex charges

    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photo
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    WFLA News Channel 8 has learned of another case involving Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. More>>

    What forms the ring around the sun?

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    Many News Channel 8 viewers are asking us what is the halo that formed around the sun on Wednesday? More>>

    Governor presents award money for Hillsborough schools

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    Governor Rick Scott delivered a big check to Hillsborough County schools on Wednesday.
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    Burned dog named 'Hope' faces months of treatment

    Hope is being treated at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary. April 15 photo courtesy BluePearl Hope is being treated at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary. April 15 photo courtesy BluePearl
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    Hope, the tough little mixed-breed dog that won the hearts of many after surviving a horrific act of abuse, could have to undergo months of treatment after she is released from 24-hour intensive care. More>>

    Man who tackled Sarasota CVS robber tells his story

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    A masked man tried to rob a CVS pharmacy off Fruitville Road in Sarasota, when a fellow customer ran over to save the day. More>>

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    • VIRAL VIDEO: Selfie Captures Man Getting Kicked By Train Engineer

      VIRAL VIDEO: Selfie Captures Man Getting Kicked By Train Engineer

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:46:32 GMT
      A video posted to YouTube showing a man getting kicked in the head by a person on a passing train has gone viral.
      A video posted to YouTube showing a man getting kicked in the head by a person on a passing train has gone viral.
    • Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested

      Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:09:23 GMT
      The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested.
      The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested.
    • What forms the ring around the sun?

      What forms the ring around the sun?

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:04:42 GMT
      Many News Channel 8 viewers are asking us what is the halo that formed around the sun on Wednesday?
      Many News Channel 8 viewers are asking us what is the halo that formed around the sun on Wednesday?
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    • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

      Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
      Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
      Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

      Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

      State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

      Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
      Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
      According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
      According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
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