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    Pope Francis to visit U.S. in 2015

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    Pope Francis will visit the United States next year, the Catholic News Service reported today.
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    VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

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    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone More>>

    Tampa boy hit by SUV dies

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    The 6-year-old boy hit by an SUV in Tampa Tuesday night, died from his injuries, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. More>>

    Home catches on fire in Tampa

    The fire at 1309 East North Bay St. The fire at 1309 East North Bay St.
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    A house caught on fire early morning in East Tampa Friday, Tampa Fire Rescue crews confirmed. More>>

    Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

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    French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed with the loss of 116 people.  More>>

    AM Headlines: Wet Friday; Teen missing for 2 years; 'Black box' found in last plane crash

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    AM Headlines: Wet Friday; Teen missing for 2 years; 'Black box' found in last plane crash More>>

    Amazon hopes new phone catches fire

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    The Amazon Fire goes up for sale Friday.  It's the first smart phone created by the online giant.

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    St. Pete mother of missing teen looks for answers 2 years later

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    The mother of a missing teenager will be handing out flyers in South St. Petersburg this morning.  More>>

    Umbrellas needed this Friday in Tampa Bay

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    Isolated storms will be mainly east of I-75 Thursday evening, although a few more showers may move onshore from the Gulf. Overnight expect some lingering clouds and temps staying warm near 80 degrees. More>>

    Adoption special extended in Hernando shelter

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    Hernando County Animal Services center is extending its Adoption Special to include all the dogs, cats and kittens at the shelter, county officials said Friday. More>>

    Tampa Bay officials consider lightning-prediction systems after deaths

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    A Tampa man is recovering after he was indirectly hit by lightning Thursday. And while six people have already been killed by lightning this year, some are trying to prevent the deaths. More>>

    Clearwater twins inspire national campaign for epilepsy awareness Video included

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    'Make A Stand Against Epilepsy' - that's the slogan of a nationwide awareness and fundraising effort that sparked because of Clearwater twins. More>>

    One struck by lightning in Clearwater Video included

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    One person has been struck by lightning at Sand Key Park in Clearwater. More>>

    Taddeo says she 'always admired' Crist Video included

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    Annette Taddeo says that first call was a surprise.
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    New jobs on tap for Pinellas as loss looms Video included

    File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott
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    Gov. Rick Scott is expected to take part in an event marking the expansion at GE Energy Management in Clearwater.The expansion will create about 250 jobs, according to a news release from the governor's office.Gov. Scott often attends events connected to job creation, an issue he has made central to his administration and his re-election campaign. More>>

    Trial for man accused of throwing, killing baby continues Video included

    Richard McTear in court Thursday (Pool photo) Richard McTear in court Thursday (Pool photo)
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    A Hillsborough County deputy testified about pictures he took of Jasmine Bedwell, following an argument between her and her former boyfriend Richard McTear, after her baby was missing. More>>

    Elderly Tampa woman's dog stolen from yard, police say

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    Tampa Police are looking to find the dog that was allegedly stolen right in front of the 86-year-old victim. More>>

    Florida Hospital North Pinellas: Not responsible for 96-year-old patient's missing dentures Video included

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    Ella Mae Hess, age 96, wasn't thinking about her dentures when an ambulance rushedher to Florida Hospital North Pinellas last April after she took a bad fall at the Coral Oaks senior living facility in Palm Harbor. More>>

    Sarasota man finds 4-ft-long Tegu lizard Video included

    Billy Baden caught a Tegu lizard behind his home. Billy Baden caught a Tegu lizard behind his home.
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    A four-foot lizard that a Sarasota man spotted outside his home shows how much of a problem invasive Tegu lizards have become. Billy Baden caught the Tegu lizard behind his home in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
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    Cell phone app takes selfie of Lakeland woman with stolen phone Video included

    Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone. Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone.
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    A Lakeland woman is trying to find her stolen phone and has a very strong lead, thanks to an app a friend recently downloaded for her.Cathy Carter was in the doctor's office July 17th and went back to her car to find her phone, a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, missing. More>>

    Storm slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem). A tractor trailer truck lies on its side in the median of U.S. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem). A tractor trailer truck lies on its side in the median of U.S.
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    The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a fierce storm tore through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. Two people were killed and more than two dozen were hurt. More>>

    Sheriff: Missing Plant City teen may be headed to GA

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    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 13-year-old girl who may be heading to Georgia.
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    Kid banned from doughnut shop because of question Video included

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    A young boy in Monroe, Connecticut was banned from his favorite doughnut shop because of a question he asked. More>>

    Alligator found wandering on Wisconsin road

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    Here in Florida it's not unusual for an alligator to be discovered in a yard or a swimming pool or even wandering on the road. But, that's not the case in places like Wisconsin, which is why an alligator walking on the road turned out to be a huge shock for a man driving to get a cappuccino last Sunday morning More>>

    St. Pete police release wrong ID arrested in drug bust

    Photos of those arrested during drug investigation in St. Petersburg, including the mistaken ID. Photos of those arrested during drug investigation in St. Petersburg, including the mistaken ID.
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    At a press conference on Wednesday, St. Petersburg Police released the picture of a man they said was arrested during a drug investigation. But, they got it wrong. More>>

    Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

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    The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. More>>

    Air Algerie flight AH5017 crashed in Mali, airport official says

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    An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed." More>>

    Gator bites man's hand near Miami golf course

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    A man diving for golf balls at a country club near Miami got bitten by an alligator, NBC Miami reported. More>>

    Road rage karma: Florida man run over by own truck

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    A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. More>>

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    • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

      VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

      Friday, July 25 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:56:27 GMT
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      An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
      An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    • 'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

      'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

      Monday, July 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:37:35 GMT
      'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
      'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
    • Photo of cat at gunpoint on Facebook sparks investigation

      Photo of cat at gunpoint on Facebook sparks investigation

      Friday, July 25 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:00:28 GMT
      Animal Control officers are investigating a post that sparked outrage on Facebook - it was a picture of a man holding a cat by its scruff and pointing a gun at it, NBC-2 reported.
      Animal Control officers are investigating a post that sparked outrage on Facebook - it was a picture of a man holding a cat by its scruff and pointing a gun at it, NBC-2 reported.
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    • Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

      Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

      Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:29 GMT
      U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't...
      U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to...
    • Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

      Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

      Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
      Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.
      Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.
    • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

      Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

      Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:08:56 GMT
      It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures.
      It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners.
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    • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

      VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

      Friday, July 25 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:56:27 GMT
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      An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
      An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    • 8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | July 26-27

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | July 26-27

      Thursday, July 24 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:10:36 GMT
      Check out 8 fun things to do this weekend!
      Check out 8 fun things to do this weekend!
    • VIRAL: Silly kitten attacks statue

      VIRAL: Silly kitten attacks statue

      Thursday, July 24 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:55:04 GMT
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      If you've ever had a kitten, you know how silly they can be when it comes to playtime. A video of a super silly kitten has gone viral on social media with more than 330,000 shares on Facebook 
      If you've ever had a kitten, you know how silly they can be when it comes to playtime. A video of a super silly kitten has gone viral on social media with more than 330,000 shares on Facebook 
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