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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a change of heart Sunday, benching defensive end Greg Hardy before the team's 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions.Rivera defended his late decision to make Hardy inactive by saying the "climate has changed" in the NFL and the team "has to get this right."Rivera said he wouldn't rule out Hardy playing this season but refused to put a timetable on that decision. ... More>>

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    Hillsborough deputies identify body found

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    When Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies told Rosario Reyes her husband was dead, her first thought was "How will I explain this to my youngest children.""What am I going to tell them, when their dad is not coming around," Rosario Reyes said. "What am I going to tell them?" "Your dad is not coming around, because somebody did something to him."Octavio Reyes, 36, of Gibsonton, leaves behind six children, the youngest is 4 years old. ... More>>

    Police searching for missing Tarpon Springs woman

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    The Tarpon Springs Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Ella Jones Cone. Cone, 82, was last seen Sunday morning driving a blue 2006 Saturn Ion with Florida tag number C025PZ She was seen in the area of Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., at about 10 a.m. when she dropped the registered owner, Kenneth Staack, off at church. ... More>>

    HCSO: Remains in Ruskin identified as Octavio Reyes

    The remains were discovered on Saturday afternoon near the Little Manatee River. The remains were discovered on Saturday afternoon near the Little Manatee River.
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    Crime scene technicians with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were back in Ruskin Sunday to collect evidence where a body was located near the Little Manatee River.Saturday afternoon deputies discovered the remains of an unknown subject in a wooded area off US Highway 41. More>>

    Panthers' Hardy won't play Sunday against Detroit

    Hardy was convicted in July on one count of assaulting a female. Hardy was convicted in July on one count of assaulting a female.
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    Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.That news comes just two days after Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Pro Bowler would play.Do you tweet? We do! Join us on http://8.wfla.com/1dsYrjSHardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats. He is appealing the ruling. He was active against Tampa Bay in Week 1.Mario Addison is expected to star... More>>

    Bay area man killed in one-vehicle crash in Tampa

    The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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    A 34-year-old Bay area man died early Sunday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa.Kyle Gasperone was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he later died.Stay connected with the news of the day. More>>

    Gators survive 'Swamp' scare, beat UK, 36-30

    Matt Jones scored the game-winner in the third overtime period on Saturday night. Matt Jones scored the game-winner in the third overtime period on Saturday night.
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    Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.Jones' 1-yard run in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators' winning streak in the Southeastern Conference series to 28 games. More>>

    'Classic Florida' weather for your Sunday

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    Overnight quiet conditions are expected across the Tampa Bay area. Temps will drop back into the mid 70s with a clearing sky. More>>

    Over 70 firearms collected in Sarasota gun turn-in event

    Two SCSO deputies tag some of the weapons collected at Saturday's event. Two SCSO deputies tag some of the weapons collected at Saturday's event.
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    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office collected more than 70 firearms Saturday during a community gun turn-in event, a component of the department's anti-violence initiative.Among the weapons several long rifles, a handful of small-caliber handguns, two black powder guns and a saw-offed shotgun. More>>

    Remains discovered near Little Manatee River

    A tip led Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to a body near the Little Manatee River. A tip led Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to a body near the Little Manatee River.
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    A body was discovered Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off  U.S. Hwy 41 S. in Southern Hillsborough County. The scene is located near the Little Manatee River Bridge just north of the Manatee County line, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives, forensic crime scene technicians and personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical's Examiner's Office are on the scene... More>>

    Two men wounded in East Tampa shooting

    Tampa police investigate two men shot in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. in Tampa. Tampa police investigate two men shot in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. in Tampa.
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    Two men were shot during an altercation involved a third man in east Tampa Saturday night, Tampa police said. Three men were arguing in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. about 10 p.m.when two of them suffered gunshot wounds, Tampa police Lt. Ron McMullen said. The identity of the men were unavailable Saturday night.... More>>

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

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    BEIRUT (AP) - Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an act of pure evil."... More>>

    Alert Hillsborough County firefighter rescues Bradenton fire victims

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    A Hillsborough County firefighter on his way to work spotted a duplex fire early Saturday morning, Bradenton Fire Department officials said. Through quick action, he alerted the residents and helped to evacuate them from the building before the firefighting units arrived. Shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday, the Bradenton Fire Department received a call about a structure fire and responded to the 600 block of 21st Street W., a Bradenton Fire Department report said. Smoke and flames were showing. ... More>>

    Hit-and-run driver sought in crash that injured Holiday teen

    FHP investigators are working with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on this case. FHP investigators are working with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on this case.
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    Authorities in Pasco County are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver that struck an 18-year-old teenager early Thursday morning.Michael Eberl suffered injuries to his head, face and left hand. More>>

    Missing Manatee County woman has been located

    Family members contacted MCSO on Friday when 'Luz' did not return home. Family members contacted MCSO on Friday when 'Luz' did not return home.
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    Elizabeth ‘Luz' Ingraham, 24, has been found, Manatee County sheriff's officials said. Ingraham had not been seen since Friday and family members was worried. More>>

    Three Lakeland shootings possibly connected

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    Lakeland police are investigating a string of shootings that began Friday night. A victim in each of the three separate shootings were hospitalized, authorities said.The first incident occurred about 8:45 p.m. Friday. The Lakeland Police Department received several calls about shots fired near 100 Emma St. Moments later, an off-duty police officer working a detail at Lakeland Regional Medical Center reported a gunshot victim arrived to the hospital by private vehicle. ... More>>

    Military family gets new home in Riverview

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    Army Staff Sgt. Visala Tui is totally disabled. The husband and father of four suffered a traumatic brain injury, severe sleep apnea, shoulder injuries, PTSD, and severe arthritis. As a combat medic he's seen devastating injuries and casualties. He's served the country for 14.5 years. Today he got a new home. Building Homes for Heroes is a charitable organization that gives Veterans mortgage free homes. ... More>>

    Fuel truck driver involved in August 27th in Sarasota Co. dies

    The August 27th crash snarled traffic along I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties for over 10 hours. The August 27th crash snarled traffic along I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties for over 10 hours.
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    The driver of a fuel tanker involved in a crash that snarled traffic along Interstate 75 in Sarasota County on August 27th has died.Thomas Leland Grattan, a 71-year-old Brooksville resident, passed away early Friday morning at Blake Medical Center. More>>

    Polk woman dies following crash in Lake Wales

    The crash is being investigated by the Lake Wales Police Department. The crash is being investigated by the Lake Wales Police Department.
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    A 24-year-old Polk County woman died Friday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Central Ave. in Lake Wales.Heather Ann McPhail, a resident of Alturas, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3:30 pm. More>>

    Saraota man in critical condition following early morning assault

    Calvin Joseph White, 24, is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail. Calvin Joseph White, 24, is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail.
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    A convicted felon is behind bars charged with attempted second-degree murder following an incident early Saturday morning in Sarasota.A 24-year-old man was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Joseph Viqueira suffered at least one stab wound to the chest. More>>

    Wall collapses at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, 8 injured

    Interior wall collapsed at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Photo Courtesy: Alec Burnett/Twitter Interior wall collapsed at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Photo Courtesy: Alec Burnett/Twitter
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    Eight people were injured when a 15-foot temporary construction wall fell at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Friday night. Three people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, including a man with a broken arm, according to Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue. More>>

    Jon Gruden gives back to Bay area prep football programs

    Gruden is a regular on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts. Gruden is a regular on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts.
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    In his first season as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jon Gruden led the team to its first and only Super Bowl championship in franchise history.Since his days with the Bucs, the 51-year-old football enthusiast has gone on to become one of ESPN's most popular pigskin prognosticators. More>>

    Plant Panthers dominated Gaither for big win

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    Patrick Brooks scored three touchdowns, and the Plant Panthers found the end zone four times in a dominant fourth quarter to outlast visiting Gaither High, 37-10. Plant looked to be in danger of an upset when Gaither quarterback David Mazur's touchdown run tied the game at 10-10 late in the third quarter.But the Panthers responded when Brooks opened up the fourth quarter with a 33-yard scoring run.Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper then found Brooks on a post route for another score... More>>

    Friday Night Blitz - Week 3 Scores

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    Check out the scores from week 3 of the 2014 Friday Night Blitz
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    Tampa General Hospital: Patient data compromised Video included

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    It's happened again. Patient information at Tampa General Hospital has been compromised.TGH released the news Friday. A hospital representative said the hospital last month began investigating after an employee was arrested with TGH patient cover letters. ... More>>

    GreenPal website lets lawn care companies bid for your job

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    Move over Lyft and Uber, a new web-based service is in town.But, you won't be hitching any rides with this new service, GreenPal can help hook you up with someone who will mow your lawn and spruce up your yard.
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    Iowa man arrested in Pinellas for alleged sexual abuse Video included

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    Pinellas County detectives have arrested a self-described pedophile Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two girls. More>>

    Work being done on moldy condo making St. Pete woman sick Video included

    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems.
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    A St. Petersburg woman upset about black mold in the condo next door is now breathing easier in a hotel, after an 8 On Your Side investigative report More>>

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Sept. 1 - 6

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    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from September 1 to 6, 2014.
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    Lakeland veteran waits for VA care Video included

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    A Lakeland veterans is puzzled why he has to "jump through hoops" to get a prescription filled at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa.
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    Friday Night Blitz 'Game of the Week': Plant hosts Gaither Video included

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    For Rex Culpepper, there's enough pressure having that last name.His father is Brad Culpepper, who played nine NFL seasons, including six with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993-99.Rex's grandfather, Bruce, was a center and team captain for the University of Florida in the 1960s.... More>>

    Vikings' Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse charges Video included

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    Another scandal rocks the NFL on Friday. Superstar running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse.
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    Social media a powerful police tool, leads to Tampa man's arrest Video included

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    Hillsborough county sheriff's detectives swooped in on and arrested a bank robbery suspect last night. More>>

    Sarasota Co. bus driver arrested for soliciting prostitute while on-duty Video included

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    On Thursday, Sarasota police conducted a sting targeting individuals who solicit prostitutes. More>>

    Reports of Crypto parasitic disease rise in Hillsborough

    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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    The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a disease that spreads easily person to person in households, child-care settings and schools, through swimming in contaminated water or from contact with animals.
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    More than 200 pets at Clearwater adoption event

    One of the pets available at this weekend's adoption event. One of the pets available at this weekend's adoption event.
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    Are you looking to add a pet to your family? You might want to check out a big adoption event going on this weekend.  More>>

    Former Pinellas school bus driver arrested for child porn

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    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center on Thursday arrested William Eichenberger, 58, of 5685 35th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Fla. on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
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    President Obama to visit Tampa

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    President Barack Obama is expected to be in Tampa on Wednesday, September 17. More>>

    Child sets boy on fire, Tampa caregiver arrested for child neglect

     Ruby Lee Brown, 66, of Tampa, is charged with child neglect. Jail booking photo Ruby Lee Brown, 66, of Tampa, is charged with child neglect. Jail booking photo
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    A 7-year-old boy is recovering at Tampa General Hospital after another child lit him on fire.
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    Search underway for more bodies in squalid home

    Emergency personal in protective clothing fold a tarp on the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Emergency personal in protective clothing fold a tarp on the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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    A woman who lived at a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found this week was arraigned Friday on charges including fetal death concealment and ordered held without bail as the search for more possible bodies continued. More>>

    Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver Video included

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    Police say a driver has reported that George Zimmerman threatened to kill him after a confrontation on the road. More>>

    VIRAL VIDEO: Baby bear plays with flag pole, steals golf ball

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    We see a lot of video here at WFLA.com, but this is one of the cutest we've come across. 
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    Pinellas hoarder makes no progress despite offers of help

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    One week after Eight On Your Side negotiated with Pinellas County to deliver a free dumpster to Potter's trash filled property at 1700 Balmoral Drive, nothing has changed.
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    No swim advisory at North Lido Beach Video included

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    County health officials are recommending that swimmers stay out of the water at North Lido Beach. More>>

    Kids of slain gun instructor to girl, 9, who shot their dad: 'You should not let this define you'

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    The four grieving children of Arizona gun instructor Charles Vacca, who was killed accidentally last month while teaching a 9-year-old how to shoot an Uzi, have written a letter to the girl who shot their father.  More>>

    Rhonda Shear's business thrives in Tampa Bay 'embracing' community

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    Tampa Bay ranks seventh in the nation for growth of women-owned businesses.  More>>

    Lawyer: Dad tied to kids death had mental issues Video included

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    Lawyers for the man who police say killed his five children has been treated for mental health issues in the past, and he has waived his first court appearance in South Carolina. More>>

    Girl, 16, flees Sunstar transit van wearing hospital gown, socks Video included

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    A 24-year-old man is behind bars, accused of obstructing an officer after telling St. Petersburg Police that a 16-year-old girl clad in a hospital gown was his girlfriend. More>>

    Services set for 1 of 4 Hudson murder victims Video included

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    Family and friends will gather Friday to say goodbye to one of the four people found murdered on a hill in Hudson.  More>>

    St Pete job fair: foodies are welcome

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    New culinary market Locale at St Petersbugr's Sundial is looking for passionate foodies. More>>

    Judge: Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

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    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. More>>

    'Dolphin Tale 2' hits theaters today

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    The movie 'Dolphin Tale 2' hits theaters Friday. Just like the first movie, the sequel is expected to attract visitors to Clearwater. More>>

    AM Headlines: Rain south of I-4; Memorial service for murder victim; Pistorius verdict

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    AM Headlines: Rain south of I-4; Memorial service for murder victim; Pistorius verdict More>>

    FL animal advocates seek tougher abuse laws Video included

    Hope continues to recover from abuse at the hands of her former owner. Hope continues to recover from abuse at the hands of her former owner.
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    She's been through hell and back, but Hope is now wagging her tail to recovery.“Two little wounds on her front legs left to heal, but other than that she is doing excellent,” said Leigh Sockalosky of Hardee Animal Rescue Team, who now owns Hope. More>>

    RECALL: Kidde smoke and combination smoke/CO alarms Video included

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    Kidde is recalling hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, the company announced this week. More>>

    Police: OH escaped school shooter captured

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    Authorities have apprehended the convicted killer of three Ohio high school students who escaped from prison. More>>

    Tampa man arrested by TPD on DUI manslaughter charge

    Cannon, 51, is facing one count of DUI manslaughter. Cannon, 51, is facing one count of DUI manslaughter.
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    A 51-year-old Bay area man was arrested Thursday on a charge of DUI manslaughter for his role in a fatal crash that claimed the life of a Tampa woman last month.Roderick George Cannon was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $50,000. More>>

    TRACKING THE TROPICS: TS Edouard will remain out to sea Video included

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    RIGHT NOW: Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the far eastern Atlantic on Thursday but was expected to remain out to sea. More>>

    Two giant solar flares head to earth Video included

    Two large solar flares are rocketing towards Earth but will have little effect. Two large solar flares are rocketing towards Earth but will have little effect.
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    Scientists warn, two solar flares heading our way are some of the biggest seen in several years. But what exactly are they? Jeff Rodgers from the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton explains, solar flares originate in sun spots, and are a wave of charged particles blasted from the surface. More>>

    Death sentence upheld for killer of Sarasota middle school student Video included

    Carlie Brucia was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered on February 1, 2004. Carlie Brucia was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered on February 1, 2004.
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    The death sentence for a former Bay area man convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a Sarasota middle school student was upheld Thursday by the Supreme Court of Florida.Joseph Peter Smith, 48, was arrested and charged with the February 1, 2004 killing of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. More>>

    Investigation into Haines City cop's Facebook posts Video included

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    The investigation is complete into a former Haines City Police Officer who was under fire for posts on her private Facebook page.
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    Time lapse video covers 10 years at 9/11 memorial

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    EarthCam released a time-lapse video of construction at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.“I hope it serves as a way to recognize that for the ten years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America,” said EarthCam CEO and Founder Brian Cury.The time lapse covers 10 years of construction as a way to honor the victims of 9/11. Copyright 2014 WFLA via WNCN. All rights reserved. More>>

    Man critical after fire at Palm Harbor motel Video included

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    Three people were injured Thursday afternoon in a fire at a Palm Harbor motel.
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    Rare meeting of Medal of Honor recipients meets 'bucket list' request

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark (center) got to meet Congressional Medal of Honor recipients     Gary Beikrich, Gary Littrell, Leroy Petry and Clinton Romesha. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark (center) got to meet Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Gary Beikrich, Gary Littrell, Leroy Petry and Clinton Romesha.
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    United States Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark recently contacted 8 on Your Side with unique request. "My whole life, I wanted to meet a Medal of Honor Recipient," said Clark. His "bucket list" item is now checked off. More>>

    Hillsborough student arrested for bringing gun to school, deputies say Video included

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    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a King High School student for bringing a loaded gun to school. More>>

    Spooky critters, frightening family fun at ZooBoo

    Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo is in its 16th year. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo is in its 16th year. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo
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    As fall draws near, so does the 16th year of fun and fear at ZooBoo, Tampa Bay's largest family Halloween event. More>>

    Remembering 9/11: Where were you? Video included

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    For my generation it was, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Now it's "Where were you on September 11th?"
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    English Bulldog found unconscious, starving, ready for new life

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    A young English Bulldog who was found unconscious, starving and suffering from mange, has a new start on life thanks to the efforts of a Broward County rescue group and the Good Samaritan who discovered her. More>>

    Sebring second grader plants 9/11 tree Video included

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    Talking to kids, who weren't even alive on September 11, 2001, about the horror of that day, is difficult.
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    'No Swim' advisory issued for North Lido Beach in Sarasota

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    A "no swim" advisory has been issued for North Lido Beach on Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota, the Florida Department of Health warns. More>>

    U.S. Military Commanders gather in St. Pete to remember 9/11 Video included

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    High ranking U.S. Military Commanders gathered in St. Petersburg for breakfast joining a number of veterans wounded in combat, as well as the families of civilians who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th. More>>

    Burger King releases 'Black Burger' in Japan

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    In a country renowned for its kooky culture and innovative food, it probably comes as no surprise that the Japanese Burger King menu might throw up a few surprises. But travelers journeying to Tokyo this September might be a little shocked to find out what is on offer.
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    9/11 memorial unveiled in Ybor City Video included

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    A symbol of courage, healing and hope now stands in Ybor City.   More>>

    Clinic: Vocal-cord biopsy did not kill Joan Rivers

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    The Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest disputed a report that it happened during a biopsy of her vocal cords. A spokesman for the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic gave CNN its first public statement since Rivers fell ill during a procedure.
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    Facebook apologizes, offers help to sick boy's dad after taking down photo Video included

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    Facebook apologized to a dad who posted his sick son's photo in an ad for a page aimed at raising awareness about the need for infant organ donation. More>>

    Florida teacher refuses to give standardized tests

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    An Alachua County kindergarten teacher is refusing to give standardized tests to her students. More>>

    NFL to look into its handling of Rice case Video included

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    The NFL called in a former FBI director to examine how it pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case as pressure increased for the league to be more transparent about its original investigation. More>>

    Changes surround 9/11 anniversary commemoration

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    A solemn reading of the names. Moments of silence to mark the precise times of tragedy. Stifled sobs of those still mourning. More>>

    Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time Video included

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    Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night. More>>

    Father of 6 vanishes without a trace in Hillsborough Video included

    Reyes was last seen on August 30th. His burned out truck was found in Ruskin a few days later. Reyes was last seen on August 30th. His burned out truck was found in Ruskin a few days later.
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    Octavio Reyes vanished without a trace.The 36-year-old Riverview construction work was last seen on August 30th in the parking lot a local Wal-Mart. He was supposed to go out with friends to Club 301 that night but never showed. More>>

    Dolphin Tale 2 offers sneak peak in Clearwater Video included

    Wednesday night's screening of Dolphin Tale 2 was held at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Wednesday night's screening of Dolphin Tale 2 was held at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
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    A bit of Hollywood came to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Hundreds came for the Florida premier of Dolphin Tale Two.This latest dolphin movie is getting a lot of attention. It's about Winter, suffering from the death of her adopted mother, Panama. More>>

    Lakeland mom finds mold in son's Capri Sun

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    The next time you give your kids a healthy drink from a pouch, you'll probably think about this! More>>

    Tampa dishwasher job not OK for woman? Video included

    Linsey Stiglic says she denied a job as a dishwasher because she's female. Linsey Stiglic says she denied a job as a dishwasher because she's female.
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    Linsey Stiglic says she was planning to start the job the next day, when she got a text.
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    • Hillsborough deputies identify body found

      Hillsborough deputies identify body found

      Sunday, September 14 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-09-15 01:12:14 GMT
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      When Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies told Rosario Reyes her husband was dead, her first thought was "How will I explain this to my youngest children.""What am I going to tell them, when their dad is not coming around," Rosario Reyes said. "What am I going to tell them?" "Your dad is not coming around, because somebody did something to him."Octavio Reyes, 36, of Gibsonton, leaves behind six children, the youngest is 4 years old. ...
      When Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies told Rosario Reyes her husband was dead, her first thought was "How will I explain this to my youngest children.""What am I going to tell them, when their dad is not coming around," Rosario Reyes said. "What am I going to tell them?" "Your dad is not coming around, because somebody did something to him."Octavio Reyes, 36, of Gibsonton, leaves behind six children, the youngest is 4 years old. ...
    • Police searching for missing Tarpon Springs woman

      Police searching for missing Tarpon Springs woman

      Sunday, September 14 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-09-14 23:35:57 GMT
      The Tarpon Springs Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Ella Jones Cone. Cone, 82, was last seen Sunday morning driving a blue 2006 Saturn Ion with Florida tag number C025PZ She was seen in the area of Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., at about 10 a.m. when she dropped the registered owner, Kenneth Staack, off at church. ...
      The Tarpon Springs Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Ella Jones Cone. Cone, 82, was last seen Sunday morning driving a blue 2006 Saturn Ion with Florida tag number C025PZ She was seen in the area of Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., at about 10 a.m. when she dropped the registered owner, Kenneth Staack, off at church. ...
    • HCSO: Remains in Ruskin identified as Octavio Reyes

      HCSO: Remains in Ruskin identified as Octavio Reyes

      Sunday, September 14 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:49:39 GMT
      The remains were discovered on Saturday afternoon near the Little Manatee River. The remains were discovered on Saturday afternoon near the Little Manatee River.
      Crime scene technicians with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were back in Ruskin Sunday to collect evidence where a body was located near the Little Manatee River.Saturday afternoon deputies discovered the remains of an unknown subject in a wooded area off US Highway 41.
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