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    Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo) Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo)

    Defense: No evidence McTear killed baby

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    After the state rested its case in the Richard McTear murder trial Monday, the defense began presenting its case. More>>

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    Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen

    Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right) Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)
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    Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder. More>>

    Tons of rotting rice near the Port of Tampa angers residents, business owners

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    There's a stench in the air near the Port of Tampa, and business owners and residents say it is so bad they want to stay inside. 8 On Your Side discovered a shipment of 1,000 tons of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals. More>>

    Pasco deputies say rugs were a front for drugs

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    Pasco Sheriff's Deputies say for years, 55-year old Mark Eisenberg dealt more than rugs out of his carpet outlet store in Zephyrhills. They say he was a major drug dealer and trafficker in the county. "This is Mark Eisenberg." Said Sheriff Chris Nocco, holding Eisenberg's mug shot. z"This is not the kind of person we want in our community. More>>

    7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

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    Seven venomous reptiles are now in a safe facility after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission removed them from a man unlicensed to have them last week. More>>

    Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries

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    9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died. More>>

    Debate over debates in gubernatorial race

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    Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are both proposing general election debates in the gubernatorial race this fall. Scott’s campaign on Tuesday said the governor would participate in three. Crist countered, saying he wanted more debates and proposing a slate of seven More>>

    Venice pilot releases statement on what happened during deadly crash on beach

    A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens. A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.
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    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church. More>>

    Dog trapped 2 days under Clearwater house

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    Imagine what it would be like to have a beloved member of your family vanish, only to learn she had never been more than a few feet away? That's what recently happened to a Clearwater family. More>>

    Boy's body found in wheel well of U.S. Air Force plane

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    A boy was found dead in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane that landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, a senior defense official told NBC News.
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    Veteran officer named new Clearwater Police chief

    Daniel Slaughter was named Clearwater Police Chief. City of Clearwater photo Daniel Slaughter was named Clearwater Police Chief. City of Clearwater photo
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    Daniel Slaughter, a veteran of more than two decades with the Clearwater Police Department, has been named the agency's new chief. City Manager Bill Horne made the announcement Tuesday morning, picking the patrol commander as the 13th chief of the department after an internal search, necessitated by the recent resignation of Chief Tony Holloway. More>>

    Small plane makes emergency landing on Miami Beach

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    A small plane has made an emergency landing on the beach at Miami Beach, NBC Miami reports. More>>

    Date of this year's Knight Parade is no sweetheart deal for some Ybor Business owners

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    It's a scheduling issue for some, a relationship problem for others and a lost revenue opportunity for business owners.This year the Knights of St. Yago Knight Parade will be held on February 14-th.Several restaurant owners in Ybor are not happy with the date More>>

    Teen wakes up to smoldering cell phone

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    A North Texas family has a warning for others after a teen's cell phone caught fire while she was sleeping.13-year-old Ariel Tolfree told KDFW TV that something burning woke her up during the night. It turns out her Samsung Galaxy S4 had slipped under her pillow and began smoldering. More>>

    Crist announces immediate plans if he becomes Florida's governor

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    Charlie Crist announced a plan Tuesday for his first day in office if he is elected to his old job as Florida governor.Crist calls the day the "First Day of Fairness" and set out five executive orders he plans to sign. More>>

    Second suspect in Manatee shooting turns himself in Video included

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    After the manhunt 19-year-old Frank Brice accused of being involved in shooting Sarasota teenager Teria'le Rawls, turned himself in Tuesday morning, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office. More>>

    Tampa Bay author tells vet's stories in new book

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    Although Thomas and Marie are not their real names, they say the struggle they have with the Department of Veteran's Affairs is very real. More>>

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

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    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
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    VIDEO: 300+ lb. grouper attacks Florida man Video included

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    A Florida spear fisherman had a frightening encounter with a huge 300 to 400 lb. grouper that attacked him. The dramatic attack happened about three miles off Jupiter, Florida and was videotaped.

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    State Attorney: No charges against mom of boy killed by pit bulls

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    State Attorney Mark A. Ober with Thirteenth Judicial Circuit concluded that no criminal charges will be filed against the mother of the 4-year-old boy attacked and killed by two pit bulls. More>>

    Citrus deputies rescue 3 boaters and a dog

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    A detective and a media relations officer with Citrus County Sheriff's Office rescued three people and a cute pup from a boat in distress Monday. More>>

    AM Headlines: Hot morning; Manhunt for suspect in shooting; Deputies rescue boaters

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    AM Headlines: Hot morning; Manhunt for suspect in shooting; Deputies rescue boaters More>>

    2 tank shells hit fuel tank at Gaza power plant

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    Israeli tank shells hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company said.  More>>

    More showers as front nears

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    Grab the umbrella before stepping out the door. An approaching front brings us a higher rain chance today.
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    Brooksville man sets fire to neighbor's home over curb appeal, police say

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    A man is accused of starting fire to his neighbor's home because he wasn't pleased with it's curb appeal. More>>

    Plane crash on Venice beach reminder of aviation danger Video included

    Veteran pilot Dennis Roper checks oil in PA 28 at Clearwater Airpark similar to the one that landed on Venice Beach.  Fuel checks are also standard procedure for preflight inspections. Veteran pilot Dennis Roper checks oil in PA 28 at Clearwater Airpark similar to the one that landed on Venice Beach. Fuel checks are also standard procedure for preflight inspections.
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    Sunday's fatal crash landing of a small plane on Venice Beach is a tragic reminder of how unforgiving aviation mishaps can become. More>>

    DNA experts testify in McTear murder trial Video included

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    Jurors heard gruesome testimony about bite marks and DNA on Monday in the murder trial of Richard McTear.
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    Rail route doesn't include Tampa Video included

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    More than three years after Florida turned down federal money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, a new rail project is in the works and causing controversy. The All Aboard Florida rail would run from Miami, up the east coast of Florida and over to Orlando. More>>

    Instagram page inspires travelers to post topless photos

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    A popular Instagram page is featuring a unique look at scenic locations around the world."The Topless Tour" encourages people to upload topless photos of themselves posing in scenic landscapes. More>>

    Lakeland officer fired over sex scandal gets job back Video included

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    David Woolverton, a sergeant caught in a sex scandal and fired from the Lakeland Police Department last year, is getting his job back. More>>

    Pasco hit & run driver injures baby in stroller, parents

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    The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for help finding a hit and run driver who injured a young Holiday couple and their 4-month-old baby, who they were pushing in a stroller.
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    3rd case of chikungunya in Pinellas

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    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its third chikungunya case in a 38-year-old male who traveled to the Caribbean in July. 
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    Small plane crash on Fla. beach: 1 dead, 1 injured Video included

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    dA father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said. More>>

    Florida voters approve of medical marijuana

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    Any way you look at it - age, gender or party registration - Florida voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalizing medical marijuana, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday
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    Amberjack, gray triggerfish season opens Aug. 1 in the Gulf

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    The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in the Gulf state opens August 1st. More>>

    Automated car takes Gov. Scott for ride Video included

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    An automated car took Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology. More>>

    Tampa family thanks 8 On Your Side for insurance help Video included

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    A quiet Memorial Day for Joann Mullens, Anna Hughes and their families blew up when a car crashed into their home.
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    St. Pete man will relocate bees for free Video included

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    He's a carpenter by day, but bees are his passion.  More>>

    Teen killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

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    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where a 17-year-old was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said. More>>

    Free hepatitis testing in Pinellas this week

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    Department of Health Pinellas and Pinellas Planning Partnership will offer free hepatitis test and other screenings Monday and Friday. More>>

    Nan Rich touts grassroots campaign for governor

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    Campaign stops like the one in Pinellas County last week are how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich is getting her message out.She doesn't have the money her opponents do. So while the two men who have already been governor are showing up in TV commercials, Rich has a different approach."I feel let the two of them go ahead and sling the mud at each other," Rich said. "I'm trying to stay above that."Richeven lumpsboth men together."On vouchers, I put them in exactly the same category,... More>>

    USF Police investigates sex battery claim

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    The University of South Florida Police Department is investigating a report of a sexual battery on the Tampa campus. A woman told authorities she was the victim of a sexual battery that occurred at the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall early Sunday morning. A resident student told police officers a tall, thin black man who she did not know sexually battered her in the residence hall. Police detectives identified a suspect, who told authorities he and the woman had... More>>

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    • Defense: No evidence McTear killed baby

      Defense: No evidence McTear killed baby

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:36:31 GMT
      Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo)Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo)
      After the state rested its case in the Richard McTear murder trial Monday, the defense began presenting its case.
      After the state rested its case in the Richard McTear murder trial Monday, the defense began presenting its case.
    • Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen

      Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:01:02 GMT
      Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)
      Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder.
      Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder.
    • Tons of rotting rice near the Port of Tampa angers residents, business owners

      Tons of rotting rice near the Port of Tampa angers residents, business owners

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:51:33 GMT
      There's a stench in the air near the Port of Tampa, and business owners and residents say it is so bad they want to stay inside. 8 On Your Side discovered a shipment of 1,000 tons of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals.
      There's a stench in the air near the Port of Tampa, and business owners and residents say it is so bad they want to stay inside. 8 On Your Side discovered a shipment of 1,000 tons of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals.
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    • Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

      Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:36:08 GMT
      Most of the 1,200 people driven to evacuate by a Northern California wildfire that destroyed 13 homes have been told they can safely return after a series of steady gains in the firefight.
      Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling...
    • 4 charged with murder in death of USC student

      4 charged with murder in death of USC student

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:28:38 GMT
      Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a...
      Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study...
    • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

      Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:20:52 GMT
      Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...
      Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...
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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.
    • Koala survives 54-mile ride clinging to car's grill

      Koala survives 54-mile ride clinging to car's grill

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:59:42 GMT
      Timberwolf clung to a car for 54 miles. Australia Zoo Facebook photoTimberwolf clung to a car for 54 miles. Australia Zoo Facebook photo
      An adorable little koala survived an amazing high-speed ride by clinging to a car for 54 miles on an Australia highway. The koala suffered a torn nail during the ordeal.
      An adorable little koala survived an amazing high-speed ride by clinging to a car for 54 miles on an Australia highway. The koala suffered a torn nail during the ordeal.
    • FWC: Lionfish need to be removed from Florida waters

      FWC: Lionfish need to be removed from Florida waters

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:48:07 GMT
      Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is changing management rules of invasive lionfish to remove them from state waters. Lionfish was introduced to state waters in the 1980s, and since then, populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat, the FWC says.
      Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is changing management rules of invasive lionfish to remove them from state waters. Lionfish was introduced to state waters in the 1980s, and since then, populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat, the FWC says.
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