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    TRACKING TROPICS: Low-pressure system in the Atlantic well defined

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    RIGHT NOW:According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Center website, the well-defined low pressure system is located about 850 miles east of the southern Windward Islands More>>

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    New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

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    Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8... More>>

    Haines City police officer resigns after Facebook posts

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    A Haines City police officer under an internal investigation has resigned. Amelia Inoa, an officer with Haines City since 2012, submitted her resignation Wednesday night. The resignation came a few hours after News Channel 8 aired a story exposing some of Inoa's posts on her personal Facebook page. The posts ranged from jokes about calls on which she was dispatched to racial jabs.On Thursday, police Captain Brian McNu... More>>

    Ice cream changes colors when you lick it

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    Here's a fun way to beat the summer heat, an ice cream that changes colors as you lick it. The unusual cool treat was created by Spanish physicist Manuel Linares, who says the ice cream is made with natural ingredients. More>>

    Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50 Video included

    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins. Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
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    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
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    Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir Video included

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    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars. More>>

    Teen accused of torturing tortoise faces sex charges Video included

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    The teen accused of setting a protected tortoise on fire and killing it also faces sex charges after an encounter with a boy, NBC affiliate First Coast News reported Wednesday. More>>

    Polk deputies assist in search for missing teen Video included

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    The Polk County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting the Orange County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing person in the Champions Gate area in Osceola County, according to WESH 2 News.
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    A few showers Thursday evening Video included

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    Rain will be sparse across the Tampa Bay area Thursday evening. A stalled front will keep most of the moisture in South Florida, but a few showers will develop in southern and inland spots of the Bay area. More>>

    AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

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    Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey.Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. More>>

    Gymnastics coach accused of sex with Brandon teen bonds out

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    Justin Henry, a 21-year-old gymnastics coach accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, is out of jail Thursday morning.  More>>

    NB US 301 closed after water line break Video included

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    Northbound lanes of US Highway 301 are closed Thursday morning between Gibsonton Drive and Riverview Drive in Riverview due to a water linebreak. More>>

    Pool parasite invades Pinellas County Video included

    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. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


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    Pinellas commissioners to tour new public safety complex

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    Pinellas County Commissioners will have a VIP tour this morning of the brand new public safety complex. 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>>

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    • Disturbing social media trend grows

      Disturbing social media trend grows

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:48:26 GMT
      A growing social media trend has parents and firefighters worried nationwide, KPRC reported.
      A growing social media trend has parents and firefighters worried nationwide, KPRC reported.
    • Teen accused of torturing tortoise faces sex charges

      Teen accused of torturing tortoise faces sex charges

      Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:00 GMT
      Greene's mug. Image Clay County Sheriff's Office/FCNGreene's mug. Image Clay County Sheriff's Office/FCN
      The teen accused of setting a protected tortoise on fire and killing it also faces sex charges after an encounter with a boy, NBC affiliate First Coast News reported Wednesday.
      The teen accused of setting a protected tortoise on fire and killing it also faces sex charges after an encounter with a boy, NBC affiliate First Coast News reported Wednesday.
    • 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
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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.
      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.
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    • New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

      New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:43:41 GMT
      Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8...
      Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8...
    • Haines City police officer resigns after Facebook posts

      Haines City police officer resigns after Facebook posts

      Thursday, July 31 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:43:17 GMT
      A Haines City police officer under an internal investigation has resigned. Amelia Inoa, an officer with Haines City since 2012, submitted her resignation Wednesday night. The resignation came a few hours after News Channel 8 aired a story exposing some of Inoa's posts on her personal Facebook page. The posts ranged from jokes about calls on which she was dispatched to racial jabs.On Thursday, police Captain Brian McNu...
      A Haines City police officer under an internal investigation has resigned. Amelia Inoa, an officer with Haines City since 2012, submitted her resignation Wednesday night. The resignation came a few hours after News Channel 8 aired a story exposing some of Inoa's posts on her personal Facebook page. The posts ranged from jokes about calls on which she was dispatched to racial jabs.On Thursday, police Captain Brian McNu...
    • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Thursday, July 31 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:45:52 GMT
      Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
      Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
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    • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

      Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

      Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
    • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Thursday, July 31 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:45:52 GMT
      Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
      Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
    • 8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

      8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

      Thursday, July 31 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:10:54 GMT
      Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon.
      Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon.
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    • Hundreds attend Mass for saint's return to Hawaii

      Hundreds attend Mass for saint's return to Hawaii

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:23:38 GMT
      The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.
      A white hearse pulled up to the entrance of a downtown Honolulu cathedral Thursday, carrying the remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients in the 1880s.
    • Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug

      Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:23:35 GMT
      An Oregon Medicaid committee is expected to significantly scale back access to an effective - but expensive - new drug used to treat hepatitis C.
      An Oregon Medicaid committee on Thursday significantly scaled back access to an effective - but expensive - new drug used to treat hepatitis C.
    • Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

      Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

      Thursday, July 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:51:37 GMT
      Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up...
      Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed...
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