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    Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings


    Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. More>>

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    10 Things to Know for Today


    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

    AM Headlines: Wet Friday; Security breach confirmed; Crash closes interstate


    AM Headlines: Rainy and stormy Friday; Card security breach; Bolts game 2

    Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards


    Michaels Stores Inc. says Thursday that about 2.6 million cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach but it has received "limited" reports of fraud. More>>

    TRAFFIC: NB I-275 closed at Bearss Ave. in Tampa


    Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden


    A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school's new library in honor of Osama bin Laden. More>>

    Storms possible in Tampa Bay today


    Storms with heavy downpours and strong wind are possible later this afternoon.

    Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

    Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. More>>

    Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing


    A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. More>>

    Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data... More>>

    Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office Video included


    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games. More>>

    Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales


    Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales. More>>

    Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers


    The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice. More>>

    Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested Video included


    Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. More>>

    Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided


    Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue. More>>

    Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included


    After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.

    Headstone found in Crystal River


    Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River. More>>

    Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video Video included

    Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook

    A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student. More>>

    Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair Video included

    Jessica Seaman Jessica Seaman

    A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ... More>>

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


    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. More>>

    Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief Video included


    There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.

    3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections


    Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.

    Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole


    A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened. More>>

    Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office


    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More>>

    12-year-old located safe in Manatee


    The Manatee Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy reported missing Wednesday night has now been located and is okay. More>>

    Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

    Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect. Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect.

    A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA. More>>

    90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

    A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO

    Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men wanted in the home invasion of a 90-year-old man. More>>

    Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

    Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo

    A Tampa man accused of murdering a woman had the victim in his car when he was talking to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, about an hour before the woman was killed. More>>

    New FHP Report details Winter Park day care crash Video included

    Lily Quintus died in the crash. Lily Quintus died in the crash.

    The Florida Highway Patrol released a report Wednesday on the deadly daycare crash in Winter Park.

    AP Source: Giants sign QB Josh Freeman as backup

    Former Bucs' quarterback Josh Freeman Former Bucs' quarterback Josh Freeman

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

    Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes in FL


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

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care


    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87


    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. More>>

    Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians


    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern. More>>

    Schools tweak strategies for weather days


    Future bouts of unpredictable weather could produce a hodgepodge of solutions for making up lost school days, similar to what happened this year. More>>

    Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine. More>>

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    • Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

      Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:11:17 GMT
      A New York jury has heard two widely differing descriptions of an Egyptian imam accused of carrying out terrorism offenses while he led a London mosque.
      An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped...
    • Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

      Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:00:56 GMT
      Relatives of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston bombing suspects are remembering him a year later.
      Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life - and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts the nation has...
    • Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

      Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

      Friday, April 18 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-04-18 07:41:38 GMT
      What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.
      What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.
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