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    292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic,... More>>

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    AM Headlines: Chilly morning; Bolts playoff series Game 1; SKorean ferry disaster

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    AM Headlines: Chilly morning; Bolts playoff series Game 1; SKorean ferry disaster
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    Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk Video included

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    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
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    Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

    A column of armored personnel carriers flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators on Wednesday. Some of the troops aboard said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had switched... More>>

    Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ruled Wednesday that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume again on May 5. More>>

    Lightning's Lindback to start Game 1 vs. Canadiens

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    Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal.
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    Cool and breezy today

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    Cooler than average temperatures today with just a 10% chance of a stray shower.
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    Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. More>>

    Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

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    The Tarpon Springs City Council has approved a massive new gun range. More>>

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

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    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning. More>>

    USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site Video included

    USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier. USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier.
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    A USF research team and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives briefed Sen. Bill Nelson today on the results of grave excavations at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. More>>

    Hundreds rescued after ferry sinks off South Korea

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    Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast. More>>

    Lakeland teacher accused of sex with student facing charges in 2 counties Video included

    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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    Sex with a student and no regrets. That’s the story of a 29-year-old high school teacher who is spending Tuesday night behind bars. More>>

    Lions & leopards get their Easter baskets at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue

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    Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday. More>>

    Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

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    An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond. More>>

    Race for Governor: Crist leads Scott in WFLA-TV poll Video included

    Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist
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    Democrat Charlie Crist leads Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll conducted for WFLA-TV. The leading news station will be tracking the governor's race throughout the election. More>>

    Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website) Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
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    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery. More>>

    No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook) Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
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    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County. More>>

    Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past Video included

    Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest
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    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday. More>>

    Pasco mom headed to prison after texting sexually explicit photos to teen Video included

    Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo
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    A Pasco County mother of three who is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of herself to a 16-year-old boy made a deal with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon. More>>

    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday. Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.
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    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.

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    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state Video included

    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients. The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
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    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public More>>

    Wildlife officers euthanize bear found in Lake Mary neighborhood

    Wildlife officials say avoid leaving easy access to food sources. Wildlife officials say avoid leaving easy access to food sources.
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    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers captured and euthanized an adult male bear Monday night that was discovered near the location of a bear attack over the weekend in Lake Mary. More>>

    Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

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    Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa. More>>

    WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County Video included

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    When is the last time you just stepped out of your front door and took a walk?Studies show, just 30 minutes of walking per day makes a huge difference in your health. More>>

    Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

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    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election. More>>

    Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

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    One eastbound lane on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa will be closed starting Tuesday morning because Tampa Water Department crews need to repair a service line. More>>

    Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in Video included

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    Deputies say Bakari Parks turned himself in at Orient Road Jail late Monday night. Investigators spent the day looking for the 23-year-old shot and injured a little boy.
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    Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

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    The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were hurt, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them. More>>

    Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces Video included

    The construction site in Clearwater Beach The construction site in Clearwater Beach
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    Beach parking already comes at a premium. Now it's even harder to find a space on Clearwater Beach. Construction is underway on a new resort, where the Adam's Mark Hotel once stood.  More>>

    Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested Video included

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    The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested. More>>

    'Voice' contestant Sisaundra's Polk school stands behind her

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    Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County. More>>

    Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co. Video included

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    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County. More>>

    New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. More>>

    AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

    The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into... More>>

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    • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

      Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:44:22 GMT
      Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
      Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

      Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

      State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

      Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
      Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
      According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
      According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
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