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    Clearwater park drew thousands for Easter egg hunt

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    It didn't take a sharp eye tospot colorfuleggs at the 22nd Annual Easter Egg Huntat Coachman Park on Sunday.Theground waslittered with the holiday nuggets.The noon to 2 p.m.eventwas expectedto draw more than a thousand basket-toting childrento gather up more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs.Based on history, the whole thing is more in a matter of minutes.The event started with a race to find the most Easter eggs, candy and 250 golden eggs. Those who find the special golden eggs receive a stuffed... More>>

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    In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN) Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN)
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    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. More>>

    Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

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    The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could... More>>

    Clearwater woman shot to death in home

    Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday. Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.
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    Investigators with the Clearwater Police Department are collecting information in the early morning shooting death of a 52-year-old woman.Josephine Nicole Austria was transported to a local hospital just after 1 a.m. Sunday where she later died. More>>

    Dog beach at center of Pinellas condo conflict

    The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island.
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    Dog owners and residents of a Pinellas County condominium complex are in a dispute over a popular dog park.The park, on Sunset Beach off Treasure Island, has been frequented by dog owners for years because it is one of the few places in Pinellas County where dogs and their owners can legally access the water. More>>

    Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr) Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr)
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    By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. More>>

    Good Samaritan renders aid to man in Tarpon Springs crash

    The crash occurred on Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Saturday night. The crash occurred on Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Saturday night.
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    A Good Samaritan helped save the life of a 52-year-old Holiday man Saturday night after he lost control of his vehicle and landed in a pond in Tarpon Springs.Richard Fenton was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa where he is listed in serious condition. More>>

    Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

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    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state... More>>

    Bradenton woman sought after firing gun at Manatee deputy

    Miller, 24, was arrested by Bradenton Police on April 4th for battery on a LEO. Miller, 24, was arrested by Bradenton Police on April 4th for battery on a LEO.
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    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who fired several shots at a deputy early Sunday morning in Bradenton.Darlene Latrice Miller, 24, is no stranger to law enforcement. She’s been arrested several times since 2011. More>>

    4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

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    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists. More>>

    Easter morning delivery for space station

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    Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. More>>

    New Northwest Skate Park in Tampa makes debut

    Hundreds attended Saturday's grand opening at the Northwest Skate Park. Hundreds attended Saturday's grand opening at the Northwest Skate Park.
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    There’s a new place for skateboarders to hone their craft in Hillsborough County.The Grand Opening of the Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Park took place Saturday with a ribbon-cutting, games, giveaways, music, safety tips and a party! More>>

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

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    Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the... More>>

    Marijuana firm purchases buildings in Manatee County

    Registered voters in Florida vote on the issue in November. Registered voters in Florida vote on the issue in November.
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    A publicly traded firm that appears to be positioning itself in advance of a medical marijuana vote in Florida later this year has acquired a trio of industrial buildings just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.The Herald-Tribune reports that Cannabis Rx is believed to have recently paid roughly $1.2 million for the 9.26-acre property. More>>

    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

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    It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck? More>>

    St. Pete man struck, killed on I-75 in Sarasota County

    The incident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. The incident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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    A 33-year-old St. Petersburg man was struck and killed while walking along Interstate 75 near North Port Saturday night.Tyron Anthony Rubino was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11 p.m. More>>

    St. Pete hospital pays $7 million to settle lawsuit

    Officials with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. Officials with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit.
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    All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.The Tampa Bay Times reports the suit was filed in July 2011 by the director of operations for the doctors' practice at All Children's. More>>

    Pasco County expands boundaries for rabies alert

    A recently discovered rabid raccoon prompted the boundary change in Pasco County. A recently discovered rabid raccoon prompted the boundary change in Pasco County.
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    Health officials in Pasco County are expanding the boundaries for a previously issued rabies alert.The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County says this is in response to a raccoon found outside of the previous boundaries testing positive for rabies. More>>

    Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

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    A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone... More>>

    Neighbors say fatal car-in-house accident sound like explosion

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    The friends and family of Eleanor Balldidn't expect to have to say goodbye. But that is what they did Saturday after Ball waskilled when a car slammed into her bedroom.“It sounded like a grenade, boom, boom,” said Tyran Young, who saw the car speed past him and then heard the collision in the 3000 block of Maple in Sarasota at 3:30 a.m.Saturday.Police saidthe driver, Jakeilah Weeks of Tampa, drove away in her car after she was caught breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home just a few blocks awa... More>>

    NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

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    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. More>>

    Your Week in Viral Videos: Dyed eggs and dead technology

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    Easter is Sunday, and you’ve probably dyed a few eggs or know someone who has. More>>

    USF students protest Walmart over wages

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    Calling for better jobs, University of South Florida students and community supporters held a protest Saturday in front of the Walmart store on East Fletcher Avenue west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.USF student and protest organizer Crystal Wilson said the group wanted to draw attention to employee wages paid by the mega retailer.About 25 peoplegathered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to show their outrage that while Walmart makes $17 billion in profits, it pays many workers poverty wages, W... More>>

    US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

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    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup... More>>

    Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

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    Polk County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to locate Travis "Pinky Barrientos of Winter Haven.Deputies said a warrant has been issued for Barrientos' arrest for attempted second degree murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.Early Saturday morning Barrientos and 32-year-old Juan Bautista got into an altercation on Rifle Range Road in Wahneta, a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release stated. Barrientos stabbed Bautista several times and threatened his life/Bautista... More>>

    Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

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    Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. More>>

    Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

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    No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. More>>

    Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
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    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk More>>

    FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

    Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66. Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66.
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    The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody Saturday morning in Hardee County.Demetrio DeLeon Ramirez, 30, is facing a variety of charges including theft and escape. More>>

    Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m. Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.
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    Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. More>>

    Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose. Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose.
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    Three suspects were arrested early Saturday morning following a home invasion in Bradenton.An unidentified fourth perpetrator managed to escape and is being sought by law enforcement officers. The incident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of 22nd Ave. West. More>>

    Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
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    A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. More>>

    Bill could slow growth of Florida's craft beer industry

    Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation. Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation.
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    Republican Senate President Don Gaetz is boasting in emails to beer lovers that he helped a craft brewery in his district get started. But now he's also supporting legislation that would hurt the same brewery.Gaetz wrote the legislation that set up an economic development grant program with BP oil spill recovery money. More>>

    Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo
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    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. More>>

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

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    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

    Breezy conditions expected on Saturday

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    Storm Team 8 meteorologist Julie Phillips says only light rain is expected for your Friday night plans. More>>

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers? Video included

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    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


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    Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

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    State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

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    • Clearwater park drew thousands for Easter egg hunt

      Clearwater park drew thousands for Easter egg hunt

      Sunday, April 20 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:21:18 GMT
      It didn't take a sharp eye tospot colorfuleggs at the 22nd Annual Easter Egg Huntat Coachman Park on Sunday.Theground waslittered with the holiday nuggets.The noon to 2 p.m.eventwas expectedto draw more than a thousand basket-toting childrento gather up more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs.Based on history, the whole thing is more in a matter of minutes.The event started with a race to find the most Easter eggs, candy and 250 golden eggs. Those who find the special golden eggs receive a stuffed...
      It didn't take a sharp eye tospot colorfuleggs at the 22nd Annual Easter Egg Huntat Coachman Park on Sunday.Theground waslittered with the holiday nuggets.The noon to 2 p.m.eventwas expectedto draw more than a thousand basket-toting childrento gather up more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs.Based on history, the whole thing is more in a matter of minutes.The event started with a race to find the most Easter eggs, candy and 250 golden eggs. Those who find the special golden eggs receive a stuffed...
    • Clearwater woman shot to death in home

      Clearwater woman shot to death in home

      Sunday, April 20 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:40:50 GMT
      Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.
      Investigators with the Clearwater Police Department are collecting information in the early morning shooting death of a 52-year-old woman.Josephine Nicole Austria was transported to a local hospital just after 1 a.m. Sunday where she later died.
      Investigators with the Clearwater Police Department are collecting information in the early morning shooting death of a 52-year-old woman.Josephine Nicole Austria was transported to a local hospital just after 1 a.m. Sunday where she later died.
    • Dog beach at center of Pinellas condo conflict

      Dog beach at center of Pinellas condo conflict

      Sunday, April 20 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:32:02 GMT
      The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island.
      Dog owners and residents of a Pinellas County condominium complex are in a dispute over a popular dog park.The park, on Sunset Beach off Treasure Island, has been frequented by dog owners for years because it is one of the few places in Pinellas County where dogs and their owners can legally access the water.
      Dog owners and residents of a Pinellas County condominium complex are in a dispute over a popular dog park.The park, on Sunset Beach off Treasure Island, has been frequented by dog owners for years because it is one of the few places in Pinellas County where dogs and their owners can legally access the water.
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    • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

      Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

      Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

      In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

      In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


    • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

      Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

      Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
      The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
      The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

      Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

      Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
      Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
      Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
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    • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

      In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

      Sunday, April 20 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:12:54 GMT
      Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN) Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN)
      The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado.
      Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.
    • 4-year-old half siblings die in accidental NY fire

      4-year-old half siblings die in accidental NY fire

      Sunday, April 20 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:02:55 GMT
      Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived.
      A basement blaze that killed 4-year-old half siblings was accidentally set by children playing with fire, authorities said Sunday.
    • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

      Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

      Sunday, April 20 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:14:01 GMT
      A study paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
      Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil...
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