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    Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

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    The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight. More>>

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    Shuttle service starts on dangerous stretch of Hillsborough road

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    Students can now board a shuttle bus instead of darting across several lanes of traffic on their way to Middleton High School.


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    Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

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    From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing... More>>

    Drier week ahead

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    We'll see a few clouds this morning and more sunshine this afternoon.
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    Flowers and mementos left at fire-damaged animal shelter

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    Fansof the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bayshowedtheir support a day after the building was set fire by an arsonist.Flowers and other mementos were left in front of the boarded-up door at 502 N.Gilchrist Ave.Sunday.Investigatorsbelieve someone set the fire early Saturdaymorning.Three cats died in the fire. More>>

    Two killed, two injured in Tampa park shooting

    A shooting Sunday at Al Barnes Park in Tampa left two dead. A shooting Sunday at Al Barnes Park in Tampa left two dead.
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    Two people were killed and two injured in a shooting at Al Barnes Park on 32nd Street in east Tampa on Sunday.

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    SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

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    South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior" in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. More>>

    After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

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    For years, state and local officials have conducted a "tabletop exercise" before the Boston Marathon, a meeting that allows them to study a map of the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston's Copley Square and plan... More>>

    Car crashes into Fort Myers church, injuring 21

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    Twenty-one people were injured Sunday night when a car crashed into a church in Fort Myers. It happened at Second Haitian Baptist Church on Central Avenue around 8 p.m. Witnesses say the church was packed for an Easter service. Lee County EMS said multiple victims suffered broken bones, but there did not appear to be any life-threatening injuries. Witnesses told us at least one person was pinned under the vehicle. No information is available about the driver at this time, though somechurch... More>>

    Clearwater man arrested for fatally shooting girlfriend

    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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    From their Facebook pages, Alexander Richardson, 24, and Josephine Nicole Austria, 51, appeared to be madly in love. But something went wrong early Sunday morning, leaving Austria dead and Richardson charged with her murder.



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    Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    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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    Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the... More>>

    GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

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    The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. More>>

    Pinellas NAACP leader to seek Democratic nomination for U.S. Dist. 13 seat

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    The Rev. Manuel Sykes is running for the U.S. House seat in Pinellas County that Democrat Alex Sink decided not to vie for against Republican David Jolly. Jolly won the District 13 seat in a special election against Sink this year, after the death of longtime Congressman C.W. Bill Young. Sykes, the president of the Pinellas NAACP and the pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, told News Channel 8 he made the decision after Sink decided not to run. “I just want to make... More>>

    Prizefighter 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 never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many... More>>

    Bradenton woman arrested 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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    A woman wanted for firing several shots at a Manatee County sheriff's deputy early Sunday morning has been arrested, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said. Darlene Latrice Miller, 24, was arrested Sunday afternoon walking in Bradenton.

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    On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

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    In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston. More>>

    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>>

    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>>

    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>>

    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>>

    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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    • Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

      Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

      Monday, April 21 2014 5:03 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:03:15 GMT
      The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight.
      The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight.
    • Shuttle service starts on dangerous stretch of Hillsborough road

      Shuttle service starts on dangerous stretch of Hillsborough road

      Monday, April 21 2014 4:18 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:18:47 GMT
      Hillsborough AvenueHillsborough Avenue

      Students can now board a shuttle bus instead of darting across several lanes of traffic on their way to Middleton High School.

      Students can now board a shuttle bus instead of darting across several lanes of traffic on their way to Middleton High School.


    • Flowers and mementos left at fire-damaged animal shelter

      Flowers and mementos left at fire-damaged animal shelter

      Monday, April 21 2014 3:57 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:57:57 GMT
      Fansof the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bayshowedtheir support a day after the building was set fire by an arsonist.Flowers and other mementos were left in front of the boarded-up door at 502 N.Gilchrist Ave.Sunday.Investigatorsbelieve someone set the fire early Saturdaymorning.Three cats died in the fire.
      Fansof the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bayshowedtheir support a day after the building was set fire by an arsonist.Flowers and other mementos were left in front of the boarded-up door at 502 N.Gilchrist Ave.Sunday.Investigatorsbelieve someone set the fire early Saturdaymorning.Three cats died in the fire.
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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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    • Dozens denied Navy base access due to past crimes

      Dozens denied Navy base access due to past crimes

      Monday, April 21 2014 4:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:23:21 GMT
      Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal histories since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a...
      Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal histories since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a destroyer in...
    • High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

      High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

      Monday, April 21 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:44:29 GMT
      Thirty years ago, big media companies failed to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings.
      Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their...
    • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

      16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

      Monday, April 21 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-04-21 06:43:09 GMT
      FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a...
      A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen,...
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