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    TRACKING THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean

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    Tropical Storm Bertha is approaching the Caribbean with winds near 45 mph. More>>

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    35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing

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    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured. More>>

    Derrick Brooks set standard for NFL linebackers

    Derrick Brooks getting ready for the HOF group shot. Image courtesy Dan Lucas Derrick Brooks getting ready for the HOF group shot. Image courtesy Dan Lucas
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    Eighteen years later and now headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Derrick Brooks laughs at the memory of sitting in a hotel room the morning of a game early in his career. More>>

    Noon headlines: Humid again; Cease-fire fails; TS Bertha moves; Shots fired at K9, cop

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    Noon headlines: Humid again; Cease-fire fails; TS Bertha moves; Shots fired at K9, cop More>>

    Shots fired at Pinellas Park officer, K9

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    A Pinellas Park Police officer and his K9 partner were shot at while responding to a disturbance call on Thursday evening. The officer and the dog were not hurt during the incident. 
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    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.
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    Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

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    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school. More>>

    Ban on importing lionfish into Fla. takes effect

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    A ban on importing live lionfish into Florida is taking effect.Aquarium shops will be allowed to obtain new lionfish from divers instead. More>>

    Higher humidity and rain chance

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    Humidity returns from the south today, so rain chances will increase. Best chance of storms is east of I-75.
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    Gas blasts kill dozens in Taiwanese port Video included

    Smoke and flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak rise above the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1. Image AP Smoke and flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak rise above the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1. Image AP
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    At least 25 people have been killed and nearly 270 when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city of Kaohsiung Friday. More>>

    Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

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    It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee... More>>

    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>>

    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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    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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    • Gator comes to front door in Coral Springs home

      Gator comes to front door in Coral Springs home

      Friday, August 1 2014 7:17 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:17:15 GMT
      A couple in Coral Springs thought a raccoon was making noise at their front door but when they came out they found a large alligator there, WPLG reported. The alligator was about 9 feet long, according to the WPLG story.
      A couple in Coral Springs thought a raccoon was making noise at their front door but when they came out they found a large alligator there, WPLG reported. The alligator was about 9 feet long, according to the WPLG story.
    • Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

      Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:48:04 GMT
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      A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
      A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
    • Giraffe dies after smashing head on low highway bridge

      Giraffe dies after smashing head on low highway bridge

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:37:45 GMT
      A giraffe has been killed after smashing its head on a bridge while being transported dangerously on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials said Thursday.
      A giraffe has been killed after smashing its head on a bridge while being transported dangerously on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials said Thursday.
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    • Back to School: Tips for affordable 'Teacher's wish lists'

      Back to School: Tips for affordable 'Teacher's wish lists'

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:47:24 GMT
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      If you received one of those last minute "Teacher's Wish List" for back to school supplies, there are ways to fill it without breaking the bank.Mommy blogger and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine contributor Laura Byrne recommends shopping with other parents at a warehouse store...
      If you received one of those last minute "Teacher's Wish List" for back to school supplies, there are ways to fill it without breaking the bank.Mommy blogger and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine contributor Laura Byrne recommends shopping with other parents at a warehouse store...
    • Baycare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday

      Baycare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:36:08 GMT
      The annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 8 a.m.This year, the topic is about keeping young athletes on the playing field and in the game.The keynote speaker is David Epstein, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the acclaimed book, The Sports Gene.
      The annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 8 a.m.This year, the topic is about keeping young athletes on the playing field and in the game.The keynote speaker is David Epstein, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the acclaimed book, The Sports Gene.
    • Shots fired at Pinellas Park officer, K9

      Shots fired at Pinellas Park officer, K9

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:22:20 GMT
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      A Pinellas Park Police officer and his K9 partner were shot at while responding to a disturbance call on Thursday evening. The officer and the dog were not hurt during the incident. 
      A Pinellas Park Police officer and his K9 partner were shot at while responding to a disturbance call on Thursday evening. The officer and the dog were not hurt during the incident. 
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    • Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

      Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:37:09 GMT
      It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
      It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
    • 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.
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    • Defense grills witness in ex-Virginia gov's trial

      Defense grills witness in ex-Virginia gov's trial

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:52:30 GMT
      The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
      A defense lawyer is attacking the credibility of the key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife.
    • Plans underway to retrieve Americans with Ebola

      Plans underway to retrieve Americans with Ebola

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:50:48 GMT
      Plans are underway to bring back one of the two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Africa.
      Plans are underway to bring back the two American aid workers sick with Ebola from Africa.
    • Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot

      Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:24:55 GMT
      Marijuana-infused brownies and other treats for sale in Colorado come with all kinds of warning labels.
      Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.
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