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    St. Petersburg plane pulled from Tampa Bay after Sunday crash

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    The plane that crashed in Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg Sunday,has been recovered.A recovery team started work early this morning. It took hours to bring the plane up from about 25 feet under water. The company that owns the plane, Aerial Banner, Inc., sent company representatives to St. Petersburg. More>>

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    Bubba 'The Love Sponge' to announce new Tampa gig

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    Bubba "The Love Sponge" announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will soon have a new Tampa home. More>>

    FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

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    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle. More>>

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium plans to drop animal shows

    Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior marine mammal trainer Abby Stone works with Winter the dolphin in Clearwater, Image AP Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior marine mammal trainer Abby Stone works with Winter the dolphin in Clearwater, Image AP
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    No animal performances will be held at a redesigned aquatic center planned by the Florida aquarium featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies. More>>

    Candidates for governor tour Tampa Bay

    Gov. Scott on the tax cut bus tour Gov. Scott on the tax cut bus tour
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    Florida's leading gubernatorial candidates are both making a stop in the Tampa Bay area on Labor Day.  More>>

    RECALL: Kraft Singles

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    Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling over 7,000 cases of Kraft American Singles, according to a press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration website. More>>

    Labor Day dry in the morning, showers later

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    Mostly sunny and dry this morning. Storms develop in the mid to later afternoon. More>>

    Labor Day - more than just a day off Video included

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    While many people have the day off work, the day is actually meant to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers.
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    Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms. Image AP Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms. Image AP
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    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. More>>

    Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

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    Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. More>>

    Two shot outside party in Tampa

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    Two people have gunshot wounds after a shooting outside a party in Tampa early Sunday morning, Tampa police said.  More>>

    Pilot dies in plane crash near downtown St. Pete

    Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport. Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport.
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    The pilot of a banner plane that crashed into the water near Albert Whitted Airport has died, St. Petersburg police officials said. 

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    Pedestrian hit on U.S. 19 in Pasco County

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    A pedestrian was hit while walking west on US Highway 19 south of Fivay Road Saturday night. A 2008 Chevy Cobalt driven by Mikola D. Batov of Hudson was traveling north on U.S. 19 in the center lane, approaching Fivay Road shortly before 10 p.m.... More>>

    Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking vessel

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    ?Three adults were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew after their 37-foot boat began taking on water eight miles west of Bean Point on Anna Maria Island Sunday.About 3:50 p.m Sunday, officials at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg were notified via a marine band radio about a boat taking on water from a six-inch hole in the hull.... More>>

    Buchholz throws 3-hitter, Red Sox beat Rays 3-0

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. ... More>>

    Odorizzi shines as Rays shut out Boston, 7-0, at the Trop

    Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night. Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night.
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    Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night.Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up a career-high eight runs over four innings in a 9-1 loss at Baltimore, Odorizzi (10-11) allowed a fourth-inning single to Will Middlebrooks, three walks and struck out seven over seven innings. More>>

    FHP seeks hit-and-run driver that injured Palm Harbor security guard

    The suspect was involved in an altercation inside the establishment just before 3 am Friday. The suspect was involved in an altercation inside the establishment just before 3 am Friday.
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    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating a hit-and-run driver that seriously injured a security guard at a Palm Harbor nightclub early Friday morning. More>>

    The man behind Florida's medical marijuana drive

    The medical marijuana battle is personal for Central Florida attorney John Morgan. The medical marijuana battle is personal for Central Florida attorney John Morgan.
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    The worst day of John Morgan's life was when his brother snapped his neck diving into a Walt Disney World lagoon while working as a lifeguard. It left him a quadriplegic.That day also set Morgan, the man behind Florida's medical marijuana ballot initiative, on a course that would make him a wealthy and locally famous personal injury lawyer. More>>

    Gulfport man charged for role in fatal pedestrian crash

    The charges against Fitzgerald were filed this week by investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol. The charges against Fitzgerald were filed this week by investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol.
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    An 18-year-old Gulfport man is now facing charges for his role in a June 1st fatal crash that claimed the life of an Oklahoma woman.Caleb Fitzgerald was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday on one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. More>>

    Lake Wales PD, Polk SO arrest nine in drug crime sweep

    Lawson, a 31-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Friday on a variety of drug-related charges. Lawson, a 31-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Friday on a variety of drug-related charges.
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    In an effort to reduce drug related street crime in Lake Wales the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday arrested seven adults and two juveniles on a variety of charges.Officers with the Lake Wales Police Department also took part in the three-month undercover operation. More>>

    Two men injured in Gandy Bridge boat crash

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    Two men were injured in a single boat crash at the Gandy Bridge in Pinellas County Saturday. A 21-foot white Hydra-Sport boat collided with the Gandy Bridge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Officer Baryl Martin said in a news release. ... More>>

    Idaho-Florida game canceled after lightning, rain

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Idaho-Florida game has been canceled because of unsafe field conditions. No makeup date was scheduled. Florida Field became unplayable after hours of heavy rain. ... More>>

    Down power line stalls Gulf Blvd. traffic

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    Severe weather in Redington Beach has forced the shutdown of a portion of Gulf Blvd.Pinellas County authorities closed northbound and southbound Gulf Blvd. from 161st Ave. to 164th Ave. due to down power lines.Sheriffs's officials are asking motorists to avoid the area. More>>

    Buccaneers get to 53-man roster limit

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster now is in place. On Saturday, the team waived six players and released two others to reach the NFL player limit. The Bucs made the following roster moves today, according to team officials. ... More>>

    Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years. Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years.
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    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck. More>>

    Rams cut Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.The seventh-round pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. ... More>>

    TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

    Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday. Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.
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    Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here." More>>

    Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

    The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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    A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm. More>>

    Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

    The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday. The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.
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    A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days. More>>

    Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

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    Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night. More>>

    Friday Night Blitz - Week 1 Scores

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    Pepin supports 64oz growlers, regulations Video included

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    He's the president of Pepin Distributing but he's extending an olive branch to craft brewers in Florida.“One key piece of misinformation is that we are opposed to a 64 ounce growler, we support a 64 ounce growler,” said Tom Pepin. More>>

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    • FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

      FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

      Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:49 GMT
      That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
      That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
    • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

      Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

      Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
      Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
      Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

      Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

      Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
      Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
      Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
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