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    Polk deputies assist in search after man arrested in teen's disappearance

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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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    Verdict Watch: Jurors deliberating fate of accused baby-killer Richard McTear

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    The fate of accused baby-killer Richard McTear is now in the hands of a jury. More>>

    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>>

    PHOTOS: 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>>

    Noon headlines: Hot and sunny; Jury watch in baby death case; Investigators reach crash site

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    Noon headlines: Hot and sunny; Jury deliberates in baby death case; Investigators reach crash site More>>

    Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

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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>>

    Investigators reach Ukraine crash site Video included

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    An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time. 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

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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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    Jurors to begin deliberations in McTear trial Video included

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    Is Richard McTear guilty or not guilty?  More>>

    AM Headlines: Low humidity for July; US 301 lane closure; Lawsuit against President

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    AM Headlines: Low humidity for July; US 301 lane closure; Lawsuit against President More>>

    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>>

    Woman, 80, dies, pilot injured in San Diego crash Video included

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    A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing an 80-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said. More>>

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

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    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.  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, FCN reported Wednesday. More>>

    Lower humidity for late-July Video included

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    Lower humidity is in place, especially north of Interstate 4 this morning. It will be hot and sunny through the day.
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    Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen Video included

    Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota. Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota.
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    There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County. More>>

    Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

    Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled. Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled.
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    Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day. More>>

    Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

    The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday. The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.
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    A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. More>>

    Lakeland gymnastics coach accused of sex with minor

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    A man who works as a gymnastics coach in Lakeland has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. More>>

    Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

    Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence. Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence.
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    A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey. More>>

    Wayward baby sea turtles rescued from storm drains

    Firefighters prepare to remove a storm drain cover to rescue turtles. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue photo Firefighters prepare to remove a storm drain cover to rescue turtles. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue photo
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    Some baby sea turtles who became trapped in a Fort Lauderdale storm drain are now safe, thanks to the efforts of local firefighters and a rescue group. More>>

    Investigation underway after Haines City police office Facebook post Video included

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    A Haines City Police Department officer is under an internal investigation after an e-mail was sent to the department this week including screenshots from her personal Facebook page. That e-mail was also sent to 8 On Your Side by a viewer who said the content was racist and sexist. More>>

    Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins Video included

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    The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday. More>>

    SWAT team invades wrong house, Sarasota woman files lawsuit Video included

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    In July 2013, Louise Goldsberry was washing dishes in her Sarasota apartment when she saw a camouflaged man with a large weapon outside her window. More>>

    Closing arguments wrap up in McTear trial Video included

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    Attorneys had one last chance to try to sway jurors Wednesday before they deliberate if Richard McTear is guilty of throwing a baby out of a car window onto I-275. 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>>

    FWC sets traps for tegus in Hillsborough County Video included

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    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are going on a Tegu trapping excursion Wednesday morning.  More>>

    Pinellas Health Dept. warns of parasitic disease

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    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.
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    Man dies after diving for lobsters off S Florida

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    Authorities say a man has died after diving for lobsters in the waters off South Florida. More>>

    Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix

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    Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. More>>

    Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

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    Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014. More>>

    Fla. baby survives after being left in hot minivan

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    A 2-month old baby is recovering after being left for about an hour inside a hot minivan parked outside a doctor's office in Florida. More>>

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    • Teen accused of torturing tortoise faces sex charges

      Teen accused of torturing tortoise faces sex charges

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:58 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:58:27 GMT
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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, FCN reported Wednesday.
      The teen accused of setting a protected tortoise on fire and killing it also faces sex charges after an encounter with a boy, FCN reported Wednesday.
    • Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

      Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:31 GMT
      What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
      What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
    • SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

      SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:50:00 GMT
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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.
      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.
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    • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:33:05 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.
    • Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

      Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

      Thursday, July 31 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:25:05 GMT
      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.
      Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.

      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.


    • Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

      Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:14:48 GMT
      Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled. Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled.
      Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day.
      Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day.
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    • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

      Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

      Thursday, July 31 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:35:02 GMT
      The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall...
      The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be...
    • Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

      Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

      Thursday, July 31 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:34:58 GMT
      Chicago police say one man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting inside a downtown high-rise office building.
      A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown high-rise office building in Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.
    • Immigration courts speed up children's cases

      Immigration courts speed up children's cases

      Thursday, July 31 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:34:54 GMT
      Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for...
      Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years...
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    • PHOTOS: Ice cream changes colors when you lick it

      PHOTOS: Ice cream changes colors when you lick it

      Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:25:41 GMT
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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.
      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.
    • 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.
    • Plastic surgeon's 'muffin top' billboard gets a graffiti makeover

      Plastic surgeon's 'muffin top' billboard gets a graffiti makeover

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:20:52 GMT
      (Photo Courtesy TODAY.com via @tkghiloni Twitter)(Photo Courtesy TODAY.com via @tkghiloni Twitter)
      A billboard advertising a plastic surgeon’s services got its own facelift after it was vandalized by someone hitting back at its message.
      A billboard advertising a plastic surgeon’s services got its own facelift after it was vandalized by someone hitting back at its message.
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