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Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. More>>

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks Video included

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Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's... More>>

Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

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The Tarpon Springs City Council has approved a massive new gun range. More>>

Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

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Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning. More>>

USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site Video included

USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier. USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier.
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A USF research team and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives briefed Sen. Bill Nelson today on the results of grave excavations at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. More>>

Lakeland teacher accused of sex with student facing charges in 2 counties Video included

Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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Sex with a student and no regrets. That’s the story of a 29-year-old high school teacher who is spending Tuesday night behind bars. More>>

Lions & leopards get their Easter baskets at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue

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Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday. More>>

Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to... More>>

Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

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An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond. More>>

Race for Governor: Crist leads Scott in WFLA-TV poll Video included

Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist
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Democrat Charlie Crist leads Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll conducted for WFLA-TV. The leading news station will be tracking the governor's race throughout the election. More>>

Manatee High School quarterback arrested

Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website) Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery. More>>

Students' films hit screen at Tampa food truck event Thursday

These students are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in downtown Tampa Thursday night. These students are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in downtown Tampa Thursday night.
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Some talented Hillsborough County students will be in the spotlight Thursday. They are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in Tampa Thursday night.
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Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising Video included

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist... More>>

No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook) Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
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The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County. More>>

Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past Video included

Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest
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We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday. More>>

Pasco mom headed to prison after texting sexually explicit photos to teen Video included

Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo
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A Pasco County mother of three who is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of herself to a 16-year-old boy made a deal with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk Video included

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The Florida Department of Transportation announced today that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
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Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday. Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.
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Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.

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Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state Video included

The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients. The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
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The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public More>>

Polk man gets life for setting wife on fire

Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo) Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
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A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. More>>

Bay area post offices open after 6:00 p.m. on Tax Day

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If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs. More>>

Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who... More>>

Lakeland teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student

Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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A Central Florida Aerospace Academy English teacher has been arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. More>>

Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16 Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16
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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
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Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

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A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department. More>>

Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

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Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa. More>>

WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County Video included

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When is the last time you just stepped out of your front door and took a walk?Studies show, just 30 minutes of walking per day makes a huge difference in your health. More>>

Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

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Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election. More>>

Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the... More>>

Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

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One eastbound lane on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa will be closed starting Tuesday morning because Tampa Water Department crews need to repair a service line. More>>

Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in Video included

Bakari Parks. HCSO mugshot Bakari Parks. HCSO mugshot
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Deputies say Bakari Parks turned himself in at Orient Road Jail late Monday night. Investigators spent the day looking for the 23-year-old shot and injured a little boy.
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Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces Video included

The construction site in Clearwater Beach The construction site in Clearwater Beach
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Beach parking already comes at a premium. Now it's even harder to find a space on Clearwater Beach. Construction is underway on a new resort, where the Adam's Mark Hotel once stood.  More>>

Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies Video included

Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. More>>

Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested Video included

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The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested. More>>

'Voice' contestant Sisaundra's Polk school stands behind her

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Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County. More>>

Fires still besiege Chile port; 15 dead, 500 hurt

Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families... More>>

Homicide under investigation in Sarasota

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace.
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Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co. Video included

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A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County. More>>

State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation Video included

Kevin Holmes, massage therapist Kevin Holmes, massage therapist
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According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate." More>>

Pasco elementary school sings 'FCAT Song'

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Students, teachers, and staff at Moon Lake Elementary School are wishing students good luck on the FCAT with a song.
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Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control Video included

The fuel is local, but the matches are Russian. That in a nutshell is how the insurgency threatening the survival of Ukraine as a unified state is increasingly unfolding. More>>

Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000 Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
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Tampa Councilman calling for safety improvements on Hillsborough Ave. Video included

The intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue The intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue
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Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says something must be done about a dangerous section of Hillsborough Avenue.
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Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout Video included

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A.J. Ali was just putting out his sign in front of his Boost Mobile store, when he found out this wasn't going to be just another Monday. More>>

East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling
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East Lake Fire Rescue responded to the high school Monday afternoon to rescue a student who became trapped in the ceiling of the school's auditorium. More>>

4-year-old shot in Tampa, school lockdowns lifted Video included

TPD on scene of Orange and Spruce Street where a child was shot in the arm Monday. TPD on scene of Orange and Spruce Street where a child was shot in the arm Monday.
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Tampa Police are looking for the person who shot a 4-year-old child in the arm. More>>

Job fair held in St. Pete Video included

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Dozens headed to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday crossing their fingers that their luck will change.


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Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

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Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday. More>>

St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing Video included

The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line
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It’s been a long year for the Cunningham family of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg firefighter and paramedic Jim Cunningham was at the Boston Marathon along with his daughter cheering on his wife when they heard the explosions. More>>

Sarasota adds new K9 officer

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The Sarasota Police Department has a new member: K9 Andro.
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Pasco man charged with biting infant

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Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.
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Hillsborough Sheriff fights for custody of rescued horses found malnourished

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Two horses previously rescued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have been once again placed in their custody after they were found malnourished yet again. More>>

Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot
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A woman involved in a fatal motorcycle accident this weekend is in jail Monday morning, according to the Clearwater police report. She admitted she had been drinking the day of the crash. More>>

Tampa official calls attention to unsafe street Video included

People brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough Avenue People brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough Avenue
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Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick wants changes on East Hillsborough Avenue. Last month two students have been hit by cars. One of them, 15-year-old Norma Velasquez-Cabrera died after being hit on her way to Middleton High School. More>>

School bus safety focus of Hillsborough meeting

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 Parents and school bus drivers have sounded off in a series of town hall meetings about transportation in the Hillsborough County School District. There will be another meeting Monday night in Apollo Beach. More>>

MH370: 'Time to go underwater,' Australian official says Video included

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The searchers have concluded that the batteries for the source of the pings have likely died, as no new pings have been detected since Tuesday. More>>

Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

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Clearwater Police traffic homicide investigators investigated a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night.A crash between a car and a motorcycle occurred at 9:37 p.m. at the intersection of Belleair Road and Missouri Avenue.The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was northbound on Missouri Avenue when the motorcycle collided with a car that was turning east on Belleair Road from Missouri Avenue.The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead s... More>>

Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

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Questions about the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder surround a triple shooting inthe 4300 block ofSeventh Avenue North Saturday night.One victim, Mackenzie McConnell, passed away after he was hit by bullets."This is a tragedy, and we are still trying to cope with the loss,” McConnell's father toldNews Channel8 Sunday. The shooting occurredshortlyafter 10 p.m. Saturday.According to the arrest affidavits,34-year-old Jason Faber saw two men outside.McConnell and his friend, Alexander... More>>

UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session as violence escalated in eastern Ukraine, hours before a Monday morning deadline for pro-Russia protesters to lay down their arms or face Ukrainian troops. More>>

Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east

Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite... More>>

Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

One of golf's most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That's just fine with Bubba Watson. More>>

Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

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The weather was warm, but the blues was cool at Vinoy Park Sunday.Some of the biggest names in blues music had the crowd on its feet and jammin' at the 20th annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival.People were dancing. Others sat back and relaxed. But they all enjoyed the music and tropical settting in downtown St. Petersburg.Fans have danced, swayed and entertained by the sounds of well-known entertainments and bands, including Chicago, guitarist Buddy Guy, Blind Boys of Alabama and crooner Michael M... More>>

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate... More>>

Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

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The Eighth Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest is drawing crowds and rib masters from across the country.The annual event is a major fundraiser for United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to low-income and at risk youth in Manatee County. While the ribs are a major attractions, the entertainment reigns too.Big-name acts such as country music entertainer Tracy Lawrence and R&B star Musiq Soulchild has entertained fans during the three-day festival,... More>>

Your Week in Viral Videos: Minivan vs. cement truck

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The most stunning thing is not that a cement truck driver thought it was a good idea to run a red light, but just how well the minivan it crashed into held up. More>>

Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash. Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash.
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A 54-year-old Bay area bicyclist was seriously injured Saturday night when he was hit by a car on Drew St. in Clearwater.The unidentified man was transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he is listed in critical condition. More>>

Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism," the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said... More>>

Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

Cobb has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings. Cobb has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings.
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The Tampa Bay Rays put right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique in his left side, the second starter they've lost to injury in a week.Cobb pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He's gone 15-1-3 innings without allowing a run. More>>

Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th. Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th.
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Authorities have suspended their ground search for pilot whose small plane went missing at it flew from north Florida to the Tampa Bay area.Theodore Weiss of Zephyrhills was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Sonex two-seater with white and green stripes. The Marion County Sheriff's office says Weiss left the Dunnellon Airport on April 5, bound for Zephyrhills. More>>

Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily Video included

Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by... More>>

Two of three fleeing drivers identified in fatal Fowler crash

Troopers are still looking for a third driver who fled the scene early Saturday. Troopers are still looking for a third driver who fled the scene early Saturday.
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Two of the three fleeing drivers in Saturday morning’s fatal multi-vehicle crash on East Fowler Ave. have been identified.William S. Ridley, a 47-year-old Tampa resident, contacted the Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday to inform investigators of his involvement in the incident that claimed the life of 30-year-old Amari A. Williams of Thonotosassa. More>>

Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife. Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife.
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A 34-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred late Saturday night in St. Petersburg.Jason Michael Faber was arrested just before midnight following a short pursuit. He is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 7th Ave. North just after 10 p.m. in response to a shots fired call. More>>

Multiple organ recipient, 3, tries for normal life

Adonis has had 20 surgical proceduries during his three years. Adonis has had 20 surgical proceduries during his three years.
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Adonis Ortiz is like any other 3-year-old boy.He wears light-up sneakers with "Cars" characters on them. He loves playing with his mom's smartphone and rolling around outside with the family dog. When he turns 4, his parents will put him on a T-ball team; he already plays the game in the family's living room with an inflatable bat and a tennis ball. More>>

Publix employee celebrates 50 years on the job

Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland. Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland.
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A Publix employee in central Florida is celebrating his 50th year working for the grocery store chain.Larry Delaney is something of a rarity at Publix. In the company's 83-year history, only 16 employees have reached the 50-year milestone. More>>

Tampa police makes arrest in South Tampa hit and run

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
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News Channel 8 has learned Tampa police have charged 26 year-old Danielle Goeller in a deadly hit and run in South Tampa Friday night.According to the affidavit, a pedestrian was struck at the intersection about 11:45 p.m. The victim did not survive the crash. The Tampa Police Departmenthas not released the victim's name.An eyewitnesscalled police. More>>

Prize-winning Chihuahua puppy stolen in Britain

British police are appealing for help finding five stolen dogs, including a Chihuahua puppy that recently won a major prize at the prestigious Crufts competition. More>>

Faded message in bottle found along Tampa Bay

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Almost everyone has imagined what it would be like to find a message in a bottle. It actually happened Saturday to a Pepin Academy National Honor student participating in the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide event in honor of Earth Day. The student discovered a bottle with a faded note inside today while picking up trash along the shores of Cypress Point Park in Tampa's Westshore area. Inside were the heartfelt words of a Cuban wife and mother. ... More>>

4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area. More>>

Long hunt for missing jet looms as pings go silent

After a week of optimism over four underwater signals believed to be coming from the missing Malaysian plane, the sea has gone quiet and Australia's leader is warning that the massive search will likely be long. More>>

Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law. More>>

Friends of Queena host self-defense fundraiser

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Family, friends and supporters of Queena, a Brandon area woman who survived a brutal rape six years ago, now feel more empowered.They learn the proper way to throw a jab, punch and other self-defense techniques at a three-hour seminar hosted by “Hot Ninja Defenders” program for women today.The seminar was at the Title Boxing Club Brandon, 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave. It marked the second year organizers hosted the Fight for Queena self-defense fundraising event.This year the participants experie... More>>

Uniformed men occupy Donetsk police HQ

Men in the uniforms of Ukraine's now-defunct riot police on Saturday occupied police headquarters in Donetsk, the eastern city that is one of the flashpoints of a wave of pro-Russia protests, hours after armed men... More>>

Couple: Truck was on fire before deadly bus crash

A tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median and crashed into a tour bus, killing 10 people, according to a couple whose car was sideswiped by the big rig. More>>

Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future. More>>

Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead or are unaccounted for after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus... More>>

Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right. More>>

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans... More>>

Pakistan judge dismisses 9 month old's murder case

A Pakistani judge dismissed an attempted murder charge Saturday that police lodged against a 9-month-old boy, ending a bizarre case that drew new criticism to the country's troubled criminal justice system. More>>

Thonotosassa man killed in hit-and-run crash

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Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down three drivers who fled a fatal crash early Saturday morning on Fowler Ave.The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. just east of Interstate 75. A 30-year-old Thonotosassa man died at the scene. More>>

Tampa man arrested after firing shotgun at police chopper

Hearld, 56, is being held on a bond of $22,500. Hearld, 56, is being held on a bond of $22,500.
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A 56-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges after he fired a shotgun in the direction of a Tampa Police Department helicopter early Saturday.Thomas Henry Hearld was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge. More>>

Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners - and relief isn't likely anytime soon. More>>

Lightning player charged with DUI, cocaine possession

Malone, 34, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from jail just before 10 a.m. Malone, 34, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from jail just before 10 a.m.
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A member of the Tampa Bay Lightning was arrested early Saturday on driving under the influence and drug charges.Ryan Malone was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released after posting a bond of $2,500. More>>

Off-duty Sarasota police officer hit by car

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An off-duty Sarasota police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after she was hit by a vehicle at the Sarasota Yacht Club Friday night.The officer, whose name was not released,is being treated at a local hospital, Sarasota police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said. More>>

Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released

A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday. More>>

Fallen Ft. Hood soldiers return to Bay area Video included

The body of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson returns to Tampa Friday The body of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson returns to Tampa Friday
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Two of the soldiers killed in the shootings this month at Ft. Hood returned home to the bay area Friday. More>>

Searchers race to find jet; no new signals heard Video included

With no new underwater signals detected, the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet resumed Saturday in a race against time to find its dying black boxes five weeks after families first learned their loved ones... More>>

Steve Jerve visits Woodlawn Elementary in Sebring

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News Channel 8's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve took an Eagle 8 ride Friday to visit the kids at Highland County's Woodlawn Elementary School in Sebring. More>>

Thieves appear to target parents at Valrico ballparks Video included

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Baseball is not the only thing on the minds of parents at the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association ballparks on Friday. More>>

Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

 Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR 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.

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Trailer released for 'Dolphin Tale 2' starring Clearwater dolphin

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"Winter" the dolphin is returning to the big screen, and you can now get a sneak peek of what's in store. The trailer for Dolphin Tale 2 was released April 11.
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Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
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Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

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The week of March 31 to April 4, two eateries that made our list of Tampa Bay restaurants with the most violations were also temporarily closed by state inspectors. More>>

Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday. The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday.
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Theodore Weiss, 74, took off in his experimental aircraft on Saturday. He was headed from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County to the Zephyrhills Regional Airport, but never made it.
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Remaining Tampa Bay Sweetbay Stores converting to Winn-Dixie Video included

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As of this weekend, Sweetbay will be no more. On Saturday, the 18 remaining Sweetbay stores in Florida will be converted to Winn Dixie, many in the Bay area. More>>

Family increases reward to help solve cold case murder in Tampa Video included

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A cold case murder in Tampa has twists and turns, but police and the victims family are hoping for new leads to solve it. David Hope, 71, was killed in his East Tampa home in October of 2010. Tampa Police Detective Neal Smith says Hope was a well liked and respected figure in his neighborhood. More>>

Polk deputies round up 41 for theft, other charges Video included

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In two days Polk County Sheriff's Organized Crime Unit arrested a total of 41 people, including teenagers, during the operation "Sticky Hands."
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Prosecutor challenges Pistorius' story of killing

What exactly was Oscar Pistorius doing in the moments before he fatally shot his girlfriend in his home? More>>

Missing Sarasota woman, 82, found safe

Herminia Franco, 82, is missing. Herminia Franco, 82, is missing.
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The search for a missing 82-year-old woman who has dementia ended early Friday afternoon, just a few hours after she was reported missing. More>>

TPD investigating 12 burglaries in south Tampa

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Tampa Police Detectives are investigating 12 auto burglaries and burglaries from homes with open garage doors in south Tampa.In each case, the car doors were unlocked or the garage doors were open. More>>

5 arrested in Sarasota prostitution sting

Fernando Valbuena was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Jail booking photo Fernando Valbuena was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Jail booking photo
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Sarasota Police officers arrested five people during a special prostitution operation on Thursday, April 10. More>>

Spring Football League team coming to St. Pete Video included

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The Tide is rolling in! The St. Pete Tide is the newest team in the Professional Spring American Football League or SFL. More>>

Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracts crowd Video included

Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza. Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza.
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Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracted a crowd of women who waited outside the store for Friday's grand opening celebration. More>>

No bail yet for man in deadly Fla. day care crash

A man who authorities say drove an SUV that crashed into another vehicle, sending it spinning into a daycare center where a girl was killed and 14 people were injured, was ordered Friday to stay in jail until a judge can... More>>

Patriot Guard Riders to escort bodies of Tampa Bay Ft. Hood shooting victims

Sgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, was killed in the Ft. Hood shooting on April 2. Courtesy: Fort Hood Public Affairs Office Sgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, was killed in the Ft. Hood shooting on April 2. Courtesy: Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
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Florida's Patriot Guard Riders will honor two Fort Hood shooting victims Friday by escorting their remains from Tampa International Airport to local funeral homes. More>>

Kennedy Boulevard reopens downtown Tampa after pedestrian was hit

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A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in downtown Tampa early Friday morning, Tampa Police officers confirmed. They closed westbound Kennedy Boulevard near Tampa Street and Ashley Drive. More>>

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US 19 overpass open for morning commute Video included

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US 19 Highway drivers are getting a little relief, finally. The US 19 southbound overpass at Gulf to Bay in Clearwater is opening for traffic. More>>

Truck in deadly crash slammed into charter bus

A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median Thursday in Northern California and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash,... More>>

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius to resign after rocky healthcare rollout

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After a rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act in October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post, according to the Associated Press. More>>

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton as the former secretary of state began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. More>>

Pasco elevated toll highway needs public support, says DOT Video included

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The Florida Department of Transportation has said they will not move forward with constructing the proposed elevated highway along State Road 54/56 in Pasco County without the public’s support. More>>

Mock funeral, roast held for 'The Cowhead Show'

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A mock funeral and roast was held Thursday night in Tampa as 'The Cowhead Show' prepares to be born again with a new name. More>>

VIDEO: peacock pecks Clearwater Police vehicle

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Video from the Clearwater Police Department shows a peacock pecking at a patrol car window. More>>

Pasco theater shooting suspect explains motive in recordings

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Retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves said the man was threatening him, and he was terrified. More>>

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater... More>>

Missing pilot search to move to Hernando County Video included

Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday. Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday.
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The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday. More>>

Probe into Lakeland's acting police chief over Video included

Larry Giddens was promoted to acting police chief after Chief Lisa Womack was put on administrative leave. Larry Giddens was promoted to acting police chief after Chief Lisa Womack was put on administrative leave.
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An investigation into accusations that Acting Chief of Police Larry Giddens made threatening statements to retired police officer Jimmy Mock have been determined to be unfounded. More>>

Pasco animal shelter over capacity, seeks homes for dogs

Pasco Animal Services staff says the shelter is over capacity and is "bursting at the seams" with adoptable dogs (Photos courtesy Pasco County). Pasco Animal Services staff says the shelter is over capacity and is "bursting at the seams" with adoptable dogs (Photos courtesy Pasco County).
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Are you looking to add a four-legged addition to your family? You might want to check out the dogs available for adoption at Pasco County Animal Services. More>>

Man walking around the world stops in Sarasota Video included

Mats Andren stops in Sarasota County in his walk around the world. Mats Andren stops in Sarasota County in his walk around the world.
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A Swedish man walking across the world is making his way through the Tampa Bay area on Thursday. More>>

Missing 7-month-old from Tampa found

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Tampa police officers say they have located a missing 7-month-old girl, thanks to social media. More>>

Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like 'deer in headlights'

The 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed "like a deer in the headlights" hours later and doesn't fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the... More>>

Week two of festivities for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

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The second weekend of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival offers attendees a variety of activities including a concert, sand sculpting contest, fireworks, and a beach egg hunt. More>>

Longtime Strawberry Festival director resigns

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The man who has led Plant City's Strawberry Festival for 43 years has resigned, saying it's time for a change. More>>

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