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Weak, disorganized Invest 99L tropical wave keeps forecasters guessing

While an area of low pressure in the southeastern Bahamas had yet to rise to th …

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Rare strain of whitefly poses severe threat to Florida's $500 million tomato crop

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Is Trump moving toward Rubio and Bush on immigration?

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Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Marines say two men didn't help raise first flag at Iwo Jima

    Military

    After acknowledging they misidentified some of the men shown in an iconic image raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, the Marines now say they were also mistaken in listing the names of those who raised an earlier flag amid intense fighting on the island.

    The acknowledgement came two months after the Marines announced the misidentification of one of the men who raised the second, larger flag at Iwo Jima. That flag-raising was captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, whose image was displayed on the front pages of newspapers across the country and was depicted in the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. [Associated Press]
  2. St. Pete's wage-theft program has slow start, needs tweaks

    Blogs

    St. Petersburg’s wage theft ordinance is a year old. So far, it’s been a pretty quiet debut.

  3. Trump meets with minority leaders ahead of Clinton speech

    Politics

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump is courting minority voters as rival Hillary Clinton prepares to deliver a speech that will accuse his campaign of fostering hate.

    In his speeches, Donald Trump has painted a dismal picture of life for black Americans, describing war zones as "safer than living in some of our inner cities" and suggesting that African-Americans and Hispanics can't walk down streets without getting shot. [Associated Press]
  4. Donald Trump champions American workers but uses foreign labor at Mar-A-Lago

    State Roundup

    At Wednesday's rally in Tampa, Donald Trump declared he would be the "greatest jobs president that God ever created," growing opportunity and protecting Americans "from illegal immigration and broken visa programs."

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Wednesday. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
  5. Bloomin' Brands sees expansion opportunities in Latin America

    Retail

    Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands, facing stagnant sales domestically, plans to open more restaurants throughout Latin America.

    Outback Steakhouse is owned by Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands. Some restaurants are operated by franchise owners. Photo provided by Bloomin' Brands
  6. WhatsApp is going to share phone numbers with Facebook

    Business

    SAN FRANCISCO — Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook based on WhatsApp information — although not on the …

    Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. [Associated Press]
  7. Weak, disorganized Invest 99L tropical wave keeps forecasters guessing

    Weather

    While an area of low pressure in the southeastern Bahamas had yet to rise to the level of a tropical system at 2 p.m., forecasters said it still would produce strong winds and heavy rains — and …

    An enhanced satellite image shows the location of Invest 99L at 8 a.m. Thursday. [Weather Underground]
  8. Northside Christian's Demetrius Jackson targets top receivers

    Footballpreps

    There was a time in his youth league football days when the now 5-foot-11, 185-pound Demetrius Jackson was a nose tackle. A versatile athlete, Jackson used to get put wherever the team needed him most. Eventually, he settled on cornerback, which is now where he excels as a senior for Northside Christian.

    Northside Christian High School's Demetrius Jackson is pretty confident in his shut-down abilities. I'm going to be on their best receiver, so if they don't want to score then don't throw to him." (Dirk Shadd, Times)
  9. FBI: Minnesota man who survived bridge collapse got settlement, used it to join ISIS

    World

    One night in August 2007, 10-year-old Mohamed Roble was riding on a school bus when it pulled onto a Minneapolis bridge during the evening commute. Officials said that Roble, 62 other children and the bus driver were traveling on the Interstate 35W bridge when it began to crumble into the Mississippi River below.

    According to federal authorities, Mohamed Roble traveled to Syria to join ISIS a few weeks after collecting more than $91,000 in settlement money for injuries sustained in the 2007 Minneapolis  bridge collapse. [U.S. Attorney's Office]
  10. State lifts health advisory for Hudson Beach

    Briefs

    HUDSON — The state Health Department on Thursday lifted its health advisory for swimmers at Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park at Hudson Beach, saying further testing indicated a drop in fecal bacteria.

Fresh poll shows Rubio and Murphy in tight race

Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy head into their expected general election matchup in a tight race, with a new poll showing Rubio taking 46 percent of the vote and Murphy 43 percent....

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Jake Odorizzi’s 1.64 ERA during the second half of the season is the lowest post-All-Star Break ERA in team history and the second lowest this season in the majors.

For starters: Lineups vs. Red Sox for homestand finale

The Rays and Red Sox return today to the Trop for a quick turnaround after last night’s 11-inning affair won by the Rays 4-3 on a walk-off error....

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Donteea Dye, pictured, is competing against special-teams standout Russell Shepard, as well as other young receivers like Evan Spencer.

Donteea Dye making case to stick with Bucs as cuts approach

The Bucs' fourth and fifth receiver jobs remain largely up for grabs with two preseason games remaining, but Donteea Dye, holding down the kickoff return job and making plays on offense, is making a case to stick around through final cuts....

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