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  1. Prescription painkiller crackdown has gone 'way too far,' some doctors believe


    Tampa anesthesiologist Dr. Rafael Miguel helped lead the fight against a surging prescription drug abuse crisis in Florida.

    Heather Papp, with some of the drugs for her multiple autoimmune diseases, says she once traveled to eight pharmacies over two days to fill a prescription.
  2. Rays' Grant Balfour thinks improvement is for real this time

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    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Grant Balfour knows that you've heard this before.

    Rays reliever Grant Balfour has a third straight strong outing, and he says mental and mechanical adjustments have him confident he can sustain his improvement.
  3. Rays: Reliever Steve Geltz surprised by promotion

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    Rays vs. Blue Jays

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

    This is a 2014 photo of pitcher R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.  This image reflects the Blue Jays active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  4. Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants


    BAGHDAD — Iraq's outgoing prime minister pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over the insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town.

    This photo provided by the Iraqi government shows outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, surrounded by residents and security forces after his arrival in Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Al-Maliki praised residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier. [Associated Press]
  5. Astros fire manager, seek 'new direction'


    HOUSTON — The Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

    Bo Porter went 110-190 in nearly two years with Houston.

    Rick Scott rips Charlie Crist as failure

    SARASOTA – Rick Scott in some respects makes it easy on journalists. If a reporter misses something he says in an interview, maybe even spaces out for moment, it doesn’t really matter because Scott is certain to say the same thing again. And again. And again....


    The cast of Lifetime's Saved by the Bell movie.

    What to watch this week: 'The Leftovers' finale, Lifetime's 'Saved by the Bell' movie, 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    This week on TV, HBO's bleak drama The Leftovers ends its first season, our fave reality competition So You Think You Can Dance crowns a winner, and you can get a glimpse at CBS's new fall shows in the aptly named CBS Fall Preview....


    11 things that happened in August that would've been called SO FLORIDA had they happened in Florida

    I did it for January, and I did it for February, and I did it for March, and I did it for April, and I did it for May, and I did it for June, and I did it for July, so now I'll do it for August....