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Invest 99L becomes Tropical Depression 9, expected to develop into a tropical storm on Monday

Invest 99L has become Tropical Depression 9, and meteorologists said the system is expected to develop into a tropical storm by mid-afternoon Monday. Kate Wentzel, 10Weather WTSP meteorologi …


Man who fled Tarpon Springs murder scene caught in Clearwater


  1. A powerful Russian weapon against the West: the spread of false stories


    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — With a vigorous national debate under way on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a State Council Presidium meeting on steps to give a boost to Russia’s health resorts in the resort town of Belokurikha, Altai region, about 3,000 kilometers (1,850 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) XAZ102
  2. Fennelly: Let Kaepernick sit for anthem; that's American, too


    O say can't you see: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wasn't as unpatriotic as he seemed when he sat out the national anthem before a preseason game.

    49ers QB Colin Kaepernick won’t stand for the anthem to protest treatment of people of color.
  3. Safety Wright, punter Schum among 12 Bucs cuts


    TAMPA — The Bucs made their first wave of preseason cuts Sunday, releasing 12 players, and in doing so they made newcomer Bryan Anger the punter for 2016.

    Ex-Jaguar Bryan Anger earns the punter’s job for the Bucs after averaging 48.7 yards a punt in three preseason games.
  4. Clashes intensify between U.S.-backed groups in northern Syria


    BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a new escalation that further complicates U.S. involvement in the Syrian war, Syrian rebels pressed deeper into the northern part of the country on Sunday, seizing territory with the aid of Turkish airstrikes.

    Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey. Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish airstrikes, made major gains Sunday in northern Syria, expelling Kurdish-led forces.
  5. Italy investigates whether negligence played role in quake toll


    AMATRICE, Italy — Italian authorities are vowing to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes played a role in the high death toll in last week's earthquake in Italy.

  6. 2 dead, 36 hurt after bus hits fire truck, more vehicles


    LAPLACE, La. — A bus full of construction workers hit a fire truck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of them seriously, Louisiana State Police said.



    TAMPA — The cramped confines of Marilyn Taylor's cubicle at Thompson Cigar Co. are a shrine of sorts to the company's stogie largesse.

    Alix Franzblau, Thompson Cigar’s chief operating officer, says she hasn’t been able to respond yet to cigar requests from troops, knowing that new rules forbid sending them.
  8. Kevin Cash frustrated by Rays' fundamental flaws

    The Heater


    Chris Archer avoided tying the team record of 18 losses, and the Rays avoided a rare sweep that would have dropped them back under .500 post-All-Star break with a 10-4 win Sunday over the contending Astros.

    The Rays’ Luke Maile, right, is tagged out in a rundown between second and third by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in the fourth inning Sunday.
  9. Larry Elliston, former "Down Home Florida" TV reporter, dies at 66


    TAMPA — Larry Elliston's first job in TV news was like a dream come true: Words, pictures and storytelling were passions that traced to his childhood.

    Larry Elliston was a and fifth-generation Floridian.
  10. 10,000th Syrian will reach U.S. this week in resettlement program


    AMMAN, Jordan — The United States will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.

    AMMAN, Jordan _ In this photo taken Sunday, August 28, 2016, Syrian refugee Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, 49, speaks to reporters at the Amman, Jordan office of the International Organization for Migration. Jouriyeh is flanked by his sons Farouq, 8, and Hamzeh, 12. The six-member Jouriyeh family will head to San Diego, California, as part of a year-long program to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States.(AP Photo/Raad Adayleh) AMM107

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Beruff’s political consultants. A new Mason-Dixon poll showed Beruff trailing Marco Rubio by 39 percentage points in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Beruff might be wondering what he's getting for the $8 million he poured into the race. His paid political consultants? They’re just thankful Beruff has kept the faith for so long....


Alex Cobb set to rejoin Rays Monday, make first start next weekend

RHP Alex Cobb came through Saturday's final Tommy John surgery rehab start well and was to meet the team in Boston Sunday night, with plans for his first since his September 2014 this weekend, likely Saturday, at home vs. Toronto.

"I think he felt good by his results,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "It was good to go out there and kind of command the baseball the way he knows that's he able to do.''

Cobb has to be activated from the DL today since his rehab assignment expired, so RHP Steve Geltz was sent back to Triple-A Durham after a one-day stint, and a shaky one-inning appearance, to provide bullpen coverage.

OF Mikie Mahtook was sent down after Saturday's game to make room for Geltz, and will return in either 10 days or after the Bulls' season ends....


Bucs' Dye, Bond could return for season opener

Good news on the Bucs' injury front, as receiver Donteea Dye and rookie linebacker Devante Bond, both sidelined with hamstring injuries, are both expected to be in position to return healthy before Tampa Bay's regular-season opener in two weeks....