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Forecasters predict Invest 99L could turn into Tropical Storm Hermine, hit Florida

Meteorologists across Florida were watching weather patterns closely on Wednesday as hurricane hunters flew into a developing system that forecasters say could turn into a tropical storm this week …

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Sheriff's office investigating deputy-involved shooting in St. Peters­burg

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Scott meets with Hillsborough leaders as state investigates Pinellas Zika case

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  1. Lakewood High student found with loaded gun at school, police say

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A Lakewood High student was arrested this week after police came to the school to arrest him for outstanding warrants and found a loaded handgun hidden under his clothes, officials said Wednesday.

  2. Scientists find Earth-like planet at adjacent star

    Space

    WASHINGTON — After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, astronomers have found one right next door.

    An artist's rendering of the planet Proxima, which was discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun. [European Southern Observatory]
  3. Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on ISIS

    World

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Wednesday launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country's civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed by U.S. airstrikes to help Syrian rebels retake a border town from Islamic State militants.

    Turkish army tanks and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces move toward the Syrian border as pictured from Karkamis, Turkey,on  Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  4. Jingle Ball, Mistletoe Show concerts returning to Tampa Bay in December

    Blogs

    Who's on the 2016 lineup?

    That's the question that'll be on our minds for the next few weeks, now that we know radio empire iHeartMedia is bringing its Jingle Ball and Mistletoe Show concerts back to Tampa Bay this fall.

  5. Washington Monument could close for up to nine months

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says the Washington Monument elevator needs a major renovation that will likely require the monument to be closed for up to nine months.

     The Washington Monument's elevator has broken down frequently over the past two years, and the National Park Service has said the problems may trace back to an earthquake that damaged the monument five years ago. [Associated Press]
  6. For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for a W

    Blogs

    After losing two straight to the Red Sox, the Rays will try again tonight in game three of the four-game series.

    Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays.
  7. Congress asked to block Pentagon's FOIA change request

    Nation

    A wide-ranging group of government transparency advocates asked Congress on Wednesday to block new changes to the Freedom of Information Act requested by the Defense Department, saying that approving them would allow the Pentagon to "excuse itself from the hard fought and necessary reforms."

  8. ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work

    Education

    WASHINGTON — The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year's high school graduates aren't ready for college-level course work.

    Nearly two-thirds of this year's high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework. [Associated Press]
  9. Monsignor Laurence Higgins, who built a parish and helped build Tampa, dies at 87

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, the charming Irish priest who was a confidant of Tampa's power elite in politics, business and professional sports, died Wednesday (Aug. 24, 2016). He was 87.

    Monsignor Laurence Higgins founded and served as pastor of Tampa's St. Lawrence Catholic Church from 1958 to 2007, later holding the position of pastor emeritus at the parish. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times (2013)]
  10. Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon resigned

    Nation

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon's exit the "falling out" of the "wicked boss" of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its forces on high alert …

     In this Oct. 13, 1973, photo, then-vice presidential nominee Gerald Ford, right, listens as President Richard Nixon, accompanied by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. [Associated Press]

Gov. Scott appoints judge recommended by Trump

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE - Republican Donald Trump recommended to Gov. Rick Scott that he give a judgeship to a Florida attorney whose work appears at odds with Trump's hard-line stance on immigration....

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Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for a W

After losing two straight to the Red Sox, the Rays will try again tonight in game three of the four-game series.

RHP Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays, 17-game winner Rick Porcello for the Red Sox.

The Rays have Logan Morrison at 1B tonight, with Brad Miller as the DH.

Rays lineup:...

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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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