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House, Senate prepare to approve budget plans with big differences to resolve

TALLAHASSEE — As the 2016 session reached the midway point Wednesday, the Senate and House tentatively approved separate budgets in advance of floor votes Thursday and the start of marathon …

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  1. Fire breaks out at northern Mexico prison; deaths reported

    World

    MONTERREY, Mexico — A fire and riot broke out Thursday at a prison in northern Mexico, and local media said numerous inmates appeared to have died.

  2. House, Senate prepare to approve budget plans with big differences to resolve

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As the 2016 session reached the midway point Wednesday, the Senate and House tentatively approved separate budgets in advance of floor votes Thursday and the start of marathon budget negotiations by next week.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, appearing at a news conference earlier in February the Hillsborough County Health Department, has been pushing for $1 billion in tax cuts. (ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times)

  3. Hillary Clinton supporters see hope in Broward County

    Blogs

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign opened its first office in South Florida in Democratic-rich Broward County Wednesday night.

  4. Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in

    Nation

    BURNS, Ore. — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff.

    An ambulance proceeds through the Narrows roadblock near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday as FBI agents have surrounded the remaining four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The four are the last remnants of an armed group that seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land-use policies. [Associated Press]
  5. Capitol Buzz: Five things to watch today in Tallahassee

    Blogs

    The state budget becomes the focal point in the Florida Legislature today. Here's a look at five things we will be watching today.

  6. Morning briefing: It's chilly but nice, with a Democratic debate tonight, state budget talks all day and a chat with Andrea Bocelli

    News

    Expect continued cool temperatures today and into the weekend (60s today, 70s on Friday and Saturday), but it should at least be [WTSP 10Weather]

  7. Hawaii's big-wave surf competition called off

    Nation

    HALEIWA, Hawaii — Legendary surfer Eddie Aikau would have gone out. But Wednesday's surf in Hawaii didn't stack up to his namesake competition's big-wave standards, and the event was called off hours before it was supposed to happen.

    A bodyboarder catches a wave at Waimea Bay after the Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest was canceled on  Wednesday in Haleiwa, Hawaii. [Associated Press]
  8. Review: 'How to Be Single' is decent indecent date flick for Valentine's Day

    Movies

    How to Be Single, a guide to life, liberty and the pursuit of free drinks in clubs, is Carrie Bradshaw brand sex, but funnier, messier and closer to real.

    Robin (Rebel Wilson), right, is a perpetual party girl who guides newly single Alice (Dakota Johnson) in How to Be Single.
  9. More Florida children are protected by health insurance, but thousands still lack coverage

    Health

    The share of kids without health insurance in Florida dropped from 11.7 percent in 2013 to 9.6 percent in 2014, according to a study released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  10. In final season, Vinny Lecavalier looks to recreate glory from Lightning days

    Lightning Strikes

    Vinny Lecavalier has still got it.

    You could see that Tuesday night at TD Garden in Boston, where Lecavalier, 35, made a wicked spin-o-rama move behind the net before sending a no-look feed to new Kings teammate Marian Gaborik, who finished from the right circle. The highlight-reel play was reminiscent of many …

    Vinny Lecavalier says of leaving the Flyers for the Kings: “Obviously I wanted a change. … I couldn’t have picked a better place to go.”
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) collides with Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) along the boards as left wing Ondrej Palat looks on Monday in Ottawa. [Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP]

Garrison injury tough blow to Lightning blueline

The Lightning lost more than just a game Monday night in Ottawa....

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a news conference on Jan. 22, 1996, to  announce that they had picked Tony Dungy as the new head coach. Here, Dungy shakes hands with Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.

Photo gallery: A look back at coach Tony Dungy over the years

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. ...

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Were Jeb Bush's picks for the Florida Supreme Court consistent conservatives?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s positions on some issues, such as immigration, have been to the left of other members of the GOP presidential field. But last month, Bush laid down a marker on his own conservatism: his selection of conservative judges....

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