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Jailhouse informants have a powerful incentive to help, or hurt, a criminal case: Freedom

LARGO — Jamison Bell is a good listener. In the recreation yard of the Pinellas County Jail, one inmate told him about stabbing a neighbor at a mobile home park. Inside a cell, another …

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Romano: Scientology's problems on Clearwater land deal are of its own making

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Alex Colome wastes strong Chris Archer start as Rays lose to Blue Jays (w/video)

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  1. Fennelly: St. Anthony's Triathlon is about fun, family from first place to last

    Running

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sunday, the 34th annual St. Anthony's Triathlon held another county fair downtown. No matter your time, it was a good time.

    Men's professional racer winner Cameron Dye approaches the finish line in the annual St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He finished with a time of 1:40:31.
  2. Rays journal: Chris Archer denies intent, Blue Jays have doubts

    The Heater

    MIAMI — Rays starter Chris Archer's actions Sunday sure seemed to indicate he was sending a well-received message to his teammates in sailing his first pitch to Jose Bautista behind the Toronto slugger's back, avenging teammate Steven Souza Jr. being hit on Saturday.

    But his words …

    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 30: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays has words for Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays after objecting to an inside pitch before flying out in the first inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre on April 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) 700010595
  3. 11 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest (w/video)

    Weather

    CANTON, Texas — At least 12 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday.

    Andy Teague cleans up the living room of his family home along County Road 1910 on Sunday after a tornado struck Fruitvale, Texas. Teague took shelter in a tiled shower with his wife, Amy Teague, daughter Shelbie Teague, Shelbie’s boyfriend, Brandon Sherwood, and two dogs.
  4. Trump's 'very friendly' talk with Duterte stuns aides and critics alike

    National

    WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. leader's national security aides saw it as part of a routine diplomatic outreach to Southeast Asian leaders. Trump, characteristically, had his own ideas.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of extrajudicial killings.
  5. Cameron Dye wins third straight St. Anthony's Triathlon

    Running

    ST. PETERSBURG — At 7 a.m. Sunday, a long, steady stream of more than 3,000 athletes began charging into the waters off Spa Beach and proceeded through the swimming, cycling and running of the 30-plus miles of the St. Anthony's Triathlon.

    Lauren Goss leads the women’s race from start to finish, even after making a wrong turn during the bike leg because, she says, a policeman directed her the wrong way. She lost 15 to 20 seconds before getting back on the course.
  6. Hacker's theft of new season of 'Orange Is the New Black' portends a TV crisis

    Science

    WASHINGTON — After stealing and releasing 10 episodes of the fifth season of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black a month before its planned premiere, a hacking group is threatening to release shows by four other networks unless the networks pay a ransom.

    Orange Is the New Black’s fifth season has made its way onto a file-sharing website ahead of its June 9 premiere date.
  7. Editorial: Homestead vote tests Florida Senate

    Editorials

    The Florida Senate traditionally has been where bad ideas are killed, common sense prevails and independent thinking rules. That reputation will be tested Monday when the Senate votes on a misguided proposal to increase the homestead exemption, one of House Speaker Richard Corcoran's top priorities. This is part of a …

    Florida Senator Darryl Rouson on the floor of the Florida Senate on March 8. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  8. Alex Colome wastes strong Chris Archer start as Rays lose to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — What looked to be a good Sunday afternoon based on a strong Chris Archer start and some heads-up play ended badly for the Rays as Alex Colome faltered in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays scored a 3-1 win.

    Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (19) hits a double, driving in the tying run, against the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, April 30, 2017. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) FJT509
  9. Alex Colome wastes strong Chris Archer start as Rays lose to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — What looked to be a good Sunday afternoon based on a strong Chris Archer start and some heads-up play ended badly for the Rays as Alex Colome faltered in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays scored a 3-1 win.

    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 30: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays has words for Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays after objecting to an inside pitch before flying out in the first inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre on April 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) 700010595
  10. Pentagon: 45 civilians killed by coalition strikes targeting ISIS

    World

    BAGHDAD — Investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a Pentagon statement released Sunday.

    Rresidents carry the body of several people killed in airstrikes during fighting between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. In a statement released Sunday, April 30, 2017, the Pentagon said investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that coalition airstrikes killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the city of Mosul. [Associated Press]
House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

Editorial: Homestead vote tests Florida Senate

The Florida Senate traditionally has been where bad ideas are killed, common sense prevails and independent thinking rules. That reputation will be tested Monday when the Senate votes on a misguided proposal to increase the homestead exemption, one of House Speaker Richard Corcoran's top priorities. This is part of a secret deal between Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron to resolve the state budget and other top issues, but it's a terrible trade-off, and senators should reject it rather than follow along like sheep....

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Video: Rays Chris Archer on facing Blue Jays

Rays starter Chris Archer likes visiting Toronto and pitching at the Rogers Centre, where he said he can feed off the energy of the crowd even though it is against him. Here are this thoughts Saturday on going into today's start:...

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Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.

What to watch this weekend: 'American Gods' on Starz, L.A. Riots documentary on ABC

What hath God wrought? American Gods

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz....

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