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Pasco woman meets her German family

 Janet Acerra was the youngest of 10 children born in the strangest of circumstances in Wurzburg, Germany. She learned in a a surprise call that she had brothers and sisters in Germany.

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Dunedin's lottery-winning waiter on ABC's '20/20'

Dunedin's quirky Casa Tina restaurant and its famous lottery-winning waiter appeared on ABC's 20/20 Friday night.

The February story in the Tampa Bay Times about Alexandra Chaar, a 21-year-old server who won a $1 million Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket, was picked up around the world and caught the attention of Barbara Walters. After taking a one-time payout of $700,000, the college student was back at work waiting tables because she loves the place, she said at the time. Here's the story ABC wrote about her and another satisfied lottery winner. And in case you didn't catch it, here's where those winning Mega Millions tickets were sold. They'll share an estimated $640 million jackpot.

 

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Pinellas County Fair

Have you ever seen monkeys racing on dogs? It's kind of like the Kentucky Derby, except the Banana Derby at the Pinellas County Fair showcased capuchin monkey jockeys ridiing dogs around a smaller track.

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Photos: The Pope visits Cuba

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Pope Benedict XVI demanded greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba during Mass before hundreds of thousands of people Wednesday in the shrine of the island's communist revolution, denouncing "fanaticism" that tries to impose its truth on others.

Benedict's unusually politicized homily was a not-so-subtle jab at Cuba's leadership before a vast crowd in Revolution Plaza. But he also used plain language to urge an end to Cuba's isolation, a reference to the 50-year U.S. economic embargo and the inability of 11 American presidents and brothers Fidel and Raul Castro to forge peace.  See photos.

 

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Health care arguments in the high court

Wednesday's recordings and transcripts of the arguments for and against the Affordable Health Care Act can be found here.

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Trayvon Martin coverage

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ABC News has posted a police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot. 

The video, above, shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot the teenager. Police say Zimmerman told them he shot Martin in self-defense after the 6-foot high school junior punched him, got on top of him then began banging his head into a sidewalk. Zimmerman was bleeding from his nose and back of his head, according to a police report, but the video, provided to ABC News by the city of Sanford, shows no obvious sign of injury. He was tended at the scene by paramedics but told them he did not need to go to a hospital, police reported.

 

 

In exclusive interview with The Washington Post, Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, respond to the actions taken by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on the House floor Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to stop racial profiling.

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Jet Blue's erratic pilot

Passengers onboard a JetBlue flight bound for Las Vegas on Tuesday tackled and restrained the plane's captain after he was locked out of the cockpit by crew members, screamed 'they're going to take us down' and ranted about al-Qaida and a possible bomb onboard, passengers said. The captain of JetBlue Airways Flight 191 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport had a "medical situation" and the co-pilot diverted the plane to land in Amarillo, Texas, around 10 a.m., the airline said.
 

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Health care arguments in high court

 

The fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was cast into peril Tuesday as the Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance. The court will now take up whether any remnant of the historic law can survive if that linchpin fails. Find audio and transripts from the Supreme Court here.

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Links: Birdcam websites to bookmark

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In today's Tampa Bay Times, Patty Ryan writes about the growing popularity of webcams that are trained on birds' nests. We've got the links that are mentioned in her story:

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High court and the health care law

Supreme Court justices on Monday launched historic arguments over health care with hints that they won't simply punt the big issues to another day. While demonstrations and dueling news conferences competed for attention outside, in the courtroom the nine justices bore down on the initial legal question of whether it's too soon to sue against the Obama administration's signature health care law. Here's how the case should unfold. You can find a transcript and complete audio here.

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Photos: Trayvon Martin

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Up to 1,000 people marched to one of Tampa's busiest intersections Saturday, March 24 in a call for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. He's the unarmed, black 17-year-old boy shot and killed on Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford.  See photos.

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Sebring race fans

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Race fans, start your engines! An Audi won this year's race at Sebring, known officially as the Tequila Patron 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

But the real award for endurance goes to the fans, who since 1952 have conducted their own marathon of racy behavior.  See photos from Sebring.

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Video: Homeless Rob shows his home in the woods

In this Sunday's Floridian, we told the story of Robert Rashford, who found himself homeless and decided to start a blog, Homelessrob Has a Plan. He slept wherever he could before finally buying a tent with wages from odd jobs and hauling it deep into the woods, where he felt safer. In the video below, he shows us in vivid detail the path he has to take to get to the tent. Only, as he notes, he has to do it in the dark.

 

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Nicholas Lindsey trial

Nicholas Lindsey's parents took the stand on Thursday, the only witnesses called to defend their son from a sentence of life in prison.  See a trascript of his police interview here.

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Video: Straz Center welcomes Broadway series with 'War Horse'

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa held a kickoff party for its new Broadway series, including a feature look at War Horse. (Video after the jump.)

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