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Federal judge could block Florida's abortion law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge this week could block parts of a new law that restricts abortion clinics in Florida. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, which sued two state agencies over th …


Security firm that employed Orlando gunman goes to court in Hillsborough


After attack, Disney World removes alligators and crocodiles from shows and rides


  1. Judge rules that Pinellas County owes developer $16.5 million in apartment complex dispute

    Local Government

    In 2013, Pinellas County commissioners unanimously rejected an apartment complex to the cheers of Safety Harbor residents.

    Ed Armstrong, attorney for the Richman Group, at right, holds back comments as Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche, county attorney James Bennett and county administrator Robert Lasala participate in a discussion in 2014 about an administrative law judge’s ruling that commissioners had erred in their decision to deny the Richmond Group’s plans for a 246-unit luxury apartment complex at McMullen-Booth Road and State Road 590 in Safety Harbor. Moments later the commission voted unanimously to deny the judge’s recommended order. “What my client wanted to do was build a nice residential community,” said Ed Armstrong of the project when the commission denied the project back in May. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2014)] 
  2. North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism (w/video)


    OTTAWA — President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The leaders warned against easy solutions peddled by "demagogues" …

    President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday that they are determined to strengthen economic ties.
  3. Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president


    WASHINGTON — Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

  4. Trump fundraising is far-reaching — even going overseas


    Sir Roger Gale was puzzled when a string of emails from Donald Trump's presidential campaign landed in his inbox. As a Briton and a member of Parliament, Gale is barred by U.S. law from giving Trump money, much less voting for him.

    Solicitations for Donald Trump have led to a pair of complaints.
  5. Aide said Clinton didn't want emails accessible to 'anybody'


    WASHINGTON — Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the State Department emails that she sent and received on her private computer server to be accessible to "anybody," according to transcripts released Wednesday. Her comments provided new insights into the …

    Hillary Clinton’s email server is under investigation.
  6. Attackers kill 42 in scenes of chaos at Istanbul airport (w/video)


    ISTANBUL — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.

    Passengers line up Wednesday at a security checkpoint near a broken glass wall in the international terminal at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Hours after the suicide attack that killed 42, the airport resumed limited flights as workers continued repairs.
  7. FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.

    The FDA wants to know if hand sanitizers are as effective as manufacturers claim and whether they pose any health risks.
  8. In Marco Rubio's shadow, Senate candidate Carlos Beruff remains optimistic

    State Roundup

    LUTZ — The table was set for 14.

    But by the time U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff arrived at the Lutz Carrabas, only four people had shown up. Counting the organizers and campaign workers, the number of people who had to be at the meet-and-greet with the businessman-turned-politician exceeded the number …

  9. Pinellas County plans DUI patrols during Fourth of July weekend

    Public Safety

    Law enforcement agencies across Pinellas County will conduct countywide DUI "wolfpack" patrols during the Fourth of July weekend, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  10. Crash kills at least one, blocks four lanes on Howard Frankland Bridge


    A crash Wednesday night killed a man on a bicycle and blocked all four southbound lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Potential Florida CFO candidate Pat Neal takes name out of running

After years of setting up to run for statewide office, Manatee County land developer and key Republican fundraiser Pat Neal said Wednesday that he has decided against running for chief financial officer of Florida, partly due to the “dispiriting” rise of Donald Trump....


Rays starter Matt Moore has been pitching better of late.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, facing an old friend

UPDATE, 10:51: Cash said they plan to play Guyer a lot, as much as he can handle coming off the hamstring injury. Guyer said he was ready and eager to get back in there. ... Cash said if Decker gets claimed elsewhere that is good for him but if not the Rays would like to have him at Triple-A. ... Cash said it was somewhat shocking that the Rays pitching staff had allowed five-plus runs in 13 straight games. ... OF/DH Corey Dickerson said his sore left thumb is feeling better and he hopes to return to the lineup on Thursday. ... Motter said playing 1B is not a big deal, that he had 5-10 games there in the Dominican Republic this winter and isn't too concerned.


The loss of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 was mourned by coaches in other sports, such as former Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Jon Gruden: Pat Summitt made 'real impression on me' with Vols

Tuesday's news of the death of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 reached far beyond the sport her Vols teams dominated, and her loss was mourned by coaches in other sports, like former Bucs coach Jon Gruden....