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This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. [Associated Press]

Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace

MOSCOW — Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it said ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria, killing at least one of the two pilots in a long-feared escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a "stab in the ba …


GOP legislator files bill to open solar market to competition in Florida

Solar 111315State Rep. Fred Costello is having his Ormond Beach home fitted with solar panels. He has invested in a company that is seeking a patent on new energy generation technology. He considers himself an energy wonk....


Looking east from the Interstate 275 junction with Interstate 4 during a particularly bad rush hour in 2006.

Shocker: I-4 near Tampa's downtown one of 50 worst bottlenecks

As anyone who's driven Interstate 4 near downtown Tampa knows, it's pretty bad....


Race surfaces again on college campuses, the feds investigate Duval schools, and more

RACE ON CAMPUS: A Facebook page promoting a “UCF White Student Union” has appeared online, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The paper also references a Washington Post report about more than 30 similar Facebook groups at schools around the country. The Gainesville Sun reports that the University of Florida is working with Facebook to remove a “white student union” page that uses the school’s name and logo without permission. Florida State University deals with a similar issue, the Tallahassee Democrat reports....