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President Barack Obama, standing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, talks about Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. [Associated Press]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns under pressure (w/ video)

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first Cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Barack Obama's Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises. In announcing Hagel's resignatio …


    Legislature prepares legislation to rewrite enviro laws to offset impact of Amendment 1

    Florida environmentalists say they were forced to go to voters to get permanent funding for land and water protection because legislators neglected the need for too many years. But now — even though Amendment 1 passed with 75 percent of the vote — the Legislature will get the last word....


    Clearwater revamping Blast Friday events downtown

    CLEARWATER -- Blast Friday, the family-friendly street party held once a month in downtown Clearwater, is intended to give a boost to downtown’s entire Cleveland Street business district....


    Shorecrest Prep names new head of middle school

    Shorecrest Preparatory School has announced that the assistant head of its middle school will take the top spot in July following Jane Morelli Johnson's retirement....