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  1. Poland wants bison to multiply, but others prefer subtraction

    World

    BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK, Poland — The two great, glowering creatures paused from their noisy feeding, silhouetted against the pencil-thin pines on the far side of a meadow, and emitted a couple of steam-train snorts.

    European bison graze at Bialowieza National Park, which holds the largest concentration of the protected creatures in the world, in Poland on May 30. [New York Times]
  2. Citrus consumption and skin cancer: How real is the link?

    Research

    A large study published Monday that looked at the dietary patterns of more than 100,000 Americans discovered an unexpected link between high consumption of citrus — specifically whole grapefruit and orange juice — and risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

  3. Seattle's little 'Up' house faces razing after sale falls through (w/video)

    Nation

    SEATTLE — Edith Macefield's tiny house in the old waterfront neighborhood of Ballard — likened by many people to the house in the Disney movie Up, in spirit and architecture — will have to be torn down or hauled away, its owner said on Monday.

    A retail complex was built around Edith Macefield's small home when she  refused to sell to developers almost a decade ago in Seattle. [New York TImes]
  4. Index says diners' satisfaction at restaurants is decreasing

    Retail

    Consumers may continue to eat out about four times a week on average, but their dining satisfaction at full-service places is stagnating — and even falling among fast-food joints. Those trends suggest consumers are not likely to spend more money at restaurants even as the economy improves.

    Outback Steakhouse, owned by Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands, saw its scores on the American Customer Satisfaction Index drop from 80 in 2014 to 78 in 2015.
  5. Rays struggles continue, lose 7-1 to Indians

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    With the lineups the injury-depleted Rays have run out some nights, it seems it could be just a matter of time before they get no-hit. They made it interesting again Monday, as for the second time in a week they were on the wrong end of a perfect game into the seventh inning.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns (51) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, June 29, 2015.
  6. Gov. Cuomo: Escaped prisoners had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

    Crime

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.

    Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

    The prisoners used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and popped out of a manhole outside the prison.
  7. Poynter Institute to host marquee event in celebration of Pulitzer Prize centennial

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg has been selected to host the first of four marquee events in 2016 that will celebrate the centennial of journalism's top award.

  8. Scientists say sandy clumps on Sunset Beach contained BP oil from 2010 spill

    Environment

    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster off the coast of Louisiana dumped between 3 million and 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists now say they have proof that a little bit of it wound up on a Pinellas County beach.

  9. Supreme Court: Execution drug used in Florida not 'cruel and unusual'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's rapid pace of executions — derailed in February because of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case — is cleared to start up again. And the state isn't wasting any time.

  10. Romano: No balloons, no speeches, but after eight years, a seat in government

    Local Government

    Someone, please, get the man some confetti.

    Montanari
  11. Here's why June 30 will have one extra 'leap second'

    Science

    On June 30, the world will receive a gift of time: a single, extra second known as a "leap second."

    Leap years come like clockwork every fourth calendar year, but leap seconds are less predictable. The June 30, 2015, leap second is the 26th time an extra second has been tacked on to a day since atomic clocks began governing our time in 1967. The June 30 leap second was decreed in January by astronomers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris, who measure Earth's rotation and compare it with the time kept by atomic clocks. The leap second is designed to keep astronomical time in sync with atomic time. [iStockphoto.com]
  12. C1 Bank CEO sells waterfront lot after owning it less than six months

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Less than six months after paying $1.8 million for a waterfront St. Petersburg house and demolishing it, the head of C1 Bank and his husband have sold the vacant lot for a $150,000 profit.

    Trevor Burgess 
made $150,000 in profit on the downtown St. Petersburg lot.
  13. Jeb Bush calls Confederate flag a 'racist' symbol

    Blogs

    Campaigning in South Carolina today, Jeb Bush offered his strongest remarks on the Confederate flag, calling it a "racist" symbol.

  14. Dave Andreychuk deserves Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    There are 18 men who decide who gets into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They are good men, all of them.

    Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk is the only 600-goal scorer eligible for the Hall of Fame who hasn’t been voted in.
  15. Garrison Keillor may be easing into retirement

    Blogs

    Could this mean retirement to Lake Wobegon? After 41 years as the host and guiding spirit of popular public radio series A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is talking about handing over the keys.

    Garrison Keillor