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  1. Cancer drugs aren't just really expensive; they're a bad value


    With some cancer drug prices soaring past $10,000 a month, doctors have begun to ask one nagging question:

  2. Shark attack turns victim into a hunter and then an advocate


    POMPANO BEACH — Forty years ago, Jaws thrilled Al Brenneka like any other moviegoer, but he figured his chances of encountering a shark in the ocean were slim to none.

    Al Brennaka, 57, poses for a photograph Aug. 5 in Pompano Beach. Brennaka lost half his arm at age 19 after being attacked by a shark while surfing off Daytona Beach. Despite his injury, Brennaka is one of more than a dozen attack survivors who have become shark advocates, trying to educate the public about sharks' declining populations and their importance to ocean ecosystems. [Associated Press]
  3. VW Beetles find 2nd life with Mexican collectors


    MEXICO CITY — When the Mexico City government retired the last Volkswagen Beetle taxis in 2012, it shipped most of the aging cars, commonly known as "vochos," to junkyards to be turned into scrap metal.

    Dany Beltran polishes his 1956 Volkswagen Beetle, named the Beltran Volk's Sheriff, on Aug. 7 outside of his family's Volkswagen repair and service shop in Mexico City. [Associated Press]
  4. How Huma Abedin operated at the center of the Clinton universe


    As Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing for her farewell international trip as secretary of state, her close aide and confidante Huma Abedin emailed a small number of longtime political allies to help arrange an intimate get-together at a private club in Dublin.

    During the final six months of Hillary Clinton's tenure heading the State Department.Huma Abedin held four jobs with four different employers. Abedin's work during that time is becoming a central element in several controversies dogging Clinton's presidential campaign. Republican lawmakers are demanding documents related to Abedin's special State Department status, questioning whether her outside work created potential conflicts of interest. [Associated Press]
  5. Rays hold on, edge Twins (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The most important part of the Rays' 5-4 win Thursday over the Twins was the way it ended.

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Joey Butler (9) gets an ice bath from starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) after the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, August 27, 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4.
  6. Donald Trump has woman tug his coif to prove 'It's my hair' (w/video)


    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his trademark hairdo is for real.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a supporter, Mary Margaret Bannister, check to see if his hair is real during his speech to supporters during a rally at the TD Convention Center, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro) SCRS125
  7. Families slammed by steep rate hikes in the Healthy Kids plan can seek refuge in Obamacare


    Jim Fike was among the thousands of Floridans who feared their families would be stuck with a Florida Healthy Kids insurance plan — even though the rates will double come Oct. 1.

    But this week brought some good news.

  8. Weeks later, flood-damaged Tampa Bay still waits for federal disaster declaration

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The pounding rains stopped nearly three weeks ago, yet pleas for federal assistance from flooding damage still haven't been answered for some Tampa Bay residents unable to return to their homes.

  9. Tampa snags Johnson & Johnson corporate services headquarters with 500 jobs


    TAMPA — Johnson & Johnson, the giant pharmaceutical company best known for its Tylenol and Band-Aid brands, on Thursday said it has picked Tampa as its headquarters to house key corporate services including finance, human resources and information technology.

  10. Tampa Premium Outlets job fair draws a crowd of 1,000 people


    TAMPA — Just finding a place to park at the Tampa Premium Outlets job fair was itself a job worthy of a paycheck.

    People peruse business stations for applications Thursday at the Tampa Premium Outlets job fair hosted by the Embassy Suites in Tampa. CareerSource Pasco Hernando is partnering with the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce to fill more than 800 jobs at the Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz, which will have a grand opening in late October. [SCOTTY SCHENCK | Times]
  11. Teacher shirts in Hillsborough strike a nerve when they advertise a church


    TAMPA — More than 2,000 Hillsborough County public school teachers received T-shirts this week that advertise a megachurch with conservative values, fueling a backlash from some who said the gesture was inappropriate.

    The T-shirts represent the latest in a series of contributions from Idlewild.
  12. Bucs' Russell Shepard drives toward 2nd career for long haul


    TAMPA — When receiver Russell Shepard hauled in a touchdown pass in the Bucs' preseason win Monday against the Bengals, he showed a flash of promise that his elite play on special teams could carry over to offense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Shepard (89) during Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa on Monday, August 11, 2014.
  13. David Letterman struggles with love for racing

    Auto racing

    This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing.

    Team owner and television host David Letterman listens in to his driver at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. (3/29/2014, St. Petersburg, FL)    [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  14. Challengers ask court to take over Florida's redistricting

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Equating the Legislature's redistricting failure to a strikeout, the challengers to the state's congressional map on Thursday called on the Florida Supreme Court to redraw the districts it invalidated and reject the Legislature's call for more time.

  15. Tampa council delays votes on stormwater fee increases

    Local Government

    TAMPA — After 90 minutes of impassioned pleas on both sides of the question, the City Council paused Thursday to get more information before voting whether to raise stormwater fees.