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  1. 2 dead, 36 hurt after bus hits fire truck, more vehicles

    Nation

    LAPLACE, La. — A bus full of construction workers hit a fire truck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of them seriously, Louisiana State Police said.

  2. CIGARS FOR THE TROOPS

    Business

    TAMPA — The cramped confines of Marilyn Taylor's cubicle at Thompson Cigar Co. are a shrine of sorts to the company's stogie largesse.

    Alix Franzblau, Thompson Cigar’s chief operating officer, says she hasn’t been able to respond yet to cigar requests from troops, knowing that new rules forbid sending them.
  3. Kevin Cash frustrated by Rays' fundamental flaws

    The Heater

    HOUSTON

    Chris Archer avoided tying the team record of 18 losses, and the Rays avoided a rare sweep that would have dropped them back under .500 post-All-Star break with a 10-4 win Sunday over the contending Astros.

    The Rays’ Luke Maile, right, is tagged out in a rundown between second and third by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in the fourth inning Sunday.
  4. Larry Elliston, former "Down Home Florida" TV reporter, dies at 66

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Larry Elliston's first job in TV news was like a dream come true: Words, pictures and storytelling were passions that traced to his childhood.

    Larry Elliston was a and fifth-generation Floridian.
  5. 10,000th Syrian will reach U.S. this week in resettlement program

    World

    AMMAN, Jordan — The United States will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.

    AMMAN, Jordan _ In this photo taken Sunday, August 28, 2016, Syrian refugee Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, 49, speaks to reporters at the Amman, Jordan office of the International Organization for Migration. Jouriyeh is flanked by his sons Farouq, 8, and Hamzeh, 12. The six-member Jouriyeh family will head to San Diego, California, as part of a year-long program to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States.(AP Photo/Raad Adayleh) AMM107
  6. PolitiFact Florida screens claims in the U.S. Senate primary races

    Elections

    After months of being bombarded with campaign ads and mailers, Florida primary voters will decide Tuesday which U.S. Senate candidates will move on to the general election.

  7. Alex Cobb set to rejoin Rays Monday, make first start next weekend

    Blogs

    RHP Alex Cobb came through Saturday's final Tommy John surgery rehab start well and was to meet the team in Boston Sunday night, with plans for his first since his September 2014 this weekend, likely Saturday, at home vs. Toronto.

    "I think he felt good by his results,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "It was good …

  8. Archer avoids tying loss mark, Rays rout Astros (w/video)

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — RHP Chris Archer had a pretty good Sunday.

    HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) 607684213
  9. Invest 99L becomes Tropical Depression 9, expected to develop into a tropical storm on Monday

    Weather

    Invest 99L has become Tropical Depression 9, and meteorologists said the system is expected to develop into a tropical storm by mid-afternoon Monday.

  10. Longtime Tampa patrol officer dies at 48 after diving in Nevada lake

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — A veteran Tampa police officer died while diving in southern Nevada on Saturday, authorities said.

     Tampa police officer Fred Arnold testifies during the Julie Schenecker murder case in 2014. Arnold died over the weekend while he was off duty, the Tampa Police Department said. [Times files]
  11. Breaking down final roster battles as Bucs cut to 53

    Blogs

    The Bucs made their first 12 cuts on Sunday, getting them down to 77 players, with two more moves to make by Tuesday and another 20 to get them to 53, presuming that J.R. Sweezy and Louis Murphy -- who still haven't even practiced -- will open the season on the physically unable to perform list.

  12. Sandbags available to Pinellas County residents

    Weather

    Times Staff

    Pinellas County will provide sandbag materials today through Monday to residents in preparation for the upcoming forecast expected to dump several inches of rain on the area this week.

  13. Stray 2-month-old kitten rescued from a Tampa storm drain

    Human Interest

    Times Staff

    TAMPA — A 2-month-old stray kitten trapped in a storm drain was rescued by a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crew Sunday morning.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue tweeted out this photo Sunday morning with the caption, "Great job by the crew of E-39 this morning! They saved this 2 week old kitten from a storm drain on Huntfield Dr." [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue on Twitter]
  14. Man who fled Tarpon Springs murder scene caught in Clearwater

    Crime

    Clearwater police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor early Saturday after the pair had an argument at a Tarpon Springs motel.

    Investigators say Fredrick Bentley, 39, shot and killed a neighbor at a motel where both men were living. [Tarpon Springs police]