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  1. Trade market, playoff push and pending free agents complicate Lightning's decisions

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning is rolling, picking up a point in six straight games, a season high.

    Steve Yzerman
  2. Rule 5 draft could help Rays' Kevin Gadea fulfill big-league dream

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE

    The quiet December morning in the Gadea household in Chinandega, Nicaragua, was shattered when Kevin Gadea stirred awake and checked his iPhone messages.

    Kevin Gadea, 22, has never pitched about Class A but, armed with a mid 90s fastball, has a chance to join the Rays pen.
  3. Trump chooses McMaster as national security adviser

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser Monday, calling him "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

    McMaster continues a trend of Donald Trump  relying on high-ranking military officers.
  4. Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

    Health

    CHICAGO — Teen suicide attempts in the United States declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study has found.

  5. Pedophilia comments cost Yiannopoulos CPAC role and book deal

    National

    WASHINGTON — Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocateur and Breitbart News editor, was under pressure on several fronts Monday after the publication of a video in which he condones sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and laughs off the seriousness of pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests.

    FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks on campus in the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Right-wing provocateur Yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz. After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference sparked a backlash, the Reagan Battalion tweeted video clips Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in which Yiannopoulos discusses Jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File) TKTT802
  6. Florida Senate is MIA in civil war between Rick Scott and House Republicans

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over his two prized agencies.

    Senators such as Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, have stuck to the sidelines on Gov. Rick Scott’s battle with the House.
  7. Body found in Clearwater home

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Two people were being questioned by police after a body was found inside a Clearwater residence.

  8. Thousands of demonstrators across U.S. say, 'Not My President'

    National

    Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the United States to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed "Not My Presidents Day."

    Protesters in Washington, D.C., were among the thousands across the country who gathered Monday to protest the Trump administration in “Not My Presidents Day” rallies.
  9. All Eyes photo gallery: Last days of the Florida State Fair

    Human Interest

    The Florida State Fair wrapped up its 2017 season at the Florida State Fairgrounds today.

    Luis Galo, 10, of Oldsmar,  looks at a butterfly at the butterfly encounter during the last day of the Florida State Fair Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
  10. Pence, on Europe trip, says Trump supports EU and NATO

    National

    BRUSSELS — Vice President Mike Pence told a rattled Europe on Monday that President Donald Trump fully supports crucial European institutions — despite the president's perplexing comments and occasional insults — and said he supported the firing of the national security adviser.

    Vice President Mike Pence, right, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday.
  11. Here's what happened when regular, non-greyhound dogs tried racing at Derby Lane

    Blogs

    What happens when you take a bunch of regular dogs and try to get them to race on a greyhound track?

    The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane after a 20-year hiatus.
  12. Richard Corcoran's offer: Keep Visit Florida, slash budget to $25 million, end bonuses, freeze benefits, cut travel

    Blogs

    On the eve of a key committee vote, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Monday offered what he considers an olive branch: He would let Visit Florida survive but with a much-reduced annual budget of $25 million and restrictions on bonuses, benefits and travel.

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes
  13. Retrial of former Jabil executive facing death penalty can move forward, Florida Supreme Court rules

    Criminal

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that the retrial of a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend can move forward.

    Patrick Evans
  14. Dramatic video: Driver rescued from burning car by Pasco deputy, two others

    Public Safety

    LAND O'LAKES — The 911 call was about a car on fire on State Road 52 near Kent Grove Drive.

    Video from Deputy Anthony Petersen's body cam shows him and two citizens rescuing a man from a burning car Sunday after a crash on State Road 52 near Kent Grove Drive. Photo 

credit: Screen grab from Pasco County Sheriff's Office video

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