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  1. Prison may loom for federal defendants, but first pass the sunscreen

    Criminal

    TAMPA — It's summer. Everyone wants to get away. And nothing rouses wanderlust quite like the threat of prison.

    Federal judges in Tampa consider — and often approve — defendants’ requests to visit destinations such as Aruba. 
  2. Amid FDA talks, vaping industry braces for change

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tyler Davis took a long drag on his e-cigarette and contemplated the sweet flavor that filled his lungs.

    Elaine Kennedy, owner of City Vapor and E-Cig, watches Tyler Davis, 19, try out a flavor of liquid nicotine that he said tasted like Lucky Charms cereal. Davis says “there are endless possibilities” for flavors, which is partly why he vapes.
  3. Comcast invests billions in Universal theme parks

    Nation

    ORLANDO — The Universal theme park chain was the last thing Comcast was interested in when it bought NBCUniversal four years ago. Endless upkeep? Endless spending on new rides? Endless anxiety about public safety?

    Universal Orlando opened Diagon Alley in July 2014. More hotels and a water park are on the way, executives say.
  4. Standing up for Florida-friendly lawns not easy when HOA says no

    Human Interest

    All Dominic Bruno wanted was a lawn that was less work for him and took less water to maintain. That set off a battle that has lasted six years, generated two lawsuits and cost him at least $15,000.

    Dominic Bruno, 78, and Ilona Bruno, 62, and their dog, Abbey, outside the Land O’Lakes home they’ve owned since 1997. He has spent at least $15,000 in his six-year effort to incorporate Florida-friendly landscaping into his property.
  5. Is jai alai coming back to Tampa? Hillsborough commissioner eyes Fowler Avenue location for sports' return

    Local Government

    TAMPA — When the jai alai fronton on S Dale Mabry Highway closed in 1998, many lamented Tampa losing a piece of its cultural fabric. But few predicted the sport would ever return.

    Commissioner Victor Crist said investors are looking at three sites.
  6. Coal-dependent Seminole Electric Cooperative seeks options as EPA crackdown looms

    Energy

    Barely two years into her role as CEO of Tampa's Seminole Electric Cooperative — a provider of electricity to 1.4 million Floridians and businesses across 42 counties — Lisa Johnson faces a looming challenge.

    Seminole Electric Cooperative CEO Lisa Johnson says the Clean Power Plan challenges coal plants, like this Seminole Generating Station.
  7. 2015 a 'growing year,' Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer says

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Despite the frustration of sitting through a 2-14 season last year, Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said Sunday it brought the No. 1 overall draft pick and what he hopes is a franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston. But he believes Tampa Bay fans should still consider 2015 a "growing year," while …

    Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer speaks to the media before training camp’s second practice.
  8. American Pharoah easily wins first race since Triple Crown victory

    Horseracing

    OCEANPORT, N.J. — A slight nudge was all it took for American Pharoah to seize control of the Haskell Invitational. And when Victor Espinoza asked, the majestic colt delivered an encore performance in his first race since winning the Triple Crown.

    Jockey Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to an easy, 21/4-length victory at the Haskell Invitational in the horse’s first race since winning the Triple Crown. 2C
  9. PolitiFact: Trump wrong on economic decline of African-Americans under Obama

    National

    Blunt Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump portrayed himself Sunday as the target of vicious attacks from his competition, four days ahead of the first prime time debate of the 2016 cycle.

    Under Barack Obama, key statistics have improved for black citizens.
  10. Matt Kenseth wins Sprint Cup Windows 10 400

    Auto racing

    LONG POND, Pa. — Joey Logano was the first leader to fade, his tank empty with three laps left. Martin Truex Jr. struck E with two laps to go.

    Matt Kenseth celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) PAMS113
  11. Shooting suspect crashes car during pursuit by Pinellas sheriff's deputies

    Crime

    TARPON SPRINGS — A suspect in a shooting suffered life-threatening injuries after she crashed the car she was driving into a concrete barrier as sheriff's deputies gave chase Sunday, authorities said.

  12. Rays rally to salvage finale against Red Sox

    The Heater

    BOSTON — Okay, so not everything worked out perfectly for the Rays on Sunday afternoon.

    Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier slides into third base with a triple against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) BXF109
  13. Rubio impresses crowd at Koch event, knocks 'constant secrecy and drama' surrounding Clintons

    Blogs

    Marco Rubio put in a crowd pleasing performance at the Koch brother gathering in California today, avoiding stumbles as Politico's Mike Allen fired off questions on Planned Parenthood, climate change, evolution and Donald Trump.

    Marco Rubio at Koch brother gathering in California on Aug. 2, 2015
  14. An end in sight? Heavy rain and flooding batter Tampa Bay region

    Weather

    Nearly three weeks into a spate of soggy weather dumping rain on par with a tropical storm, forecasters said there may be an end in sight — kind of.

    Rushing water at the Homes of Regency Cove, off of Gandy Boulevard in Tampa, left a tractor submerged in floodwaters Sunday. Flooding also damaged the entrance to the community.
  15. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

    Blogs

    Winner of the week - Ron DeSantis.