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  1. Lightning ties it late, beats Predators in overtime

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — With about a minute left in regulation Friday, captain Steven Stamkos came oh-so-close to tying the score, ripping a one-timer off the crossbar.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his go ahead goal along with Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) beating Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday evening (02/12/16).
  2. Clinton bails on South Florida event to focus on Nevada, and Sanders


    Hillary Clinton's campaign said Friday night that she will not appear at a grassroots rally Monday in Palm Beach County.

    Bill Clinton will be her stand-in.

  3. Lightning sends Vasilevskiy to AHL to get playing time

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — G Andrei Vasilevskiy was assigned to AHL Syracuse on Friday for the first in what might be a few stints down the stretch to keep him fresh.

    Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t likely to see much game action in the near future, so the Lightning sends him to AHL Syracuse to get playing time.
  4. Donald Trump pumps up crowd of 10,000-plus at USF Sun Dome rally

    State Roundup


    Donald Trump may have Carolina on his mind, but on Friday night the Republican frontrunner rallied the troops in Tampa with an eye toward a long race to the nomination.

    Donald Trump speaks before 10,000 supporters Friday night at the standing-room-only USF Sun Dome in Tampa.
  5. Photo gallery: Donald Trump draws big crowd to USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew a huge crowd Friday night at the Sun Dome in Tampa. 

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump addresses the crowd at the USF Sun Dome on Friday night in Tampa.
  6. Man's body found in water in Belleair


    BELLEAIR — A body discovered in the water near Belleair Friday afternoon may be that of a boater reported missing off the Clearwater coast on Jan. 31, authorities said.

  7. Believers set to visit the sacred relics of St. Charbel in Tampa



    Charbel Khashram will turn 2 next month. His parents call that a miracle. Doctors told them their child wouldn't live past two weeks after he and twin brother Issa were born 11 weeks prematurely in 2014.

    The parents of Charbel Khashram, who will be 2 in March, believe praying to St. Charbel Makhlouf saved the boy’s life.
  8. In bid for $40 million federal grant, St. Pete looks to gondolas, Tampa to smart technology


    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg is going for the unconventional and fanciful: gondolas.

  9. Harry Reid: Alan Grayson should drop out of Florida's U.S. Senate race

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said Friday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, should "immediately" drop out of the race for Marco Rubio's Senate seat, because of a scathing New York Times report over Grayson's controversial management of a once-offshore hedge fund.

    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson stands on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington Feb. 4. Grayson, who is running for the Senate, is under heavy criticism for a hedge fund that he ran. [New York Times]

  10. Lawsuit claims mistake by All Children's hospital led to baby's abuse


    ST. PETERSBURG — The adoptive parents of a 3-year-old boy are suing All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, saying employees wrongly released the child to his abusive biological parents after birth.

  11. Will 2016 deliver a watershed year for women in business? One Tampa firm hopes so

    Working Life

    Could 2016 become a year of progress for women in business when more glass ceilings shatter, pay gaps shrink and corporate boards and executive managements swell with well-qualified women?

    Carol Cadden, Interbay Estate Sales, prices items prior to a recent estate sale on Snell Isle, St. Petersburg. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  12. Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia first to draw lifetime drug ban

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has become the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

    New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time. Mejia tested positive for Boldenone, the commissioner's office said Friday. [AP photo]
  13. Hernando schools celebrate improved grades, including district grade of B


    BROOKSVILLE — Though the results come with an asterisk, Hernando County School District officials are celebrating the B grade the district received from the state after three straight C's, and a report card free of schools that received either D or F grades for the first time in six years.

  14. Clock is ticking: As Tampa Bay Rays look in Tampa, St. Pete bides time on Trop plans


    ST. PETERSBURG — When the City Council took a historic vote to let the Tampa Bay Rays look outside the city for a new home last month, Mayor Rick Kriseman touted a clause in the agreement preventing the club from making any decision until at least July.