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  1. Rep. Eric Cantor, ex-Majority Leader, to leave Congress early

    National

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican whose last day as House majority leader was Thursday, has told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he is resigning his seat effective Aug. 18 in hopes that his successor will be able to participate in the lame-duck session after the November elections.

  2. Tampa fugitive to be profiled on CNN's 'The Hunt with John Walsh'

    Crime

    TAMPA — Two years ago, Christopher Ponce got drunk and drove the wrong way on Interstate 275 in Tampa, authorities say, crashing head-on with a car and leaving a man dead. He was charged, but before he could face trial, he skipped town.

  3. Police: Video shows thieves making off with 13 designer purses

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thrifty thieves stole more than $2,000 worth of designer purses from neighboring discount stores in July.

  4. U.S. adds 209,000 jobs in July, unemployment rate ticks up to 6.2 percent

    Business

    WASHINGTON — U.S. employers extended their hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

  5. Police: Pinellas Park man fired on K-9 during chase

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK — A man was arrested late Thursday after he fired on a K-9 unit that was tracking him, police said.

     Jason M. Lopez made the mistake of firing a gun at a police dog. He was seriously injured by the dog and spent the night in the hospital.
  6. Video: Tigers GM says Price offers best chance to win World Series

    The Heater

    Watch as Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski breaks down the thinking behind acquiring David Price from the Rays.

  7. Fox 13's snarky tweet about Detroit backfires

    The Heater

    A small little Twitter skirmish involving local Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch.13 and the Detroit Fox affiliate erupted shortly after the David Price trade was announced.

  8. Weather: Humidity returns this weekend

    Hurricanes

    After a few dry days, this weekend will spell a return to rainy, humid weather.

  9. Northbound U.S. 301 reopens after water main break

    Transportation

    RIVERVIEW — Northbound U.S. 301 at Balm Riverview Road opened as expected a little after midnight.

  10. Pinellas School Board candidates politely debate the issues at forum

    Education

    SEMINOLE — It was a polite affair.

    Nine candidates for the Pinellas County School Board kept it civil Thursday at a two-hour public forum at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus. They found a lot to agree about, though a few sharp differences emerged as well.

  11. Joe Maddon helps give first taste of his much-anticipated Tampa restaurant

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Joe Maddon spent the day watching David Price get traded to the Detroit Tigers. Michael Stewart spent the day grouper fishing with the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, at Maddon's suggestion. The former in a grape-colored polo shirt and black jeans, the latter just slightly wind-burned, the duo were …

    Tampa Bay Rays manager and Ava partner Joe Maddon talks to other guests at the restaurant’s “pop-up” event Thursday at Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa. Ava is scheduled to open in October.
  12. Mastry's, an iconic St. Petersburg bar, goes smoke free

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The relics on the walls of Mastry's Bar — including two mounted tarpon, a barracuda head and photos of Babe Ruth — have gotten their last translucent amber coating of nicotine.

    Mastry’s Bar has history — it has been on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg since 1935.
  13. Residency questions arise over attorney general candidate Sheldon

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — George Sheldon has spent nine months and raised nearly $300,000 to become Florida's next attorney general.

    George Sheldon’s residency became a topic after he learned his Bar license had lapsed.
  14. The notable name game, and other political tales

    Politics

    With the primary elections mere weeks away, mailboxes are filling with interesting missives.

  15. Stores offer back-to-school deals during tax-free holiday

    Retail

    Shoppers head to the stores today through Sunday to take advantage of Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday. The tax break applies to clothing $100 or less per item and school supplies $15 or less. Computers and related accessories are also tax free for the first $750 of the sale price.

    School supplies are a focus of the sales tax-free holiday today through Sunday. The tax break applies to clothing $100 or less per item and school supplies $15 or less. Computers and related accessories are also tax free for the first $750 of the sale price.