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  1. Gay groups seek to buy NYC church known for hateful messages

    Religion

    NEW YORK — The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.

    The outside of the Atlah Church is seen Wednesday in the Harlem section of New York. Two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get the last word on the Atlah World Missionary Church. They want to buy its headquarters at a foreclosure auction. One wants to turn it into housing for gay homeless youth. [Associated Press]
  2. Buccaneers' Jameis Winston wins fans' top rookie honor

    Bucs

    SAN FRANCISCO — On an outdoor television set for CBS, dressed in a brown suit, Jameis Winston took aim at a passing target a few feet off the faux football field after tumbling over from a gust of wind. From about 12 yards, he pumped four spirals through the narrow opening in five attempts.

    Jameis Winston is the third rookie to pass for 4,000 yards.
  3. TeBella Tea Co. continues expansion by opening in St. Petersburg's Station House

    Retail

    It's pretty easy to drink local in the Tampa Bay area these days.

    Abigail St. Clair, owner of TeBella Tea Co., shown at her new location at the Station House in St. Petersburg, began with a store on Davis Islands in 2010. 
  4. Lightning tops Penguins

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — If any concern still lingered over the slow season start by Lightning center Tyler Johnson, it disappeared in Friday night's 6-3 win over the Penguins.

    The Lightning’s Cedric Paquette, right, and the Penguins’ Derrick Pouliot go for the puck ahead of Pittsburgh’s Kevin Porter in the first period.
  5. Dungy, Lynch await Hall of Fame fate

    Bucs

    SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was ready to walk away from the NFL when he was fired as Bucs coach after the 2001 season. A second straight lopsided loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC playoffs hastened his departure, even as the team had been in failed secret discussions with Bill Parcells to succeed him as …

    Tony Dungy, former Bucs coach, greets well-wishers before the Lightning takes the ice against the Rangers for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final at Amalie Arena last season.
  6. Ruskin women dead after losing control of vehicle on U.S. 41

    Accidents

    RUSKIN — A woman was killed after she lost control of her car and crashed into a guardrail Friday morning on U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  7. Lightning's hard-luck Paquette: Not my year

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — During Thursday's practice, Lightning C Cedric Paquette took a slap shot off his right shin and buckled to the ice in pain.

    Lightning center Cedric Paquette has played just 26 games this season after hurting his left foot and ankle blocking a shot in the preseason.
  8. Energy loans likely to cause further losses for big banks

    Banking

    NEW YORK — The nation's six largest banks have hit an oil slick.

  9. Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush: A tale of two town halls

    State Roundup

    NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are slugging it out on the presidential campaign trail, trading insults about experience and readiness.

    Here's a side-by-side comparison of appearances by Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday in New Hampshire. [Rubio photo by New York Times; Bush photo by Associated Press]
  10. Congress unites in scorn for Shkreli, but gridlock remains

    Business

    WASHINGTON — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former drug company CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed.

    Former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli was mostly mum in a hearing.
  11. Bobby Jindal endorses Marco Rubio

    Blogs

    Bobby Jindal is the second former 2016 presidential candidate to endorse Marco Rubio this week.

  12. At least 5 killed, 230 rescued after strong quake hits Taiwan (w/video)

    World

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Rescuers in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan pulled out 230 people and five dead from a residential high-rise complex that collapsed when a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn today, leaving still others trapped inside.

    Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan,  Taiwan, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. [Associated Press]
  13. Former Pinellas teacher arrested for impregnating student

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A former Pinellas County teacher faces a criminal charge of sexually abusing a student who gave birth to his child in August, according to St. Petersburg police.

    Robert Celeste Jr., who last taught at Pinellas Park High School, has pleaded not guilty.
  14. Pasco deputies make arrest in Tuesday night murder in Dade City

    Crime

    DADE CITY — Pasco sheriff's detectives on Friday arrested Alfreddie Elmonise, 32, on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying earlier this week of 38-year-old Ricardo Hernandez.

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