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  1. Navy says pilot safely ejected when plane went off runway

    Nation

    SAN DIEGO — A Navy pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay on Friday when a training jet went off the end of a runway after landing at Naval Air Station North Island.

    A U.S. Navy training jet sits in shallow water in San Diego Bay after overshooting a runway at the North Island Naval Station on Friday in San Diego. [Associated Press]
  2. Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care

    Veterans

    WASHINGTON — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.

  3. Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets

    World

    PARIS — The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.

  4. Rangers overwhelm Lightning, tie series at 2

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    Nikita Kucherov, the hero Wednesday night, found himself wide open in the slot early in Friday's Game 4. l He missed the net — high and wide. l A few minutes later, Tyler Johnson, the NHL's leading playoff scorer, had Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist beat but ripped a shot off the crossbar. …

    Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is beaten by the Rangers’ Rick Nash, middle top, for Nash’s first goal, which gives New York a 1-0 lead in the first period.
  5. Rays beat Kazmir, A's

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Evan Longoria and Scott Kazmir share some special memories, teammates on the 2008 Rays team that made the stunningly unexpected run to the World Series.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham exults as he is safe on a triple in the fourth inning. He also homers in the fifth.
  6. Road project bulldozer aims for new Tampa Heights community center

    Growth

    TAMPA — Sometimes it's possible to imagine the interstate isn't there.

    A rehabbed Tampa Heights church is set to open next month as a community center. Residents say it cost $1 million to renovate.
  7. Rays minor-league team cancels promotion that jabs Alex Rodriguez

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — No asterisk was needed for this one.

  8. Man dies after being pulled from water off north Clearwater Beach

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER

    Man dies after being pulled from gulf

  9. Florida dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit

    Health

    A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

    Protesters wave signs outside Schneider’s dentist office last month in Jacksonville. The children’s dentist performed unnecessary tooth extractions without anesthetic, parents say.
  10. Officials want buses out of St. Petersburg's Williams Park by February

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The days of exhaust-belching, bumper-to-bumper buses ringing Williams Park may be numbered.

    Officers question men at one of the bus shelters. Police are a frequent presence at Williams Park, which is bordered on three sides by bus stops and populated by homeless people.
  11. Florida lawsuit seeks lost pay for Butler & Hosch employees

    Business

    TAMPA — A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status that has been filed against the law firm Butler & Hosch says hundreds of its workers laid off earlier this month, including up to 100 in Tampa, are owed three weeks' salary and were dismissed without the 60-day notice required by law.

  12. The perpetual campaign of Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE

    For Gov. Rick Scott, the campaign never ends.

    Gov. Rick Scott has a videographer on the payroll who captures events such as this visit to a new Wawa convenience store in Fort Myers. The footage is used in campaign-style videos.
  13. Federal review of Tampa's bike tickets will begin next week

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A federal review of the Tampa Police Department's enforcement practices as it relates to bicycle laws and other traffic infractions is set to begin next week, officials said Friday. Investigators are expected to be on site at least two days, Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said, though it could be …

  14. NSA data collection divides Republican presidential hopefuls

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — The last time Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky staged a marathon protest on the Senate floor, over the government drone policy, fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio rushed to stand by his side.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spent hours on the Senate floor Wednesday speaking against the NSA’s data collection program.
  15. Family of Oldsmar man who died in jail suing Pinellas Sheriff's Office

    Public Safety

    It started as a typical DUI traffic stop. George Arthur Hunt IV had been driving off the road in East Lake Woodlands on May 18, 2013, when a deputy stopped him.

    George Hunt IV, 41, died in 2013 inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail after his DUI arrest.