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  1. Germany top Argentina for World Cup title

    World Cup

    Times wires

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil —Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.

    Germany's Mario Goetze, right, scores the opening goal past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) WCFO171
  2. PunditFact: Fact-checking the July 13 news shows


    Politicians and pundits tried to find someone to blame Sunday for the influx of thousands of Central American children at the southern border of the United States, with Republicans singling out President Barack Obama for sending a "message" that America wouldn't enforce its immigration laws.

  3. Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza (w/video)


    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 …

    A woman cries at the funeral for some of those killed in an overnight Israeli air strike that destroyed the home of Gen. Tayseer al-Batsh, commander of the Hamas police in Gaza City.
  4. David Price, Rays shut out Blue Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — After battling a disappointing first half of the year, the Rays will have a long layoff to think about Sunday's win.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) delivers from the mound during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 13, 2014.
  5. Dunedin man dies in motorcycle crash Sunday in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — State troopers are investigating a motorcycle accident early Sunday that killed a Dunedin man.

  6. Two motorcyclists die in separate Pinellas crashes early Sunday


    Two men died in separate motorcycle crashes early Sunday morning in north Pinellas County.

  7. Firefighters extinguish early morning blaze at Lutz auto shop


    LUTZ — Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged an auto shop early Sunday morning.

  8. Plant City shooting suspect arrested Saturday


    PLANT CITY — The suspect in a Friday morning shooting at a home in Plant City was arrested Saturday, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

  9. Higginbotham piles up cash in quest for new term on Hillsborough commission


    TAMPA — Early in the planning stages for his campaign to win another four years on the Hillsborough County Commission, Al Higginbotham told his campaign consultant how much money he thought he needed to win: $300,000 to $350,000.

  10. Thousands gather for MetroCon anime convention in downtown Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Armed Stormtroopers are strolling through the lobby. A group of yellow-winged angels searches for Waldo. And when the music really gets cranking, even the Joker does the jig.

    Naomi Abe brushes silver makeup and baby powder onto Jake Ortiz at MetroCon. They dressed as characters from Homestuck, a webcomic by Andrew Hussie. Abe portrayed Nepta and Ortiz portrayed the Signless as they walked around with fellow cosplay characters.
  11. Rays beat Blue Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game-deciding move was complicated, even for manager Joe Maddon.

    Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier follows through on an RBI single in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 12, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) FLMC114
  12. Pinellas Park firefighter-paramedic charged with sale of prescription drugs


    Deputies on Saturday arrested a Pinellas Park firefighter-paramedic who they say was selling prescription drugs.

    James A. Comer, 38, had no previous criminal record in Florida.
  13. Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach approve redevelopment

    Real Estate

    MADEIRA BEACH — Sharp political differences about future development in two of the county's largest beach communities were on vivid display Tuesday.

  14. Opponents scarce as Bob Buckhorn gets ready to run for re-election


    TAMPA — If you plan to run for mayor of Tampa in March, now is the time to lay the groundwork.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn takes a spin on a new Coast Bike Share bike last week at City Hall.
  15. Pasco deputies tentatively identify dead body found in New Port Richey woods

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Sheriff's Office authorities reported Saturday that decomposing human remains found the day before in a wooded area are that of Anthony Joseph Cucchiara, 56, of New Port Richey.