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Prayer carried students through the frantic moments after shooting started

TALLAHASSEE — Student Jason Derfuss walked with books in his backpack out the front of Florida State University's Strozier Library just before 12:30 early Thursday morning and heard a shot b …


The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University's library early Thursday before being killed by police was Myron May, a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. []

For FSU shooter, strong start followed by mental unraveling

WEWAHITCHKA — There was a knock on the door of the home in this tiny town not 75 miles from Tallahassee, and at the doorstep stood the man who, in a few weeks time, would open fire on students in the library at Florida State University. Myron May, a 31-year-old alumnus, had returned to the state that had raised him …


Scenes from FSU: Tweets from inside the Strozier Library

The news of a shooting at the Strozier Library at Florida State University spread first on Twitter. Here are some of the tweets from people at the scene: …


FSU president John Thrasher played key role in 2011 defeat of NRA guns-on-campus bill

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University President John Thrasher, who started the job only earlier this month, was in New York at the time of the shootings and immediately returned to Tallahas …


  1. Tips for braving (and saving) this holiday shopping season


    Years past, at the dawn of modern retail's favorite season, two kinds of holiday shoppers crawled out from the consumer masses:

    As we near Black Friday, develop some strategies to get the best deals that don't require camping out overnight, as these two girls did outside a Tampa Target last year. CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times
  2. USF beats UAB in overtime


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Cory Allen hit a driving layup with 25 seconds left in regulation and added two free throws with 6.6 seconds left in overtime Thursday night to lead USF to a 73-71 victory over Alabama-Birmingham at Bartow Arena.

    UAB’s Nick Norton, left, pressures USF guard Corey Allen during the first half. The game is close throughout.
  3. Motorcyclist dies after crash in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that may have been involved in an accident that killed a motorcyclist Thursday night.

  4. Tampa police find marijuana-growing operation


    TAMPA — Alain Reyna's day started downhill from the moment police showed up Thursday night at his West Tampa house to execute a search warrant.

  5. Lightning loses to Leafs

    Lightning Strikes

    TORONTO — Captain Steven Stamkos knew the Maple Leafs would come out "hungry" Thursday night, motivated after back-to-back bad losses.

    Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier makes one of his 26 saves.
  6. Obama executive order protects 5M undocumented immigrants

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the most dramatic changes to immigration policy in decades, protecting 5 million people — roughly 40 percent of the undocumented population in the United States — from deportation, arguing his actions were legal and not amnesty.

    From left, Emiliana Ortiz, Benito Ortiz and their daughter Rosalba Ortiz, 19, react to President Obama’s announcement at the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund office in Tampa.
  7. Florida woman latest to accuse Bill Cosby of forced sex (w/ video)


    BOCA RATON — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

    Nurse Therese Serignese, 57, discusses her experience with comedian Bill Cosby at her home on Thursday  in Boca Raton. Serignese said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment.  [Associated Press]
  8. Rays cut ties with catcher Jose Molina, trade Peralta to Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — For most of the past three seasons, Rays officials insisted veteran catcher Jose Molina's ability to frame pitches and coax extra strikes from umpires offset other deficiencies in his game.

    Jose Molina, left, here with his brother Bengie this past season, threw out only 12 of 50 base stealers last year and batted .178.
  9. 5 family members killed on 'dream trip' to Disney


    NEW ORLEANS — A 16-year-old boy driving his parents and siblings on a "dream trip" to Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the sport utility vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday.

    This photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows the wreckage of a sport utility vehicle that was involved in an accident that killed five people in Calhoun, La., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. A 16-year-old boy driving relatives from Texas to a vacation in Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday. [Associated Press]
  10. Student recalls tense moments in FSU library

    Human Interest

    Florida State University senior Nate Francis was sitting at a conference table on the second floor of the Robert M. Strozier Library preparing for a presentation to a group of mock international investors when he caught sight of a crowd of two dozen students out of the corner of his eye.

  11. A difficult day of emotions on FSU campus following deadly shooting


    TALLAHASSEE — As more than a thousand students gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday, Florida State University president John Thrasher vowed a return to normalcy in the wake of a campus shooting that rocked the state.

  12. CEO survey: To recruit headquarters, tell companies you want them

    Economic Development

    A long-term project to recruit a brand name corporate headquarters here took a key, early step Thursday when survey results capturing the perceptions of this area by 350 CEOs and senior executives nationwide were delivered to local business and political leaders.

  13. Migrant group creates immigration assistance program


    TAMPA — In the wake of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, Redlands Christian Migrant Association will activate an immigration assistance program designed to help them apply for work permits and avoid deportation.

  14. How is the Beaujolais nouveau this year? We taste three

    Taste Test

    Every year, there are predictable things that are bad (taxes, death) and predictable things that are good (monarch butterflies return to the fir trees of Mexico; on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais nouveau arrives). What is less predictable is just how this vin de l'année ("this year's …

    The 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau features rich black raspberry fruit with a peppery edge and a little licorice sass. Definitely the most sophisticated of the three we tasted. Keep it in consideration for your Thanksgiving table next week.
  15. Area, state universities have safety measures in place


    TAMPA — Should a gunman unleash mayhem on the University of South Florida campus, sirens would sound, loudspeakers would direct people away from the danger and other alerts would flash on cellphones and computers of students, faculty and staff members.