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  1. Florida State benches Jameis Winston for entire Clemson game

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for all of tonight's game against No. 22 Clemson, the school announced late Friday.

    CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 51-14 at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) 184157733
  2. Rays lose to White Sox, eliminated from playoffs

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — After the Rays officially eliminated themselves from playoff contention with Friday's 4-3 loss to the White Sox, manager Joe Maddon said it was time to start thinking about gassing up his RV.

    White Sox catcher Josh Phegley tags out the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier, who tries to score from first base on an error by second baseman Marcus Semien during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field.
  3. USF beats UConn

    College

    TAMPA — The soggy turf, steady rain and sparse audience Friday at Raymond James Stadium initially seemed to forecast three-plus hours of prime-time sloppiness for an ESPN audience.

    South Florida Bulls wide receiver Rodney Adams (87) is tackled by Connecticut Huskies linebacker Graham Stewart (2) for a gain 7 yards short of the first down in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Friday, September 19, 2014.
  4. Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show displays hospitality products

    Consumer

    ORLANDO — The 43rd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show held at the Orange County Convention Center last week in Orlando featured demos by celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and dramatic daily American Culinary Federation team competitions. But the most entertaining part is wandering the more than 450 booths …

  5. Lutz man accused of molesting underage girl

    Crime

    TAMPA — Authorities have arrested a Lutz man they say sexually molested a 14-year-old girl.

  6. GOP consultant says 'integrity' of court is at stake over redistricting

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — One of Florida's top Republican political consultants stopped short of accusing the state Supreme Court of lacking "integrity" Friday if it rules that he must disclose emails in a case brought under the state's new anti-gerrymanding laws.

  7. Very early voting starts as wave of Florida ballots go overseas

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Just more than six weeks before Election Day, some voters are already casting ballots and helping to elect Florida's next governor.

    Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer tweeted this picture Friday with the message: “Ballots ready to be shipped off to our overseas military. Proud to serve those who serve.”
  8. Lovie Smith sticks with Josh McCown as Bucs QB

    Bucs

    TAMPA — After watching three wobbly performances by his quarterback, Lovie Smith's patience in Josh McCown remains unshakable.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) is under pressure from cornerback Robert McClain (27) of the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his hand during a game at the Georgia Dome on Thursday in Atlanta. {Getty Images]
  9. More bike lanes coming to Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard

    Roads

    TAMPA — Tampa's showpiece boulevard is getting more bike lanes to make it safer for both cyclists and motorists.

  10. Carlton: Bell Shoals' Baptist Church's voter guide fails to educate

    Elections

    Truly, it is hard to pick the most unabashedly loaded question in the Bell Shoals Baptist Church's official 2014 Voter Guide.

  11. Feds say Riverview mom filed bogus IRS claims while public housed her family

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Last year, a Riverview woman collected $1,351 a month in housing assistance from the federal government while also falsely claiming federal tax refunds totaling $61,544, authorities allege.

  12. Pinellas reaches deal with area hospitals over health care for the poor

    Local Government

    Contract talks between Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and Pinellas County broke down this year after hospital officials disputed figures that showed it was caring for far fewer indigent patients than in previous years.

  13. Brooksville police chief defends officers' actions in Taser incident

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville police Chief George Turner on Friday strongly defended two of his officers who have recently come under scrutiny after a man they were trying to place in custody was shot with a Taser, stunned and eventually hospitalized.

    Phillip Glenn Napier was in critical condition Friday.
  14. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL will revise conduct policies

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell promised major revisions to the league's conduct policies as he spoke out Friday for the first time in days after a series of domestic violence allegations rocked professional football this week.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference Friday in New York. Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.  [Associated Press]
  15. Complaint against Gov. Rick Scott over on-duty police at Tampa event gets dismissed

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A state elections panel has tossed out a highly publicized complaint filed against Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the presence of on-duty police at a July campaign event in Tampa.