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  1. St. Petersburg woman flies out of Kathmandu just hours after Nepal quake

    Human Interest

    Kristen Brauer almost missed the earthquake.

    Kristen Brauer, 41, was waiting on her flight as the earth­quake hit.
  2. Pinellas beach towns struggle with illegal home rentals

    Local Government

    All the signs are there. Raucous parties. Strangers who stay up late. Cars parked everywhere. An ever-changing rotation of RVs with out-of-state license plates. Beer cans. Wedding tents. Different faces every week.

    “We just want our neighborhood to stay a neighborhood,” Steve Curtis of Clearwater Beach said of the rentals, such as this home that has been cited. Restrictions vary by city.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 27-May 3

    Events

    RiverFest: Tampa shows off its freshly finished Riverwalk with activities (mostly free) at 11 locations, including the Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown on Saturday and a Bloody Mary Festival on Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park. tampariverfest.com.

     Pedestrians use the newly opened Riverwalk near Curtis Hixon Park  and the Tampa Museum of Art Friday, March 27, 2015.
  4. PunditFact: Fact-checking claims about 'Clinton Cash'

    Politics

    Did foreign interests curry favor with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by paying huge speaking fees to her husband?

    Hillary Clinton has faced heat over the forthcoming book Clinton Cash.
  5. Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure (w/video)

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign.

  6. Tampa woman who drove into police car accused of DUI

    Crime

    TAMPA — A DUI traffic stop on Saturday night quickly turned into two DUI traffic stops: Authorities said a 32-year-old woman crashed her car into the back of the Tampa police vehicle that had pulled over another driver on Kennedy Boulevard.

  7. Two injured after shots fired at post-funeral crowd in Tampa

    Crime

    TAMPA — A crowd gathered outside a home after a funeral was targeted by gunfire late Saturday night, according to police, leaving two injured.

  8. Chris Archer leads first-place Rays to sweep of Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night before one of the most impressive starts of his career, Chris Archer knew chicken noodle soup wouldn't be enough.

    Rays Brandon Guyer (5) gets congrats from Rays 3rd base coach Charlie Montoya (24) after his home run in the 1st inning during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field Sunday 4/26/2015.
  9. Aftershocks terrify survivors of Nepal quake that killed 2,500 (w/video)

    World

    KATHMANDU, Nepal — Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.

    Family members break down during the cremation of an earthquake victim in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. [Associated Press]
  10. Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

    People wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. Only two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying. A look at what is now before the Supreme Court, and the status of same-sex marriage around the country.  [Associated Press]
  11. Obama: 'Jeb Bush, do you really want to do this?'

    Blogs

    Jeb Bush was a popular topic at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday in Washington. President Obama joked about Bush marking himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form and then, mocking the whole celebrity-laden dinner, had his alter ego ask, "Jeb Bush do you really want to do this?"

  12. Nepal quake: Toll climbs over 1,800, Everest shaken

    World

    KATHMANDU, Nepal

    Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night under a chilly sky were jolted awake by strong aftershocks this morning, and rescuers aided by international teams cleared rubble in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,865 people across the Himalayan region.

    Injured people receive treatment outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. [Associated Press]
  13. Lightning can't shoot or think straight

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    This series feels over.

    It's not. Not officially.

    The Red Wings have three victories and it takes four to win a series in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But it sure seems as if the life has been squeezed out of the Lightning and that the Red Wings will finally put Tampa Bay away Monday night in …

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) remains down as Tyler Johnson (9) looks on after the Detroit Red Wings scored their third foal of the game during third period action in game five of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday. (04/25/15). Tampa Bay Lightning lost with a final score of 4 to 0.
  14. Photo gallery: Celebrity-gazing is main course at White House Correspondents dinner

    National

    WASHINGTON — Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm Saturday as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom."

    President Barack Obama smiles at the annual White House Correspondents Association Gala at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. [Getty Images]
  15. Lightning one loss from elimination after 4-0 loss to Wings

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — For all the Lightning gained in its emotional, potentially series-swinging comeback win in overtime Thursday, it gave it all back — and more — Saturday night.

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) deflects the puck up into the glass in the third period as he pitches the shut out with 28 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning were defeated 4 to 0 n game five of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday. (04/25/15).