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  1. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton clash in first presidential debate


    With a blockbuster matchup drawing worldwide interest, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first presidential debate Monday night, clashing over the economy, policing issues, national security and who was more prepared for the job.

  2. Rays fall to ex-teammate Shields, White Sox

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — The Rays had a lot of good things to say going into Monday's game about how much former ace James Shields meant to their individual and collective success.

    REMEMBER: Rays shortstop Alexei Ramirez hangs a jersey in honor of fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez, who died Sunday.
  3. Rays' Colome impresses with smooth transition to closer

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — Amid all that has gone wrong for the Rays this year in terms of decision-making and execution, a few things have gone very right.

    Alex Colome has impressed the Rays with his smooth transition into a closer role that he had never occupied as a professional.
  4. St. Petersburg sewage spill stories remain at odds


    ST. PETERSBURG — The city administration continues to struggle with its accounting of the circumstances surrounding massive sewage dumps this summer, a whistle-blowing plant operator says.

  5. Former Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins picked up by Jets


    TAMPA — TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, waived by the Bucs on Friday after his arrest on a DUI charge, was claimed by the Jets on Monday.

    Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hauls in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston last season against the Titans.
  6. In Miami, players, fans share memories, shed tears over Jose Fernandez

    The Heater

    MIAMI — It was his night to pitch.

    His night to fill the strike zone with fastballs. His night to take a bite out of the Mets' NL wild-card chase.

    Marlins players, wearing jerseys in honor of Jose Fernandez, gather around the pitchers mound for a pregame salute.
  7. Big — sniff — question —sniff — of the debate: Why was Donald Trump sniffing so much?


    While speaking during Monday night's presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump was heard sniffing loudly nearly every time he paused.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday. [Associated Press]
  8. Most in poll are frustrated over presidential race


    WASHINGTON — Carol Jones knew what she wanted to hear Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discuss during their first televised debate: education and jobs. She was far from sure which candidate would earn her vote on Election Day.

    Elizabeth Bartz of Akron, Ohio, takes a selfie with her father Jim Bartz before the presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday.
  9. After five decades of war, Colombia and rebels sign peace agreement


    CARTAGENA, Colombia — Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement signed a historic peace accord Monday evening, ending a half-century of combat that caused more than 220,000 deaths and made 8 million homeless.

    Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, or FARC, embrace as they watch the government and FARC leaders sign a peace agreement, ending more than five decades of conflict.
  10. U.S. murders surged in 2015, FBI says


    The murder rate in the United States jumped more last year than it had in nearly half a century, newly released federal crime data showed, although the number of homicides remained far below the levels of the 1980s and '90s.

  11. Dirk Koetter restates need for winning culture with Bucs


    TAMPA — The sun was shining and the breeze was strong enough Monday to unfurl the oversized Buccaneers flag outside the team's training facility, one day after a 37-32 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It was pleasant enough to blunt any sense of urgency.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, right, is seen on the sidelines along with other coaches and players during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.
  12. So why are presidential debates moderated by journalists, anyway?


    A couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump wondered why presidential debates include moderators. "I think we should have a debate with no moderators — just Hillary and I sitting there, talking," he said on CNBC.

  13. In Tampa, smiles mix with disbelief as Jose Fernandez is remembered

    The Heater

    TAMPA — It was the day after. It still didn't seem real.

    Alonso baseball coach Landy Faedo talks about the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who played for Alonso. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  14. Harry Reid calls Donald Trump a racist


    WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared Monday that Donald Trump is a racist, and lambasted the media for not labeling the Republican presidential nominee as such.