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  1. Destruction of antiquities by militants is denounced (w/video)


    The limestone sculptures, statues and reliefs smashed by militants in northern Iraq provided valuable historical insights into kingdoms that flourished thousands of years ago and were crucial in the formation of early Arab identity, experts say. The destruction took place in Mosul, in one of the most important museums …

  2. Lightning cruises past Blackhawks

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — At least the Lightning knows it can win a playoff-style road game. There was a sea of red at sold-out Amalie Arena on Friday night, with Blackhawks fans staking a claim in the stands bigger than any other opponent's fans have this season.

    Brian Boyle, center, and J.T. Brown, left, hail a goal after Boyle scores to put the Lightning up 1-0 in the second period.
  3. State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT


    TALLAHASSEE — Ever since the troubled launch of the state's unemployment website in October 2013, Gov. Rick Scott and his team have staunchly defended the lifeline for hundreds of thousands of jobless Floridians.

  4. Fire burns debris pile at Largo recycling facility


    Crews from at least six fire departments battled a blaze Friday night at a recycling storage facility in Largo. Firefighters responded shortly after 6 p.m. to Angelo's Recycled Materials, 1755 Lake Avenue SE in an industrial area just north of Ulmerton Road.

  5. Hillsborough County asked to split Amalie Arena renovation costs

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik wants to spend $25 million on renovations to Amalie Arena, and he wants Hillsborough County to split the cost.

  6. Pinellas man gets 30 years in crash that killed two of his friends


    LARGO — Diego Cavalieri admitted he is the one to blame for driving so recklessly around a curve on Indian Rocks Road in 2011 that he killed two of his friends and seriously injured two other people.

  7. Carlton: Spend now for mental health care, or spend later


    John Jonchuck, the clearly mentally disturbed father accused of throwing his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, from a bridge near the Sunshine Skyway to her death in the waters below, is incompetent to stand trial.

    John Jonchuck is accused of killing his daughter.
  8. Judge seeks more information in case of Clearwater man who wants death penalty


    A four-day hearing concluded Friday for Craig Wall, a Clearwater man who previously pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend and no contest to murdering their infant child.

  9. Ferry service to run from Clearwater Beach to downtown Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — A private company announced Friday that it will begin a ferry service between Clearwater Beach and downtown Clearwater.

  10. Deputies: Lauderhill man arrested on charges of human trafficking in Tampa


    TAMPA — A Lauderhill man is under arrest for kidnapping a woman at knife point in West Palm Beach and then holding her in a Tampa hotel for days, feeding her only lettuce and water and selling her for sex, deputies said.

  11. Tampa man arrested in connection with penny stock scam


    A Tampa man has been arrested on nearly 70 criminal charges in connection with a penny stock scam in which he promised investigators that a website would become the next Facebook for children.

  12. Audit blasts CONNECT, states it broke law


    Gov. Rick Scott has repeatedly refused to answer questions about problems with Florida's unemployment claims system, CONNECT, since it launched in October 2013.

  13. Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead


    MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down today near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

    Opposition leaders Ilya Yashin, left, and Ksenia Sobchak react as police examine the body of Boris Nemtsov today in Moscow’s Red Square. He was killed by shots fired from a passing car.
  14. Tampa council races focus on transportation, neighborhoods


    TAMPA — Memories of the recession are fading. Building permits and property tax revenues are on the rise. And business tycoon Jeff Vinik plans to make a $1 billion bet on the future of downtown.

  15. Congress okays 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open


    WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact. …

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. [Associated Press]