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  1. Thousands facing steep increases for Healthy Kids insurance can enroll in Obamacare until Nov. 30


    Families wishing to drop their Florida Healthy Kids insurance plans can purchase new plans through the Obamacare marketplace, Florida Healthy Kids officials said.

  2. Biden has strong Florida ties, but few see plausible path to presidency

    State Roundup

    Few national Democratic figures have more longtime friends in Florida than Joe Biden, who returns to the Sunshine State today amid growing chatter that he could enter and upend the presidential race.

    Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 15 with the House Democratic Caucus at the request of House Minority Leader Pelosi to talk about the Iran Nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  3. Man facing disorderly intoxication charge tells police he's Kris Kringle



    Man gets in the Christmas spirit, early

    A 32-year-old St. Petersburg man told police his name was Kris Kringle and that he was born in 1935 when they questioned him after a fight in a bar on Aug. 24, according to an arrest report.

  4. Hillsborough deputies identify homicide victim found in cemetery


    WIMAUMA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has identified the body found Monday in Fellowship Cemetery.

  5. Carlton: Lawyers in DUI setup could have come clean


    For three Tampa lawyers gone rogue, it's about to end as badly as possible. But maybe it didn't have to.

    Lawyers Stephen Diaco, left, Adam Filthaut, center, and Robert Adams are shown in August at the Pinellas County Justice Center during the case in which they were accused of orchestrating a DUI setup. The judge in the disciplinary case is recommending all three be permanently disbarred. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  6. Republicans Jim Norman, Tim Schock file to run for Hillsborough County commission

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Jim Norman, a former Hillsborough County commissioner who exited politics amid scandal three years ago, began his official comeback Tuesday.

    Jim Norman is a former Hillsborough County commissioner.
  7. Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed


    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men.

    Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer Tuesday in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning.  [Scott Olson/Getty Images]
  8. Rapper Pitbull named ambassador for Florida tourism


    Miami-based rapper Pitbull is partnering with Visit Florida to promote the state as a tourism destination.

    Miami rapper Pitbull has been named an ambassador for Florida tourism. As part of his new job, he’ll promote the state with #LoveFL at concerts around the world.
  9. Tourism leaders share ideas to keep visitors flocking to Florida


    TAMPA — Florida has raised the bar every year over the past four years in the number of visitors who have flocked to the Sunshine State for the warm weather, the beaches and the roller coasters.

  10. Pedro, the barber, has left the building

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Longtime barber Clyde "Pedro" Holladay swept up hair for the last time Friday at the shop in One Progress Plaza where he's been a downtown institution for 25 years.

  11. Kermit the Frog has a new girlfriend, and she looks like a Kardashian


    This whole world is falling apart.

    We told you how Kermit and Miss Piggy split up back in August. Well, it's been one whole month and Kermit already has a Kardashain-looking jezebel at …

  12. U.S. stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report


    NEW YORK — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

  13. Bar suspends Pasco lawyer after guilty pleas


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a Pasco County lawyer from practicing for three years, finding him guilty of failing to maintain personal integrity.

    Joshua Stewart, 37, of New Port Richey says he handled depression in the wrong manner.
  14. Bliss condo developer sued by former general contractor

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The former general contractor for Bliss, an 18-story condo tower rising in downtown St. Petersburg, claims it was replaced with another contractor without cause or notice.

    Bliss, a luxury condo tower in St. Petersburg, will open in late 2016, its developer says.
  15. Everett Golson settles in nicely with Florida State Seminoles


    What had seemed preordained since May became official Monday: Everett Golson is Florida State's starting quarterback.

    Everett Golson accounted for 37 touchdowns last year; only seven players in the country were responsible for more points. [AP photo]