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  1. Puerto Rico reports first U.S. Zika-related death amid outbreak


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory.

  2. David Altmaier's quick rise to state insurance commissioner

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Ten years ago, David Altmaier was coaching track and teaching Algebra to 9th graders in southern Kentucky.

    David Altmaier interviews with most of the Florida Cabinet via phone for the Insurance Commissioner position Friday. After two other nominations failed, he was selected by the Cabinet for the position.
[Photo by Steve Cannon]

  3. Protesters get rowdy at California hotel before Donald Trump speech (w/video)


    BURLINGAME, Calif. — Several hundred protesters opposing Donald Trump gathered Friday outside the hotel where he was scheduled to speak to Republicans, and some broke through a steel barricade and approached the venue's entrance.

    People demonstrate against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel  in Burlingame, Calif., Friday, April 29, 2016, before the California Republican Party Convention. [AP photo]
  4. Principal, assistant principal removed from Brooksville school


    BROOKSVILLE — The principal and assistant principal at Moton Elementary School have been temporarily removed from their positions while the Hernando County School District conducts an investigation.

  5. Former All-Star reliever Grant Balfour officially retires


    Former AL All-Star reliever Grant Balfour has decided to officially retire, ending a 19-year pro career.

  6. As Bayfront Health St. Petersburg steadies its finances, charity care takes a hit


    ST. PETERSBURG — Behind the thick wooden doors of the operating suite at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, surgeons use a new $2-million robot to perform precise movements inside a patient.

  7. Judge dismisses lawsuit filed against Pinellas sheriff over 5-year-old girl's death


    TAMPA — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri filed by the family of a 5-year-old girl who died eight days after she was placed in emergency shelter care.

  8. Former Palma Ceia United Methodist member gets prison for embezzling church funds


    TAMPA — As Juliet Suzanne Ellis waited to find out her punishment for stealing from her former church, the judge reminded her she had an even higher power to consider.

  9. How you're making Facebook a money machine


    What you do when waiting for the bus or avoiding work goes a long way to explaining a tectonic shift in business and media.

  10. Despite loss, Lightning's Ben Bishop sticks with his game plan

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — When G Ben Bishop was with the St. Louis Blues about eight years ago, he said a sports psychologist delivered a speech during training camp that stuck with him, and could play a role in his play in Saturday's Game 2.

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) gets beat as New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) (left) scores the go-ahead goal to make the score 2 to 1 during first period action of game one of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Wednesday evening (04/26/16). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  11. Vernon Hargreaves' mom: 'No better feeling than to have your son come home'


    Vernon Hargreaves' homecoming became official today when the Bucs introduced the former Florida/Wharton High star cornerback as their newest draft pick.

    Vernon Hargreaves III leaves a news conference Friday at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, His father, Vernon Hargreaves Jr., can be seen behind him.
  12. 72 hours in Cuba for 'Times' sports photographer Will Vragovic


    Times photographer Will Vragovic had three days to document life in Cuba as he followed the Tampa Bay Rays and President Barack Obama on their historic trip this spring. The state ofsports, politics, history and community dominate in 19 of Vragovic's best images. They're a look at what was -- and what is developing.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throws hats into the crowd before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
  13. St. Pete's $20 million gamble: Growing sea grass for money


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's good to be green, especially if it makes the city millions in cash.

  14. Pasco detectives arrest man in violent murder of Maine woman


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance and death of a Maine woman who went missing last month, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

    The remains of Judith Therianos, a Maine woman last seen alive on March 14, were found 24 days later on April 7 in New Port Richey. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it has made an arrest in her murder. [Photo courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office]