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  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

    Blogs
  2. Aramis Ayala: the Florida state attorney who refuses to pursue the death penalty

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — When Aramis Ayala began campaigning for state attorney in this Central Florida district last year, so few people knew her that she handed out cards informing voters how to pronounce her name.

    Orange/Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala chats with State Attorney Brad King, who represents a region that includes Hernando County. King was appointed to take over the Markeith Loyd case.
  3. SOCom seeking latest tech, even holograms, for Wargame Center

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Some at MacDill Air Force Base laughed when the man running the U.S. Special Operations Command asked to borrow an entire hangar for his "war games" because he needed somewhere to set up a raised map.

    With 3-D capabilities like a hologram, Wargame Center viewers could get a view of actual terrain.
  4. Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

    Military

    WASHINGTON — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.

    In this 2008 photo, a Pakistani army soldier stands guard by the devastated Marriott Hotel following a deadly suicide bombing in Islamabad.Officials say  Qari Yasin plotted the bombing that killed dozens. The victims included two American service members, U.S. officials said. [Getty Images]
  5. Elderly couple put on wrong Allegiant flight; end up in New York, not Michigan

    Nation

    FORT LAUDERDALE — A 96-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man were wheeled to the wrong gate at Fort Lauderdale's airport and ended up on a Allegiant Air flight to upstate New York instead of Michigan.

    Helen Wheeker and her husband, George Nobel, ended up Ogdensburg, N.Y., instead of Grand Rapids, Mich., after being put on the wrong Allegiant flight on Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.  [WPLG-TV]
  6. Police: Trump supporters pepper-sprayed by counter-protesters at California march

    National

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A scuffle broke out on a Southern California beach where supporters of President Donald Trump were marching when counter-protesters doused organizers with pepper spray, authorities said Saturday.

    Jennifer Sterling, one of the organizers of the pro-Trump rally, reacts after getting hit with pepper spray by a counter-protester during a march in support of President Donald Trump in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Saturday. [Orange County Register via AP]
  7. Las Vegas Strip reopens after gunman surrender, fatal shooting

    LAS VEGAS — A man riding on a double decker bus on the Las Vegas Strip pulled a gun and started shooting, killing one person and wounding another before barricading himself inside in a standoff that lasted hours before he finally surrendered.

    Las Vegas SWAT officers surround a bus along Las Vegas Boulevard on Saturday. Las Vegas police said the gunman in a fatal shooting on the Strip who barricaded himself inside the public bus has surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours. [Associated Press]
  8. NCAA Tournament: After Chiozza buzzer-beater, Gators prepare for South Carolina

    College

    NEW YORK — The texts started coming almost as soon as Chris Chiozza's winning 3-pointer went through the net.

    Chris Chiozza drives the length of the floor and makes a running 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and send Florida past Wisconsin in overtime. The shot was tough, getting to sleep was even tougher.
  9. Rowdies beat Orlando City in USL debut before record crowd at Al Lang

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Georgi Hristov's penalty kick goal, the result of a long period of Rowdies dominant play, was the difference in Tampa Bay's 1-0 defeat of Orlando City B on Saturday night before a loud and record Rowdies crowd at Al Lang Stadium.

    Young Rowdies fans cheer ahead of the first half of the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando City B at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
  10. NCAAs: Oregon upsets Kansas; Gonzaga makes first Final Four

    College

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and Oregon upset Kansas 74-60 Saturday night, giving the Ducks their first Final Four trip in nearly 80 years.

    Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski gets pumped up during an 83-59 win over Xavier.  [Getty Images]
  11. NFL to consider tweaking OT rules

    Bucs

    TAMPA — You don't see too many ties in the NFL anymore, except for the ones worn by the suits in the league office.

    Dirk Koetter barks at a referee after a fourth-down penalty late in the fourth quarter vs. Oakland last year. The call extended a Raiders drive and led to the tying touchdown. The Bucs lost in OT.
  12. 10 things we think we know about Rays as season approaches

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — With the season opener — finally — just a week from today, there are things we know for sure about the Rays.

    WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times
  13. Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from U.S.

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — Former CIA director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.

    Michael Flynn’s spokesman denied claims made by ex-CIA director James Woolsey.
  14. GOP infighting too much for Trump to overcome for health plan

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ignites a lot of fights, but the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House was the result of a long-running Republican civil war that had already humbled a generation of party leaders before him.

    President Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter that he still plans to pull together a great health care plan.