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  1. Natalia Revuelta Clews, mistress of Fidel Castro, dies at 89


    She was the emerald-eyed knockout of Havana society, and everyone knew her as Naty. She belonged to the Havana Country Club and lunched aboard yachts. She was married to a distinguished surgeon, and they lived in one of the best neighborhoods in the city.

  2. In Turkey, testing the president's food for poison


    ISTANBUL, Turkey — In a modern twist on a self-preservation tactic used by cautious kings and pharaohs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is having his food tested before he eats — not by a human taster, though, but in the lab.

    At least one of the 1,000 rooms in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's $600 million palace in Ankara, the capital, will hold a special food analysis laboratory to test the president's meals for dangers.
  3. Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship (w/video)


    TOKYO — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.

    This image provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and captured Sunday with a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe, shows the bow of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the coast of the Philippines.
  4. Tampa police rescue a dog shot and tied to railroad tracks


    Tampa Police rescued a mixed-breed dog Wednesday evening that someone tied with a belt to railroad tracks in Sulphur Springs and shot multiple times.

  5. USF routs UCF in Bulls' best game of season


    TAMPA — On the same night his former team faced the Washington Generals across town, USF coach — and former Harlem Globetrotter — Orlando Antigua was the one presiding over a laugher.

    South Florida Bulls guard Troy Holston Jr. (25) celebrates the win with fans at the Sun Dome in the second half at the Sun Dome in Tampa on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. USF beat UCF 74 to 45.
  6. Florida Senate panel votes to scale back testing

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A plan to scale back testing in Florida schools cleared its first vote in the Florida Legislature on Wednesday, winning the approval of the Senate Education Committee.

    Senator John Legg,R- Trinity, answers questions, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, about his Education Accountability bill. SB 616 passed the Senate Eduction Pre-K-12 committee, Wednesday.
  7. With water bill on verge of passing House, environmentalists look to Senate


    “With this bill, Florida legislators are protecting developers and Big Ag at the expense of the public,” said an e-mail blast from David Guest, managing attorney at the Florida office of Earthjustice.

    Rep. Matthew Caldwell
  8. Federal judge tosses Florida prison whistleblower case

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by five Department of Corrections investigators who claimed they were retaliated against for exposing a cover-up involving the death of an inmate at a Panhandle prison in 2010.

  9. Under new budget pressures, Florida Senate debates Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A potential budget crisis is fueling a new conversation about Medicaid expansion in Florida.

    Senate President Andy Gardiner, right, said a potential $1.3 billion loss in federal funds has given lawmakers a reason to reconsider Medicaid expansion. But House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, left, said, "At this point in time, we are not interested in expanding Medicaid as we know it."
  10. Aides to governor and Cabinet spar over making agency changes


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's planned purge of the leaders of three state agencies is hitting roadblocks as Cabinet members say he's moving too hastily and not giving the embattled directors a chance to defend themselves.

  11. Former exercise rider Charles Schick rode Seabiscuit and War Admiral


    ST. PETERSBURG — The duel between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, two of the greatest racehorses in history, has lived up to its billing in 1938 as the "match race of the century."

    Charles Schick went from stable boy to trainer in his career.
  12. U.S. ambassador to S. Korea slashed in attack (w/video)


    SEOUL, South Korea-Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday after being attacked in Seoul by an assailant carrying a blade, officials said.

  13. House committee subpoenas Hillary Clinton emails in Benghazi probe


    WASHINGTON — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's …

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used private email to conduct official business. The Republican-led Select Committee on Benghazi has issued a subpoena for those documents.
  14. Seminole Hard Rock looking at new hotel project

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is seeking permission to build a new hotel tower alongside its most profitable casino.

    The existing Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino complex in Tampa is the most lucrative of the seven casinos owned by the Seminole tribe in Florida. The proposed hotel would be adjacent.
  15. Man faces manslaughter charge in Tampa Quality Inn killing


    TAMPA — A 19-year-old man is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of his co-worker last month outside a Tampa hotel.