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Hurricane Humberto, Tropical Storm Gabrielle expected to weaken


Both Humberto, gabrielle likely to lose punch

Hurricane Humberto is likely to begin weakening soon far out over the Atlantic. The Category 1 hurricane had maximum sustained winds near 80 mph late Thursday, with weakening forecast in the next two days. Meanwhile, Gabrielle is a tropical storm again but is expected to weaken today as it moves away from Bermuda after drenching the British territory. Its maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Car bomb hits near U.S. consulate

Militants staged a suicide car bombing then engaged in a gunfight with security forces near the American consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat early today, officials said. An Afghan translator who apparently worked at the consulate was killed, while two police and two private Afghan security guards were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility. A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Kabul declined to comment. The local police chief, speaking about an hour after the attack started, said the situation had been brought under control.


China unveils plan to cut air pollution

The Chinese government announced an ambitious plan Thursday to curb air pollution, including setting limits on coal burning and taking old vehicles off the roads to ensure a drop in the concentration of particulate matter in cities. It's the Communist Party and government's most concrete response to growing criticism for letting China's air, soil and water degrade to abysmal levels.

Brunswick, Ga.

For baby's murder, life without parole

A teen convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole. De'Marquise Elkins, 18, had been found guilty of murder in the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during the attempted robbery of his mother.

Times wires

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  1. Tampa man crashes into parked cars, gate at the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque


    A Tampa man intentionally drove his pick-up truck into two parked vehicles before smashing through the locked gate of the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Shaun H. Urwiler, 42, was arrested July 16 for intentionally driving his pick-up truck into two parked vehicles before smashing through the locked gate of the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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    The USF men's basketball team is set to get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse in non-conference play next season.

  3. Last steel beam marks construction milestone for Tom and Mary James' museum


    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom and Mary James on Wednesday signed their names to the last steel beam framing the 105-ton stone mesa that will be built at the entrance of the museum that bears their name: the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.

    The topping-out ceremony of the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art was held Wednesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg. Mary James (from left), husband Tom and Mayor Rick Kriseman signed the final beam before it was put into place. When finished, the $55 million museum at 100 Central Ave. will hold up to 500 pieces of the couple's 3,000-piece art collection. [Courtesy of James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art]
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    Following a trend, Florida's school grades showed strong gains in the third year after the state changed its grading formula and the standardized tests that students take every year.

    After finding out earlier Wednesday that her school went from a low C to an A,  Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates with her students in the YMCA After School program at the school in St. Petersburg. Houston is giving a high five to rising fifth grader Jonaven Viera. Rising 4th grader Jonathan Cafaro is in foreground with his back to camera. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  5. Tampa Bay woman, 11-year-old boy had sex up to 20 times the year their baby was born, detectives say.


    TAMPA — A woman sexually battered an 11-year-old Brandon boy, got pregnant and raised the baby for three years before a tip led to her arrest, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.

    Marissa Mowry, now 25,  had sex as many as 20 times in 2014 with a boy who was 11 when he impregnated her, Hillsborough County detectives allege. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]