Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Treasure island hiker missing in Grand canyon

Floyd Roberts, 52, an avid Grand Canyon hiker, was reported missing Saturday, the day after he and two companions took different routes on the first day of a multiday hike. The National Park Service is continuing its search. Local, 1B

Citizens seeks rate increase

Loss claims unrelated to weather rise for the state-run insurer. Policyholders in Pasco and Hernando counties would be hardest hit in Tampa Bay by the request that would average 6.8 percent. Business, 6B

Friends' dispute ends fatally

An 18-year-old Tampa youth is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old after a confrontation over a cellphone turns violent. Local, 1B

Ex-fiancee accused of jewelry theft

A Palm Harbor millionaire says she took $2.1 million in jewels from his safe. But her lawyer says the man concocted the story. Local, 1B

Grocery shoppers get a new choice

Safeway opens a store in a Florida market dominated by Publix. What's there to set it apart? Business, 6B

Bishop's future: Questions loom

The Tampa Bay Lightning's stellar goalie is in the final year of his contract with an expansion draft coming next season. Sports, 1C

Injuries keep Rays on their heels

Steve Pearce is the latest in a string of injuries that have depleted the Rays' outfield and, perhaps, doomed their season. Sports, 1C

'Frozen' ride is hot in Disney opening

Frozen Ever After, based on the popular movie, debuts to long lines at Epcot, with some wait times as long as 300 minutes. Etc, 2B

Home, sweet home for 20 aging cats

At Cat's Cradle in Lutz, the residents of the senior cat rescue lounge around or perhaps stroll on their suspension bridge. LifeTimes

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Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
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Market starting to set itself as Rays’ trade talks intensify

Market starting to set itself as Rays’ trade talks intensify

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Alex Colome claimed he was just showing good social media manners Tuesday night in following four Cardinals-related Instagram accounts since they were saying nice things about him.In doing so, whether for that reason or another mor...
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Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Nationally, the word "evangelical" has become in recent years nearly synonymous with "conservative Republican" and Alabama is one of the most evangelical states in the country. But in Alabama, there is a difference: black Christians.While in many par...
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Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s difficult to call a volleyball program that has been to the Final Four eight times an underdog, especially the way Florida rallied to beat Southern California and punch its latest ticket. Yet of the four schools descending on ...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 13

Wednesday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 3, St. Petersburg 1Girls basketballPalm Harbor U. 42, Largo 25
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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018...
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Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

SPRING HILL — Hernando County Commission Vice Chairman Steve Champion wanted to do something to help raise money for the annual Toys for Tots drive. So he donated the grand prize for the Nov. 18 raffle:It was an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.That led to ...
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Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Lost cell signal recently? The culprit could be a 40-year-old Ruskin man who deputies said stole thousands of dollars worth of the equipment that powers cell towers. The theft interrupted cell tower signals on at least two occasions, deputies said, i...
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Foot washes ashore in Canada, again; Abbas wants U.S. out as Mideast mediator; 12 sentenced to life for gang-raping kids; more in world news

Foot washes ashore in Canada, again; Abbas wants U.S. out as Mideast mediator; 12 sentenced to life for gang-raping kids; more in world news

CanadaJust another foot washing ashoreAnother human foot has been found on British Columbia’s coastline, the 13th such grim discovery since 2007. Police said a man was walking on the beach in Jordan River on Vancouver Island when his dog found the fo...
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