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  1. Sheriff's Office seeks caller who phoned in 911 threats

    Crime

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a person who threatened law enforcement personnel in multiple calls to 911 Saturday night. …

  2. Three teens arrested for threatening deputies during prank 911 calls (w/audio)

    Crime

    RIVERVIEW — Three teens were charged Tuesday with misusing the 911 emergency system and making threats to "blow up" dispatchers and deputies, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. …

  3. Indian Rocks Beach Post Office celebrates 100 years.

    News

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — It cost a penny to mail a postcard when the Indian Rocks Beach post office opened 100 years ago on Dec. 10, 1914, on a mainland dirt road leading to a ferry in the Narrows part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Today the road is 113th Avenue and the area is considered unincorporated Seminole. …

  4. Mayor of St. Louis suburb asks for calm after white officer shoots black teen (w/video)

    BERKELEY, Mo. — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.  …

  5. It's crunch time for shippers as retailers push last-minute holiday sales

    Retail

    MEMPHIS Donner Pass, the icy stretch of road that cuts through the Sierra Nevada mountains, is 2,000 miles away from FedEx's world hub in Memphis. …

  6. Ruth: Gathering around the teetering tree

    Columns

    Not to get all Fiddler on the Roof's Tevye on everybody, but one of the things I love most about Christmastime is honoring all the deeply ingrained family traditions of the season. …

  7. Florida education news: Testing, accountability, school grades and more

    The Gradebook

    TESTING: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart launches a review of standardized testing. NCLB WAIVER: The U.S. Department of Education gives in on Florida's plans for using English-language learners' test scores for accountability. More from the Miami Herald. …

  8. Top news of 2014 left the world grasping for answers

    World

    Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.  …

  9. Two remain hospitalized after Bucs lightning strike (w/ 911 calls)

    News

    TAMPA — Two of the seven people injured by a lightning strike after Sunday's Buccaneers game remain hospitalized, one in critical condition and the other with non-life threatening injuries, officials said Monday. …

  10. Pakistan military's offensive kills at least 67 suspected militants

    World

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A series of airstrikes and ground offensives killed at least 67 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas, officials said Friday, in an apparent sign of intensified military action after this week's Taliban school massacre. …

  11. Hillsborough's school bus system improving, but too slowly for critics

    K12

    TAMPA — The questions came fast and furious. What if a school bus driver let a wheelchair fall backward, but no child was injured? Should the driver be fired on the spot? …

  12. Parking at Tampa International Airport? Kenny's on the job

    Airlines

    TAMPA …

  13. Meteorologists work to keep your holiday deliveries on time — no matter what

    Retail

    MEMPHIS — Deep within a global operations nerve center here, a team of specially trained operatives scan data from nearly 200 countries, issues urgent "SNOCON" alerts and tracks a fleet of cargo jets via a glowing, wall-sized "war board." Their mission? To make sure no Frozen doll is left behind. …

  14. Officers find two men dead during burglary call in Plant City

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — Two men were killed early Thursday at a S Johnson Street home, Plant City police said. …

  15. North Tampa power outage disables traffic lights

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A power outage knocked out the traffic lights at several of northern Tampa's busiest intersections during Thursday morning's rush hour. Traffic lights were out Thursday at Armenia and Waters avenues, Armenia Avenue and Busch Boulevard, and on Sligh Avenue between Rome Avenue and N Boulevard. …

  16. Riverview soccer team's 10-0 start provides 'whole lot of fun'

    Preps

    RIVERVIEW — It's not like boys soccer coach Darik Olson hasn't enjoyed his stint at Riverview High School. There were back-to-back 12-win seasons the past two years and a pair of playoff appearances to start the century. But this season? …

  17. Florida Gators hire Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain has hired Mississippi State's Geoff Collins to become the Gators' new defensive coordinator. …

  18. 6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

    Crime

    PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large Monday night, and prosecutors said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.  …

  19. Union: Cleveland police not told boy's gun might be toy (w/video)

    Nation

    CLEVELAND — A dispatcher didn't tell officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy last month that the gun might not be real or that the person might be a child, a Cleveland police union official said Friday.  …

  20. USF's Marlon Mack named AAC rookie of the year

    College

    TAMPA — USF freshman Marlon Mack, who finished his inaugural college season as the American Athletic Conference's leading rusher, Wednesday was named the league's rookie of the year in a ballot of AAC coaches. …

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