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  1. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press

    College

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  2. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry

    World

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department will dispatch a team to Turkey in coming days to pursue allegations by the Turkish government of criminal activity by Fethullah Gulen, an Obama administration official said Friday. …

    Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denies a role in the coup attempt.
  3. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever

    Humaninterest

    BROOKSVILLE John Lightsey reported for duty at central dispatch for the New York City Fire Department at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't go home for four days. …

    Lightsey, an inventory officer for Hernando County Fire Rescue, displays his Hispanic Medal of Honor Society Award.
  4. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary

    Stateroundup

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly will almost certainly battle former Gov. Charlie Crist this fall in the 13th Congressional District in what will be a nationally scrutinized race. …

    Republican Rep. David Jolly is seeking re-election in the 13th Congressional District. [Miami Herald (2015)] 
  5. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises

    Publicsafety

    After shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is mandating his deputies work in pairs when they answer calls for service. …

    Sheriff Chris Nocco made the decision in response to killings of police officers.
  6. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa

    Music

    TAMPA — G-Eazy hunches on his tour bus, elbows on thighs, mouthing lyrics he just wrote on his iPhone, as a woman's voice pops through a black Marshall speaker. "I don't charge Bebe for this verse, right?" the rapper asks his crew. …

    Rapper G-Eazy performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. The rapper is currently on his Endless Summer tour, which he is co-headlining with Logic. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  7. Orlando nightclub shooter told 911 dispatcher: 'I did the shootings'

    Crime

    The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday called 911 and admitted to a dispatcher that he "did the shootings," according to a transcript released Monday by the FBI. …

    People hold candles at Sunday's candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub as they gather at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. [Associated Press]
  8. Tampa International Airport to hold job fair for airport police, traffic positions

    Workinglife

    A job fair aimed at people interested in working as officers, traffic specialists and dispatchers for Tampa International Airport Police will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the airport announced. The fair will be held in the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority boardroom located in the main terminal on Level 3. …

    Jetliners at Tampa International Airport.
 (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  9. 911 caller from inside Pulse nightclub: 'He's gonna kill us'

    Publicsafety

    ORLANDO — With so many calls flooding into emergency dispatchers during the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting, 911 operators had no choice that morning but to disconnect with victims still inside the club as the three-hour ordeal unfolded so they could answer other calls. …

    Orlando police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  10. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m. Someone had poured gasoline and lit a flame. Three adults and an infant were sleeping inside. …

    The Fish and Wildlife agency fired Ryan Elliott Butler, 29.
[Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office]
  11. Newly released files show flood of Pulse calls to 911 operators

    Nation

    ORLANDO — The city of Orlando on Wednesday released another small batch of 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting that show how emergency dispatchers juggled hundreds of panicked calls, more than three months after gunman Omar Mateen left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured. …

    Omar Mateen opened fire inside the crowded Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people.
  12. St. Petersburg fire injures firefighter, woman

    Fire

    ST. PETERSBURG Woman, firefighter injured in house fire A firefighter and a resident were taken to a hospital Monday after being injured in a fire at a single-story home, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. …

  13. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County's 911 system went down about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the call load was quickly transferred to the St. Petersburg Police Department so emergency callers were not affected, a county spokeswoman said. …

  14. Obama nominates first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than a half-century, defying opponents of his policy of rapprochement with the government of President Raul Castro in an effort to formalize a new relationship between the countries before he leaves office. …

    Jeffrey DeLaurentis is a Foreign Service officer who has served since 2014 in Havana.
  15. Pittsburgh's Tribune-Review to become online-only newspaper

    Business

    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper plans to stop its print edition Nov. 30 and offer an online-only publication in a reorganization that will also require 106 layoffs, its publisher announced Wednesday.  …

  16. A list of the 2016 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading featured authors

    Books

    2016 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Featured Authors …

  17. $14 million donation accelerates Miami's plans for indoor football facility

    College

    Miami announced plans for an indoor football practice facility, thanks in large part to the single biggest gift in the history of the school's athletic department. …

  18. Democrats fret over Hillary Clinton ground game in Florida

    The Buzz

    It’s time for Hillary Clinton to start worrying about her Florida campaign.  …

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Thursday.
  19. Orlando releases nine out of the hundreds of 911 Pulse calls

    Nation

    ORLANDO — The city of Orlando on Thursday released a tiny fraction of the hundreds of calls that were made to 911 dispatchers during the Pulse nightclub massacre, including calls made by a father whose daughter was hiding in a bathroom after being shot twice and the girlfriend of a dancer who was sheltering from the gunman in a dressing room.  …

  20. U.S. teen summer program sparks national backlash in Cuba

    Nation

    HAVANA — A few months after President Barack Obama visited Cuba in March, a group of teenagers left the island for a month-long visit to the United States funded by the U.S. State Department.  …

    Josefina Vidal, Cuba's director-general of U.S. affairs, speaks to reporters beside Gustavo Machin, the deputy chief, backdropped by framed images of Cuba's President Raul Castro, from left, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and rebel leader Ernesto Che Guevara giving a speech at the United Nations in 1964, at the Foreign Ministry, in Havana, Cuba. Four months before President Barack Obama leaves office, a U.S. summer program for teens has provoked a full-blown backlash from the Cuban government. [Associated Press]

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