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  1. Rockets dispatch Thunder in five

    Sports

    HOUSTON — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.  …

  2. Region tennis: St. Petersburg girls dispatch Steinbrenner 4-1

    Tennispreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the Warriors 4-1.  …

  3. North Korea decries U.S. carrier dispatch as parliament meets

    Military

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American strength.  …

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his parliament called the escalation of U.S. presence nearby “outrageous.”
  4. Region volleyball: Palm Harbor University dispatches Cinderella

    Volleyballpreps

    By Rodney Page Times Staff Writer PALM HARBOR — Both Palm Harbor University and East Bay brought its "B" games to Tuesday night's Class 8A region quarterfinal. For the Hurricanes, that was good enough. …

  5. East Region: Florida silences doubters, dispatches East Tennessee State 80-65

    College

    ORLANDO — When analyst Seth Davis pegged fourth-seeded Florida as a potential first-round upset victim on CBS's Selection Sunday Show, the Gators were watching on their locker-room big screen TV. The volume was cranked up. They heard what Davis said.  …

    Gators forward Devin Robinson, driving for two of his 24 points, leads a run to rally UF from its only deficit of the game. Robinson ties his career high for points.
  6. I-275 south closed in St. Pete heading towards Sunshine Skyway

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — All southbound lanes of Interstate 275 on the southern tip of Pinellas County were closed Wednesday afternoon due to a traffic crash with injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. …

  7. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

    Home Team

    CRYSTAL RIVER – No. 3 Weeki Wachee upset county foe and second-seeded Hernando in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20) Tuesday night in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal  to advance to the  championship match Thursday night.  …

  8. Pinellas bus driver says chemical smell caused her to drop kids off blocks away from school (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officials are investigating a Pinellas County school bus driver who made 24 students get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy on Tuesday morning. The driver told a dispatcher she suspected someone poured chemicals into the vehicle's engine, making her sick. …

    Police have found a child they said was unaccounted for on Aug. 15, 2017, after a Pinellas County school bus driver made up to 39 children get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy. The driver pulled over at 39th Avenue N and 28th Street N and asked the children to get off. The school is located at 4900 28th St. N. [SAMANTHA PUTTERMAN | Times]
  9. Missouri governor halts man's execution after DNA questions

    Nation

    ST. LOUIS — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted Tuesday's scheduled execution of condemned killer Marcellus Williams after DNA raised questions about his guilt. …

    This February 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Marcellus Williams. [Missouri Department of Corrections via AP]
  10. Planned fire on Caladesi Island causing smoke

    Fire

    DUNEDIN — According to Pinellas County, a planned fire clearing on Caladesi Island State Park is creating a large presence of smoke. The clearing is the only activity going on the county is aware of, according to a dispatcher.

    A large plume of smoke is visible from Indian Rocks Beach looking toward Clearwater Beach Friday afternoon 7/14/2017.
  11. Hernando deputies capture escaped inmate after he left work detail

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County inmate who escaped from his assigned work detail on Wednesday has been taken into custody. …

    Joshua Holmes, 35, was arrested a day after Hernando County deputies say he left the Northwest Solid Waste Management Facility, located on Norris Bishop Loop, without permission about noon on Wed., Aug. 16. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  12. 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.
  13. 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. …

    John Lightsey, a New York City fire dispatcher on Sept. 11, 2001, will soon retire from Hernando County Fire Rescue. 
  14. 911 call in Pasco stabbing: 'He says he just killed the lady that lives here' (w/audio)

    Crime

    A 911 call from a woman in Holiday helps illustrate the chilling scene that unfolded when a man she had taken into her home woke her up to say he'd just stabbed the other woman who lived there. …

    Warren Birbeck [Pasco County Sheriffs Office]
  15. The Daystarter: Plan to curb pedestrian fatalities; judge's ruling against 'unscrupulous' attorney; Tampa park may spur property tax increase; Trump's Afghanistan strategy

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today. • No once-every-40-years celestial events are on tap today. Just your typical summer day, with scattered showers possible later this afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP and highs topping 90. [WTSP] …

    Clearwater lawyer and real estate investor Roy C. Skelton, center, attends a hearing on Monday Circuit Court Judge Jack St. Arnold at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater. The hearing was requested by attorneys representing John Houde, left, who filed a motion to invalidate the sale of a $458,000 Redington Beach condo, a deal orchestrated by Skelton, who stands accused of deliberately misleading bidders in a the June 8 foreclosure auction. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  16. Barcelona fugitive shot dead outside city wearing bomb belt

    World

    SUBIRATS, Spain — A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said.  …

    Police bomb squad officers work by a road near Subirats, Spain, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. A police operation was underway Monday in an area west of Barcelona, and a Spanish newspaper reports that the fugitive in the city's van attack has been captured. Regional police said officers shot a man wearing a possible explosives belt in Subirats, a small town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona. [Associated Press]
  17. Six middle fingers on Snapchat lead to disqualification of Junior League softball team

    Nation

    Let this be a lesson, kids: The next time you want to gloat about beating your opponents on their home turf, think twice - especially if your chosen method of gloating is posting a photo on social media of six teammates flipping the bird under the caption, "watch out host." …

    The Snapchat icon is seen on an iPhone screen. [Times files]
  18. Drugs, domestic violence and abuse reports preceded death of 8-month-old boy

    Publicsafety

    LARGO — There was no shortage of warning signs before the 8-month-old boy was found gray and not breathing in his father's sweltering bedroom. …

    Elizabeth Rutenbeck, 24, poses with her son, William Hendrickson IV. Rutenbeck is in jail on a battery charge.
  19. White House plays defense after Trump response

    National

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The White House scrambled Sunday to elaborate on President Donald Trump's response to deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Va., as he came under bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning white supremacists and other hate groups immediately after the altercations.  …

  20. 'Weary of war without victory': Trump says U.S. will fight to win in Afghanistan

    War

    WASHINGTON — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war. …

    President Donald Trump holds up protective glasses as he arrives to view the solar eclipse at the White House on Monday afternoon. [Associated Press]

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