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  1. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

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    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.  …

  2. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry


    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. …

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is surrounded by his personal security and local officials after Friday prayers at Marmara University Theological School mosque in Istanbul.
  3. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary


    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. …

    Mark Bircher is seeking the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional District. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] 
  4. Security patrol moves into larger headquarters


    SUN CITY CENTER — The 900-plus members of the Sun City Center Security Patrol and their five squad cars have a new home that's five times the size of its previous facility. …

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Merry and Sun City Center Security Patrol chief Karen Ryan pose in front of the security patrol’s new office.
  5. Rotten egg smell blankets Philadelphia area


    PHILADELPHIA — Officials say the acrid order of rotten eggs that wafted through Philadelphia has been blamed on a power outage at a refinery just across the river from the city.  …

  6. Taiwan scrambles F-16s after China sends carrier through strait


    HONG KONG — Taiwan scrambled F-16 fighter jets and dispatched a frigate to the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday after China sent its sole aircraft carrier into the waterway, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported. …

  7. Man arrested after deputies say he threatened to shoot them


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County sheriff's deputies took a man into custody Sunday who pointed a gun at them and threatened to "put rounds in them." …

  8. Review: Tim Dorsey's 'Clownfish Blues' pays dues to Florida-filmed 'Route 66'


    Serge Storms would appreciate it if we would stop referring to him as a serial killer. …

  9. Man dies as police struggle to arrest him near St. Petersburg homeless shelters


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man died Wednesday morning after a violent struggle with police officers who were trying to arrest him on a sidewalk near a group of homeless shelters. …

    Police blocked a sidewalk area along 5th Avenue North where officers were involved in a fatal struggle Wednesday morning. A number of homeless shelters are located along the street. [Samantha Putterman   |   Times]
  10. Man, woman accused of aiding fugitive wanted in Orlando officer's killing


    ORLANDO — The niece and supervisor of a murder suspect were arrested, accused of helping him evade capture before the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer.  …

     Markeith Loyd is wanted in the slaying of an Orlando police officer outside a Walmart.  [Orlando Police Department]
  11. Frustrations grow as debate continues over fire service in Hernando Beach


    BROOKSVILLE — Emotions ran high at this week's Hernando County Commission meeting over the divisive issue of whether the county should terminate its contract with the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department. …

  12. NTSB investigates NYC rail crash; 100 suffer minor injuries (w/ video)


    NEW YORK — A packed Long Island Rail Road rush-hour train crashed at the end of a platform as it pulled into a major Brooklyn transportation hub on Wednesday, hurling passengers onto the floor and slamming them into each other.  …

    An injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal after Wednesday's train accident. [Associated Press]
  13. Movie Planner: Premiere for Ybor-centric 'The Weight of Remembering'; plus 'Patriots Day,' 'Silence'


    On the same weekend Ben Affleck fakes Ybor City in Live by Night (review, Page 12), the real thing gets a world premiere. The Weight of Remembering is the second Ybor City chronicle co-produced by Centro Español of Tampa, filmmaker Luis Argeo and New York University professor James Fernandez. …

    Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Jenna Kanell, and Cressida Bonas in The Bye Bye Man.
  14. Restoring an atmosphere, if not yet an aura, for Manchester United


    MANCHESTER, England — In the last five minutes of a nerve-shredding 1-1 draw on Sunday, as his team swarmed forward and Liverpool seemed to tilt and teeter, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho got what he wanted. …

  15. Sad but relieved, Kubiak officially gives up coaching


    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Eighteen years after Gary Kubiak tried to talk John Elway out of retiring, the roles were reversed. The result: the same. "He said, 'Remember when you did that to me?' " Elway recounted. "I said, 'Yeah, okay.' "  …

  16. Documents outline history of problems at Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department


    HERNANDO BEACH — It has been weeks since Hernando County Fire Rescue took over first response to serious medical calls in Hernando Beach. And, despite promises to the contrary, Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Murdock still has not provided the county with critical staff rosters. …

  17. Amazon announces first delivery by drone in the England


    SEATTLE — says it has delivered its first order via drone to a real customer in the United Kingdom as part of a testing program that could ultimately transform the field of logistics. …

  18. Samuelson: The new world order, 2017


    WASHINGTON One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we're witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. …

  19. It appears the two best teams made College Football Playoff title game


    GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the clock ticked down on Clemson's victory in the Fiesta Bowl, linebacker Ben Boulware stomped along the sideline, bellowing, thrusting his arms up Saturday night. …

  20. Buried treasure


    Tommy G. Thompson was once one of the greatest treasure hunters of his time: A dark-bearded diver who hauled a trove of gold from the Atlantic Ocean in 1988 — dubbed the richest find in U.S. history. …


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