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  1. Albuquerque 911 dispatcher who hung up on caller quits

    Nation

    An Albuquerque, N.M., 911 dispatcher who in June hung up on a teenage girl seeking help after her friend was fatally shot resigned on Tuesday after audio of the incident was released. …

  2. 911 calls reveal both sides of deadly road rage incident

    Crime

    BEVERLY HILLS, Fla. — In 911 calls from an apparent road rage incident, a north Florida man tells a dispatcher he has his gun "cocked and loaded" because "some maniac" was trying to run him off the road. …

  3. Scott calls for investigation of Florida Planned Parenthood sites

    The Buzz

    Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation of 16 statewide Planned Parenthood offices amid claims from an anti-abortion advocacy group that the health services center sold body parts of aborted fetuses for profit. …

    Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation of all statewide Planned Parenthood offices.
  4. Huckabee responds to Bush: 'I take nothing back'

    The Buzz

    A day after Jeb Bush scolded Mike Huckabee for likening the Iran deal to the Holocaust, Huckabee punched back on Fox News and declared: "I take nothing back." "You don’t tone down the rhetoric when people are threatening a country off the face of the map,” Huckabee said on The Dispatch. …

  5. Search continues for teens missing at sea

    Incoming

    WEST PALM BEACH — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat.  …

    Pictures of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos are on display at Jumby Bay Island Grill in Jupiter on Wednesday during a fundraiser to pay for private search efforts for the boys.
  6. Allegiant Air flight runs low on fuel over closed airport, makes emergency landing

    Airlines

    An Allegiant Air flight ran dangerously low on fuel last week as it circled an airport in North Dakota that was actually closed so the Navy's Blue Angels could practice for a forthcoming air show. …

    An Allegiant Air flight had to make an emergency landing in North Dakota last week when it ran low on fuel while flying to an airport that was closed. It's the latest in a number of problems with Allegiant Air, including several emergency landings at St. Pete Clearwater International Airport. This photo was taken there in June. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  7. Florida education news: Testing, finances, overdue repairs and more

    The Gradebook

    PRIORITIES: On his first official day, Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins talks about his goals for the school district. COMMUNICATION: Pasco Pine View Middle leaders scale back their aggressive scheduling and curriculum plans after listening to parent concerns. …

  8. FSU puts 4 on All-ACC team; Miami shut out

    College

    Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey believes the Seminoles have the most talented team in the country. …

    Junior defensive back Jalen Ramsey is one of four Florida State players named to the All-ACC preseason team.
  9. Inquiry turns to a text sent by gunman in Chattanooga rampage

    Nation

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The FBI said Saturday that it was investigating whether the gunman who opened fire on two military facilities here sent a text message to a friend hours before his rampage that included a link to an Islamic verse saying, "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him." …

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith died Saturday from his wounds.
  10. Family, neighbors recount Pasco accident that severed toddler's foot

    Humaninterest

    SPRING HILL — Debbie McCain was sitting on her porch Saturday when she heard the screams from next door. She and her husband rushed over. They saw Tiffany Collins cradling her youngest son, Zayden. The boy, just days shy of his third birthday, was missing his right foot. …

    The home and yard at 17615 Orange Drive, Spring Hill, where 2-year-old Zayden Lane was seriously injured by a riding mower driven by his mother on Saturday. [SAMANTHA SCHMIDT  |  Times]
  11. St. Petersburg man demands officers take him to jail

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officers were dispatched to 4510 19th Ave. S last week when Jeremie Robinson yelled he wanted to go to jail, according to arrest reports. …

  12. Auschwitz defendant says he is not entitled to forgiveness

    World

    LUENEBURG, Germany — A 94-year-old man charged as an accessory in the murders of about 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau told a court Wednesday that he consciously had not asked Holocaust survivors for their forgiveness because, given the dimensions of their suffering, he is not entitled to it. …

    Former SS officer Oskar Groening, 94,  is charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
  13. Keith Thurman defends WBA welterweight title with TKO

    Boxing

    TAMPA — If the Floyd Mayweather story was a movie, the final scene surely would focus on the aging but undefeated champ looking to exit the fight game on top, to leave it undisputed, with all comers and doubt dispatched. …

    Keith Thurman celebrates his technical knockout over Luis Collazo to defend his WBA title.
  14. Sports in brief

    Sports

    Soccer Report: Adu set to join Tampa Bay Rowdies Freddy Adu, once a teen sensation in Major League Soccer, was set to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies by the end of the week, website goal.com reported Friday. …

  15. Rays 'try to be opportunistic' as trade deadline looms

    Rays

    The Rays typically don't make a big deal of — or make many big deals at — the July 31 deadline for nonwaiver trades. …

    Brad Boxberger, left, and Kevin Jepsen are two of the Rays relievers that might be on the market this week.
  16. Why is Clinton spending so much money?

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — Greg Robinson was hosting his first meeting to recruit volunteers for Hillary Rodham Clinton in Oklahoma when he got the inevitable question. Why are you here? …

  17. Officer recounts the last moments of Phoebe Jonchuck's life

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officer William Vickers knew when rescuers brought the little girl onto the boat that she was gone. Her body was cold. She had been in the chilly January water too long after her father dropped her 62 feet from a bridge into Tampa Bay. …

  18. Ex-teammates Archer, Vogt thrill to pairing up at All-Star Game

    Rays

    CINCINNATI — There were times during their 2011 season together with the Rays' Double-A Montgomery team, and again in 2012 at Triple-A Durham, when Chris Archer didn't pitch very well and Stephen Vogt didn't catch very well. …

    CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws in the fifth inning against the National League during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) 554358343
  19. Ark. GOP senator calls U.S.-Iran nuclear deal worse than he feared

    World

    WASHINGTON — Here are the latest developments involving the agreement between the United States, Iran and world powers to limit the Islamic Republic's nuclear program (all times EDT): ———  …

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, told CNN on Wednesday morning that the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna is worse than he feared because it will keep Iran's nuclear program in place. [New York Times]
  20. 2 dead, some missing in rural Kentucky floods; storms expected

    Nation

    FLAT GAP, Ky. — Doris Hardin watched the water rise from the window of her mobile home in rural Johnson County. Her lights flickered off then her neighbor banged on the door, shouting for her to flee. She ran for her car but it was already gone.  …

    Deadly flooding hits rural Kentucky Rising waters killed one man, one woman and left six others missing in Kentucky’s Johnson County. The threat of more floods has hampered rescue efforts, which were suspended Tuesday and set to resume this morning. “I grabbed my keys and my purse and went out to get my car and it was floating down the creek,” said Doris Hardin, above.

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