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  1. 911 calls show confusion during Fort Lauderdale airport shooting (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    FORT LAUDERDALE — One call came from a terrified woman hiding in a Fort Lauderdale airport restaurant as people ran past, fleeing a gunman. Another came from a woman hiding in some bushes. A group of people called as they hid in a storage unit.  …

    People flee on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on Jan. 6 after a gunman opened fire at  a baggage claim area. [Associated Press]
  2. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Publicsafety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor. …

  3. Hillsborough County, driven by 2004 storm season, finishes $36 million safety complex

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — Larry Gispert surveyed the cavernous space, taking in the huge video screens and rows of work stations, and thought back to an infamous Florida hurricane season. "I could have used this in 2004," said Gispert, who served as Hillsborough County's emergency management director for 14 years. …

    Chris Stark, a fire training officer, rappels down the side of a three story "burn building" Thursday on the county's new $36.1 million public safety operations complex. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]
  4. Firefighters contain St. Petersburg apartment complex fire to one unit; two dogs lost

    Fire

    ST. PETERSBURG — A fire broke out Wednesday at the Reserve at Lake Pointe apartment complex, leading to the death of two dogs and the evacuation of 12 units, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. …

  5. Pasco narrows administrator search to five candidates

    Localgovernment

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners narrowed the search for their next county administrator to five candidates Tuesday, but not without a curveball from Commissioner Jack Mariano. …

    Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker is leaving when her contract expires in July.
  6. Krauthammer: Can Trump exploit the old "Madman Theory"?

    Columns

    WASHINGTON At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. …

    Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in Munich last week. Pence stressed the U.S. commitment to European security.
  7. Analysis: A struggle for food, hope in Venezuela

    World

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014. …

    A woman holds her head as she waits in line outside a supermarket to buy food in May in Caracas, Venezuela. The average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line.
  8. Rangers edge to sixth straight win

    Sports

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Antti Raanta stopped 29 shots as the Rangers beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday night.  …

    The Rangers’ Nick Holden, right, pushes Matt Calvert during the second period of New York’s road victory.
  9. Riverview retiree turns ear to police scanners, spreads word to 1,400 Facebook followers

    News

    RIVERVIEW — No matter the day, no matter the hour, Bill Ewans listens, his ears tuned to dangers that lurk in the air. He tracks criminals' every turn as they race to flee the law. He warns his faithful followers of wrong-way drivers, traffic jams, burglaries and potential neighborhood "punks." …

    Bill Ewans says his scanner monitoring has helped officers solve crimes and  made others feel safer. “I’ve met a lot of nice people online and get a lot of ‘Thanks, Bill. Thanks, Bill.’
  10. North Korea and its long history of using female spies

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean passenger plane that exploded off the coast of Southeast Asia. Army officers lured into sexual encounters. A secret agent spirited back to North Korea in a tiny submarine.  …

    Won Jeong-hwa wipes tears during an interview at her apartment in Gunpo, South Korea, on April 11, 2014. Won, who entered South Korea around 2001 by posing as a defector from the North, was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison in 2008. [Associated Press]
  11. In this May 4, 2001, file photo, a man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, looks at a battery of photographers as he exits a police van to board a plane to Beijing at Narita international airport in Narita, northeast of Tokyo. Kim was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical workers before he died that he had been attacked with a chemical spray a Malaysian official said Tuesday.  [AP photo]
  12. Two women, one man arrested in death of North Korean leader's half brother

    World

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities on Thursday announced the second and third arrests in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed tales of spectacular intrigue: a pair of women assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood. …

    This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, escorted by Japanese police officers at the airport in Narita, Japan. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was targeted Monday, in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, and later died on the way to the hospital, according to a Malaysian government official. [AP photo]
  13. District soccer: Mitchell 2, Sickles 0

    Preps

    TRINITY – Mitchell won its second straight Class 4A, District 8 title on Friday by dispatching third-seeded Sickles 2-0 Friday night.  …

    The Mitchell Mustangs made it their second straight Class 4A District 8 title with a 2-0 win over Sickles. Andy Warrener, Special to the Times
  14. Tortorella misses All--Star weekend to tend to ill pet

    Lightning

    Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Friday that he missed Thursday's game at Nashville and is missing this weekend's All-Star festivities because one of the animal-rights activist's five dogs is in failing health.  …

  15. District boys basketball: Mitchell, Land O'Lakes rematch on tap

    Home Team

    TRINITY – For the past two seasons, Mitchell and Land O’Lakes have been the top teams in Class 7A, District 8. The pair faced off in the district finals of 2016, 2013 and 2012. …

  16. Teacher found not guilty in fatal shooting of husband, a former St. Petersburg police officer

    Crime

    LARGO — A jury found former teacher Cara Ryan not guilty of fatally shooting her ex-husband, a former St. Petersburg police officer, after two hours of deliberations Friday. …

    Cara Ryan, shown at a 2015 hearing, shot John Rush, her lawyer said, after Rush angrily left her home, then returned.
  17. Romano: A young life is destroyed, and the bill remains unpaid

    Courts

    A car with three young friends is headed home after a birthday party. Tests say the driver is not drunk. A Pasco County sheriff's deputy is speeding through a red light. Evidence suggests his siren is not on. …

    Traci Wohlgemuth, left, has taken care of daughter Jennifer, 33, since she suffered a brain injury when her car was hit by a Pasco County sheriff’s car in 2005. She was awarded millions by the court but has received nothing.
  18. Tales from a train: Travelers share stories of their journey

    Travel

    Where are you traveling on this train? And where are you traveling in life?  …

    Two women take photos of the Sierra Nevada mountains on the California Zephyr train last month. AP Tampa correspondent Tamara Lush spent 15 days traveling via train across the U.S. as part of Amtrak's residency program, designed for creative professionals to spend time writing on the rails. She spoke with dozens of people -- fellow travelers, friends and family waiting for loved one at stations, train workers -- and filed occasional dispatches for the Tales on a Train project. [Tamara Lush | Associated Press]