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  1. 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.
  2. 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)] 
  3. 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.
  4. Two Orlando officers fired for covering up chase

    Publicsafety

    ORLANDO — Two Orlando police officers have been fired after an internal investigation concluded that they tried to cover up an unauthorized vehicle chase in Orlando last year.  …

  5. Family of slain Florida legal scholar to be paid $40,000

    Civil

    TALLAHASSEE — The family of a well-known legal scholar gunned down in his Florida garage will be paid $40,000 by an agency that handles 911 calls.  …

  6. Preseason football: Naples 40, Lakewood 0

    Footballpreps

    NAPLES — The names were different, but the end result certainly was the same for the Naples High School football team. Gone were stars like Tyler Byrd and Carlin Fils Aime, both entering their first college football seasons at the University of Tennessee. …

  7. Official: Alligator nearly bites off woman's hand

    Accidents

    FORT LAUDERDALE — A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, authorities said. …

  8. Gov. Scott reiterates Zika prevention tips to colleges, universities, Miami-Dade officials

    The Buzz

    After the state confirmed Friday that Zika cases are spreading in Miami Beach, Gov. Rick Scott spoke to Miami-Dade officials and college and university leaders on conference calls, urging them to continue Zika prevention efforts. …

  9. Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman claims he was punched in face at restaurant

    Humaninterest

    George Zimmerman says he was punched in the face during a fight at a Sanford-area restaurant over the weekend, officials said. Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel he was at Gators Riverside Grille near Sanford when the incident happened. …

    Conflicting stories surround an altercation Zimmerman says he had at a Sanford restaurant. 
  10. After her dog is killed by an alligator, owner demands action at Pinellas County park

    Publicsafety

    LEALMAN — Bolt was a natural canine athlete, according to his owner Sue Fortenbery. …

    Bolt, a Jack Russell terrier, was killed at a Pinellas County park. 
  11. CDC team on way to Florida to help fight Zika, WH says

    The Buzz

    President Obama is being briefed on the Zika situation in South Florida and a Centers for Disease Control team is being deployed to help, a White House spokesman said today. …

  12. Obama visits flood-damaged Louisiana in show of support (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    BATON ROUGE, La. — President Barack Obama arrived Tuesday in flood-ravaged southern Louisiana for a visit aimed at promising support to thousands of beleaguered flood victims and stemming campaign-season criticism that he's been slow to respond to their plight. …

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards after emerging from Air Force One at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, prior to surveying the flood damaged region in Baton Rouge, La. [Associated Press]
  13. Zika virus now spreading in Miami Beach, Herald reports

    Health

    MIAMI — A new area of ongoing Zika transmission has been identified in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reports, citing sources familiar with discussions that Florida health officials held with local public officials Thursday to alert them. …

    Fran Middlebrooks, a grounds keeper at Pinecrest Gardens, uses a blower to spray pesticide to kill mosquitos Aug. 4 in Miami, as Miami-Dade County fights to control the Zika virus outbreak. [Gaston De Cardenas | Miami Herald via TNS]
  14. Delta struggles through third day of computer problems

    Transportation

    NEW YORK — Delta fliers faced delays, cancellations and more headaches Wednesday as the Atlanta-based airline struggled with its computer systems for the third straight day.  …

    Luggage sits on the tarmac at Orlando International Airport on Monday after a computer outage. Delta Air Lines' computer issues have continued into Wednesday. More 2,000 flights have been canceled this week. [Associated Press]
  15. Documents: 150 shots fired in battle with Pulse nightclub shooter in Orlando

    Nation

    ORLANDO — An Orange County deputy estimated 150 shots were fired in the final gunfight between law enforcement and Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen. …

    Law enforcement responds to the Pulse nightclub after the June 12 attack that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. According to one deputy's report, it was difficult to locate survivors among the victims inside the building because of the amount of blood on the floor.  [Getty Images]
  16. Tampa flights among 400 that Delta cancels on Tuesday (w/video)

    Airlines

    DALLAS — Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that some computer systems were still working slowly more than a day after an outage crippled the airline and led to more than 1,500 canceled flights.  …

    Konstance Woods talks on her cell phone with an agent as she stands in line at the Delta ticketing counter at Washington's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Monday. Her family is trying to get to Raleigh, N.C after their Delta flight was delayed. Delta Air Lines delayed or canceled hundreds of flights Monday after its computer systems crashed, stranding thousands of people on a busy travel day. [Associated Press]
  17. In Miami, Clinton to call on Congress to act on Zika virus

    Medicine

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will call on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding for the Zika response during a visit to a Miami neighborhood dealing with the first U.S. outbreak of the disease.  …

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally Monday at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. [Associated Press]
  18. Review: Freefall's futuristic 'Pirates of Penzance' will steal your heart

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — Good theater stretches the mind, makes us think on eternal delights and dilemmas in new ways. One of the hallmarks of Freefall Theatre, which is closing its season with Pirates of Penzance, is that it often prompts those experiences by repurposing tried and true works. …

    Kelly Pekar, left, and Hannah Benitez play Edith and Kate in Freefall Theatre’s adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.
Courtesy of Allison Lynn Photography
  19. State confirms 10 new Zika cases, prompting CDC travel warning in Miami

    The Buzz

    Another 10 people are believed to have contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday. …

    The one-square-mile area where state health officials believe Zika has been spreading by mosquito.
  20. Review: Tense and clear-cut, 'Jason Bourne' is best of the series

    Movies

    Jason Bourne begins with a montage of the CIA assassin's greatest, grisliest hits, in case you're suffering from franchise amnesia. Details can be sketchy, nearly a decade after everything about this conflicted killing machine appeared settled, at least as far as Matt Damon was concerned. …

    In this image released by Universal Pictures, Tommy Lee Jones, left, and Alicia Vikander appear in a scene from "Jason Bourne." (Jasin Boland/Universal Pictures via AP) NYET110

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