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


    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.  …

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


    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.”
  3. Largo Walmart evacuated after reports of chemical smell inside store


    LARGO — Emergency hazardous materials crews were dispatched to a Walmart Supercenter on Friday afternoon after receiving reports of a chemical smell in the store, according to Largo Fire Rescue. …

  4. Man charged with making threatening calls to Jewish centers, including in Tampa


    ORLANDO — An 18-year-old man with Israeli and U.S. citizenship has been formally charged with making threatening phone calls to Jewish community centers in the United States. …

  5. Actress Erin Moran, Joanie from 'Happy Days,' dead at age 56


    Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, died Saturday in Indiana. She was 56.  …

    A Burbank, Calif., native, Erin Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old. She had nearly a decade's worth of experience when she was cast in 1974 as Joanie on <i> Happy Days</i>.
  6. Imprisoned Egyptian-American aid worker released


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met in the Oval Office on Friday with Aya Hijazi, the Egyptian American charity worker whom Trump worked to get released from a Cairo prison, where she spent three years on child abuse and trafficking charges widely seen as false. …

    Aya Hijazi met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Friday.
  7. Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56


    NEW YORK — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56.  …

    FILE - This Feb. 19, 1982 file photo shows actress Erin Moran of the television show, "Happy Days" in Los Angeles. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died at age 56. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she had been found unresponsive Saturday, April 22, 2017, after authorities received a 911 call. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File) CAET960
  8. Republican state senator Frank Artiles, R-Miami, resigned Friday for using racial slurs and obscene insults in a private after-hours conversation with African-American colleagues. [Associated Press]
  9. Woman dies in Mississippi storm during 911 call


    BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — A Mississippi woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek Monday was among four people killed in storms across the South. …

    The remains of a trailer lie where a woman and her 3-year-old daughter were killed during a severe storm, in Breaux Bridge, La., Sunday, April 2, 2017. [Lucius Fontenot| The Daily Advertiser via AP]
  10. St. Louis MLS bid gets whacked, improving Rowdies' chances

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    The odds on the competition for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in St. Petersburg just tilted a bit in the Tampa Bay Rowdies' favor after St. Louis residents voted down a proposal to provide public money for a new soccer stadium in a city still reeling from losing its pro football Rams. …

    Rowdies owner Bill Edwards has to be smiling after St. Louis' MLS bid appears to have imploded
  11. Review: Unger's 'Red Hunter' a compelling tale of aftershocks of two crimes


    How long does a crime victim remain a victim? …

    Clearwater author Lisa Unger.
  12. Staunch defense an early season trademark of Rowdies


    ST. PETERSBURG — They were 10 minutes to be marveled upon. The Rowdies pressed forward with singular purpose and looked like a constant threat to score, which they did three times while dispatching a 4-0 line on Toronto. …

    New Rowdies defender Damion Lowe, leaning into a Toronto player, is part of a back line that has shut out offenses and created scoring chances.
  13. District tennis: East Lake, Pasco split 3A-6 titles


    WESLEY CHAPEL — East Lake came within four points of a second straight sweep in Tuesday's Class 3A, District 6 boys and girls tennis finals. The Eagles won a second straight boys title, but fell short in the girls division after being outscored 17-13 by Pasco. …

  14. Brush fire that shut down I-275 and Gandy interchange contained; mobile home park evacuated


    ST. PETERSBURG The warning signs were all there: a persistent drought, a huge drop in rainfall going back to last year and heavy winds. The bay area started Friday under a "red flag warning" for wildfires. All that was needed was a spark. …

    Smoke covers lanes of traffic from the brushfire at Gandy Boulevard and Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg on Thursday. [Photo courtesy of Jennifer Myxter-Iino]
  15. U.S. berates Syria at OPCW meeting on chemical weapons; Assad denies attack


    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Syrian authorities — "abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth" — still possess and use chemical weapons, an American diplomat told the international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday. …

    Syrian President Bashar Assad says the U.S. "fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack." [Associated Press]
  16. Editorial: USF uses big data well to help students succeed


    In a university teeming with 30,000 undergraduates, where the average freshman's GPA exceeds 4.0, it would be easy for struggling students to get lost and drop out. But the University of South Florida, using sophisticated software, is making a concerted push to identify students who are having trouble and quickly intervene to help. The results are unequivocal: a narrowing achievement gap, higher retention rates and more students graduating on time. …

    The University of South Florida, using sophisticated software, is making a concerted push to identify students who are having trouble and quickly intervene to help.
  17. Perspective: How we nearly stumbled into to nuclear war in 1983 and the Reagan-era lessons that Trump should heed


    One of the Cold War's great mysteries is how the world survived the second week of November 1983, when the Soviets mistook a NATO war game for the prelude to an actual nuclear attack. …

    President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed treaties at the White House in 1987 to eliminate intermediate-range missiles, which could strike within minutes. But the Russians have once again deployed these missiles, and tensions on both sides are on the rise.
  18. Video: Florida sheriff's stern warning to heroin dealers goes viral


    A Florida sheriff stood among his deputies — clad in all-black tactical gear, masks and sunglasses — describing his plan to combat a devastating opioid epidemic. …

    In a new public service announcement released last week, Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell takes a stern approach in talking about the heroin problem in his community, telling dealers to "run." The video has since gone viral. [Image from video]
  19. Suicide bombers kill 44 at Palm Sunday services in Egypt


    TANTA, Egypt — Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government, leading the president to call for a three-month state of emergency. …

    &#65279;A man sits at right during the detonation of a bomb by a suicide attacker at St. Mark&#8217;s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, on Sunday. The bomber was stopped by security at the gate and forced to go through a metal detector beforehand.
  20. China issues stern warning to U.S., North Korea over growing tensions


    TOKYO — China issued a stern warning Friday to both the United States and North Korea, urging them not to push their recriminations to a point of no return and allow war to break out on the Korean Peninsula. …

    Han Song Ryol, North Korea's vice foreign minister, listens to a translator during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han Song Ryol said the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now in a "vicious cycle." [Associated Press]

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