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  1. Rescue crews search for missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island

    Publicsafety

    DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY — Rescue workers were searching for a missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island State Park late Thursday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. …

  2. Runaway donkey; mean sister, and clucking chickens: Listen to these wacky 911 calls in Florida

    Publicsafety

    A donkey tears down the center of a highway to chase a small horse in heat. A man is appalled that a boy mooned him from inside a school bus. A 6-year-old is distraught her little sister used all her lip balm. …

    Hillsborough 911 dispatchers take calls on all manner of strange topics. [Times photo]
  3. Military disciplines about 16 in Afghanistan hospital attack (w/video)

    Military

    WASHINGTON — About 16 U.S. military personnel, including a two-star general, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people, a senior U.S. official told the Associated Presson Thursday.  …

  4. Region softball: Springstead 3, Crystal River 1

    Softballpreps

    SPRING HILL — Paige Pfent has been a clutch batter for Springstead all season, and she answered the call again on Tuesday night. The Eagles won 3-1 on a walk-off two-run homer from their sophomore catcher to dispatch Crystal River in the Class 6A region semifinals. …

  5. News at noon: Primaries recap; FL Zika threat on Capitol Hill; Local photographer captures fragile moments; Weekend/Beyoncé planner

    News

    Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepares Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner of "playing the woman card" in her presidential campaign. He will give a speech at noon. Delegate tracker: Here's where things stand after Tuesday's primaries. …

  6. The DayStarter: The Bolts' playoff run resumes, Beyoncé Week continues and some of Tampa Bay's dumbest 911 calls

    News

    It should be hot and humid, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, according to 10Weather WTSP. Don't hold your breath — it's not going to cool off anytime soon. …

    In this June 9, 2015 photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case in Chicago.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
  7. ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of April 17, 2016

    The Gradebook

    With all lingering education bills dispatched, Florida school leaders turned their attention back to local matters while awaiting guidance on what the newest laws mean. They dealt with taxes and testing, evaluations and pay. A Palm Beach School Board member got arrested on federal bribery charges. The Marion school district barred transgender use of the bathrooms of their preferred identity. Those are just the highlights in another busy week of Florida education news. Get the latest daily at the Gradebook. …