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  1. Meteorologists work to keep your holiday deliveries on time — no matter what

    Retail

    MEMPHIS — Deep within a global operations nerve center here, a team of specially trained operatives scan data from nearly 200 countries, issues urgent "SNOCON" alerts and tracks a fleet of cargo jets via a glowing, wall-sized "war board." Their mission? To make sure no Frozen doll is left behind. …

  2. Union: Cleveland police not told boy's gun might be toy (w/video)

    Nation

    CLEVELAND — A dispatcher didn't tell officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy last month that the gun might not be real or that the person might be a child, a Cleveland police union official said Friday.  …

  3. Officers find two men dead during burglary call in Plant City

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — Two men were killed early Thursday at a S Johnson Street home, Plant City police said. …

  4. 6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

    Crime

    PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large Monday night, and prosecutors said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.  …

  5. Florida Gators hire Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain has hired Mississippi State's Geoff Collins to become the Gators' new defensive coordinator. …

  6. Riverview soccer team's 10-0 start provides 'whole lot of fun'

    Preps

    RIVERVIEW — It's not like boys soccer coach Darik Olson hasn't enjoyed his stint at Riverview High School. There were back-to-back 12-win seasons the past two years and a pair of playoff appearances to start the century. But this season? …

  7. USF's Marlon Mack named AAC rookie of the year

    College

    TAMPA — USF freshman Marlon Mack, who finished his inaugural college season as the American Athletic Conference's leading rusher, Wednesday was named the league's rookie of the year in a ballot of AAC coaches. …

  8. South Hillsborough residents asked to reduce water use due to blocked sewer line

    Human Interest

    Update: Hillsborough County utilities officials have lifted the temporary reduction in water use and flushing in Apollo Beach, Ruskin and Sun City Center. Public Utilities workers have restored sewer flow to the South County Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. …

  9. 911 calls show frantic moments after FSU shooting

    Crime

    TALLAHASSEE — In the frantic and chaotic moments after gunfire erupted at Florida State University late last month, one female student in a library stairwell told a police dispatcher by phone, "There's a shooter, please I'm begging you," and another caller said, "Everyone's running."  …

  10. SoundBytes: Santana, Flogging Molly, Justin Townes Earle and more

    Sound Check

    -- For the second straight year, Santana has booked a theater show in Tampa Bay. They'll perform at the Mahaffey Theater on March 8. Tickets are $89 and up, and they go on sale Dec. 19. Click here for details. …

  11. Suspect in Bradenton triple murder allegedly shot wife, neighbor while 4-year-old son was in home

    Crime

    The suspect in three murders last week in Bradenton killed his wife and a neighbor while his 4-year-old son was in the house, then left their bloody bodies behind to go shoot a pastor at his church, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday. …

  12. Perspective: Old history is new to younger Japanese

    Perspective

    Editor's note: Today, Americans commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, the anniversary of Japan's sneak attack that killed 2,400 Americans, sunk or damaged 21 ships, and plunged the United States into World War II. For generations, Japan shied away from discussing its war history. But some younger Japanese are now beginning to inquire into the subject, something that was little taught in schools or discussed by their elders. Here is such a story from Guadalcanal, the site of the first major U.S. land victory in the Pacific, months after the disaster at Pearl Harbor and following the decisive American victory at sea in the Battle of Midway. …

  13. On Pearl Harbor day, local survivors of the attack recall the Day of Infamy

    Human Interest

    At first they thought it was a drill. Maybe the local Navy aviators were doing some bombing practice. Strange that it was happening on a Sunday morning, though. …

  14. Tampa Bay natives behind the first 3-D printing in space

    Space

    Jason Dunn and Aaron Kemmer's story begins in Florida. They hope it ends in outer space. The Tampa Bay natives want to expand the boundaries of human existence by revolutionizing interstellar exploration. They are starting with a printer.  …

  15. Police: Gas leak shuts down Ulmerton road in Largo

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Two gas leaks reported late Tuesday night near a construction zone shut down Ulmerton Road in Largo in both directions.  …

  16. Tampa police release 911 audio of reported monkey sightings

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Tampa police released an audio recording Monday of a series of 911 calls from people who reported seeing a monkey running loose Thanksgiving Day. …

  17. Ohio State football player dead of apparent suicide

    Sports

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A missing Ohio State football player, who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions, was found dead Sunday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. …

  18. The story behind that photo of a hug

    Human Interest

    An African-American boy holding a "Free Hugs" sign stood crying in front of a police barricade at a Ferguson rally in Portland, Oregon. A white police officer motioned for him to come closer. The officer then asked the boy for a hug — and they embraced, the boy's anguished face streaming with tears.  …

  19. Ferguson officer submits resignation following grand jury decision, protests

    Nation

    FERGUSON, Mo. — The white police officer cleared last week by a grand jury in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has resigned from the police department in Ferguson, his attorney said Saturday night. …

  20. Report reveals power outage causes, other problems at Pinellas 911 center

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Inadequate surge protection, faulty grounding and baby ospreys are to blame for an outage of Pinellas County's 911 system for 45 minutes this summer, according to a report released Tuesday. …

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