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  1. Feds chase fugitive treasure hunter with Florida ties (w/video)

    Human Interest

    COLUMBUS, Ohio One of the last times anyone saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eyeglasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild.  …

  2. FGCU freshman from Trinity dies

    College

    A Florida Gulf Coast University freshman found severely ill and "possibly intoxicated'' in his dorm room Sunday morning died later in a Lee County hospital. A university spokeswoman identified the student as 19-year-old freshman Austin Vonckx, of Trinity.  …

  3. Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — A driver says George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, police said Friday.  …

  4. Miami loses DE for season

    Colleges

    MIAMI — Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad will not play for the Hurricanes this season, after his suspension from the university for a disciplinary matter was revealed Friday.  …

  5. Florida's a dangerous place

    State

    No. 1 for highest risk of property damage loss from natural hazards! Florida ranks as the U.S. state with the highest level of risk exposure to multiple natural hazards, according to new data released Thursday by CoreLogic. …

  6. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Photo by Frank Kepley MFST presents donation to LifePath Hospice  …

  7. CSX signs on as Kumquat Festival sponsor following train stoppages in Dade City

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Railroad giant CSX has signed on as a sponsor of the annual Kumquat Festival, Dade City's biggest event, in the wake of two train stoppages this summer that blocked intersections and snarled traffic.  …

  8. Obama to expand ISIS fight

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The White House is wrestling with a series of problems in preparation for military operations in Syria, including how to train and equip a viable ground force and intervene without aiding President Bashar Assad, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the plans. …

  9. Hernando commission works to close budget gap

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Finding a way to make up for a $548,524 shortfall in the proposed 2014-15 budget proved to be challenging for the Hernando County Commission late Tuesday, but ultimately Sheriff Al Nienhuis gave a little and so did commissioners. …

  10. Tanker crews supporting U.S. strikes against ISIS return to MacDill

    Macdill

    TAMPA For eight weeks, two crews of a KC-135 Stratotanker performed the military's version of a high-wire act. In midair, they refueled jets that were targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and supported missions that dropped humanitarian aid. …

  11. Audio of 911 call released in fourth fatal wrong-way crash in Tampa

    Accidents

    TAMPA — Crashes involving wrong-way driving, like the one that left three people dead Sunday, are occurring in the Tampa Bay area at twice the national rate. …

  12. Tampa police dispatcher faces discipline for handling of trapped baby

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher is facing discipline after he failed to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby got locked inside a car, officials said. …

  13. How much is your time worth? Consider outsourcing some tasks

    Working Life

    Todd Paton has a booming Miami business getting customers noticed on the Web. One tool he uses is generating online news releases to build brand awareness and create links that will send traffic to a customer's website. But Paton, owner of Paton Internet Marketing, acknowledges that writing the releases is not his strong suit. Rather than spend his time doing it, he hires out the task. …

  14. Most seem pleased with policing shift in St. Pete Beach

    Crime

    ST. PETE BEACH At City Hall, the community policing deputy arranges his bike and cooler in the back of his white Chevy Tahoe. "The city's crime is not real rampant," Deputy David Mancusi says, half joking. "It's a fairly quiet, very nice, peaceful city." …

  15. Michael Sam story brings ESPN a shower of criticism

    Bucs

    A quick Two Cents tour around some of the more interesting sports topics of the day. All apologies …

  16. CSX official apologizes, pledges trains won't block Dade City streets

    Transportation

    DADE CITY — A high-ranking official for railroad giant CSX made a public apology to the Dade City Commission on Tuesday for two train stoppages in recent weeks that snarled traffic in the city. …

  17. Bellis, 15, upsets Cibulkova at U.S. Open

    Tennis

    NEW YORK — American CiCi Bellis, 15, became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 — almost three years before she was born — when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova on Tuesday.  …

  18. Recording captured shots fired at Michael Brown, lawyer says

    Nation

    ST. LOUIS — Seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots. An audio file obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. …

  19. Dressed to go fight for Johnny Reb

    It is 1861 and the two men are going off to war. They sit side by side before the camera, their elbows and knees touching. They wear the uniform of the Confederacy and are armed with pistols, knives and a shotgun. …

  20. A reporter drawn to danger

    Shortly after James Foley's 2011 release from 44 days of captivity in Libya, he returned to Boston to work at the offices of GlobalPost, the website that had published much of the American journalist's work from the Middle East. But it soon became clear that despite the ordeal he had just experienced, Foley wanted nothing more than to get back in the field to begin reporting again. …

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