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  1. District tiebreaker: Berkeley Prep dispatches Tampa Catholic to move on

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic and Fort Meade were moments from kicking off for the first quarter of a three-way tiebreaker to determine the Class 3A-4 district runner up. But Berkeley Prep, the host team for Monday's shootout, was out of sight. …

  2. A call for calm as grand jury decision nears in Ferguson

    Nation

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said the panel is still in session.  …

  3. Missouri governor activates National Guard ahead of Ferguson verdict

    Nation

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.  …

  4. Top U.S. general visits Iraq amid airstrike campaign against ISIS (w/video)

    World

    BAGHDAD — America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group.  …

  5. Gumchew diplomacy: the president's unsightly habit (w/video)

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — In June, President Barack Obama's physician dispatched the results of his third physical examination of the commander in chief. The doctor noted Obama was in "excellent" health except for his history of smoking. But Obama, the report found, was now "tobacco free," buoyed by "occasional use" of "Nicotine Gum." …

  6. Plant City police kill man who was stabbing woman at burning home

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — After two teenagers were pulled from a burning house early Tuesday, they told police officers this: Their mom was still inside. And she was being attacked. …

  7. U.S. gives N. Korea the silent treatment

    World

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama took the unusual step of sending the nation's top spy, instead of a senior diplomat, to win the release of two American prisoners in North Korea specifically to signal that he would not reward the North with sanctions relief or a new round of negotiations in return for their release, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing unnamed administration officials. …

  8. Tampa police focus on churches in effort to recruit black officers

    Human Interest

    As the Bible-Based Fellowship Church held its services Sunday, with shouted proclamations and smashing drums, Tampa police Chief Jane Castor watched from the pews before taking her own turn at the pulpit. …

  9. NYC 911 system down two hours

    Nation

    NYC 911 system down two hours …

  10. Role as wartime columnist gave 'Gertrude Enz' her start

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the early 1940s, as thousands of Americans joined the war effort, a young woman at the St. Petersburg Times landed an opportunity. …

  11. Quad amputee named 'person of interest' in Florida parents' slaying

    Crime

    ORLANDO — A former South Florida resident who as a teen lost his hands, feet and parts of his limbs is a "person of interest" in the fatal shootings of his parents in their Orlando-area home, police said. …

  12. Republicans take control of U.S. Senate, bolster margin in House

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Seizing on voter dissatisfaction and the unpopularity of President Barack Obama, Republicans took control of the Senate on Tuesday, achieving a complete lock on Congress and scrambling the dynamics of Obama's final two years. …

  13. Power at Pinellas 911 center fully restored

    Public Safety

    All emergency calls were received at Pinellas County's 911 center Monday morning despite a two-hour partial power loss, officials said. …

  14. Mom accused of tossing son off bridge sought money

    Nation

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off a historic bridge on the Oregon coast.  …

  15. Romano: Close Florida elections are just part of our heritage

    Elections

    Elsewhere, they might call it a travesty. From a distance, they might call it incomprehensible. Around here, we simply call it Election Day. …

  16. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    Volleyball Preps

    TRINITY — To almost no one's surprise, Tuesday's first Class 6A-10 district semifinal went the distance. In a match where two even teams couldn't hold momentum for long, Osceola had it when it mattered, beating Springstead 25-15, 11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13. …

  17. NTSB starts investigation of Virgin Galactic spaceship explosion

    Nation

    What went wrong in the deadly explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket plane remained a mystery Saturday, as a squadron of federal investigators descended on the California spaceport where the young commercial spaceflight industry suffered its biggest disaster yet. …

  18. Central Florida voters excited, exhausted over governor's race

    State Roundup

    SANFORD — Eighty-six-year-old Dottie Anthony pulled up to the Seminole County elections headquarters in her lime green Volkswagen Beetle this week with a singular mission: to cast a vote for Republican Gov. Rick Scott. …

  19. No hope given for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

    Nation

    Sri Lanka No hope given for mudslide victims …

  20. Review: 'Nightcrawler' makes comedy creepy

    Movies

    There's a nightmare glaze to Jake Gyllenhaal's dreamboat eyes in Nightcrawler, a monster movie of a different sort than its title and Halloween release date suggests. …

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