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  1. Videos showing police shooting of black man in Calif. released


    EL CAJON, Calif. — Video footage released Friday of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb shows an officer fired four shots almost immediately after the man suddenly raised both hands and took what was described as a shooting stance.  …

    Demonstrators yell at police during a protest Wednesda  in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an officer after authorities said he pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance." [Associated Press]
  2. U.S. teen summer program sparks national backlash in Cuba


    HAVANA — A few months after President Barack Obama visited Cuba in March, a group of teenagers left the island for a month-long visit to the United States funded by the U.S. State Department.  …

    Josefina Vidal, Cuba's director-general of U.S. affairs, speaks to reporters beside Gustavo Machin, the deputy chief, backdropped by framed images of Cuba's President Raul Castro, from left, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and rebel leader Ernesto Che Guevara giving a speech at the United Nations in 1964, at the Foreign Ministry, in Havana, Cuba. Four months before President Barack Obama leaves office, a U.S. summer program for teens has provoked a full-blown backlash from the Cuban government. [Associated Press]
  3. Democrats distressed about Hillary Clinton's ground game in Florida


    It's time for Hillary Clinton to start worrying about her Florida campaign. …

    Clinton supporter Trude Diamond, left, picks up yard signs from campaign staffer Gabriel Smith at the Ybor office on Thursday.
  4. Times Festival of Reading welcomes Connelly, Maynard, Meltzer, Deford and more


    If you're looking for the headliners of the 24th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, you'll find them on the bestseller lists. …

    G. Neri
  5. A list of the 2016 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading featured authors


    2016 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Featured Authors …

  6. Tampa International Airport to hold job fair for airport police, traffic positions


    A job fair aimed at people interested in working as officers, traffic specialists and dispatchers for Tampa International Airport Police will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the airport announced. The fair will be held in the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority boardroom located in the main terminal on Level 3. …

    Jetliners at Tampa International Airport.
 (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  7. Pittsburgh's Tribune-Review to become online-only newspaper


    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper plans to stop its print edition Nov. 30 and offer an online-only publication in a reorganization that will also require 106 layoffs, its publisher announced Wednesday.  …

  8. Obama nominates first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than a half-century, defying opponents of his policy of rapprochement with the government of President Raul Castro in an effort to formalize a new relationship between the countries before he leaves office. …

    Jeffrey DeLaurentis is a Foreign Service officer who has served since 2014 in Havana.
  9. $14 million donation accelerates Miami's plans for indoor football facility


    Miami announced plans for an indoor football practice facility, thanks in large part to the single biggest gift in the history of the school's athletic department. …

  10. Hillary Clinton's challenge with young voters easy to find at USF


    TAMPA — "I need you," Hillary Clinton humbly declared, a stage behind her filled with a diverse group of college students. …

    Abby Ellingsen, 19, of Tallahassee voted for John Kasich in the GOP primary but doesn’t like Donald Trump.
  11. Pictures of the week: 20 great news photos from the Associated Press and Getty Images


    This week's collection of the best wire photos features kissing couples in Germany and South Korea, a joyful new American citizen, angry protesters in Charlotte and Johannesburg, a gorgeous pregnant woman, and a South Korean soldier slicing through a row of bottles with his bare hands. …

    A couple kisses while they take pictures in the middle of a cosmos field at Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  12. Transcripts of 911 calls reveal what Pulse shooter told negotiator


    ORLANDO — "You have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq. They are killing a lot of innocent people," Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen tells a crisis negotiator in transcripts of 911 calls released Friday. …

    Eric Sorenson pays his respects as visitors continue to flock to the roadside memorial at the Pulse nightclub on Wednesday  in Orlando. Calls to 911 from the June massacre are being released. [Orlando Sentinel (TNS)]
  13. Gov. Scott defends environmental agency's handling of sinkhole water spill


    TAMPA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday came to the defense of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over its handling of a spill of 215 million gallons of contaminated water into a sinkhole below a Mosaic phosphate plant in Mulberry. …

    Mosaic officials say water in the Floridan Aquifer beneath its New Wales phosphate plant is moving westerly at 1,000 feet per month. It has installed a pump into a backup well west of the sinkhole to draw contaminated water back to the surface.
  14. 911 caller from inside Pulse nightclub: 'He's gonna kill us'


    ORLANDO — With so many calls flooding into emergency dispatchers during the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting, 911 operators had no choice that morning but to disconnect with victims still inside the club as the three-hour ordeal unfolded so they could answer other calls. …

    Orlando police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  15. U.N. suspends all convoys in Syria after attack on aid trucks


    BEIRUT — The U.N. humanitarian aid agency suspended all convoys in Syria on Tuesday following deadly airstrikes on aid trucks the previous night that activists said killed at least 12 people, mostly truck drivers and Red Crescent workers.  …

    Damaged buildings and rubble line a street Monday in Homs, Syria. Syria's military command has declared the U.S-Russian brokered cease-fire over, blaming the rebel groups for undermining it. In a statement Monday, the Syria military said "armed terrorist groups" repeatedly violated the cease-fire which came into effect last week. [Associated Press]
  16. St. Petersburg fire injures firefighter, woman


    ST. PETERSBURG Woman, firefighter injured in house fire A firefighter and a resident were taken to a hospital Monday after being injured in a fire at a single-story home, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. …

  17. Bombs filled with shrapnel give clues into New York explosions


    NEW YORK — A bomb that injured 29 people Saturday in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and another that failed to detonate, were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones and Christmas lights to set off a powerful explosive compound, law enforcement officials said Sunday. …

    A mangled dumpster sits on the sidewalk at the site of an explosion on September 18, 2016 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. An explosion in a construction dumpster that injured 29 people is being labeled an "intentional act". A second device, a pressure cooker, was found four blocks away that an early investigation found was likely also a bomb. [Getty Images]
  18. North Korea rushes to provide assistance to flood victims


    ONSONG, North Korea — North Korean soldiers and relief teams rushed to clear roads and railway tracks, build shelters and provide food and sanitation Friday to tens of thousands of residents in a remote part of the country near the Chinese border that was devastated by heavy downpours and flash floods when a typhoon pounded their villages last week.  …

    Workers repair the flood-damaged train track between SinJon and KanPhyong train stations in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea. [Associated Press]
  19. Attorneys of boy shot by Columbus officer seek witnesses


    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Attorneys for the family of a 13-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by a policeman said Friday they want to hear from witnesses, because the police version of events "might not be true."  …

    Tyre King, 13, was shot after pulling out a BB gun that police say looked like a real weapon.
  20. Tampa man shoots father of three, then calls 'stand your ground' hotline


    TAMPA — Carlos Garcia lay bleeding on the street in front of his family's mailbox. "Yes, ma'am. I just had a man attack me in my front yard," Nick Julian IV told a 911 operator on Sept. 19, 2015. "He attacked me and I had to use force," said Julian. "I was afraid for my life."  …

    Yaileen Ayala poses for a portrait in her Tampa home with a photo of her ex-husband with their two children Nayelis Garcia now 9 years old and Giancarlo Garcia now 15. Yaileen's ex-husband Carlos Garcia was shot to death outside her home by a neighbor. The neighbor was never arrested.  LUIS SANTANA | Times

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