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  1. 'Every one of them are dead,' Bell shooter says in chilling 911 call (w/video)

    Crime

    Don Spirit's voice is remarkably calm as he speaks to a 911 dispatcher: "I just shot my daughter and shot all my grandkids. And I'll be sitting on my step and when you get here I'm going to shoot myself,'' he said in the call to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office last Thursday afternoon. …

  2. Owner of Ravens denies coverup

    Sports

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti refuted a report suggesting he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested in February for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. …

  3. After final tweaks, Hernando commission set to approve budget, tax rate

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Commission is poised to approve a $423.5 million budget, partially funded by a slight increase in the property tax rate, after a final public hearing at 5 p.m. today. …

  4. Hotline tip warned DCF of Bell family two weeks before mass killing

    Crime

    The Spirit family that child welfare investigators confronted two weeks ago presented a volatile mix: two drug-abusing adults, six small children and a history of violence. It exploded Thursday when Don Charles Spirit annihilated his daughter and six grandchildren one by one. …

  5. Senate votes to arm, train Syrian rebels against ISIS

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way Thursday night for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, reluctantly approving a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.  …

  6. Veterans with spinal cord injuries gain jobs, sense of purpose

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Troy Webb rolled his wheelchair back from a wall of screens showing the busy hallways of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He can see into a million square feet of the center through more than 100 cameras from his work space, a room the size of an average bedroom. …

  7. Rubio: 'America cannot avoid its role as a global leader'

    The Buzz

    Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism -- of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival -- in foreign policy speech today that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world's hot spots. …

  8. 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.  …

  9. 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.  …

  10. 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.  …

  11. 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.  …

  12. 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. …

  13. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Photo by Frank Kepley MFST presents donation to LifePath Hospice  …

  14. 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.  …

  15. 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. …

  16. 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. …

  17. 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. …

  18. 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. …

  19. 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. …

  20. 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. …

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