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  1. 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. …

  2. Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison in killing of girlfriend (w/video)

    World

    With a judge seeking to strike a balance between mercy and retribution, Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. …

  3. Pasco cedes some ambulance service to private companies

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco Commission majority wants to turn over some public ambulance services to the private sector. …

  4. Dispatcher resigns amid investigation of failure to send help for trapped baby

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher who refused to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby was locked inside a hot car has resigned. Darrell Brown, 25, was under investigation for violating a police department policy on attentiveness to duty when he quit Oct. 2.  …

  5. District volleyball: Calvary Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic to meet again

    Volleyball Preps

    CLEARWATER — The Class 3A, District 9 title game will be a rematch of last year's as Calvary Christian and host Clearwater Central Catholic won Tuesday's semifinals. …

  6. Experts: Autopsy shows close-range wound for Brown

    Nation

    ST. LOUIS — Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.  …

  7. One solution to Florida's wild pig problem: Eat them

    Food & Dining

    PUNTA GORDA — When life hands you nuisance pigs, make pork chops. And since Florida has an estimated 1 million feral pigs — the most in the country per square mile — Charlotte County rancher Keith Mann saw an opportunity to capitalize on that idea in a novel way. …

  8. Ebola test in N.Y. is positive for doctor returned from West Africa

    Health

    NEW YORK — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.  …

  9. USF's Andre Davis earns AAC honor

    College

    TAMPA — Less than 48 hours after his record-setting day in USF's historic comeback win at Tulsa, senior WR Andre Davis was named American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week by the American Athletic Conference and collegesportsmadness.com Monday. …

  10. Florida man shoots 2 kids, himself near Daytona Beach, sheriff says (w/ video)

    Crime

    PORT ORANGE — A man who had a tumultuous relationship with his estranged wife shot his three children Friday, killing two of them before fatally shooting himself inside the family's home, authorities said.  …

  11. In Colorado, fight for U.S. Senate shows Obama factor in midterms

    National

    DENVER — Tall, handsomely rugged and sporting black cowboy boots, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is a portrait of confidence. "We're going to shock a lot of the pundits out there saying, 'Oh, we think Colorado is slipping away,' " he told supporters gathered in a parking lot before the final debate of the election. …

  12. Pasco considers change in EMS ambulance service

    Public Safety

    The Pasco County Commission is considering altering its ambulance transport rules to give a share of the business to private companies, a change one commissioner warns could trigger higher property taxes for the public. …

  13. Pitcher's T-shirt draws ire

    Sports

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie wore his familiar home jersey into the Kauffman Stadium interview room Wednesday and promptly apologized for what he had worn 12 hours earlier.  …

  14. Nurses say Florida hospitals not prepared for Ebola; Scott calls for more training

    Health

    TAMPA — Working in a hospital unit that handles the sickest patients, Kim Scott knows she's the type of nurse who could treat an Ebola case. But the 26-year veteran she said she doesn't feel ready for it — especially after news that a second Texas hospital worker had contracted the virus from a patient who has since died. …

  15. Pro-democracy protesters rally in Hong Kong

    World

    Hong Kong Pro-democracy demonstrators rally Thousands of people of all ages flocked back into the streets of Hong Kong on Friday evening as the government's decision to pull out of talks breathed new life into a pro-democracy movement. …

  16. Florida education news: Resolutions, notebooks, tax referendums and more

    The Gradebook

    BE IT RESOLVED: Florida school board members debate whether adopting a resolution is the best approach to seeking testing reform. ON THE BALLOT: Hernando voters have a chance to remake their School Board in the November election. …

  17. Cards have backup plan for Wainwright

    Sports

    ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals intend to start ace RHP Adam Wainwright for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Giants on Saturday, but they will have RHP Lance Lynn ready to go just in case, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. …

  18. In Las Vegas, gay couples cleared to be married

    Nation

    LAS VEGAS — Gay couples began marrying Thursday in Las Vegas — the self-proclaimed marriage capital of the world — ending a dizzying legal fight that kept them waiting for days.  …

  19. Rubio headed back to Iowa as Ernst mounts strong campaign

    The Buzz

    Marco Rubio will return to Iowa later this month for a Reagan Day dinner and to campaign with U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst. …

  20. Off-duty St. Louis police officer kills man, sparking protest (w/video)

    Crime

    ST. LOUIS — An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old who had fired at him, authorities said Thursday. The killing led to an angry demonstration, with some protesters likening it to the August killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in nearby Ferguson.  …

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