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  1. A hiring sign is displayed at a furniture store window on Sept. 17 in Downers Grove, Ill. Unemployment claims dropped 6,000 to 290,000 last week, the third straight drop, the Labor Department said Thursday,. That’s the fewest people to apply for benefits since March 14, 2020, when the pandemic intensified. [Nam Y. Huh | Associated Press]
  2. Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a 110,000-square-foot hangar and office space at the Sheltair Aviation campus in Tampa on Thursday.
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  4. Westbound traffic on the Corey Causeway Bridge will be reduced to one lane from today to Nov. 11.
  5. Former officer Mohamed Noor makes his way to the podium to address Judge Kathryn Quaintance at the Hennepin County Government Center, Thursday in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could impose, but less than half the 12 ½ years he was sentenced to for his murder conviction that was overturned last month.
  6. St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon is featured in this digital flier promoting a "Blexit 727 Block Party" in Childs Park in St. Petersburg on Nov. 1, the day before Blackmon faces Ken Welch in the Nov. 2 general election.
  7. State Board of Education Chair Tom Grady.
  8. John Morgan, head of Morgan & Morgan, shown in his offices in downtown Orlando. His career started with the Yellow Pages and billboards in the early ‘80s. Now his firm is offering $100,000 to the winner of an advertising jingle contest.
  9. Alex and Purr are two of many animals hoping to find fur-ever homes.
  10. The May-Stringer House, also known as the Hernando Historical Museum at 601 Museum Court in Brooksville, is said to be Florida's most-haunted home. The 12-room, four-story home was built in 1856 as a two-story, four-room home, and was remodeled in the early 1900s to its present seven-gable style.
  11. In this March 6 photo, boxes containing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine sit next to vials in the pharmacy of National Jewish Hospital for distribution, in east Denver.  U.S. regulators have signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.
  12. From left, Florida county election supervisors Craig Latimer (Hillsborough), Wesley Wilcox (Marion) and Brian Corley (Pasco).
  13. Viewed from the southbound lanes, evening traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 in Tampa slows to a crawl. Work begins Monday to add new lanes to I-275 from north of the I-4 interchange to Hillsborough Avenue.
  14. Maps display district lines as constituents gather to voice their opinion to House and Senate members during a 2011 Florida Legislature redistricting hearing in Orlando.
  15. Fred Guttenberg, the father of slain student Jaime Guttenberg leaves the courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.
  16. KnowBe4, headquartered in Clearwater, has announced plans to purchase SecurityAdvisor for $80 million.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will call a November special session to pass several measures related to vaccine mandates.
  18. Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a deal that would enable him to regain a social media presence after he was kicked off Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. platforms.
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  20. Students are evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
  21. This rendering shows the interior of Tampa International Airport's Blue Express Curbside check-in area, which will be open to travelers without checked bags on Nov. 16.
  22. People attend a regular meeting of the Pinellas County school board on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at the school district headquarters in Largo. Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will defend Floridians' right to speak at board meetings and fight any federal plans to curtail that right.
  23. Attorney Cory Person outside the the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa.
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