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  1. In this photo provided by Brian Branch, a large balloon drifts above the Kingstown, N.C. area, with an airplane and its contrail seen below it. The United States says it is a Chinese spy balloon moving east over America. (Brian Branch via AP)
  2. The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs said Florida veterans’ nursing homes have empty beds because of staffing shortages.
  3. Terri Moore, left, and her sister Lisa Dernoncourt found this American flag in a pile of discarded items at a mobile home that was being cleaned out by a new owner recently in Largo. Wrapped inside was the information for the deceased soldier who died in the 1970s.
  4. Salvador Martinez Ybor Jr. could have lived a comfortable life in Cuba, but he returned to the United States to enlist and serve his country in World War II. He was killed in action in the Philippines in January 1945.
  5. U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee at the headquarters of the Federal Reserve, July 27, 2022, in Washington, DC.
  6. Newell Franklin Mills Jr. was a St. Petersburg resident and Army Air Forces pilot who went missing when his plane was shot down by Nazi fighters in 1945. His remains were identified earlier this year. On Sept. 13, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
  7. Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday.
  8. Container ships are still pulling into the Port of Baltimore loaded with sheets of plywood, aluminum rods and radioactive material — all sourced from the fields, forests and factories of Russia.
  9. The Cross Bay Ferry Provincetown III is shown carrying passengers headed from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 2019. Wednesday, Hillsborough commissioners will be asked to accelerate the planning work for service to southern Hillsborough.   [Times 2019]
  10. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa will host a "Shark Tank"-like innovation competition among service members and civilian employees, where the best ideas will be judged by executives from SpaceX and Google and implemented across U.S. Central Command.
  11. President Joe Biden gives the pen he used to sign the "PACT Act of 2022" to Brielle Robinson, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, who died of cancer two years ago, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday in Washington.
  12. Frances Alvarez, 70, holds her mom’s wedding dress, which was made from a parachute her father brought home from World War II.
  13. The Raoufi siblings, all Afghan refugees, have found work with Westminster Communities in Bradenton. From left is Suliman Raoufi, 19, Atefah, 20, Noman, 25, Venus, 21, and Omran, 18. The family is pictured here with the Westminster Point Pleasant in the background, on Monday, July 18, 2022.
  14. Lt. Amanda Lee is shown in a photo released by Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. Lee, of Mounds View, Minnesota, is the first woman to join the Blue Angels as a pilot.
  15. Vice President Kamala Harris is seen with U.S. Special Operations Command Commander General Richard Clarke, right, and U.S. Central Command Commander General Michael Kurilla, left, after a meeting during her visit to U.S. Central Command and the Joint Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base Thursday in Tampa.
  16. Vice President Kamala Harris walks on to the stage to speak during the American Rescue Plan Workforce Summit held in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
  17. A MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies at Marine Corps Air Facility at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., on Aug. 3, 2012. Officials say a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey carrying five Marines crashed in the Southern California desert, Wednesday afternoon, June 8, 2022, during training in a remote area.
  18. ZooTampa is offering one-time free admission for active-duty military and up to three family members June 1-Sept. 1. The offer is only valid by going online and getting a unique promo code.
  19. Tom Cruise portrays Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a scene from "Top Gun: Maverick."
  20. In this handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, shakes hands with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday.
  21. The Firearm Life Plan, a tool created by researchers in Colorado, can help gun owners and family members plan ahead for safe firearm use and transfers if the owner dies or becomes physically or cognitively disabled.
  22. In this photo provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian navy missile cruiser Moskva is on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea near the Syrian coast on Dec. 17, 2015. The U.S. says it shared intelligence with Ukraine about the location of the Moskva prior to the strike that sank the warship, an incident that was a high-profile failure for Russia’s military.
  23. Eddy Etue, left, an American who left home for Ukraine to help in the fight against Russia, is shown in a self portrait taken on Sunday. The U.S. Marine veteran said he quit his job in the gig economy, found a friend in Colorado to watch his cat and gave up his home four blocks from the beach in San Diego, Calif., to help out in Ukraine, where he's been about two weeks. Anja Osmon, right, an American who left home for Ukraine to help in the fight against Russia, is shown in an undated self portrait provided in May. Osmon is a medic who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army from 2009 through 2015 and said she went to Ukraine on her own.
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