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Bill Nelson breaks with party to support budget deal

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson broke with his party this afternoon to support a stop-gap budget deal that contains $1.1 billion to fight Zika. ...

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Bay area Zika investigation closed with no further cases found

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  1. Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 93

    World

    Shimon Peres, an Israeli statesman who helped build his country into a nuclear-armed regional military power, shared a Nobel Peace Prize for laying out a short-lived framework for peace with the Palestinians and more recently defended Israel's controversial military actions in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, died Wednesday …

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem in November 2015. He held nearly every high office in his country and his influence spanned 10 U.S. presidencies.
  2. Rays' Alex Cobb hammered but happy to be healthy

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — RHP Alex Cobb's final start did not go well Tuesday, as he allowed eight runs to the White Sox on eight hits, including two home runs, over three innings in a game that was not over at press time.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb, left, listens to pitching coach Jim Hickey in the dugout after the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CXS116
  3. Obama nominates first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

    National

    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.
  4. CDC whistle-blower claims agency has been using wrong Zika test

    Nation

    In the midst of the fight to control Zika, the top public health agency in the United States has been engaged in an intense internal debate about the best way to test whether someone has been infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

    The chief of the CDC lab responsible for developing Zika tests raised concerns over the agency’s use of a “less effective” test.
  5. Murder charges against three men dropped in Puerto Rico

    Nation

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Three men who spent more than 20 years in prison for murder were freed Tuesday in a historic ruling after new tests found none of their DNA on evidence in a case that captivated the U.S. territory.

    In August, Nelson Ortiz talks to a relative in Moca, Puerto Rico. He and two others had been free on bond since June.
  6. Battle for besieged Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies

    World

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — With international diplomacy in tatters and the United States focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years and pushing into the center of …

    Aleppo has been pounded by government airstrikes, leaving collapsed buildings and streets blocked by debris. The United Nations says the attacks on the city may be a war crime.
  7. Florida hires Scott Stricklin as athletic director

    College

    GAINESVILLE — As Florida searched for its next athletic director, other candidates may have been turned off by the giant shadow cast by the soon-to-be-retired Jeremy Foley.

    Not Scott Stricklin.

    Scott Stricklin oversaw $140 million in facilities upgrades in six years as athletic director at his alma mater.
  8. Hot schools and crushing debt spell daunting decisions in the Hillsborough schools

    K12

    TAMPA — Crushing debt and deferred maintenance are coming home to roost in the Hillsborough County public schools, where faulty air conditioners are leaving some children too hot to learn.

    Photo illustration. [istock]
  9. U.S. probing possible worker abuse by Wells Fargo

    Banking

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Labor Department is investigating possible abuses of employees by Wells Fargo in connection with the bank's alleged efforts to open millions of unauthorized accounts to meet sales goals.

  10. Public gets first look at proposed Toronto Blue Jays stadium renovations in Dunedin (w/video)

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — For the first time after two years of hushed negotiations between city officials and the Toronto Blue Jays, residents and baseball fans are getting to see what the future could hold for the team's springtime facilities.

    Gerry Mack and his wife, Pat, look over to renderings of a renovated Toronto Blue Jays stadium during an open house on Tuesday. They say they live near the team’s training site at the Englebert Complex on Solon Avenue, which is also part of the project. [MEGAN REEVES   |   Times] 

PolitiFact Florida: Unions say Marco Rubio wanted to slash school funding by billions, get rid of Department of Education

Two liberal labor unions say that Sen. Marco Rubio’s priorities are wrong for Floridians....

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The latest Maddonism.

Coming soon: Catching up with Joe Maddon as he leads Cubs into playoffs

Now posted on tampabay.com, the story on Maddon's second year....

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The Bucs' two backup offensive linemen, tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard/center Evan Smith, both saw action as extra blockers against the Rams.

Bucs' Cherilus, Evan Smith get cameos as 'jumbo' blockers

Last year, when the Bucs lost fullback Jorvorskie Lane and assorted tight ends to injuries, they frequently used backup offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile as a sixth lineman or "jumbo" tight end and had success with the look as they sought to assert their running game....

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