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Four missing girls found trying to get back into Brandon foster care facility

BRANDON — A massive 19-hour search for four young girls who vanished from a Brandon foster care facility came to an abrupt end Friday night after they were caught trying to sneak back in, au …

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David Altmaier's quick rise to state insurance commissioner

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New discovery means more U.S. states will face a risk from Zika (w/video)

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  1. A father speaks out against his son, David Miscavige, revealing deep rifts in Scientology's first family

    Special Topics

    The father of Scientology leader David Miscavige appeared on the ABC News show 20/20 Friday night, but the hour-long program added little to the narrative that has been unfolding in the decade since top church insiders began leaving and speaking out.

    The Church of Scientology's cross tops its Flag Building in downtown Clearwater, a building spearheaded by church leader David Miscavige. Miscavige's father, Ron, has left the church and is speaking out against his son in an ABC News interview and in a new book to be released May 3, 2016. [MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times]
  2. Police report murder-suicide of elderly St. Petersburg couple

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police reported late Friday night that detectives were on the scene of what appeared to be the murder-suicide of an elderly couple.

  3. Noah Spence hopes for fresh start with Bucs (w/video)

    Bucs

    TAMPA — After all the all the parties and the pills and failed drug tests got him kicked out of Ohio State, Noah Spence decided the thing that mattered most to him was playing football.

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
  4. New Buc Vernon Hargreaves ready for challenge of big receivers

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The day after the Bucs drafted him with the No. 11 pick, Vernon Hargreaves was introduced at One Buc Place, donning his No. 28 jersey and reminding that while he might be a bit undersized, his confidence is not.

    Vernon Hargreaves III (center), a University of Florida cornerback picked 11th in the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, poses with Bucs general manager Jason Licht (left) and head coach Dirk Koetter (right) after a press conference at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, April 29, 2016.
  5. Bucs trade up to snag FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo

    Bucs
    Florida’s Jonathan Bullard lasts until the third round as the Bears select the defensive tackle 72nd overall.
  6. Blue Jays power past Rays with four homers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Blue Jays have had a rough go of it lately, scoring one run in their past 24 innings going into Friday's game against the Rays.

    Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) after his solo home run in the sixth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, April 29, 2016.
  7. Former Rays reliever Balfour retires

    The Heater

    Former Rays reliever Balfour retires

  8. USF Bulls top UCF Knights in baseball, fall in softball

    College

    TAMPA — Mostly inconsistent in his first four American Athletic Conference starts, Phoenix Sanders was mostly infallible in his fifth.

  9. Bucs trade up to draft FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo at No. 59

    Blogs

    The Bucs have drafted former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. Tampa Bay traded with the Chiefs to pick Aguayo - the most accurate kicker in college football history - at No. 59.

    Roberto Aguayo never missed a kick inside 40 yards in his FSU career.
  10. New discovery means more U.S. states will face a risk from Zika (w/video)

    Health

    For the first time in the Western Hemisphere, researchers have detected the Zika virus in Aedes albopictus, the mosquito species known as the "Asian tiger," a finding that increases the number of U.S. states potentially at risk for transmission of the disease.

    A female Aedes albopictus mosquito acquires a blood meal from a human host. For the first time in the Western Hemisphere, researchers have detected the Zika virus in Aedes albopictus, the mosquito species known as the "Asian tiger," a finding that increases the number of U.S. states potentially at risk for transmission of the disease. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP (2003)]

Rubio, Nelson say Zika death shows Congress must act on funding

Sen. Marco Rubio says the Zika death in Puerto Rico is a “wake-up” call for Congress and reiterated support for $1.9 billion in funding that some Republicans have resisted....

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Anton Stralman, center, five weeks into his recovery from a fractured left leg, isn't close to returning to the lineup.

Anton Stralman skates, 'not near ready'

Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman made an appearance Friday, skating in full gear on his own before the team's practice at the Ice Sports Forum....

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Former All-Star reliever Grant Balfour officially retires

Former AL All-Star reliever Grant Balfour has decided to officially retire, ending a 19-year pro career....

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