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Federal judge hears challenge to Florida abortion law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge this week could block parts of a new law that restricts abortion clinics in Florida. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, which sued two state agencies over t …

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Here's the most painful campaign moment of the day in all of Florida

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Martin County wants disaster declared over blue-green algae

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  1. Security firm that employed Orlando gunman goes to court in Hillsborough

    Civil

    TAMPA — G4S Youth Services, an arm of the private security company that employed the gunman who killed 49 people earlier this month in Orlando, is taking its former president to court in Hillsborough County.

  2. External attacks rise as Islamic State's fortunes fall

    World

    BEIRUT — International terror attacks seemingly inspired by the Islamic State group are increasing as its fortunes fall in Syria and Iraq.

    Family members and friends carry a coffin after attending Wednesday's funeral prayer for Gulsen Bahadir, 28, a Turkish Airlines flight attendant killed Tuesday in the blasts at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 in the attack, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey. [Associated Press]
  3. Strong Matt Moore performance gives Rays win over Boston

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Moore wasn't perfect Wednesday, but he was pretty good in leading the Rays to a 4-0 win over the Red Sox.

    Rays starter Matt Moore throws in the first inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. EU to Britain: No access to single market without migration

    World

    BRUSSELS — European Union leaders spelled out stark conditions for a new relationship with a departing Britain on Wednesday, warning that if British business wants to keep access to Europe's single market, the country must accept European workers, too.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday. European Union leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time since the British referendum to rethink their bloc and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave. [Associated Press]
  5. Here's the most painful campaign moment of the day in Florida

    Blogs

    The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club today hosted the candidates for one of Florida's most competitive state House seats - House District 68 in Pinellas County, currently represented by outgoing state Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg. One cringe-inducing moment should serve as a lesson to anyone thinking of running for …

  6. Cat blamed for turning on faucet, flooding Pompano Beach shelter

    Bizarre News

    POMPANO BEACH — A cat came with a flood warning when it was adopted from a Florida animal shelter.

  7. Martin County wants disaster declared over blue-green algae

    Wetlands

    STUART — County officials on Florida's Atlantic coast want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close the locks between Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River.

  8. Biden threatens funding cut if cancer trials conceal results

    Health

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed up progress toward cancer cures.

  9. Stand your ground hearing in Pasco theater shooting will take place in 2017

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — The prosecution and defense in the murder trial of Curtis Reeves Jr., accused of fatally shooting a man in a Pasco County movie theater, are scheduled to face off in a "stand your ground" hearing in February 2017.

    Curtis Reeves Jr., a retired Tampa police captain, is accused of fatally shooting a man during a 2014 argument at a Pasco County movie theater. Reeves has invoked Florida's "stand your ground" law, and will get to make his case that he acted in self-defense at a court hearing that will start Feb. 20, 2017. This is a photo Pasco deputies took of Reeves in the theater after the shooting. [Courtesy of Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office]
  10. Tampa Housing Authority picks Related Group as lead developer on West River project

    News

    TAMPA — A Miami developer has been chosen to build the city's signature West River redevelopment, a $400 million project intended to expand the revitalization of downtown west of the Hillsborough River.

    An artist rendering of mixed business and residential space on Main Street, which is contained in a new draft of the West River Master Plan which calls for demolishing the North Boulevard Homes and Mary Bethune housing projects to make way for mixed income housing and businesses. Rendering courtesy InVision Tampa.

Beruff on new poll: I've been an underdog my whole life

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff said he is not worried about public polling that shows him getting crushed by Sen. Marco Rubio in their Aug. 30 primary....

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Rays starter Matt Moore has been pitching better of late.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, facing an old friend

UPDATE, 10:51: Cash said they plan to play Guyer a lot, as much as he can handle coming off the hamstring injury. Guyer said he was ready and eager to get back in there. ... Cash said if Decker gets claimed elsewhere that is good for him but if not the Rays would like to have him at Triple-A. ... Cash said it was somewhat shocking that the Rays pitching staff had allowed five-plus runs in 13 straight games. ... OF/DH Corey Dickerson said his sore left thumb is feeling better and he hopes to return to the lineup on Thursday. ... Motter said playing 1B is not a big deal, that he had 5-10 games there in the Dominican Republic this winter and isn't too concerned.
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The loss of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 was mourned by coaches in other sports, such as former Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Jon Gruden: Pat Summitt made 'real impression on me' with Vols

Tuesday's news of the death of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 reached far beyond the sport her Vols teams dominated, and her loss was mourned by coaches in other sports, like former Bucs coach Jon Gruden....

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