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Campaign 2016 intensifies across Florida as early voting begins in most areas

TALLAHASSEE — The pace of the election campaign in Florida will intensify Monday as early voting gets underway across most of the state. Early voters will be greeted by poll watchers, …


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  1. 'The Walking Dead,' season 7 premiere: RIP to all of us


    It's all going to be okay.

    AMC promised a brutal and heartbreaking season premiere of The Walking Dead, and it delivered twofold.

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.
  2. Fatal crash closes eastbound lanes on Gandy Bridge, Tampa police say


    The Tampa Police Department on Sunday night was investigating a fatality in a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle eastbound on the Gandy Bridge.

  3. Jones: Believe it or not, Bucs are starting to look like a good team


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — One by one, they raced off the field and down the hall into the visitors locker room at Levi's Stadium.

    Bucs defensive end William Gholston sacks 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was harassed for much of the day.
  4. Looking past Trump, Clinton aims to help other Democrats


    Newly confident and buoyant in the polls, Hillary Clinton is looking past Donald Trump while widening her mission to include helping Democrats seize the Senate and chip away at the Republican-controlled House.

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally Sunday at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C.
  5. Missing persons case: Where are women in FBI's top ranks?


    WASHINGTON — When the call came in that a bomb had exploded in New York, Amy Hess quickly got to work.

    FILE-- From left, Annalee Eash and Sergio Medina, both FBI employees, speak with Angela Truex during a career fair at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Baltimore, Sept. 28, 2016. The FBI has faltered recently in adding female agents and putting more women into senior management, which the bureau has agreed is a problem. (Nate Pesce/The New York Times) XNYT10
  6. Venezuela Congress declares President Maduro has staged coup


    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup in a raucous session that was interrupted when supporters of the socialist administration stormed into the chamber.

    Congress has vowed to put President Maduro on trial.
  7. Tour bus slams into truck on slowed-down highway, killing 13


    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A tour bus returning home to Los Angeles from a casino trip plowed into the back of a semitrailer truck on a California highway early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, authorities said.

    Emergency personnel work where a tour bus, on its way to Los Angeles, crashed into the rear of a semitrailer truck on Interstate 10, just north of Palm Springs, Calif., on Sunday.
  8. FSU's Josh Sweat having 5-star impact after recovering from knee surgery


    TALLAHASSEE — For two agonizing hours two years ago, the nation's top recruit couldn't think about football.

     Florida State Seminoles defensive end Josh Sweat (9) watches the Camping World Kickoff against the Mississippi Rebels on Monday September 5, 2016 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Final Score FSU 45, Ole Miss 34.
  9. Elections offices open over weekend to submit mail-in ballots ahead of early voting


    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections offices opened over the weekend for voters to submit mail-in ballots ahead of the first day of early voting, a move community leaders saw as a step in the right direction after their demands for an additional early voting site in the African-American …

    Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and his wife Carole Crist chats with community activist Momma Tee Lasiter after dropping off her mail-in ballot at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Election’s office in downtown St. Petersburg a day before early voting begins. [Sunday, October 23, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  10. Bucs-49ers: Breaking down Tampa Bay's 34-17 win by the numbers


    A by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 34-17 win over the 49ers:


    Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for a career-high 154 yards on 26 carries Sunday against the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. [Associated Press]
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Bucs notes: Rodgers shoulders load with 154 yards

Two weeks ago, Jacquizz Rodgers had never had a 100-yard game in six seasons in the NFL, nor more than 18 carries in any game.

For the second game in a row, he's reset his career high in yards, grinding out 154 on 26 carries in the Bucs' 34-17 win against the 49ers in Sunday. In two weeks, he's had 56 carries, the second-most two-game total in the last 20 years for a Bucs runner.

"When you've got guys up front, blocking like they are, finishing through the whistle, it makes my job a lot easier," said Rodgers, who was signed in Week 2 as a No. 3 back and has stepped up in two games as a starter. "I've been waiting on this moment, so my job is to take full advantage of it. I try to get better and better every week. I try to top my performance from the previous week. That's my goal."

After getting 101 yards on 30 carries in a win against Carolina two weeks ago, he trumped that by halftime Sunday, with 110 yards in leading the Bucs to a 17-14 halftime lead. Facing the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 174 yards per game coming in, the Bucs piled up 249 yards, the fourth-most in franchise history.

"You don't want to be overconfident, but we had enough to know we can run the ball on this defense," guard Kevin Pamphile said. "That was amazing to get that many yards, to get the running backs some room to run."

His 56 carries in back-to-back games trail only Cadillac Williams' 61 during 2005 as the most for a Bucs running back in the last 20 years.

MOTIVATED: Bucs WR Russell Shepard talked to the team before the game about his extra motivation against 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who cut him as an undrafted rookie with the Eagles in 2013.

The special-teams standout stepped up with a huge game, with five catches for 77 yards -- each more than he'd ever had in a entire NFL season -- and the go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter.

"It means a lot to me," Shepard said of the personal motivation -- his only previous career touchdown came in a win against Kelly's Eagles last season. "It was an opportunity. Everybody knows V-Jack (Vincent Jackson) is out and Mike Evans is the primary guy for us ... I had an opportunity and got a win. I was just thankful Jameis (Winston) gave me an opportunity."

Since the start of the 2015 season, the Bucs have nine wins -- seven of those by a touchdown or less, and two against Kelly -- by 28 against Phladelphia last year and by 17 against him on Sunday.

500 CLUB: The Bucs finished with 513 yards of total offense -- that's the third time in 22 games in Dirk Koetter's offense. Before Koetter arrived in 2015, the Bucs had reached 500 yards just three times in the franchise's first 39 seasons.

THIS AND THAT: Winston finished 21 for 30 for 269 yards -- his 70 percent completion rate is the third-highest in his 22 career games. ... Rookie RB Peyton Barber had a 44-yard touchdown to seal the win and finished with 84 yards on 12 carries. ... Veteran RB Antone Smith, signed this week, hhad a 30-yard catch in his Bucs debut. ... Bradley McDougald intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass for a key takeaway, and Gerald McCoy recovered a fumble after a sack of Kaepernick by nickel Jude Adjei-Barimah.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.

'The Walking Dead,' season 7 premiere: RIP to all of us

It's all going to be okay.

AMC promised a brutal and heartbreaking season premiere of The Walking Dead, and it delivered twofold....