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Consumer groups send out a warning for the holidays: Beware of 'potentially hazardous' toys

ST. PETERSBURG — Everyone wants a Slinky. But a tiny version of the timeless toy — available in stores this holiday season — could pose a threat to young children, accordin …


How to avoid these five potential Thanksgiving cooking disasters


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  1. GOP lawmaker proposes plan to open solar market in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Fred Costello is having his Ormond Beach home fitted with solar panels. He has invested in a company that is seeking a patent on new energy generation technology. He considers himself an energy wonk.

  2. Despite talk, Willie Taggart still calling plays for USF offense


    TAMPA — A series of recent sound bites, from commentators and coaches alike, has ignited speculation over who has orchestrated the Bulls' staggering offensive resurgence.

  3. Pinellas deputies, firefighters deliver Thanksgiving meals

    Public Safety

    Many people pray before meals. On Tuesday, the prayers came before the meals were delivered.

    Father Jon Roberts from Calvary Episcopal Church prays with Pinellas deputies and Indian Rocks firefighters before they load up Thanksgiving meals for families in need on Tuesday afternoon. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  4. Video showing Chicago police officer shooting teen 16 times is released (w/video)


    CHICAGO — The latest on the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer:

    Chicago officials released dash-cam video Tuesday of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. [Image from video]
  5. Police: Man shot by Belleair police officer was carrying BB gun


    BELLEAIR — Police officer Roy Olsen feared for his life when he saw Jamaal Bishop's weapon Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.

  6. Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage, prosecutor says


    PARIS — The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.

    A soldier patrols at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on Tuesday. French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack. [Associated Press]
  7. Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace


    MOSCOW — Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it said ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria, killing at least one of the two pilots in a long-feared escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a "stab in the …

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Turkey's decision to down a Russian warplane near the Syria border a "stab in the back." [Maxim Shipenkov | pool photo via AP]
  8. Presidents Obama, Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if …

    President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande participate in a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. [Associated Press]
  9. Tarpon Springs firefighter resigns after charge of grand theft

    Public Safety

    TARPON SPRINGS — A seven-year Tarpon Springs firefighter resigned Tuesday after city police arrested him for grand theft, Fire Chief Richard Butcher said.

  10. The Hunger Gap: Much of Tampa Bay struck by food insecurity year-round


    With Thanksgiving turkey soon to be on the table and Christmas in sight, Beth Houghton knows people have food on their minds — not just the food they're going to eat, but the food they're going to give.

    People wait in line for a free meal near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and East Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Volunteers from Family of Christ Lutheran Church give out food and clothing to those in need every Wednesday night from a school bus that serves as a mobile headquarters.

Lightning getting healthier, Johnson close to return

The Lightning looked a lot healthier in Tuesday's practice, with Tyler Johnson (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) and Cedric Paquette (upper body) all participating in regular-colored jerseys....


Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 11 ...

Another week, another Bucs win, another new edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Episode 11, with Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' big win in Philadelphia and this week's game in Indianapolis. Don't forget to send us your questions on Twitter at @gregauman and @NFLstroud and thanks for everyone listening each week -- you can subscribe on iTunes as well ......


GOP legislator files bill to open solar market to competition in Florida

Solar 111315State Rep. Fred Costello is having his Ormond Beach home fitted with solar panels. He has invested in a company that is seeking a patent on new energy generation technology. He considers himself an energy wonk....