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Hurricane Matthew grows into Category 4 storm; aims for Jamaica

TAMPA — It's the strongest storm to threaten the sunshine state since Hurricane Wilma clawed its way through the Atlantic 11 years ago, but whether Hurricane Matthew will unleash carnage on …

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Clown hysteria breaks out in Tampa Bay: Pasco County, Largo investigate reports of creepy clowns

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Gulfcoast Legal Services director retires after critical federal audit

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Music Planner: 10 concerts at 10 venues, including Prophets of Rage, Peter Frampton and Rae Sremmurd

Music Planner: 10 concerts at 10 venues, including Prophets of Rage, Peter Frampton and Rae Sremmurd

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Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

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Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

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Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

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  1. Dog racing: Tr's Flapjack earns tasty rewards after Stakes win

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derby Lane kennel owners Randy and Patty Floyd didn't have to ask trainer Derek Barsell where he planned to go the morning after their Tr's Flapjack collected his first stakes title in the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint Stakes.

  2. Will Trump Play infidelity card at debate? Clinton camp girds

    National

    Hillary Clinton's campaign is preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump, reeling from harsh criticisms of his performance at the first presidential debate, will unleash a personal assault related to her husband's infidelities at their next faceoff on Oct. 9.

  3. Invisible snares: Stray fishing line poses constant danger to seabirds

    Water

    The pelican could've withered away like the rest. Mark Rachal reached into the mangrove branches and secured its wings, beak and feet. While Rachal held on, Melinda Spall approached the bird and saved it with a snip.

    Mark Rachal, a sanctuary manager for Audubon Florida, rescues a brown pelican which has a fishing hook and fishing line attached to its neck Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at Dog Leg Key in Boca Ciega Bay. Mark was able to remove the hook freeing the bird.
  4. St. Petersburg police seek woman seen attaching skimmer to an ATM at 7-Eleven

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police are looking for a woman who was caught on surveillance video attaching a skimmer device to an ATM machine at a 7-Eleven on Tuesday. The devices are used to steal credit and debit card data from unsuspecting customers.

  5. Cienfuegos entrepreneurs hope U.S. tourists will boost scant business

    Tourism

    CIENFUEGOS, Cuba

    Residents of this small city on Cuba's southern coast awaken every other Thursday to the Fathom Line's MV Adonia looming in the bay, but the 704-passenger cruise ship's visit is fleeting.

    Tourists visit Cienfuegos last month. Some merchants say a government tourism company monopolizes visitors’ time.
  6. Videos showing police shooting of black man in Calif. released

    Nation

    EL CAJON, Calif. — Video footage released Friday of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb shows an officer fired four shots almost immediately after the man suddenly raised both hands and took what was described as a shooting stance.

    Demonstrators yell at police during a protest Wednesda  in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an officer after authorities said he pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance." [Associated Press]
  7. Children of Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught

    World

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — The 6-year-old girl was found trapped under the rubble of her home, destroyed by an airstrike in Syria's rebel-held city of Aleppo. "Dust!" she wailed as rescue workers pried away the stones and debris on top of her, finally freeing her and placing her on a stretcher as she screamed for her …

    In this photo from the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, a worker carries a child pulled from ruble on Wednesday after airstrikes hit a neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria.
  8. First company to test Gov. Scott's new pollution notice rule is one that inspired it, Mosaic

    Water

    On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a new system for reporting chemical spills. No more waiting for weeks to see if it spreads beyond the landowner's property line before telling the neighbors. Instead, the public must be alerted within 24 hours, he said.

    An aerial of a massive sinkhole that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry has dumped at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan aquifer over three weeks. Gov. Rick Scott toured the sinkhole in late September and Mosaic officials said the hole is bigger and deeper than first thought — 700 feet as opposed to about 300 feet. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  9. Hillary Clinton savors post-debate moment as Trump keeps beauty-queen feud alive

    State Roundup

    Hillary Clinton stumped in Broward County for the first time in nearly a year Friday, as Florida polls showed her barely edging Donald Trump and as fearful Democrats openly worried about the status of her campaign, particularly when it comes to reaching black voters.

    Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs on Friday. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
  10. Rubio, Rep. Joe Heck assist accident victims in West Virginia

    Blogs

    The following is from the Wheeling News-Register in West Virginia, where Rubio was fundraising Thursday:

Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs on Friday.

Hillary Clinton savors post-debate moment as Trump keeps beauty-queen feud alive

Hillary Clinton stumped in Broward County for the first time in nearly a year Friday, as Florida polls showed her barely edging Donald Trump and as fearful Democrats openly worried about the status of her campaign, particularly when it comes to reaching black voters....

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For starters: Rays at Rangers on the final weekend

UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it's just a day off for Forsythe, that he's been going hard and could use the break but is available and expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday. ... Dickerson was a good choice at the top against Darvish, Cash said. ... The Rangers are playing to secure homefield advantage and Cash said that should be a good atmosphere for the Rays young players.

Rangers lineup:
Gomez lf
Desmond cf
Beltran dh
Beltre 3b
Odor 2b
Lucroy c
Choo rf
Moreland 1b
Andrus ss
Darvish p
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Koetter: Broncos' pass rush not tricky, just good

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has his hands full this week, trying to find a way to beat the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, who bring an eight-game win streak to town with a defense that's second in the NFL with 12 sacks....

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