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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. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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)
  5. 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:

  6. FBI warns election officials that hackers tried to break into Florida voting system

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation held a secret conference call with all 67 county supervisors of elections in Florida on Friday afternoon to discuss the security of voters' ballots ahead of the November election.

    Michael Carter, left, and an unidentified worker test ballot scanners Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the Supervisor of Elections Hillsborough County headquarters in Tampa. A team of representatives will test 340 machines, one machine per polling place. (CHRIS URSO  |   Times)
  7. Gulfcoast Legal Services director retires after critical federal audit

    Business

    The executive director of Gulfcoast Legal Services has retired in the wake of a critical federal audit report that said the agency failed to properly document how it spent $753,158 in federal grants.

  8. PolitiFact: Was NAFTA 'worst trade deal ever'?

    Perspective

    When Donald Trump talked trade during the first presidential debate, he was working from turf that has served him well. No other issue matches it for distilling the frustrated dreams of millions of Americans.

    President Bill Clinton signed a side deal to NAFTA in 1993 after President George H.W. Bush negotiated and signed the original deal. Experts on trade tend to see NAFTA as not so bad. The bigger job-killer has been U.S. trade with China.
  9. Denver Broncos-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Times Sports staff explains their picks

    Bucs

    Members of The Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team explains their picks

    Thomas Bassinger

    @tometrics

    Tampa Bay, 15-14

  10. When Jose Fernandez died, Lance McCullers lost his "big brother''

    The Heater

    They only had the one axe.

    It was how the friends often ended their offseason workouts. They were young, star baseball pitchers with the world there for the taking. They'd swing with all their might at a tree stump near their practice field, or at tall trees beyond the outfield fence at Alonso High School. They …

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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