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Shark attacks hit record worldwide in 2015 — with Florida No. 1

Shark attacks hit an all-time world-wide record in 2015, with Florida — as always — leading the globe in the number of times sharks bit surfers, swimmers and beachfront splashers, acco …

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Hillsborough tells federal officials it has worked to fix racial disparities in schools

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Romano: Why Gov. Rick Scott never talks about Obamacare anymore

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  1. Jeb Bush shows signs of second wind ahead of New Hampshire primary

    State Roundup

    PLAISTOW, N.H. — Jeb Bush's stump speech started to take on a defensive, pleading tone in the days following his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses last week.

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush leaves Nashua Country Club during a snow storm following a Rotary Club luncheon on Feb. 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. Candidates are making their last campaign stops before the first in the Nation primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday.  (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
  2. The 'playful' reason why two lawmakers had shotguns on the Florida House floor last week

    Blogs

    About an hour before the Florida House was due to meet for daily session on Wednesday and vote on two controversial gun bills -- including one over open carry -- Sen. Denise …

    State Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, (left) and Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, pose with longarm shotguns on the House floor on Feb. 3. It was for a promotional photo for a clay-shooting competition the lawmakers are having to raise money for a hospital in their rural central Florida districts.
  3. Florida legislative committee revives bill to legalize all marijuana strains for terminally ill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After months of being sidelined, a bill to legalize full-strength medical marijuana for terminally ill patients resurfaced in the Florida House Monday with a rewrite that restores the number of eligible growers to five.

    In this May 5, 2015, photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The Florida Legislature is considering a bill to legalize full-strength medical marijuana and expanding the number of nurseries allowed to grow it.  [Associated Press]
  4. Hillsborough prosecutors continue to seek death penalty amid statewide confusion

    Criminal

    TAMPA — In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Florida's death penalty sentencing statute, Hillsborough County prosecutors are proceeding as if nothing has changed.

  5. Yacht StarShip to launch pirate-themed water taxis along Tampa riverfront

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Imagine dinner at Ulele, then a water taxi ride to a concert or hockey game at Amalie Arena.

    Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises plans to launch a three-vessel water taxi service along Tampa's riverfront on Feb. 27.
  6. After sailing into storm, Royal Caribbean's 'Anthem of the Seas' is headed back to home port (w/video)

    Tourism

    MIAMI — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside. The cruise line says that although no one was injured and the …

  7. Florida ban on LGBT discrimination nearly dies, but will have re-hearing Tuesday

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Senators on Monday breathed life into a proposal that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians, just minutes after the bill appeared to be dead.

  8. Arrest made in connection with battery of girl in Countryside Mall restroom

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Officers arrested an 18-year-old man Monday accused of attacking a 6-year-old girl inside a Westfield Countryside Mall restroom on Friday, police said.

  9. Duke Energy lowering rates by nearly $6 per month

    Energy

    ST. PETERSBURG — Duke Energy Florida expects to lower residential electric rates $5.83 monthly for the typical customer beginning with its April billing in a plan submitted to state utility regulators.

  10. Lucky's Market could be coming to Tampa Bay soon

    Retail

    There's been a lot of buzz about some of the new grocery stores coming into Florida.

    Lucky's Market opened its first store in Naples. The organic grocer has plans to expand in Florida. (Justine Griffin  |  Times)

Turris relates to Drouin's plight: 'It's a tough, tough go'

While the Lightning will play in Jonathan Drouin's hometown of Montreal Tuesday, the suspended wing continues to work out and skate on his own every day somewhere in the city....

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a news conference on Jan. 22, 1996, to  announce that they had picked Tony Dungy as the new head coach. Here, Dungy shakes hands with Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.

Photo gallery: A look back at coach Tony Dungy over the years

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. ...

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State Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, (left) and Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, pose with longarm shotguns on the House floor on Feb. 3. It was for a promotional photo for a clay-shooting competition the lawmakers are having to raise money for a hospital in their rural central Florida districts.

The 'playful' reason why two lawmakers had shotguns on the Florida House floor last week

About an hour before the Florida House was due to meet for daily session on Wednesday and vote on two controversial gun bills -- including one over open carry -- Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, and Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, walked onto the chamber floor so they could have their photo taken together....

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