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State lawmakers call to abolish the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board

For 44 years, the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board has regulated contractors without any government oversight. That could end soon. On Monday, state and local leaders said …

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Judge blocks Aetna's $37 billion deal for Humana

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Man shot to death in Thonotosassa

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  1. U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to sign three Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday. These concerned the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a US Government hiring freeze for all departments but the military, and "Mexico City" which bans federal funding of abortions overseas. [Photo by Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images]
  2. Man shot to death in Thonotosassa

    Crime

    Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fatal shooting in Thonotosassa.

  3. A Flying Wallenda will be walking a tightrope at Sundial in St. Petersburg

    News

    Rick Wallenda, a member of the world-famous tight-rope walking Flying Wallendas, will perform his death defying craft at St. Petersburg's Sundial next month.

    Rick Wallenda, a member of the world-famous tight-rope walking Flying Wallendas, will perform his death defying craft at St. Petersburg's Sundial next month. The event, benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, takes place on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. [Times files]
  4. Judge blocks Aetna's $37 billion deal for Humana

    Banking

    A federal judge ruled on Monday that a $37 billion merger between health insurance providers Aetna and Humana should not be consummated on antitrust grounds, siding with the Justice Department, which had been seeking to block the deal.

    A federal judge ruled on Monday that a $37 billion merger between health insurance providers Aetna and Humana should not be consummated on antitrust grounds.
[Associated Press file photo]
  5. Dear Kevin Durant, if you chase a title you'd better catch it

    Nba

    ORLANDO — The Golden State Warriors, one of the great shows in sports, hit Orlando on Sunday to beat the Magic by 20 points. Fans crowded the railings before the game to get a close-up of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and, of course, Stephen Curry.

    And the new …

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up to shoot in front of Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) DOA103
  6. George H.W. Bush ready to leave intensive care; wife Barbara goes home

    National

    HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is still suffering from pneumonia, but is well enough to leave the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, doctors said Monday. His wife, Barbara, has been discharged from the same facility after completing treatment for bronchitis.

    President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush share a toast with Warren H. Phillips, chairman of Dow Jones and Co., right, at a gala in New York celebrating the Wall Street Journal's 100th birthday in 1989. [Associated Press]
  7. Patriots-Falcons: Previewing the most compelling Super Bowl storylines

    Bucs

    ATLANTA — By the time the confetti fell on the Georgia Dome Sunday, and newly vindicated quarterback Matt Ryan held the NFC Championship trophy, it was already obvious their reward would be to play the legendary Patriots combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in Super Bowl LI Feb. 5.

    A member of the End Zone Militia carries a flag after the AFC championship NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the the Steelers 36-17 to advance to the Super Bowl.? (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) FBO267
  8. The title for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is finally out

    Blogs

    In 2015, the Force awakened and finally in 2017 "the last Jedi" shows up.

  9. Trump moves to pull U.S. out of Pacific-Rim trade deal

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama's legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his first full week in office.

    U.S. President Donald Trump reads the first of three Executive Orders he will sign in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday.  This one concerned the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The others will be a US Government hiring freeze for all departments but the military, and "Mexico City" which bans federal funding of abortions overseas. [Photo by Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images]
  10. Review: American Stage's August Wilson cycle ends jubilantly with 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone'

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — The boarding house residents speak much more eloquently than most. But their quests and dreams and heartbreaks are universal.

    Fanni Green and Kim Sullivan practice a scene during rehearsal for Joe Turner's Come and Gone in St. Petersburg. Joe Turner's Come and Gone  runs through February 19 at American Stage in St. Petersburg. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

Steverson out as lawmakers question 'runaway' legal expenses in water wars

Florida's top environmental regulator abruptly resigned Friday, two days after House budget officials expressed disapproval of his management of a legal contract that had ballooned by more than $54.4 million in the last two years over a water fight with Georgia....

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Cooper: Nikita Kucherov needs to shoot more

With the Lightning struggling to score, trailing by goal Thursday, wing Nikita Kucherov came in on a 2-on-1 with defenseman Luke Witkowski....

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The title for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is finally out

In 2015, the Force awakened and finally in 2017 "the last Jedi" shows up....

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