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Trump holds $25k-per-plate fundraiser in Tampa, Pence meets with local Hispanic group

TAMPA — The Republican ticket visited Tampa on Tuesday to shore up two areas where they still trail in the presidential race: fundraising and standing among the Hispanic community. Don …

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Archer sharp but Rays lose to Dodgers 3-2

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Florida regulators approve hike in some cancer-causing toxic substances in state water

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  1. What you need to know for Wednesday, July 27

    News

    • Even though it probably feels like it can't get any hotter, high temperatures this week continue to rise into the mid-90s, with heat indices over 100 degrees. 10Weather WTSP reports there may be a few storms in the mid-afternoon hours, mostly inland.

    The Sunshine State, according to a study released Wednesday by Climate Central, tops the nation in the number of metro areas expected to see a dangerous combination of heat and humidity, driving heat index temperatures to 104 degrees. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  2. Hillary Clinton makes history as Democratic presidential nominee

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA

    Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday as the first woman nominated for president of the United States by a major political party, and her party immediately sought to humanize a nominee who is at once among America's best-known and least-known political figure.

    Delegates cheer as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to the convention via video feed.  “We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,’’ she said.
  3. Archer sharp but Rays lose to Dodgers 3-2

    The Heater

    LOS ANGELES — If Chris Archer was auditioning for the Dodgers – or the Pirates, Rangers or one of other contending teams shopping this week for a frontline starter – he put on an impressive show Tuesday night.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  4. Pitchers hoping Rays keep rotation together

    The Heater

    LOS ANGELES — Matt Moore has been in the Tampa Bay organization since 2007 and with the big-league team since 2011. The thought that tonight could be his last start for the Rays is not a comforting one.

    Rays left-hander Matt Moore says he “can’t imagine myself being somewhere else.”
  5. U.S. is said to link Kremlin to hack of Democratic emails

    National

    WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have "high confidence" that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee, the New York Times reported, speaking to federal officials who have been briefed on the …

  6. Convention notebook: Sanders crashes Florida breakfast; a brother's vote; Booker's prayer, Michelle Obama's dress

    National

    Bernie Sanders made an unannounced visit to the Florida delegation breakfast, imploring Democrats to come together to defeat Donald Trump.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders makes an unannounced visit to the Florida delegation breakfast Tuesday in Philadelphia.
  7. Lightning retains center Vladislav Namestnikov

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning avoided an arbitration hearing with center Vladislav Namestnikov, agreeing Tuesday on a two-year deal with a $1.9375 million annual cap hit.

    Center Vladislav Namestnikov re-signs with the Lightning.
  8. After Clinton wins nomination, Sanders troops walk out of DNC, occupy press tents (w/video)

    National

    PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders loyalists protested inside and outside the Democratic National Convention site and clashed with police on Tuesday after Hillary Clinton won the party's presidential nomination.

    Protesters supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders gather in the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center. They walked out of the convention after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination.
  9. Struggling Souza becoming odd man out in Rays outfield

    The Heater

    LOS ANGELES — Acquired with the projection to be a key part of the lineup, OF Steven Souza Jr. has been reduced to a part-time player of late, out of the lineup Tuesday for the third time in the past seven games.

    Steven Souza Jr., who sat out Tuesday for the third time in seven games, went into play with a .197 average in 17 games since coming off the DL.
  10. Bucs DT Gerald McCoy okay with Jameis Winston's leadership role

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Shortly after he was drafted a year ago, Jameis Winston got some advice from defensive tackle Gerald McCoy: Just be a rookie and don't try to turn the franchise around by yourself in the first year.

    Jameis Winston screams toward the Raymond James Stadium crowd after his winning touchdown to Mike Evans last season against Atlanta.

Pam Keith says her exclusion from U.S. Senate debate is 'blatant racism and sexism'

The lone African American woman seeking Florida's U.S. Senate seat this year is accusing an Orlando TV station of "blatant racism and sexism" for its decision to exclude her from an upcoming Democratic primary debate....

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays at Dodgers, with Archer on the mound

UPDATE, 8:21: All the Rays mentioned in trade rumors were present and accounted for the in the clubhouse. ... Morrison said his forearm is feeling better and Cash said he expects him to play on Wednesday. ... Former Rays / current Dodgers baseball chief Andrew Friedman visited with some of the Rays early Tueday afternoon....

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J.R. Sweezy is recovering from an unspecified procedure this spring.

Bucs' Sweezy, Murphy start training camp on PUP list

The Bucs will open training camp on Thursday with two key players held out of practice, as the team announced Tuesday that guard J.R. Sweezy and receiver Louis Murphy will start camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list....

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