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Federal judge could block Florida's abortion law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge this week could block parts of a new law that restricts abortion clinics in Florida. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, which sued two state agencies over th …

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Security firm that employed Orlando gunman goes to court in Hillsborough

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Judge rules that Pinellas County owes developer $16.5 million in apartment complex dispute

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  1. Rays walk the runway to benefit Children's Dream Fund

    Blogs

    The Rays walked the runway on Wednesday night to benefit the Children's Dream Fund in their annual event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.  Lindsay Guyer, wife of Rays OF Brandon, was the host. Most of the players participated, many with their wives and girlfriends. Some of the "dream" children also shared the …

    Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.
  2. Michael Phelps makes fifth Olympics; Countryside High's Melanie Margalis makes first

    Olympics

    OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics. So is Missy Franklin.

    Countryside High alum Melanie Margalis, back, hugs winner Maya DiRado after they qualify for the Olympics in the 200-meter IM.
  3. Steven Stamkos re-signs with Lightning for 8 years, $68M

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    All along, captain Steven Stamkos maintained he wanted to re-sign with the Lightning. General manager Steve Yzerman always hoped to keep the face of his franchise. Yet there were doubts, even with Yzerman, especially with Stamkos, 26, just two days away from being the most coveted unrestricted free agent in …

     Lightning captain Steven Stamkos says the team has unfinished business after losing to the Penguins in the Eastern final.
  4. Judge rules that Pinellas County owes developer $16.5 million in apartment complex dispute

    Local Government

    In 2013, Pinellas County commissioners unanimously rejected an apartment complex to the cheers of Safety Harbor residents.

    Ed Armstrong, attorney for the Richman Group, at right, holds back comments as Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche, county attorney James Bennett and county administrator Robert Lasala participate in a discussion in 2014 about an administrative law judge’s ruling that commissioners had erred in their decision to deny the Richmond Group’s plans for a 246-unit luxury apartment complex at McMullen-Booth Road and State Road 590 in Safety Harbor. Moments later the commission voted unanimously to deny the judge’s recommended order. “What my client wanted to do was build a nice residential community,” said Ed Armstrong of the project when the commission denied the project back in May. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2014)] 
  5. North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism (w/video)

    World

    OTTAWA — President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The leaders warned against easy solutions peddled by "demagogues" …

    President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, and Mexican President Enrique Pe?a Nieto said Wednesday that they are determined to strengthen economic ties.
  6. Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

    National

    WASHINGTON — Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

  7. Trump fundraising is far-reaching — even going overseas

    National

    Sir Roger Gale was puzzled when a string of emails from Donald Trump's presidential campaign landed in his inbox. As a Briton and a member of Parliament, Gale is barred by U.S. law from giving Trump money, much less voting for him.

    Solicitations for Donald Trump have led to a pair of complaints.
  8. Aide said Clinton didn't want emails accessible to 'anybody'

    National

    WASHINGTON — Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the State Department emails that she sent and received on her private computer server to be accessible to "anybody," according to transcripts released Wednesday. Her comments provided new insights into the …

    Hillary Clinton’s email server is under investigation.
  9. Attackers kill 42 in scenes of chaos at Istanbul airport (w/video)

    World

    ISTANBUL — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.

    Passengers line up Wednesday at a security checkpoint near a broken glass wall in the international terminal at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Hours after the suicide attack that killed 42, the airport resumed limited flights as workers continued repairs.
  10. FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer (w/video)

    Health

    WASHINGTON — Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.

    The FDA wants to know if hand sanitizers are as effective as manufacturers claim and whether they pose any health risks.

Potential Florida CFO candidate Pat Neal takes name out of running

After years of setting up to run for statewide office, Manatee County land developer and key Republican fundraiser Pat Neal said Wednesday that he has decided against running for chief financial officer of Florida, partly due to the “dispiriting” rise of Donald Trump....

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Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.

Rays walk the runway to benefit Children's Dream Fund

The Rays walked the runway on Wednesday night to benefit the Children's Dream Fund in their annual event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.  Lindsay Guyer, wife of Rays OF Brandon, was the host. Most of the players participated, many with their wives and girlfriends. Some of the "dream" children also shared the stage....

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The loss of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 was mourned by coaches in other sports, such as former Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Jon Gruden: Pat Summitt made 'real impression on me' with Vols

Tuesday's news of the death of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 reached far beyond the sport her Vols teams dominated, and her loss was mourned by coaches in other sports, like former Bucs coach Jon Gruden....

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