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Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

CLEARWATER — Health officials on both sides of Tampa Bay are scrambling to contain a potential new outbreak of the Zika virus after the first locally transmitted infection was confirmed in P …


New trial denied, murder resentencing hearing in Clearwater stabbing continues

LARGO — For the second time, Renee Langfritz sat through the sentencing of the troubled teenager convicted of randomly stabbing her only child to death. Jason Paul, 22, wanted to be a …


Pasco deputies: Man, 21, faces sex charges after parents find him in 13-year-old daughter's closet


Archer nears team loss record as Rays fall to Red Sox (w/video)


  1. At least 38 dead as earthquake rocks central Italy


    Rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors buried under rubble in isolated towns and villages across central Italy on Wednesday after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region overnight, collapsing homes, rattling buildings as far away as Rome and Venice and leaving an escalating …

    A man walks amid rubble on Wednesday after an earthquake in Amatrice, Italy. The 6-magnitude quake struck at 3:36 a.m. local time and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy - including Rome, where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. [Associated Press]
  2. Epilogue: St. Petersburg police Lt. Emory Wright Jr., who kept it by the book


    ST. PETERSBURG — Emory Wright Jr. was a by-the-book kind of guy.

    Emory Wright was the first black St. Petersburg police officer to be promoted to lieutenant rank. He died earlier this month. He was 75.
  3. Trump returns to Tampa today for rally at Florida State Fairgrounds


    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returns to Florida for a 1 p.m. rally today at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

    Doors open at 10 a.m.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [Associated Press]
  4. What you need to know for Wednesday, Aug. 24


    • Be sure to check in with for updates today on tropical systems brewing in the Atlantic. Otherwise the day should start out sunny, then turn stiflingly …

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stumps again in Tampa today, this time at the Florida State Fairgrounds. He spoke June 11 at the Tampa Convention Center. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times]

  5. Trump's Tampa rally adds to busy Florida election


    Donald Trump returns to Florida on Wednesday for a rally in Tampa.

  6. Large earthquake strikes central Italy


    ROME — Strong earthquakes struck central Italy early today, killing several people, trapping many others under debris and setting off tremors that awakened sleeping residents in Rome nearly 100 miles away.

    Rescuers search a crumbled building in Arcuata del Tronto, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m. today. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.  {Associated Press]
  7. Archer nears team loss record as Rays fall to Red Sox (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — With a five-inning, 109-pitch outing in the Rays' 2-1 Tuesday defeat to the Red Sox, Chris Archer moved to within one loss of matching Tanyon Sturtze's franchise record of 18.

    Chris Archer allows only two runs, one earned, as his ERA improves to 4.11, but he lasts only five innings while throwing 109 pitches against the patient Red Sox.
  8. Biden tells Baltic NATO allies to pay no attention to Trump


    RIGA, Latvia — Vice President Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that Donald Trump doesn't know what he's talking about on foreign policy and told NATO allies of the United States to ignore him.

  9. New York Times bureau targeted in cyberattack


    The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of the New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

  10. Clinton Foundation donors got face time with Hillary Clinton at State Department


    WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected …

    Hillary Clinton  has said she will leave the Clinton Foundation.

Trump's Tampa rally adds to busy Florida election

Donald Trump returns to Florida on Wednesday for a rally in Tampa....


Chris Archer has been pitching better of late, 3-4, 3.06 since the All-Star break, a drop of more than 1.5 runs from his first-half numbers.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, on Archer day

UPDATE, 5:55: Cash said just a day off for Duffy, was they want to limit him to 4-5 in a row since he is coming off the Achilles injury. ... The Rays will wait for RHP Alex Cobb to get back from Norfolk and talk with him about whether he will make another rehab start on Saturday or rejoin the rotation this weekend....


Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he's made a concerted effort to encourage Roberto Aguayo to remain confident and push through his current problems.

McCoy's encouragement to Bucs kicker Aguayo: 'Stay the course'

As Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo has struggled in his first two preseason games with three missed kicks, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he's made a concerted effort to encourage the second-round pick to remain confident and push through his current problems....