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Tropical Depression 9 forms, heading into gulf; heavy rains expected

Invest 99L has become Tropical Depression 9, and meteorologists said the system is expected to develop into a tropical storm by mid-afternoon Monday. Kate Wentzel, 10Weather WTSP meteorologi …

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Safety Wright, punter Schum among 12 Bucs cuts

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Larry Elliston, former "Down Home Florida" TV reporter, dies at 66

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  1. MTV VMAs recap: Beyonce slays, Rihanna shines, and not even Kanye gets crazy

    Blogs

    Between Britney and Rihanna and Nicki and Ariana and Halsey and Mary J. and Serena and Simone, Sunday’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards felt like an unending progression of “SLAY, KWEEN!” moments.

  2. Beyonce proves she's in a lane of her own at MTV VMAs

    Music & Concerts

    NEW YORK — Beyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna to Britney Spears.

     Beyonce accepts the award for best female video during the  MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. [Getty Images]
  3. Wedding videographer checklist: camera, extra batteries and now ... drone

    Airlines

    Is the bride ready? Who has the rings? Did the cake arrive?

    And what about the drone?

    Celebrations of Tampa Bay started experimenting with drones about two years ago and now has a fleet of drones to use for wedding videography.
  4. Larson nabs first Sprint Cup win, spot in Chase for Championship

    Auto racing

    BROOKLYN, Mich. — During the last couple of laps of his first Sprint Cup victory, Kyle Larson was emotional.

    Third-year driver Kyle Larson earned his first Sprint Cup victory in his 99th series start.
  5. St. Petersburg's Bernard Reedy doing whatever it takes to make Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — That guy you might have seen recently pumping gas at a St. Petersburg Shell station with his right hand while bouncing a football off the pavement and catching it with his left? That was Bernard Reedy improving his pass-catching technique.

    Bernard Reedy is a St. Petersburg native out of Lakewood.
  6. A powerful Russian weapon against the West: the spread of false stories

    World

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — With a vigorous national debate under way on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a State Council Presidium meeting on steps to give a boost to Russia’s health resorts in the resort town of Belokurikha, Altai region, about 3,000 kilometers (1,850 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) XAZ102
  7. Fennelly: Let Kaepernick sit for anthem; that's American, too

    Bucs

    O say can't you see: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wasn't as unpatriotic as he seemed when he sat out the national anthem before a preseason game.

    49ers QB Colin Kaepernick won’t stand for the anthem to protest treatment of people of color.
  8. Safety Wright, punter Schum among 12 Bucs cuts

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs made their first wave of preseason cuts Sunday, releasing 12 players, and in doing so they made newcomer Bryan Anger the punter for 2016.

    Ex-Jaguar Bryan Anger earns the punter’s job for the Bucs after averaging 48.7 yards a punt in three preseason games.
  9. Clashes intensify between U.S.-backed groups in northern Syria

    World

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a new escalation that further complicates U.S. involvement in the Syrian war, Syrian rebels pressed deeper into the northern part of the country on Sunday, seizing territory with the aid of Turkish airstrikes.

    Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey. Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish airstrikes, made major gains Sunday in northern Syria, expelling Kurdish-led forces.
  10. Italy investigates whether negligence played role in quake toll

    World

    AMATRICE, Italy — Italian authorities are vowing to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes played a role in the high death toll in last week's earthquake in Italy.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Beruff’s political consultants. A new Mason-Dixon poll showed Beruff trailing Marco Rubio by 39 percentage points in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Beruff might be wondering what he's getting for the $8 million he poured into the race. His paid political consultants? They’re just thankful Beruff has kept the faith for so long....

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Alex Cobb set to rejoin Rays Monday, make first start next weekend

RHP Alex Cobb came through Saturday's final Tommy John surgery rehab start well and was to meet the team in Boston Sunday night, with plans for his first since his September 2014 this weekend, likely Saturday, at home vs. Toronto.

"I think he felt good by his results,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "It was good to go out there and kind of command the baseball the way he knows that's he able to do.''

Cobb has to be activated from the DL today since his rehab assignment expired, so RHP Steve Geltz was sent back to Triple-A Durham after a one-day stint, and a shaky one-inning appearance, to provide bullpen coverage.

OF Mikie Mahtook was sent down after Saturday's game to make room for Geltz, and will return in either 10 days or after the Bulls' season ends....

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Bucs' Dye, Bond could return for season opener

Good news on the Bucs' injury front, as receiver Donteea Dye and rookie linebacker Devante Bond, both sidelined with hamstring injuries, are both expected to be in position to return healthy before Tampa Bay's regular-season opener in two weeks....

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