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Forecasters predict Invest 99L could turn into Tropical Storm Hermine, hit Florida

Meteorologists across Florida were watching weather patterns closely on Wednesday as hurricane hunters flew into a developing system that forecasters say could turn into a tropical storm this week …

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Deputy shoots at wanted man in St. Peters­burg

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Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

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  1. Few companies, cautious bidding on offshore oil leases

    Energy

    NEW ORLEANS — The federal government's annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling.

  2. VIDEO: Gov. Rick Scott calls Pinellas 'south of Tampa Bay'

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott might need a refresher on Florida’s geography. During an interview on Fox News Channel, the two-term governor tried to explain to anchor Jenna Lee where the latest Zika cases have been reported.

  3. Clearwater teen sentenced again to life in prison for 2013 fatal stabbing

    Criminal

    Mychal King, who pleaded guilty last year to fatally stabbing a Clearwater man 25 times in 2013, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

  4. Mandazi is a 20-week-old spotted hyena.
  5. As tropics heat up, you might wonder: What the heck is an Invest99L?

    Hurricanes

    Before they're worthy of names like Andrew and Katrina, before they become numbered tropical depressions, the blobs of wind and rain that might one day become hurricanes are branded with a designation that sounds more like a mutual fund than meteorology.

    This WTSP10 Weather map shows possible paths for a weather system dubbed Invest99L. Why that name? Because it hasn't become organized enough to earn even a tropical depression number. If it grows into a tropical storm or hurricane, it will be called Hermine.
  6. Review: 'Don't Breathe' a tense thriller for the senses

    Movies

    The home invasion thriller gets a violent shift in perspective — emphasis on violent — in Fede Alvarez's new film Don't Breathe.

    Dylan Minnette, left, and Stephen Lang in a scene from "Dont Breathe." (Sony/Screen Gems via AP)
  7. Rubio says Supreme Court is big reason he ran again

    Blogs

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told supporters in Fort Myers on Wednesday that one of the main reasons he got back into the race for the Senate was out of his concern that Democrats would control who would next be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Sen. Marco Rubio in Fort Myers on Wednesday
  8. Lakewood High student found with loaded gun at school, police say

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A Lakewood High student was arrested at the school this week after police found a loaded handgun hidden under his clothes, officials said Wednesday.

  9. Scientists find Earth-like planet at adjacent star

    Space

    WASHINGTON — After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, astronomers have found one right next door.

    An artist's rendering of the planet Proxima, which was discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun. [European Southern Observatory]
  10. Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on ISIS

    World

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Wednesday launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country's civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed by U.S. airstrikes to help Syrian rebels retake a border town from Islamic State militants.

    Turkish army tanks and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces move toward the Syrian border as pictured from Karkamis, Turkey,on  Wednesday. [Associated Press]

Democrats to open nine more offices on Thursday

Democrats on Thursday will open coordinated campaign offices in Hialeah, Pompano Beach, Kissimmee, Ocala, Winter Haven, Sunrise, Orlando, and Bradenton and the DNC will open a headquarters in St. Petersburg....

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Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for a W

UPDATE, 5:26: RHP Alex Cobb decided to make one more rehab start, on Saturday for Triple-A Durham, and then "sink or swim" will rejoin the team, planning to make his first big-league start since Tommy John surgery on Sept. 2 or 3 vs. Toronto. ... Cash said no final decisions have been made yet but with Cobb (and RHP Chase Whitley, also Tommy John surgery) coming back, a six-man rotation is an option for September.

UPDATE, 5:20:
Cash said he wanted to give Brad Miller a day off his feet, and also to give Morrison a little time on the field not just DH. ... Beckham's hamstring is still a little tight but he could be available if needed Cash said. ... INF/OF Nick Franklin, on the 7-day concussion DL, said he is feeling better and could play a rehab game on Friday with the idea of rejoining the Rays in Houston over the weekend. ... Hanley Ramirez gets a day off for the Red Sox....

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Donteea Dye, pictured, is competing against special-teams standout Russell Shepard, as well as other young receivers like Evan Spencer.

Donteea Dye making case to stick with Bucs as cuts approach

The Bucs' fourth and fifth receiver jobs remain largely up for grabs with two preseason games remaining, but Donteea Dye, holding down the kickoff return job and making plays on offense, is making a case to stick around through final cuts....

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