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Judge blocks parts of Fla. abortion law hours before it goes into effect

The injunction orders the state to maintain contracts for preventive care with abortion clinics including Planned Parenthood and prevents a new rule that would require 50 percent of all abortion clinic records to be reviewed by the state each year.

A lighter shade of blue: Florida Democrats' share of voter base continues to slide

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USF fires top administrator who was hired despite serious lapses at previous job

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Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 27-July 3

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 27-July 3

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Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

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  1. Judge blocks Mississippi law limiting gay marriage

    Nation

    JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny or delay services to same-sex couples.

  2. Police: 80-year-old cowboy who rode across bridge abused his 2 horses

    Nation

    NEW YORK — An 80-year-old man who has been riding around the country on horseback, saying he was trying to call attention to starving children, was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges after investigators concluded his horses were malnourished.

    Doc Mishler, 80, speaks to the members of the Staten Island Advance after riding into Staten Island on horseback over the Outerbridge Crossing the day before in the Staten Island borough of New York. [Associated Press]
  3. Wildlife officials hunting for bear that killed mountain-biker

    Nation

    HELENA, Mont. — Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail outside Glacier National Park.

    Miles Mason, left, with friend, Brad Treat, a victim of fatal grizzly bear mauling in Montana's Flathead National Forest outside Glacier National Park. [Courtesy of Miles Mason]
  4. More gory details from Rays Thursday nght meltdown

    Blogs

    Some more details from Thursday's game, when the Rays went into the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead and came out with a 10-7 loss:

    * It matched the largest blown ninth inning lead in a defeat in franchise history; on June 5, 2007 at Toronto they led 11-6 in the ninth and lost 12-11.

  5. Judge blocks parts of abortion law hours before it goes into effect

    Blogs

    A federal judge late Thursday night blocked parts of a controversial abortion law within hours of it going into effect.

  6. Rays bullpen collapses in loss as Tigers score eight in ninth inning

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays knew things were going to be different with closer Alex Colome on the disabled list.

    Erasmo Ramirez, center, walks off after allowing the go-ahead three-run double by Detroit’s Cameron Maybin in the ninth.
  7. Israeli-American girl fatally stabbed in West Bank (w/video)

    World

    JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man scrambled over a fence surrounding a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, ran into a house and stabbed an Israeli-American girl to death as she slept in her bed on Thursday morning.

    Rina Ariel weeps over the body of her slain 13-year-old daughter, Hallel, during her funeral inside a Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, West Bank, on Thursday.
  8. Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due today.

    A photo taken July 15 shows President Barack Obama in his limousine as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Joint Base Andrews tweeted Thursday morning that the base was on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter. The tweet instructed all personnel at the base in Washington's Maryland suburbs to shelter in place and said more information would be released as it became available. [Associated Press]
  9. Jennings leaves Rays' loss to Tigers with tight hamstring

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays had another outfielder leave a game with an injury. This time it was CF Desmond Jennings, who left in the third inning Thursday with tightness in his left hamstring.

    Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Desmond Jennings (8) singles in the fifth inning of the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, June 17, 2016.
  10. New witness emerges in Leo Richard Berube's murder trial

    Criminal

    Ed Griffith and Duane White shared a cell at the Pinellas County jail in 2003. Griffith was charged with strangling his wife.

    Left to Right:  Defense attorney Richard Watts talks in court with his client, defendant Leo Berube before jury selection  began Monday, 6/27/16, at the Pinellas County Criminal Courts Complex, Largo. This will be the third trial for Berube for the same crime. He is charged with strangling a woman with a lamp cord in 2003.

Judge blocks parts of abortion law hours before it goes into effect

A federal judge late Thursday night blocked parts of a controversial abortion law within hours of it going into effect....

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More gory details from Rays Thursday nght meltdown

Some more details from Thursday's game, when the Rays went into the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead and came out with a 10-7 loss:

* It matched the largest blown ninth inning lead in a defeat in franchise history; on June 5, 2007 at Toronto they led 11-6 in the ninth and lost 12-11....

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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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