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Tampa Bay gas prices falling below $2 a gallon — and then some

Gas prices typically spike in the summer, and with travel this month pushing record levels, you'd expect more of the same. Well, throw that trend out the car window. Early Thursday mor …

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Assessing the would-be Democratic governor candidates

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FDLE clears man after doughnut flakes test positive for meth

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Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

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Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

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Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

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Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

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  1. Carlton: I wish my mother was here to see this

    Elections

    A lot of women in America probably had the same thought as I did this week:

  2. Charges dropped against man convicted in Chandra Levy's death

    Criminal

    WASHINGTON — Prosecutors say they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy.

  3. CentCom: 6 U.S. airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq, Syria

    Military

    The U.S. military says an internal investigation shows that 14 civilians were killed and one civilian was wounded in six U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria between last July and April.

  4. So long, Bob, Luis and Gordon: 'Sesame Street' fires three beloved old-timers (w/video)

    The Feed

    Sesame Street is moving to HBO, and the show is undergoing some changes during the transition, including a switch from hour-long to half-hour episodes, the addition of some new faces, and a major overhaul of the set. This also, it turns out, means some heartbreaking departures: At a Q&A in Florida earlier this …

  5. Allegiant pilots ratify Teamsters contract after more than two years of bargaining

    Airlines

    Pilots with Allegiant Air have ratified their first union contract with the airline after more than three years of negotiations.

    Douglas Clifford   |   Times
  6. Study: Turning off red-light cameras can be deadly

    Accidents

    WASHINGTON — Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences.

    A truck passes a red light photo enforcement sign below a red light camera at an intersection in Lawrence Township, N.J. Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute is funded by auto insurers. [Associated Press]
  7. Democratic donors offer a bounty for Trump's tax returns

    Elections

    PHILADELPHIA — The wealthy Democratic donors, many of whom run complex businesses, know firsthand how revealing tax returns can be. Perhaps that's why they can't stop talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump's refusal to release his.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to the crowd after speaking during a campaign rally Wednesday at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. [Associated Press]
  8. Facebook pushing more people to Messenger app

    Science

    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another.

     Facebook is pushing more people to install its Messenger application, now by blocking people who want to send and receive messages via its mobile website instead of the app. [Associated Press]
  9. How did Tampa Bay area hospitals do in the federal government's new hospital quality ratings?

    Health

    The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating this week, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to dozens of unheralded ones.

    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was among the Tampa Bay region's top-performing hospitals in the new federal hospital quality ratings. [SKIP O'ROURKE  | Tampa Bay Times]
  10. One dead, five injured in Citrus County crash

    Accidents

    HOMOSASSA — Five people from Hernando County were involved in a traffic crash on Wednesday that left a Homosassa woman dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Crist family at Democratic Convention

Crist gets some family time at Democratic Convention

Charlie Crist has been in Philadelphia this week at the Democratic National Convention. And, judging from a photo posted to Twitter today by his wife, Carole, it's been more than politics....

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"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:...

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Fresh start: CB Verner grateful for 'second chance' with Bucs

The morning after the Bucs' season finale in January, former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner had accepted the real possibility he had played his last game with the Bucs after an up-and-down season in a struggling Tampa Bay secondary....

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