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South Florida driver faces DUI manslaughter charge in death of bicyclist on Howard Frankland Bridge

The driver accused of fatally running down a bicyclist on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Wednesday night now faces charges including DUI manslaughter after fleeing the scene, according to the Flor …

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Jury acquits Tampa nurse in fatal hit-and-run

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military (w/video)

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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. U.S. stock indexes rally for third straight day

    Markets

    Investors remained in a buying mood Thursday, driving U.S. stocks broadly higher for the third day in a row, nearly erasing the losses sustained last Friday and Monday in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union a week ago.

  2. Dick's Sporting Goods gets Sports Authority assets, leasing rights for $23 million

    Retail

    Dick's Sporting Goods emerged Thursday as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy auction for its former rival Sports Authority's intellectual property assets, which gives the company the right to acquire 31 store leases.

    Dick’s Sporting Goods will pay $15 million for Sports Authority’s  assets plus $8 million for the right to acquire 31 store leases.
  3. Here come the virtual reality Olympics … for Samsung users

    Business

    NEW YORK — Athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics in August. But there's another test under way, as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?

    NBC’s daytime and late-night set for the Olympics is on Copacabana Beach in Rio. NBC says it will provide 85 hours of VR programming.
  4. Government urges owners of old Hondas to get airbags fixed

    Autos

    DETROIT — The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata airbag inflators are extremely dangerous.

  5. In Trump Institute, Donald Trump had Florida partners with a record of fraud

    State Roundup

    In a way, the whole mess began in Florida.

    Irene and Mike Milin of Boca Raton, who got into business with Donald Trump. (Screengrab from YouTube)
  6. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's net worth down to $119 million

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott may not be as wealthy as he used to be.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses members of the media after addressing members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee in January at the Florida Capitol. He was pushing for permanent tax cuts for businesses. (SCOTT KEELER    |  Times)
  7. Lightning plans Matt Carle buyout to free salary cap space

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning will buy out veteran defenseman Matt Carle, giving it much-needed salary cap relief heading into the opening of free agency at noon Friday.

    FILE - In this May 16, 2016, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Matt Carle plays during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the moves tells The Associated Press that Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle and Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are among the players on buyout waivers. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday, June 30, 2016,  because the teams didn't announce their decisions. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NY169
  8. Meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Bill Clinton provokes political furor (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — An airport encounter this week between Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton has welled into a political storm, with Republicans asserting that it compromised the Justice Department's politically sensitive investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices while she was …

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference on June 22 in Washington, D.C. Lynch met with former  President Bill Clinton at the airport in Phoenix this week - an encounter that she described as "primarily social," but one that drew instant attention because of the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into the email practices of his wife, Hillary, while she was secretary of state. [Getty Images]
  9. USF fires top administrator who was hired despite serious lapses at previous job

    College

    TAMPA — In a case that has raised concern about the University of South Florida's hiring practices, the school has fired a high-profile director who managed to sail through the vetting process in 2013 despite serious marks on his job record.

    Samuel Bradley was fired this week from his post as director of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at USF. [Times files]
  10. Jones: Steve Yzerman maintains his golden touch

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning's most valuable person doesn't even play. Not anymore.

    Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager, Steve Yzerman watches from high above the ice as the Lightning take on the Florida Panthers during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (03/24/15). PHOTO TO PUBLISH with a story on Yzerman by Joe Smith on Sunday 4/12/15. (NOTE: Yzerman was watching from a box next to the broadcast boxes and press box above the 300 level seating at the arena. He was photographed from the catwalk at the start of the game).

Gov. Rick Scott's still a multi-millionaire, but...

Our friends at the AP are reporting that Gov. Rick Scott's net worth dropped nearly 19 percent from the prior year....

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Updates on Alex Cobb, Steven Souza Jr. Brad Boxberger, Chase Whitley

Lots of news today on the Rays injury front … ...

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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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