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  1. New Orleans police: Pickup plows into parade crowd; driver likely drunk; 28 hurt


    NEW ORLEANS — A pickup truck plowed into a crowd of spectators at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday evening, injuring 28 people in an episode that the police said was linked to drunken driving.

  2. Trump says he won't attend annual correspondents dinner


    The annual White House Correspondents dinner will be missing a key guest this year: President Donald Trump.

  3. Democrats elect Tom Perez as national chairman (w/video)


    ATLANTA — Democrats chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.

  4. Trump's choice for commerce secretary leaves Russia questions unanswered

    WASHINGTON — Wilbur Ross is likely to be confirmed as President Donald Trump's secretary of commerce Monday despite unanswered questions about his ownership of a Cyprus bank that caters to wealthy Russians.

  5. Fennelly: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back just in time for struggling NASCAR

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — His sport needs him. It needed him, instantly, after his father died in the 2001 Daytona 500. It needs him more than ever — more than it should, really. Attendance and TV ratings are down. Name drivers such as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are retired. Even as a new wave of drivers takes wing, …

  6. Pre-existing conditions complicate health care law replacement


    CHICAGO — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

  7. Rays' Kevin Kiermaier embracing visibility, marketing opportunities

    The Heater


    Kevin Kiermaier was boarding a flight in Tampa, filing back to the coach seats he booked late heading to a New Year's Eve get-together in Utah with current and ex-Rays teammates and their significant others, when he heard someone calling his name from the first-class cabin.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) talks with Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman John Jaso (28) before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
  8. Time for Bucs to start finding playmakers


    TAMPA — The Bucs feel the need for speed, especially on offense, where coach Dirk Koetter noted how their fuse kept going out on explosive plays last season.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson makes a catch during training camp at the team’s practice facility, One Buc Place, in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 29, 2016.
  9. No. 13 Florida loses at No. 11 Kentucky in battle for first in SEC


    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Florida's nine-game win streak is over thanks to one playmaker.

    Freshman guard Malik Monk drives to the basket during the second half, when he scores 30 of  his 33 to help Kentucky to a 76-66 victory over Florida, breaking a tie atop the SEC.
  10. Two more USF turnovers: Basketball players left behind at airport, return home safely


    Two USF men's basketball players arrived home safely Friday afternoon after they were left at an airport in Houston when the team's connecting flight home from a game at Tulsa left without them.

  11. Lightning acquire Fournier in minor trade



  12. Assessing trade deadline possibilities for Lightning

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman brought the band back together last summer, he was celebrated.

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) in net during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (01/12/17). Bishop had been out several weeks due to an injury.
  13. Photo gallery: Saturday at Daytona International Speedway


    NASCAR's season opener puts the spotlight on Daytona International Speedway as Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to racing after missing half of 2016 Cup Series. Forty drivers will take to the track Sunday with Chase Elliot and Matt Kenseth in the front row. The Daytona 500 start flag drops at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. Sunday, Feb. …

    Drivers make their way around the track during the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
  14. 3 takeaways from Rays 7-2 loss to Pirates


    Three takeaways from the Rays 7-2 loss to the Pirates: