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  1. Banged-up USF women finish regular season against No. 1 UConn

    College

    TAMPA — Their ranks are in need of more generals.

    South Florida Bulls guard Laia Flores (22) drives toward the basket past Memphis Tigers center Brianna Porter (25) and draws the foul in the second half during the game between the South Florida Bulls and the Memphis Tigers at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The Bulls beat the Tigers 79-49.
  2. Paxton, star of action blockbusters of TV's 'Big Love,' dies at 61

    Celebrities

    Bill Paxton, the affable actor who co-starred in a string of 1990s blockbusters including Twister, Titanic and Apollo 13 and later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama Big Love, has died. He was 61.

    596313 (BC-BPI-DEBONT) Jo Harding (HELEN HUNT) and Bill Harding (BILL PAXTON) hold on for their lives as a roaring twister wreaks havoc in Warner Bros.’ and Universal Pictures’ thrilling action-adventure, ‘Twister,” from Amblin Entertainment. BPI DIGITAL PHOTO  1996 W.B. & UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS CR: DAVID JAMES
  3. Jones: Trading Ben Bishop hard but right thing for Lightning

    Lightning Strikes

    It had to happen.

    It stinks, to be sure. It's a sad day in Tampa Bay sports, no doubt. One of the worst ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) works to make a save against the Edmonton Oilers during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (02/21/17).
  4. Deportation anxiety grows in Florida fields

    WIMAUMA — Rumors about deportation raids started to circulate around the fields again, so Catalina Sanchez and her husband began to calculate the consequences of everything they did.

    Catalina Sanchez, holding her son, Gustavo, and Cirilo Perez pose for a portrait with their daughter, Miriam, 9, on their bed in the main room of their trailer in Wimauma. Perez works in Hillsborough County fields, while Sanchez raises 3-month-old Gustavo.
  5. All for 1: Kurt Busch leads one lap to win wreck-heavy Daytona 500

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Kurt Busch took the lead on the final lap to edge Ryan Blaney and win Sunday's 59th running of the Daytona 500.

    Kurt Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) DBR127
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Richard Corcoran's claim about mass shootings and gun-free zones

    In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

    FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen  killed 49 people on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  7. Trump adopts a fraught label, and historians scratch heads

    Politics

    MOSCOW — The phrase was too toxic even for Nikita Khrushchev, a war-hardened veteran communist not known for squeamishness. As leader of the Soviet Union, he demanded an end to the use of the term "enemy of the people" because "it eliminated the possibility of any kind of ideological fight."

    President Donald Trump is using the phrase "enemy of the people"  to describe representatives of what he calls the "fake news" media [Associated Press]
  8. Lightning trades Ben Bishop to Kings

    Blogs

    When goalie Ben Bishop missed Sunday's practice due to the flu, it sparked trade speculation around the hockey world.

  9. Lightning trades Ben Bishop to Kings

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning traded goalie Ben Bishop to the Kings on Sunday for a package that includes goalie Peter Budaj.

    DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Goalie Ben Bishop is traded to the Kings for a package that includes goalie Peter Budaj.
  10. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 27-March 5

    Events

    Florida Strawberry Festival: In Plant City, the red berry is king but the music lineup is pretty sweet, too. Willie Nelson, Little Big Town and 3 Doors Down will be there, along with a midway of rides, exhibits and free daily entertainment starting Thursday. $10, $5 ages 6-12, free for 5 and …

    Chef Tony DeFrancesco carefully prepares a four-pound pile of strawberry shortcake for the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest sponsored by St. Clement's at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City Thursday. Contestants were give ten minutes to attempt to finish the portion, a feat that no one managed to complete.
  11. Father of SEAL killed in Yemen wants answers: 'Don't hide behind my son's death'

    Human Interest

    When they brought William "Ryan" Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens' family paid their respects.

    William Owens, clutching a photo of son Ryan, the SEAL killed in a January commando raid, says the administration is wrong to say that anyone who questions the raid does his son a disservice. [Emily Michot | Miami Herald]
  12. Congress returns with big decisions on the line for Trump

    WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency.

  13. 'People's Court' judge Joseph A. Wapner dead at 97

    Obituaries

    Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show "The People's Court" helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

    In 1984, Joseph Wapner of the "People's Court" TV program posed in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Wapner has died at 97. [Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post]