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2 charged with vandalizing anti-abortion health facilities

Jan. 24, 2023 18:31 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man and woman accused of vandalizing several anti-abortion reproductive health services facilities are facing federal charges. A federal grand jury in Tampa returned an indictment last week accusing a 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman of...

Avast! Pirates set to 'invade' Tampa in Gasparilla festival

Jan. 24, 2023 15:46 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cannons boomed and pirates galore swarmed downtown Tampa on Tuesday in a prelude to this weekend's Gasparilla Pirate Fest, expected to draw up to 500,000 revelers to the shores of the bay. The day's event was a demand by the costumed pirates, led by Ye Mystic...

Museum to receive record-setting dinosaur skeleton

Jan. 21, 2023 03:11 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa is chomping at the bit to show off the real dinosaur skeleton it is getting — not one of those plaster or robotic ones. It’s nicknamed “Big John” after the South Dakota rancher whose land was the final resting place for the...

Prosecutor suspended by DeSantis loses bid to get job back

Jan. 20, 2023 16:09 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the First Amendment and the Florida Constitution by removing an elected state prosecutor, but that the federal courts lack the power to reinstate him. In an order dismissing the case, U.S....

Stamkos gets 500th goal in hat trick, Lightning beat Canucks

Jan. 19, 2023 02:27 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 500th NHL goal and then added two more for a hat trick, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and an assist in...

Alonso: Mets on the brink of something extremely special

Jan. 14, 2023 21:27 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso returned to his old high school Saturday for a charity event being held just a long home run away from the residence of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. It was only natural that a question would come up...

Playground for ‘every single body’ brings kids together

Jan. 07, 2023 03:17 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The zip lines rock. That appears to be the consensus from those who have visited the city’s inclusive all-abilities park behind the New Tampa Recreation Center in Tampa Palms since its late-December debut. As his mother, Laura Linton, held a...

No. 24 Mississippi State faces Illinois with heavy hearts

Jan. 01, 2023 10:54 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mississippi State players and staff felt they knew what Mike Leach would want them to do following the Dec. 12 death of the Bulldogs coach due to complications from a heart condition: play in the ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois. “It has been expressed and they...

Bucs' Gabbert, brothers rescue people in Tampa chopper crash

Dec. 30, 2022 16:26 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert became an unexpected hero Thursday when a helicopter crashed into Hillsborough Bay in Tampa. He and his two brothers were cruising nearby on jet skis, checking out from afar some of the sail boats at a yacht club, when...

Two men cited for fighting on Tampa to MSP airport flight

Dec. 28, 2022 18:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two men were cited Wednesday for fighting on a Sun Country Airlines flight that arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport from Tampa, Florida. Eddy Soto, 42, of Chicago, and Justin Michael Dodd, 30, of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, were both cited by...