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Vice President Mike Pence arrives to give a speech at Starkey Road Baptist Church on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020, as part of his 'Faith in America' tour. His visit comes just days after President Donald Trump came to Tampa Bay on Friday for a campaign fundraiser. Pence's speech heralded the Trump Administration's successes and commitment to pro-life issues. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Pence tours pregnancy center, fires up GOP base in Florida

Aug. 5, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida's Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, firing up the Republican party’s conservative base while touring a pregnancy center, speaking at a church and making an appearance before a packed ballroom. Pence’s visit highlighted his...

Porn, rap interrupt Zoom hearing of Twitter hacking suspect

Aug. 5, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The online bond hearing for a Florida teen accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts was interrupted Wednesday by rap music and pornographic videos from users who apparently disguised their names. The interruptions — including one by a user who shared a screen and took over...

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) makes a diving catch on a flyout by Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Meadows 2 hits in return from virus, Rays top Red Sox 5-1

Aug. 4, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season with the coronavirus and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped their losing streak at five, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Tuesday night. “Looked like he didn’t miss a beat,” Rays manager...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Wirfs was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Buccaneers rookie Wirfs prepares to do part to help Brady

Aug. 4, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Wirfs knows he has a critical role to play in helping Tom Brady transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The rookie is undaunted by the challenge of preparing for the task without the benefit of a normal preseason. The former Iowa star was the 13th pick in this...

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Fla., released the photo Graham Ivan Clark, 17, after his arrest Friday, July 31, 2020. Clark is accused of hacking Twitter, gaining access to the account of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and many others. Clark was able to scam people around the glove of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Tampa teenager accused in Twitter hack pleads not guilty

Aug. 4, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen identified as the mastermind of a scheme that gained control of Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple counts of fraud. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, is accused of using the hijacked Twitter accounts...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver. The six-time Pro Bowl running back has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the signing, the Bucs add another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Buccaneers add veteran RB LeSean McCoy on 1-year contract

Aug. 4, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs announced the signing Tuesday, adding yet another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. The 32-year-old McCoy agreed to terms last week and is entering...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge follows through on an eighth-inning, two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki is at right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Red-hot Judge powers streaking Yankees past Red Sox 9-7

Aug. 3, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge insists he's not quite locked in at the plate yet. Tell that to his teammates — or the Boston Red Sox. The big slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, connecting for the fifth straight game and breaking an eighth-inning tie with a tape-measure shot that powered the...

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tommy Milone throws a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game, Sun, Aug. 2, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Orioles beat Rays 5-1 for first series sweep since 2018

Aug. 2, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hanser Alberto doubled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. After the final out, the Orioles celebrated (with proper social distancing) their...

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc throws a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Orioles extend Rays' skid to 4 with 5-4 win in 11 innings

Aug. 2, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Pat Valaika singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay 5-4 Saturday night to extend the Rays' losing streak to four games. Newcomer Bryan Holaday scored the deciding run after making a sensational diving catch in the top of the 11th...

FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter says the hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breach used the phone to fool the social media company's employees into giving them access. The company revealed a few more details late Thursday, July 30, 2020 about the hack earlier this month, which it said targeted “a small number of employees through a phone spear phishing attack.”  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

Aug. 1, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the...