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Woman gets 50-year sentence for crash that killed 3

Oct. 22, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A judge in Florida sentenced a 31-year-old woman to 50 years in prison for causing a drunk driving crash that killed a family of three. Amber Perera was convicted of DUI-manslaughter and leaving a death scene. She told her family in a call from jail that her life was ruined. Hillsborough...

Bucs practice squad DL Beckner suspended 4 games

Oct. 21, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay rookie defensive lineman Terry Beckner four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers. Beckner is a seventh-round draft pick who has been a member of the team's practice squad. The NFL announced the suspension without pay on Monday....

Paper: Scientologists buy dozens of properties in Clearwater

Oct. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A newspaper report says the Church of Scientology and companies run by its members spent more than $100 million over the past three years buying up huge sections of downtown Clearwater. The Tampa Bay Times reports that recent purchases doubled the combined real estate footprint of...

St. Petersburg rolls out scooter program with rules

Oct. 20, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One Florida city is trying to roll out an electric scooter program and avoid the problems of other metro areas around the U.S. The St. Petersburg City Council approved an ordinance recently that would allow scooter share companies to participate in a one-year pilot program that...

Jost, Francouz help Avalanche beat Lightning 6-2

Oct. 19, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pavel Francouz overcome soe pregame jitters to get his second win in two career starts. Francouz made 44 saves, Tyson Jost had three goals, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 Saturday night to remain the only NHL team without a regulation loss this...

Saints look to keep rolling with Bridgewater against Bears

Oct. 18, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints kept their sights set on a Super Bowl even after Drew Brees went down with an injury. While their star quarterback continues to recover following thumb surgery, the NFC South leaders will try to remain unbeaten without him. The Saints look to improve to 5-0...

Details emerge in accidental shooting in school cafeteria

Oct. 18, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eleven young heads turned toward the explosive noise coming from the side of the school lunchroom. A young girl in jeans and white shoes moved her hands toward her ears. A cafeteria worker ducked behind the counter. White smoke lingered. It took everyone a moment to process the...

Saints' Lattimore keeping string of success in perspective

Oct. 17, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Accountability seems to come naturally to Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. He'll castigate himself with the cameras on when he doesn't play well. He'll even volunteer when luck played a part in a big play he made, such as his first interception of the season last weekend. "I needed...

LB Shaquil Barrett proving to be bargain find for Buccaneers

Oct. 17, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Shaquil Barrett has been much more than a nice fit in Tampa Bay's new defensive scheme, emerging as a dominant pass rusher and one of the best bargains in free agency this year. The unheralded outside linebacker who signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Buccaneers after spending...

14-year-old charged with making threat against former school

Oct. 17, 2019 1:51 AM EDT

SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A 14-year-old Florida boy is accused of threatening a shooting at his former school. The Tampa Bay Times reports the teen was arrested Wednesday and charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says the teen is accused of texting...