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Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12


An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. More>>

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Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings


Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's... More>>

Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed


The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials... More>>

Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning. More>>

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden


A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school's newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and a school administrator said... More>>

TRAFFIC: NB I-275 closed at Bearss Ave. in Tampa


Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. More>>

Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office Video included


A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games. More>>

Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales


Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales. More>>

Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers


The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice. More>>

Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested Video included


Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided


Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue. More>>

Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included


After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.

Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian... More>>

Headstone found in Crystal River


Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River. More>>

Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video Video included

Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook

A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student. More>>

Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair Video included

Jessica Seaman Jessica Seaman

A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ... More>>

EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks Video included


It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman. More>>

Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist... More>>

Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief Video included


There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.

3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections


Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.

RV destroyed in Hillsborough fire


A fire destroyed an RV in rural Hillsborough County and sent the occupant to the hospital. More>>

Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole


A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened. More>>

Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office


The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More>>

Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect. Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect.

A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA. More>>

$600,000 Hudson home destroyed by fire, 1 injured


Investigators say strong winds spread a fire that destroyed a $600,000 home and injured one person in Hudson. More>>

90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO

Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men wanted in the home invasion of a 90-year-old man. More>>

Pasco toy maker that helps needy kids destroyed by fire

Photo: The ToyMakers Photo: The ToyMakers

A Pasco County toy maker that helps children in need has been completely destroyed from a fire this week. More>>

Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo

A Tampa man accused of murdering a woman had the victim in his car when he was talking to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, about an hour before the woman was killed. More>>

Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat


Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.

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  • White House updating online privacy policy

    White House updating online privacy policy

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:51:48 GMT
    By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile...More >
    By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile apps and...More >
  • Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

    Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:21:00 GMT
    A New York jury has heard two widely differing descriptions of an Egyptian imam accused of carrying out terrorism offenses while he led a London mosque.More >
    An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped...More >
  • Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:01:29 GMT
    Relatives of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston bombing suspects are remembering him a year later.More >
    Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life - and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts the nation has...More >
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