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  1. Cobb scratched from minor-league start due to back tightness


    Rays RHP Alex Cobb was scratched from a planned minor-league intrasquad start this morning in Port Charlotte due to lower back tightness.

    Manager Kevin Cash said they did not expect the issue to disrupt their season-opening pitching plans, as Cobb is slated to pitch Game 3 on April 5.

    "I don't …

  2. Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other


    WASHINGTON - The first cocktail party at Barack Obama's new office last month was certainly more casual than any he had hosted in recent years. The wine bore a random assortment of labels, as if assembled potluck-style. The self-serve appetizers were set out in the narrow hallway. The host, tieless, eschewed formal …

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet President-elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump before a  tea and coffee reception at the White House, in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017. [Times files]
  3. FHP: Man, 33, killed after metal breaks through windshield on Interstate 275


    TAMPA — A 33-year-old man was killed after a piece of metal crashed through his windshield while he was driving on Interstate 275, the Florida Highway Patrol said Sunday.

  4. Lithia man killed after SUV strikes power pole, Sheriff's Office says


    LITHIA — A 52-year-old man died Saturday evening after he hit a power pole in his SUV.

  5. FHP: Dade City three-car crash kills one, hospitalizes four


    DADE CITY — A 28-year-old man was killed and four people hospitalized in a three-car crash Saturday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  6. Corruption protests sweep Russia; opposition leader arrested (w/video)


    MOSCOW — Thousands of people crowded into Moscow's Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, the biggest gathering in a wave of nationwide protests that were the most extensive show of defiance in years.

    Police detain a protester in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
  7. Sprint car driver Steele killed in crash at Bradenton speedway

    Auto racing

    DESOTO — Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.

  8. Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare.

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  9. Rays report: Andriese vs. Yankees in Tampa, 1:05


    UPDATE, 12:14: 3B Evan Longoria, 1B Logan Morrison, bench/infield coach Tom Foley and manager Kevin Cash all gave positive reviews of their first experience on the new turf at Tropicana Field, noting that it looked better and played true.

  10. Photos: Maestro Anton Coppola celebrates 100th birthday with Opera Tampa and Coppola family


    Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Coppola conducted the world premiere of his revised duet and finale of Puccini's opera Turandot and also selections from …

    Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
  11. Aramis Ayala: the Florida state attorney who refuses to pursue the death penalty

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — When Aramis Ayala began campaigning for state attorney in this Central Florida district last year, so few people knew her that she handed out cards informing voters how to pronounce her name.

    Orange/Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala chats with State Attorney Brad King, who represents a region that includes Hernando County. King was appointed to take over the Markeith Loyd case.
  12. SOCom seeking latest tech, even holograms, for Wargame Center


    TAMPA — Some at MacDill Air Force Base laughed when the man running the U.S. Special Operations Command asked to borrow an entire hangar for his "war games" because he needed somewhere to set up a raised map.

    With 3-D capabilities like a hologram, Wargame Center viewers could get a view of actual terrain.
  13. Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike


    WASHINGTON — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.

    In this 2008 photo, a Pakistani army soldier stands guard by the devastated Marriott Hotel following a deadly suicide bombing in Islamabad.Officials say  Qari Yasin plotted the bombing that killed dozens. The victims included two American service members, U.S. officials said. [Getty Images]