Associated Press EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.
ATLANTA -- Something had finally clicked. That was the Buccaneers' assessment. They even had the data to prove it. It was right there in the NFL record book, where Josh McCown's one interception in 224 pass attempts last season left him with a 0.4 interception percentage that
TAMPA -- The red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico that was threatening the tourist-soaked beaches of Pinellas County reversed its course last week and began ebbing from the coastline.
ST. PETERSBURG -- With all the emotion and tempers from the previous game brushed aside, the Rays and Yankees went about their business on Wednesday night. And in the final game at Tropicana Field for New York shortstop Derek Jeter, the future Hall of Famer scored the winning run in the
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids "were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday.
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night.
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 automatic rifles for its internal police department, according to Law Enforcement Support Office documents. The guns aren't currently in use, but soon the school police officers will begin training to use and
St. Petersburg police are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run in June. Police say Keith Hamm is a fugitive wanted on charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the June 4 crash.
TAMPA -- Although the federal government has officially dropped its appeal of a ruling exempting his company from having to provide employees certain types of birth control, Thomas Beckwith is still ready to fight.
TAMPA -- Often viewed last season as the Little Team That Could, the Lightning now are expected to be more like a runaway steam engine barreling into Stanley Cup contention.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Choice words were exchanged during a flare-up that led to benches emptying Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, it was the choice of words that still had some involved parties upset.
ST. PETERSBURG -- A federal lawsuit claims St. Petersburg police officers used excessive force and injured two men during a drug raid at a home in 2010. Andre Blossom and Ronnie Wynn say they were at a relative's house cooking dinner and getting ready to watch Monday Night Football on
ST. PETERSBURG -- A West Palm Beach developer has revealed plans for perhaps the most prime piece of undeveloped real estate in the city's downtown. The Kolter Group is planning a 13-story hotel and 41-story condo tower on the Tropicana block on Central Avenue, a $120 million
PHOENIX - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.
CLEVELAND - Ohio prosecutors have started reviewing evidence to determine if charges should be filed against teens accused of duping a special-needs boy who thought he was participating in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." Cuyahoga County prosecutors met for several hours on
TAMPA -- On a dreary, gray Wednesday morning, the President of the United States hopped in a black sport utility vehicle and his lengthy motorcade sped away from the Tampa Downtown Hilton, down rain soaked city streets, along the Leroy Selmon Expressway and finally through the gates of
NEW PORT RICHEY -- An inmate who escaped from a prison work detail in Pasco County more than a week ago had done the same thing at least once before, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said Wednesday.
A St. Petersburg man faces child neglect charges after Pinellas County deputies say a 5-month-old died in his care when he left the infant home alone twice for extended periods of time.
Clearwater firefighters safely pulled a woman from a car that had been swept away by floodwaters into an inundated drainage ditch. The rescue took place late Wednesday morning at the Japanese Garden mobile home park, 10709 U.S.
Florida's public universities sent more than 50,000 graduates into the world in the spring of 2012, and the university system's Board of Governors says they're doing well.
TAMPA -- The other day, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart spoke with his mentor, Jack Harbaugh, who was the Western Kentucky University coach when Taggart played quarterback there.
PLANT CITY -- State ethics officials have found no merit to allegations that City Commissioner Billy Keel tried to use his influence to silence a key witness in a city investigation of then-Police Chief Steve Singletary.
NEW YORK - The stock market got the reassurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The U.S. central bank signaled that it would keep its short-term interest rate near zero for a while yet, and investors pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high.
TALLAHASSEE - An Army reservist is suing Gov. Rick Scott and a state agency claiming he was demoted because of an overseas deployment. Walter Kreitlow claims in the suit filed Wednesday against Scott and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation that his job as a law enforcement
TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County Commission approved funding Wednesday for two projects that will help fill the void in affordable housing. One of the projects, a new 80-apartment complex scheduled to go up in the University of South Florida area, will benefit older military veterans.
TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is suffering from a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said Wednesday. Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital, said Ford has a malignant sarcoma.
TAMPA -- It has been 40 years since bulldozers mowed under the stretch of Central Avenue between Ybor City and downtown -- once the hub of Tampa's African-American community. "Harlem of the South" it was called in the '40s, '50s and '60s, when
TAMPA - City crews are repairing a downtown water main break likely caused by heavy rain and likely to tie up traffic at Cass and Morgan streets until Friday. Two water lines - a 12-inch pipe that was installed in 2011 and a 16-inch pipe that was installed in 1953 - cross at that
President Obama, in Tampa on Wednesday for a briefing with Centcom, reiterated his long-standing position on how to battle the Islamic State militants: no American ground troops. Here is the text of his speech, which began at 12:04 p.m.