CALGARY, Alberta -- After being told his NHL debut would have to wait, Jonathan Drouin instead was put on call to prepare to play his first game on Monday in Edmonton.
The fight against cancer has a way of uniting us all. And so it was at Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Hillsborough County government center on Tuesday. Cancer survivors attended, as well as those who know someone with cancer and those who have lost someone to the disease.
NEW YORK - Target Corp. is offering for the first time free shipping on all items for its online holiday customers, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon.
WASHINGTON - The hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal, Ben Bradlee, has died. He was 93. The Washington Post reports that Bradlee died at his home today of natural causes.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.
NEW PORT RICHEY -- An immigrant youth shelter that provides temporary housing for unaccompanied minors will be allowed to double its occupancy. After a heated public hearing, Pasco County commissioners voted 3-2 to amend a special use permit for Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services,
OCALA - Police say a 13-year-old runaway in north Florida stole a front-end loader and began driving down the interstate with the idea of going to Fort Lauderdale. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the boy ran away Sunday morning and went looking for a vehicle to steal at a
A Valrico chef showed a little too much beefcake in the kitchen at work and is out of a job, USA Today reports. The cook, who calls himself Justin J Speekz on Facebook, was fired after posting Facebook photos of himself in the restaurant's kitchen without a shirt, the newspaper reports.
The Riverview area will soon have its own movie megaplex, as Michigan-based Goodrich Quality Theaters announced plans to build a first-run movie complex at the location of I-75 and Gibsonton Road.
A custom racing bicycle was taken during a burglary this week, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. At 5 p.m., Sunday, someone entered an open garage in the 4600 block of Dunnie Drive in Tampa and took the custom bicycle.
The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg will host a group of African journalists who had been scheduled to come to the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus. On Friday, USF St.
CLEARWATER -- The battle over who gets the lucrative contract to run the county's waste-to-energy plant seems set to rumble on. County commissioners on Tuesday delayed awarding a 10-year contract worth an estimated $450 million to Corvanta, saying they had concerns over fees for
SEATTLE - A lawyer for Backpage.com told the Washington Supreme Court today that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on the website should be thrown out because they didn't write the ads, so they're not liable.
OCALA - Authorities say a north Florida man suspected of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and her mother remains in critical condition following a motorcycle crash and shootout with police. Ocala police say 54-year-old Ricardo de Jesus Barrera killed 34-year-old Bonnie-Lyn Motto and 67-
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad today, another setback as the NFL's first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.
TAMPA -- A dropped misdemeanor charge against a Lyft driver is the latest setback for the Hillsborough County agency trying to regulate the upstart ride-sharing industry. Still, investigators vow to continue criminally charging those drivers who refuse to operate by the county's rules.
The St. Petersburg Police Department said on Tuesday morning it closed down a "nuisance house" that had been the subject of numerous complaints about drugs and prostitution. At around 7:40 a.m., vice and narcotics detectives along with the SWAT team served a search warrant at the
Polk County sheriff's detectives are investigating after a man's body was found in a burned Lakeland home this morning. Deputies were called to 2701 Thelma Drive around 8 a.m. after a house fire was reported.
A 32-year-old Nigerian man was found dead in his Largo apartment this morning, but officials do not believe there is any risk of Ebola, Largo police said. Police were asked to check on Mukhtar Kyari at his apartment at 2770 Roosevelt Blvd., after he had not been heard from since Saturday.
A 16-year-old Plant City teenager is facing more than 100 charges of possessing and producing child pornography and molestation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said today. Jared Kyle Henry, 16, was arrested on 93 counts of possession of child pornography, nine counts of promotion of a
ORLANDO -- A former Florida lawmaker won't face prosecution for violating the state's open meetings laws after a judge ruled Tuesday that applying the law to a private citizen could violate a constitutional right to free speech.
ST. PETERSBURG -- The police department has spent more than $100,000 to upgrade technology, create a smartphone application and add several new ways for residents to submit anonymous tips. The new app will make reporting crime tips easier for a generation that prefers sending text messages to
JACKSONVILLE - Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist defended his party switch during his final debate with Republican Gov. Rick Scott, saying Republicans have been kidnapped by the tea party. Crist, who was a Republican when he served as Florida's governor, said during today's'exchange on
WASHINGTON - Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds. Superintendent Nancy McGinley said today she was contacted last week by a board member who
TAMPA -- An international consulting firm with a record of success in shepherding transportation tax referendums will try to do the same thing for Hillsborough County. The county will pay the New York-based engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff nearly $900,000 to develop a comprehensive
By the end of this week, the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg and the five other Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in the region will have run training exercises on what to do if a patient showed the symptoms of
A wrestling coach assaulted two students after he made take their clothes off, and there may be other victims, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Scott Stern, 45, of Clearwater was arrested today on two counts of simple battery, deputies said.
TAMPA - The disappointing career of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers took another wayward turn Tuesday when he was suspended without pay for the team's next two games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
WASHINGTON - American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.