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  1. Bullpen can't hold early lead as Rays fall to Astros in 10 (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Astros took advantage of the Rays' bullpen woes and rallied for a 6-4 victory Sunday at Tropicana Field.

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) scores on the sac fly by catcher Evan Gattis (11) in the ninth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
  2. St. Petersburg police identify woman found dead in creek

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Investigators identified Sunday the body of a woman found over the weekend floating in a creek.

  3. It's centrist Macron vs. far-right populist Le Pen in runoff to become France's next leader

    World

    PARIS — Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France's presidential election, remaking the country's political system and setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union.

    Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte leave after casting their vote in the first round of the French presidential election, in le Touquet, northern France, Sunday April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) ENA103
  4. Trump's approval rating at record lows but his base is holding as 100 days approaches

    National

    President Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times, a president whose voters remain largely satisfied with his performance, but one whose base of support has not expanded since he took the oath of office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News …

    President Donald Trump, during a meeting with his daughter Ivanka Trump and women small business owners, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington, March 27, 2017. [New York Times]
  5. Rubio denies involvement in Colombian meeting at Mar-a-Lago

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday denied a role in setting up a meeting at Mar-a-Lago between former Colombian presidents opposed to a peace deal.

  6. NFL draft prospect Caleb Brantley charged with battery

    Blogs

    Former Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley has been charged with a battery after fighting with a woman earlier this month, according to Alachua County court records.

    Caleb Brantley greets fans in 2016.
  7. St. Petersburg's sidewalks have safety flaws for pedestrians and cyclists

    Transportation

    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of advocates for pedestrian safety recently strolled through the city and found themselves dodging distracted drivers, navigating sidewalks that petered out and traversing darkened thoroughfares lacking proper lighting.

    The Florida Consumer Action Network sent a team of auditors to walk the streets of St. Petersburg and found plenty of problems facing pedestrians and bicyclists. Here’s one example: On 22nd Avenue S, a sidewalk at one corner of 49th Street S dips down into a storm drain on the road and then continues through a crosswalk in the intersection. [Courtesy of Florida Consumer Action Network]
  8. Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

    Transportation

    TAMPA — If some Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights residents had their druthers, the state would simply demolish Interstate 275, which now severs their neighborhoods.

    Viewed from the southbound lanes, traffic in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa slow to a crawl on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  9. Tampa police arrest 24-year-old man in murder of girlfriend

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police arrested a 24-year-old man who investigators said murdered his girlfriend during an argument early Saturday.

    Hector Favio Acevedo, 24, is accused of murdering his girlfriend during an argument, according to Tampa police. [Tampa Police Department]
  10. Collier County evacuations lifted as brush fires continue around Florida

    Fire

    Evacuation orders have been lifted in Collier County where a brush fire has been raging over the weekend along with two others in Lee and Polk counties and more than 100 across the state.

    Firefighters were not able to save this large shed type structure during the Indian Lake Estates wildfire.  Aerial view of a wildfire in the Indian Lake Estate subdivision near Lake Wales. Dozens of firefighters battled the 700+ acre wildfire saving dozens of homes with fire approaching within feet of the houses. Fire officials evacuated the hundreds of residents in the subdivision but lifted the evacuation order at 4:00pm on Saturday.[Saturday, April 22, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  11. Video: Food Network star Alton Brown tries Tampa's cuban sandwiches, says they weren't 'what I expected'

    General

    As connoisseurs of classic, Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches will tell you, lettuce and tomato on a Cuban is controversial at the least, and downright blasphemous in some circles.

    Alton Brown did a blind taste test of some Cuban sandwiches during a tour stop in Tampa. [Alton Brown via Facebook]
  12. Officials: Cigarette likely caused fire that burned homes

    Fire

    LEHIGH ACRES — A lit cigarette likely tossed by a parent waiting for a school bus caused a southwest Florida brush fire that destroyed four homes and several cars.

  13. March for Science brings out demonstrators on six continents

    World

    WASHINGTON - Earth Day has arrived, and so has the March for Science - a global event on six continents (and cheered on by scientists on a seventh, Antarctica). Thousands of people have gathered on grounds of the Washington Monument for a four-hour rally that will culminate in a march down Constitution Avenue to the …

    Demonstrators portraying Santa Claus and his elves protest the shrinking of polar ice caps along with thousands of people marching in downtown Los Angeles, part of the nationwide March for Science Saturday, April 22, 2017. They chanted "Money for science and education, not for wars and climate alteration." [Associated Press]
  14. North Korea detains US citizen, the third American being held there

    World

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.