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  1. Now it's Pinellas County's turn to wrestle with $14 million extra for St. Petersburg's Pier District

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council's prolonged discussion Thursday night to formally request that Pinellas County allot an additional $14 million to the Pier District, downtown transportation and parking eventually ended with a compromise that passed by a vote of 5-3.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman’s original plan was to use the entire $14 million in tax increment financing to add extra features to the Pier District, to the disagreement of some City Council members.
  2. U.S. officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

    World

    AMBOULI, Djibouti — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.

    U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, left, and U.S. Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser at Camp Lemonnier in Ambouli, Djibouti, on Sunday.   Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones. [Associated Press]
  3. AP exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs

    World

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. But they don't work — because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank officials — and it's not clear when they will.

    A man and woman stand at a counter next to a Ryugyong Commercial Bank automated teller machine at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang now has two. But they don't work, because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank officials. [Associated Press]
  4. NFL draft prospect Caleb Brantley charged with punching woman in face

    Bucs

    Just days before he was expected to be an early round pick in the NFL draft, former Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley faces a misdemeanor battery charge on a complaint that he knocked a woman unconscious in a fight earlier this month.

    Caleb Brantley’s initial report was falsified, a lawyer says.
  5. 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 landscape 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
  6. A tragic story worth the attention

    Sports

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Most interesting coverage

    Former Patriots and Gators TE Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.
  7. Budget director says details of Trump tax plan won't be ready until June

    National

    WASHINGTON — The White House will offer "specific governing principles" for its tax plan this week along with indications of what new rates would be, but a complete proposal probably won't be ready until June, President Donald Trump's budget director said.

    President Donald Trump has said a tax overhaul is a big priority.
  8. Review: Neil Diamond spins 50 years of hits, memories for fans at Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    It’s a story Neil Diamond has told before, and one he’ll surely tell again. But they never tire of it in Tampa.

    Neil Diamond performed on April 23, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  9. About 50 march through downtown St. Petersburg in remembrance of Holocaust

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rabbi pointed to his sign to explain why he and about 50 other people marched Sunday through downtown St. Petersburg.

    "Never forget," it read.

    About 50 people walked from the Florida Holocaust Museum to North Straub Park on Sunday as part of a worldwide remembrance of the 6 million Jewish people killed during the Holocaust.
  10. Tampa man arrested for sexual battery on a minor

    Crime

    A Tampa man is being held without bail on charges of sexual battery of a minor.

  11. Here's how to watch Trump's call to space to congratulate record-setting astronaut

    News

    International Space Station commander Peggy Whitson early Monday will set the U.S. record for most accumulated time in orbit.

  12. U.S. beats defending champ Czechs to make Fed Cup final

    Tennis

    WESLEY CHAPEL — The United States is heading back to the Fed Cup final for the first time in seven years, and CoCo Vande­weghe played a big role in that.

    Bethanie Mattek-Sands, left, and clay-covered CoCo Vandeweghe let loose after their doubles win puts the United States in the Fed Cup final for the first time since 2010.
  13. Attorney: Police falsified report in Caleb Brantley case

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: I just spoke with Caleb Brantley's attorney, Huntley Johnson. Here's his statement: "Caleb Brantley was the victim the night this happened, and he is still being victimized." Johnson declined further comment. 

  14. Proposed update to Tampa tree protection rules designed to add clarity, predictability

    Local Government

    TAMPA — As a young lobbyist for the Builders Association of Greater Tampa, one of Bob Buckhorn's first tasks in the mid-1980s was to work on the city's evolving tree code — a subject that rarely fails to combine technical detail with passionate advocacy.

    Proposed changes to the tree and landscape code are based on a study of Tampa’s tree canopy.