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Home shopping giant and one of the largest employers in St. Petersburg, HSN, is being bought out by its main competitor.

QVC’s parent company, Liberty Interactive, already owns 38 percent of HSN shares. With the new deal, however, the business once known as the Home Shopping Network will cede control of the remaining shares to the rival retail outlet.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.1 billion.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion that sent a plume of potentially dangerous smoke into the air at a Panhandle Air Force Base.


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Four months after his staff packed up and left its Tampa office, at the direction of a landlord frustrated by weekly demonstrations, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio still is looking for a home base in one of his state's largest metropolitan areas.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe have reached an agreement about the tribe's “exclusive” rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack, in a move that took the Legislature by surprise.

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.

President Donald Trump is pressuring wavering senators to back a Republican bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law but is holding open a repeal-only option if Republicans can't reach agreement over the July 4 recess, Trump's top legislative aide says.

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A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy who wrote on social media about "almost" shooting someone and followed it with "lol" has been fired.

A thunderstorm knocked out a pump at an indoor swimming pool in Florida, causing a "cloud of chlorine gas" that sent five children to a hospital.

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Attracting more than 120 million visitors before the end of the calendar year remains a goal of the state's tourism-marketing arm, now that Visit Florida's funding won't be slashed.

The bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease have been found at a health club in Florida, and a second club is being tested for the bacteria.

Florida is leading the nation in the number of people killed by lightning strikes.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to Tampa and two other cities to tout his decision to tap a political ally and former legislator to a top position.

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Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

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Investigators are still trying to determine how two Texas siblings drowned in a pool at a Hillsborough County motel while on a Father's Day outing with their church.

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A worker has died from apparent electrocution at a Polk County distillery.

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In a move that could shake up next year's race for Florida governor, the FBI has launched an investigation into redevelopment deals involving prominent business owners and developers in the state capital.

Critics pounced after the Senate released its long-awaited bill to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday, saying its proposed cuts to Medicaid could be disastrous for the roughly 3.6 million Florida residents who rely on the program.

Florida's Latino population grew fastest last year in counties in the exurbs of Orlando and Tampa, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday.

The new figures also showed strong Latino growth rates in counties outside Jacksonville, but those areas had comparatively small Hispanic populations to start with.

A board overseeing Orlando International Airport approved a measure prohibiting marijuana on its premises, despite its decriminalization by local police and passage of its use for medical purposes by Florida voters last fall.

Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say.

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