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More than 600 divers scooped up trash from the ocean floor off a South Florida beach, setting a Guinness World Records milestone for largest underwater cleanup.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Tampa Fairgrounds during a rally July 31, 2018.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Tampa rally in 2016 has been dismissed.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, calling the embattled Israeli prime minister a "strong leader" on the governor's final day of a trade mission to Israel.

The meeting came the day after Netanyahu failed to assemble a governing coalition, sending the country into a political crisis.

Southeast High School in Bradenton tweeted that recent graduates Albert Ales and Zachary Morris were killed Friday while exploring in Peru.
Southeast High School

Two teens who recently graduated from high school in Bradenton have died in a crash while traveling in Peru.

Alligator on a runway at MacDill Airforce Base
Facebook / MacDill Airforce Base

Staff at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.

DeVaughn Putna Farrington / Facebook St. Croix Hurricane Maria Check In page

A Federal Communications Commission report says wireless carriers' poor preparation and coordination lengthened communication outages in the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael. 

@pitbull / Twitter

Legislative budget negotiators have reached a deal to extend the life of the Visit Florida tourism agency, which had been set to expire in October. 

John Jonchuck was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier in April for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge in 2015.
Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times pool photo

John Jonchuck, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, is asking for a new trial.

A JEA crew works on power restoration in the Egrets Bluee area after Hurricane Irma in Sept. 2017.
JEA

Utilities would have to come up with a 10-year plan to strengthen and bury power lines and be allowed to pass along the cost to customers under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission met in Tampa in May 2017.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Florida voters could have a chance to abolish a commission that meets every 20 years to suggest changes to the state constitution.

The new law, which increases penalties for killing or seriously injuring police dogs, is in honor of Jacksonville Police K-9 Fang, who was killed by a carjacking suspect last year.
Jacksonville Police

People who kill or seriously injure police dogs in Florida will now face tougher penalties.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday making that crime a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It was previously a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, congratulates his Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, after the Blue Jackets completed a four game sweep Tuesday night, 7-3.
Tampa Bay Lightning

Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

John Jonchuck is fingerprinted by deputies after he was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Pinellas County jury in the death of her 5-year-old daughter four years ago.
Scott Keeler/ Tampa Bay Times Pool Photo

A Pinellas County jury on Tuesday found John Jonchuck guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, despite arguments from his attorneys that he was insane and thought his actions would actually save her. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison.

John Jonchuck was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier in April for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge in 2015.
Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times pool photo

A Pinellas County man who threw his 5-year-old daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge four years ago knew what he was doing was wrong and should be found guilty of first-degree murder, a prosecutor told jurors Monday during closing arguments of his trial.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their postseason mastery of the Tampa Bay Lightning, beating the NHL's best team 3-1 on Sunday night and moving to within a game of sweeping the playoff series.

University of South Florida researchers in 2013 unearthed graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Now, crews may have found more graves.
Pool Photo - 2013

A company doing pollution cleanup at a shuttered Florida reform school may have found more graves of the nearly 100 boys estimated to have died there.

The Carnvial Paradise is one of three ships Carnival operates out of Port Tampa Bay.
Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation.

The NTSB has put out a preliminary report on a fiery Jan. 2019 crash on Interstate-75 that killed five children and two truck drivers.
Alachua County Fire Rescue

It appears three children were wearing seatbelts when they were ejected from a church van in a fiery, Jan. 3 crash that killed seven people on Interstate 75, according to a report released Wednesday.

A bill to limit the strength of smokable medical marijuana is heading to the House floor. 

Prison bars
Michael Coghlan/Wikimedia Commons

Legislation putting into law a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to some Florida felons has won approval by a state Senate committee. 

Baylor and Notre Dame will face off in the NCAA Women's Basketball championship game Sunday night in Tampa.
NCAA

Notre Dame will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive national championships during the NCAA era in Sunday night's title game against Baylor in Tampa.

The USF men's basketball team won the College Basketball Invitational championship with a 77-65 win over DePaul Friday in Chicago.
USF Athletics

David Collins had 19 points and eight rebounds as the University of South Florida beat DePaul 77-65 on Friday night in Chicago for the College Basketball Invitational championship.

Jurors in the John Jonchuck trial on Monday began debating whether he was insane or not when he threw his daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge four years ago.
Pinellas County Jail

A murder trial is moving forward for a man who threw his 5-year-old daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge. 

Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill moving in the state House. 

A Florida mental health care worker is facing charges that he sexually battered three patients. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen in a file photo.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the sheriff who he suspended and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting. 

A lawsuit claims an 11-year-old boy visiting from Brazil had his foot and leg crushed at the end of the E.T. Adventure ride at Universal Studios in Orlando. 

FourteenSixty / Flickr

A Florida state senator wants to know why the state's Department of Transportation paid a company $3.6 million to drop its challenge to the awarding of another company with a lucrative contract to overhaul Florida's toll road system. 

The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting has filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons. 

Florida's coastal waters appear free from a devastating red tide bloom that began in October 2017.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report released Wednesday says the toxic algae were no longer present in water samples collected anywhere in the state. 

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