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Pasco County couple survive a week adrift at sea

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A Pasco county couple is recovering after spending a week adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. They were trapped 80 miles off shore without any food and very little water for seven days. More>>

Palm Harbor strip club hit & run victim makes plea

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New video shows the violent incident early Friday morning, outside "Silks" strip club on US 19 in Palm Harbor. Bouncer Doug Berube and the club DJ. wanted to talk to a guy in a car about an earlier incident. The driver shoved it in reverse, hit the gas, and backed over Berube. He has a plea for the driver.... More>>

Land O' Lakes man: troopers saved my life Video included

A Pasco County man credits two Florida Highway Patrol troopers with saving his life. A Pasco County man credits two Florida Highway Patrol troopers with saving his life.
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Chris Henry calls two Florida Highway Patrol Troopers heroes. He believes they saved his life.
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Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment Video included

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Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him. More>>

Gov. Scott begins campaign bus tour in Tampa Bay area

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Gov. Rick Scott kicked off a statewide bus tour Monday, focusing on tax cuts and bashing his the record of his opponent - and predecessor."We've been cleaning up Charlie Crist's mess for three years," Scott said.Calling Crist a "slick politician and a smooth talker," More>>

St. Petersburg plane pulled from Tampa Bay after Sunday crash Video included

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The plane that crashed in Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg Sunday,has been recovered.A recovery team started work early this morning. It took hours to bring the plane up from about 25 feet under water. The company that owns the plane, Aerial Banner, Inc., sent company representatives to St. Petersburg. More>>

Bubba 'The Love Sponge' to announce new Tampa gig

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Bubba "The Love Sponge" announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will soon have a new Tampa home. More>>

Scott and Crist bash each other at campaign events

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Florida's increasingly bitter and expensive campaign for governor is kicking into gear with two months left before Election Day.Gov. Rick Scott began a two-week bus tour along the crucial Interstate 4 corridor, where he railed against former Gov. Charlie Crist as someone who is just like President Barack Obama. More>>

Pinellas Park police reunite trapped ducklings with mother

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Police officers in Pinellas Park helped reunite a family of ducks on Sunday. More>>

Clearwater Marine Aquarium plans to drop animal shows

Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior marine mammal trainer Abby Stone works with Winter the dolphin in Clearwater, Image AP Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior marine mammal trainer Abby Stone works with Winter the dolphin in Clearwater, Image AP
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No animal performances will be held at a redesigned aquatic center planned by the Florida aquarium featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies. More>>

Labor Day - more than just a day off Video included

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While many people have the day off work, the day is actually meant to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers.
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Two shot outside party in Tampa

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Two people have gunshot wounds after a shooting outside a party in Tampa early Sunday morning, Tampa police said.  More>>

Pilot dies in plane crash near downtown St. Pete

Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport. Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport.
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The pilot of a banner plane that crashed into the water near Albert Whitted Airport has died, St. Petersburg police officials said. 

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Pedestrian hit on U.S. 19 in Pasco County

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A pedestrian was hit while walking west on US Highway 19 south of Fivay Road Saturday night. A 2008 Chevy Cobalt driven by Mikola D. Batov of Hudson was traveling north on U.S. 19 in the center lane, approaching Fivay Road shortly before 10 p.m.... More>>

Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking vessel

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?Three adults were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew after their 37-foot boat began taking on water eight miles west of Bean Point on Anna Maria Island Sunday.About 3:50 p.m Sunday, officials at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg were notified via a marine band radio about a boat taking on water from a six-inch hole in the hull.... More>>

Buchholz throws 3-hitter, Red Sox beat Rays 3-0

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. ... More>>

Odorizzi shines as Rays shut out Boston, 7-0, at the Trop

Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night. Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night.
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Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night.Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up a career-high eight runs over four innings in a 9-1 loss at Baltimore, Odorizzi (10-11) allowed a fourth-inning single to Will Middlebrooks, three walks and struck out seven over seven innings. More>>

FHP seeks hit-and-run driver that injured Palm Harbor security guard Video included

The suspect was involved in an altercation inside the establishment just before 3 am Friday. The suspect was involved in an altercation inside the establishment just before 3 am Friday.
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Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating a hit-and-run driver that seriously injured a security guard at a Palm Harbor nightclub early Friday morning. More>>

Gulfport man charged for role in fatal pedestrian crash

The charges against Fitzgerald were filed this week by investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol. The charges against Fitzgerald were filed this week by investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol.
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An 18-year-old Gulfport man is now facing charges for his role in a June 1st fatal crash that claimed the life of an Oklahoma woman.Caleb Fitzgerald was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday on one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. More>>

Lake Wales PD, Polk SO arrest nine in drug crime sweep

Lawson, a 31-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Friday on a variety of drug-related charges. Lawson, a 31-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Friday on a variety of drug-related charges.
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In an effort to reduce drug related street crime in Lake Wales the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday arrested seven adults and two juveniles on a variety of charges.Officers with the Lake Wales Police Department also took part in the three-month undercover operation. More>>

Two men injured in Gandy Bridge boat crash

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Two men were injured in a single boat crash at the Gandy Bridge in Pinellas County Saturday. A 21-foot white Hydra-Sport boat collided with the Gandy Bridge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Officer Baryl Martin said in a news release. ... More>>

Down power line stalls Gulf Blvd. traffic

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Severe weather in Redington Beach has forced the shutdown of a portion of Gulf Blvd.Pinellas County authorities closed northbound and southbound Gulf Blvd. from 161st Ave. to 164th Ave. due to down power lines.Sheriffs's officials are asking motorists to avoid the area. More>>

Buccaneers get to 53-man roster limit

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster now is in place. On Saturday, the team waived six players and released two others to reach the NFL player limit. The Bucs made the following roster moves today, according to team officials. ... More>>

Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years. Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years.
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A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck. More>>

TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday. Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.
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Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here." More>>

Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm. More>>

Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday. The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.
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A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days. More>>

Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

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Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night. More>>

Pepin supports 64oz growlers, regulations Video included

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He's the president of Pepin Distributing but he's extending an olive branch to craft brewers in Florida.“One key piece of misinformation is that we are opposed to a 64 ounce growler, we support a 64 ounce growler,” said Tom Pepin. More>>

Riverview traffic light turned on following crashes Video included

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Two days ago, a newly installed traffic light on a busy Big Bend road in Southern Hillsborough County was not working.Power had not been supplied to the light yet, but that light is on after two crashes sent drivers to the hospital. More>>

Coast Guard looking for missing Pasco couple Video included

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Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for two missing boaters near St. Petersburg on Friday night. Searchers are looking for 69-year-old Bogdan Makowski and his wife 61-year-old Elizabeth Makowski of Hudson. More>>

Coast Guard warns about fake flare emergencies Video included

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Emergency signal flares can be a real life saver. He feels, sending off a fake flare alert can cause real problems. More>>

Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family Video included

Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen. Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.
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A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions. More>>

Former Pasco massage therapist and massage business face $47 million judgement Video included

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Raul Alberto Delarosa is already serving 10 years sex offender probation after his conviction for assaulting a female massage client two years ago.But a worse punishment may have beenhanded him this week when a Pasco jury in a civil case awarded the victim a $47.4 million judgment --much of which is owned by the company  More>>

Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes Video included

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Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes. More>>

Ride sharing service Uber says Tampa Taxi companies don't want their competition Video included

Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft. Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft.
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The ride sharing service Uber says traditional Taxi companies are trying to restrict competition in Tampa.Recently the Public Transportation Commission started giving tickets to drivers who are lot licensed to drive through the PTC." It's an abuse of power. More>>

Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help Video included

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Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time More>>

Friday Night Blitz 'Game of the Week': Armwood plays Durant Video included

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Friday night at 7:30 the Arwood Hawks will take on the Durant Cougars.  More>>

Tampa preschool canceled after car crashes into classroom Video included

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A car lost control on Busch Boulevard and slammed into a day care center in Tampa early Friday morning, according to Tampa Police. More>>

Tampa's largest home show this Labor Day weekend Video included

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Tampa's largest Home Show is happening this Labor Day weekend and it's free to the public. More>>

Police name Tampa city worker who hit and killed toddler

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Tampa Police have identified the driver who hit and killed a 2-year-old at the Tampa Park Apartments as Robert Fennell, 48, of Tampa.   More>>

Toddler hit & killed by city truck in Tampa Video included

The victim, Demetric Lindsey The victim, Demetric Lindsey
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Tampa Police detectives are investigating the death of a toddler on Thursday night. A TPD spokesperson confirms the child was struck and killed by a vehicle at the Tampa Park Apartments at 1015 Lily Court. More>>

Deputy shoots suspect waving Samurai sword in Manatee Video included

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A Manatee County deputy has shot a person involved in a domestic dispute in Bradenton Thursday morning. More>>

Amazon's new fulfillment center opens in Lakeland Video included

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More than 400 employees have reported to work at Amazon's new regional order fulfillment center in central Florida. More>>

Tampa Bay hosts first theater festival this weekend Video included

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It's a first of its kind for the Tampa Bay area. A local actor and playwright has put together a theater festival. More>>

Valrico doomsday prepper pleads guilty Video included

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Martin Winters, known as the doomsday prepper plead guilty on two counts of making and possessing destructive devices on Thursday in federal court in Tampa. More>>

Medical marijuana debate comes to Lakeland Video included

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There are just two months left to make your decision. Should Florida legalize medical marijuana? Hundreds packed into an auditorium in Lakeland to hear two star players in this debate. More>>

Die-hard Bucs fan hasn't missed home game

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He's got quite the story to tell; a longtime, die-hard Bucs fan who has been here since the beginning. More>>

Glass dust bothering Manatee Co. mobile home park Video included

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A Manatee county neighborhood has a big problem with dust. But it's not your everyday dirt, it's actually glass. More>>

'Redskins' name controversial as team comes to Tampa to play the Bucs Video included

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Thursday night, as the team from Washington lines up to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there is growing controversy over the Redskins team name. More>>

Meters overheating, to be replaced in Lakeland Video included

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More than 10,000 smart meters will soon be replaced in Lakeland due to their possibility of overheating. More>>

Votel takes helm of US Special Operations Command

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Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base. More>>

Lawyers' billings unethical and egregious, audit finds Video included

State Representative Dana Young (R)-Tampa, is a Citizens policy holder and wants answers. State Representative Dana Young (R)-Tampa, is a Citizens policy holder and wants answers.
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Unethical and egregious. That is how an auditor describes the billing practices of some attorneys representing Citizens Property Insurance corporation. More>>

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  • Pasco County couple survive a week adrift at sea

    Pasco County couple survive a week adrift at sea

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:17:17 GMT
    A Pasco county couple is recovering after spending a week adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. They were trapped 80 miles off shore without any food and very little water for seven days.
    A Pasco county couple is recovering after spending a week adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. They were trapped 80 miles off shore without any food and very little water for seven days.
  • Palm Harbor strip club hit & run victim makes plea

    Palm Harbor strip club hit & run victim makes plea

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:33:46 GMT
    New video shows the violent incident early Friday morning, outside "Silks" strip club on US 19 in Palm Harbor. Bouncer Doug Berube and the club DJ. wanted to talk to a guy in a car about an earlier incident. The driver shoved it in reverse, hit the gas, and backed over Berube. He has a plea for the driver....
    New video shows the violent incident early Friday morning, outside "Silks" strip club on US 19 in Palm Harbor. Bouncer Doug Berube and the club DJ. wanted to talk to a guy in a car about an earlier incident. The driver shoved it in reverse, hit the gas, and backed over Berube. He has a plea for the driver....
  • Tornado warning in effect for Hillsborough Co.

    Tornado warning in effect for Hillsborough Co.

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:43:20 GMT
    “The holiday weekend is ahead and you can expect typical summertime weather for it,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
    Mostly sunny and dry this morning. Storms develop in the mid to later afternoon.
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  • Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 22:23:18 GMT
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
  • TPD claims training stories fell short

    TPD claims training stories fell short

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:12:02 GMT
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
  • TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

    TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:48:17 GMT
    Jason TurkJason Turk
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
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  • Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

    Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:13:59 GMT
    The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their...
    The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming...
  • Asia stocks mostly higher, wages data boosts Japan

    Asia stocks mostly higher, wages data boosts Japan

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:51:08 GMT
    European shares drifted lower Monday as tensions over Ukraine simmered while Asian stock markets mostly rose on expectations of stimulus in China after manufacturing growth slowed in August.
    Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after a jump in average wages boosted Japan's market but Hong Kong's benchmark retreated on weak Chinese data and concerns over tensions with Beijing.
  • Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted'

    Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted'

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:51:16 GMT
    An American business group warned Tuesday that foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and said investment might decline if conditions fail to...
    An American business group warned Tuesday that foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and said investment might decline if conditions fail to improve.
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  • Laboring On Labor Day: Tradition and Economic Opportunity

    Laboring On Labor Day: Tradition and Economic Opportunity

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:15:21 GMT
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
  • Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:08:30 GMT
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of EasleyDawn Thompson, 53, of Easley
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.

    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.
  • 2 Women, 4 Kids Hurt In Lake Keowee Jet Ski Wreck

    2 Women, 4 Kids Hurt In Lake Keowee Jet Ski Wreck

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:59:29 GMT
    Authorities say two jet skis collided on Lake Keowee, injuring the two drivers and four children who were riding along.
    Authorities say two jet skis collided on Lake Keowee, injuring the two drivers and four children who were riding along.
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