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  1. Trump taps Christie, not Pam Bondi, to head opioid panel


    As it's becoming abundantly clear, Pam Bondi still doesn't have a job in the Donald Trump administration. 

    Chris Christie to head Trump opioid abuse commission
  2. Beside the vice president, a 'prayer warrior' stands


    During the first of Vice President Mike Pence's two unsuccessful races for Congress, he rode a single-speed bicycle more than 250 miles around his district, much of it accompanied by his wife, Karen, along for the journey.

    Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, applauds as she speaks to a crowd at NAS Meridian in Meridian, Miss., on Monday, March 27, 2017, honoring military spouses at a reception observing Women's History Month. [Paula Merritt | Meridian Star via AP]
  3. Tampa clears industrial site near Hillsborough River for redevelopment

    Local Government

    TAMPA — What's remarkable about the 12 acres that the city of Tampa owns near the Hillsborough River is not what's there now:

    Leo Rausenberg gives Mayor Bob Buckhorn instructions on how to operate a bulldozer at the city's water and waste water maintenance yard on Wednesday.Once the 12 acres is cleared, City Hall plans to seek proposals from the private sector to buy it and build apartments on it. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  4. Woman drives into Capitol Police cruiser; shots fired; not considered terrorism

    Public Safety

    WASHINGTON — A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.

    A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. [Associated Press]
  5. Bill Nelson defends decision to filibuster Gorsuch


    Sen. Bill Nelson defended his decision to join a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch despite opposing one a decade ago for Samuel Alito.

    Sen. Bill Nelson
  6. Florida's Freedom Caucus: Yoho, DeSantis, Posey


    WASHINGTON — Still livid over the collapse of the Obamacare replacement, President Donald Trump jumped on Twitter and shook Washington out of bed Tuesday.

    Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville
  7. Will your favorite color get the boot? Crayola retiring crayon shade Friday


    In two days one of the iconic colors in Crayola's 24-pack of crayons will be no more.

    A 24-count box of Crayola crayons are shown, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in New York. On National Crayon Day, Friday, March 31, Crayola is scheduled to announce the retirement of a color from the pack during an event in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
  8. Like Trump, Richard Corcoran accused of admiring Moscow-style leadership


    That's the tongue in cheek charge from Miami Beach mayor and likely Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine, a staunch critic of the Florida legislature's efforts to bar local governments from -- Richard Corcoran accused of Soviet-style leadership

  9. A 'Star Trek'-inspired gizmo could win its inventors $9 million


    PAOLI, Pa. — Basil Harris is an emergency-room physician who holds five degrees. Yes, five, including a doctorate in engineering.

    Brothers George, Basil and Gus Harris examine prop tricorders from the Star Trek series. The Harris siblings named their team Final Frontier Medical Devices. [Courtesy of XPrize]
  10. Sally Nichols who got the ball rolling December on finally searching for husband Jimmy's birth family. They soon learned the family had been looking for him, too, and they reunited in New York. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]
  11. More roster moves for Rays: Sucre makes team; Casali, Maile optioned


    UPDATE, 10:08: With Tolleson "on the outside looking in,'' the Rays have competition for final bullpen spots among Jumbo Diaz, Chase Whitley and prospects Jaime Schultz and Austin Pruitt. ... Cash said he expects both Marks and Moreno to help the Rays at some point this season.

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile plays catch during an open workout at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.
  12. It's over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union (w/video)


    LONDON — The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world.

    Britain's permanent representative to the European Union Tim Barrow, left, hand delivers British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit letter in notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to EU Council President Donald Tusk, in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Barrow hand-delivered the letter signed by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May that will formally trigger the beginning of Britain's exit from the European Union. [Yves Herman | Pool Photo via AP]
  13. House and Senate want to cut Orlando prosecutor's budget over death penalty comments


    State lawmakers are trying to cut the budget of State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the Orlando-area prosecutor who said she would not pursue the death penalty while in office.

    In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, March 16, 2017, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
  14. N.W.A., Vin Scully. 'Over The Rainbow' and 'American Pie' among additions to be preserved by Library of Congress

    Human Interest

    WASHINGTON — First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, Straight Outta Compton — the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation's culture wars — has been selected for the prestigious National Recording Registry.

    U.S music producer and rapper O'Shea Jackson, also known by his stage name Ice Cube poses in Paris in 2015s. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that N.W.A's album, "Straight Outta Compton," would be preserved for posterity. The library selects 25 recordings every year for the registry in recognition of their historical, artistic or cultural significance. [Associated Press]