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Tarpon Springs police officer shot to death, deputies say
A Tarpon Springs officer was shot and killed around 3 a.m. Sunday at the Villa Plumosa condominiums on Grand Boulevard, deputies said.  HOWARD ALTMAN/STAFF
A police officer was shot and killed early this morning in Tarpon Springs and a male suspect is in custody, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
A man lights a cigar during a gala dinner marking the end of the 15th annual Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, March 2, 2013. The festival is a six-day bash that brings together hundreds of cigar sophisticates from around the world, and culminates with a gala and auction of humidors worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) ORG XMIT: XRE102
Rolling through the embargo
Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin, right, misses a catch as Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Johnthan Banks, left, defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ORG XMIT: NCCB112
Bucs defense has come long way, but stiff test awaits
Hillsborough, Tampa, 12-20-14----Stevie Nicks dances in the shadows as Lindsey Buckingham plays as Fleetwood Mac wows a sold out Amalie Arena Saturday during their last show of the year. ANDY JONES/STAFF
Fleetwood Mac reunion a landslide hit in Tampa
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