Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Retail Theft this Holiday Season

"It’s an exciting time of year, but shoppers are so distracted. There’s so many things that people are trying to get done, they’re just not paying attention. This is the time of year that thieves are going to take advantage."

  Elon Musk unveils prototype for underground highways

Elon Musk unveiled an experimental tunnel that aims to ease traffic congestion in major cities.
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  Actor, director Penny Marshall dies at 75

Penny Marshall, who starred in the hit TV show “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming an acclaimed film director, has died at the age of 75.

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Phony $100 bills with Chinese characters on it found in Charlotte County

Former CEO of Sarasota-based company guilty of violating federal export laws

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Penny Marshall has died at age 75 in Los Angeles

Florida raises estimate for the state’s manatee population

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano, who are both Republicans. Snipes is a Democrat who worked in one of the state's Democratic strongholds.
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Report: Facebook allowed companies to access users’ private messages in special partnerships, among other abilities

A New York Times report highlighted one particularly invasive example in which Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada were given the ability to read, write and delete the private messages of users.

  Empty pressure cooker forced evacuation of Walgreens in Sarasota

VIDEO: Deputy hit by car by alleged shoplifter; she and 7 others arrested in retail theft sting

VIDEO: Grinch steals Christmas decoration from front of North Port home

Local mother and daughter wrote children’s book

  Manatee County kids in need get bikes for Christmas

FDOT host public meeting to discuss six mile stretch of SR 70

Lawmakers target texting, talking while driving

Police: Man tried to pay for McDonald’s with bag of weed

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  In bipartisan act, Senate passes criminal justice reform bill with overwhelming support

The bill, The First Step Act, is also expected to pass the House and be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

STATE HEADLINES

Legislation aims to remove statute of limitations for rape cases involving victims under the age of 18

Incoming State Education Commissioner wants more school choice

Richard Corcoran used his power as speaker the past two years to push through bills that pleased school-choice supporters, but angered many teachers and public-school officials. Now, Corcoran will be Florida's next education commissioner.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Incredible sunset on December 17, 2018

Downtown Sarasota residents get a first hand look at project that will transform South Lemon Avenue

DNA evidence crucial in two recently solved Sarasota cold cases

Sarasota couple fall victim to nationwide moving investigation

  Sunny but cool on Tuesday with more rain and strong storms coming later in the work week

Winter officially arrives on Friday this week but before the Winter Solstice moves in some strong to possibly severe storms will threaten the Suncoast. High pressure will keep skies sunny on Tuesday with a steady N to NE wind temperatures will stay slightly below average on Tuesday with a high
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  Report skewers VA for neglecting suicide prevention outreach

The report shows a lack of leadership from the Trump administration is directly impacting the VA’s ability to reach suicidal veterans.

  Red Tide Loosens Its Grip on The Suncoast

Incoming State Education Commissioner wants more school choice

SILVER ALERT: 92-year-old man missing since Saturday

Father charged with aggravated child abuse after “whooping” his step-child speaks out