WEATHER UPDATE: A Gloomy Forecast for Now with Wendy Ross

The low deck of clouds over the state has been backed up with light rains off and on throughout the day and will continue through the overnight period.

  VIDEO: A new playground for special needs children opens in North Port

Florida states budget affected by Hurricane Micheal

One organization in Newtown provides 125 hams and other items for families this holiday season

Interior secretary Zinke to leave administration by end of year, Trump says

Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional

Alton Sterling’s son accused of raping child; bond set

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Watch: Pair of horses pull tractor trailer up icy hill

VIDEO UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch as Cold Front could trigger some severe thunderstorms with Trevor Adams

Sarasota County School District launches new lockdown alarm

Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder was often tainted with asbestos for years, report says

Sorry, Lululemon is not recruiting brand ambassadors through Instagram

First Alert Traffic: Man killed after falling out of box truck on I-75 South

‘Let this Lamborghini light your fire,’ pastor says while giving wife $200k luxury SUV - he’s now defending the purchase

The South Carolina pastor said no money was taken from the church to purchase the luxury sports car.

Facebook bug gave third parties access to photos for 6.8 million accounts

A glitch caused third parties to be able to access more photos than they should’ve between Sept. 13 to Sept. 25, but the company has fixed the issue.

  Armored truck deposits cash on highway in NJ

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Rich family offering a photographer $100k to travel the world and take photos of them

You get sick pay and 30 days of vacation time, but you have to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

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Unknown suspect wanted for retail theft totaling to over $300 in Port Charlotte

VIDEO: North Port’s Solid Waste Division releases 12 Days of Garbage

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

VIDEO: Suspects trying to enter vehicles in Charlotte County

Florida man arrested for biting boys out of frustration

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says Rashawn Davis was arrested Thursday. He faces two charges of aggravated child abuse and was being held in jail Friday on a $50,000 bond.

15-year-old boy hit by car while crossing street to get on school bus

It happened around 7:15am near the intersection of Gantt and Proctor in Sarasota. The district tells ABC7 that the bus was starting to approach its stop and had its hazard lights on, getting ready to stop, when the boy started to cross the road and was hit by a car.

Woman seriously injured in bear attack in PA

Melinda Lebarron was outside of her home with her dog when she was attacked by a bear Wednesday evening.

First Alert Weather: Strong storms possible on the Suncoast Friday

A slow moving and complex storm system will move east out of Texas and brings a chance for strong to severe storms to the Suncoast later this afternoon. The system will be enhanced by upper level winds that combine with increasing moisture and atmospheric spin to produce a 2% tornado risk and a 15%

Greyhound Racing starts, could be the last season for Sarasota Kennel Club after passing of Amendment 13

Start of Greyhound Dog Racing Season, could be last for Sarasota Kennel Club

Mueller rejects Flynn’s argument that FBI interview was deceptive

Mueller’s office submitted a response on Friday to Flynn’s sentencing memo, which itself was submitted earlier this week.

  Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Email bomb threats evacuate several businesses on the Suncoast

The email bomb threats nationally demanding $20,000 in bitcoin money played out at several businesses in Manatee and Sarasota County, forcing a disruption to the work day.

Tips to ensure your holiday package arrives on time

Tips to ensure your holiday package arrives on time

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigate electronic bomb threats

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of electronic bomb threats received by Sarasota County residents.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office catches package thief through Facebook

It's that time of year when a lot of us will come home each day to packages at the front door.

Deputies: 19-year-old man traded iPhone X for sex act with 14-year-old girl

Kristian Gupta is charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a victim aged 12- to 16-years-old and false reports to law enforcement authorities.

47-year-old man killed when crane collapses at marina in Bradenton

Initial reports indicate that at least one person was injured when the crane collapsed.

Bomb threats sent to businesses, universities and media nationwide

Threats are being sent in to create mass disruption.

Man who allegedly stole scratch-off tickets caught while trying to redeem them

The burglary was discovered Monday morning when the owners arrived to find the power breaker off, doors forced open, and cash, coins, $9,000 in scratch-off tickets and 60-70 cigarette cartons gone.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

Sarasota felon gets 5 years for having 4 tons of explosives

Court records say 57-year-old Marc Jason Levene, of Sarasota, was sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of possession of explosives by a convicted felon.

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it's not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus.

Boy Scouts of America considers filing for bankruptcy, report says

The organization is one of the largest youth groups in the country.

State plans to spend millions on Suncoast roads during a five-year tentative work program

If you’re tired of seeing road construction in our area, bad news, it won’t be done anytime soon.The Florida Department of Transportation expects to be very busy over the next couple of years.

VIDEO: Aggravated assault investigation underway in Sarasota, suspect still unknown

The Sarasota Police Department is currently investigating an aggravated battery charge that occurred early Thursday morning or late last night.

Panel says sheriff’s policy contributed to Florida massacre

The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.

Gruters hoping to crack down on undocumented workers

State Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota) is in Tallahassee today for "Committee Week" in preparation of the March legislative session.

How to avoid becoming a victim of a charity scam

How to avoid becoming a victim of a charity scam this holiday season.

Retirement worker accused of abusing Alzheimer patient

A retirement worker was accused of abusing an Alzheimer patient in a nursing home.

Son has nowhere to hide when Mom embarrasses him on camera at basketball game

Mandy Remmell went for it when the 'fan cam' pointed at her during a Kelly Clarkson song. Her son may never forgive her.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: No high concentrations along the Suncoast!

Though red tide is still off the Suncoast, no high concentrations were found and only two sites in Manatee and Sarasota counties had medium concentrations of the algae.

South Venice man charged with aggravated child abuse for “whooping” child with wooden paddle

Deputies learned of the abuse after the child went to the school nurse to ask for a bandage. She noticed his injuries and notified authorities.

Bones found in family home ID’d as father missing for decades

One night back in 1961, Mike Carroll's father, George, disappeared. The explanations for his father's disappearance never sat well with the son.

First Alert Weather: Possible strong storms Friday, but timing uncertain

It will be a warmer day today as winds shift to the east and southeast. Cloud cover will thicken overnight and a few late showers will be possible as moisture rapidly returns to the Suncoast.

Trump’s 10 terrorists: The evolution of a statistic

These 10 do not exist, except as a federal statistic that Trump and his vice president put through a rhetorical grinder in service of describing emigrants from Mexico as a menace.

Boy, 11, changes last name from ‘Trump’ due to bullying

While his parents work on getting his name legally changed, the boy will be going by his father’s last name at school.

Would-be burglar rescued after getting stuck in restaurant grease vent for 2 days

The sheriff’s office says the man was physically exhausted and suffering from dehydration. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Looking to see the best holiday decorations in Sarasota?

Looking to see the best holiday decorations in Sarasota?

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Three-car accident leaves one person trapped

The crash happened around 9:45pm at N Tamiami Trail and University Pkwy. One person was reportedly trapped in a vehicle and one vehicle was on fire.

Del Monte canned corn recalled

Del Monte Inc. announced a recall of nearly 65,000 cases of fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers due to under-processing.

Sarasota County Commissioners approve Siesta Promenade project

Sarasota County Commission has approved the Siesta Promenade project.

Business cited after neighbors catch it illegally dumping into Venice canal

It happened on the eastern part of Gulf Coast Parkway which intersects with Groveland Avenue on Friday night and on Monday.

Suspect wanted for alleged vehicle burglary in North Port

North Port Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly burglarized a vehicle in North Port.

3 Frida Kahlo self-portraits to be auctioned in Sarasota

Sarasota Estate Auction owner Andrew Ford said they came by the portraits through a private collector who had them in his collection for several years. Ford said the self-portraits still have the original paperwork from when they were displayed in the Misrachi Gallery.

Netflix: What’s coming and going in January

The four movies in the Indiana Jones series will arrive to Netflix on Jan. 1. Also coming is "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on Jan. 9, a prequel featuring a young Han Solo, with Alden Ehrenreich behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon.

Sarasota woman going to jail for extreme physical abuse of her 3-month-old baby

Testing revealed the baby had broken bones in both wrists, broken ribs, a broken arm, a skull fracture and brain bleeding. The baby had to be flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete due to the extreme injuries she suffered.

Bradenton family files lawsuit against Orlando PD over missing daughter’s case files

A Suncoast family is fighting for information that could lead to a missing loved one. Jennifer Kesse disappeared in Orlando 13 years ago. She was last seen at her apartment in January 2006.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Cohen, 52, appeared at a courthouse in Manhattan for a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III and took on Trump’s characterization of him as “weak.”

2 doctors’ photos play role in sexual abuse claims involving hundreds of victims

In one case, a disgraced University of Southern California gynecologist has led police to a collection of nude photographs that may be connected with the abuse alleged by his patients. In another case, victims of a deceased New York doctor are demanding to know what happened to the photos.

Judge won’t drop suit against ex-deputy in school shooting

Judge has rejected a deputy's claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Unattended food may have caused house fire in Charlotte County

On Tuesday night, a home was destroyed due to a fire that officials believe was caused by unattended food on the stove.

Andrew Gillum may possibly be a candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election

Seeking to excite top donors ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee gave a platform Tuesday to the party's rising stars, including winners and one notable loser from the November midterms.

$4.2 billion in insured losses in Florida from storm

State officials are estimating that Floridians had more than $4.2 billion in insured losses from Hurricane Michael.

Palmetto man inducted into Florida Veterans Hall of Fame

Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Carl Hunsinger of Palmetto, after Governor Rick Scott inducted him in the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame.

Gettel Automotive donates over $30,000 worth of bikes for Toys for Tots

Here on the Suncoast Gettel Automotive is donating thousands of dollars worth of bikes to the Toys for Tots program.

Toddler shot baby in face while couple showered, police said

The child is alive but was seriously wounded and has been in critical condition since Saturday.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Woman found dead on FL interstate; family alleges date left her for dead

Authorities said the woman's body had been struck by several cars while lying in the roadway. It is unknown how she died.

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They're vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling

Social media and the First Amendment

Where is the line with the First Amendment and social media?

City approves to renovate all 45 holes, add clubhouse at Bobby Jones Golf Course

The Bobby Jones Golf Course is one step closer to getting some much needed improvements.

Witness details how he killed lover’s husband for insurance

Prosecutors contended that Denise Williams planned the December 2000 slaying of her husband with a man that she was having an affair with and later married