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Cable company Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.3B

NEW YORK — Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, creating one of the largest TV and Internet providers in the U.S. Charter said Tuesday it would …


What VA benefits won't cover: a chance for wounded veterans to have children


Authorities offer reward for Plant City suspect who carjacked minivan with kids inside


  1. Love or hate them, Florida Georgia Line bring bro-country to the masses

    Music & Concerts

    To hear Frankie Ballard tell it, life on the road with Florida Georgia Line is every bit as wild as you'd expect.

    Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line perform onstage at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 7, 2014, in Nashville.
  2. Florida Orchestra closes season with Beethoven and Sibelius


    It's time for the Florida Orchestra to close out its wide-ranging season of guest conductors and look forward to welcoming new music director Michael Francis permanently in the fall. The orchestra caps off the current masterworks season with a program under the direction of Larry Rachleff, music director of the Rhode …

  3. Seven steps to not hating Florida Georgia Line

    Music & Concerts

    So you haven't swilled the moonshine-spiked Kool-Aid, and you don't believe Florida Georgia Line is the greatest thing to hit country music since sliced whiskey. Maybe you outright loathe them. Fear not: We're here to help. Here's a seven-step guide to loving — well, at least tolerating — the biggest stars …

    Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line perform at the 2014 Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. 
  4. Review: 'I'll See You in My Dreams'


    I'll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) (92 min.) — Why has it taken Blythe Danner so long to get a movie role this good? At 72, after a career mostly spent on stage, television and the sidelines, Danner is an immediate awards contender, thanks to director and co-writer Brett Haley recognizing rich potential in …

    Blythe Danner, in a fine performance, and Martin Starr find themselves as kindred spirits in the film I’ll See You in My Dreams.
  5. Tell Me About It: Mom-to-be wants a co-ed baby shower


    Q: My husband and I are expecting our first child. My mother insists on hosting a baby shower (despite my discomfort at having a family member host). I told mom that I wanted it to be co-ed — I don't see why men should be excluded from the celebration of new life.

    Gramaticas honor wounded veteran with new home

    The Gramatica brothers -- Martin with the Bucs, and Bill and Santiago at USF -- are a decade removed from their time as Tampa's place-kickers, but they're still making a huge impact on the community through their Gramatica Family Foundation....


    Seeking breakthrough, Senate offers changes to its health plan

    Senate President Andy Gardiner on Tuesday offered a revamped version of a health care expansion proposal in an effort to gain House support and a possible breakthrough in advance of next week's special session on the budget. The revised bill addresses a number of House criticisms of the Senate's proposal.

    The changes to the Senate health care plan (formerly SB 7044 and now called SB 2A) include eliminating a requirement that patients in the Senate FHIX plan (Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange) must first enroll in a Medicaid managed care plan for six months; revises enrollees' searches for jobs to be through the state workforce portal, known as Career Source; gives patients the option of enrolling in health care plans available on a federal health care exchange; and prohibits the state from seeking a federal waiver to implement FHIX that varies significantly from the legislation.

    "These adjustments are the product of feedback from senators, constituents and other stakeholders and together represent a continued effort by the Senate to advance solutions and build consensus around a fiscally responsible expansion of health care coverage," Gardiner said in a statement. "This Florida solution will improve access to health care for low income Floridians and mitigate the impact to our economy as we transition from LIP to a more sustainable solution to the health care challenges facing our state. The amendment maintains, but strengthens, the core principles of the FHIX plan which earned the overwhelming bipartisan support of the Senate, as well as the endorsement of an extensive coalition of business and community leaders across Florida."...


    For starters, Rays vs. Mariners on a holiday night

    UPDATE, 3:11: Mariners lineup with ex-Ray Justin Ruggiano in CF:
    Smith rf,
    Miller lf,
    Cano 2b,
    Cruz dh,
    Seager 3b,
    Ruggiano cf,
    Morrison 1b,
    Taylor ss,
    Zunino c,
    Elias p...