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Raymond James Stadium: Lightning Strikes in Tampa Bay

Lightning has struck several people at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, on Sunday.
Lightning has struck several people at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, on Sunday.

Lightning has struck several people at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, on Sunday. ABC Action News reported that five to seven people were...


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  • Coal miners return on a buggy after working a shift underground at the Perkins Branch Coal Mine in Cumberland, Ky., on Oct. 15, 2014. As recently as the late 1970s, there were more than 350 mines operating at any given time in Harlan County. Today, it's around 40. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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  • Elizabeth Jones (L) and her daughter Taylor Jones (R), 19, attend a candlelight vigil to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Montgomery, Ala., on Oct. 1, 2014. Taylor Jones said she was a victim of domestic violence when she was 15-years-old and now stands against domestic violence as an International Junior Miss Teen. Jones says that she started an organization called TIARA Charities (Teens In-action Against Relationship Abuse) in hopes to bring abuse awareness to her community. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Even as Republicans celebrate their Senate takeover, they are making plans to defend it. In the 2016 Senate elections, GOP candidates will be defending incumbents in states President Barack Obama won _ a stark turnaround from this past November when Democrats were on the defense.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, Bush took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Jeb Bush (Almost) Announces Candidacy

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  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2012. Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades. Reid is hoping to confirm a dozen more before adjournment later this week, votes he is pushing knowing that the Republicans who control the Senate next year will be less accommodating. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate May Confirm up to 88 Federal Judges in 2014

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  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his executive action on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2014. Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment. With the public favoring changes in the current immigration system, the Republicans’ best short-term response appears to be purely rhetorical: that the president is granting amnesty to millions, and exceeding his constitutional authority in the process. Beyond that, their hopes of reversing his policies appear to be either a years-long lawsuit or the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

    Immigration End Game: No Deal, Just Divisions

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Ted Cruz’s Moves on Spending Bill Roil Republicans

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  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    He’s In? He’s Out? The Only Thing Certain Is Jeb Bush Is Still Considering Running for President

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Congress Clears $1.1 T Spending Bill, Other Items on Year-End Agenda

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Senate Averts Shutdown Fears; Fights Over Nominees

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  • U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) departs a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 11, 2014.. During the press conference Boehner said if the government funding bill is not passed by the House today “we are going to be here until Christmas.” (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Obama Urges Senate to Pass $1.1 T Spending Bill, Speaks of ‘Divided Government’

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  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (R) (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, express their outrage to reporters that a huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by the Republican-controlled House yesterday contains changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that regulates complex financial instruments known as derivatives, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic support for the omnibus bill funding every corner of government faded Wednesday as liberal lawmakers erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    White House Swings Behind Huge $1.1T Spending Bill

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  • House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) walks through a basement corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2014, on the way to a House Republican Conference meeting. With time running short before Congress adjourns, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year. Rogers said the measure "will allow us to fulfill our constitutional duty to responsibly fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Democratic Support for $1.1T Spending Bill Wavers

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  • Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 12, 2014. Lawmakers are finalizing a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and prevent a shutdown later this week. The measure is the main piece of business facing the lame-duck Congress that hopes to adjourn this week. Republicans will take over the Senate when the new Congress reconvenes next month. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Lawmakers Agree on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON—Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over... Read more

  • FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. is seen in Wilmington, Del. Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama - virtually absent in his first six years in office -- is about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president's desk, because Senate Democrats blocked it. Starting in January, however, Republicans will control both the House and Senate, and Obama may often have to decide whether to sign or veto GOP-crafted bills.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

    Obama, GOP-led Congress Prepare for Veto Showdowns

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  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Just days before government funding expires. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Republicans Divided on Immigration Order

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  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Highland Heights, Ky., on Nov. 21, 2014. The presidential contest that's starting to take shape is exposing divisions among likely Republican candidates on the nation's role in global affairs. Among those outlining foreign policy this week: Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, as well as the party's 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    GOP White House Prospects Clash on Foreign Policy

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  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to supporters after speaking at the US Cuba Democracy PAC's 11th Annual Luncheon in Coral Gables, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. As governor of Florida, Bush oversaw a diverse state that is home to three-quarters of the nation's estimated 2 million Cuban-Americans. His longstanding support for the US trade embargo against Cuba would provide a marked contrast with Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, if both decide to run for president. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

    Eyeing 2016, Jeb Bush Talks Foreign Policy

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  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (C) gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (L-R) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), McConnell, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    GOP Seeks Year-End Plan on Funding, Immigration

    WASHINGTON—Year-end holidays beckoning, House Republicans struggled Tuesday to coalesce behind a plan that avoids a government shutdown next week and simultaneously challenges President Barack Obama’s... Read more

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, uses a teleprompter as she speaks to students at the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA campus on the subject of leadership Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Hillary Clinton Charges $300,000 for Speeches, Lists Demands: Report

    Hillary Clinton charges $300,000 for public speaking engagements at universities, according to emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The emails document the... Read more

  • President Barack Obama with then outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L) and then Defense Secretary-nominee Leon Panetta, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on April 28, 2011. The friction between President Barack Obama and the Pentagon has been particularly pronounced during his six years in office, and seems to be affecting his ability to find a replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Previous Pentagon chiefs have criticized Obama's efforts to micromanage the Pentagon and centralize decision-making in the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    For Obama and the Pentagon, an Uneasy Relationship

    WASHINGTON—On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s... Read more


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