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    1. Lawmakers seal deal on $1 trillion government-wide funding bill


      WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to …

    2. At least 14 killed by storms, flooding in South and Midwest (w/video)


      CANTON, Texas — At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday. 

    3. Odessa wild fire mostly contained after battle with fast-growing flames


      ODESSA — Firefighters beat down a 40-acre, wind-fueled wildfire Sunday that affected traffic on State Road 54 and forced the closure of Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

    4. Undrafted ex-Nature Coast Tech RB Matt Breida gets free agent deal with 49ers



      Thirteen hours into the biggest event of his life, Matt Breida began to accept what seemed inevitable.

    5. Are Rays asking too much of closer Alex Colome?


      TORONTO — There were a lot of words and some not-so-subtle messages that rose from the rubble of the Rays' latest collapse, when what looked to be an inspiring Sunday win turned into another staggering late loss, 3-1 to the Blue Jays.

    6. Fennelly: St. Anthony's Triathlon is about fun, family from first place to last


      ST. PETERSBURG — Sunday, the 34th annual St. Anthony's Triathlon held another county fair downtown. No matter your time, it was a good time.

    7. Rays journal: Chris Archer denies intent, Blue Jays have doubts

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      TORONTO — Rays starter Chris Archer's actions Sunday sure seemed to indicate he was sending a well-received message to his teammates in sailing his first pitch to Jose Bautista behind the Toronto slugger's back, avenging teammate Steven Souza Jr. being hit on Saturday.

      But his …

    8. Trump's 'very friendly' talk with Duterte stuns aides and critics alike


      WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. leader's national security aides saw it as part of a routine diplomatic outreach to Southeast Asian leaders. Trump, characteristically, had his own ideas.

    9. Cameron Dye wins third straight St. Anthony's Triathlon


      ST. PETERSBURG — At 7 a.m. Sunday, a long, steady stream of more than 3,000 athletes began charging into the waters off Spa Beach and proceeded through the swimming, cycling and running of the 30-plus miles of the St. Anthony's Triathlon.

    10. Hacker's theft of new season of 'Orange Is the New Black' portends a TV crisis


      WASHINGTON — After stealing and releasing 10 episodes of the fifth season of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black a month before its planned premiere, a hacking group is threatening to release shows by four other networks unless the networks pay a ransom.

    Prison official keeps high-paid job as state settles $800,000 case against him

    The state takes no blame for what former Florida Department of Corrections inspector general Jeffery Beasley has done, but it is paying $800,000 to end a retaliation lawsuit brought by his former employees and is keeping him in a newly created job that pays $116,500 annually....


    Rays likely to tender all 11 arbitration-eligible players

    The Rays are expected to tender contracts by tonight's 8 p.m. deadline to their MLB-most 11 players eligible for arbitration.

    That group includes three who qualified under the Super 2 provision based on service-time, which teams sometimes try to manipulate by limiting call-ups early in player's career - RHP Danny Farquhar, INF Tim Beckham and OF Kevin Kiermaier.

    Kiermaier, with 2 years and 131 days service, was believed to be right at the cutoff, which includes the top 20 percent of the players with 2-3 years service. As a result, he and the others get to be eligible for arbitration four times rather than the standard three.

    Teams have until 8 p.m. tonight to decide, with the players who are non-tendered becoming free agents. With needs for relievers, a catcher and an outfielder/DH and free-agent prices high, the Rays may benefit from the additional inventory, or even be able to make a trade today to get a player who otherwise would be let go elsewhere....


    What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hairspray Live!' on NBC, Undone podcast

    Luckily, this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC....