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  • Trump's moment

    CLEVELAND — Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they’re losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

  • Phil Royal collapses, dies during Key run

    Phil Royal, who many considered the leading candidate for Citrus County sheriff, collapsed and died this morning while kicking off the Key Center Run for the Money in Talllahassee. Royal was 47.

    Here is a statement from Royal's campaign Facebook page:

  • Dozens killed in truck crash in France

    NICE, France — A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday in what some officials and eyewitnesses called a deliberate attack. Authorities said at least 75 people were killed.

  • Sanders endorses Clinton

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — With hugs and handshakes, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday and emphatically told his supporters their “political revolution” must now turn to electing his Democratic former rival.

  • Sparkle in the Park
  • Boy in LHS shooting to be charged

    The state attorney's office is filing charges against a former Lecanto High School freshman whose November suicide attempt in an occupied classroom locked down the campus.

    The boy, who the Chronicle is not naming because of his age, is being charged with discharging a weapon school grounds and possession of a weapon on school grounds. He was summoned to appear for a court hearing on July 28.

    He is being charged as a juvenile.

  • Military to embrace transgenders

    WASHINGTON — Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

  • No 'smoking gun' in final Benghazi report

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday concluded their $7 million, two-year investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, with fresh accusations of lethal mistakes by the Obama administration but no “smoking gun” pointing to wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state and now the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee.

  • Eight local candidates elected without opposition

    Mike Wright

    Staff writer

    Dr. Ralph Massullo’s first political campaign was a short one.

    Massullo, a Lecanto dermatologist, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives District 34 without opposition. Qualifying for the ballot ended at noon Friday.

  • Obama: I'm with Clinton

    WASHINGTON — Testifying to Hillary Clinton’s grit and experience, President Barack Obama endorsed his former secretary of state’s bid to succeed him on Thursday and urged Democrats to line up behind her. It was all part of a carefully orchestrated pressure campaign aimed at easing Clinton rival Bernie Sanders toward the exit and turning fully to the fight against Republican Donald Trump.