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Romano: A son is left for dead, and a father searches for answers

He can live with the pain, and he can live with the grief. It is the unknown that tortured him. It is the mystery of his son's death on the edge of a desolate road in the middle of the night …


Feds: Tampa woman made death threats to Sandy Hook parents


Two juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14


  1. Plan your weekend Dec. 9-11: Adam Sandler and friends, Fray at Mistletoe Show, Ybor parade


    Plan your weekend


    Adam Sandler and friends: Adam Sandler's Here Comes the Funny comedy tour surrounds him with old friends David Spade, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson and a "surprise special guest." 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Straz Center's big Morsani Hall. The only tickets …

  2. State pushes up interchange project at I-75 and SR 56 in Pasco County


    DADE CITY — Relief for the traffic-choked Interstate 75 interchange at State Road 56 in central Pasco keeps creeping closer.

    The state Department of Transportation is proposing to begin construction in 2018 of a divergent diamond interchange to ease traffic congestion at Interstate 75 and State Road 56. Initially planned for 2024, and then 2020, the accelerated work schedule is contained in the agency's tentative five-year work program. Times files.
  3. Broad rally drives Dow Jones, S&P 500 indexes to record highs


    NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 indexes soared to their biggest gains since the presidential election on Wednesday and set all-time highs. Investors bought stocks that do well in times of faster economic growth, like technology and industrial companies, but they also snapped …

  4. Official: Fire at Oakland warehouse trapped people on second floor (w/video)


    OAKLAND, Calif. — The fire that killed 36 people during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse grew rapidly and was raging by the time people on the second floor of the building detected it, trapping them upstairs, investigators said.

    Emergency crew workers walk in front of the site of a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The fire erupted Friday, Dec. 2, killing dozens. [Associated Press]
  5. Why Oregon's hire of Willie Taggart makes the USF football job even more attractive


    Willie Taggart is leaving USF. Oregon bound.

    USF coach Willie Taggart celebrates after his team defeated Connecticut Huskies in October. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  6. Two juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14


    SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

    Fire erupts between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge last week. Officials say two juveniles face aggravated arson charges for the fire, which spread to the Gatlinburg area, causing widespread damage.   [Knoxville News Sentinel via AP]
  7. 75 years after Pearl Harbor attack, survivors gather to honor those lost


    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Seventy-five years after Japanese warplanes streaked over the hills here, laid waste to the harbor and forced the U.S. into the cataclysm of World War II, thousands gathered on a placid morning to pay tribute to those who died that day.

    The USS Halsey performs a Pass-in-Review during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at Kilo Pier. [Getty Images]
  8. Twenty seven wooden angels stand in a yard down the street from the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., in this December 2012 file photo, one for each of the victims shot dead by Adam Lanza. [Getty Images (2012)]
  9. Romano: A son is left for dead, and a father searches for answers

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    He can live with the pain, and he can live with the grief.

  10. U.S. border chief: Surge of immigrant families not letting up


    DONNA, Texas — The surge of Central American families seeking asylum at U.S. borders is not letting up, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday after touring a temporary holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley set up to manage the influx.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Gil Kerlikowske stands with agents as he waits to address the media at a temporary holding facility  in Donna, Texas. The tent facility is primarily being used as a temporary holding site for children and families who have entered the county illegally. Kerlikowske said the number of apprehensions along the southwestern border can be close to 2,000 a day, with most people turning themselves in.  [Associated Press]

Plant City Rep. Raulerson to undergo back surgery, 'no intention of resigning'

Plant City Republican Rep. Dan Raulerson is undergoing spinal surgery Friday for an autoimmune deficiency, taking him out of the Legislature temporarily for four to six weeks while he recovers....


Doug Martin, who played only one snap in the final 20 minutes of the win over the Chargers, didn't appear to have any limitations.

Doug Martin, Will Gholston back at Bucs practice

The Bucs' return to the practice fields Wednesday afternoon brought good news on the injury front, as RB Doug Martin and DE Will Gholston, who had injury questions after Sunday's win at San Diego, were both participating in practice....


Disney turned Epcot's icon into 'Star Wars' Death Star (w/ video)

Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth was turned into the Death Star for a one-night stunt Monday night for the release of new Star Wars film Rogue One coming to theaters Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, the Disney theme parks are getting on the Rogue One bandwagon, adding scenes and props from the movie to Disney Hollywood Studios shows and shops....