Friday, December 15, 2017

Pakistani doctor helped U.S. plan bin Laden raid, Panetta says


Doctor helped U.S. plan bin Laden raid, Panetta says

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has confirmed publicly for the first time that Shikal Afridi, an imprisoned doctor in Pakistan, was working with the CIA to gain access to Osama bin Laden's compound in the months before U.S. troops killed bin Laden last May. Panetta, in an interview on the CBS News program 60 Minutes to be broadcast today, also said he believed that some officials in Pakistan knew that bin Laden was hiding in the sprawling Abbottabad compound. CBS released excerpts from the interview on Saturday. Panetta is the first U.S. official to publicly confirm that a Pakistani doctor imprisoned by Pakistan's intelligence service in the days after the bin Laden raid had been working for the CIA.


U.N. nuclear agency team arrives in Tehran

Officials from the United Nations nuclear agency arrived Saturday in Tehran for talks aimed at allaying concerns that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon. It was still unclear whether the International Atomic Energy Agency team, headed by chief inspector Herman Nackaerts, would inspect nuclear sites or just discuss with Iranian officials possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear programs. Although not officially disclosed, the IAEA team is expected to meet with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saedi Jalili, and atomic chief Fereydoun Abbasi.


Hundreds gather for Etta James' funeral

Hundreds of Etta James' friends, fans and family gathered Saturday at a Los Angeles-area church to remember the legendary rhythm and blues singer, who died Jan. 20 at age 73 after battling leukemia and other ailments. Mourners included entertainment luminaries, with both Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera performing. Aguilera sang the song that James made famous, At Last, while Wonder performed with the church's choir. James won four Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement honor, and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.


Four killed as driver goes wrong way

Maryland State Police said four people died after a driver apparently went the wrong way on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County and collided with another car. Police said the crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Route 50 near Davidsonville Road. The names of the victims were not released. • Sacramento, Calif.: Three people were killed and more than 20 injured in a crash between a light-rail train and a sport utility vehicle, officials said.


Deal on restructure of debt seems likely

A disorderly and potentially devastating Greek debt default is looking much less likely. Negotiators for Greece and investors who hold its bonds said Saturday that an agreement could become final this week. A deal would allow Greece to receive a bailout of up to $39 billion and help Europe avoid a blow to its already weak financial system, even though banks and other bond investors will have to accept massive losses. If the deal is approved, bonds held by investors would be exchanged for new bonds worth 60 percent less.


OAKLAND, Calif.: Oakland police used tear gas and flash grenades Saturday to break up an estimated 2,000 Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing objects at officers and tearing down fencing, police said. There were at least 10 arrests and no reports of serious injuries.

Peru: A fire swept through a two-story private rehabilitation center for addicts in a poor part of Peru's capital, Lima, on Saturday, killing at least 27 people as firefighters punched holes through walls to rescue residents locked inside.

Italy: Divers on Saturday found the body of a woman on the half-sunken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, officials on the Italian island of Giglio said, bringing the total number of bodies recovered to 17; 17 others are still missing.

Times wires


Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
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Review: Katy Perry brings cartoon pop to spectacular life at Tampa’s Amalie Arena

Review: Katy Perry brings cartoon pop to spectacular life at Tampa’s Amalie Arena

God bless Katy Perry.Bless her Cirque du Soleil-sized vision for her Witness: The Tour, which careened into Tampa's Amalie Arena like a phantasmagoric freakshow on Friday. Bless her 15-foot flamingo puppets, her shed-sized golden dice, her army of ey...
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Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
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Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
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Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
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Police: Trooper shoots, kills man during traffic stop

Delaware State Police say a trooper has shot and wounded a person during a traffic stop
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Blake propels Idaho to 73-54 win over Simon Fraser

Brayon Blake scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds to power Idaho to a 73-54 victory over Simon Fraser
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Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller, before the Thunder held on a for a 119-117 victory
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Carter scores school-record 46 points for No. 19 Texas A&M

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