Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

36 killed as boat, ferry collide off Hong Kong

HONG KONG

36 are killed in collision of boat, ferry

A boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. The boat was carrying utility company workers and their families to famed Victoria Harbour to watch a fireworks display in celebration of China's National Day and mid autumn festival. The two vessels collided Monday night near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The government said 36 bodies had been recovered as of this morning and the search was continuing. More than 100 people were rescued and sent to hospitals, and nine had serious or critical injuries, the government's statement said.

Russia

Anti-Islam film banned by court

A Moscow district court on Monday found a film that has triggered sometimes violent protests throughout the Muslim world to be offensive and banned its broadcast in Russia. The ban, which goes into effect Nov. 6, would require Internet servers featuring Innocence of Muslims to block its viewing by Russian audiences or risk having their sites blocked and potentially face charges of violating Russian laws against extremist activities.

Washington

Postal Service in $5.6B default

The Postal Service sank deeper into debt Monday after the agency defaulted on a $5.6 billion payment due at the end of September, the second time the agency has missed a deadline this year to set aside money for its future retiree health benefits. The post office said it expected net operating losses to be $15 billion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. That loss includes the two missed payments totaling $11.1 billion.

WASHINGTON

Parking attendant steals $400,000

A parking attendant has pleaded guilty to stealing $400,000 in visitor parking fees over three years by undercounting vehicles entering the lot at the Smithsonian Institution's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Meseret Terefe, 36, an employee of Parking Management Inc., worked as a booth attendant at the center, which is home to the space shuttle Discovery.

Elsewhere

Hanford, Calif.: At least 40 people suffered minor injuries Monday when a big rig and an Amtrak passenger train collided south of Hanford in central California, authorities said.

Oak Ridge, Tenn.: The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee has been fired after authorities say three activists cut through fences this summer and vandalized a building.

Russia: A Moscow appellate court postponed a hearing Monday in the case of the punk protest band Pussy Riot after one of three defendants said she wanted to fire her lawyers because of disagreements.

Times wires

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Softball: Consistency returns to Newsome’s pitching plan

LITHIA — Through two innings of Thursday's Class 9A, District 8 championship, Newsome coach Autumn Dunn had seen this script before.Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Felton wasn't laboring. But Alonso had put the leadoff batter on base in both innings. ...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

TAMPA — The selection of Vita Vea is a move the Bucs made for the present and the future. While Gerald McCoy remains a dominant defensive tackle, he turned 30 in February and is due to make $12.3 million this season and $13 million in...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

TAMPA — Vita Vea loves to tell the story about the trip he took to French Polynesia with some University of Washington students and the group coming upon some enormous rocks."So over there, their strongman competition is they have a tradition w...
Updated: 11 minutes ago

Softball: Freedom wins first Class 8A, District 4 title

PLANT CITY — Freedom went on a charmed run to reach the state semifinals in 2013.It was the last time the Patriots made the playoffs.On Thursday, they returned to the postseason, this time by taking their first district title.Better still,...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
After 9-5 win, Rays head back to Boston a different team: Here’s why

After 9-5 win, Rays head back to Boston a different team: Here’s why

BALTIMORE — When the Rays last saw Boston, they were trudging out of Fenway Park after a sweep by the Red Sox that left them with a 1-8 record that marked a very low point in their young season.They'll be back at Fenway Friday night, and riding...
Updated: 24 minutes ago

High school scoreboard for April 26

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballPCAC Championship: Northeast 6, Dunedin 5SoftballClass 3A, District 5 Semifinal: Admiral Farragut 10, Indian Rocks Chr. 0Boys TennisClass 3A, District 9-10 Final: Osceola 4, Braden River 2Girls TennisClass 3A, District 9-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NFL draft: Florida Gators’ Taven Bryan goes to Jaguars at No. 29

NFL draft: Florida Gators’ Taven Bryan goes to Jaguars at No. 29

Former Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan gave the Gators a first-round pick for the sixth consecutive year, after being drafted by the Jaguars at No. 29 overall.The 6-foot-4, 291-pound Wyoming native was one of the most talented players in the dr...
Updated: 1 hour ago
So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

BALTIMORE — LHP Jonny Venters ran through some pretty good emotions Wednesday night when after battling through a series of elbow injuries, he made it back into a major-league game for the first since 2012 — with a four-pitch out and a ga...
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NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in th...
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Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

TAMPA — Another busy offseason. Another first round of the NFL draft. Another interesting night.And, through it all, Bucs general manager Jason Licht has looked pretty darn good.He spent the past couple of months patching his offensive line, sp...
Updated: 1 hour ago