Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

After attack, Israeli fire kills 4 in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

After attack, Israeli army kills 4 in Gaza

Palestinian militants fired an antitank missile Saturday at an Israeli military jeep patrolling Israel's border with Gaza, and four Palestinians, at least three of them civilians, were killed when Israel returned fire with tank or artillery shells, officials said. The Israeli military said four of its soldiers were wounded in the antitank missile attack. The Gaza Health Ministry said about 26 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire. The deadly surge of violence reflected the growing volatility along the border between Israel and Gaza, the Palestinian coastal enclave that is controlled by the militant Islamic group Hamas.

Seattle

Inslee wins Wash. governor's seat

Former congressman Jay Inslee, a Democrat, was declared the winner of the Washington state governor's race on Friday night, handing Democrats their third win in the three most competitive gubernatorial races in 2012. State Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, has conceded, according to reports.

SAN FRANCISCO

Cal State fees aim at 'super seniors'

They can be found on nearly every college campus in America: Veteran undergraduates who have amassed many more units than they need to earn a degree, with college careers that can stretch well beyond four years. At California State University, school administrators say enough is enough: The 23-campus system can't afford to let students linger so long without collecting their diplomas. The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to vote on a hefty "graduation incentive fee" for those who dawdle more than five years when it meets Tuesday.

VIENNA

Mideast nuclear talks called off

Proposed high-level talks between Israel and its Muslim neighbors on a Mideast free of weapons of mass destruction have been called off. Diplomats said the United States, one of the organizers, would likely make a formal announcement soon, stating that with tensions in the region high, "the time was not opportune" for such a gathering. The meeting, to be held in Helsinki by year's end, was on shaky ground since it was agreed to in 2010 by the 189 member nations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

UNITED NATIONS

Prosecutor weighs new cases in Libya

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said she is collecting evidence for possible new war crimes charges against supporters and opponents of Moammar Gadhafi during last year's Libyan civil war. Fatou Bensouda said she expects to decide soon on "the direction" of a case that could see the first charges stemming from the conflict since the ICC issued arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi in May 2011.

Elsewhere

Whitesburg, Ky.: A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck about eight miles west of this Appalachian Mountains town just after noon Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt as far north as Columbus, Ohio, and as far south as Atlanta, said Paul Caruso, a USGS geophysicist.

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Police said at least 140 people have been slain in South America's biggest city over the past two weeks in a rising wave of violence.

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Clearwater and Tampa want to turn flushed water into drinking water. Is it safe?

Clearwater and Tampa want to turn flushed water into drinking water. Is it safe?

Twenty years ago some people called it "Twerp." Others, wrinkling their noses, called it "toilet-to-tap," or something more vulgar.In 1998, Tampa tried to boost its drinking water supply by supplementing it with treated wastewater, calling the progra...
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Florida authorities identify remains of man missing 3 years found under backyard concrete slab

Florida authorities identify remains of man missing 3 years found under backyard concrete slab

TAVARES ó Florida authorities say theyíve identified the man whose remains were found under a concrete slab in his wifeís backyard.Lake County sheriffís deputies announced Friday that the remains are those of Michael Shaver, who hadnít been seen in t...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

A St. Petersburg teen, 16, and her unborn child were killed Sunday night in a crash in Pasco County, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Emily Pearson was killed on Little Road at 9:11 p.m. She was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Rang...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

A St. Petersburg teen, 16, and her unborn child were killed Sunday night in a crash in Pasco County, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Emily Pearson was killed on Little Road at 9:11 p.m. She was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Range...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Hot and humid across Tampa Bay, with potentially wet weekend

Forecast: Hot and humid across Tampa Bay, with potentially wet weekend

Summer officially doesn’t start for another three days, but that won’t stop the searing temperatures and stifling humidity from making for a hot and sticky week across Tampa Bay. Temperatures will climb well into the 90s — and feel...
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A sports story that we all can love

A sports story that we all can love

When we think of sports — hard-nosed, competitive sports — what words immediately come to mind? Tenacity. Grit. Guts. Perseverance. Courage. Intensity. Determination. You get the idea. Sports are usually cutthroat, give no quarter, sho...
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Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays. The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last ...
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The Daystarter: Are Democrats nervous about Nelsonís chances versus Scott?; neo-Nazi leaderís video from prison causes concern;

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A St. Pete church opposes its own land deal. Will council go along?

A St. Pete church opposes its own land deal. Will council go along?

ST. PETERSBURG ó The Rev. Manuel Sykes wouldnít say last week whether he wanted City Council to reject a rezoning proposal that would let a developer build a drive-thru restaurant on his churchís land.He wouldnít mind, though, if a little divine inte...
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At 61, he made his professional wrestling debut to help son cope with motherís death

At 61, he made his professional wrestling debut to help son cope with motherís death

A 16-foot wrestling ring and 150 rental chairs were set up on the basketball court of the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. Concessions were prepared in slow cookers.It was as far from the limelight as it was in distance from Madison Square G...
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