Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Bluefin-21 sub searches anew for missing Malaysian jet

Sub searches again for missing jet

A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast today to search the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet. Data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane. It was the fifth attempt by the Bluefin-21 unmanned sub to find wreckage or the black boxes from Flight 370. The sub, which can create sonar maps of the ocean bottom, has now covered 42 square miles of the silt-covered seabed, the search coordination center said. Officials are desperate to find some physical evidence that they are searching in the right spot for the Boeing 777, which vanished March 8 with 239 on board. A weeks-long search of the ocean surface hasn't turned up a single piece of debris, and officials determined Thursday that an oil slick found in the search zone did not come from the plane.

Guantanamo 9/11 case veers off track again

The judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, confirmed Thursday that the FBI is investigating apparent wrongdoing by the defense team for suspected mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a complication that has further delayed the complex, slow-moving case, McClatchy Tribune reported. The turn of events has frustrated prosecutors and angered relatives of the victims, some of them coming away from this week's hearings believing the pretrial process has been "sabotaged." After nearly two years and 10 pretrial sessions, a trial date remains elusive and could be years away.

Nigeria: Abducted girls' fate unknown

The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.

Measure to ditch N.H. death penalty fails

In a tie vote, the New Hampshire Senate deadlocked Thursday on whether to repeal the death penalty, leaving the current law intact and New Hampshire as the lone state in New England that allows the execution of anyone convicted of a capital crime. Only one person in the state is on death row; Michael Addison, convicted in 2008 in the shooting death of a Manchester police officer.

Several feared missing in Everest avalanche

Officials say four or five climbers were feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest early today and hit a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. A Nepal Tourism Ministry official says the avalanche hit the area just below Camp 2. Rescuers and fellow climbers at the base camp were heading to the area to help. A helicopter was on the way from Katmandu.

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Map: Where to park for Gasparilla and the NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa

Map: Where to park for Gasparilla and the NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa

The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates and NHL All-Star Weekend overlap Saturday in downtown Tampa. Here are highlights of what to know before you go.GETTING THEREThe parade route runs generally along Bayshore Boulevard north to Ashley Street (In blue on t...
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Troopers: U.S. 19 at Countryside Blvd. now open except for inside lane

Troopers: U.S. 19 at Countryside Blvd. now open except for inside lane

CLEARWATER — Officials have reopened U.S. 19 at Countryside Blvd. except for the inside lane.  The entire highway was closed for a brief period Tuesday while workers cleaned up a chemical spill after a Terminix truck flipped over. According t...
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Pasco joins opioid litigation

Pasco joins opioid litigation

NEW PORT RICHEY — Once every three days in 2017, somebody in Pasco County overdosed on opioids. The statistic, revealed Tuesday by Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, helped cement the Pasco County Commission’s decision a few minutes later to join ongoing lit...
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Five Hernando County educators nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Awards

Hernando County Public Schools has five educators in the running for prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 in the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year awards. The program will give out 17 awards.Travis Bruns and Doug Poteet of Pine Grove Elemen...
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Brooksville church starts ministry to feed the hungry

Brooksville church starts ministry to feed the hungry

BROOKSVILLE — It was the first sermon of 2017 at Grace World Outreach Church when Sue Bailey heard her pastor, David Garcia, talk about visions."He preached about a huge vision and said we should ‘stay the course’ and not let Satan distract us," Bail...
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Chase to make $20B investment, raise wages

Chase to make $20B investment, raise wages

JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday that it will boost wages, open new branches and hire thousands of new workers, citing improved economic performance and sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code. Wages will rise to between $15 and $18 an hour from a rang...
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Column: The left is so used to being sold out that it can’t tell when it’s winning

Column: The left is so used to being sold out that it can’t tell when it’s winning

Democrats are feckless. When it counts, they always fold. After all, they’re more beholden to donors and lobbyists than they are to their base.This narrative is so old, so straightforward, and so pleasingly infuriating that it just rolls off the tong...
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No reports of dog flu in Tampa Bay, but another virus could pose threat

No reports of dog flu in Tampa Bay, but another virus could pose threat

A nasty strain of the flu is sweeping the country and the CDC reports that deadly cases have increased in nearly every region of the United States. To make matters worse, your pets are also at risk of catching their own flu.But while Humane Society o...
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Suspect in custody after man fatally shot in Holiday

HOLIDAY — A 60-year-old man was arrested by Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday, after deputies say he fatally shot his neighbor.Deputies identified the man as Qiu Feng Ke during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.The victim, a man in his 30s, ...
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