Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

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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Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as new CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as new CEO

CLEARWATER — Tech Data, Tampa Bay’s largest public company, has named Richard "Rich" T. Hume as its new chief executive officer, effective June 6.Hume, Tech Data’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since joining the company in 2016...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Nikita Kucherov drives Lightning past Devils

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Nikita Kucherov drives Lightning past Devils

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Updated: 28 minutes ago
Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

NEW PORT RICHEY — Long before he became the best pole vaulter in the state, Stone Baker was 12 years old and liked to play football.He didn't know a vaulting pole from a tennis racket.Then one day his friend, Evan Bales, asked him to come over ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Could Bruce Hector be the sleeper of USF’s draft class?

Could Bruce Hector be the sleeper of USF’s draft class?

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Child, 6, struck by motorcycle on Ulmerton Road

Child, 6, struck by motorcycle on Ulmerton Road

A 6-year-old child was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Just after 6:30 a.m., the child walked into the path of the motorcycle in the outermost lane on Ulmerton Road...
Updated: 2 hours ago
2018 NFL draft countdown: Bucs GM Jason Licht speaks

2018 NFL draft countdown: Bucs GM Jason Licht speaks

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Joe Henderson: Boycott Starbucks? Take a deep breath, folks

Joe Henderson: Boycott Starbucks? Take a deep breath, folks

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from someone doing job-related background checks on a friend of mine. He wanted to meet face-to-face, so we did what many other people do in that situation. We picked a Starbucks that was near to both of us. I’...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Expect warm weather, clear skies and a slight increase in humidity across Tampa Bay in the next few days, before an incoming cold front raises the chance for rain.Temperatures this morning are in the low 60s with a little bit of damp air. The dry air...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Downtown’s success creates noisy problem for St. Petersburg

Downtown’s success creates noisy problem for St. Petersburg

Times Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown’s rapid growth has not been without tension between its residents and the businesses and events that draw exuberant crowds. The city, which has been attempting to amend its noise ordinance o...
Updated: 4 hours ago