Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

Convenience store collects a cool million for selling winning Powerball ticket

Lottery seller gets a cool million bucks

A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward. The winning ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, about 10 miles north of San Jose. The winner has up to a year to claim the prize and could opt for a lump sum payment of $242.2 million, according to state lottery officials.

It's not too late to get flu — or vaccine

With weeks remaining in a particularly deadly flu season, U.S. health officials on Thursday urged flu vaccinations for everyone over 6 months old, including pregnant women. "Influenza can make anyone very sick, very fast and it can kill," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year's illnesses have been caused mainly by the H1N1 virus, the "swine flu" strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. Young and middle-age adults have been especially hard hit.

Ag trend: Fewer farms, older farmers

The number of U.S. farms is declining even as the value of crops and livestock has increased in the past five years, a government census of American agriculture released Thursday says. The survey shows there were 2.1 million farms in the United States in 2012, down more than 4 percent from 2007. Farmers are getting older — the average age was 58.3 years, and a third of farmers were over 65. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has made revitalization of rural America a priority at USDA.

Study predicts heat wave, crime wave

A study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests periods of higher temperatures caused by global warming will trigger more U.S. crimes in the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion.

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Forecast: Hard-freeze watches and warnings issued across Tampa Bay ahead of bitter cold snap

Forecast: Hard-freeze watches and warnings issued across Tampa Bay ahead of bitter cold snap

Brace yourself: Tampa Bay is about to be slapped with a burst of cold air and some of most bitter temperatures it’s had all season.Wednesday morning may have been chilly, but a truly brutal cold is expected to set in overnight into Thursday morning....
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Two Tampa Bay area students among those facing hazing charges in FSU death

Two Tampa Bay area students among those facing hazing charges in FSU death

TALLAHASSEE — Two students from the Tampa Bay area, including the son of an assistant chief for the Tampa Police Department, have been charged in the hazing death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge.Christopher M. Hamlin, 20, of Valrico, ...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Pasco goats somehow make yoga less weird

Pasco goats somehow make yoga less weird

DADE CITY — More than 36 million Americans practice yoga, but many people still feel intimidated by the ancient method of controlling the body and mind through physical and mental practices.Perhaps it is the daunting terms or confusing poses that cau...
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He still has nightmares: Deckhand recalls prior casino boat fire

He still has nightmares: Deckhand recalls prior casino boat fire

Cory Byrd said he still has nightmares about the smoke. In them, he is back in the cabin of the Express Shuttle II, scrambling to reach the white rectangle of an open door. The smoke was so thick, he said, you could barely see an outstretched hand. ...
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McDonald’s manager gets ovation as Tampa thanks those who helped Seminole Heights investigation

McDonald’s manager gets ovation as Tampa thanks those who helped Seminole Heights investigation

TAMPA — Delanda Walker, the McDonald’s manager who gave police the tip that led to an arrest in the Seminole Heights slayings, received a standing ovation Wednesday during a ceremony thanking citizens who helped in the investigation.Mayor Bob Buckhor...
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Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The pledge announced Wednesday is an offshoot from the sw...
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Pinellas sheriff, feds announce changes to controversial immigrant detention policy

Pinellas sheriff, feds announce changes to controversial immigrant detention policy

LARGO — A top federal immigration official is in Pinellas County this afternoon to announce a workaround to a legal quandary faced by county sheriffs to detain suspected undocumented immigrants in local jails.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...
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9 face hazing charges in death of Florida State fraternity pledge

9 face hazing charges in death of Florida State fraternity pledge

TALLAHASSEE — The death of a fraternity pledge from alcohol poisoning has led to hazing charges against nine Florida State University students.State attorney Jack Campbell filed charges on Wednesday in Leon County Court.All nine will be charged with ...
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Man robbed while responding to Craigslist sex ad

Man robbed while responding to Craigslist sex ad

HOLIDAY — A man responding to a Craiglist ad for sex was instead robbed by the boyfriend of the woman he was meeting, sheriff’s deputies said. Robert Roser, 39, of Holiday claimed he was part of a police sting operation before taking $60 and two blue...
Updated: 2 hours ago