Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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VA says suicides up among youngest vets

VA says suicides up for youngest vets

A new government analysis shows a sharp increase in the suicide rate among the youngest male veterans and a smaller jump among women who served in the military. But the Department of Veterans Affairs says there was "no clear change" in the overall suicide rate among all veterans using VA health facilities. Dr. Jan Kemp, who oversees suicide prevention efforts at the VA, says the numbers are alarming, particularly for male veterans in their early 20s. She said too many younger vets don't seek treatment for longer-term mental health issues. The VA said the suicide rate increased nearly 44 percent for male veterans ages 18 to 29 from 2009 to 2011, and more than 11 percent for female veterans.

Cargo ship heads to space station

A privately launched supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Thursday after a series of delays ranging from the cold to the sun. Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its unmanned Antares rocket from Wallops Island, Va., offering a view to nearby states along the East Coast. It carries 3,000 pounds of equipment and experiments provided by NASA, as well as food and even some ants for an educational project. Christmas presents also are on board for the six space station residents; the delivery is a month late. The spacecraft, named Cygnus, should reach the station Sunday. NASA is paying Orbital Sciences and the SpaceX company to restock the space station. Orbital Sciences' contract alone is worth $1.9 billion.

Millionaires rule in Congress

As unemployment benefits expired for more than a million Americans, a new analysis of lawmakers' financial-disclosure reports shows that, for the first time in history, more than half the members of the U.S. House and Senate are millionaires. Overall, at least 268 of the 534 current members of Congress had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, the year covered by the reports that each lawmaker had to file in 2013. The median net worth for the lawmakers is $1,008,767, according to the analysis, conducted by the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.

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Tampa judge denies ‘stand your ground’ claim in Lyfe Coleman murder case

Tampa judge denies ‘stand your ground’ claim in Lyfe Coleman murder case

BY DAN SULLIVANTimes Staff WriterTAMPA — A judge has declined to grant immunity to Reginald Bowman, the man who admitted last month that he fatally shot 18-year-old Lyfe Coleman and invoked the state’s "stand your ground" law to argue it was self-def...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Tampa Rep’s ‘Gnit’ is a sharp commentary on narcissism in the age of selfies

Tampa Rep’s ‘Gnit’ is a sharp commentary on narcissism in the age of selfies

By JULIE GARISTOTimes CorrespondentTAMPA — Tampa Repertory Theatre’s Gnit strikes gold for theatergoers who appreciate deadpan wit, clever wordplay and incisive commentary on the human condition.First produced in 2013, the retread of a Scandinavian c...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Top 5 at Noon: PolitiFact introduces Trump-O-Meter; St. Pete's apartment boom spreads; Panic after casino boat caught fire

Top 5 at Noon: PolitiFact introduces Trump-O-Meter; St. Pete's apartment boom spreads; Panic after casino boat caught fire

Our top five stories at noon on Tampabay.com.
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Why ‘Phantom Thread’ is a bad fit as Daniel Day-Lewis’ final movie

Why ‘Phantom Thread’ is a bad fit as Daniel Day-Lewis’ final movie

BY STEVE PERSALLTimes Movie CriticPaul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is passionless window-shop cinema, each static tableau lovingly arranged for display and easy dusting. Its centerpiece is a mannequin, albeit played by Daniel Day-Lewis, whose gi...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Thanks to Hurricane Irma, there’s a pass at Shell Key again

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, there’s a pass at Shell Key again

By CRAIG PITTMANTimes Staff WriterAT THE SHELL KEY PRESERVE — From a boat puttering along in the water, the sandy beach seems to go on and on. Then, abruptly, it ends at a mass of tangled, overturned mangroves where a great blue heron sits on an expo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Panic ensued after casino shuttle caught fire, survivor recalls

Panic ensued after casino shuttle caught fire, survivor recalls

By HOWARD ALTMAN Times Staff Writer PORT RICHEY — Before directing them to abandon the burning ship, the crew of The Island Lady casino shuttle moved passengers around the 72-foot wood-hulled vessel as fire began smouldering on both sides, one passen...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Dow bursts through 26,000 in record seven trading days

Dow bursts through 26,000 in record seven trading days

The Dow Jones industrial average blew past 26,000 Tuesday for the first time ever, coming only a week after hitting 25,000 and showing further evidence that the long-running bull market is alive and well."There are several reasons for markets to melt...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida love triangle led to a murder-for-hire plot, police say. But the wrong woman was killed.

Florida love triangle led to a murder-for-hire plot, police say. But the wrong woman was killed.

Heartbreak and jealously were the twin engines driving the scheme, police would later say. Ishnar Marie Lopez-Ramos was in love. The object of the 35-year-old Floridian’s affection, however, was tangled up with another woman. To solve her hear...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hernando County wants taxpayer grant recipients to show their math

Hernando County wants taxpayer grant recipients to show their math

by barbara behrendtTimes Staff WriterBROOKSVILLE — Hernando County has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years on taxpayer-funded grants to outside agencies and organizations, including $396,000 for the current year.Those dollars have ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Arizona-based AFI Mortgage opens St. Petersburg branch

Arizona-based AFI Mortgage opens St. Petersburg branch

Times StaffAFI Mortgage, a subsidiary of an Arizona-based bank, is opening its first Florida locations in St. Petersburg and Lakeland. Its parent company, AmeriFirst Financial Inc., specializes in mortgages. "This Florida team is innovative, knowledg...
Updated: 2 hours ago