Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Former Va. governor shifts attention to wife at trial

Richmond, Va.

Ex-Governor turns focus to wife at trial

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday he sensed that his wife was worried about the pressure of living in the public spotlight as first lady the day after his 2009 election. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling. McDonnell also testified that the CEO of a dietary supplements maker who gave him thousands of dollars in gifts and loans did not get any special treatment. The former governor and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in cash, goods and trips from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting the company's products.

Washington

Obama looking at immigration

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. The move could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the United States illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. After recent White House meetings, top officials compiled recommendations from business groups and other advocates, including a change in the way green cards are counted that would free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year.

Elsewhere

Los Angeles: A California Highway Patrol officer videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.

Japan: At least 36 people were killed and seven left missing in Hiroshima on Wednesday after heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides that buried victims alive as they slept in their homes, police said.

Washington: A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide to Congress by Oct. 1 a list of documents at the center of a long battle over failed law enforcement program Operation Fast and Furious.

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High school scoreboard for Feb. 22

Thursday’s scoreboardSoftballBoca Ciega 4, Pinellas Park 2Admiral Farragut 7, Northside Christian 1Boys tennisOsceola 7, Dixie Hollins 0Clearwater Central Cath. 4, Jesuit 3Girls tennisOsceola 7, Dixie Hollins 0Boys basketballClass 3A, region semifina...
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Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed ...
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A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

In 2015, Conchy the flamingo showed up at Florida’s Naval Air Station Key West, and he wouldn’t leave. Normally, managers on the grounds lethally remove feathered troublemakers — it can be very dangerous with birds flying around million-dollar fighte...
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Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Associated PressSTARKE — An inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor’s office said Eric Scott Branch, ...
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After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor and the police chief came to Northeast High on Thursday to warn students about the dangers of circulating rumors of school safety threats on social media.While they were there, one of those unfounded rumors popped up on Fac...
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Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Haley Loeun, a top aide to the embattled leader of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards, was fired Thursday from her $130,000-a-year position as business services director.Loeun came under criticism after the Tampa Bay Times reported that employ...
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V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

TAMPA — Across Interstate 4 from Ybor City’s nightlife, another part of the historic neighborhood has an odor less nostalgic — and much less pleasant — than cigar smoke and roasting coffee beans.V.M. Ybor, named after the Spaniard who founded the cit...
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Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to propose to President Donald Trump that transgender members of the U.S. military be allowed to continue serving despite the president’s call last summer for a ban on all transgender service, acc...
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Sen. Marco Rubio faces tough audience at riveting CNN forum on gun violence

Sen. Marco Rubio faces tough audience at riveting CNN forum on gun violence

After an emotionally draining day that captured national attention — the massive rally in Tallahassee and a small, tearful gathering of survivors at the White House — CNN’s Wednesday night town hall on the Parkland shooting could have easily been ove...
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