Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

GOP reaffirms opposition to gay marriage

GOP reaffirms opposition to gay marriage

The Republican National Committee passed resolutions on Friday reaffirming its commitment to defining marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman, and calling on the Supreme Court to "uphold the sanctity of marriage" as it weighs cases involving same-sex marriage. The measures were adopted unanimously and without discussion as part of a slate of resolutions at the RNC's spring meeting in Los Angeles, a committee spokeswoman said. The moves come amid soul-searching within the GOP over same-sex marriage, which has gained support among Democrats and independents but is opposed by most Republicans, polls show. Social conservatives sent a letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus threatening to decamp if the party did not reaffirm its commitment to their issues.

Washington

EPA delays limit on carbon emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it would delay issuance of a new rule limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from new power plants after the electric power industry objected on legal and technical grounds. The rule, proposed a year ago and scheduled to be finalized today, would have put in place the first restrictions on climate-altering gases from the power sector in the United States. Agency officials said it would be rewritten to address the concerns raised by the industry, which said that strict new carbon standards could not be met using existing technology.

Retailers recall magnet sets

Six retailers have agreed to a voluntary recall of a brand of potentially dangerous high-powered magnet sets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Brookstone, Marbles the Brain Store, ThinkGeek and Hallmark retailers are recalling "Buckyballs" and "Buckycubes" after the agency received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting the product, with all but one needing medical help.

Elsewhere

Christiansburg, Va.: An 18-year-old college student, Neil Allan MacInnis, was charged Friday with shooting and wounding two women at a mall branch of New River Community College before he was subdued, police said.

Iraq: A pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 30.

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Fueled by indulgence and machismo, restaurants are a hotbed for sexual harassment

When Brenda Terry was 16 and living in St. Louis, she was a hostess and food runner at a sports bar where female employees wore cute, little cheerleading skirts. One night, she said, a patron grabbed her crotch. She ran to her management team and the...
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Tampa bicyclist, 52, dies after being rear-ended by vehicle; no charges

TAMPA — A 52-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed early Friday when he was struck from behind by a car in Seminole Heights, according to Tampa police.The incident took place at about 12:15 a.m. Wayne Kersh, 52, was riding his bicycle in the eastb...
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Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Pinellas jury: Clearwater man representing himself is guilty of killing his mother

Pinellas jury: Clearwater man representing himself is guilty of killing his mother

LARGO — A jury found Daniel Richards guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for the fatal beating of his 83-year-old mother.Richards, a 61-year-old who represented himself during his trial, was sentenced to life in prison.On the night of July 17, 2...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

TAMPA — A high-ranking University of South Florida Health official has resigned amid internal concerns that he was giving special treatment to his assistant.After an internal investigation, USF System President Judy Genshaft was poised last month to ...
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HomeTeam Hot Shots: Male nominations for Dec. 9-15

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male Hot Shots from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Dec. 9-Friday, Dec. 15. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday....
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Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched the stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then ...
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HomeTeam Hot Shots: Female nominations for Dec. 9-15

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate female Hot Shots from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Dec. 9-Friday, Dec. 15. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monda...
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Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

TAMPA — Nearly 600,000 more people will live in Hillsborough County by 2040, and if elected officials and county planners don’t take bold steps now the population boom will turn the county into the soulless sprawl of Anywhere, U.S.A..That’s the messa...
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