Saturday, November 18, 2017
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House approves aid for churches damaged by Hurricane Sandy

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Washington

House okays aid for churches hit by Hurricane

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would allow the use of federal money to rebuild churches and synagogues damaged by Hurricane Sandy, despite concern that such aid could violate the doctrine of separation of church and state. The bill, approved last week 354-72, had support from Roman Catholic and Jewish organizations. It was opposed by 66 Democrats and six Republicans. The prospects for the bill in the Senate are uncertain. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has generally refused to provide money to rebuild houses of worship. The House bill adds houses of worship to the list of private nonprofit organizations eligible for disaster relief.

Denver

Colo. House passes gun-control bills

Universal background checks and limits on the size of ammunition magazines passed the Colorado House on Monday as lawmakers tried to address recent mass shootings. The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans. The other bills would ban concealed firearms at colleges and stadiums, and require that gun purchasers pay for their own background checks. The bills now go to the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Russia

Lawmaker's body found in barrel

The body of a Russian lawmaker was found cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an $80 million debt, officials said Monday. Mikhail Pakhomov, 37, disappeared last week. He was a member of the local legislature in Lipetsk, a city about 215 miles south of Moscow. Authorities said Yevgeny Kharitonov, a former deputy minister for housing and utilities services in the Moscow region, is being held on suspicion of ordering the killing of Pakhomov.

Germany

Amazon fires firm after documentary

Online retailer Amazon reacted to criticism Monday by firing a security company named in a German TV documentary about alleged mistreatment of foreign temporary workers. An Amazon spokeswoman in Germany said in an email to the Associated Press that the company had ended its relationship with Hensel European Security Services. The documentary showed staff of the security company — whose initials spell out the surname of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess — wearing clothes linked to the neo-Nazi scene. The documentary interviewed temporary workers for Amazon who said they were intimidated by security guards.

Elsewhere

Nigeria: A little-known Islamic extremist group, Ansaru, claimed responsibility Monday for the kidnapping of seven foreign workers in northern Nigeria, threatening their safety if anyone tried to free them.

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Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 8 hours ago