Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Islamists take control of new parliament in Egypt

EGYPT

Islamists take control of New Parliament

The inaugural session of the Egyptian parliament opened on Monday, with representatives from Islamist parties filling just over 70 percent of the seats following the first free elections in six decades. As legislators took their oaths, some sneaked in phrases about the importance of Islamic law and others criticized the country's military rulers — both signs of sentiment among ordinary Egyptians. Live TV coverage of the 12-hour session made clear the Islamist — and male — domination. Most members had beards, and only a few women were in sight.

SYRIA

Damascus says no to Assad's exit

Syria on Monday rejected the Arab League's new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis by having President Bashar Assad leave office after a unity government is set up. The state-run news agency, SANA, said Damascus considers the plan, put forth Sunday, "flagrant interference in its internal affairs." Meanwhile, an activist group said 23 people were killed Monday.

Washington

Ex-CIA officer is charged with leaks

The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information to reporters, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists. The case against John Kiriakou, 47, who also served as a senior Senate aide, extends the Obama administration's crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

ITALY

Two more bodies pulled from ship

Rescue workers located the bodies of two women on the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the death toll to 15, Italian officials said Monday. About 20 people are still listed as missing from the ship, which was carrying at least 4,229 people from 60 countries when it ran aground Jan. 13.

PAKISTAN

U.S. account on airstrike rejected

Pakistan's military issued a formal rejection Monday of the U.S. military's report last month on a contentious border exchange of fire that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, dealing a fresh blow to U.S. hopes of reviving a troubled relationship. Pakistan's military press office described the U.S. account of the Nov. 26 exchange as "factually not correct," accused the U.S. of failing to share information "at any level" and rejected any responsibility for the bloody debacle.

CHINA

Security forces fire on Tibetans

Security forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters in western China on Monday, wounding at least 32 people and killing at least one, two Tibetan rights groups and the Tibetan exile government said. It was the largest clash in ethnic Tibetan areas of China since 2008.

Elsewhere

New Zealand: Volunteers succeeded today in refloating 39 survivors of a pod of pilot whales that stranded on a remote beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island, news reports said. Thirty-four of them died after beaching on Monday.

Chicago: The FBI arrested a refugee from Uzbekistan at Chicago's O'Hare airport on charges that he planned to travel overseas to fight for a terrorist group, an official said Monday.

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Crash downs power lines, closes N Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — A portion of North Florida Avenue is closed in downtown Tampa as TECO crews repair downed power lines after a crash late Wednesday night.The crash occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of N Florida Avenue and E Fortune Street, accord...
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What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll see temperatures in the low 70s today as highs march toward 80 degrees by Monday, according to 10Weather WTSP.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our ...
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St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

ST. PETERSBURG — For years, Edge District merchants and residents have been united by this grievance: there isn’t enough parking to accommodate visitors to the booming entertainment and retail district.The City Council will consider a plan to fix tha...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

DELHIAs I slid my shoes off and handed the man a five-rupee note before entering the Jama Masjid mosque, I could feel the heat from the red stone against my heels. I could also feel the intense stares of the Delhi locals. I don’t know which made me s...
Published: 12/14/17
Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

You know that little snap of frigid — OK, chilly — weather we just had? In Florida, we call that winter, a season we typically measure in hours.If it’s really savage, the thermometer might not rise above 50 degrees for two or sometimes three whole da...
Published: 12/14/17
Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Eggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called "posset" that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from...
Published: 12/14/17
Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force

Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has suspended two deputies after an internal investigation found they violated agency policies during the arrest of a 25-year-old man that turned violent. The sheriff handed down 15 days to Deputy Alexander Edge, who G...
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St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

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Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
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