Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Jeb Bush says change political climate in D.C.

Los Angeles

Jeb Bush says alter political climate in D.C.

As speculation swirled around his potential run for president in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made a plea Friday for greater bipartisanship, hailing President Barack Obama's dinner invitation to a dozen Republican senators this week as a promising development. Striking a tone that set him apart from the more strident rhetoric of the 2012 Republican contenders, Bush argued that the future of the Republican Party could hinge on enhancing cooperation between the parties. He praised work in the Senate on immigration reform, as well as Obama's recent moves. In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Bush spoke at length about the toxic climate in Washington. He contrasted the rancor of the past few years with the style of historic figures like Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson, whose "forceful hands-on leadership," he said, produced historic civil rights legislation. "The stories about Johnson grabbing people by the shoulders and getting right in their grill to make them realize how important it was to get things done was the kind of leadership that we need to see today," he said. He paid tribute to Reagan for "embracing his adversaries," invoking the former president's friendship with Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill.

Seattle

Army questioned on stress disorder

An Army report released Friday finds the service still has trouble diagnosing and treating soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, despite more than doubling its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers over the past five years. Confusing paperwork, inconsistent training and guidelines, and incompatible data systems have hindered the service as it tries to deal with behavioral health issues, the report by a task force concluded. It's a crucial issue: After a decade of war, soldier suicides outpace combat deaths.

Denver

Suspect in theater shooting got care

Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes was taken from jail to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in November because he was considered a danger to himself, and he was frequently held in restraints while hospitalized, according to a court document released Friday. The document also described an earlier incident in which Holmes was hospitalized for "potential self-inflicted head injuries in his cell." It did not say when that incident occurred. The revelations heighten expectations that Holmes would plead not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday, his next court appearance. Holmes faces multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 shootings in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured.

Elsewhere

Syria: The United Nations said Friday that an agreement had been reached to secure the release of the 21 Filipino peacekeepers seized two days earlier by Syrian insurgents in the disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel. But it was unclear when the captives would be freed.

New York: A jury ended deliberations Friday without a verdict in the case of a police officer accused of plotting to abduct and cannibalize women.

Iraq: Iraq's agriculture minister announced his resignation Friday after police opened fire on Sunni demonstrators in the country's north, killing one protester and wounding five others.

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FDLE: Pasco couple scammed elderly employer out of $480,000

TAMPA — A Pasco County couple face dozens of charges after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they stole more than $480,000 from their elderly employer.Chet Alan Ragsdale, 45, faces 28 counts of grand theft, 25 counts of forgery, 25 count...
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Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer last week asked people on Twitter to tweet a photo at them of toppings on their new hot dogs — which the company described as "improved."The payoff? A year’s supply of hot dogs hand-delivered by none other than the iconic Wienermobile. re...
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GasBuddy predicts plunge in summer travel, blames gas prices

GasBuddy predicts plunge in summer travel, blames gas prices

At least one gas price tracker expects rising fuel prices to sharply curtail summer travel. "For all those that have said summer travel will be unaffected by high gas prices, we offer thousands of respondents who have strongly indicated that’s not tr...
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Live blog: Lightning has chance to clinch series in Game 6

Live blog: Lightning has chance to clinch series in Game 6

Follow our live coverage of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.We'll have updates, analysis, photos, video and more on and off the ice from Times reporters, editors, sports columnists and photo journa...
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State softball: Scouting the Land O’Lakes vs. Clay semifinal

State softball: Scouting the Land O’Lakes vs. Clay semifinal

Land O’Lakes (24-6) vs. Clay (18-12)When/where: 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at Historic Dodgertown, Vero BeachHow they got thereLand O'Lakes defeated Robinson 4-2, defeated River Ridge 5-0, defeated Crystal River 3-0Clay defeated Paxson 4-1, defeated Ri...
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Company that spilled fertilizer at Tampa port says not as much hit the water

Company that spilled fertilizer at Tampa port says not as much hit the water

The company that on Friday reported spilling 2 tons of fertilizer into a channel feeding into Tampa Bay says now that the amount was far smaller — 200 pounds, at most.Both Kinder Morgan, which spilled the fertilizer, and the state Department of Envir...
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State softball: Academy at the Lake romps in long-awaited semifinal

State softball: Academy at the Lake romps in long-awaited semifinal

VERO BEACH — On a day when the weather at the state softball tournament finally said yes, Academy at the Lakes pitcher Alexis Kilfoyl said no to Lake Worth Christian.The hard-throwing right-hander fired a no-hitter in a Class 2A semifinal Monday morn...
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Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Bulls redshirt sophomore DB Craig Watts Jr., who practiced behind starting nickel back Ronnie Hoggins this past spring, has transferred to Division II Valdosta State, his father confirmed Monday.Watts, deemed a four-star prospect by at least four maj...
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