Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Kate Middleton's phone was hacked, British jurors hear

Kate Middleton's phone was hacked

Jurors at Britain's phone hacking trial have been read intercepted messages left by Prince William on Kate Middleton's phone, in which he calls her "babykins" and jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise. The recording dates back to the days before they were married and reveals the extent of media intrusion into the lives of William, second-in-line for the throne, and Middleton, who at the time was a private citizen dating a senior royal. The recorded messages from 2006 were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.

new DRUG BLOCKS HIV IN LAB STUDY

A preliminary lab study suggests a drug developed to treat epilepsy can block the AIDS virus, and researchers are eager to try it in people. When tested in human tissues in the laboratory, the drug "works beautifully" to prevent HIV from destroying key cells of the immune system, said Dr. Warner Greene of Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. The results were published online Thursday by the journal Nature. No timeline for human studies has been set.

CDC warns of virus in Caribbean

A mosquito-borne virus usually restricted to Africa and Asia has been detected for the first time in the Western Hemisphere, with 10 confirmed cases on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The chikungunya virus can cause "debilitating illness, most often characterized by fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash and joint pain," the CDC says. It says visitors should wear mosquito repellent and long-sleeved shirts and pants, and use air-conditioning or netting.

Satellite launched to map Billion stars

The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday in a bid to produce the most accurate 3-D map of the Milky Way and provide insight into the evolution of our galaxy. Gaia's twin telescopes will study a billion stars in the galaxy, or roughly 1 percent of the Milky Way's 100 billion stars.

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CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CLEARWATER — The heads of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards will hold emergency meetings in the coming days to consider firing president and CEO Edward Peachey. Jack Geller, board chairman of CareerSource Pinellas, and Dick Peck, chairman of ...
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Former Florida Rep. Robert Wallace jumps from Tampa overpass

Former Florida Rep. Robert Wallace jumps from Tampa overpass

TAMPA — Former Florida state Rep. Robert Wallace ended his life Monday night by jumping from a Dale Mabry Highway overpass, records show. He was 65.At least one witness saw Wallace plunge 40 to 50 feet onto Gunn Highway, according to a Hillsborough C...
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Toymakers dive into toilet for poospiration; Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99; MS-13 sweep keeps most basic details secret; more in U.S. news

Toymakers dive into toilet for poospiration; Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99; MS-13 sweep keeps most basic details secret; more in U.S. news

New YorkDiving into toilet for poospirationToymakers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. Mattel’s upcoming Flushin’ Frenzy game sends a brown plastic poop flying into the air. And its rival, Hasbro stuck with the potty humor after its...
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Time line1918: Born into a strict Presbyterian family near Charlotte, N.C.1934: Accepts Christ at Charlotte revival by traveling evangelist Mordecai Ham.1936: Enrolls in Bob Jones College, Cleveland, Tenn.1937: Unhappy at Bob Jones, he enrolls in Flo...
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At presidents’ sides

At presidents’ sides

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Meet the Andean god of prosperity; U.K. top court finds police liable for failings in massive rapist case; more in world news

Meet the Andean god of prosperity; U.K. top court finds police liable for failings in massive rapist case; more in world news

BoliviaThis year’s god of prosperity is ...Juan Ricaldi may not yet be rich, but he’s the very image of the god of prosperity and abundance in the eyes of celebrating devotees in La Paz. Ekeko is rendered as a short, pudgy, mustached man who wears tr...
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Editorial: They value guns, not kids

Editorial: They value guns, not kids

They value guns over kidsSix days after 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High by a teen-ager firing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the Florida House refused to even debate a bill banning the sale of assault weapons. The vote, 71 to 36, wasn...
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Shuttle service planned for BMX Gator Nationals in Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — The city has partnered with the PSTA and IS offering a free shuttle during this weekend’s USA BMX Gator Nationals at the Oldsmar Sports Complex.Public parking will be available in the east parking lot at City Hall, 100 State Street W. Other...
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St. Pete's World Liquors sign will live on at new home

St. Pete's World Liquors sign will live on at new home

A local landmark for a half century isn't coming down for good.
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