Friday, January 19, 2018
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Study finds suicides up sharply among veterans

Washington

Study: Suicides up among vets

Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that's about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs' 2007 estimate, according to two-year study by a VA researcher. The study indicates more than two-thirds of the veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older, suggesting the increase in suicides is not primarily driven by those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Washington

Obama campaign, DNC end '12 in debt

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee ended 2012 with large debts. Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show Obama's campaign had $5.8 million in debt while his party's political arm, the DNC, owed $21.4 million. The two groups ended the year with a combined $7.5 million in the bank. The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, ended the year debt-free and started 2013 with $4.7 million in its coffers.

Fort Meade, MD.

Censorship halted in Sept. 11 case

The military judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case angrily ruled Thursday that government censors and intelligence officials can no longer shield the proceedings from public view and that he will decide when to cut off a live audio/video link in instances where classified information is discussed. Judge James L. Pohl, an Army colonel, also is considering halting the entire case to investigate allegations that censors use technology to improperly eavesdrop and spy on defense lawyers' private conversations with their clients in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Philadelphia

Judges indicted in ticket fixing case

Federal prosecutors Thursday unveiled fraud charges against nine sitting and former traffic court judges accused of dismissing or reducing traffic citations for political, business and social associates in return for favors like free car repairs and shipments of seafood. The judges and three business associates were indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. Those seeking to have traffic tickets fixed, including local politicians and associates of the Democratic City Committee, regularly contacted the defendants from July 2008 to September 2011, the indictment said.

New York

Former Mayor Koch in intensive care

Former Mayor Ed Koch, who has been hospitalized since Monday with lung problems, was placed in the intensive care unit Thursday, his spokesman said. Koch's lead doctor "said he wanted to monitor the former mayor more closely," said spokesman George Arzt, who declined to elaborate. Koch, 88, is at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, where he has been a frequent visitor lately for a series of health problems.

Times wires

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Lightning falls to Golden Knights

Lightning falls to Golden Knights

TAMPA — The door to the Lightning dressing room remained closed a little longer than usual Thursday night, and that wasn’t surprising.After the kind of performance displayed in its 4-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights, this had players-only meeti...
Updated: 3 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 18

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls basketballNortheast 64, Largo 24Boys soccerIndian Rocks Chr. 3, Berkeley Prep 2Palm Harbor U. 7, Tarpon Springs 0Girls soccerCountryside 5, Pinellas Park 0Palm Harbor U. 5, Tarpon Springs 1...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Day after-party raises ire

Police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Day after-party raises ire

ST. PETERSBURG — One after another, speakers stepped to the lectern at City Hall on Thursday and described the same image: police cruisers on every corner in Midtown, uniformed officers lined up across the roadway, souring what should have been a joy...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Tampa Bay record lows burst pipes, threaten berry and fish farms

Tampa Bay record lows burst pipes, threaten berry and fish farms

In winters past, when they ran the irrigation system at Parkesdale Farms to preserve the berry crop in a protective shell of ice, the icicles measured inches.But on Wednesday night, one of the coldest nights in years, the icicles hung more than a foo...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.Members of the business community, elected officials and executives with Metro Development Group and Crystal L...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Booty and books on Blackbeard’s ship; critics warn new Trump offic would allow doctors to discriminate; more in U.S. news

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Consumer agency to spend rainy day funds

NEW YORK — The Trump-appointed acting director of the federal government’s consumer watchdog agency requested zero dollars of funding for its second-quarter budget, saying he intends to first spend down the agency’s rainy day fund. In a letter to the...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

A Tampa man convicted of DUI manslaughter for drunkenly running down a tourist and released on bail while his case winds through the appeals process was arrested Tuesday.Brock Troutman, 34, violated the conditions of his release from jail by consumin...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

TAMPA — The bearded man with shackled hands sat weeping as he listened to witness after witness — his mother, aunt and sister among them — recount his childhood of poverty, abuse, and depression.Kyle Moran leaned forward occasionally, stretching to w...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

PORT RICHEY — Loretta Santini was one of a small group of customers boarding a Tropical Breeze Casino shuttle Thursday afternoon as the company sailed for the first day since another of its shuttle boats burned to the water Sunday, killing one woman....
Updated: 10 hours ago