Friday, December 15, 2017
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U.S., South Korea sign pact to counter North Korea

South Korea

Pact signed to counter North Korea

The U.S. military said Monday that it had signed an agreement with South Korea on how to counter provocations from North Korea. The deal, struck Friday, defines the role U.S. forces would play in dealing with what South Korean military officials called local clashes, like the shelling of an island near the border in 2010 by the North, which killed four South Koreans. The two allies declined to disclose specifics about how far the United States would go in its support, especially at what point U.S. troops would directly join a South Korean counterattack against a North Korean provocation. The signing followed a recent series of North Korean threats.

Washington

Bachmann is facing inquiry by ethics office

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a candidate for president in 2012, is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for alleged misuse of campaign funds, her attorney, William McGinley, said Monday.

An investigation by the ethics office is a preliminary inquiry; the office can either dismiss a case or recommend a full House Ethics Committee investigation.

Washington

South Dakota senator won't seek re-election

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., will not seek re-election in 2014, people close to the senator confirmed Monday.

Johnson survived a life-threatening brain hemorrhage in 2006, returning to the Senate in late 2007 and easily winning re-election a year later. The 65-year-old senator is still partially paralyzed. But he has said that his health is not an issue.

Passaic, N.J.

Man claims $338M Powerball jackpot

A 44-year-old New Jersey man on Monday claimed a $338 million Powerball jackpot. Pedro Quezada said he would use his winnings to help his family.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

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Editorial: Warren’s smart approach on guns, domestic violence

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren would make it safer for victims and police alike with his plan to remove firearms from defendants charged with domestic violence. These cases are toxic enough, and having guns at the ready only adds to a dang...
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Editorial: St. Petersburg council right to reject Bayfront deal

Editorial: St. Petersburg council right to reject Bayfront deal

The St. Petersburg City Council made the difficult but correct decision this week to reject the proposed sale of a local nonprofit’s minority stake in Bayfront hospital. Despite months of negotiations, there were too many questions, a few suspicions ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched the stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago

FHP: Overturned vehicle reported on northbound Howard Frankland

ST. PETERSBURG — Drivers should avoid the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge for a while: The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to a report of an overturned vehicle there.The incident was reported at 2:11 p.m. on northbound Interstate 275, near mi...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Traffic grew heavy, and so did contractions, so Plant City mom delivers in car

Traffic grew heavy, and so did contractions, so Plant City mom delivers in car

BRANDON — Christine Stallworth had experienced false labor before so she decided to ignore the contractions she was feeling Thursday as she and her husband Clifford drove their two boys from home in Plant City to school in Tampa.But this time, 10 day...
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Self-serve beer bar opens Saturday in downtown St. Pete

Self-serve beer bar opens Saturday in downtown St. Pete

Pour Taproom, a craft beer bar with 85 taps that customers pour their own brew from, will open at noon on Saturday, Dec. 16. The nearly 2,300-square-foot bar at 225 Second Ave. N has undergone extensive renovations, including a St. Petersburg-themed...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

TAMPA — A months-long conflict over planned pay raises has moved to a new phase with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association declaring a bargaining impasse with the public school district.The two sides, which began negotiations in late spring...
Updated: 1 hour ago

AOL Instant Messenger is no more, and it’s okay your inner 13-year-old is crying

Saying goodbye to an old friend stings.On the morning of Dec. 15, 2017, AOL Instant Messenger died.Take a moment to allow the 13-year-old inside of you let out a deep sob; think about the bulletin you wish you could post to your MySpace page about ho...
Updated: 1 hour ago