Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Villagers glad Taliban abducted its entire police force

Kabul, Afghanistan

Taliban abducts police force; villagers glad

The few hundred people of Kala Khel, a village in southern Afghanistan, on Thursday got some of the best news they've heard all year: The entire Afghan Local Police unit posted to the hamlet disappeared the night before, apparently betrayed by two of their own and abducted by the Taliban. The police, villagers said, had been beating people and stealing from them nearly every day since they arrived five months ago, and few seemed sorry to see them gone. "People are happy they have been kidnapped," said Mahmadullah, who uses a single name. Some say the Afghan Local Police militias are made up of common criminals, village toughs — and sometimes Taliban sympathizers. Villagers said two policemen spiked their 12 colleagues' food with crushed sleeping pills. The Taliban then came and took away the near-comatose men along with two police pickup trucks and all the weapons in the post.

New York

Weiner tallies online dalliances

Anthony Weiner said Thursday he traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress in 2011. But as he tried to tamp down questions about his behavior, a poll suggested the new disclosures were taking a toll on his mayoral prospects. Facing a third day of renewed queries and criticism of his conduct as he continued campaigning, the married Democrat also said he had sexually charged exchanges with six to 10 women; he previously capped that number at six.

Miami

Tropical storm stays strong

Tropical Storm Dorian is maintaining its strength as it moves across the open Atlantic, far from land. The storm's maximum sustained winds were 50 mph late Thursday. Dorian is centered about 1,550 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands, off the coast of west Africa, and is moving west-northwest at 20 mph. Little change in strength is expected through Saturday.

Carson City, Nev.

Simpson pleads for leniency at hearing

O.J. Simpson pleaded with a parole board for leniency on his armed robbery and kidnapping sentence Thursday as he expressed regret for his actions and described being an upstanding inmate. Simpson, 66, noted he has made amends with his victims in a botched heist of memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. Parole officials' decision will have little affect on his overall sentence because he's eligible for parole on only one of his consecutive sentences. His best chance for freedom lies with a judge's pending decision on whether to grant him a new trial.

Elsewhere

Cleveland: A hearing will be held today for Ariel Castro amid reports that lawyers have reached a plea deal in the case involving the kidnapping and rape of three women held in his run-down house for about a decade.

Pakistan: The United States has drastically scaled back drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and limited strikes to high-value targets in response to growing criticism of the program there.

South Korea: North Korea threatened Thursday to re-station troops at a stalled inter-Korean factory park just across the border of the Koreas, as scuffles reportedly broke out between delegates after talks on restarting the complex failed.

Times wires

Comments
Watch: Hunter snares large python while saving small gator in process

Watch: Hunter snares large python while saving small gator in process

A python hunter not only captured a 10-foot python as part of the state’s effort to curb the python population in the Everglades, but he also saved a 4-foot gator in the process.The catch was caught on video by Mike Hubbard, who was accompanying hunt...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation.Trump’s meeting late Tuesday afternoon with...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad

This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad

The new avocados rolling out to Costco stores in the Midwest this week don’t look like the future of fresh produce. But they’re quietly testing technology that could more than double the shelf life of vegetables and fruits.That technology, developed ...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
With starting QB Josh Jackson’s status resolved, FSU will open against full-strength Hokies

With starting QB Josh Jackson’s status resolved, FSU will open against full-strength Hokies

Florida State's primetime opener against Virginia Tech looks a little tougher now than it did a few days ago.Hokies starting quarterback Josh Jackson has had his academic eligibility resolved and remains on the team, the Roanoke Times reported Tuesda...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

This week I wrote about something with which I have become very familiar: the ketogenic diet. If you’re like, "Huh?" you are where I was three months ago, before my husband, Phil, embarked on the weight-loss regimen. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Safety Harbor fire chief departs: ‘Take pride in the job’

Safety Harbor fire chief departs: ‘Take pride in the job’

SAFETY HARBOR — When Fire Chief Joe Accetta started working at the Safety Harbor Fire Department, Fire Station 53 was a double wide in the middle of a field now home to Mease Countryside Hospital.Now almost four decades of challenges and promotions l...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Another detention center for immigrant children planned for Houston

Another detention center for immigrant children planned for Houston

Another facility intended for detaining undocumented children is reportedly in the works for Houston as the number of children separated from their parents at the border continues to swell.Southwest Key Programs, the same contractor that operates the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Muralist working with huge St. Pete ‘canvas’ to create neighborhood eye-grabber

Muralist working with huge St. Pete ‘canvas’ to create neighborhood eye-grabber

ST. PETERSBURG — They appear to rise out of nowhere — two enormous, reclaimed-water tanks with an artist’s white clouds scudding across a blue background.A closer view reveals silhouettes of a lone coyote howling at the sky, mangrove islands, oak, cy...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: High humidity, searing temperatures and little rain across Tampa Bay

Forecast: High humidity, searing temperatures and little rain across Tampa Bay

Dry air will keep rain chances down Tuesday, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your afternoon plans.While showers will be at a minimum, the searing heat won’t be as high humidity and mostly sunny skies will push the heat index at ar nea...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Romano: A Tampa Bay ‘superstar’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

Romano: A Tampa Bay ‘superstar’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

At this moment, she is Tampa Bay’s most influential export. A smart, accomplished and powerful attorney making life-altering decisions on an international stage.But what of tomorrow? And the day after?When the story of President Donald Trump’s border...
Updated: 3 hours ago