Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Colorado shooting suspect will face trial, judge rules

denver

movie shooting suspect will face trial

A judge ruled late Thursday there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer. Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with all 166 felony counts they filed against him.

manila, philippines

Fire sweeps hotels, killing 3 Americans

Philippine authorities say a fire swept through three adjacent hotels, killing three unidentified American retirees, a South Korean and two Filipino women. The small hotel buildings are in Olongapo City, a former U.S. naval base west of the capital, Manila. The cause of the blaze, which began at 3 a.m. and was put out three hours later, is under investigation.

united nations

Mali seeks help against extremists

Mali's president on Thursday asked France for help countering an offensive by extremist and terrorist groups who control the northern half of the country and are heading south. France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters after an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that urgent action is needed against the groups who captured the city of Konna on Thursday and are threatening the city of Mopti. "This terrorist attack weakens even more the stability of Mali and thereby that of its neighbors," he said.

washington

Obama picks Lew to head Treasury

President Barack Obama announced his choice of Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury on Thursday, saying he has "worked and succeeded in some of the toughest jobs in Washington." Lew, the White House chief of staff and a former budget director, would complete the transformation of Obama's economic team from the big-name economists and financial firefighters hired four years ago to budget negotiators ready for the next fiscal fights in Congress. If confirmed by the Senate, Lew, 57, would succeed Timothy F. Geithner, who at the president's insistence stayed for the entire first term.

washington

Pentagon moves to curb spending

Fearing Congress and the president may not reach a deal on spending and the deficit, the Pentagon is freezing civilian hiring, limiting maintenance work and delaying approval of some contracts. The money-saving steps, announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, are designed to be reversible if a compromise is reached to avoid automatic reductions in federal spending set to begin in March. The Pentagon's share could be up to $500 billion in cuts over 10 years.

new york

Firm gives $10M in Sandy aid

The New York City financial services firm that lost the most workers in the Sept. 11 terror attacks said it will "adopt" 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and give a total of $10 million to families in those schools. Cantor Fitzgerald, its relief fund and its affiliate BGC Partners will donate $1,000 to each family. The schools are in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey. Cantor Fitzgerald lost two-thirds of its New York workforce when terrorists struck the One World Trade Center tower.

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Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

The sunny skies and warmer temperatures that took hold on Martin Luther King Day will extend into Tuesday across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area They will last only a day, however, as the region will see a shor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• It will actually warm up just a tad before another cold front arrives and sweeps east across the Gulf coast. Tuesday’s highs will be in the 70s but expect cooler temperatures...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Help wanted: Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa has 250 jobs to fill

Help wanted: Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa has 250 jobs to fill

TAMPA — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is holding a hiring event next week to fill more than 250 positions. The event will take place in the Hard Rock Cafe from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24. Available positions include culinary, beverage, hotel, spa, ...
Published: 01/16/18
Thanks to Hurricane Irma, you need a boat to get to Shell Key again

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, you need a boat to get to Shell Key again

AT THE SHELL KEY PRESERVE — From a boat puttering along in the water, the sandy beach seems to go on and on. Then, abruptly, it ends at a mass of tangled, overturned mangroves where a great blue heron sits on an exposed root.And there, stretching for...
Published: 01/16/18
Bill to ban orca breeding filed in House faces pushback from SeaWorld

Bill to ban orca breeding filed in House faces pushback from SeaWorld

A bill that would outlaw the breeding and performing of killer whales in Florida has cleared the initial hurdle that kept it off the table last year: getting a lawmaker to file it in the first place. In an effort to solidify a voluntary policy change...
Published: 01/16/18
Vultures drawn by fish killed during cold snap pose hazard for MacDill flights

Vultures drawn by fish killed during cold snap pose hazard for MacDill flights

TAMPA — The recent cold snap has been more than just an inconvenience for Floridians. It’s been tough on fish and potentially hazardous to flights at MacDill Air Force Base.The National Weather Service says temperatures in early January fell to as lo...
Published: 01/16/18
Editorial: Balancing the playing field for workers’ compensation

Editorial: Balancing the playing field for workers’ compensation

For the longest time, injured workers in Florida were basically at the mercy of the whims of employers to treat them fairly. A 2003 law aimed at reducing the cost of workers’ compensation coverage for businesses had the desired impact, but it also di...
Published: 01/16/18
Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Maybe Jack Nicholson was wrong. We can handle the truth.The #MeToo movement is giving a microphone to once unheard voices. Political lies are constantly challenged. At the Golden Globes, Oprah’s rousing speech asserted "the most powerful tool is spea...
Published: 01/16/18
Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Mother of two, 42, identified as casualty after Port Richey boat fire

Mother of two, 42, identified as casualty after Port Richey boat fire

PORT RICHEY — As the boat disappeared in smoke and flames Sunday, as people leapt into the cold waters below, the neighborhood rallied. Residents helped the survivors ashore, gave them blankets and opened their homes to keep them warm.The neighbors o...
Updated: 9 hours ago