Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

EPA official in Texas quits over 'crucify' video

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EPA OFFICIAL IN TEXAS QUITS OVER 'CRUCIFY' VIDEO

The top Environmental Protection Agency official in Texas has resigned over a video of a speech he made two years ago. In the video he said that the agency should hit polluters with its full powers, citing the Roman practice of crucifying enemies as a deterrent. Al Armendariz, who oversaw federal environmental enforcement in Texas and four other states, offered his resignation Sunday in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who accepted it on Monday. It had become clear that Republicans intended to continue to use Armendariz's comments as ammunition in their fight with the Obama administration over environmental regulation.

Japan alliance called linchpin

President Barack Obama on Monday reaffirmed the United States' defense commitment to Japan, calling the relationship the "linchpin" of security in the Far East. Appearing with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda after they met at the White House, he hailed the recent agreement to relocate 9,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa to other bases in the western Pacific, saying the move will help allay concerns of residents of the Japanese island.

MADISON, Wis.

Governor raises $13 million in recall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has raised more than $13 million in three months for a recall election. Walker became the target of the recall after he pushed through legislation last year eliminating most public union workers' bargaining rights. His showdown with labor leaders and their Democratic allies made him a celebrity in GOP circles and enabled him to rake in campaign cash at a pace never before seen in Wisconsin.

Elsewhere

Myanmar: The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi backed down Monday in a dispute over Myanmar's oath of office, agreeing to enter Parliament for the first time and reviving hopes for the country's reconciliation program.

Bahrain: A court on Monday ordered retrials for a political activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly three months and 20 others who were convicted by a military tribunal for their participation in protests last year against Bahrain's ruling monarchy. Some of the activists received life sentences.

Mali: Gunfire rang out over the capital, Bamako, on Monday as soldiers loyal to the president who was deposed in a coup appeared to be attempting a countercoup against the ruling military junta. The junta seized power March 22, ending 20 years of democracy.

India: An overcrowded ferry boat capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeastern India late Monday, killing at least 41 people and leaving at least 150 others missing, police said.

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Forecast: Brace for another short-lived blast of arctic air across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Brace for another short-lived blast of arctic air across Tampa Bay

Wednesday morning’s chilly but relatively comfortable temperatures are but a precursor a big change coming later in the afternoon and into Thursday morning.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area It’s going to get cold. Brutally...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Freeze watch is in effect; accused Seminole Heights killer in court today; examining Tampa Bay’s grad rates; local crabber’s ‘lucky’ life

The Daystarter: Freeze watch is in effect; accused Seminole Heights killer in court today; examining Tampa Bay’s grad rates; local crabber’s ‘lucky’ life

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• The cold is back Tampa Bay. Wednesday will see highs in the 60s and then it gets worse from there, dropping down to the 20s and 30s overnight. The region is under a free watc...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Man accused in Seminole Heights killings in court today

Man accused in Seminole Heights killings in court today

TAMPA — The man accused in a string of killings in Seminole Heights homicides will be in court Wednesday morning for a status hearing.Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was arrested Nov. 30, hours after he gave a bag that held a gun to a fellow employee of...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Meteor? Bright light, loud noise rattle Michigan residents (w/video)

Meteor? Bright light, loud noise rattle Michigan residents (w/video)

DETROIT — The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor. Meteorologist Jordan Dale says the weather service hasn’t been able to confirm that it ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Deputies conducting homicide investigation in Tampa

Hillsborough County deputies are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in the Grant Park area of Tampa early Wednesday morning.Deputies say the man was found at 3703 Carroway Street.The circumstances surrounding the death are...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Navy files criminal charges in connection with deadly ship collisions, including negligent homicide

Navy files criminal charges in connection with deadly ship collisions, including negligent homicide

Washington PostFive Navy officers involved in ship collisions that killed a combined 17 sailors last year will face a variety of criminal charges, including negligent homicide, the service announced Tuesday night.The individuals include Cmdr. Bryce B...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Local crabber feels like it’s a ‘lucky’ life

Local crabber feels like it’s a ‘lucky’ life

A fading gray-and-white float bobs in the river on a recent morning, and Gus Muench moves toward it, navigating his flat-bottomed boat in the shallow water. After he stops the engine, he uses a hooked pole to pull the float closer and grabs the line ...
Published: 01/17/18
Pinellas sheriff, feds to announce changes to immigration detention policies

Pinellas sheriff, feds to announce changes to immigration detention policies

Law enforcement and federal immigration officials will announce today new efforts around the use of immigration detainers.The detainers, or requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that local jails hold onto people suspected of being in...
Published: 01/17/18
Steve Martin and Martin Short talk touring together and ‘newfangled old-fashioned’ variety show

Steve Martin and Martin Short talk touring together and ‘newfangled old-fashioned’ variety show

It’s barely been a year since Steve Martin and Martin Short last brought their roadshow to town. But there was never a doubt in their minds they’d be back."We thought — and I seriously mean this — we’ve got to play Florida more." Martin said in a pho...
Published: 01/17/18
With help from neighbors, Dunedin  food pantry is moving to bigger digs

With help from neighbors, Dunedin food pantry is moving to bigger digs

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterDUNEDIN — It has been only two years since the board of directors began operating Dunedin Cares from Faith Lutheran Church, inside a 600-square-foot community room. Already volunteers have handed out upwards of 100,...
Published: 01/17/18