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EPA says Texas refinery permit violates Clean Air Act


EPA: Refinery permit violates clean air act

The Environmental Protection Agency barred Texas from issuing an operating permit to a refinery in Corpus Christi on Tuesday and said it would do the same in dozens of other cases in which it believes the state is violating the Clean Air Act. The federal agency said its decision was unprecedented, removing from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality a power traditionally granted to state regulators.


Mumbai suspect can remain free

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a hard-line cleric suspected by India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead will remain free — for now — after the Supreme Court ruled the government lacks the evidence to imprison him. The decision could strain Pakistan and India's already brittle relationship at a time when the rival nations are trying to restart peace talks.


Discrimination settlement offered

The Obama administration offered $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Hispanic farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department. The proposal comes as Congress is poised to approve a $1.25 billion settlement with African-Americans in a similar case. The agency also is negotiating with American Indian farmers over another suit.


New Yorker who aided rebels paroled

Lori Berenson, the 40-year-old New York activist who has spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons on a conviction of aiding leftist rebels, has been granted conditional parole. Berenson, who gave birth a year ago, cannot leave Peru until her sentence for terrorist collaboration ends in November 2015.


Connecticut: Sandy Herold, whose chimpanzee mauled and blinded her friend last year, leading to lawsuits and a national debate over the regulation of exotic pets, died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm at age 72.

Gaza: Palestinian hospital officials say 15 people were wounded in overnight Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Oklahoma: The Legislature overrode Gov. Brad Henry's veto of a bill that will require women seeking abortions to complete lengthy questionnaires beforehand about their finances, education and relationships.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean nation elected its first female prime minister, 59-year-old lawyer Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Yemen: Two American tourists taken hostage Monday were released by tribal kidnappers after Yemen's president agreed to free a prisoner held by the state.

Times wires

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  1. 'Empire' star Grace Byers keynotes USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy luncheon

    Human Interest


    TAMPA — The first University of South Florida graduate to address the USF's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy supporters, Grace Gealey Byers, class of 2006, centered her speech on her first name, turning it into a verb to share life lessons.

    Grace Byers, University of South Florida Class of 2006, stars on the Fox television show Empire. She delivered the keynote at the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy luncheon Friday. Photo by Amy Scherzer
  2. Southeast Seminole Heights holds candlelight vigil for victims' families and each other


    TAMPA — They came together in solidarity in Southeast Seminole Heights, to sustain three families in their grief and to confront fear, at a candlelight vigil held Sunday night in the central Tampa neighborhood.

    A peaceful march that began on east New Orleans Avenue was held during the candlelight vigil for the three victims who were killed in the recent shootings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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    HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts' house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads "Waiting on FEMA."

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  4. McConnell says he's awaiting Trump guidance on health care

    STERLING, Va. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it.

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.