Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Ex-mob boss Whitey Bulger's girlfriend pleads guilty to aiding him

BOSTON

ex-mob boss' girlfriend pleads guilty

The longtime girlfriend of former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping him evade capture during 16 years on the run. In a deal with prosecutors, Catherine Greig, 60, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. She could face less than three years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. Bulger, who was captured with Greig last year in Santa Monica, Calif., is accused of participating in 19 murders. His trial is to begin Nov. 5.

orlando

Security easing for some fliers over 75

Starting Monday, some travelers 75 and older will be able to keep on their shoes and light jackets and avoid pat-downs. The Transportation Security Administration is starting a test program at four airports to allow the elderly easier passage through security checkpoints: Orlando International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International, Denver International and Portland (Ore.) International. If the program is successful, it may expand elsewhere, TSA said.

chicago

Blagojevich holds court before prison

Prison-bound former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he has faith in his appeal and his legal saga "is not over." Blagojevich spoke to reporters and well-wishers outside his home less than 24 hours before he's to report to a Colorado prison to begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. Blagojevich insisted he did what he thought was right for Illinois. He was convicted of 18 criminal counts in two trials, including charges he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

Elsewhere

FORT WORTH, Texas: A Texas boy who vanished as an infant eight years ago will be reunited with his mother after police arrested his former babysitter, who is accused of kidnapping him.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: The case of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man has gone to the jury.

Times wires

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Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
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Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital.Deputies said the crash happened near 17928 Gunn Highway, close to the Keystone Recreation Center.The Sheriff’s O...
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Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
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CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
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Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
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Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
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Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
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She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
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Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
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