Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Explosions in Afghanistan kill 3 U.S. soldiers, two dozen Afghans

kabul, afghanistan

explosions kill 3 u.s. soldiers and 25 afghans

Two explosions in eastern Afghanistan, one targeting an American convoy, killed three U.S. troops, an Afghan interpreter and at least 24 other Afghans on Wednesday. A suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a convoy carrying coalition troops, killing the soldiers and 16 Afghans, and wounding 37. About the same time a civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb, killing eight civilians, half of them children.

washington

Oil and gas leases auctioned for gulf

Oil and gas companies submitted $1.7 billion in winning bids to drill in the central Gulf of Mexico during a government auction Wednesday, and Norwegian energy giant Statoil offered a record $157 million for a single lease. Industry watchers and Obama administration officials heralded the strong auction as a sign of a gulf renaissance more than two years after the oil spill that halted most deep-water drilling and slowed exploration in shallower depths. The sale was driven by pent-up demand, recent big discoveries in the gulf and strong oil prices earlier this year.

philadelphia

Divided jury to try again in priest trial

In a 12th day of deliberations, the jury in the landmark trial of a Roman Catholic Church official accused of covering up sexual abuses by other priests said Wednesday it was deadlocked on four of the five charges. The judge instructed the jury to keep trying to reach unanimous agreement on all charges, which include two counts of endangering the welfare of children and one of conspiracy against the church official, Monsignor William J. Lynn, and charges of endangerment and attempted rape against a priest, the Rev. James J. Brennan. The panel will resume deliberations Friday.

rio de janeiro

U.N. environmental summit begins

Leaders from around the globe gathered Wednesday for three days of talks at the United Nations conference on sustainable development. But an unambitious mood prevailed as negotiators produced what critics called a watered-down document that makes few advances on protecting the environment. The hope was for clear goals on how nations could make economic advances without depleting resources, but negotiators ran out of time to work out contentious issues before the "Rio+20" conference.

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Authorities searching for missing Homestead boy, 13

Authorities searching for missing Homestead boy, 13

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 13-year-old Homestead boy.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, John Noble-Sinclair was last seen Sunday in the area of 300 block of Southwest 4th Avenue.He is described as a white...
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LeBron wears one black shoe and one white shoe, speaks about Trump

LeBron wears one black shoe and one white shoe, speaks about Trump

WASHINGTON — LeBron James made a statement during an NBA game with his shoes — one black, one white, with the word "equality" in capital gold letters on the back of each.Then, after the game, James made a statement about President Donald Trump, sayin...
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Tampa flights affected as Atlanta airport outage creates holiday chaos

Tampa flights affected as Atlanta airport outage creates holiday chaos

ATLANTA — While power has been restored to the world’s busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days. Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where more than 1,000 flights were gro...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

Deputies seek suspects who fired shots into crowded Northdale nightclub

TAMPA — Hillsborough County deputies are searching for the suspects who fired shots inside a crowded nightclub in Northdale early Monday morning.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies patrolling the area heard shooting coming...
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Forecast: Morning fog leads to a warm and sunny pre-Christmas week in Tampa Bay

Forecast: Morning fog leads to a warm and sunny pre-Christmas week in Tampa Bay

Thick fog will usher in a warm and sunny pre-Christmas week.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast The fog is especially thick along the Interstate 4 corridor in eastern Hillsborough County into Polk County, with visibilities to near zero in Lakeland ...
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VA rejects system private hospitals use to save millions on shipping, Tampa company says

VA rejects system private hospitals use to save millions on shipping, Tampa company says

TAMPA — If you could pay $19.19 to ship a package instead of $227.32, wouldn’t you go for the cheaper rate?That’s the question raised by Rob Barrow and Will Sands, Marine combat veterans and businessmen from Tampa who say the Department of Veterans o...
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The Daystarter: Atlanta power outage affects Tampa flights; Gruden entering Bucs’ Ring of Honor; Orca advocates push for Florida law to ban killer whale breeding; fact-checking President Trump’s words to Haitian community

The Daystarter: Atlanta power outage affects Tampa flights; Gruden entering Bucs’ Ring of Honor; Orca advocates push for Florida law to ban killer whale breeding; fact-checking President Trump’s words to Haitian community

• A warming trend will bring high temperatures around 80 and mostly sunny skies throughout the week, according to 10Weather WTSP. Overnight lows will be in the 60s with our next rain chance coming on Thursday.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• As ...
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National security strategy plan paints China, Russia as U.S. competitors

National security strategy plan paints China, Russia as U.S. competitors

WASHINGTON — A new U.S. national security strategy plan presents China and Russia as competitors that want to realign global power in their interests, potentially threatening the United States, Trump administration officials said Sunday.President Don...
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Looking back at 2017 through the eyes of editorial cartoonists

Looking back at 2017 through the eyes of editorial cartoonists

The annual Editorial Cartoon Round-Up is a thought-provoking recap of a momentous 2017. The gallery containing 32 cartoons from some of the best editorial cartoonists in the country is made available by the Washington Post News Service & Syndicat...
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Advocates push orca breeding law as SeaWorld’s policy appears murky

Advocates push orca breeding law as SeaWorld’s policy appears murky

The announcement was rolled out to the world as a pledge. A promise.In March 2016 SeaWorld declared it would end killer whale breeding, making the orcas in its care in the United States and abroad its last generation to live in captivity.Later that y...
Updated: 11 hours ago