Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Gangs blamed as riot kills 44 in prison in Mexico

MEXICO

Gangs blamed as riot kills 44 in prison

A riot in a northern Mexican prison left 44 people dead Sunday, providing yet another sign of the violence and crowding overwhelming Latin American prisons just days after a fire at a penitentiary in Honduras killed 359 people. The authorities in Mexico's Nuevo Leon state said a confrontation among inmates in two cell blocks broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday and lasted a few hours before the state and federal police could bring the prison, in Apodaca, under control. Jorge Domene, a spokesman for the state government, said it appeared that members of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, two powerful criminal groups, started the fight as part of a power struggle.

South Korea

Drills held despite North Korea threat

South Korea today conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang's threat to attack. South Korea reported no immediate action by North Korea following the drills, which ended after about two hours. The drills took place in an area of the Yellow Sea that was the target of a North Korean artillery attack in 2010 that killed four South Koreans and raised fears of a wider conflict.

China

Self-immolation by monk is reported

A young Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule, becoming at least the 21st to do so in the past year, and more than 1,000 people were trying to prevent police from taking his body, an overseas Tibet support group reported today. Eighteen-year-old Nangdrol self-immolated on Sunday outside his monastery in Aba county, where most of the immolations have occurred, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet said. The group said he shouted slogans for Tibetan independence and for the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan leader exiled in India.

BOSTON

FDA to review inhalable caffeine

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market last month in Massachusetts and New York. AeroShot didn't require FDA review before hitting the U.S. market because it's sold as a dietary supplement. But New York Sen. Charles Schumer said he met with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and she agreed to review the safety and legality of AeroShot.

WESTFIELD, N.J.

Houston gets private burial

Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday at a brief private ceremony. Fans and onlookers gathered in several places along the route the motorcade took from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery about 20 miles away in Westfield, where Houston was buried next to her father, who died in 2003.

NEW YORK

'Colbert Report' to return today

A representative for Stephen Colbert says the Colbert Report will return today after a sudden break due to the ailing health of the star's mother. The Comedy Central show last week substituted repeats on Wednesday and Thursday.

Elsewhere

Italy: The first phase of fuel removal from the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia has been completed, officials said Sunday.

Times wires

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Diver drowns in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver drowns in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday was investigating a drowning at the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost their lives at the site.S...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Tampa Bay is finally clear of the bitter chill that covered the region this week as temperatures picked up on Saturday. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around t...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 6 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Romano: If UCF is national champion, then I’m a Hollywood stud

Romano: If UCF is national champion, then I’m a Hollywood stud

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said people were entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.Clearly, Moynihan never dealt with Florida legislators.Because around Tallahassee, facts are fungible. They aren’t just up for debate, they...
Updated: 6 hours ago
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Published: 01/19/18