Friday, December 15, 2017
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Grand Central Terminal to celebrate 100th birthday today

Grand Central turns 100 today

New York City's Grand Central Terminal celebrates its 100th birthday today with a brass band and appearances by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and by Caroline Kennedy, whose mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spearheaded efforts to save the landmark from demolition in the 1970s. The party takes place exactly 100 years after the keys to Grand Central were first given to the stationmaster on Feb. 1, 1913. Today the cathedral-like terminal with its vaulted ceiling depicting the constellations is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and one of New York City's most recognizable buildings.

Stolen, sacred carvings found

Five rock carvings that were sheared off and stolen from a sacred American Indian site in California's Sierra Nevada have been recovered, but no arrests have been made, authorities said Thursday. Authorities wouldn't provide details about the discovery, only that it was made this month after they received an anonymous tip in a letter. It's unclear what will happen to the carvings, but federal authorities will be speaking to Paiute-Shoshone tribal leaders to accommodate their wishes. Native Americans regard the massive tableaux as a window into the souls of their ancestors.

On six days, it's Stalingrad

The southern Russian city where the Red Army turned back Nazi forces in a key World War II battle will once again be known as Stalingrad, at least on days commemorating the victory. The city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union's rejection of dictator Joseph Stalin's personality cult. But the name Stalingrad is inseparable with the battle, in which at least 1.25 million people died. Russia plans extensive ceremonies on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle's end. The Volgograd city council passed a measure Thursday to use the name Stalingrad in city statements on the commemoration day, on Russia's May 9 Victory Day and on four other days connected with the battle, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

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Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
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Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

TAMPA — Nearly 600,000 more people will live in Hillsborough County by 2040, and if elected officials and county planners don’t take bold steps now, the population boom will turn the county into the soulless sprawl of Anywhere, U.S.A.That’s the messa...
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Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final pa...
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Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

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WASHINGTON — America’s top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillers...
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Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

A federal judge Friday said a bail package has been put together that would release former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from home confinement in his condominium in Virginia and allow him to reside at his house in Palm Beach Gardens, but unde...
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Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched a stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then tr...
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Fueled by indulgence and machismo, restaurants are a hotbed for sexual harassment

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