Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Q&A: Power bills, shootings, bin Laden's gun

Don't try this at home

What happens if I respectfully decline to pay Duke Energy's bill increases for services not rendered, but only for energy I actually use?

Sterling Ivey, a communications specialist for Duke Energy, answered on behalf of the utility:

"All costs on the customer bill represent Duke Energy's full cost of doing business and have been approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. Any unpaid portion of the bill may result in a late payment fee.

"If left unpaid, that customer's electric service would be subject to disconnection, consistent with the Florida Public Service Commission rules and Duke Energy's tariff."

Deadliest shootings

I recently saw a list of the 20 deadliest shootings in the United States since 1965. Do any other countries have a similar track record for this sort of thing?

The website Information Please has created a database of the worst mass and school shootings around the world since 1996. The two worst occurred overseas, but the vast majority of the shootings took place on American soil. Of the list of 80 that covers the time period from 1996 through Sept. 21, 61 occurred in the United States — 76.3 percent of the total.

The worst was in 2007, when a gunman shot students and faculty on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Thirty-two people died before the gunman killed himself.

In 2012, a gunman killed 27 children and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The worst occurred in Norway in 2011, when a man disguised as a police officer set off bombs that killed eight people in Oslo, then traveled to a remote island and gunned down 69 others, most of them young people attending a camp.

On Sept. 21, Somalian militants attacked a mall in Kenya and killed at least 67 people.

Bin Laden's AK-47

At the end of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, one of the Navy SEALs removed Osama bin Laden's AK-47 from a wall in his bedroom. Did the United States really take bin Laden's AK-47? If the U.S. confiscated bin Laden's AK-47, where is it?

Bin Laden's AK-47 is on display at a museum at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., according to NBC News. The rifle was taken from the third floor of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed the terrorist in a raid in May 2011.

"Because of its proximity to (bin Laden) there on the third floor in the compound, our analyst determined it to be his," curator Toni Hiley told NBC News. "It's a Russian AK with counterfeit Chinese markings." Hiley said, however, the AK-47 is not the same one seen with bin Laden in propaganda videos.

The museum is not open to the public.

Compiled from Times and wire reports. To submit a question, email [email protected]

Comments
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: 11 minutes ago
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...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
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...
Updated: 20 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...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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