Tuesday, May 22, 2018
News Roundup

Jury selection under way in John Edwards trial

greensboro, n.c.

Jury selection begins in john Edwards trial

After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection began Thursday for the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards. From a pool of about 180 potential jurors, a jury of 12 and at least four alternates will be seated next week. Edwards, 58, faces six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

new orleans

Oil sheen in gulf dissipating

A 10-mile sheen of oil off Louisiana's coast appeared to be dissipating, a federal agency and Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Thursday. The sheen — estimated to be about six barrels of oil, or 252 gallons — was spotted a day earlier in the area of two Shell production platforms. The company was aiding federal agencies by using two remote-controlled underwater vessels to check for leaks or seepages.

anchorage, alaska

2 killed at Coast Guard station

Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot at a communications station on an island off Alaska in what officials said appeared to be a double homicide. Another Coast Guard member found the two early Thursday at their work areas inside the Kodiak Island station, officials said. FBI agents arrived from Anchorage.

cairo

Vote aimed at presidential bid

Egyptian lawmakers voted Thursday to disqualify presidential candidates who were top officials in deposed President Hosni Mubarak's regime. The vote is unlikely to be ratified by Egypt's ruling military council, but it's a clear warning to Omar Suleiman, onetime spy chief and vice president, that his bid for the presidency will meet obstacles. Thousands of Egyptians are expected to protest today what they consider his attempt to steal back the government.

Elsewhere

Kentucky: Two men have been charged with a federal hate crime in a beating attack on a gay man in an Appalachian park, marking the first time the law has been applied because of sexual orientation, authorities said.

Times wires

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Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Saturday was Jacob Kosinski’s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude....
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Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Flood warnings have been extended for the Alafia River in Lithia and the Little Manatee River at Wimauma as the National Weather Service continues to monitor a broad area of low pressure that has a building chance of developing into a tropical system...
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Carrollwood Day seniors confident about first state baseball appearance

Carrollwood Day seniors confident about first state baseball appearance

TAMPA — Carrollwood Day held its graduation ceremony on Sunday. For the seniors on the baseball team, there is still some work to do.For the first time in the eight-year history of the school, the Patriots will be playing in the Class 3A state ...
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How to watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Game 7: Game time, TV, live stream

How to watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Game 7: Game time, TV, live stream

There will be a Game 7 in Tampa Wednesday because the Capitals "were the more desperate team," because Alex Ovechkin was running over Lightning players all night Monday in Washington and because Caps goalie Braden Holtby played to perfection.Washingt...
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Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

All games are tonight at 7 unless noted.Class 8AStrawberry Crest (18-8) at Fleming Island (12-13-1): The Golden Eagles started their season by losing six of seven and they also had an eight-inning tie. They ended the regular season with four straight...
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Watch: Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

Watch: Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

SAN ANTONIO — A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport. Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquilizer dart. The ape got loose Mond...
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State You’re In: Fiction can become fact, as Woolworth placard in Tampa shows

State You’re In: Fiction can become fact, as Woolworth placard in Tampa shows

TAMPA — History can easily be distorted. If wrong assumptions are made and repeated often enough, falsehoods have a way of becoming "fact.""It happens," said Andy Huse, a librarian with the University of South Florida Special Collections Department. ...
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The Daystarter: Game 7 for Lightning, Capitals; shoppers begin Publix boycott; pair pitch bipartisan ticket for governor; meet TV's Black Lightning

The Daystarter: Game 7 for Lightning, Capitals; shoppers begin Publix boycott; pair pitch bipartisan ticket for governor; meet TV's Black Lightning

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Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Explain this to me: In the world of partisan politics, how is being an independent thinker a bad thing? When it comes to general elections, we seem to like rogues and mavericks. We want outsiders and swamp scrubbers. Folks appreciate a good finger-...
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A 6-day baseball tourney in this weather? Good luck, AAC

A 6-day baseball tourney in this weather? Good luck, AAC

Weather permitting, the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament begins this morning at Clearwater's Spectrum Field.When it ends — or if it ends — depends on the extent of Mother Nature's mercy.With the bay area forecast...
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