Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

American moved to hospital in North Korea

Seattle

American moved to hospital in North Korea

An American man detained in North Korea for the past nine months has been hospitalized after losing more than 50 pounds, and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent, his sister said Sunday. Kenneth Bae, 45, a tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested in November and accused of subversive activities against the government. He was sentenced in May to 15 years hard labor. His sister, Terri Chung, who lives in the Seattle area, said the family recently learned that he has been transferred from the labor camp to a hospital. Her brother suffers from diabetes, an enlarged heart, liver problems and back pain, she said.

Los Angeles

Firefighters gain against 2 wildfires

Hundreds of firefighters maintained the upper hand over two California wildfires Sunday, as officials said they expected fire crews to have both blazes fully contained in a few days. Firefighters kept the Silver fire in Riverside County from growing significantly, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. In the Angeles National Forest, the Sharp fire was about three-quarters contained, a forest spokesman said.

Elsewhere

Afghanistan: NATO said three of its service members were killed Sunday in eastern Afghanistan but provided no further details.

Philippines: A powerful typhoon made landfall in the northern Philippines today, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rains across mountains, cities and food-growing plains. At least 23 fishermen were missing.

Mexico: The Obama administration said Sunday that it is working with Mexico to bring new charges against drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who persuaded a court last week to overturn his 40-year sentence in the kidnap, torture and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass.: President Barack Obama began his Martha's Vineyard vacation in traditional style Sunday, wasting no time in hitting the golf course.

Times wires

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School District demands students leave backpacks at home due to threats

Middle school and high school students across Manatee County have been asked to leave their backpacks at home Friday in response to "an excessive number of threats."The Manatee County School District announced its decision through telephone calls and...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Investigation underway as boats collide on Little Manatee River near Ruskin

Investigation underway as boats collide on Little Manatee River near Ruskin

RUSKIN — Two boats collided on the Little Manatee River on Friday morning and the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was en route to the scene.The current condition of the boaters and how many people were aboard the boats wasn’t immediately known. The c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays holding their breath

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays holding their breath

Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell left practice Thursday after throwing a handful of pitches, and the fear (now confirmed) is he might need Tommy John surgery, ending his season before it begins.In his lastest podcast, Rick Stroud has the la...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s week of record-breaking highs coming to an end

Forecast: Tampa Bay’s week of record-breaking highs coming to an end

As the week closes out, Tampa Bay can expect continued abnormally high temperatures, a lot of sunshine and just a slight chance of scattered showers.But at least the heat isn’t expected to be record-breaking.For the past four days, the bay area set r...
Updated: 1 hour ago
‘The sound of death:’ Deadly tornadoes ravage Central Florida in dark (from 1998)

‘The sound of death:’ Deadly tornadoes ravage Central Florida in dark (from 1998)

EDITOR’S NOTE: While many of us were asleep, a string of deadly tornadoes tore through east-central Florida on Feb. 22-23, 1998, destroying homes and resulting in 42 deaths and more than 260 injuries. On the 20th anniversary of that tragedy, here is ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — The Russians finally have a gold medal at the  Olympics, thanks to a 15-year-old who beat the fellow teen who inspired her to become a figure skater.Alina Zagitova won one of the Games' spotlight events Friday, edging ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Long awaited Clearwater Beach garage bleeds money in its first year

Long awaited Clearwater Beach garage bleeds money in its first year

CLEARWATER —City leaders discussed building a parking structure on north Clearwater Beach for more than 15 years before the seven-story Pelican Walk Parking Garage finally opened at the start of 2017.The city paid $11.3 million to own 450 of the deve...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Daystarter: Tallahassee showdown on gun bills; schools contend with threats; legal lion Barry Cohen closes shop after cancer return; Rays open Grapefruit League play

The Daystarter: Tallahassee showdown on gun bills; schools contend with threats; legal lion Barry Cohen closes shop after cancer return; Rays open Grapefruit League play

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

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Published: 02/23/18
Legal lion Barry Cohen reveals leukemia and tells how it has changed his priorities

Legal lion Barry Cohen reveals leukemia and tells how it has changed his priorities

TAMPA — Time was, if you were in deep trouble, you turned to Barry Cohen.He kept Jennifer Porter out of jail even after her hit-and-run accident left two children dead. He got charges against Steven and Marlene Aisenberg dropped and won them $3 milli...
Published: 02/23/18