Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Defiant Perry booked, then has ice cream

Austin, Texas

Defiant Perry booked, then has ice cream

Gov. Rick Perry wore a wry smile and ditched the black-framed glasses that are synonymous with his political comeback as he posed Tuesday for his mug shot at the Travis County Courthouse complex in Austin. Then he went out for ice cream. Perry, the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century, was greeted by cheers at the courthouse. "I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head held high," he told a crush of reporters and some cheering supporters. Perry, a Republican presidential candidate in 2012 and a potential one in 2016, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges that he abused his office and tried to coerce an elected official to resign. He has called the indictment a farce.

California

Firefighters gain on Yosemite blaze

Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, state fire officials said. Flames erupted Monday near Oakhurst, a community of several thousand about 16 miles from a Yosemite entrance, forcing the evacuations. Some residents were allowed to go home, but authorities did not say how many. The blaze that destroyed eight structures did not affect Yosemite National Park. The road to the park reopened Tuesday.

Canada

Agency is blamed in train derailment

Canadian officials blamed lax oversight for the derailment of a runaway train carrying Bakken crude oil that killed 47 people and destroyed much of Lac Mégantic, Quebec, last year. In a report released Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada cited 18 interconnected factors for the derailment, including the railway operator's disregard of safety rules and its inadequate training. But the investigation also took aim at Transport Canada, the federal department responsible for rail regulation, for failing to deal with a railway that it knew was plagued by safety problems.

Afghanistan

Reporter can't leave country

Afghanistan's attorney general banned a New York Times reporter from leaving the country Tuesday pending an investigation into a story about purported plans by unidentified officials to take power if a political crisis continues. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, said Tuesday that night that he was summoned to the attorney general's office and asked questions about the story. He said he rejected requests to reveal his sources and was told to return the next day with a lawyer to face more questions.

Elsewhere

Flagstaff, Ariz.: A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding. The contract went out for bid a year ago, but superintendent Dave Uberuaga said the park didn't receive any bids adhering to the conditions called for in the 15-year pact.

Times wires

Comments
Donít call it a comeback: Jonny Venters return to majors with Rays much more than that

Donít call it a comeback: Jonny Venters return to majors with Rays much more than that

BALTIMORE — First, think of what you were doing on Oct. 5, 2012, and how much has happened in your own world since then.That will give you a time frame.Next, think of the challenge of rehabbing from two Tommy John surgeries and a third procedur...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning to face Bruins in East semifinals

Lightning to face Bruins in East semifinals

The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night and will face the Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals beginning Saturday at Amalie Arena.Here is the semifinal schedule:Saturday: at Tampa, 3...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 25

Wednesdayís scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 5, Shorecrest 4SoftballClass 6A, District 6 Semifinal: Springstead 10, Citrus 0
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

TAMPA – This is the Rubiks Cube of NFL drafts. It can be twisted and turned it in any direction. Not many know how everything will line up.For the Bucs, the puzzle is simple.  Since they have the No. 7 overall pick, they need four quarterb...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Softball: Boca Ciega edges Tarpon Springs for 6A-9 title

Softball: Boca Ciega edges Tarpon Springs for 6A-9 title

DUNEDIN — It's hard to believe that we'll see a more emotional, more exciting game than this one throughout the rest of the postseason.Top seed Tarpon Springs and No. 2 Boca Ciega were fearless with the Class 6A-9 title on the line Wednesd...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Rays Journal: A win over ex-mate Cobb, and in a record way

BALTIMORE – The Rays knew there would be all kinds of mixed feeling seeing longtime former teammate Alex Cobb pitching against them in Orioles orange.And they made sure he didn't enjoy it.The Rays knocked Cobb out in the fifth inning, and rolle...
Updated: 7 hours ago
VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

WASHINGTON ó White House physician Ronny Jackson has grown frustrated with the nomination process to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs and has told colleagues he may remove his name from consideration, two White House officials with knowledge o...
Updated: 7 hours ago
A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors arenít happy.

A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors arenít happy.

CLEARWATER ó The first thing John Trevena noticed about his new neighbors was the color of their house: Pepto-Bismol pink.It didnít worry Trevena, a criminal defense lawyer who moved into the three-bedroom rental home next door in 2015."I knew it was...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

LAND OíLAKES ó Kayla PeŮa filled up her water bottle then returned to her lunch table at Sunlake High School when she heard a commotion in the cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon.A female student was riled up, walking back and forth, PeŮa said, screaming ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Updated: 9 hours ago