Friday, October 19, 2018
News Roundup

Manning sends presidential pardon request

Hagerstown, MD.

Manning sends presidential pardon request

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks, a leak she says was done "out of a love for my country and sense of duty to others," according to documents released Wednesday. Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, sent the Petition for Pardon/Commutation of Sentence on Tuesday to President Barack Obama through the U.S. Justice Department, and to Army Secretary John M. McHugh. Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for her conviction on 20 counts for disclosing the information while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.

Lake Mary

Zimmerman gets speeding ticket

George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in Lake Mary on Tuesday, police said. Zimmerman was stopped and ticketed for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, the Lake Mary Police Department confirmed on Wednesday. He faces a fine of $256.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Woman sought in $1.1M bank theft

Shokofa Salehi, 22, worked in the money transfer division at the headquarters of Azizi Bank, a major Afghan lender in Kabul, officials said. She disappeared around two months ago, according to Azizi chief executive Inayatullah Fazli. Investigators say she is suspected of transferring some $1.1 million out of the bank's coffers to accounts of relatives. Besides Salehi, at least nine people are believed involved in the case. An Interpol red notice — the equivalent of an international arrest warrant — describes authorities as seeking Salehi on charges of fraud and misusing her authority.

New Orleans

Plantiffs ask court to uphold BP deal

Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP after the company's 2010 gulf oil spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's approval of the deal. Only a "paltry few objectors" have raised the "narrowest of concerns" about the settlement that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved in December 2012, private lawyers said in a filing Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. BP argues that Barbier misinterpreted the settlement and has allowed businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for fictitious claims.

Elsewhere

VENEZUELA: Venezuelans were skeptical Wednesday of President Nicolas Maduro's claims that saboteurs were responsible for a blackout that left about 70 percent of the country without electricity and caused chaos in Caracas.

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Social Security offers website in Spanish

Social Security touches the lives of every American, providing retirement, disability, and other benefits to over 63 million American workers and their family members. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of ...
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Lakeland commissioner charged with murder in shooting of suspected shoplifter

Lakeland commissioner charged with murder in shooting of suspected shoplifter

LAKELAND — A Lakeland city commissioner surrendered Friday to face a second-degree murder charge in the Oct. 3 fatal shooting of a suspected shoplifter at a military surplus store.Michael Dunn, who has served on the City Commission since January, arr...
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Scenes from Andrew Gillum’s campaign visit to Tampa Bay

Scenes from Andrew Gillum’s campaign visit to Tampa Bay

Andrew Gillum sure looked happy to be back on the trail.After spending 11 days away from the campaign to help his city through Hurricane Michael, Gillum returned to the stump Friday, delivering a fiery town hall-slash-rally at St. Petersburg College....
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Northside Christian’s postseason football ban reduced to one season

Northside Christian’s postseason football ban reduced to one season

The Florida High School Athletic Association has reduced Northside Christian's postseason football ban to one year, according to NCS athletic director Raul Hernandez.The FHSAA made the decision after a Friday morning hearing in Gainesville with Herna...
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A road trip worth taking for the Lightning

A road trip worth taking for the Lightning

TAMPA — The Lightning opened the season with a five-game homestand. That was the easy part.Now for the hard part. Tampa Bay hits the road for the first time this regular season. And what a long road it is.Nine days. Five games. More that 5,000 ...
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After a harrowing night, this Pinellas cop backs body cameras: ‘They can’t lie’

After a harrowing night, this Pinellas cop backs body cameras: ‘They can’t lie’

INDIAN SHORES — Officer Matthew Holm shined a flashlight at the oncoming car, the bright beam cutting through the early morning darkness in this sleepy beach town. He motioned for the driver to pull over. Instead, the car accelerated right at him.Hol...
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Hillsborough deputies investigating homicide at Dale Mabry and Busch

Hillsborough deputies investigating homicide at Dale Mabry and Busch

TAMPA — The death of a 24-year-old man on Friday has sparked a homicide investigation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The incident took place at about 2:41 p.m. near Dale Mabry Highway and W Busch Boulevard.When deputies arrive...
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Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the U.S.

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the U.S.

WASHINGTON — Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said. Tampa meteorologist Jennifer Hubbard said the Tampa Bay area can except mostly the same, with mild winter temperatu...
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Video of Florida snake on a golf course goes viral

Video of Florida snake on a golf course goes viral

ST. PETERSBURG — The ancient Roman poet Virgil is credited with coining the term "snake in the grass" (latet anguis in herba), but he probably didn’t mean one like this.Logan Ungerer was playing a couple of rounds at the Mangrove Bay and Cypress Link...
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Clearwater’s strong mayor ballot question hangs over City Manager Bill Horne’s review

Clearwater’s strong mayor ballot question hangs over City Manager Bill Horne’s review

CLEARWATER — It started as a standard evaluation. Just like the ones City Manager Bill Horne has received every year over the past two decades.But the impending ballot initiative on whether to eliminate the council-manager form of government and give...
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