Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

Militant killed in Somalia, officials say

Washington

Militant killed in Somalia, officials say

A U.S. drone attacked a vehicle in southern Somalia on Monday and killed a senior member of al-Shabab, the militant group that claimed responsibility for the deadly assault on a shopping mall in Kenya last month, Defense Department officials said. The drone attack is believed to have killed two men riding in the car, including Ibrahim Ali, a Somali the officials described as an explosives expert who had helped carry out suicide attacks and bombings against a U.N. facility, embassies and other targets in Somalia. Early this month, Navy SEALs raided a compound along the coast of Somalia in an attempt to kill or capture Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a senior al-Shabab figure better known as Ikrima.

Russia

Putin says no gay bias at Olympics

President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a Russian law banning gay "propaganda." At a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi would be fully tolerant.

Israel

Peace deal to free 26 Palestinians

Israel said Monday that it would free another 26 Palestinian prisoners convicted of killing Israelis, saying it was fulfilling its commitment to U.S. diplomats as part of ongoing peace negotiations, despite intense opposition within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet. Netanyahu agreed months ago to free 104 Palestinian militants as part of a deal brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry to get the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table. The first group of 26 prisoners was released in August.

Washington

Syria's chemical equipment limited

International inspectors have destroyed in four weeks nearly all the equipment used by Syria to prepare munitions for chemical warfare, U.S. and European officials said Monday. The organization in charge of the inspections said its teams had visited all but two of the 23 chemical weapons sites declared by Syria, in some cases smashing with hammers the machines used to fill chemical warheads with sarin and other lethal toxins.

Washington

Obama reassures FBI employees

President Barack Obama on Monday assured FBI employees that he would fight to keep politics from interfering with their mission as the agency struggles to contend with budget shortfalls. Speaking at the agency's headquarters at a ceremony recognizing James Comey as the new FBI director, Obama said it was unfortunate that the broad spending cuts known as sequestration have affected the FBI's resources.

Elsewhere

Canada: A man who was booked on a flight to Los Angeles faces charges after parts of a potential explosive device were found in his luggage at Montreal's Trudeau International Airport on Sunday, authorities said Monday. Antony Piazza, 71, said the carry-on bag didn't belong to him.

Britain: Jury selection began Monday in the phone hacking trial of two ex-editors of the now-closed News of the World tabloid and six other people.

Times wires

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Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18
Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

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Published: 05/26/18
Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

TAMPA — As city workers set up signs Friday establishing a lower speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, neighborhood residents and transportation activists urged more steps to improve safety for pedestrians all across the city.The move is a good beginnin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

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Updated: 12 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

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Published: 05/25/18
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Published: 05/25/18
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Published: 05/25/18
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Published: 05/25/18