Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

Obama order forces rail strikers back to work in Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Obama order forces strikers back to work

President Barack Obama on Saturday forced union workers in Philadelphia's commuter rail strike to return to the job, granting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute. Obama ordered the establishment of the three-member board effective at 12:01 a.m. today. He called for "a swift and smooth resolution" of the dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians unions. More than 400 workers went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Workers are seeking raises of at least 14.5 percent over five years — or about 3 percentage points more than SEPTA has offered.

Pakistan

Officials say scores of militants killed

Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan early today, officials said, killing as many as 100 militants in the second strike on the region since a deadly attack on the Karachi airport a week ago. One of those killed was Abu Abdul Rehman al-Maani, who is believed to have helped orchestrate the airport siege, two officials said. The information could not be independently verified.

Riverside, Calif.

Man tries to stop daughter, is killed

A 69-year-old Southern California man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway, Riverside police said Saturday. Sgt. Dan Reeves said Soukvilay Barton, 37, ignored her father's pleas not to drive and backed her BMW convertible out of the garage, striking him. Bounmy Rajsombath was rushed to a Riverside hospital, where he was pronounced dead Friday night. Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

New York

Makers of medical devices near deal

Medtronic is nearing a deal to buy a competitor, Covidien, for $45 billion in a deal that would help lower its tax rate, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter. Medtronic, which makes insulin pumps and devices for monitoring glucose to control blood sugar, would be the latest big U.S. company to reincorporate abroad. As Covidien is based in Ireland, where the tax rate is substantially lower than it is in the United States, Medtronic would likely relocate there.

Arlington, Va.

Sotomayor attends Clinton book tour

You never know who'll show up at a Hillary Rodham Clinton book event. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dropped by a book signing at a Costco in suburban Virginia on Saturday. A surprised Clinton shouted that she couldn't believe it. Sotomayor told reporters she was "just shopping" and decided to get a signed copy of Clinton's new book, Hard Choices.

Times wires

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Navy files criminal charges in connection with deadly ship collisions, including negligent homicide

Navy files criminal charges in connection with deadly ship collisions, including negligent homicide

Washington PostFive Navy officers involved in ship collisions that killed a combined 17 sailors last year will face a variety of criminal charges, including negligent homicide, the service announced Tuesday night.The individuals include Cmdr. Bryce B...
Updated: 5 hours ago
The Daystarter: Freeze watch is in effect; Steve Martin and Martin Short visit Friday; and no, lottery winner is not giving away his money.

The Daystarter: Freeze watch is in effect; Steve Martin and Martin Short visit Friday; and no, lottery winner is not giving away his money.

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• The cold is back Tampa Bay. Wednesday will see highs in the 60s and then it gets worse from there, dropping down to the 20s and 30s overnight. The region is under a free watc...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Local crabber feels like it’s a ‘lucky’ life

Local crabber feels like it’s a ‘lucky’ life

A fading gray-and-white float bobs in the river on a recent morning, and Gus Muench moves toward it, navigating his flat-bottomed boat in the shallow water. After he stops the engine, he uses a hooked pole to pull the float closer and grabs the line ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Pinellas sheriff, feds to announce changes to immigration detention policies

Pinellas sheriff, feds to announce changes to immigration detention policies

Law enforcement and federal immigration officials will announce today new efforts around the use of immigration detainers.The detainers, or requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that local jails hold onto people suspected of being in...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Steve Martin and Martin Short talk touring together and ‘newfangled old-fashioned’ variety show

Steve Martin and Martin Short talk touring together and ‘newfangled old-fashioned’ variety show

It’s barely been a year since Steve Martin and Martin Short last brought their roadshow to town. But there was never a doubt in their minds they’d be back."We thought — and I seriously mean this — we’ve got to play Florida more." Martin said in a pho...
Published: 01/17/18
With help from neighbors, Dunedin  food pantry is moving to bigger digs

With help from neighbors, Dunedin food pantry is moving to bigger digs

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterDUNEDIN — It has been only two years since the board of directors began operating Dunedin Cares from Faith Lutheran Church, inside a 600-square-foot community room. Already volunteers have handed out upwards of 100,...
Published: 01/17/18
We tried eating the recommended serving of fruit and vegetables for a week, and it was harder than we thought

We tried eating the recommended serving of fruit and vegetables for a week, and it was harder than we thought

I sat at my desk eating chunked pineapple straight out of the can, reading about how much fruit and vegetables we should all be eating every day: 1 1/2 to two cups of fruit, 2 1/2 to three cups of vegetables, at a minimum, per the United States Depar...
Published: 01/17/18

High school scoreboard for Jan. 16

Tuesday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLennard 8, Blake 0Osceola 1, Clearwater Central Cath. 0Boys soccerIndian Rocks Chr. 4, Bishop McLaughlin 0
Updated: 6 hours ago
Career Q&A: What to do when your boss is stealing

Career Q&A: What to do when your boss is stealing

Q: I strongly suspect that my boss is stealing from our employer. As the property manager for this apartment complex, she handles all payments, deposits and other financial matters.A few weeks ago, I accidentally discovered some suspicious discrepanc...
Updated: 7 hours ago

St. Pete officer suspended for month after pushing concert guard

ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was suspended for a month after he pushed a security guard at a summer concert in Tampa, according to St. Petersburg police.It could have been worse: Chief Tony Holloway determined Officer Curtis Wright could have be...
Updated: 8 hours ago