Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Officials order changes to rail signal system

New York

Officials order changes to rail signal system

U.S. transportation officials ordered the Metro-North Railroad on Friday to quickly overhaul its signal system and temporarily put an extra worker in the driver's cab on some routes that have major speed changes, including the one where a speeding commuter train derailed this week, killing four people. The emergency order by the Federal Railroad Administration was a reaction to Sunday's wreck in the Bronx, where a train flew off the tracks after hitting a curve at 82 mph, nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.

Jerusalem

Kerry upbeat on Middle East peace

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, concluding his latest effort to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Friday, sounded encouraged about progress despite ongoing tension between the parties. "We are closer than we have been in years" to bringing peace to the region, Kerry told reporters Friday morning before departing Israel for Washington after two days of talks.

Washington

Permits let energy firms kill eagles

Solar and wind farms scored a victory Friday when the Interior Department announced an extension of permits that allow renewable energy projects to accidentally kill or injure bald eagles without penalty. Renewable energy companies will now be able to obtain permits good for up to 30 years, a sharp jump from the previous five-year maximum.

Elsewhere

Mississippi: Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will seek a seventh term in 2014, setting up a Republican primary that pits an established incumbent who has brought billions of dollars to his home state against a tea party-backed challenger who says federal spending is out of control.

Berlin: Hans Lipschi, a 94-year-old man deported from the United States for lying about his Nazi past, was released from custody Friday after a German court said it had serious doubts he is fit to stand trial on charges he served as a death camp guard.

Washington: Theodore H. Moran, a longtime adviser to the U.S. director of national intelligence, has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the United States has condemned as an espionage threat.

Times wires

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A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

As a fifth grader, Aleesha Mance wrote an essay about her sister’s killer, explaining how peer pressure and drugs led the 17-year-old to make a deadly choice.In high school, she searched for his name online. She read news articles about a teen with N...
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Top 5 at noon: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in Gulf; Ohio mom killed in street racing crash ‘made mark in this world’ and more

Top 5 at noon: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in Gulf; Ohio mom killed in street racing crash ‘made mark in this world’ and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:INCREASED LIKELIHOOD FOR TROPICAL SYSTEM TO FORM IN GULFThe National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical s...
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Ohio mom killed in street-racing crash ‘made mark in this world,’ says uncle she was visiting

Ohio mom killed in street-racing crash ‘made mark in this world,’ says uncle she was visiting

TAMPA — Before Jessica Raubenolt was fatally struck by a speeding black Mustang on Wednesday, the gray skies she had seen all week had turned blue so she decided to take her baby out in the stroller. Her husband David had just completed his flight ce...
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NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released its 2018 Atlantic hurricane seasonal outlook.Scientists predict there will be between 10 and 16 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes, which are...
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GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

TAMPA — Friends were hoping to use GoFundMe to raise $2,000 for the family of Jessica Raubenolt, who was struck and killed Wednesday while pushing her 21-month-old daughter in a stroller across Bayshore Boulevard.As of Thursday morning, more than $20...
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Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

No matter your politics, the proposed 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a lousy idea.It’s regressive, burdening the poor and working class more than the rich.Federal interference with state transportation projects can raise costs, layer on regul...
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Flashing beacons, lower speed limit are in the works on Tampa’s deadly Bayshore

Flashing beacons, lower speed limit are in the works on Tampa’s deadly Bayshore

TAMPA — Work is underway to improve pedestrian safety on Bayshore Boulevard, the signature Tampa roadway popular among walkers, joggers and bicyclists where a mother was struck and killed by a car Wednesday while pushing her 21-month-old daughter acr...
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