Wednesday, January 17, 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.

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Forecast: Brace for another short-lived blast of arctic air across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Brace for another short-lived blast of arctic air across Tampa Bay

Wednesday morning’s chilly but relatively comfortable temperatures are but a precursor a big change coming later in the afternoon and into Thursday morning.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area It’s going to get cold. Brutally...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Freeze watch is in effect; accused Seminole Heights killer in court today; examining Tampa Bay’s grad rates; local crabber’s ‘lucky’ life

The Daystarter: Freeze watch is in effect; accused Seminole Heights killer in court today; examining Tampa Bay’s grad rates; local crabber’s ‘lucky’ life

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: 29 minutes ago
Man accused in Seminole Heights killings in court today

Man accused in Seminole Heights killings in court today

TAMPA — The man accused in a string of killings in Seminole Heights homicides will be in court Wednesday morning for a status hearing.Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was arrested Nov. 30, hours after he gave a bag that held a gun to a fellow employee of...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Meteor? Bright light, loud noise rattle Michigan residents (w/video)

Meteor? Bright light, loud noise rattle Michigan residents (w/video)

DETROIT — The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor. Meteorologist Jordan Dale says the weather service hasn’t been able to confirm that it ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Deputies conducting homicide investigation in Tampa

Hillsborough County deputies are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in the Grant Park area of Tampa early Wednesday morning.Deputies say the man was found at 3703 Carroway Street.The circumstances surrounding the death are...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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: 7 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 ...
Published: 01/17/18
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...
Published: 01/17/18
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