Monday, June 25, 2018
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Second round of frigid air visits U.S.

Second round of frigid air visits U.S.

Another band of arctic air began creeping into the northern United States on Monday, bringing a wave of frigid temperatures that could linger for most of the week across the upper Midwest and New England. Temperatures plunged below zero in North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Monday morning. The cold front was expected to sweep south into Iowa and as far east as Maine by tonight, and remain entrenched through Thursday. The bitter blast will lead to a swath of subzero temperatures, with highs in the single digits and wind chills of minus 20 or colder, said Paul Collar, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "It's not to the extent of the last outbreak but it's still bitterly cold," he said, referring to the recent polar vortex that sent temperatures plunging well below zero across much of the country and was blamed for at least a dozen deaths.

Study says China pollution reaches U.S.

Filthy emissions from China's export industries are carried across the Pacific Ocean and contribute to air pollution in the western United States, according to a paper published Monday by a prominent U.S. science journal. The research is the first to quantify how U.S. air pollution is affected by China's production of goods for export and by global consumer demand for those goods, the study's authors say. It was written by nine scholars based in three nations and was published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which last year published a paper by other researchers that found a drop in life-spans in northern China because of air pollution. The latest paper says that "outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States … from the environmental impacts of air pollution."

Dinosaur hall to close for renovation

More than 65 million years after they went extinct, dinosaurs are about to disappear again — at least from public view in Washington. The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History said that its high-traffic dinosaur hall will close April 28 for a $48 million makeover. Most of the popular specimens won't reappear until 2019, when the Fossil Hall is reopened at the world's second-most-visited museum.

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Deputies: 2-month-old drowned in tub after mother lost consciousness

Deputies: 2-month-old drowned in tub after mother lost consciousness

ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 2-month-old girl who drowned while taking a bath with her mother on Sunday. The baby’s mother suffered a medical episode that left her unconscious, deputies said.A ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
‘This universe can end,’ said driver in video, now charged with mowing down bike family

‘This universe can end,’ said driver in video, now charged with mowing down bike family

TAMPA — Pedro Aguerreberry pedaled along New Tampa Boulevard on Sunday pulling his son Bennett in a trailer as his other son Lucas rode alongside them.As father and sons headed east on a paved bike path, a former star track and field athlete named Mi...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Three days after Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he hoped to re-sign all of the team's restricted free agents, the team issued qualifying offers to all four players, including forwards J.T. Miller and Cedric Paquette.By issuing the quali...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Pasco authorities call for evacuation of six homes near suspected sinkhole

Pasco authorities call for evacuation of six homes near suspected sinkhole

MOON LAKE — A hole 15 feet across and 10 feet deep appeared in Moon Lake, leading authorities to call for the evacuation Monday of six nearby homes.The depression is in the backyard of two mobile homes in the 11790 block of Pearl Drive, according to ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

UPDATE, 3:25: RHP Austin Pruitt was called up to replace Jonny Venters, who went on the DL with a hamstring strain.UPDATE, 2:55: The Rays indeed are giving INF Daniel Robertson his first start in the outfield tonight, and with Johnny Field sitting ou...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
USF athletic director search nearing its end

USF athletic director search nearing its end

TAMPA — The search for USF's next athletic director is nearing its end.Search committee chair William Sutton said he hopes to submit a candidate to president Judy Genshaft later this week with a hire likely coming by July 4. Sutton did not...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances

Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances

ORLANDO — Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is suing two of his children and a former business manager, accusing them of misusing his credit cards, transferring money from an account and slandering him by saying he has dementia.Aldrin’s lawsuit filed ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay resident Nanci Donnellan, long known to radio listeners as "The Fabulous Sports Babe," has been voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.Donnellan,the first woman to ever host a nationally syndicated sports talk radio program,&#...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Tuesday’s letters: Here’s what a legal immigrant went through to become a U.S. citizen

Trump says those who ‘invade’ shouldbe sent back | June 25How I becamea U.S. citizenI am a legal immigrant. I don’t know where this country went awry, but let me remind you of how legal immigration worked. In 1964 I applied for a visa at the U.S....
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With more floods, fear flows, too

With more floods, fear flows, too

OLD FORT, N.C. - Brian Gentry was certain his 33,000-pound truck would be fine as he headed out into the heavy rains here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But as he went to clear debris from a two-lane highway after more than a half-foot of rain, rocklik...
Updated: 2 hours ago