Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Tropical system could bring rain to Florida

Miami

Tropical system could bring rain to Florida

As peak hurricane season gets under way, forecasters are watching two systems. One of them could bring rain to Florida over the next several days. A tropical wave in the northwest Caribbean Sea and a tropical depression in the eastern Atlantic Ocean both are being given at least a 60 percent chance of developing into tropical storms by Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. The wave in the Caribbean could reach the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday morning. The depression near the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic could strengthen into a tropical storm today, forecast models indicated. It would be several days away from reaching land.

Washington

Germond, political pundit, dies at 85

Jack W. Germond, the portly, cantankerous columnist and pundit who covered 10 presidential elections and sparred with colleagues on TV's The McLaughlin Group, has died. He was 85.

Amman, Jordan

Nation wants help securing its border

With no end in sight to the violence in Syria, which has already sent a half-million refugees into Jordan, authorities here appealed to the United States on Wednesday for surveillance airplanes and intelligence help to secure a border that is favored by arms smugglers. In daylong meetings, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Gen. Mashal al-Zaben, the country's top military officer, also discussed the need to increase humanitarian assistance to help Jordan cope with a refugee population that is straining water and food supplies, as well as schools and hospitals.

Seoul, South Korea

Joint complex with North to reopen

North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to reopen a joint industrial complex, reviving the last remaining symbol of their economic cooperation in a sign that the two sides are inching toward a thaw after a series of bellicose exchanges this year. The breakthrough came during what the South billed as a final round of make-or-break negotiations on whether to restart or permanently shut down the Kaesong industrial zone, a factory park in the North Korean border town of the same name.

Phoenix

Family stranded at sea back in Ariz.

A family is back in Arizona after their attempt to relocate to a tiny island left them lost at sea for weeks. Sean Gastonguay told KTVK-TV that his family's boat is gone — presumably at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. He said he now has to find work to repay the $10,000 that the family borrowed from the U.S. State Department to fly back from Chile. The family moved from Ash Fork, Ariz., to San Diego last year. They left there in May on a voyage for Kiribati to leave behind what they consider government interference in religion.

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Pinellas Sheriff’s Office accuses 14-year-old of copycat Snapchat school threat

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Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

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Updated: 5 hours ago
Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

MUNICH — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Prominent Republican donor issues an ultimatum

Prominent Republican donor issues an ultimatum

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A red heart-shaped balloon rose above crowd of several hundred people that had gathered at Williams Park on Saturday evening to mourn Wednesday’s school shooting in Broward County and to protest gun violence.Below the balloon, signs ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orches...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Man found dead in flaming mobile home

TAMPA — Firefighters found a man dead inside a burned-down mobile home Saturday.Tampa Fire Rescue got a call just after 4:30 p.m. that a single-wide mobile home at the 100 block of East Linebaugh Avenue was in flames.The man’s identity was not releas...
Updated: 10 hours ago
‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
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