Sunday, February 18, 2018
News Roundup

U.S. releases documents on NSA spying

Washington

U.S. releases documents on NSA spying

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal court order to release its previous legal arguments for keeping the programs secret. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, explained in a statement Saturday that President George W. Bush first authorized the spying in October 2001, as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, just after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush disclosed the program in 2005. The Terrorist Surveillance Program eventually was replaced by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that requires a secret court to approve the bulk collection. Former agency contractor Edward Snowden first made the surveillance programs public in leaks to the media.

Arlington Va.

Memorials honor Lockerbie victims

Families of some of the 270 people who died in an airliner bombing 25 years ago over Lockerbie, Scotland, gathered for memorial services Saturday in the United States and Britain. Attorney General Eric Holder told victims' relatives at Arlington National Cemetery that they should take comfort in their unity even if time cannot erase their loss. Former Libyan intelligence official Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted of the bombing, and a second Libyan suspect was acquitted of all charges.

Egypt

Morsi faces more criminal changes

An Egyptian judge on Saturday ordered ousted President Mohammed Morsi to stand trial on charges that he colluded with foreign militants in a plot to free prisoners during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. It was the second time in less than a week that authorities had charged Morsi with capital crimes, in what appeared to be an escalating effort by the government to eradicate his Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Littleton, Colo.

Teen who was shot at school dies

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has said Karl Pierson, 18, shot Claire Davis, 17, who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as Pierson entered Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13 to track down a librarian who had disciplined him.

Elsewhere

San Francisco: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labor union leaders announced a new deal Saturday intended to avert a strike.

Thailand: Thailand's main opposition party said Saturday it would boycott February's general election, deepening a political crisis.

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

PINELLAS PARK — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office late Saturday said detectives arrested a 14-year-old boy and accused him of posting a threat to a school on his Snapchat account.Edward Charles Osgood, who attends Lealman Innovation Academy, was a...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

1. Was editor of her high school newspaper, president of her 4-H club.2. Started stripping at age 17 in Baton Rouge, La.3. Made her first porn film with a girlfriend.4. Took her stage name from the Motley Crue bassist, who named his son Storm, and fr...
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

A prominent Republican political donor demanded on Saturday that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style fi...
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

TAMPA — In the center of the nightclub, between the cigar case and bustling bar, a giant screen blankets the back wall. Usually, ads for drink specials and coming attractions scroll across.But Friday night, a life-size picture of President Donald Tru...
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...
Updated: 11 hours ago