Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

National Guard behavior under investigation

Phoenix

National Guard behavior under investigation

Officials are investigating the Arizona National Guard after a series of news reports disclosed that military recruiters engaged in repeated misbehavior, including sexual abuse, firearms violations and shooting homeless people with paintball guns in "bum hunts." Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered an investigation after the Arizona Republic reported on the so-called bum hunts, staged by noncommissioned officers to harass homeless people in north Phoenix. The newspaper reported that 30 to 35 such raids took place.

Tokyo

2 U.S. Navy sailors arrested in rape

Two U.S. Navy sailors were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman in Okinawa, local news reports said, an episode likely to further fan anger on an island increasingly outraged over the presence of a large U.S. base. The news agency Jiji Press said that the two sailors, both 23, were arrested before dawn Tuesday. One has admitted the rape, the agency said, while the other denied involvement. The Okinawan police refused to comment on the report, but the U.S. ambassador to Japan, John V. Roos, said the U.S. government was "extremely concerned." The case comes two weeks after the arrival of 12 new Marine Corps transport aircraft touched off huge protests among islanders.

Washington

Democrats criticize DOMA spending

The House's top two Democrats are criticizing Republicans for spending nearly $1.5 million over the past 15 months on outside lawyers to defend the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and No. 2 Democrat Steny Hoyer say House Speaker John Boehner is wasting taxpayer money in defending the 1996 law. The law signed by President Bill Clinton denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages.

Netherlands

Ex-Bosnia leader begins defense

He was once known for his virulent speeches throughout Bosnia, but on Tuesday as Radovan Karadzic began his defense in a new phase of his genocide trial, he told international judges that he was a "mild and tolerant man" and instead of standing accused, he should be "rewarded for all the good things I have done." It was the turn of Karadzic, a 67-year-old former psychiatrist, to have his say, after prosecutors presented him as the architect of a brutal three-year war. He said he wrote children's poetry, did not hate Bosnian Muslims — he added that he had a Muslim barber — and did "everything in his power to reduce the war."

Maine

Earthquake rattles New England

An earthquake that hit southern Maine on Tuesday night rattled nearby New England states as far as Connecticut, including the Boston area, but caused no injuries or apparent damage. The U.S. Geological Survey at first estimated the 7:12 p.m. quake as a 4.6 magnitude, but later downgraded that to 4.0. The epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, is about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. About 10 miles away in Waterboro, nearly 20 people at a pizza shop ran outside when they heard a loud bang and the building shook.

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Tampa International Airport hasn’t suffered an Atlanta-style loss of power, but it is prepared for one

Tampa International Airport hasn’t suffered an Atlanta-style loss of power, but it is prepared for one

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport sees about one-fifth as many passengers as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but a major power outage here could cause disruptions to air travel, too.That said, TIA has taken steps to create "redund...
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Editorial: Steaks, planes and campaign cash reveal Corcoran’s hypocrisy

Editorial: Steaks, planes and campaign cash reveal Corcoran’s hypocrisy

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran lives the high life. He’s raising big money for the state Republican Party and his political committee, and the cash is being spent on junkets to Napa Valley, charter planes and steak dinners. Lots of steak dinn...
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Editorial: Modest improvements to unneeded tax cut package

Editorial: Modest improvements to unneeded tax cut package

The massive tax cut legislation Congress is poised to start voting on today remains terrible public policy. It raises the federal debt by more than $1.4 trillion over the next decade, and it primarily benefits businesses and the wealthy over the poor...
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St. Pete woman killed in Tampa crash trying to avoid dog on I-275

TAMPA — A dog that ran onto northbound Interstate 275 caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a 70-year-old St. Pete Beach woman on Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 10:45 a.m. on I-275, north o...
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Florida grand jury investigates FSU frat pledge’s death

Florida grand jury investigates FSU frat pledge’s death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury is meeting to consider filing charges in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge.The Leon County grand jury on Monday interviewed Florida State administrators and those who were at a party with ...
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Land O’Lakes teacher faces felony child abuse charge

LAND O’LAKES — A special needs teacher at Oakstead Elementary School was arrested on a felony charge of child abuse, accused of striking and kicking a 15-year-old in her care over the weekend, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The event ...
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Pasco sheriff: Boy, 10, shot while playing with gun

DADE CITY — A 10-year-old boy was shot Monday in what the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is calling an "accidental" shooting that took place when he was left home unattended with another child.Deputies were called at 2:57 p.m. When they arrived at the...
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First-Citizens Bank & Trust acquires Tampa-based HomeBancorp

First-Citizens Bank & Trust acquires Tampa-based HomeBancorp

TAMPA — North Carolina-based First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co. is acquiring Tampa-headquartered HomeBancorp, which operates HomeBanc. First Citizens Bank will pay $15.03 per share in cash, a Monday release said, and the deal is expected to close by mid...
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