Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Nation's drought deepens after easing for weeks

St. Louis

Drought gets worse after weeks of easing

The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday. Rainstorms had been easing the drought weekly since late September. But Wednesday's weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report showed 60.1 percent of the lower 48 states were in drought as of Tuesday, up from 58.8 percent a week earlier. The amount of land in extreme or exceptional drought, the worst classifications, grew from 18.3 to 19.04 percent.

cairo

Benghazi official assassinated

A senior Libyan security official was assassinated outside his home in Benghazi, officials said Wednesday, the same city where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed at their diplomatic compound in September. His death was the latest in a series of mysterious killings that have raised fears about the country's precarious postwar security. Faraj Mohammed al-Drissi, who was Benghazi's security director for only a few weeks, was fatally shot late Tuesday, officials said. The motive for the killing was unknown.

United nations

Report: Rwanda runs Congo rebels

The Rwandan military is commanding and supporting the rebel force that overtook a major city in eastern Congo, a United Nations report released Wednesday said. Uganda also is providing more subtle but decisive backing to the M23 rebels, the report said. The report's release, a day after the violent takeover of Goma, is sure to increase pressure on the international community to confront the two eastern African countries over their role in Congo's conflict. Rwanda and Uganda have repeatedly denied supporting the M23 movement.

New York

Judge rejects 9/11 suit against United

United Air Lines isn't liable for the plane hijacking in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack that destroyed 7 World Trade Center, a judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein granted a motion by the carrier for a judgment without a trial saying it wasn't responsible for the tower's destruction. He dismissed the airline from the case. World Trade Center Properties sued United Continental Holdings, American Airlines and others in 2008, saying their negligence caused the tower's collapse.

Santiago, chile

Strong earthquake rattles Chile

A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Chile on Wednesday, causing office buildings in the capital to sway for almost a minute. Authorities said no damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 37 miles southwest of the port city of San Antonio. Two other temblors with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.2 were reported near San Antonio.

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Lions-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 14: A coach's future hangs in the balance

Lions-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 14: A coach's future hangs in the balance

TAMPA — The season started in August with “Hard Knocks,” packed bleachers at training camp and cheers for coach Dirk Koetter.It ended Sunday with a 24-21 loss to the Lions, a lot of empty seats and chants of “We want Gruden ba...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 11

Monday’s scoreboardGirls soccerDixie Hollins 4, Boca Ciega 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Countryside 2Osceola 7, Northeast 0Largo 1, Seminole 0Boys soccerIndian Rocks Chr. 3, Northside Chr. 1Palm Harbor U. 4, Countryside 1...
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Winter meetings journal: Rays closer Alex Colome drawing interest

Winter meetings journal: Rays closer Alex Colome drawing interest

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays made a small deal Monday in acquiring INF Joey Wendle from Oakland while continuing to discuss bigger ones that seem likely to eventually lead to the trade of closer Alex Colome and then others.The Rockies and Mets joined ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Emily Joseph and Devin Cosser

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Emily Joseph and Devin Cosser

HomeTeam Hot ShotsEmily Joseph, NortheastJoseph, a senior, has been a deadly shooter since her sophomore year. But this season she has added to her game. "She’s gotten physically stronger and has gained confidence," coach Will White said. "She used t...
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Florida A&M names Willie Simmons football coach

Florida A&M names Willie Simmons football coach

TALLAHASSEE — Willie Simmons was named football coach at Florida A&M on Monday. The Tallahassee native will be introduced today. Simmons, 37, has been the coach at Prairie View A&M the past three seasons (21-11, including 6-5 this season). He played ...
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Yankees’ acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton may hasten Rays’ dismantling

Yankees’ acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton may hasten Rays’ dismantling

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The latest obstacle keeping the Rays from contending in the American League East loomed even larger Monday afternoon in pinstripes.The Yankees’ formal introduction of Giancarlo Stanton also could be an accelerant to the departure o...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Residents wonder what’s next after fire destroys Tampa apartments (with video)

Residents wonder what’s next after fire destroys Tampa apartments (with video)

TAMPA — When her apartment complex caught fire Monday afternoon, Peaches McIntyre grabbed her four children and baby stroller and ran outside.Hours later, she looked at the smoldering building with her 5-year-old autistic son, Choice Underwood, huggi...
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3 Trump accusers call for congressional inquiry; Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist; 18 win anti-Trump climate grants; more in U.S., world news

3 Trump accusers call for congressional inquiry; Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist; 18 win anti-Trump climate grants; more in U.S., world news

United States3 Trump accusers speak, hoping to be heard nowThree women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today. Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks s...
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Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief’s motion for a new trial

Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief’s motion for a new trial

A Pinellas circuit judge denied a bid for a new trial in the case of Jamie Geer, the former Clearwater fire chief serving a life sentence for sexually abusing a girl throughout her childhood.Geer, now 63, was in court in October seeking the new trial...
Updated: 7 hours ago