Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Afghanistan attack; Largest health insurer will exit most ACA states; See the International Space Station from Tampa Bay; Live Q&A this afternoon with Farm to Fable reporter Laura Reiley

• Armed militants in Afghanistan staged an assault on a government security agency in the capital this morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack, including a suicide car bombing, appears to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service — providing protection for high-ranking government officials. Read the latest on the militant assault here.

• It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a habitable artificial satellite in Earth's orbit? Here's how to spot the International Space Station from Tampa Bay this week.

• Read the Pulitzer-Award-winning Tampa Bay Times stories from 2015. For local reporting - How Pinellas County School Distric leaders turned five once-average schools into failure factories. For investigative reporting: Insane, Invisible, In Danger: Florida cut $100 million from its mental hospitals; chaos quickly followed.

• UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said that in 2017 it will exit most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges in an earnings call. Follow up later at tampabay.com to see how this will affect Florida and dozens of other states.

• She laughed. She wept. She walked. She ran. For amputee Adrianne Haslet, the Boston Marathon was a grueling 10½-hour odyssey.

• U.S. Senate candidates Alan Grayson and David Jolly will face off next Monday night in an unusual "open debate" in which the public can submit questions and vote on what questions they want asked.

• Donald Trump said Tuesday that the public should see classified 9/11 documents on the role played by Saudi Arabia, echoing calls by former Sen. Bob Graham.

• Jeanette Lee, also known as the Black Widow, one of the most famous billiards players in the world, now calls Tampa home after moving with her family from Indianapolis last year. Lee has purchased the Hillsborough County chapter of the American Poolplayers Association as a second career of sorts now that she is playing in fewer tournaments. And this week, she is hosting a juniors camp for 10 youngsters vying for one of six starting spots on Team U.S.A. as it competes in the 2016 Atlantic Challenge Cup, an international competition to be held this summer in Schaumburg, Ill. Reporter Tony Marrero is interviewing her today, so look for his story this afternoon on tampabay.com. One tidbit he already gathered: The Black Widow is actually married with six kids.

• Have you read food critic Laura Reiley's Farm to Fable investigation yet? Did you miss her reviews in Taste? Join us at 3 p.m. when Laura Reiley takes over our Facebook page for a live Q&A. facebook.com/tampabaycomHead to facebook.com/tampabaycom and bring your questions on the series, what she learned, and what's next.

• Singer Brian Johnson says leaving AC/DC was "the darkest day of my professional life." After fronting the band for nearly 40 years, Johnson, who lives in Sarasota, announced in March that he would have to stop touring with AC/DC, effective immediately, due to a risk of total hearing loss.

• No one passing downtown along Bayshore Drive in the evening can miss an incandescent glow from Demens Landing Park.

• Former Florida Gators cornerback and Jefferson High star Deiondre Porter was arrested late Monday evening in Hillsborough County relating to an armed robbery case, according to public documents.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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