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News at Noon: Carbon monoxide warnings; Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard; Puerto Rican business in Florida; Iraqi forces' attack on Ramadi; Christmas in Florida; 'Concussion' review; Bucs 2016 schedule

A lighted snowmen family display is new this year in the Florida Botanical Gardens holiday lights display starting the day after Thanksgiving.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

A lighted snowmen family display is new this year in the Florida Botanical Gardens holiday lights display starting the day after Thanksgiving.

Following the accidental death of two East Bay High School students who were found in an SUV in a closed garage on Monday, authorities are reminding people about the dangers of carbon monoxide. It is an odorless, colorless gas called the "silent killer" because it often goes undetected. It's produced by burning fuel in stoves, vehicles and other small engines.

Medicare officials say researchers and the public will now have an easier way to analyze spending on costly prescription drugs. The online Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard will allow users to compare 80 drugs from thousands of covered medications.

Victor Febus' family has run their furniture store, Casa Febus, in Puerto Rico for more than four decades, growing it from a small shop to a chain with three showrooms across the island. But Puerto Rico's economy is struggling through a decade-long recession. To keep growing his family's business, Febus has decided to open its first location in Florida, a store in Pembroke Pines near Miami.

The company Christmas party at SynDaver Labs took an unexpected turn last week when the firm's nearly 100 employees got a surprise stocking stuffer — $1.5 million in company stock.

Iraqi forces began an attack on downtown Ramadi on Tuesday, in what they hope will mark a final push to wrest control of the western city from Islamic State militants. Ramadi has been under the control of the extremists since May, when it fell despite an ongoing U.S.-led air campaign in support of Iraqi troops.

It's the most wonderful time of the year — according to the song — but your Christmas doesn't look anything like the idyllic snow blanketed scenes on every TV station. It's better, because you're in Florida. Here's what to do with your friends and family.

Read our review of 'Concussion,' a film that could make even die-hard NFL fans see the game differently.

Just as being eliminated from playoff contention as the Bucs looking ahead, it's a good time for us to do the same, taking an early look at the Bucs' 2016 schedule, which has all but two games determined.

Who do you think will win this week's NFL games? We're inviting tampabay.com readers to chime in with their picks each week through the season, all with the chance to win a dining gift certificate.

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.

News at Noon: Carbon monoxide warnings; Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard; Puerto Rican business in Florida; Iraqi forces' attack on Ramadi; Christmas in Florida; 'Concussion' review; Bucs 2016 schedule 12/22/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 4:52pm]
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    World

    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

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    Nation

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    Lightning Strikes

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    Lightning Strikes

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    Human Interest

    At Memorial Day ceremonies in Tampa Bay area and around the country, Americans paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

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