Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Cuba property suits under Trump; United to charge for overhead bins; how Clinton lost Florida; and Rays rumors at baseball's winter meetings

Despite signals that President-elect Donald Trump may halt new relations with Cuba, those working to improve them say he'll have a hard time reversing two years of momentum set in motion by his predecessor, Paul Guzzo writes. But they acknowledge there is one move Trump can make that would set back progress dramatically — and the ripples would extend from the Tampa Bay area.

'BASIC ECONOMY' PRICING FOR UNITED FLIGHTS MEANS YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY TO USE THE OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT

If an airfare seems too good to be true, it probably comes with a catch. Think of that in early 2017 when you suddenly start seeing United Airlines offer "basic economy" low fares on some routes. The catch? You can't bring a carry-on bag to put in any overhead compartment. Whatever you bring must fit under your seat.

HILLARY CLINTON WENT INTO ELECTION DAY LEADING FLORIDA BY 250K VOTES, AND LOST ELECTION DAY BY 360K

As more data becomes available from Florida's 67 counties, a clearer portrait is emerging of how Trump won America's biggest battleground state — which after this election Adam C. Smith writes he will cease describing as a must-win for the GOP because thanks to Wisconsin and Michigan Trump would have won the election even without Florida. The pride of Sewanee, Steve Schale, crunched the numbers as does so well.

PULSE OWNER NO LONGER WANTS TO SELL ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB TARGETED BY MASS SHOOTING

The owner of the nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place says she's no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando. Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma said in a statement Monday that she can't walk away from the property.

JEB BUSH JOINS TALLAHASSEE LAW FIRM AS STRATEGIC CONSULTANT

For the first time since he left the governor's office a decade ago, Jeb Bush is returning to Tallahassee as a strategic consultant to a law firm with a major lobbying presence in the Capitol. Bush and his Rolodex are joining Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, not as a lobbyist, but to drum up business for the firm, particularly in South Florida where the former governor lives and where the firm wants to expand its presence.

LOBBYING REPORT: MONDAY AT BASEBALL'S DC WINTER MEETINGS

[WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

Marc Topkin is not convinced the Rays will trade pitcher Chris Archer.

It's the most wonderful time of the year — if you like Hot Stove League rumors, speculation, jumped-to conclusions and, undoubtedly, some outright fabrications about your baseball team and favorite players. That being said, Rays beat writer Marc Topkin will filter as best he can and present some of the chatter he's hearing in the hallways, media room and, of course, the late-night lobby during this week's winter meetings. Among Monday's talk: Will the Rays trade Chris Archer?

JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER PLANS LANDMARK VISIT TO PEARL HARBOR

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama later this month, becoming the first Japanese leader to visit the site of the attack on Hawaii 75 years ago that thrust America into World War II. The joint visit comes after Obama went to Hiroshima with Abe in May, becoming the first American leader to visit the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in 1945 to end Japan's involvement in the war.

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