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News at noon: Death toll climbs in Brussels; Rays play Cuban National Team; Obama offers hope to Cubans; Tampa Pride is a family affair; man backs into gas pump, setting it afire

People comfort each other after being evacuated from Brussels airport, after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday. [AP photo]

People comfort each other after being evacuated from Brussels airport, after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday. [AP photo]

Bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations today, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats.

Authorities in Europe and beyond have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after the deadly attacks in Brussels.

We'll have live coverage as the Rays become the first major-league team to play in Cuba since 1999 when they meet the Cuban national team in an exhibition game, starting at 1:50 p.m. at Havana's 55,000-seat Estadio Latinoamericano.

President Barack Obama urged Cubans to look to the future with hope, casting his historic visit to the communist nation as a moment to "bury the last remnants of the Cold War in the Americas."

Even among players still competing well beyond when the ageless Gordie Howe gave up hockey, Harold Dean stands out. At 86, he is now officially the world's oldest competitive hockey player, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Tampa Pride movement is a family affair for John and Nancy Desmond. Their son is gay. And after he came out, they dove head first into the community, becoming advocates, sounding boards and even foster parents to young LGBT people in their adopted hometown.

A 37-year-old Arizona man was arrested on a drunk driving charge after he backed a rented sports car into a gas pump, causing it to catch fire, deputies said.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seek to pad their delegate lead over their underdog rivals as the 2016 race for the White House moves West to Arizona, Utah and Idaho.

The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open who said women's pro tennis players "ride on the coattails of the men" resigned Monday night, ending his 29-year association with the event.

Deputies are investigating a shooting that sent three people to the hospital Monday, authorities said.

New Bucs strongside linebacker Daryl Smith spent the last three years in Baltimore, totaling more than 120 tackles each season, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tampa Bay is getting a leader who will set the tone for younger players.

Sports Illustrated recently listed USF among five-Power 5 teams that could make a "Cinderella run" to the College Football Playoff. Here are a few things the Bulls must address in the next month, starting with Wednesday morning's inaugural spring workout.

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: Death toll climbs in Brussels; Rays play Cuban National Team; Obama offers hope to Cubans; Tampa Pride is a family affair; man backs into gas pump, setting it afire 03/22/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 11:57am]
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