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News at noon: Epic Tampa megapool fail; Alan Rickman tributes; Rays talks continue; Legislature mental health problems; Papa John at USF; Duke Energy customers unsatisfied; Oscar nominations

Actor Alan Rickman attends the June 17 premiere of "A Little Chaos" at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to the "Harry Potter" films, has died. He was 69.  Rickman's family said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, that the actor had died after a battle with cancer. [Associated Press (2015)]

Actor Alan Rickman attends the June 17 premiere of "A Little Chaos" at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to the "Harry Potter" films, has died. He was 69. Rickman's family said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, that the actor had died after a battle with cancer. [Associated Press (2015)]

LOTTO HANGOVER: Two Powerball players who bought their tickets in Zephyrhills and Seminole are $1 million winners this morning.

On the other hand, Tampa's now-famous Powerball megapool didn't land a jackpot ticket, and the organizers are pretty sure they didn't match five numbers for $1 million. (They're still combing through their 73,000 tickets.) But it's all fair in love and lottery because, "everyone in the group had such a good time. They said the excitement was well worth the $500 in entertainment."

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Decorated British actor Alan Rickman, with the slow, deep voice that made him an uncanny villain, has died at age 69. Here are a few of his best-known roles along with a photo gallery of the many faces of Rickman (including the unforgettable Severus Snape).

A long-awaited proposal that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to search for a new home will be discussed today by the St. Petersburg City Council. Mayor Rick Kriseman says the deal could "fundamentally change" the city's future and it includes some innovations that weren't in prior attempts. Follow along this afternoon as we cover the discussion.

A top official from the Department of Children and Families will tell state senators today his plan to stem the violence and chaos inside Florida's mental hospitals, which was first reported in an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Papa John's is the pizza industry's fourth-biggest chain, behind Pizza Hut, Domino's and Little Caesar's, snagging 6 percent of the market last year. But, according to John Schnatter who spoke at USF last night, Papa John's is at the top of the food-chain as far as top-recognized NFL sponsors.

A group of Uber drivers are gathering tonight at Gaslight Park at 4:30 to protest company's latest round of price cuts. Drivers say the rates are below the cost to operate a vehicle. Most drivers received no advanced warning about the reduced rate, which is now 65¢ per mile. Uber charged $1.80 per mile when Uber started in Tampa Bay. Follow Caitlin Johnston for updates as she covers the protest.

Once again Duke Energy Florida ranks at the bottom of J.D. Power's annual ranking of customer satisfaction among big electric utilities in the South. Why are Duke Energy customers unsatisfied with service and what is or is not being done about it by the utilities giant new to Florida?

The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers. Some of the films in the running for best picture are: Tom McCarthy's investigative journalistic procedural "Spotlight," Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies," Adam McKay's Michael Lewis adaptation "The Big Short," the mother-son captive drama "Room" and the '50s Irish immigrant tale "Brooklyn."

Jon Robinson, the Bucs' director of player personnel and Jason Licht's right-hand man, has agreed to terms as the new general manager of the Tennessee Titans.

The Bassinger Report: In late August, the Tampa Bay Times fired up the PlayStation 4, loaded Madden NFL 16 and simulated the season 10 times. The results weren't perfect, but the simulations hit the mark about as often as a quarterback hitting the slant route against the Buccaneers defense. In other words, Madden was frequently correct.

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News at noon: Epic Tampa megapool fail; Alan Rickman tributes; Rays talks continue; Legislature mental health problems; Papa John at USF; Duke Energy customers unsatisfied; Oscar nominations 01/14/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2016 1:37pm]
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