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News at Noon: Epiphany divers set to plunge at 1pm in Tarpon Springs; FL school grades; Powerball information; North Korea H-bomb skepticism; Fun Card holders can score big this year; Interview with Richard Dreyfuss

Thousands of people are in Tarpon Springs today for Epiphany, which is the largest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Follow our live blog for photos and updates as dozens of teenage dive into chilly Spring Bayou waters in search of the famed Epiphany cross. If you are in Tarpon Springs today, don't forget to use the hashtag #tbtepiphany to join along in the coverage.

The future of Florida's testing and accountability system comes to the State Board of Education this morning, and for the first time in memory the outcome isn't clear in advance. On the verge of doling out school grades throughout the state, the current board has appeared divided in recent months over just how high to set the bar.

Tonight, Powerball players will have a chance to win the biggest lottery prize in nearly a year. another round of tough international sanctions looms for the defiant, impoverished country.

Winn-Dixie's recent price-cutting is a result of its "wily" president and CEO using "hardball" and "strong arm" tactics with suppliers. While many think this is a copy of Walmart strategy, it may be imported from our mates across the Pacific in Australia.

Coming soon, an interview with Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss. The sit-diwb will include as much Jaws background as possible — Dreyfuss' clash with co-star Robert Shaw, for example — and whatever else from a career including such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and American Graffiti, his Oscar-winning turn in The Goodbye Girl, the similarly nominated Mr. Holland's Opus and a personal favorite, The Big Fix.

Busch Gardens Fun Card holders will be able to get a free pass to the Adventure Island water park, a savings of $50. Here's how to score on discounted entrance to theme parks.

Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo is forgoing his final season to enter the NFL draft. He leaves the Seminoles as one of the best kickers in NCAA history.

A year ago, John Jonchuck drove to the top of a bridge, held his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe over the side and let go. He must have been crazy. It was the only thing that made sense. He loved his daughter. And yet, for years, police had documented violence between the girl's parents, and child protection workers had visited their home five times. Seven times, people called the abuse hotline, fearing for her safety. And still, no one stopped it. Watch the trailer video here and look for the story tomorrow on

News at Noon: Epiphany divers set to plunge at 1pm in Tarpon Springs; FL school grades; Powerball information; North Korea H-bomb skepticism; Fun Card holders can score big this year; Interview with Richard Dreyfuss 01/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 1:05pm]
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