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News at noon: Ex-Tampa cops indicted on tax fraud charges; Hastert pleads guilty; more ways to save; ranking Taylor's squad

Former Tampa police officers Eric Houston, far left, and his wife LaJoyce Houston, center right wearing black, walk into the Sam Gibbons U.S. District Courthouse in Tampa on Wednesday morning. The couple turned themselves in on charges relating to stolen identity tax refund fraud. With them are their attorneys Lyann Goudie, second from left, and Wade Whidden, right. Goudie is representing LaJoyce Houston; Whidden is representing Eric Houston. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Former Tampa police officers Eric Houston, far left, and his wife LaJoyce Houston, center right wearing black, walk into the Sam Gibbons U.S. District Courthouse in Tampa on Wednesday morning. The couple turned themselves in on charges relating to stolen identity tax refund fraud. With them are their attorneys Lyann Goudie, second from left, and Wade Whidden, right. Goudie is representing LaJoyce Houston; Whidden is representing Eric Houston. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

In a 14-count federal indictment, Tampa police officers Eric and LaJoyce Houston are accused of enriching themselves through stolen identity tax refund fraud. The couple is expected in federal court at 2 p.m. Scrutiny of the couple began after jail recordings picked up collusive chatter between the wife and Rita Girven, a Tampa police informer who was close to both Houstons.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case in which he had agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct by Hastert. He could serve up to six months in prison.

Republican presidential candidates gather tonight in Boulder, Colo., for their third debate of the primary season. Here's what to look for. And, make sure to follow PolitiFact's live fact-checking during the debate.

Bargain hunters, Winn-Dixie unveiled a new price reduction program this morning that aims to save customers money on the staples they keep in their pantry. And click here for more Business news.

In 10 Days of Taylor, our epic countdown to the Tampa finale of Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour, Jay Cridlin ranks all 72 guest stars who have shown up as part of Swift's squad. And, he speculates on who could show up at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

Billy Bob Thornton's Pat Candy is the best reason to see Our Brand Is Crisis, the new Sandra Bullock film, says Steve Persall. Plus, plan your weekend with our critics' top picks.

For the first time this season, Jameis Winston is better than Marcus Mariota. Though the Bucs blew a 24-point lead Sunday in a sickening 31-30 loss to Washington, Winston did all you could ask, except cover Jordan Reed in the red zone.

Phrase of the day: Suicidal avocados!

News at noon: Ex-Tampa cops indicted on tax fraud charges; Hastert pleads guilty; more ways to save; ranking Taylor's squad 10/28/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:48am]
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