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News at noon: Failure Factories; flights canceled; Jeb Bush in Florida; Meadowlark Lemon; Bucs Turning Point, top 11 state parks

Falling Waters State Park on the Florida Panhandle is one of Outdoor Editor Terry Tomalin's top 10 list for places to visit in 2016.

Falling Waters State Park on the Florida Panhandle is one of Outdoor Editor Terry Tomalin's top 10 list for places to visit in 2016.

The latest installment of the Failures Factories project looks at how fewer seats are going to black students in Pinellas County's fundamental schools, when they were set up to improve racial integration.

Nearly 900 flights have been canceled across the U.S. and another 500 have been delayed due to the large storm system moving through the middle part of the country.

On a visit home to Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush says Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "has no clue" about leading the country and GOP front-runner Donald Trump is "not serious about being a candidate."

Meadowlark Lemon, whose halfcourt hook shots, no-look behind-the-back passes and vivid clowning were marquee features of the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly a quarter-century, has died. He was 83.

It's never to early to plan a trip. Outdoors editor Terry Tomalin lists the Top 11 Florida state parks he wants to visit in 2016.

With games against the NFL's worst defense (Saints), the league's worst offense (Rams) and the league's worst rushing defense (Bears) on the schedule, eight or nine wins seemed attainable. Turning Point explains how the Bucs proved how wrong that was on Sunday.

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The cast members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are asked to guess if the headline they are read refers to an event in the Star Wars universe or Florida.

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News at noon: Failure Factories; flights canceled; Jeb Bush in Florida; Meadowlark Lemon; Bucs Turning Point, top 11 state parks 12/28/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 12:03pm]
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