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News at noon: Florida jobs; Syrian refugees; Mali gunmen; Adele; Cuban sandwiches; and the Bucs

Security force personnel escort people fleeing from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Friday. The company that runs the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital says assailants have takenhostages in a brazen assault involving grenades. [Associated Press]

Security force personnel escort people fleeing from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Friday. The company that runs the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital says assailants have takenhostages in a brazen assault involving grenades. [Associated Press]

Florida's unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent in October as the state added a robust 35,200 jobs over the month, state officials said Friday.

Hillsborough Commissioner Stacy White says he now has reservations about the county joining a national program that helps refugees who relocate to the U.S. White says he's worried that Syrian refugees relocating could be "a Trojan horse situation" where Islamic State "sympathizers are intermixed with the refugee groups."

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush respond to Donald Trump's calls to close down mosques in the U.S. and create a database to track Muslims.

Amid the burgeoning anti-refugee sentiments, Phil Klay, a Marine veteran of the war in Iraq, has posted a powerful series of tweets in which he explains why the U.S. should welcome the Syrians.

Three simple letters have ignited a civic rebellion in Florida that could reshape the state's politics for decades to come. The letters are NPA. It's short for no party affiliation, for voters who refuse to label themselves Republicans or Democrats. They are deserting the two major parties in droves and they are the fastest-growing segment of Florida's electorate, but they are a sleeping giant.

Gunmen stormed a hotel in Bamako, the capital of the West African nation of Mali, seizing scores of hostages and killing at least three people. Reports shortly before noon were saying the seige had been broken up.

Jay Cridlin stayed up late to review Adele's new album, 25. He says it will be the massive, expansive "soundtrack to the next two years of your love life. You might as well plug in and press play today."

Ybor City's 110-year-old Columbia restaurant will be featured on CBS News Sunday Morning at 9 a.m. Sunday. Correspondent Susan Spencer stopped in recently to get a tutorial from fifth-generation owner Andrea Gonzmart Williams and her dad, Richard Gonzmart, on how to make the perfect Tampa-style Cuban sandwich.

In this week's Buccaneer's Scouting Report, we look at Philadelphia. In the Eagles, the Bucs face their greatest challenge since their 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 4. While Philadelphia also is 4-5, it's a team that's capable of playing much better football than it has.

Vote in the Tampa Bay Times Picture of the Week poll. Cute puppies!

News at noon: Florida jobs; Syrian refugees; Mali gunmen; Adele; Cuban sandwiches; and the Bucs 11/20/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:59am]
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