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News at noon: ISIS allegiance; TIA renovation; Dontae Morris, saving Florida's strawberry; The Wiz; Bucs and Baker's Dozen

Trinity Cuellar, 2, puts a candle down at a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, on Thursday in San Bernardino, Calif., for the victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. [Associated Press]

Trinity Cuellar, 2, puts a candle down at a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, on Thursday in San Bernardino, Calif., for the victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. [Associated Press]

Tashfeen Malik, the wife in the couple blamed in the deadly California shootings, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and the terror group's leader on Facebook using an alias then deleted the messages before the attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Tampa International Airport made it a priority to hire local construction firms when it came time to divvy up nearly $1 billion in renovation and expansion jobs. So far that appears to be paying off. Of the 142 companies that are working on projects at the Tampa airport, 122 are local or have a regional office here.

A Hillsborough judge has handed down a third death penalty sentence for convicted cop killer Dontae Morris, who could face yet another murder trial in the coming year.

Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, is stepping down, Gov. Rick Scott announces.

Vance Whitaker and his colleagues are growing some 10,000 strawberry plants this year. If the team is lucky, one of those plants might be the one that rescues Florida's strawberry industry.

The U.S. economy generated another month of solid hiring in November, making it highly likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows later this month. The Labor Department said Friday employers added 211,000 jobs last month.

Super fast pacing and excessive commercial breaks couldn't sap the fun out NBC's The Wiz Live! Thursday night. Ultimately, The Wiz is about the music, though, and the singing was aces.

Scott Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at 48. Jay Cridlin writes that like Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and Andrew Wood, Weiland has joined the Mount Rushmore of grunge gods gone too soon.

In today's Bucs Scouting Report, we take a look at the Atlanta Falcons. And Matt Baker previews the weekend's college football matchups in his Baker's Dozen.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

News at noon: ISIS allegiance; TIA renovation; Dontae Morris, saving Florida's strawberry; The Wiz; Bucs and Baker's Dozen 12/04/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2015 11:46am]
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