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News at noon: ISIS in America; new downtown Publix; gas prices fall; new Holiday Desserts; World AIDS Day

Nepalese women and children from Maiti Nepal, a rehabilitation center for victims of sex trafficking, light candles on the eve of World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday. World AIDS Day is observed on Dec. 1 every year to raise the awareness in the fight against HIV.[Niranjan Shrestha | Associated Press]

Nepalese women and children from Maiti Nepal, a rehabilitation center for victims of sex trafficking, light candles on the eve of World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday. World AIDS Day is observed on Dec. 1 every year to raise the awareness in the fight against HIV.[Niranjan Shrestha | Associated Press]

U.S. authorities this year have arrested nearly five dozen people in the United States for helping to support or plot with the Islamic State, according to a new study, the largest number of terrorism-related arrests in the country in a single year since September 2001.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn once called it the "tipping point" for downtown growth. No, not a baseball stadium. He was talking about a grocery store. And it's finally happening. A 37,600-square-foot Publix is expected to open in the fall of 2017 in the Channel District.

A Pinellas judge is expected to decide today if U.S. Army Maj. Roman Izzo, accused in a Clearwater murder, will be allowed to return to base before his trial starts.

Bringing added cheer to the holidays, the average Tampa Bay area price for gas just fell under $2 a gallon. It's a gift for consumers and businesses, savings that are in effect a raise for wage-flat households and a confidence booster during the seasonal shopping season.

St. Petersburg is already home to the largest gay pride event in the state, and come 2017, the city will host the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention for the first time. The IGLTA's board of directors selected the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club as the site for the convention, which will take place May 3-6 2017.

Today we launch our inaugural Holiday Desserts issue of Taste. We have expanded our annual Christmas cookie issue to more kinds of desserts. And we're putting an emphasis on the stories that accompany them. The goal is to highlight those food-family connections the holidays tend to conjure up. Find them all here.

Kenny Leon's path to The Wiz Live! wasn't entirely paved with yellow bricks. His journey began in Jim Crow's Tallahassee, winding through boyhood on 18th Street S in a desegregating St. Petersburg. Leon, 59, eases on today as a Tony award-winning director, now entrusted with NBC's live telecast Thursday of a Broadway classic. "To me, I'm sort of like Dorothy in The Wiz," Leon said by telephone from New York. "It kind of parallels my life.

We finally got back to the Blumquists in Monday night's hilarious and suspenseful episode of Fargo. The rest of the characters took a back seat, and it was a little refreshing to stay on one storyline.

Steve Persall writes that Lenny Abrahamson's Room is a startling movie experience, peculiar in setting and profoundly simple. It's a story of love born out of unseen horror, of nurture conquering nature. Room must be felt to be believed.

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Around the globe, people pause for World AIDS Day.

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News at noon: ISIS in America; new downtown Publix; gas prices fall; new Holiday Desserts; World AIDS Day 12/01/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:13pm]
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