Tuesday, April 24, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Obama at the Pentagon; Feds to raise rates; Hello, Florida, it's Adele; Python Challenge

President Barack Obama makes a rare trip to the Pentagon today to talk with his defense secretary and top generals about the fight against the Islamic State. The visit marks the beginning of a week in which the president will focus heavily on the terrorism threat to the United States during the holiday season and heightened worries nationwide about the threat terrorists pose.

The worst-kept secret in the financial world is that the Federal Reserve is all but sure Wednesday to raise interest rates from record lows by a modest quarter point. On that, pretty much everyone agrees. The uncertainty hinges on what the Fed will say about how much and how fast it expects to raise rates again in coming months. A relatively aggressive pace would contribute to higher borrowing rates and risks slowing the economy. It could also roil financial markets.

The weeklong redistricting trial that begins today in a Tallahassee courtroom will determine the fate of Florida's 40 Senate districts and the future of the 29 incumbents seeking re-election.

Holy Hello, you guys. Adele is coming to Florida.The chart-topping, record-setting singer (perhaps you've heard of her) has just announced a massive 56-date North American tour for 2016 and it includes two performances in Florida.

Paper-thin beef carpaccio salad. Bass under glass. Ravioletto filled with crescenza cheese. Delicate squares of fork-tender beef cheek in barolo sauce. Those were among the dishes sampled by 154 diners paying $235 each for the opportunity to try eight courses from eight James Beard award-winning chefs at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

Twenty-five years ago today, Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, opened to wide release. Take a look back at the Pasco County neighborhood where it was filmed to see how much has changed.

Got a little down time during the holidays? Why not gear up for snake season? We've had hunts for alligators, bears, wild turkey and deer. Now it's time to go nab a python. The 2016 Python Challenge begins at noon on Jan. 16, and ends at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14. It costs just $25 to enter and you could win $3,500 if you catch a whopper.

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.

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Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

ST. PETERSBURG — Caps and gowns were in the future for Bryson Welton-Williams and his two friends.Then came Tuesday’s horrific car crash.The three 18-year-old Lakewood High School seniors drove off from school a few minutes early, just 22 days away f...
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Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic celebration

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Career Q&A: Disillusioned with grind of telecommute

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ESPN: Antonio Callaway tested positive for marijuana at NFL combine

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DNA, new plea set man free 17 years after Tampa murder

DNA, new plea set man free 17 years after Tampa murder

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Troopers seek driver who ran from fatal crash in Trinity

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TRINITY — The Florida Highway Patrol said it is looking for a driver who ran from the scene of a fatal three-vehicle crash that took place Tuesday afternoon on State Road 54 at Duck Slough Boulevard.The crash took place at about 2:33 p.m., closing do...
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Pinellas County commits $41.7 million to Blue Jays Stadium

Pinellas County commits $41.7 million to Blue Jays Stadium

DUNEDIN — The Pinellas County Commission pulled the final trigger Tuesday on dedicating $41.7 million in bed taxes for upgrades to the Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium and spring training facilities, a pledge that amounts to covering more than half of the ...
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Hernando County to start neutering feral cats

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Rays-Orioles postponed, doubleheader planned for May 12

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