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News at Noon: Our 2015 Lie of the Year, tips for surviving crowded theme parks and live coverage of the Bulls at the Miami Beach Bowl

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a Nov. 13 campaign speech at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando during the Sunshine Summit.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a Nov. 13 campaign speech at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando during the Sunshine Summit.

A presidential candidate with an unprecedented record on the Truth-O-Meter earns PolitiFact's annual Lie of the Year award. To the candidate who says he's all about winning, PolitiFact designates the many campaign misstatements of Donald Trump as our 2015 Lie of the Year.

"The best advice would be to avoid Disney World or the other theme parks if you can," writes the Times' Sharon Kennedy Wynne, "and wait until mid-January when you can pretty much walk on any ride. But for many families, this is the only time you can all go together." If that's your situation, she offers tips for surviving the crowds with your sanity mostly intact.

Follow along as Times reporters Joey Knight and Jeff Odom tweet news and analysis and photographer Octavio Jones sends photos live from the Miami Beach Bowl between the USF Bulls and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

Cash sales of homes in the Tampa Bay area continue to decline but still far exceed the national average. According to CoreLogic, 43.3 percent of bay area homes sold for cash in September compared to 47.9 percent in the same month a year ago. Nationally, 32.5 percent of residential transactions were in cash.

A teenage boy and his girlfriend were found dead this morning inside his family's SUV behind the closed door of the detached garage at his family's St. Petersburg home. Police are calling the deaths accidental.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced this morning that he was ending his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The South Carolina senator posted a video saying he had run "a campaign we can be proud of" focused on the nation's security.

Two American astronauts helped move a stalled rail car back into place outside the International Space Station this morning, quickly finishing the primary job of an unplanned spacewalk before moving on to other housekeeping tasks.

This morning's weather forecast for the coming week calls for high temperatures in the low to mid 80s — temperatures much more typical for April or May around here than for the week of Christmas.

A U.S. official says American troops were among those killed in a suicide attack on a joint NATO-Afghan patrol in Afghanistan.

Deputies say a man found dead in a home on Green Key Road on Sunday is a homicide victim. Paramedics saw signs of upper body trauma when the arrived and discovered the body of 36-year-old Peter Gaffney and called deputies.

News at Noon: Our 2015 Lie of the Year, tips for surviving crowded theme parks and live coverage of the Bulls at the Miami Beach Bowl 12/21/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2015 1:00pm]
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