Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Paris attacks ringleader investigated, Rubio's Cuba policy may be outdated, Jones' case for Friday night high school football

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris, was found yesterday in the building targeted in a raid on a Paris suburb. Today French officials say it is still not clear exactly how he died. Questions also remain as to how Abaaoud managed to travel across so many borders en route to the French capital.

Republicans pushed legislation toward House approval today erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.

As Marco Rubio campaigns to bring generational change as part of his bid for the White House, the GOP hopeful's policy toward Cuba hinges on reinstating a half-century-old diplomatic freeze that failed to unseat the communist government on the island where his parents were born.

The latest on ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle's sentencing hearing: one expert says Fogle frequented prostitutes.

Campus carry bill is ready for Florida's 120 House members to vote on when they begin their 2016 session in January. The controversial plan backed by the National Rifle Association would allow guns on college and university campuses statewide.

Holiday shopping forecasts gain confidence after early fall predictions had been less than stellar. Read why folks are likely to spend as much or maybe even more than they did last year on holiday gifts this year.

Clear eyes, full hearts, high school football on Fridays, can't lose. As college games have started to extend beyond Saturday, Tom Jones makes a case for Friday night lights limited to high school football.

Your guide to a stress-free, delicious Thanksgiving is here.Food critic Laura Reiley share herTurkey Day Safety Kit and food editor Michelle Stark has new stuffing recipes to try.

Television reviews are back with a ranking of the characters from this week's Empire and an American Horror Story recap.

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
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Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is very little these days that can dampen the mood of Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise, whose Gators knocked off reigning national champion Stanford in Thursday’s NCAA semifinals and face Nebraska tonight for the title. Not...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

Here's your chance. Tell us what annoyed you in 2017, and we'll share it with our readers.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

TAMPA — Nearly 600,000 more people will live in Hillsborough County by 2040, and if elected officials and county planners don’t take bold steps now, the population boom will turn the county into the soulless sprawl of Anywhere, U.S.A.That’s the messa...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final pa...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

WASHINGTON — America’s top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillers...
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Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

A federal judge Friday said a bail package has been put together that would release former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from home confinement in his condominium in Virginia and allow him to reside at his house in Palm Beach Gardens, but unde...
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Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched a stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then tr...
Updated: 8 hours ago