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News at noon: San Bernardino shootings; Pistorius murder conviction; judge pleads for vet; council okays ferry funds; Jameis Winston, TV recaps

Authorities are trying to learn why a couple left behind their infant daughter and carried out a shooting rampage that left 14 people dead and seriously wounded more than a dozen others in one of the nation's worst mass shootings. We've learned several details about the couple, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

British Tornado jets struck oil fields in eastern Syria that help finance the Islamic State group and Germany prepared to send reconnaissance aircraft to the Middle East as coalition forces stepped up efforts to fight the militants.

Prison looms for Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian, now that he has been convicted of murder. A South African appeals court overturned a lower court's conviction on the less serious charge of manslaughter.

Saying he came "not with a frontal assault but on bended knee," Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Gregory on Thursday urged the University of South Florida Board of Trustees to act on behalf of a former U.S. Army Green Beret expelled after firing his gun at a Tampa gas station last year.

The St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved earmarking $250,000 for a new research vessel and $350,000 for the pilot ferry project with some of the $6.5 million from the BP settlement over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

By now, nearly everyone has seen the trailer for the movie Concussion. It tells the story about Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), whose research discovered chronic traumatic encephaltopathy (CTE) while conducting an autopsy of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster. It led to Omalu's own crusade to expose the effects of repetitive brain injuries that are all too common in the NFL. Omalu is scheduled to speak tonight at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Fast-growing Raymond James Financial Inc. will buy the U.S. Private Client Services brokerage of Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Management, Europe's largest investment bank.

International travel at Tampa International Airport was up 30 percent in October compared to the same period last year, thanks to a new flight from Lufthansa to Frankfurt and an additional flight by Edelweiss to Zurich.

After guiding the Bucs to three wins, quarterback Jameis Winston has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November, just the third time ever a Tampa Bay quarterback has earned the honors.

Although Miami still hasn't announced the hiring, former Georgia coach Mark Richt will be the Hurricanes' next head coach. Here's one thing that's worth watching: How does Richt recruit Tampa Bay?

TV RECAPS: We have looks at Empire and American Horror Story: Hotel.

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News at noon: San Bernardino shootings; Pistorius murder conviction; judge pleads for vet; council okays ferry funds; Jameis Winston, TV recaps 12/03/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:43am]
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    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 17:  Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts a pass during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 700069805
  2. Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire



    Sheron Pasco sat in the wheelchair as her mother pushed it toward the man in the orange jail suit.

    Sheron Pasco, 39, right, along with her mother Tranda Webb, 62, pose for a photograph Wednesday, at their home in Port Richey. Pasco's former boyfriend John Riggins doused Pasco with gasoline and set her on fire after an argument last year.. CHRIS URSO   |   Times

  3. Florida starter under center still under wraps


    GAINESVILLE — With two weeks before Florida opens its season against Michigan, the Gators' three-way quarterback battle remains wide open.

    Luke Del Rio, right, is in the mix to start against Michigan in the season opener … as is Malik Zaire and Feleipe Franks.
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    NEW YORK — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak.

  5. Rick Kriseman picks Floribbean restaurant for Manhattan Casino

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    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman has chosen a controversial restaurant concept to occupy the Manhattan Casino, saying he made a decision 11 days before the mayoral primary because he didn't want politics to get in the way of progress in struggling Midtown.

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson speaks during a Friday press conference announcing that the Callaloo Group will open a Floribbean restraurant in the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood. Some residents were upset with Mayor Rick Kriseman's choice, saying it will speed up gentrification of the area. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]