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News at noon: security threat at local school; France launches more airstrikes; medical marijuana; holiday movie preview; and Charlie Sheen

An image posted to Facebook shows messages about a school shooting on Palm Harbor University High School's website. [Denis Phillips, ABC Action News | via Facebook]

An image posted to Facebook shows messages about a school shooting on Palm Harbor University High School's website. [Denis Phillips, ABC Action News | via Facebook]

Two separate, though unfounded, school shooting threats related to Palm Harbor University High School led to increased security on campus this week. In one of the incidents, an image of the school calendar was altered to read "PHU SCHOOL SHOOTING UPDATE." And beneath that, these words: "There is a 95% chance students will die tomorrow.

France made an unprecedented demand on Tuesday for its European Union allies to support its military action against the Islamic State group as it launched new airstrikes on the militants' Syrian stronghold, days after attacks in Paris linked to the group killed at least 129 people.

In related news, the head of Russia's FSB security service said a homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month. The official told Russian President Vladimir Putin it's now clear the bombing that killed 224 people was a "terrorist" act. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for downing the plane.

In Tallahassee, a group of Florida lawmakers decried a federal government that "refuses to enforce our immigration laws" as they unveiled a series of bills aimed at stemming the flow of undocumented immigrants to the state.

Also, a Florida House panel approved legislation that would expand an existing, small medical marijuana program and a law allowing terminal patients to try experimental drugs. Now, with two doctors' approval, a patient can buy marijuana from a licensed grower in the state.

The Florida Public Service Commission unanimously approved a plan to issue $1.3 billion in bonds to cover Duke Energy Florida's costs for the closure of the Crystal River nuclear power plant in Citrus County.

Bank of America may be first in market share in Florida banking but it ranks last among big banks in customer satisfaction. In results unveiled Tuesday morning, Bank of America registered the lowest score among the largest U.S. banks ranked on the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

From giant blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to quiet little movies like Room and The Danish Girl, nearly two dozen movies are scrambling for attention during the holiday season. Check out Steve Persall's Holiday Movie Preview for all of them.

Brian Wilson performs tonight at the Mahaffey Theater along with fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine. Wilson may not have imagined, 50 years ago, that his songs about cars and surfboards and wistful innocence — the sunny soundtrack of youth — would still resonate with children and teens as he reached his mid-70s. But it does. Find out why here.

As expected, Charlie Sheen said in an interview on NBC's Today show, that he has tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. He said he was diagnosed about four years ago. One reason for going public with his condition, he said, was to put a stop to shakedowns from prostitutes and others who threatened to out him. He said he had paid "enough to bring it into the millions" — perhaps as much as $10 million — to buy their silence.

Following Marlene Sokol's report on the role Idlewild Baptist Church plays in training officials with Hillsborough Schools, Sue Carlton asks does a church belong in our public schools.

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News at noon: security threat at local school; France launches more airstrikes; medical marijuana; holiday movie preview; and Charlie Sheen 11/17/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:58am]
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