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News at Noon: Testing the Cross-Bay ferry; parental leave for Hillsborough employees; Rays spring workout; Shatner vs. Tampa man in court?

Tampa Bay Times writer Christopher Spata, right, talks to passengers Dana Ranl, 27, left, and her friend Sarah Marsicek, 28, holding her baby Maddox while on the Cross-Bay Ferry docked near the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday, February 9, 2017. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Tampa Bay Times writer Christopher Spata, right, talks to passengers Dana Ranl, 27, left, and her friend Sarah Marsicek, 28, holding her baby Maddox while on the Cross-Bay Ferry docked near the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday, February 9, 2017. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

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WE TESTED THE CROSS-BAY FERRY

Commuter vessel or party boat? We took three rides on the Cross-Bay Ferry between downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg, both for business and pleasure, to find out what this boat is all about. Here's what you need to know.

AETNA AND HUMANA CALL OFF $34 BILLION MERGER

Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

CRUISE WILL SAIL FROM TAMPA TO CUBA

The Carnival Paradise ship will begin offering voyages from Tampa to Cuba beginning June 29, the cruise line announced Tuesday. The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 different four- and five-day cruises from Tampa.

NEW YORK DEVELOPER PAYS $2.6 MILLION FOR ST. PETERSBURG ARCADE

The New York firm under contract to buy and redevelop a prime downtown block has bought an historic building directly across the street. Red Apple Group paid $2.625 million this month for the Florida Arcade, a 1920 structure at 449 Central Ave.

HILLSBOROUGH REPUBLICAN WANTS PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES

A Hillsborough County commissioner wants to follow the lead of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and offer paid parental leave for county employees, too. Commissioner Sandy Murman said providing the benefit to the county's government workers would help attract and retain talent while investing in local families.

WILLIAM SHATNER COULD FACE TAMPA MAN IN COURT

The Hollywood star best known for going where no man has gone before may have a visit to a Florida courthouse in his future. William Shatner, Capt. James T. Kirk of Star Trek fame, faces a lawsuit alleging slander, libel and defamation from a Tampa man a who claims he's the actor's son.

JOSE FERNANDEZ: THE HEARTBREAK THAT HOVERS OVER THE MARLINS

Florida Marlins pitchers and catchers report to spring training today in Jupiter. There will be one pitcher missing. Jose Fernandez's extraordinary star, his passion, won't be there.

PORT CHARLOTTE REPORT: RAYS TAKE FIELD FOR FIRST WORKOUT

After a busy off-season that reshaped their roster and renewed hope internally, the Rays took the field this morning in Port Charlotte for their first workout of the spring at about 10:30.

News at Noon: Testing the Cross-Bay ferry; parental leave for Hillsborough employees; Rays spring workout; Shatner vs. Tampa man in court? 02/14/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:17pm]
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