Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Unhappy Spectrum customers; church takes over neglected cemetery; Mexico, White House on presidents' talk; MacDill statue honors fallen officer

Here's our guide to the latest news at midday.

CUSTOMERS SAYS SPECTRUM BROKE PROMISE ABOUT NOT RAISING RATES

Charter Communications and its Spectrum cable brand have been telling their broadband customers for months that rates for TV, Internet and phone service won't change now that Charter owns Bright House Networks. A growing number of customers have a word for that assertion: hogwash.

CHURCH TO TAKE OVER NEGLECTED AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY

Lincoln Cemetery, resting place of African-Americans dating back to a time when they could not be buried in the same earth as whites, has found a long-term caretaker. The historic cemetery is being taken over by the nonprofit arm of St. Petersburg's Greater Mount Zion AME Church.

MEXICO, WHITE HOUSE REFUTE CHARACTERIZATION OF PRESIDENTS' TALK

President Donald Trump comments in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he might send U.S. troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them have been described by the White House as "lighthearted." And the Mexican government said "the negative statements" reported by the Associated Press "did not occur during" the call and that Trump never threatened to send troops to Mexico.

MACDILL AFB STATUE HONORS FALLEN OFFICER WHO TRAINED POLICE IN IRAQ

It's been nearly eight years since Air Force Lt. Joseph Helton Jr. 24, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. But now, his likeness will stand vigil outside the 6th Security Forces Squadron headquarters building at MacDill Air Force Base. Helton, widely known by his personal motto "Don't be a weak sauce," was the first Air Force security officer killed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

FHP: 3-YEAR-OLD KILLED, FIVE OTHER CHILDREN INJURED IN DUI CRASH

A drunk driver hit an SUV at an intersection in Ruskin on Wednesday night, fatally injuring a 3-year-old boy in the SUV and sending its six other occupants to the hospital, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

BILL WOULD KILL VISIT FLORIDA AND ENTERPRISE FLORIDA

As Gov. Rick Scott sharpens his criticism of the Legislature over tourism marketing spending and job incentive programs, the Florida House has retaliated by proposing a bill that would completely eliminate whole agencies charged with carrying out Scott's biggest priorities.

TILLERSON: DIPLOMATS MUST BE A TEAM DESPITE PERSONAL BELIEFS

Making his debut as America's global envoy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to reassure U.S. diplomats who are anxious after a turbulent first two weeks of President Donald Trump's presidency. Still, he warned diplomats that unspecified changes would be coming.

CUT BY BUCS, LB JOSH KEYES AT SUPER BOWL WITH FALCONS

When the Bucs got off to a 1-3 start, backup linebacker Josh Keyes was cut loose in October, but the special-teams player had the good fortune to be signed by the Falcons, who now play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots in Houston.

CARNIVAL SHIP DELIVERS A MEMORABLE CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE

Aboard the Carnival Breeze, the prospect of mingling with 4,000 or so other passengers on a confined ship could make guests a bit antsy. But as it turned out, being on a megasize 1,004-foot ship with a 122-foot width and 15 decks spread out the crowd remarkably well via a multitude of simultaneous events and things to do.

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Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
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‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
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Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Oxfam highlights sharp inequality as Davos elite gather

DAVOS, Switzerland — A CEO from one of the world’s top five global fashion brands has to work for just four days to earn what a garment worker in Bangladesh will earn in an entire lifetime, campaigning group Oxfam International said Monday. In advanc...
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Amazon opens cashier-less store in Seattle

SEATTLE — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store today in downtown Seattle. The ...
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At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on

At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on "what we can do"

ST. PETERSBURGNear Mirror Lake, as protesters posed for pictures, hung signs on their dogs and distributed chant scripts just after noon Sunday, Linda Pair and her friend Beth Gavin arrived to march.Asked why she came out, Pair, 72, of Largo put it b...
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USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

WICHITA — USF led by eight points in the fourth quarter but went cold, and Wichita State pulled off the upset 64-56 Sunday afternoon in a potentially costly loss for the Bulls.USF (15-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) missed 14 of its last 15 fiel...
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