Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: VA agrees to pay for robotic legs for veterans; Disney to use metal detectors; Trigaux column; Tonight the force awakens; Lightning podcast

The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay for robotic legs that could allow scores of paralyzed veterans with spinal cord injuries to walk again. Many veterans are elated at the news that they will no longer have to pay out of pocket for the $77,000 powered exoskeleton called the ReWalk.

Visitors to Walt Disney World's four theme parks in Florida were met with metal detectors at the park entrances Thursday morning as part of new security measures, and other theme parks, including SeaWorld and Universal, also have installed metal detectors recently, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

A family and community are reeling at news that the 20-month-old boy who was struck by an SUV in Clearwater last night has died. Check back for updates on the driver and family.

Two 17-year-olds have been killed in the past three days in St. Petersburg. Early this morning, Tyler Lord was found in an alleyway, just two houses away from where he lived. Police officers in the area heard shots, and then received a call from someone who'd walked into the alley and seen Lord on the ground, where he died shortly after. Detectives have been working around the clock trying to find new information, Previtera said, while simultaneously attempting to locate a man who shot Gabriel Wallace, 17, on Tuesday afternoon.

One St. Pete company is capitalizing on a niche market, reporting a 14 percent jump in revenues to $5.2 billion last quarter. Known for its agility, much of Jabil's business success has been from its diversification from medical instruments, defense and package design to wearable technology and home sensors.

Congratulations, Safety Harbor. There's now a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer living in your midst. Cheap Trick member Robin Zander, who has lived in Safety Harbor for more than 22 years, was announced as part of the Rock Hall of Fame's 2016 class of inductees.

Is the Force strong with you? Will you be there when the Force awakens in theaters? The Tampa Bay Times will be there, too! Don't choose the dark side – follow our live blog for everything Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far way, the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo and crew continued after the death of the Emperor and the destruction of the second Death Star. No, we're not talking about The Force Awakens. We're talking about the Star Wars books that came before it.

Otters at the Tampa Aquarium have been dreaming of a white Christmas, and they'll get it! Get details on the otters' upcoming romp in the snow here.

Steven Stamkos may be out of the mania in Toronto, but his contract saga seems far from over. Listen to today's Lightning Strikes Podcast and find out some of the options for captain Stamkos, in the final year of his current deal, who doesn't have an extension as Christmas approaches.

The Bucs play tonight in St. Louis. Find out what to expect from the Rams' offense with the Bassinger Scouting Report and follow along later tonight with the live game blog.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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Advocates push orca breeding law as SeaWorld’s policy appears murky

Advocates push orca breeding law as SeaWorld’s policy appears murky

The announcement was rolled out to the world as a pledge. A promise.In March 2016 SeaWorld declared it would end killer whale breeding, making the orcas in its care in the United States and abroad its last generation to live in captivity.Later that y...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Atlanta airport power outage cancels 1,000 flights; more Delta cancellations Monday

Atlanta airport power outage cancels 1,000 flights; more Delta cancellations Monday

ATLANTA — A sudden power outage brought the world’s busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. Authorities announced that electricity would be restored...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs-Falcons: Things to watch in Monday’s 8:30 p.m. game

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TAMPA — The Bucs and Falcons have each won three straight games on Monday nights as they face each other on a national platform tonight at Raymond James Stadium.How can Tampa Bay continue its streak and stop Atlanta’s? It won’t be easy, but given the...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Bitcoin futures begin trading on CME, price little changed

NEW YORK — Another security based on the price of bitcoin, the digital currency that has soared in value and volatility this year, began trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Sunday. The CME Group, which owns the exchange, opened up bitcoin f...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Woman shot and killed in apparent drive-by shooting in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A woman was shot to death Sunday night in an apparent drive-by shooting, according to Clearwater police.Authorities said they received an initial call at 8:19 p.m. originating from 800 Belleair Road. The shooting is believed to have occu...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bucs fans call for Jon Gruden — why was he fired to begin with?

Bucs fans call for Jon Gruden — why was he fired to begin with?

TAMPA — The beers and the "love ya, bros" were flowing Saturday night at the Hooters in Tampa. Jon Gruden, who will be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor at halftime of tonight’s home game against the Falcons, worked the room, greeting family, frie...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Fennelly: Jon Gruden was one hard-working bro

Fennelly: Jon Gruden was one hard-working bro

TAMPA — It’s ridiculous that it took this long to give Jon Gruden a night all his own, given the nights he gave Bucs fans. But it will happen this evening at Raymond James Stadium, a salute to the thermonuclear source of that Super Bowl season, that ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Massachusetts rolls 100-foot-long joint; McCain likely to miss tax bill vote; Cherokee Nation’s fear of losing heritage drives opioid lawsuit; more in U.S. news

Massachusetts rolls 100-foot-long joint; McCain likely to miss tax bill vote; Cherokee Nation’s fear of losing heritage drives opioid lawsuit; more in U.S. news

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Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller

Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia inquiry that has shadowed the White House for much of his ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
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