Sunday, November 19, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Who bought the top 25 McMansions last year; NYC crane collapses; Search for Missouri couple ends; Julian Assange gets UN approval; Jobs report; Rays stadium search continues in Tampa; Barry Manilow review

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Of the 25 most expensive properties sold last year, nine went to people who work in one particular industry. Can you guess what it is?

At 8:25 this morning, a crane collapsed in the Tribeca neighborhood of lower Manhattan. One person died and two others were seriously injured when the crane crashed down, smashing the roofs of parked cars.

In the Florida Panhandle, the search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended in a shootout early this morning. Blake Fitzgerald died and Brittany Nicole Harper was taken to a local hospital, according to a statement from the local sheriff.

Noela Rukundo played along with the scheme after her husband had ordered a team of hitmen to kill her. She sat outside her own funeral and waited for her husband to exit. Then she jumped out and surprised him.

A United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities. The UN said he should be allowed to walk free immediately and compensated for the years he has lost.

Even as the overall economy is struggling in areas such as manufacturing, Friday's Labor Department report showed that the U.S. job market remains resilient, adding 151,000 jobs in January alone.

In the Republican Presidential primary race, Marco Rubio has moved into second place in New Hampshire, according to a poll released Friday morning. What a second place finish in New Hampshire could mean for Rubio.

Today, Florida House and Senate leaders will roll out gambling bills that would allow the Seminole Tribe to add craps and roulette at its casinos. The bills will also potentially eliminate dog racing and most horse racing and open the door for slot machines in Palm Beach County.

A dozen nurseries are challenging the way Florida awarded licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana to critically ill patients. These groups are stalling efforts to get the drug available, a conflict that could take months to resolve.

Today, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and County Commissioner Ken Hagan scheduled to meet with Tampa Bay Rays executives to discuss the team's search for potential stadium sites in Hillsborough County. It was January 2010 when Hagan started talking about making sure the Rays stay in the Tampa Bay area. But it wasn't until last month that the team got the permission it needed from the St. Petersburg City Council to expand its search for potential stadium sites without violating its lease at Tropicana Field.

Every year the Times workplace survey finds that benefits and perks play a commanding role in the minds of employees of what constitutes great place to work. In this metro area, these perks typically range from on-site gyms, free or subsidized meals at work to liberal policies to engage in community service.

We all know Florida has a legendary case of the crazies. As with all good legends, over time, it can be tough to sort the myths from the truth. Can you pick out the bogus headline in the True Florida Quiz?

The maestro, the money and the "Great Gatsby": the story behind Mark Sforzini's unfinished opera.

Each song sounds like an end-of-the-night embrace, all sap and schmaltz and see-you-when-I-see-you as the credits start to roll. It's a Barry Manilow signature and was not missing from his concert last night at Amalie Arena.

While Cam Newton is the talk of Super Bowl 50, another NFC South quarterback is getting plenty of attention this week in San Francisco, and he's a local name. What Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could offer as a candidate for not one but two Rookie of the Year awards.

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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