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ANKENY, Iowa

Officials: teens were locked in basement

A mother and father have been charged with false imprisonment after their adopted teenage children told authorities their parents locked them in the basement of their suburban Des Moines home for weeks, only allowed them out for school and passed their meals under the locked door. The 13-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy told authorities that the imprisonment was a form of discipline. The 45-year-old father and 44-year-old mother, who were arrested Wednesday, were also charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.

washington

Pentagon: Navy SEALs punished

Seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for divulging classified information to the maker of a video game, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The seven received letters of reprimand and forfeited half of their pay for two months after a Navy investigation found they were paid consultants to the designers of "Medal of Honor War­fighter," one official said. All are members of Seal Team Six. Four others SEALs, all based on the West Coast, are also under investigation, the official said.

New York

Worker charged in Home Depot threat

A Long Island man planted a pipe bomb inside a Home Depot store as part of a $2 million extortion plot, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The man, identified as Daniel Patrick Sheehan, 50, laid out his demands in two ransom letters and anonymous phone calls to representatives of Home Depot last month, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. All the while, prosecutors said, he continued working at a Home Depot store in his hometown, Deer Park, N.Y.

pakistan

Suicide bomber kills 3 in Pakistan

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a compound housing a paramilitary force in Pakistan's largest city on Thursday, killing three officers and wounding 20. The attack underlined the deteriorating security in Karachi, the sprawling port city of 18 million people. Violence has escalated in recent years in the city as armed groups fight for control of land and resources.

Elsewhere

California: Nestle USA is recalling some of its Nesquik chocolate powder due to a possible risk of salmonella exposure. The food maker said Thursday that it is recalling Nesquik sold in its 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7-ounce canisters across the country in early October. The affected products have an expiration date of October 2014.

London: The next archbishop of Canterbury will be officially introduced today, the British government says, and the expectation is that the new leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans will be former oil company executive Justin Welby, 56.

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News in brief from around the world 11/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:18pm]
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  1. Tampa man driving ATV killed in Gibsonton crash on U.S. 41

    Public Safety

    GIBSONTON — A 24-year-old man driving an all-terrain vehicle died Monday afternoon in a crash on U.S. 41, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  2. Questions about Russia chase Trump during first Israel visit

    World

    JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians. But his historic gesture- and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel's leader - were shadowed …

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making joint statements, Monday in Jerusalem. [AP photo]
  3. Data breach exposes 469 Social Security numbers, thousands of concealed weapons holders

    Corporate

    Social Security numbers for up to 469 people and information about thousands of concealed weapons holders were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson …

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Monday that nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach in his office.
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  4. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. Editorial: Preserve wild Florida before it's too late

    Editorials

    The last dairy farm in Hillsborough County has milked its final cow, the pastures sold to developers who will build 1,000 new homes. The remnants of the last commercial citrus grove in Pinellas County, where the Sunshine State's famed industry began in the 19th century, were sold last year to make room for 136 homes. …

    As dairy farms and citrus groves disappear, much more needs to be done to avoid paving over Florida’s wild spaces.