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N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg sets up own super PAC to influence races

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bloomberg sets up super pac to influence races

Seeking to reshape a national political debate he finds frustratingly superficial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is plunging into the 2012 campaign, creating his own "super PAC" to direct millions of dollars to elect candidates he thinks will focus on problem solving. Bloomberg, a billionaire and registered independent, expects to spend up to $15 million in highly competitive congressional, state and local races. The money will be used for ads on behalf of Republican and Democratic candidates who support three of his biggest policy initiatives: legalizing same-sex marriage, enacting tougher gun laws and overhauling schools. Aides say the Independence USA PAC will be registered today with the FEC.

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Russians arrest opposition leader

Russian authorities arrested one of the country's most prominent political opposition leaders Wednesday, accused him of plotting to organize mass riots and said he could face terrorism charges. The arrest of Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the radical socialist group the Left Front, seemed to accelerate the government's efforts to bring serious criminal cases, with the prospect of long prison terms, against critics of President Vladimir Putin.

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Man pleads guilty in murder plot

The Iranian-American charged in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and other counts in U.S. District Court. Manssor J. Arbabsiar, a former used-car salesman from Texas, was accused of conspiring to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million to kill the ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir. At the time the charges were announced, Attorney General Eric Holder said the plot had been approved by elements in the Iranian government. Arbabsiar faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Family: McGovern not responsive

The family of former Sen. George McGovern says the 90-year-old is "no longer responsive" in hospice care. McGovern's family issued a statement Wednesday afternoon through Avera McKennan Hospital. His daughter, Ann McGovern, earlier told the Associated Press her father is "nearing the end" and appears restful and peaceful. McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide.

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Shot Pakistani girl said moving limbs

A Pakistani official says Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting female education, has been doing better since she was airlifted to England for specialized treatment for brain trauma and has even been moving her limbs.

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  1. Manhattan Casino choice causes political headache for Kriseman

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Days before the mayoral primary, Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to let a Floribbean restaurant open in Midtown's historic Manhattan Casino has caused political angst within the voting bloc he can least afford to lose: the black community.

    Last week Mayor Rick Kriseman chose a Floribbean restaurant concept to fill Midtown's historic Manhattan Casino. But that decision, made days before next week's mayoral primary, has turned into a political headache for the mayor. Many residents want to see the building's next tenant better reflect its cultural significance in the black community. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
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    Blogs

    The buzz is continuing to build for next Saturday's blockbuster showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

  3. Plan a fall vacation at Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens when crowds are light

    Florida

    Now that the busy summer vacation season is ending, Floridians can come out to play.

    Maria Reyna, 8, of Corpus Cristi, TX. eats chicken at the Lotus Blossom Cafe at the Chinese pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Epcot is celebrating it's 35th year as the upcoming Food and Wine Festival kicks off once again.
  4. USF spends $1.5 million to address growing demand for student counseling

    College

    TAMPA — As Florida's universities stare down a mental health epidemic, the University of South Florida has crafted a plan it hopes will reach all students, from the one in crisis to the one who doesn't know he could use some help.

    A student crosses the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, where visits to the school's crisis center more than doubled last year, part of a spike in demand that has affected colleges across the country. The university is addressing the issue this year with $1.5 million for more "wellness coaches," counselors, online programs and staff training. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  5. PTA treasurer at Pinellas school accused of stealing $5,000

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    The treasurer of the Parent-Teacher Association at a Pinellas County elementary school faces a felony fraud charge after she was accused of stealing from the organization to pay her credit card and phone bills.

    Lisa McMenamin, 50, of Tarpon Springs, is facing felony charges of scheming to defraud the Brooker Creek Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, where she served as treasurer. She is accused of stealing $5,000 to pay credit card and phone bills. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]