Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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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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The Daystarter: Survey reveals bipartisan support assault weapons ban; St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race returns to difficult climate; commandos come to Palm Harbor; Bucs address pass rush woes

The Daystarter: Survey reveals bipartisan support assault weapons ban; St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race returns to difficult climate; commandos come to Palm Harbor; Bucs address pass rush woes

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St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

The 2017 St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race was celebrated as more than a competitive regatta to Cuba’s capital city of Havana.The relaunch of the maritime competition cancelled since 1959 was hailed as a reflection of the detente started under Preside...
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Romano: Until the Parkland shooting, lawmakers ignored requests for school safety funds

Romano: Until the Parkland shooting, lawmakers ignored requests for school safety funds

His words and his pleas are similar to what we’ve heard from others in recent days.Kids deserve to feel safe when they walk into a classroom in Florida. More security is needed. More boots on the ground would be helpful. Mostly, more money must be de...
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Today: Senate to put its own stamp on Florida education proposals

Today: Senate to put its own stamp on Florida education proposals

The massive education measure known as House Bill 7055 has received plenty of attention during the legislative session, with its emphasis on decertifying teachers’ unions and using state-backed scholarship programs to steer kids away from public scho...
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Following deaths from Irma, Florida looks to new rules for keeping nursing homes cool after outages

Following deaths from Irma, Florida looks to new rules for keeping nursing homes cool after outages

After national headlines and a public outcry over the deaths of 14 people at a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma, nursing homes across the state are working to comply with new rules requiring them to have back-up power.But the process ...
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Yoshi — car maintenance that comes to you — launches in Tampa Bay

Yoshi — car maintenance that comes to you — launches in Tampa Bay

A California-based company that promises to bring limited on-site car maintenance directly to you — from an oil change to a fill-up — has picked Tampa Bay as its next pit stop."Anything that your car needs, we’re going to bring to you," said Nick Ale...
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Girl, 12, sister of murder victim, calls relative after being reported missing

Girl, 12, sister of murder victim, calls relative after being reported missing

Seven months ago, Jalyssa Shannon’s older sister Janessa went missing, sparking a frantic search that ended with the discovery of the 13-year-old’s body in a Hillsborough County nature preserve and, later, the arrest of the girls’ father in her murde...
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High school scoreboard for Feb. 19

Monday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 11, Central 0
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