Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Right-wing Israeli political parties unite

Jerusalem

right-wing israeli political parties unite

Israel's prime minister said Thursday he was joining forces with his hard-line foreign minister in upcoming elections, creating a hawkish new bloc that appears poised to lead the country. The deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party and Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu makes the new ticket the clear front-runner in January elections, giving the ultranationalist foreign minister, a staunch opponent of concessions to the Palestinians, a major say in future peace efforts.

Washington

Iran said to finish nuclear plant

Intelligence officials say Iran has virtually completed an underground nuclear enrichment plant, racing ahead despite international pressure and economic sanctions. Experts say it may be an effort to give them leverage in negotiations with the United States and its allies. The move puts Iran closer to being able to build a weapon.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Four dead; insider attacks suspected

A man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two U.S. service members Thursday in what appeared to be the latest attack on international forces by their Afghan partners. It was the second suspected insider attack in two days. On Wednesday, two British service members and an Afghan police officer were killed in an "exchange of gunfire," officials said.

Golden, Colo.

Prosecutors: Teen admits killing girl

Prosecutors said Thursday a teen confessed to killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who lived less than a mile from his home in Westminster. Prosecutor Hal Sargent also said 17-year old Austin Reed Sigg acknowledged a separate attack in May on a female runner, who fought off her attacker. Authorities said they had DNA evidence to prove their case.

London

300 possible abuse victims emerge

The number of people who say they were sexually assaulted by popular BBC television host Jimmy Savile has grown to 300 from 200, and others may have acted with him, the lead Scotland Yard investigator said Thursday. Cmdr. Peter Spindler described Savile, who died last year, as a self-styled pied piper for the young, the sick and the lonely. Spindler said of 130 potential victims interviewed, 114 accused Savile of criminal behavior ranging from "inappropriate touching" to rape.

New Orleans

BP caps suspected source of oil sheen

BP PLC said Thursday it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment thought to be the source of a sheen spotted last month near the site of its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and the Coast Guard both say no oil has since been seen leaking out of the container.

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Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orches...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

TAMPA — In the center of the nightclub, between the cigar case and bustling bar, a giant screen blankets the back wall. Usually, ads for drink specials and coming attractions scroll across.But Friday night, a life-size picture of President Donald Tru...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A red heart-shaped balloon rose above crowd of several hundred people that had gathered at Williams Park on Saturday evening to mourn last week’s school shooting in Broward County and to protest gun violence.Below the balloon, signs ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Man found dead in flaming mobile home

TAMPA — Firefighters found a man dead inside a burned-down mobile home Saturday.Tampa Fire Rescue got a call just after 4:30 p.m. that a single-wide mobile home at the 100 block of East Linebaugh Avenue was in flames.The man’s identity was not releas...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Police up patrols at two Pinellas Park schools after Snapchat threat

PINELLAS PARK — Police said they will have a heightened presence at two Pinellas Park schools after a school shooting threat was shared on social media.A post Friday on social media app Snapchat threatened a possible school shooting Tuesday, accordin...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

The 17 counts of premeditated murder against Nikolas Cruz are the type of case "the death penalty was designed for," according to the Florida prosecutor in charge of trying the confessed school shooter.But Michael Satz, the longtime Broward state att...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downt...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

It’s been five years since the guns and immigration debate collided at the same time on Capitol Hill. This time, the results were even more unproductive.In early 2013, weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at an elementary school ...
Updated: 6 hours ago