Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Secret Service investigating reported theft of Romney tax returns

franklin, tenn.

reported theft of romney tax returns probed

The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. An anonymous letter claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public. Romney released his 2010 tax returns and a 2011 estimate in January, but he has refused to disclose returns from earlier years. Romney's accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, said there was no evidence his tax files were stolen.

harrisburg, pa.

Lawyer: Sandusky regrets trial silence

A defense lawyer says former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky regrets not testifying at his child sex abuse trial and likely will be sentenced in October. Attorney Joe Amendola said Wednesday he has cautioned him about making a statement at sentencing. Sandusky was convicted in late June of abusing 10 boys, some on campus. He maintains his innocence and is in an isolated jail unit. It has cost Penn State nearly $17 million in fees alone to deal with fallout from the scandal. The tab is expected to grow by tens of millions of dollars.

phoenix

Police can question immigration status

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the most contentious section of Arizona's immigration law can be enforced. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the requirement in June.

akron, ohio

3 plead guilty in bridge bomb plot

Three men pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to bomb a highway bridge. Connor Stevens, 20, Brandon Baxter, 20, and Douglas Wright, 26, face up to life in prison. The FBI has said the public was never in danger though they say the target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron. In July, 35-year-old Anthony Hayne pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for the government. Only 23-year-old Joshua Stafford still faces trial. He is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

anchorage, alaska

Storm cuts power to thousands

An unseasonably early windstorm pummeled Alaska's largest city, toppling scores of trees and leaving thousands without power for hours. Some areas recorded hurricane-force winds, while winds in lower elevations were clocked in at 40 mph to 60 mph between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

stockholm

U.S. honors WWII hero Wallenberg

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has given a document bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal upon Raoul Wallenberg to the World War II hero's 91-year-old half-sister, Nina Lagergren. The highest U.S. civilian honor recognizes the Swedish diplomat's "heroic actions" to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps. Wallenberg, who would have been 100 this year, was detained by Soviet authorities in 1945 and is thought to have died in captivity.

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Church bombing kills 9 in Pakistan; Couples wed in 1st Australian same-sex marriages; more in world news

Church bombing kills 9 in Pakistan; Couples wed in 1st Australian same-sex marriages; more in world news

PakistanChurch bombing kills at least 9Two suicide bombers attacked a church packed with worshippers Sunday in the southwest city of Quetta, killing at least nine people and injuring at least 35 others, several critically, officials said. The assault...
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Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller

Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is saying he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump returned to the White House from Camp David on Sunday and was asked if he was considering dismissing the man investigating whether there ...
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Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of a small Florida town arrested for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits to park at city hall has resigned.The Bradenton Herald reports that Teresa Bradley resigned and was given six-months of probation as pa...
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Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport

Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport

ATLANTA — A sudden power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday grounded scores of flights and stranded thousands of passengers during one of the busiest travel times of the year.Passengers were left in the dark when...
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Wesley Chapel woman, 28, dies after crashing motorcycle

LUTZ — A 28-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday after she crashed near Lutz Lake Fern Road and Apian Way, Hillsborough deputies reported.Erica Kristen Rodriguez of Wesley Chapel was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle with a small group of motorcyclists eastb...
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Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
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Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

LARGO — A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle Saturday night, police said.Khadijah Wood was walking through the parking lot of the Sandy Lane Apartment Homes on Belcher Road about 7:30 p.m.At the same time, Ju...
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Warm, sunny Sunday in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s another bright, sunny day in Tampa Bay. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay areaHigh temperatures should reach about 80 d...
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Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

A first-degree murder suspect remains at large almost a week after the fatal shooting of a Winter Haven father.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Johnny Ray Owsley’s murder of 35-year-old Adam Thrower, called "Cook" by friends, involved Owsley’s e...
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