Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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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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The Daystarter: South Florida rapper gunned down; murals adorn reclaimed water tanks; the album we’ve all been waiting for

The Daystarter: South Florida rapper gunned down; murals adorn reclaimed water tanks; the album we’ve all been waiting for

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’s here: summer. Highs this week will all be in the 90s, with feels-like temperatures near 100 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP.• As you head out for your morning commute, check...
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Muralist working with huge St. Pete ‘canvas’ to create neighborhood eye-grabber

Muralist working with huge St. Pete ‘canvas’ to create neighborhood eye-grabber

ST. PETERSBURG — They appear to rise out of nowhere — two enormous, reclaimed-water tanks with an artist’s white clouds scudding across a blue background. A closer view reveals silhouettes of a lone coyote howling at the sky, mangr...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

The Rays made official after Monday's game that CF Kevin Kiermaier would be activated on Tuesday.And to make room on the 40- and 25 man rosters, they designated for assignment OF Rob Refsnyder.Acquired from the Indians for cash considerations just be...
Updated: 4 hours ago
St. Petersburg residents will see higher water, sanitation bills

St. Petersburg residents will see higher water, sanitation bills

ST. PETERSBURG — Residents can expect their water and sanitation bills to increase between $7 and $11 starting in October.That represents an average of a 7-percent increase. Customers who use an average of 4,000 gallons a month, including reclaimed w...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Romano: A Tampa Bay

Romano: A Tampa Bay "superstar’’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

At this moment, she is Tampa Bay’s most influential export. A smart, accomplished and powerful attorney making life-altering decisions on an international stage.But what of tomorrow? And the day after?When the story of President Donald Trump’s border...
Published: 06/19/18
Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

In 2016 Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, a culture-quaking song cycle about her troubled marriage to Jay-Z, and more broadly about the black female experience in America. It was her best and most meaningful work, and it was nominated for Album of the Year a...
Published: 06/19/18
Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

HOUSTON — The Rays brought up several of their top prospects so they can get as much experience as possible.And Monday that included seeing how the relentless defending champion Astros worked their way back from an early four-run deficit to sco...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

HOUSTON — Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella wa...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is pushing back against a social media post implying that a combat-wounded New Port Richey veteran has a Nazi symbol tattooed on his arm.In a tweet Monday afternoon, ICE officials denied the vete...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Protests were held on both ends of Pinellas County on Monday in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum at the U.S. border."Children are not pawns," "No kids in cages" and "I would...
Updated: 8 hours ago