Saturday, April 21, 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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Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

DUNEDIN — After losing a four-run lead thanks to a bad sixth inning, it would have been easy for Clearwater Central Catholic to fold against Dunedin in the final of the 49th annual Dunedin Spring Tournament. But quality relief pitching from Gar...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG — Roughly four hours before taking the field against his former team Friday, Rays outfielder Denard Span spoke admirably about the Minnesota Twins, their organization in general, even hometown icon Joe Mauer.But business is busin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

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Updated: 8 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 20

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 15, Central 0
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St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 10 hours ago
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Updated: 11 hours ago