Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

DayStarter: Warm work week and showers later; GOP presidential candidates turn to Nevada, and the 'Wicked' voice of Kristin Chenoweth comes to Tampa Bay

Expect a warm beginning for the work week after last night's lows in the upper 50s, says 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Kate Wentzel. "We could see a few showers starting late today, with coverage around 10 to 15 percent," she said. These showers will mainly be east of Interstate 75.

• Authorities trying to piece together an hours-long weekend rampage that left six people dead in western Michigan said they are looking into a report that the suspect picked up at least one fare for a ride-hailing service between shootings. Jason Dalton, a 45-year-old Uber driver and former insurance adjuster who police said had no criminal record, was arrested in connection with the shootings after a manhunt and was expected to be arraigned today. Authorities did not provide a motive for what they said was his targeting of victims with no apparent connection to him or to each other in the Saturday night shootings.

• It's Mock Draft Monday. Staff writer Matt Baker brings you up to date on the latest projections for the Bucs and the top state college players this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay this week, from the free Rays Fan Fest to the Wicked voice of Kristin Chenoweth.

• With Jeb Bush out of the Republican presidential race, the question is whether any of the remaining candidates will be able to mount a serious challenge against frontrunner Donald Trump, who arrives in Las Vegas for a casino resort rally ahead of the state's GOP caucuses on Tuesday. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are asserting it's a three-man race, with each capable of taking down Trump.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are on opposite coasts in their battle to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders plans to stump at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, while Clinton is scheduled to be in California for fundraising that is expected to get a solid boost after her weekend victory over Sanders in the party's Nevada caucuses.

• Members of Congress will return to work today, convening for the first time since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in what is expected to be a protracted fight over any nominee offered by President Barack Obama to replace the justice on the Supreme Court. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic minority leader, will take the Senate floor this afternoon, when he is expected to accuse Republicans of using the battle over the nomination to undermine Obama and the government's basic system of checks and balances.

• Camille Cosby's deposition in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who claim her husband sexually assaulted them is proceeding as planned today after a judge ruled against her request for a delay late last night. She is slated to answer questions under oath in the suit in Massachusetts that alleges Bill Cosby sexually assaulted the women decades ago.

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