Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

'The Punisher' appears headed to victory in Philippines presidential election

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

'The Punisher' headed to win in presidential vote

Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump, appeared to be headed to victory in the Philippines' presidential election Monday as his chief rival conceded defeat. An unofficial vote count showed Duterte winning by at least 5 million votes, according to the Philippine Star newspaper. The final vote count will be announced later this week. Supporters say Duterte, 71, has a proven track record in fighting drugs and crime, having transformed the city of Davao, which he led for 22 years, from a den of lawlessness into a rare bastion of security in a troubled region. His nickname is "the Punisher."

RIO DE JANEIRO

Vote to impeach president is annulled

The new speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress on Monday annulled the vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, throwing the power struggle in Latin America's largest country into confusion. The move came just two days before the Senate is expected to decide on whether to remove Rousseff from office and put her on trial. Rousseff is facing accusations that she borrowed money from state banks to plug budget holes, masking the depths of Brazil's economic troubles in order to bolster her re-election prospects. Until the surprise decision Monday, few expected her to survive the vote in the Senate this week on her suspension. Now politicians are scrambling to determine how the decision might affect the president's fate.

Washington

Sikh man ships out unshorn for Army

California resident Harpal Singh begins his Army training this week, unshorn and religiously intact. Facing legal and political heat, including from lawmakers, the Army is accommodating Singh and several other soldiers whose Sikh faith sets unique grooming and clothing requirements. But while Singh, 34, was scheduled to ship out Monday for Army basic combat training, the systemic policy that once impeded his enlistment remains in place. For now, Sikhs must request religious accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

OKLAHOMA CITY: Two people were killed by strong tornadoes that swept across portions of southern Oklahoma. Johnston County Sheriff's Sgt. Stacey Pulley says a man died Monday near the town of Connerville. A storm earlier in the day killed a man in a home near Wynnewood.

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Amtrak train strikes, kills woman in Lakeland

Deputies in Polk County are investigating the death of a woman who was hit by an Amtrak train on Thursday.The woman was struck at 12:30 p.m. in the railroad intersection of Highway 92 East and Fairway Avenue in Lakeland, deputies said.Investigators d...
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Dade City man, suspected in Polk armed robbery, turns himself in

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DADE CITY — A Dade City man, suspected in the armed robbery of a Lakeland gas station earlier this week, turned himself in to authorities late Wednesday night after after being prompted by his mother, according to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Edne...
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St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

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Woman fired from Bay Pines health center calls it retaliation for complaints of harassment

Woman fired from Bay Pines health center calls it retaliation for complaints of harassment

Chalea Weekes fumes each time she sees another entertainer, politician or public figure stand accused of sexual harassment.Fired from her job in the social work department at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Weekes says in federal complaints that ...
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Tim Tebow wants to help throw you a tailgate wedding (sausages included)

Tim Tebow loves weddings.He apparently also loves football, tailgate parties and a good brat, which might explain why he’s lending his pitchman talents to a contest that ties all four together.In a promotional video, Tebow asks, "What happens when yo...
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Tampa chamber names first companies for minority business accelerator

Tampa chamber names first companies for minority business accelerator

TAMPA — Four firms in marketing, construction and secure cash logistics will be the first to go to through a new Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce program designed to help black- and Hispanic-owned companies grow their businesses through two years of...
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FCC votes down Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules

FCC votes down Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules

NEW YORK — The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet.The agency’s Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday.The FCC’s ne...
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