Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Toddler's corpse found buried in yard in New York

new York

Toddler's corpse found buried in yard

A routine child welfare investigation led to the discovery Saturday of a toddler's corpse buried in the back yard of a Long Island home. State police unearthed the remains in the dead of night at a tidy house in Farmingdale after being told by the boy's mother that he died two years ago. The circumstances of his death remained unclear Saturday. The boy, Justin Kowalczik, was about 17 months old when he died in the summer of 2010, police said. Authorities said the family never reported the child's death. Investigators were trying to determine how the child died and why the family kept it a secret.

los angeles

Gas prices reach all-time high

The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. The record was set by a fraction of a penny, according to AAA spokesman Michael Green. The previous high was $4.6096 on June 19, 2008. Prices throughout the state were expected to increase for several more days before leveling off, after a temporary reduction in supply triggered a price spike that saw motorists paying $5 or more per gallon in some locations.

alabama

Officer shoots, kills naked student

A police officer at the University of South Alabama fatally shot a naked student whom authorities said repeatedly charged the officer. University officials said the confrontation happened early Saturday morning when the officer went outside a police station to investigate a banging noise at a window. Once outside, the officer was confronted by a naked man acting erratically. Authorities said the man repeatedly charged the officer, who pulled his gun and retreated several times in an attempt to defuse the situation. When the man made a final charge, the officer shot him once in the chest. The student was identified as 18-year-old Gilbert Thomas Collar of Wetumpka.

iraq

Roadside bombing leaves 5 dead

Iraqi authorities said roadside bombs killed five people in and near Baghdad. Police officials said that the first explosion went off around noon Saturday, targeting an Iraqi army patrol in the Sunni town of Taji just north of the capital, killing one soldier and wounding three others. Meanwhile, another bomb exploded near vendors selling vegetables and fruits in a main street in Baghdad's southwestern neighborhood of Saidiyah, also a Sunni area, killing four people including a woman, the officials said. Eleven others were wounded including three women, they said.

los angeles

Filmmaker headed for court hearing

A federal judge in Los Angeles will decide this week whether the man behind an anti-Islamic film that sparked violence in the Middle East should be sent back to prison for violating his probation. Mark Basseley Youseff is expected in a courtroom on Wednesday. He was convicted in 2010 of bank fraud. Prosecutors say Youseff had eight violations. Youseff also goes by the name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Federal authorities say the 55-year-old was behind the film Innocence of Muslims, which has led to violence in the Mideast and the deaths of dozens, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

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Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

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Updated: 21 minutes ago
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Updated: 28 minutes ago
The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

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Updated: 3 hours ago

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Friday.Doral-based Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen confirmed the death Saturday, saying in a statement that the incident occurred e...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Editorial: Beware of social media targeting kids

Editorial: Beware of social media targeting kids

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Published: 01/21/18

Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

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Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Published: 01/20/18
Updated: 01/21/18