Friday, May 25, 2018
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U.S. protests 'State of Palestine' nameplate at U.N.

United Nations

U.S. protests use of 'state of Palestine'

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice objected Wednesday to the Palestinians' latest bid to capitalize on their upgraded U.N. status when their foreign minister spoke at the Security Council while seated behind a nameplate reading "State of Palestine." It was the first Palestinian address to the Security Council since the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Nov. 29 to upgrade the Palestinians from U.N. observer to nonvoting member state. Rice said the United States does not recognize the General Assembly vote "as bestowing Palestinian 'statehood' or recognition." Canadian Ambassador Guillermo E. Rishchynski later made a similar complaint.

Houston

Man charged in college shooting

Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they have not recovered the pistol used in a shooting at a community college Tuesday that left four people hospitalized. But they said they have charged the student they say fired the shots during an argument and are searching for a possible second suspect. Carlton Berry, 22, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He remained hospitalized with injuries from the shooting at Lone Star College.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Ted Turner's son runs for Congress

Teddy Turner, 49, son of media magnate Ted Turner, is running as a Republican in a crowded race for a South Carolina congressional seat. The contest has already attracted former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican seeking to make a political comeback after an affair with an Argentine woman derailed his career, and comedian Steven Colbert's sister, who is vying for the Democratic nomination.

Philadelphia

Hate crime alleged in confinement

A woman targeted mentally disabled adults in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits, confining them like "zoo animals," forcing some into prostitution and causing the deaths of two through abuse and neglect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Linda Weston, 52, of Philadelphia was indicted on charges including hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in aid of racketeering and forced human labor. It's the first use of the federal hate crimes statute to protect the disabled, officials said. The case came to light in October 2011 when a landlord found four malnourished victims locked in an apartment building basement, one chained to a boiler.

Baghdad

Funeral bombing kills 35 mourners

A tent crowded with Turkmen funeral mourners in northern Iraq was turned into a mass killing ground Wednesday by a suicide bombing that left at least 35 people dead and 117 wounded, officials said, calling it a genocidal attack meant to further stoke already inflamed sectarian tensions. The victims included high-ranking regional dignitaries, military officers, professors and religious men. The attack came a day after an extended outbreak of sectarian shootings and bombings that killed at least 24 Iraqis.

Norfolk, Va.

Navy sailors face alcohol testing

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of service leaders' concern about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

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Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended ...
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Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

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ST. PETERSBURG — Having lost two straight and nine of 12 times overall to the Red Sox, the Rays needed two things to go right Thursday:First, a strong start from Blake Snell.Second, some early runs against Rick Porcello from an offense that had...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

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Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

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TAMPA — This much is clear: The National Football League is focused on getting rid of kneeling players.That was the league's announcement Wednesday in requiring players to stand during the national anthem before games or possibly have their tea...
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Rays once again will ‘open’ with relievers this weekend

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Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

TAMPA — An abandoned a newborn baby was found in the University area on Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.A passerby found the baby boy wrapped in a red towel near the intersection of N 18th Street and E 143rd Avenue at ...
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Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

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