Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Wave of attacks across Iraq kills more than 100

baghdad

wave of attacks kills more than 100 across iraq

Insurgents in Iraq unleashed a relentless wave of attacks all day Thursday, killing at least 105 people and wounding many more in a show of force aimed at undermining the government's authority. The bomb and shooting attacks made for the country's deadliest day in more than three weeks, rattling nerves as families prepared to gather for a holiday weekend. Nearly 200 people have been killed across the country in August, showing that insurgents led by al-Qaida's Iraqi franchise remain a lethal force eight months after the last U.S. troops left.

islamabad, pakistan

22 Shiites killed in attack on bus

Taliban militants pulled 22 Shiites off buses and shot them dead at point-blank range in a remote northern mountain pass Thursday in the latest iteration of a pattern of attacks targeting religious minorities. At least a dozen militants stopped three buses carrying passengers on a rugged road from Rawalpindi to Astore. They checked passengers' identification, singled out the Shiites and killed them, police said. The victims were mostly young men returning to their villages to mark the end of Ramadan.

joliet, ill.

Pathologist: Wife of Peterson killed

A forensic pathologist who did a second autopsy on Drew Peterson's third wife years after she was found dead in her dry bathtub testified Thursday there's just one plausible explanation for her death: She was murdered. But under aggressive questioning by the defense, Dr. Larry Blum conceded that some of his well-respected counterparts disagreed and still maintained Kathleen Savio's death was an accident. Her 2004 death was reclassified as a homicide after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007 and Blum did his new examination.

miami

Tropical Storm Gordon in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Gordon is strengthening over the Atlantic but is expected to move away from the United States. The storm formed early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds neared 50 mph. The National Hurricane Center says Gordon could be a hurricane by the weekend. Gordon was about 640 miles east of Bermuda and moving northeast at 16 mph.

new york

Ex-AP chairman Burl Osborne dies

Burl Osborne, former chairman of the board of the Associated Press and longtime Belo Corp. executive, has died at 75. Osborne died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital after a sudden illness, said his wife, Betty. Osborne was a member of the AP board 14 years, the last five as chairman. He worked 25 years at Belo, as editor and publisher of the Dallas Morning News, president of Belo's publishing division and a board member. He retired as publisher emeritus of the Morning News in 2007.

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Dunedin City Commission punts decision on paid parking

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Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

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BROOKSVILLE — The new year could bring about new beginnings for at-risk girls in Hernando County.Pending a vote by the School Board next month, PACE Center for Girls, an alternative education program for middle- and high-school students, could open a...
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Hometown Hernando for Dec. 15

Hometown Hernando for Dec. 15

We want your news!Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it’s snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Y...
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Hernando Government Meetings for Dec. 15

Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:MondayBrooksville City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.TuesdayBrooksville Housing Authority Board Meeting, 5 p.m. council chambers, City Hall, 201...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Pinellas sheriff to announce findings of excessive force investigation

Pinellas sheriff to announce findings of excessive force investigation

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will announce Wednesday the findings of an internal investigation sparked by dashboard camera video that appears to show deputies beating, choking and yanking the hair of a 25-year-old man during an arrest.Gualti...
Updated: 21 minutes ago

Hernando briefs for Dec. 15

COUNTYWIDEDriver safety programAARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for non-members. These classes are scheduled in January:• ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

St. Petersburg police make several arrests in death of woman, 22, found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have made a series of arrests in connection to the death investigation of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in alley last December.Investigators said over the course of the last year they learned that the woman, Taylor ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

Hernando Bloodmobile for Dec. 15

LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.Dec. 15: 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Her...
Updated: 29 minutes ago

Hernando Business Digest for Dec. 15

EventsDISCOUNT OFFERED TO THOSE WHO DONATE TO HELP HOMELESS: In advance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, BonWorth clothing store, 12987 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a 10 percent discount on purchases to those who donate unwanted c...
Updated: 1 hour ago