Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: EU leaders discuss what's next after Brexit, and the U.S. Supreme Court prepares its end-of-term rulings

We're looking at a 50 percent chance of rain today, according to 10Weather WTSP. Expect a high of 90 degrees and some heavy humidity, with potential evening storms.

• As countries around the world try to absorb the shocking vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy will meet in Berlin to ponder what's next. They will meet again with the heads of all 28 EU members in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• The U.S. Supreme Court is set to close out its current term with opinions in three remaining cases after a flurry of decisions last week. The last three cases concern regulation of Texas abortion clinics, the public corruption conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and a federal law that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence.

• First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visit Liberia as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative. They later will travel to Morocco and Spain.

• Drivers: the right lane of Interstate 75 northbound approaching Fowler Avenue (Exit 265) is closed as crews work on a depression in the roadway. Expect heavy delays.

• Here are the top things to do this week around Tampa Bay.

• The holiday weekend is coming up, and plenty of recreation outlets will be packed. This morning at tampabay.com/sports, we offer five places to have fun outdoors while avoiding the crowds.

• See how a Tampa startup company is trying to reinvent the T-shirt for the modern world with large pockets for carrying everything from iPads to small dogs.

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Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.The soldiers ...
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Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cellphones and cellphone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wednes...
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U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
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That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

TAMPA — If you hear loud noises coming from MacDill Air Force Base over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.It’s the sound of flying hogs.A squadron of A-10C Warthogs, beloved by troops in the field for their ability to swoop low and slow and tear ap...
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Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

When former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in November, he had amphetamines, morphine and the sleep aid zolpidem in his system, according to an autopsy report.Halladay, 40, died from blunt force trauma with drowning ...
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USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

ST. PETERSBURG — Holding a piece of computer paper and a microphone, the leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg began a Friday afternoon forum by repeating the USF administration’s new mantra.He reassured the crowd before him that t...
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Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

LOS ANGELES — Rocker Tom Petty died last year from "multisystem organ failure" caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday.An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system including fentanyl, oxycodone, t...
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Tech firm TranferWise moves to Ybor City, illustrating a new chapter in Tampa’s business history

Tech firm TranferWise moves to Ybor City, illustrating a new chapter in Tampa’s business history

TAMPA — You could sketch an economic history of the city of Tampa — and maybe get a glimpse of its future — just by looking at the old J. Seidenberg & Co./Havana-American Cigar Factory.It opened in 1894, making it Ybor City’s second-oldest brick ciga...
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Want to buy into an exchanged-traded bitcoin fund? You might have a long wait

NEW YORK — It may be a while, if ever, before investors can buy an exchange-traded fund made up of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Federal regulators have a long list of questions they want answered before they’ll approve a digital currency fun...
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