Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

DayStarter: Sunny, dry and warm; Jury selection in the Hulk-Gawker trial, a spaceman returns and Supreme Court negotiations

The first of March brings more beautiful, sunny weather with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s. No chance of rain until some showers arrive early tomorrow, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• After 340 days in space, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is set to return to Earth tonight. He and Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko are to undock from the International Space Station about 8 p.m. They're scheduled to land in Kazakhstan at 11:27 p.m. our time. Take a look back at some of the spectacular images Kelly made from space in our All Eyes gallery. And check out this fun video of Kelly dressed in a gorilla suit in zero-gravity.

• Terry Gene Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan) is looking to win $100 million in damages from Gawker for publishing an excerpt of his sex tape in 2012. At its core, it's a case about whether Gawker's decision to publish one minute and 41 seconds of a roughly 30-minute sex tape violated Bollea's right to privacy. Jury selection starts today. Catch full coverage on our live blog.

• President Barack Obama plans a White House meeting with key Senate leaders to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says the Senate will not hold hearings on any nominee submitted by Obama.

• After his confirmation with the Florida Senate has been wavering for weeks, Surgeon General John Armstrong finally finds out today if he clears the final committee vote en route to confirmation by the full Senate. The vote is expected to be close. Follow Michael Auslen on Twitter (@MichaelAuslen) for the latest.

• The fight between Apple and the FBI over access to a San Bernardino killer's iPhone is expected to take center stage when the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the debate over encryption security and privacy. Witnesses include FBI director James Comey and Apple's general counsel, Bruce Sewell.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a special Super Tuesday forum with the PolitiFact.com editors and Chubby Checker doing the Twist in front of the a Busch Gardens crowd.

• Before tonight's sold-out show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, singer Josh Groban talked with our pop music critic Jay Cridlin, calling this tour "a great stepping-stone" to his next major career move on Broadway in the fall. For his part, Cridlin makes the case that the star deserves a shot at hosting Saturday Night Live.

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Published: 01/20/18