Wednesday, September 19, 2018
News Roundup

DayStarter: Super Tuesday results, Clinton's Ybor office opens, abortion arguments — and the Rays take the field

A front arriving this morning brings with it a chance of scattered showers, according to 10Weather WTSP. It'll heat up in the afternoon, with highs in the upper 70s.

• Did you go to bed before last night's Super Tuesday was in the books? Eyes are on Florida now, but we can help you get caught up. Briefly, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored clear victories. Scroll back through last night's news at tbtim.es/election2016 — and check out this morning's delegate tracker at tbtim.es/2016tracker for the breakdown.

• Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth yesterday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in barren Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space station journey. Their Soyuz capsule parachuted onto the central Asian steppes and ended a science-rich mission at the International Space Station that began last March and was deemed a steppingstone to Mars. Kelly posted one last batch of sunrise photos yesterday on Twitter before quipping, "I gotta go!" His final tweet from orbit came several hours later: "The journey isn't over. Follow me as I rediscover #Earth!"

• An elite U.S. Special Operations force has captured a significant Islamic State operative in Iraq and is expected to apprehend and interrogate a number of others in the coming months, ushering in a new and potentially fraught phase in the fight against the extremist Sunni militant group. U.S. defense officials described the capture as a crucial development in battling the Islamic State, but the Pentagon is faced with the prospect of detaining a larger group of captives and potentially reprising some of the darkest images of the war in Iraq, particularly the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

• The two lawmakers overseeing the state budget — Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, and Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes — are expected to start public meetings as part of their negotiations today. Meanwhile, the House will be taking up bills on medical marijuana and other health care issues while the Senate considers a smattering of education bills. Follow along at tampabay.com/politics.

• The head of the FBI acknowledged yesterday that his agency lost a chance to capture data from the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., attackers when it ordered that his password to the online storage service iCloud be reset shortly after the rampage. FBI personnel apparently believed that by resetting the iCloud password, they could get access to information stored on the iPhone; instead, the change had the opposite effect — locking them out and eliminating other means of getting in. The iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the assailants in the Dec. 2 attack in which 14 people were killed, is at the center of a fierce legal and political fight over the balance between national security and consumer privacy.

• In one of the biggest cases this election year, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over a Texas abortion law that has dramatically reduced the number of clinics in the state. It is the justices' most significant case on the hot-button issue in nearly a quarter-century, as the Texas law has been replicated across the South and elsewhere.

• A U.N. Security Council vote on the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades was postponed until this morning at Russia's request, the United States and France said yesterday. The U.S. and North Korea's traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions — which include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by sea or air — in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and rocket launch. Both are in defiance of previous council resolutions.

• Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be on hand when the Hillary Clinton campaign opens its Tampa office in Ybor City. The office is located in the first floor of the Cuban Club at 2010 N Avenida República de Cuba, and the kickoff event will start at 6 p.m. Our reporter Sara DiNatale will be reporting live from the scene — follow @sara_dinatale on Twitter.

• The Rays open their exhibition season at 1:05 p.m. today against Washington. Follow beat writer Marc Topkin's latest reports on our Rays live blog.

• The court jesters that make up the Harlem Globetrotters return to Tampa's Amalie Arena tonight. Read about what the new generation of 'Trotters brings to the family friendly show and why the old gags still work.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller Band and the UK's classic rock band The Zombies at Clearwater's Capital Theatre.

• Check out our look at the evolving Indian restaurant scene in the Tampa Bay area. We'll also tell you how to eat traditional Indian food (hint: it's with your hands).

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