Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Scores killed in bombings that target Shiites in Iraq

Iraq

Scores killed in bombings that target Shiites

A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said. The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods, underscoring the sectarian violence now striking at Iraq years after a similar wave nearly tore the country apart following the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The day began with militants killing three police officers on guard at the gates of Anbar University, a police and a military official said. Islamic extremists and other anti-government militias have held parts of Anbar's nearby provincial capital of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah since December. The gunmen detained dozens of students inside a university dorm during their attack, the officials said. Several hours later, the gunmen left.

Washington

U.S., Iran to hold nuclear talks

Senior U.S. officials plan to meet in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday with an Iranian delegation in an attempt to advance the stalled nuclear talks, the State Department announced Saturday. The meeting is particularly noteworthy because the U.S. delegation will include William Burns, the deputy secretary of state, and Jacob Sullivan, the national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Burns led the Obama admin­istration's back-channel talks with Iranian officials last year that led the interim agreement in November to freeze much of Iran's nuclear program. Sullivan also participated in those discussions. U.S. officials emphasized that the purpose of the talks in Geneva was to jump-start the stalled negotiations being held in Vienna, not replace them.

Atlanta

Shooting suspect made supply list

The man who police say staged an assault on a Georgia courthouse carefully planned the weapons and supplies he would need to enter the building and harm people inside, authorities said Saturday as they sought to explain why Dennis Marx opened fire outside the building, wounding one deputy before dying in a shootout. Police said they found a checklist at Marx's home in Cumming, Ga., that matched the items inside the rented silver Nissan SUV used in Friday's attack on the Forsyth County courthouse. Investigators still have questions about any motive Marx, 48, had. He had been due in court to plead guilty in a drug case.

Washington

Democrats weigh convention cities

New York and two cities in presidential battleground Ohio are among the six locations under consideration for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, officials announced Saturday. Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston said it had received proposals from Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland; New York; Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Times wires

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Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment at 5217 Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m. . Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is unclear at this time, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violence,...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A group of activists were scheduled to host a rally in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday night, demanding lawmakers pass gun control legislation.Organizers said the rally, at Williams Park, was planned in response to Wednesday’s sc...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

It’s been five years since the guns and immigration debate collided at the same time on Capitol Hill. This time, the results were even more unproductive.In early 2013, weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at an elementary school ...
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Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orche...
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Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan along Memorial Highway on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway f...
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White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

PARKLAND, Fla. — A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group.Law enforcement officials have said the...
Updated: 2 hours ago
How killer’s path through a school left 17 dead in six short minutes of terror

How killer’s path through a school left 17 dead in six short minutes of terror

It was Valentine’s Day across America.At an all-American high school in a green and placid Broward County suburb strung with waterways and golf-course communities, that innocent fact would take on dreadful significance well before the day was out.Bet...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

TAMPA — "Elevate," a Hillsborough County School District initiative that was to focus on seven troubled schools and use them as models for dozens more, is becoming but a memory as the district seeks instead to support all schools equally."We’re more ...
Published: 02/17/18

High school scoreboard for Feb. 16

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 9, Belleview 1
Published: 02/16/18
Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

TAMPA — Well, that was fast.Adult film actress Stormy Daniels made her first appearance at Thee Dollhouse on Friday evening, the first of several shows planned this weekend at the Tampa strip club.She took the stage about 7 p.m. dressed in a pink, fl...
Published: 02/16/18