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  1. No injuries in north Tampa house fire


    TAMPA — No one was injured in a Thursday house fire at 8408 Lake Melena Way in Tampa, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. When fire crews arrived, the family was already outside the house, which is elevated on stilts, officials said. …

  2. Officer in Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting was a co-pastor, skating champion


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Faith led Garrett Swasey to a career in public service and pastoral care, and duty led him to a Planned Parenthood clinic where he was gunned down. The 44-year-old Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings Friday at the clinic.  …

    The police officer who was killed during Friday's shooting standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs has been identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, a co-pastor at his church and an ice-skating champion.
Swasey, who was married and had two young children, had been with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police department for six years and responded to the initial reports of an active shooter. [University of Colorado at Colorado Springs via New York Times]
  3. Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault


    BAGHDAD — Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, The Associated Press has learned. …

    People light candles in the downtown of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks that killed more than 120 people . [Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP]
  4. U.S. suspends military personnel over airstrike in Afghanistan


    KABUL — The crew of an American gunship that attacked a hospital in Kunduz last month, killing 30, misidentified the target, had suffered a loss of electronic communications, had not been carrying a "no-strike" list though one existed and was beset by "fatigue and a high operational tempo," a U.S. military investigation has concluded. …

    Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander for Afghanistan, describes the errors that led to the errant airstrike on a hospital.
  5. Snitch ruins Orlando-area retirement community's penny-ante mahjong game


    ORLANDO Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas. …

    From left, Lee Delnick, 86, Zelda King, 87, and Bernice Diamond, 89, gather around a mahjong game in the clubhouse at the Escondido Condominium community in Altamonte Springs.
  6. Your DayStarter: Today's weather (a little warmer), this week's party planner, low-fuss holiday spreads and a look inside yesterday's Bucs win


    It won't be as cool today, with a midday high around 85 degrees, cooling to about 70 for the evening, according to WTSP 10Weather. …

    Remembering Rhea Chiles, who helped her husband, former Gov. Lawton Chiles, with youth smoking cessation and founded the Lawton Chiles Foundation to focus on child health initiatives after his death. Associated Press (2000)
  7. Emotions run high at Davis Elementary after fifth-grader dies in hit-and-run


    TAMPA — A grief counselor and crisis team were sent to Davis Elementary School on Monday to help students cope with the hit-and-run death of a fifth-grader over the weekend. …

    Davis Elementary School classmates of Alexander Torres, 11, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Saturday morning, honored him by making cards Monday, while crying “understandable tears” for him and talking about his good qualities. [HANNA MARCUS | Times] 
  8. Football: River Ridge 24, Lecanto 6


    NEW PORT RICHEY — As his team kneeled down near the east end zone along with a seemingly endless stream of purple-clad students that joined from the stands, River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin had one simple statement Friday night: "On to Round 2." …

  9. 4 new Chicago police shooting videos raise more questions (w/video)


    CHICAGO — Newly released videos from four additional police vehicles at the scene of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald raise questions about how the city's Police Department documented the killing of an African-American teenager that has led to a Chicago cop being charged with first-degree murder. …

    Chicago officials released dash-cam video Tuesday of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. [Image from video]
  10. Some in U.S. military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack


    WASHINGTON — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.  …

    An employee of Doctors Without Borders walks inside the charred remains of their hospital on Oct. 16 after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. An investigative report on the U.S. air attack that killed more than two dozen civilians at a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month says the crew of the attacking plane misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. [Associated Press]
  11. France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away


    PARIS France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria on Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned. …

    The world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa is lit in the colours of the French flag in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday. Rulers in the UAE have condemned the attacks in Paris on Friday evening that left over 120 people dead and hundreds wounded. [AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili]
  12. My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment


    I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to deal with the lock afterward. …

    Fay Wells
  13. News at noon: Why Tampa police write so many tickets; Jeb Bush needs a miracle in N.H.; baggage fees; healthy jobs report; CSX tracks; college football and basketball; and a talk with the Newsies director


    Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined; more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. Once you understand how the department measures officer productivity, it's easy to see why. …

    Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined; more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. Once you understand how the department measures officer productivity, it's easy to see why. Each arrest, each ticket, feeds into a formula that calculates an officer's "productivity ratio" - number of hours worked divided by the number of tickets and arrests. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times}
  14. What it's like to sit through a fish pedicure

    Deal Divas

    I had the pleasure — no really, the pleasure — of trying out a fish pedicure during my recent reporting trip around Japan (dispatch No. 1 here, with reported stories to follow). …

  15. Social media helps drive historic Cuban exodus to U.S.


    PENAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica — As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from their homeland in decades. …

    Cuban migrants line up for breakfast given to them by an evangelical church, Saturday outside of the border control building in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, on the border with Nicaragua. Thousands of Cuban migrants have been able to make the trip to the U.S. thanks to a constant flow of information between migrants starting the journey and those who have just completed it. [AP Photo/Esteban Felix]
  16. Williams Park soon won't be hub for buses or the homeless


    ST. PETERSBURG — Sometime during the night of Jan. 30, the bus shelters that ring Williams Park will disappear, setting the stage for a new era in public transportation in St. Petersburg's downtown. …

    Next year, Williams Park will no longer be a bus hub. PSTA will instead disperse stops in a grid network through downtown.
  17. Florida Supreme Court overturns death sentence of former Jabil executive


    Three years ago, Patrick A. Evans stood before a judge as he received his sentence for the 2008 murders of his wife and her friend: death. But Evans will now get a second chance. …

    Murder defendant Patrick A. Evans says, “Sit on the bed,” at the request of his attorney after the 911 tape was played during his trial. A detective’s recognition of his voice was a key point.
  18. USF linebacker Sanchez finding his rhythm on the field


    TAMPA — The spontaneous, celebratory dance craze sweeping across victorious locker rooms (see Swinney, Dabo) found its way into the nether corridors of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium late Saturday night. …

    USF linebacker and former Northeast High standout Auggie Sanchez, left, hitting Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey in an October game, has 25 tackles total in his past two games and is 19 tackles away from hitting triple digits for the season.
  19. Tuesday's letters: 'Refugee' flow presents threat to U.S.


    Paris attacks 'Refugees' present threat to U.S. First we were assured by President Barack Obama that ISIS was "under control." Then the horrible, evil attacks in Paris were carried out. We also learned that at least one of the attackers entered Europe through Greece as a Syrian "refugee." …

  20. Review: 'Spectre' is a clumsy, disappointing stumble for James Bond


    Has any franchise ever taken the tumble from one movie to the next that Spectre does from Skyfall? …

    Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, “Spectre.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2015. (Jonathan Olley/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

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