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  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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." …

  4. 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)
  5. 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]
  6. 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. …

    A man carries two children after panic broke out among mourners who payed their respect at the attack sites at restaurant Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia) and the Carillon Hotel in Paris, Sunday. [AP photo]
  7. 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." …

  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. …

    Alexander H. Torres, 11, was killed Saturday in a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash on a bridge crossing the Hillsborough River on Hillsborough Avenue. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office] 
  12. 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}
  13. 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)
  14. Leafs finally win at home


    TORONTO — Joffrey Lupul had two goals and an assist, James Reimer stopped 43 shots, and the Maple Leafs beat the Stars 4-1 on Monday for their first home win of the season. Brad Boyes and Morgan Rielly also scored for Toronto, which had lost its first four at home (0-3-1). …

  15. AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct


    OKLAHOMA CITY — Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed. …

    Sarasota Police Department Chief Bernadette DiPino sits for a photo at her office in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 28. As an officer in Ocean City, Md., DiPino encountered what she called a "laissez faire" attitude about sexually inappropriate behavior. She is now chief of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida and helped develop the International Association of Chiefs of Police report on sexual misconduct. [AP photo]
  16. Region volleyball roundup: Plant outlasts Wharton


    TAMPA — The way the regular season played out between Wharton and Plant — which each beat the other twice leading up to Saturday's region semifinal — it was no surprise the fifth meeting between the two would go five sets. …

  17. Region volleyball roundup: Palm Harbor University sweeps Durant


    DURANT — Palm Harbor University first-year coach Dexter Rogers sat in his courtside chair like he was watching a Saturday matinee. Relaxed and focused with minimal stress. …

  18. Fate works its magic in reuniting two orphaned sisters from South Korea


    SARASOTA — When the police pulled 5-year-old Pok-nam Shin out of school, the little girl who now goes by Holly Hoyle O'Brien asked the only question that mattered: Where's my daddy? …

    Half-sisters Holly Hoyle O’Brien, left, and Meagan Hughes, right, had no idea who the other was when they  both got jobs working on the same floor at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Holly eventually had them do DNA tests.
  19. Column: Jeb's journey to also-ran status


    What's the opposite of an exclamation point? A question mark? An ellipsis? Whatever it is, Jeb Bush's performance on the CNBC stage on Wednesday night was the equivalent of slapping it on his campaign signs in place of his chosen punctuation. …

  20. Police: Feud over hedges leads to a punch in the face


    LARGO — A neighborly dispute devolved into physical violence, spilling into police records Oct. 20 when one man cut another's hedges. Randy David Hendrick, 51, faces charges of criminal mischief and battery on a person 65 years of age or older. Police wrote in arrest reports that he used hedge clippers to lop off a couple of inches from his neighbor's hedges. The two men told an officer they had prior problems, and the owner of the hedges said he had told Hendrick to stay off of his property. The man "was letting his hedge grow in hopes of eventually building a barrier between the houses, so he wouldn't have to see" Hendrick, according to the reports. Hendrick told the officer he owned the hedges. At some point during the altercation, according to police, Hendrick got on top of his neighbor and punched the man in the face, leading to the battery charge. …

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