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News at noon: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says; questions arise as man moves into home where family was slaughtered; and more

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Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. In a previously unreported episode, the report said that in June 2017, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest. Read the complete Mueller report here.

Questions arise as man moves into home where family was slaughtered

For some reason, Victor Licata snapped on Oct. 16, 1933, at his home in Ybor City , attacking his family with an axe in one of the bloodiest mass murders in Tampa history. The state attorney blamed dementia and schizophrenia. But the federal government seized on the slaughter in launching its notorious "reefer madness" campaign to criminalize the use of marijuana. Yet another theory in the attack eventually emerged — that the family died in a mob hit. The man who now lives in the house thinks there may be some truth to it.

Can the Dali museum expand on city-owned land without a new vote?

When the Salvador Dalí Museum recently announced plans for a more than $38 million expansion on city-owned, charter-protected waterfront property, it naturally raised a couple of questions. Would the project have to go before city voters? And, if so, would they even approve it? St. Petersburg residents, after all, are known for being staunchly protective of their downtown waterfront. But plans to expand the Dali, which houses the largest collection of its namesake's work outside of Spain, appear to be on solid ground.

How Florida's SunPass debacle started in 2012

Seven years ago, Florida lawmakers gave the state transportation department a mission: hire a company to take over tolls and customer service calls for the four turnpike authorities. For one lucky company, the reward was an estimated $600 million over 14 years. But the company the state hired — Conduent State & Local Solutions — got too lucky, competitors alleged. How and why Florida decided to hire Conduent is now the subject of an investigation by the state's chief inspector general and questioning by lawmakers, who were barraged with angry calls last summer about SunPass.

The morning after holds no joy for Lightning fans

Michael Harris woke up Wednesday morning and all of Tuesday night's memories hit him. Disappointment. Frustration. Pain. He watched the Lightning's demise in the comfort of his home with his girlfriend and said it was a game to remember, one he'll never forget. And he's already looking to next season. Harris won't watch the rest of the playoffs unravel over the weeks to come. From regret to resignation to righteous indignation, the emotions of fans ran the gamut.

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