10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. CHARLES MANSON, WHOSE CULT SLAYINGS HORRIFIED WORLD, DIES The imprisoned hippie cult leader, who orchestrated the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, was 83. 2. MUGABE WON’T GO QUIETLY; MORE PROTESTS VOWED The longtime authoritarian president ignores a midday local deadline set […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. GOP TAX OVERHAUL MAKES HEADWAY Republicans ram a $1.5 trillion overhaul of Americans’ business and personal income taxes through the House, edging the nation toward its biggest tax rewrite in three decades, 2. WHO’S LATEST NAME ENSNARED IN HARASSMENT SCANDAL Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologizes and faces a likely Senate ethics investigation after a […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. ‘WE ARE TIRED OF LIVING LIKE THIS’ The military appears to have brought an end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign in Zimbabwe as the economy of the once-prosperous African nation plummets. 2. ‘OBAMACARE’ MANDATE REPEAL WOULD REMAKE MARKET FOR CONSUMERS Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ATTORNEY GENERAL DISPLAYS HAZY MEMORY Testifying before Congress, Jeff Sessions denies ever lying about the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russians, but blames the chaos of the 2016 race for fogging his recollections. 2. GOP ADDS WRINKLE TO TAX OVERHAUL Senate Republicans say they are intent on repealing the Obama health care law requirement that […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. FRESH ACCUSATIONS TURN UP HEAT ON ALA. SENATE CANDIDATE Top Republicans pressure Roy Moore to leave the race after a woman’s emotional account alleging Moore sexually assaulted her years ago when she was 16. 2. DEATH TOLL CLIMBS PAST 400 IN IRAN-IRAQ QUAKE Rescuers dig through wrecked buildings for survivors, and the military sets […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE ON IRAN-IRAQ BORDER KILLS HUNDREDS Iran bore the brunt of the 7.3 magnitude temblor, which sent people fleeing their homes in the middle of the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities say. 2. TRUMP, DUTERTE MEET IN PHILIPPINES Trump says nothing about human rights and both […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. PUTTING AMERICA FIRST AGAIN Hours after leaving Beijing, President Trump tells an APEC summit in Vietnam that he won’t let the U.S. be “taken advantage of anymore” when it comes to trade. 2. WHERE U.S.-BACKED FORCES COULD FACE NEW FOES Multiple hotspots in north and east Syria could turn violent for the Kurdish-led Syrian […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. SENATORS TO PRESS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM ON NEW WAR AUTHORITY Lawmakers argue that battlefield dynamics have changed since 9/11 and that backing overseas combat operations needs to reflect current threats. 2. SHIP WITH RESCUED SAILORS REACHES US BASE IN OKINAWA Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP VOWS ‘NO CHANGE’ TO 401(K) TAX INCENTIVES The president shoots down a GOP plan to raise federal revenue by taxing retirement fund earnings. 2. JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN DISCUSSES DEADLY NIGER AMBUSH Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford says four U.S. soldiers died in a “difficult firefight” in the Western African nation, but he offers […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHY TRUMP MAY WITHDRAW DRUG CZAR NOMINEE The president may rethink his support of Republican Rep. Tom Marino amid reports the lawmaker played a key role in weakening federal authority to stop opioid distribution. 2. ‘THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS IN THE UNIVERSE’ That’s how California Institute of Technology’s David H. Reitze describes the collision […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES DEATH TOLL RISES The fast-moving blazes, many of which tore through Sonoma wine country, destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses and have killed at least 17 people. 2. WHAT MOST AMERICANS THINK ABOUT ‘DREAMERS’ About 60 percent of Americans favor allowing young immigrants to stay in the U.S. legally, a new AP-NORC […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

5 FORMER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University later this month to help storm recoveries in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. George H.W Bush would be joined by his son, former President George W. Bush, and former presidents Barack […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. OFFICIAL: VEGAS SHOOTER’S GIRLFRIEND ARRIVES IN US Marilou Danley, considered a “person of interest,” arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from the Philippines and is by FBI agents, AP learns. 2. WHAT LAS VEGAS GUNMAN HAD HIDDEN IN HOTEL FOOD CART Authorities say shooter Stephen Paddock put a camera in a food service cart […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. HOW MANY DIED IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING Country music fans thought they were hearing firecrackers at first when a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino hotel opened fire on them from above, killing at least 59 people . 2. WHO THE LAS VEGAS GUNMAN WAS Stephen Paddock was a multimillionaire […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘DEAD AS A DOORNAIL’ That’s how GOP Sen. John Kennedy of La. describes his party’s latest push to repeal and replace ‘Obamacare,’ which Republican leaders abandoned, lacking key votes. 2. PUERTO RICO HURRICANE DESTRUCTION GETS TRUMP’S ATTENTION The president announces plans to visit the U.S. territory and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where storms demolished […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. LAST-GASP GOP DRIVE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE COLLAPSES Effectively sinking the legislation, Maine Sen. Susan Collins refuses to support the newest plan to tear down the Affordable Care Act. 2. HOW NKOREA INTERPRETS TRUMP TWEET Pyongyang’s top diplomat sees Trump tweet that North Korean leaders “won’t be around much longer” as a “declaration of war,” […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. KIM’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP’S SPEECH AT U.N. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump “deranged” and says in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will “pay dearly” for his threats. 2. TRUMP ADDS ECONOMIC ACTION TO NORTH KOREA MILITARY THREATS President Donald Trump added economic action […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. PUERTO RICO’S RECOVERY FROM HURRICANE MARIA WILL TAKE MONTHS, OFFICIALS SAY The Category 4 storm knocked out power across the entire U.S. territory and caused widespread damage at a time when it is in dire financial straits. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DELAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR MAN SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED IN OCTOBER Lawyers for Michael Ray Lambrix on Wednesday asked for additional time to file motions and court briefings because the attorneys live in the expected path of Hurricane Irma. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office objected, saying Irma’s impact was “days away.” Justices […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

ROAD TOLLS SUSPENDED AS HURRICANE IRMA APPROACHES Gov. Rick Scott says tolls will be suspended to keep traffic flowing as residents begin to evacuate coastal areas in the potential path of the dangerous Category 5 storm. The governor adds that tolls will remain suspended “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.” Several important […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH USING CONFEDERATE FLAG AS WEAPON Police say 21-year-old Christopher Monzon threatened a crowd of about 100 people who gathered outside Hollywood City Hall Wednesday to support removing the names of Confederate generals from city streets. Monzon yelled at the demonstrators and then charged at them before officers quickly tackled him. Hollywood’s […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

POLICE CHIEF FIRED OVER FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced Tom Lewis’ termination on the city’s website Wednesday after an internal investigation. Authorities say former Officer Lee Coel mistakenly shot and killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a role-playing scenario last August. Lewis, as Coel’s boss, had been charged with misdemeanor […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

MAN WITH MISSING WIFE CHARGED WITH TAKING $100,000 IN COINS The federal theft complaint against Lewis Bennett was made public Monday. Bennett abandoned his sinking 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas in May. He told the Coast Guard he didn’t know where his wife, Isabella Hellman, was. Rescue crews found Bennett in a life raft. Among […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

CARICATURE ARTIST GUILTY OF STABBING CO-WORKER AT THEME PARK Local news outlets report that 35-year-old Fredrick Torres was found guilty Thursday of attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced Oct. 12. Glenn Ferguson testified Wednesday that Torres attacked him repeatedly with a pair of scissors and his fists at Universal Islands of Adventure on New […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 24

FORMER DETECTIVE PLEADS GUILTY IN TAX-REFUND SCHEME A U.S. attorney’s office news release says 51-year-old LaJoyce Houston pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving stolen government property. A sentencing date hasn’t been set. Authorities say Houston received goods, services, money orders and cash from debit cards loaded with fraudulently obtained tax refunds in 2011 and 2012. FLORIDA […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

LAWYERS TO SEE VENUS WILLIAMS’ CELLPHONE DATA AFTER CRASH An agreement for the records was reached prior to a court hearing in a lawsuit filed against Williams. Jerome Barson’s family sought the records to find out if Williams was on the phone and distracted just prior to the crash. Williams’ lawyers said they will turn […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

FLORIDA DEPUTIES SHOOT, INJURE WOMAN WHO POINTED GUN AT THEM Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Brooksville. They say the woman was reported to be suicidal and was armed with a shotgun and had access to other weapons inside the home. The woman walked out of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

DEFENSE TEAM FOR PULSE SHOOTER’S WIDOW RECEIVES WARNING U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Byron decided Thursday not to sanction lawyers defending Noor Salman after they explained why they missed an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert witnesses. Attorney Mark Horwitz told the judge they needed more information about the government’s mental health expert before […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2016 JEWISH CENTER BOMB PLOT A U.S. Department of Justice statement said 41-year-old James Gonzalo Medina of Hollywood pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to a federal hate crime and a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Authorities said Medina admitted to planning to attack […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany. On this date: In 1863, Federal batteries and […]

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