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Romano: A son is left for dead, and a father searches for answers

He can live with the pain, and he can live with the grief. It is the unknown that tortures him. It is the mystery of his son's death on the edge of a desolate road in the middle of the nigh …


Sandy Hook father bemoans 'the darkness' as feds charge Tampa woman with threatening him


Two juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14


  1. Trump retaliates against a union leader on Twitter


    Chuck Jones uses a flip phone, so he didn't see the tweet. His friend of 36 years called him Wednesday night and said: The president-elect is smearing you on Twitter.

  2. Doyle Owens, founder of the Unclaimed Baggage Center, dies at 85


    Doyle Owens, who turned the orphaned contents of passengers' lost luggage into the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a major retail and tourist attraction in Scottsboro, Ala., died on Saturday at his home there. He was 85.

    His son Bryan confirmed his death.

  3. How a pit stop ended lives of thousands of snow geese (w/video)


    Several thousand snow geese may have died after landing in a former open-pit copper mine in Montana that is now filled with highly acidic water.

    Snow geese fly along the bank of the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont., on Nov.30. Mine officials say it's likely that several thousand migrating snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of the old open pit mine in Montana last week. [WALTER HINICK | Montana Standard]
  4. Military targets handling of misconduct cases


    WASHINGTON — Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, the Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to …

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter was told by the chiefs of the four military services that trust in the disciplinary system "is strained." [Associaated Press]
  5. Donald Trump's deal to create 50,000 jobs in America looks a lot different on day two


    When President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that Japanese corporate giant SoftBank had agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs, he presented it as a triumph for American workers. But economists and analysts who have been scrutinizing the announcement suggest it might be a …

  6. Late-night news: Yankees bring back Chapman


    The Yankees got the man they wanted, and made life tougher for the Rays and the rest of the AL East, re-signing fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman.

  7. Healthy, Wilson Ramos could be a star and a leader for Rays

    The Heater

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — In agreeing to a two-year contract with impressive though injured Wilson Ramos, the Rays made a somewhat surprising, definitely risky and potentially rewarding move.

    Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos at bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Nationals won 4-0. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
  8. Woman killed after being struck by vehicle in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was killed Wednesday evening after she was struck by a vehicle on 16th Street near 14th Avenue S, according to St. Petersburg police.

  9. Former astronaut, U.S. Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio


    COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State official says former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week.

    Former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week,  an Ohio State University official said Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  10. Emails reveal St. Petersburg approached state official about job while state investigated city's sewage woes


    ST. PETERSBURG — In the aftermath of the city's summer sewage crisis, public works administrator Claude Tankersley was looking for new talent to fill gaps in St. Petersburg's sewer department. Someone recommended a state environmental official, Michele Duggan.

    St. Petersburg public works administrator Claude Tankersley, shown speaking to City Council members in September about the sewage crisis, told DEP official Michele Duggan in October to keep a close eye on the city’s website for an upcoming job.

Guns-on-campus proposal will return for third year in a row

A highly contentious proposal to allow concealed firearms on Florida's 40 public college and university campuses will be back before the Legislature for the third year in a row....


Drew Brees on New Orleans shootings: 'It's a tragedy'

The shooting deaths of two former NFL players in New Orleans this year have brought headlines about gun violence in his city, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coming to face the Bucs in Tampa on Sunday, said Wednesday that the issue remains a difficult one on a personal level....


Disney turned Epcot's icon into 'Star Wars' Death Star (w/ video)

Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth was turned into the Death Star for a one-night stunt Monday night for the release of new Star Wars film Rogue One coming to theaters Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, the Disney theme parks are getting on the Rogue One bandwagon, adding scenes and props from the movie to Disney Hollywood Studios shows and shops....