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Consumer groups send out a warning for the holidays: Beware of 'potentially hazardous' toys

ST. PETERSBURG — Everyone wants a Slinky. But a tiny version of the timeless toy — available in stores this holiday season — could pose a threat to young children, accordin …


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  1. Pinellas deputies, firefighters deliver Thanksgiving meals

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    Many people pray before meals. On Tuesday, the prayers came before the meals were delivered.

    Father Jon Roberts from Calvary Episcopal Church prays with Pinellas deputies and Indian Rocks firefighters before they load up Thanksgiving meals for families in need on Tuesday afternoon. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  2. Video showing Chicago police officer shooting teen 16 times is released


    CHICAGO — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday hours before the city released the video that showed the shooting.

    Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. [Antonio Perez | Chicago Tribune via AP]
  3. Police: Man shot by Belleair police officer was carrying BB gun


    BELLEAIR — Police officer Roy Olsen feared for his life when he saw Jamaal Bishop's weapon Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.

  4. Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage, prosecutor says


    PARIS — The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.

    A soldier patrols at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on Tuesday. French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack. [Associated Press]
  5. Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace


    MOSCOW — Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it said ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria, killing at least one of the two pilots in a long-feared escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a "stab in the …

    This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. [Associated Press]
  6. Presidents Obama, Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if …

    President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande participate in a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. [Associated Press]
  7. The Hunger Gap: Much of Tampa Bay struck by food insecurity year-round


    With Thanksgiving turkey soon to be on the table and Christmas in sight, Beth Houghton knows people have food on their minds — not just the food they're going to eat, but the food they're going to give.

    People wait in line for a free meal near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and East Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Volunteers from Family of Christ Lutheran Church give out food and clothing to those in need every Wednesday night from a school bus that serves as a mobile headquarters.
  8. Authorities: Man drank Coors Light while stopped in traffic next to deputy



    DUI charge follows sip taken in traffic

    A deputy stopped in traffic Nov. 20 looked at the car next to him and saw the driver sip from a 12-ounce bottle of Coors Light, according to an arrest report.

  9. A search for family in Haiti raises questions about adoption


    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As Mariette Williams waited for her flight from South Florida to Haiti, she paced the departure lounge, folding and re-folding her ticket and clutching the handle of a bag sagging with gifts. She was excited but terrified: For the first time in nearly 30 years, she was about to see her …

    Mariette Williams cries as she waits to see her birth mother and other family members for the first time in nearly 30 years, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. [Dieu Nalio Chery | Associated Press]
  10. 19 people in 7 states ill in E. coli outbreak tied to Costco


    SEATTLE — At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday.

Lightning getting healthier, Johnson close to return

The Lightning looked a lot healthier in Tuesday's practice, with Tyler Johnson (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) and Cedric Paquette (upper body) all participating in regular-colored jerseys....


Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 11 ...

Another week, another Bucs win, another new edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Episode 11, with Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' big win in Philadelphia and this week's game in Indianapolis. Don't forget to send us your questions on Twitter at @gregauman and @NFLstroud and thanks for everyone listening each week -- you can subscribe on iTunes as well ......


Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado

Miami mayor endorses Scott's $250M proposed reform for Enterprise Florida

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado is among the latest in a string of local and county officials across Florida who have signed a fill-in-the-blank press release from Gov. Rick Scott's office, backing his plan for $250 million in economic incentives to better attract jobs and businesses to Florida....