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NEWS AT NOON: OUR GUIDE TO TODAY'S LATEST


'Basic economy' pricing for United flights means you'll have to pay to use the overhead compartment

If an airfare seems too good to be true, it probably comes with a catch. Think of that in early 2017 when you suddenly start seeing United Airlines offer "basic economy" low fares on some ro …

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SolarCity, largest U.S. solar panel installer, enters Florida after Amendment 1 defeat

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  1. Bucs' surge earning them league-wide notice as legitimate playoff contenders

    Bucs

    A month ago, after a desultory showing in a Thursday night loss to the Falcons dropped them to 3-5, the Bucs weren't giving even their own fans much to talk about.

    Bucs strong safety Keith Tandy (37) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a Phillip Rivers pass in the end zone. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Environmental groups sue St. Petersburg over sewage discharges

    Blogs

    Three environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to hold St. Petersburg accountable for its massive sewage discharges since last August.

  3. Steve Miller Band coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

    Blogs

    Today, for the first time, we can say this: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is coming to town.

    Steve Miller Band performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in March.
  4. Bill that would count computer coding as foreign language makes reappearance in Florida Senate

    Blogs

    Maybe third time's the charm?

    A bill that would allow Florida high schools to satisfy foreign language requirements with computer coding credits is back, and this time it's sponsored by St. Petersburg Republican State Sen. Jeff Brandes.

  5. USS Arizona survivor heads to Pearl Harbor 75 years later

    War

    HONOLULU — Lauren Bruner was getting ready for church in 1941 on his battleship, the USS Arizona, when the alarm sounded.

    Lauren Bruner, one of five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona which was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, holds a 1940 photo of himself, at his home in La Mirada, Calif. Bruner was getting ready for church when the alarm on his battleship sounded. [Reed Saxon | Associated Press]
  6. Amy Schumer will be the most perfect (imperfect) Barbie ever

    Celebrities

    Attention, feminists. Before you write off 2016 as a net loss for contemporary feminism, know this: Amy Schumer is in talks to play Barbie in a live-action comedy.

    Amy Schumer appears in a scene from her comedy series, "Inside Amy Schumer." [Ali Goldstein | Comedy Central via AP]
  7. Tampa Bay's 'NuckleDu' wins $230,000 prize in 'Street Fighter V' tournament (w/ video)

    Games

    Du Dang flew to Anaheim, California on Wednesday with a reputation as one of the fastest up-and-comers in professional video games. Sunday night, he touched down back in Tampa as officially the best in the world.

  8. News at noon: Cuba property suits under Trump; United to charge for overhead bins; how Clinton lost Florida; and Rays rumors at baseball's winter meetings

    News

    Despite signals that President-elect Donald Trump may halt new relations with Cuba, those working to improve them say he'll have a hard time reversing two years of …

    Sandra Lansky, right, holds a photo of her father, gangster and casino owner Meyer Lansky, during a visit with her son Gary Rapoport, left, at her Seminole Heights home. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]


  9. Reggae Rise Up 2016 lineup: Slightly Stoopid, Iration, Protoje and more

    Blogs

    Get ready for two days of irie vibes at next spring's Reggae Rise Up festival.

    Slightly Stoopid
  10. Pulse owner no longer wants to sell Orlando nightclub targeted by mass shooting

    Crime

    ORLANDO — The owner of the nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place says she's no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando.

    Law enforcement responds to the Pulse nightclub after the June 12 attack that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. According to one deputy's report, it was difficult to locate survivors among the victims inside the building because of the amount of blood on the floor.  [Getty Images]

Ben Carson to become Trump's HUD secretary

From our friends at the Associated Press:...

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Freddie Martino led all Bucs receivers against the Chargers, finishing with four catches for 56 yards.

Career day: Freddie Martino steps up amid injuries in Bucs' win

With injuries hitting the Bucs hard at receiver, Freddie Martino came up with his first NFL catch four weeks ago, then his first touchdown in a rout of the Bears....

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NBC airs its live small-screen adaptation of the musical Hairspray on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hairspray Live!' on NBC, Undone podcast

Luckily, this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC....

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