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Crane tips over onto Largo cars, home; no injuries E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
LARGO — A Tampa Bay-area home was damaged along with three vehicles and a travel trailer when a crane tipped over. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says the crane operator jumped to safety when the crane he was using to remove a storm-damaged tree started to fall Sunday morning. No other injuries were reported. The crane didn’t damage the property of the Largo homeowner who needed the tree removed. However, the crane fell onto three nearby cars and an RV. Deputies say the fall also caused severe damage to a neighboring home. read more

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Florida DOT tries to prevent wrong way crashes E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
TAMPA — Eleven people have died since February in the Tampa Bay area because of wrong way crashes, and area law enforcement officers are trying to prevent more deaths. WFLA reports that Florida Department of Transportation officials say new beacons will be placed along the exit ramps of bay-area interstates. The beacons have radars that detect wrong way drivers. Once detected, a sign will begin flashing and a picture of the car will be sent to FDOT and Florida Highway Patrol. The first of 80 beacons have been installed.

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200 gather to mourn children slain by father E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
PORT ORANGE — Nearly 200 people gathered outside Florida middle school to remember two children shot and killed by their father before he killed himself. Friends of 14-year-old Savanna and 11-year-old David Mohney mourned their deaths Saturday night outside Creekside Middle School in Port Orange. The Mohneys’ 9-year-old sister Lauren also was shot, but she survived and remained hospitalized. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the pastor of Thrive Community Church, Pete Keirstead, led the crowd of families and children, some holding candles in cups, in prayer. read more

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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which took place just hours after Catholic bishops approved a document charting a more pastoral approach to ministering to Catholic families. read more

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UN says Iraq has executed 60 people this year E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice” were taking place in some death penalty cases. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to reconsider its position on the implementation of the death penalty. Mladenov said the high number of executions in Iraq is “alarming, especially since many of these convictions are based on questionable evidence and systemic failures in the administration of justice.” read more

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Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests were needed to confirm whether the remains match the 18-year-old Graham. They were discovered by a deputy Saturday in a heavily wooded area of Albemarle County that is home to horse farms about 12 miles from campus. Graham disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. read more

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Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
PEORIA, Ill. — A cemetery in central Illinois is embarking on an unusual marketing campaign that includes a 5K race and actors dressing as people buried there. The goal is to encourage more people to buy lots at Springdale Cemetery, Bob Manning, chairman of the management authority at the Peoria cemetery, told the Journal Star. Ten events will be hosted this month in an effort to diversify the appeal of the sprawling East Bluff property, he said. read more

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Countdown to the 450th: Hurricane hits city E-mail
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Oct. 19, 1944 The St. Augustine Record continued its unbroken tradition of daily publication although its building was flooded. The Record hand-printed a one-page newspaper as the hurricane had cut electricity to the presses.

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Sprint cuts 452 jobs at its Kansas headquarters E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Sprint Corp. has cut 452 jobs from its Overland Park headquarters as part of a previously announced cost-cutting effort, the nation’s third-biggest cellphone carrier disclosed in a filing with the Kansas Department of Commerce. The report, which was filed Friday, covers the first installment of layoffs planned throughout October. It doesn’t cover any job losses outside the headquarters campus, although they are believed to be happening too, The Kansas City Star reports. read more

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College: Arrests, injuries during pumpkin fest E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
KEENE, N.H. — Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to an annual pumpkin festival in New Hampshire became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests. College officials provided few specifics on the melee but said Keene State students and out-of-town visitors were involved. The school said in a statement that off-campus gatherings escalated at locations around the city. Keene State student Ellery Murray told The Boston Globe she was at a party that had drawn a large crowd when people started throwing things. read more

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Police report for Oct. 18 E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
THE RECORD JAIL LOG The following is from police reports from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO) and St. Augustine Police Department (SAPD): Boschetti, Leah Maria, 20, St. Augustine. Charge: DUI. (SAPD) Brown, Michael Henry, 45, St. Augustine. Charges: Probation violation, failure to appear. (SJCSO) Buchanan, Shawn Allen, 22, St. Augustine. Charge: Disorderly conduct. (SJCSO) read more

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Florida boy loses 3 fingers in fireworks accident E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
LAUDERHILL — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy lost three fingers while playing with illegal fireworks. The boy’s family told WTVJ-TV they heard an explosion Friday and ran outside. Britnee Britt said her brother was holding his hand, shaking and bleeding. The boy was hospitalized. Police are investigating.

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Hawaii hit by winds, rain as hurricane veers west E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
HONOLULU — Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles while generating strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings and lured surfers with high waves. The center of the powerful Pacific storm was about 135 miles southwest of Honolulu, and it was losing speed as it churned southwest of the islands, the National Weather Service said. “The intensity of Ana is slowly expected to weaken,” said Chris Brenchley, a weather service meteorologist. read more

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Trade for Shields spurred Royals to turnaround E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a cold December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields. The franchise had long suffered through a forgettable cast of starting pitchers, from Jay Witasick to Darrell May to Runelvys Hernandez. Hot prospects flamed out. Free agents fizzled. And every year, the Royals languished near the AL Central cellar. read more

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US-led strike kills 8 in ISIS-held Syria town E-mail
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MURSITPINAR, Turkey — A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least eight people in eastern Syria, activists said Saturday. read more

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Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
UNITED NATIONS — The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories. Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated — which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel’s closest ally the United States and others — the Palestinians have other options. “This is not going to be an open-ended exercise,” he said. “The main option is to go with a vote.” read more

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Ana turns into hurricane off the coast of Hawaii E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands to allow tourists to make the most of Friday’s remaining sunny weather. The National Weather Service said Friday that Ana became a Category 1 hurricane about 230 miles south of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. A tropical storm watch was in effect throughout the archipelago. read more

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US commission weighs in on stand your ground E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
ORLANDO — “Stand your ground” statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to a federal civil rights commission evaluating racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle toward arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases. read more

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Scott requests English learner flexibility hearing E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is petitioning U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a hearing on Florida’s denied request for flexibility on testing students still learning English. Florida was granted an extension from No Child Left Behind in August, but federal officials declined the state’s request regarding English language learner accountability. The state asked that it be allowed to withhold Florida schools and teachers from accountability for English language learner achievement on state tests until after two years of instruction. read more

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Michelle Obama stumps for Charlie Crist in Florida E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
ORLANDO — Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist ended a busy campaign week by getting a visit from Michelle Obama. The first lady headlined a rally of 700 hundred supporters Friday in Orlando for the Democratic candidate. They were scheduled to hold an evening rally Friday in South Florida. Crist drew laughs in referencing the uproar generated earlier in the week surrounding a portable fan he used during a debate with Gov. Rick Scott. Scott didn’t initially take the stage after of a dispute over the fan. read more

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Police Report Oct. 20 E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
THE RECORD The following are from police reports from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO) and the St. Augustine Police Department (SAPD): JAIL LOG Balentine, Timothy Dewayne, 41, St. Augustine. Charge: Drug equiptment possession. (SJCSO) Caruso, Aaron Ronald, 21,St. Augustine. Charge:Driving under the influence. (SJCSO) O’Shea, Deirdre Anne, 57, St. Augustine. Charge: Shoplifting. (SAPD) read more

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Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security E-mail
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OSIJEK, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records. read more

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Cape Sable canal assessment gets funding E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
MIAMI — The Everglades Foundation is contributing $143,000 toward the first phase of plugging four small canals that experts say are exacerbating Cape Sable’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. Everglades National Park spent $7 million plugging two other canals in 2011. The funding from the Everglades Foundation is half the cost of an environmental assessment required before officials can seek an estimated $10 million to complete the work on the four canals. read more

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Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search E-mail
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HELSINKI — The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area. Rear Adm. Anders Grenstad said the armed forces had observed the activity in the Stockholm archipelago and nearby coastal area, but declined to give details of an operation reminiscent of the Cold War, when Sweden’s armed forces routinely hunted for Soviet submarines in its waters. read more

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Catholics, Protestants honor Paisley in Belfast E-mail
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DUBLIN — Ian Paisley often divided Northern Ireland in life. But a memorial to the Protestant evangelist who struck a twilight peace with Catholics united the British territory’s fractious leaders in hymns and prayers Sunday. More than 800 dignitaries from across Britain and Ireland, among them former prime ministers and paramilitary enemies, packed the Ulster Hall in Belfast to eulogize Paisley, who died last month at age 88. Paisley’s widow and two sons led the service. read more

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Iran vows to aid Lebanese military E-mail
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Sunday it is ready to provide aid to the Lebanese army as well as the Shiite Hezbollah group to help combat “terrorists.” The promise of aid comes after Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia pledged billions of dollars to Lebanon’s armed forces, and will be seen by many Lebanese as part of a competition for influence over the tiny country, which is gripped by sectarian tensions and bitterly divided over the Syrian civil war. read more

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Missouri stomps turnover-prone Florida E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
GAINESVILLE — Missouri ended up on the right side of a turnover-fest this week. Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and the Tigers embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night. Missouri (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. The offense managed just seven first downs and 119 yards, including 20 passing, but won by essentially letting the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable. And they did. read more

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US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
BOSTON — The U.S. and China pledged Saturday to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to the Chinese capital next month. Meeting in Boston, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said the relationship between the two countries is mature enough to discuss disagreements while building on areas of shared interest. read more

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Ohio man falls to his death from Florida condo E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
ST. PETE BEACH — Florida authorities say alcohol may be a factor in the death of an Ohio man who fell while trying to climb to the roof of a beachfront condominium. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says Cody Conley of Centerville, Ohio, died early Saturday after trying to climb from the sixth floor landing of a St. Pete Beach condominium to the roof. Deputies say Conley had stripped down to his boxer shorts before attempting the climb. Conley’s 17-year-old brother also climbed over the landing’s railing to try to stop his brother from falling. read more

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Hospice's 'Grief Cave' offers an outlet to mourn E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
AUBURNDALE — It looks so cool when you peer into the colorful “Grief Cave” at Good Shepherd Hospice. But read the writing on the walls, and cool quickly fades to heartbreaking. “I miss my singing partner Daddy. Now you are singing with the Angels as u watch over us.” The cave in Good Shepherd’s Bethany Center in Auburndale is all black. As a form of therapy, grieving people who have lost a family member jot their thoughts on the dark walls with bright-colored, Magic Marker-like pens. Under a black light, the writings assume a brilliant glow. read more

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Officials defend trapping cats in Keys refuges E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
KEY LARGO — Trapping cats roaming through two federal wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys is helping native species, officials say. The cat-trapping programs at the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Key Largo and the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge in Big Pine Key became full-time efforts in early 2013. The refuge managers say the traps are necessary to protect native species that are vulnerable prey for the cats, including the Key Largo wood rat and the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, both endangered species. read more

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Bermuda clears trees, power lines hit by Gonzalo E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
HAMILTON, Bermuda — Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries. The storm’s center crossed over Bermuda late Friday and Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the Atlantic on a track that could take it just off the shore of Newfoundland in Canada. read more

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Beekeeping on the rise in urban areas E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
LARGO — Rebecca Conroy, dressed in long sleeves and a veiled hat, worked inside her apiary at the Ochs 4-H Educational Center. Three days had passed since she discovered two of her 21 hives suffered severe damage from what she suspected was pesticide poisoning. She was ready to see if any other hives were hurt, and if at least the queens from the damaged hives had survived. She began to pull up frames, the dividers that hold the honeycombs, turning them from one side to the other. Dead bees landed in piles, and no, she couldn’t find the two queens. read more

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Bruce Bochy has the postseason touch with Giants E-mail
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SAN FRANCISCO — He vowed to stick with his struggling leadoff man, and it worked. He let a rookie reliever challenge Bryce Harper and wasn’t daunted when the ball splashed into McCovey Cove. And he made the difficult decision to banish Tim Lincecum to the bullpen. Bruce Bochy is clearly in charge of these Giants. Now, as he guides San Francisco into the World Series for the third time in five years, he could soon join some elite company. read more

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World news: 9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard death toll to 38 E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Nepal blizzard death toll at 38 KATMANDU, Nepal — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation. The bodies were seen in a remote mountainous area, but the steep terrain made it impossible for the helicopter to land, said Yadav Koirala from the Disaster Management Division in Katmandu. read more

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Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist group out of the sprawling territory it has seized in recent months. read more

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Man arrested for stealing toilet handles, pipes E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a man in the stealing of handles and pipes from toilets in various parks and restaurant restrooms. St. Petersburg Police said Friday that Brian Rinda caused about $1,000 in damage and traded the brass valve and piping at a county recycling center.

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Fla. voters misled with half-truths in campaign E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
TALLAHASSEE — No matter who wins Florida’s brawl for governor there may be one clear loser: The truth. In the lead up to the Nov. 4 election, voters have been hit with a barrage of television ads that so far have totaled as much as $50 million with still more to come. In those ads, as well as on the campaign trail, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic rival Charlie Crist have engaged in a stream of misstatements, half-truths and distortions. read more

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Police reports for Oct. 17 E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
THE RECORD The following are from police reports from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO): JAIL LOG Anderson, Douglas Wayne, 49, St. Augustine. Charges: Burglary — two counts, larceny — two counts, dealing in stolen property. (SJCSO) Bennett-Anderson, Tonya Lavette, 45, Bunnell. Charge: Out-of-county warrant. (SJCSO) Sapp, Taeronne Marquise, 22, St. Augustine. Charges: Sale of cocaine. (SJCSO)

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Scott asks CDC for more help on Ebola preparation E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
DAVIE — Gov. Rick Scott asked federal officials Friday to add Florida airports to the list of the five around the country that have stepped up security to monitor travelers who may be carrying Ebola. Scott didn’t specify whether he wanted all airports or only the state’s major ones to have increased safety screenings, saying the federal government should look at airports where potential patients are coming from West Africa. Screeners at airports in Atlanta, Chicago and three others use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers. read more

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