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Abby: Past abuse causes present shame for husband in hiding E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
DEAR ABBY: A couple of years ago, I was arrested for domestic violence against my wife. We are still married, but since then, I have become antisocial. I don’t like to go to public gatherings where I know the friends we used to hang out with will be, and I rarely communicate with them. I am extremely embarrassed and feel they are judging me. What do I do? — ANTISOCIAL IN OHIO read more

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Justices consider Texas rape-murder case E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
WASHINGTON — A black inmate on Texas’ death row who claims he had a clandestine relationship with a white woman but did not rape or kill her is asking the Supreme Court to take his case. Rodney Reed tells the court that his trial lawyers did a poor job defending him and he suggests that the victim’s fiance, a police officer now imprisoned for a sex crime, could have been the killer. read more

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Letter: Sikes-Klein works hard for all residents E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Sikes-Kline works hard for all residents Editor: Let’s stop a moment to examine the anti-incumbent sentiment swirling about our city. It is a mistake to assume that every incumbent is undeserving of re-election. read more

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UGA will seek to reduce Gurley's 4-game ban E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia was hoping to get Todd Gurley back on the field. Looks like the No. 9 Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) will have to wait two more games. The NCAA announced Wednesday that Gurley, once a leading Heisman Trophy contender, must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Gurley already missed the Bulldogs’ last two games, and the school had petitioned for him to be reinstated in time for Saturday’s Cocktail Party rivalry against Florida. read more

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Cheesy Veggie Manicotti E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
CHEESY VEGGIE MANICOTTI (Serves 4–6) David’s Quick Tip: “This is a delicious way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Not only is it pasta, but there are three cheeses to mellow out the flavor of the veggies. Be sure to dice the veggies roughly the same size to ensure everything cooks evenly.” Ingredients 1 cup medium-diced red pepper 1-1/2 cups medium-diced red onion 2 cups medium-diced zucchini 2 cups medium-diced yellow squash 2 cups medium-peeled eggplant read more

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Column: Random thoughts on current events E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from President Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. read more

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Region Roundup for Oct. 30 E-mail
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Abby: Bride's best friend hesitated to stand up at her wedding E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
DEAR ABBY: My best friend is getting married. She left me a message asking me to be a bridesmaid. Of course I’m honored, but I don’t know what to do. I dislike her fiance. He is disrespectful and mean to her and to their son. I can’t stand up with them and pretend to be happy for her when I think she’s making a terrible mistake. I want her to marry someone who will be nice to her. Help! — CONFLICTED IN MINNESOTA DEAR CONFLICTED: If standing up with her will make you feel like a hypocrite, then don’t do it. read more

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Correction for Oct. 28, 2014 E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Because of an editing error, the name of a Flagler College women’s golfer was incorrect in The Record on Tuesday. Nicole Keyser had a 3-over-par 73 in Monday’s first round of the Flagler Fall Slam. The photo of the Bridge of Lions on the Tuesday Morning Brew photo was taken by Stephen Paul Garsh.

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The Bartram's on Anastasia E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Countdown to the 450th Oct. 29, 1765 John and William Bartram row across to Anastasia Island and spend the day collecting specimens of plants and seeds. They spend the night in the Old Spanish Lighthouse.

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US Ed. Sec. speaks at Tenn. education conference E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday lauded Tennessee’s educators for their extra effort in trying to help students be successful, and Gov. Bill Haslam said he will make it a priority to try to pay teachers more. Duncan spoke at the Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference, which is being attended by more than 2,000 educators from across the state. read more

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New 'Call of Duty' video game due out next week E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
NEW YORK — The latest installment in the blockbuster “Call of Duty” video game franchise goes on sale next week, and retailers including Best Buy and Wal-Mart will sell a special edition of the game beginning one day early. For its millions of fans, “Call of Duty” launches amount to a holiday each year. Several retailers will be selling a special “Day Zero” edition of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” 24 hours before the new game’s official release next Tuesday. The “Day Zero” edition not only comes out a day early, but will include special features. read more

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Nicely preserved mammoth carcass shown in Moscow E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
MOSCOW — Nearly 40,000 years old and in surprisingly good shape, the carcass of a woolly mammoth has gone on display in Moscow. The scientists who found the teenage mammoth in 2010 in Russia’s far north region of Yakutia have named it Yuka. The carcass had gone on display in Japan and Taiwan before it was exhibited in Moscow Tuesday. read more

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Southern Baptists tell pastors: Hold line on gays E-mail
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful — were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution is happening at warp speed,” said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority.” read more

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Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding. The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final. read more

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Letter: DeSantis "obstructing" all the right things E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
DeSantis is ‘obstructing’ all the right things Editor: This is for the letter writer who expressed doubts about Rep. Ron DeSantis getting all “Washington DC-ized,” and forgetting what is important. read more

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Pitts: A right to protest, even in Ferguson E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew. Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry struck down an ad hoc rule under which cops had said people could not stand still while peacefully protesting. Some were told they couldn’t stop walking for more than five seconds, others that they had to walk faster. read more

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Space station supply launch called off in Virginia E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
CAPE CANAVERAL — A space station delivery mission was called off Monday, just hours after the orbiting lab had to sidestep a piece of treacherous junk. Orbital Sciences Corp. got to within the 10-minute mark for the Virginia launch of its unmanned Cygnus capsule. But a sailboat ended up in the restricted danger zone, and controllers halted the evening countdown. The Virginia-based company will try again Tuesday evening. read more

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Toyota at top in global vehicle sales over VW, GM E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
TOKYO — Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world’s top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. Volkswagen said earlier this month it sold 7.40 million vehicles for January-September, barely edging out General Motors Co. in the closely watched auto sales race. GM reported sales of 7.372 million cars and trucks worldwide earlier this month. read more

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Car bombings in Iraq kill at least 38 people E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
CAR BOMBINGS IN IRAQ KILL AT LEAST 38 PEOPLE BAGHDAD — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen, killed at least 38 people Monday, authorities said. The deadliest attack struck the outskirts of the Sunni town of Jurf al-Skhar, where the suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden Humvee into the checkpoint, killing at least 24 people and wounding 25, a police officer said. Most of those killed were members of the Shiite militia, he added. read more

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Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
CHICAGO — Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn’t reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference. Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take up time and resources in busy emergency rooms, and doctors fear the problem may worsen when flu season ramps up. read more

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Police: Man wanted in trooper ambush is captured E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State police confirmed Eric Frein was taken into custody but released no details. A federal law enforcement official in Washington said Frein was armed when he was captured by U.S. marshals on Thursday. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the circumstances of Frein’s arrest and spoke to The Associated Press anonymously. read more

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Letter: Misterly understands what St. Augustine has and what it needs E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Misterly unerstands what we have Editor: The upcoming election will be so important for establishing the direction that St. Augustine will take going forward. At a time when this remarkable city is appearing on so many “10 best” lists, it should be a consideration for all of us to support those who recognize what we have and how to keep it so special. read more

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Bucket Brigade E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Countdown to the 450th Oct. 30, 1890 The acting Fire Chief asks for three dozen rubber buckets for the Bucket Brigade.

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Guy Harvey here? Imagine that E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Question: What do the following high-end, sea-soaked tourist destinations have in common with little St. Augustine Beach? ? Islamorada, Fla. ? South Bimini ? Green Turtle Cay, Grand Bahamas ? Abaco, Grand Bahamas ? St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. ? West End, Grand Bahamas ? Isla Mujeres Mexico, ? Dominica Island, Lesser Antilles They are all Guy Harvey Outpost sites ... or, in our case, future sites. read more

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Louisiana bank purchases Old Florida for $259M E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Orlando-based Old Florida Bancshares Inc., with 12 branches in Orlando, was acquired by Louisiana-based IberiaBank in a stock-purchase deal valued at $259 million. As part of the acquisition, Old Florida Bank President and Chief Executive Officer John Burden Sr. will become executive vice president of 127-year-old IberiaBank, according to a news release. Old Florida opened its first branch in Longwood in 1982. As part of the Old Florida Bancshares group, it acquired Mercantile Capital Corporation in 2010 and New Traditions Bank in 2013. read more

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To your good health: Itchy skin condition increases women's cancer risk E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 72-year-old female recently diagnosed with lichen sclerosus of the vulva. The issue started about four years ago with a rash on my buttock, for which I used every over-the-counter medication available. I had no positive results, so I went to a dermatologist, who couldn’t identify it (no meds prescribed), then to my family doctor, who also couldn’t identify the problem. She recommended that I see a gynecologist, who made the diagnosis after an internal exam, with no other testing ordered. read more

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Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
NEW YORK — Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast. Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn’t offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a “skirmish” rooted in competition. read more

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Flagler women rally to win own tournament E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
After near misses the last two years, Flagler closed out the fall portion of its women’s golf season with a championship in its own tournament. The Saints posted a tournament-best 5-over-par 293 on Tuesday to rally past first-round leader Lynn University for the title in the 12th annual Flagler Fall Slam at Marsh Creek Country Club. Flagler, ranked fifth in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division II poll, had a 36-hole total of 601 to finish five shots ahead of No. 4 Lynn. read more

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Water traps 18 miners in Turkey E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
ANKARA, Turkey — Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation’s poor workplace safety standards. Initial reports said flooding inside the Has Sekerler mine near the town of Ermenek in Karaman province caused a cave-in, but subsequent reports workers were trapped by the water. Turkey’s emergency management agency, AFAD, said a broken pipe in the mine caused the flooding but did not elaborate. read more

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Sheriff: 2 shot outside NC courthouse, gunman caught E-mail
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NASHVILLE, N.C. — A gunman opened fire on two men in front of the courthouse in this small North Carolina town on Tuesday, sending panicked lunchtime shoppers ducking into shops along the normally quiet main drag. The suspect was caught in the late afternoon after a manhunt that included dozens of armed officers searching the woods along a state highway with a police helicopter flying overhead. A second suspect was still on the loose Tuesday night. Authorities didn’t offer a motive but believe the victims were targeted. Both were expected to survive. read more

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Bombing suspect's friend convicted of lying to FBI E-mail
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BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend was convicted Tuesday of lying to federal agents during the investigation into the deadly 2013 attack. Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, was convicted of two counts for lying about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room while two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence three days after the bombing while authorities were looking for the suspected bombers. He looked straight ahead impassively as the guilty verdicts were read. read more

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Iraqi Kurds head to fight militants in Syria E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
IRBIL, Iraq — Thousands of cheering, flag-waving people gave a noisy send-off to a group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops who left Tuesday for Turkey — the first step on their way to help their Syrian brethren fight Islamic extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani. read more

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Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
NEW YORK — A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday. read more

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Lava nears Hawaii home; officials close schools E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
HONOLULU — After slowly snaking through unoccupied land for weeks, a river of asphalt-black lava has entered a residential property on Hawaii’s Big Island. The lava was within yards of a home in the rural community of Pahoa Village on Tuesday. Meanwhile, officials say an elementary school in the molten stream’s projected path will be closed starting today. Depending on which side of the flow students live on, they’ll either go to a newly built temporary facility or other area schools starting Nov. 7 and 10. read more

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Editorial: FPL wants ratepayers to bankroll challenge of clean water regulations E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest utility, is asking Florida’s Public Service Commission, the state’s largest buddy to the state’s largest utility, to use ratepayer money to fight the EPA on protential clean water regulations. read more

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Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra in top 10 entering final round of state tournament E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
When the Bartram Trail girls golf team finished runner-up at last year’s Class 2A state championship, the only program ahead of it was a powerhouse Plantation American Heritage bunch that finished 47 strokes better than anyone else in the field. Another successful opening round has the Patriots in prime position to repeat, while the Bears have some work to do for another high finish. read more

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Gas prices haven't been this low since 2010 E-mail
News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County
Gas prices have been steadily dropping for four months, but the past two weeks have seen the biggest drop yet. They’ve been dropping at an average of 1-2 cents a day, a spokesman with AAA said, and are now at the lowest they’ve been since December 2010. Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular gas fell 6 cents in the past week to $3.05. It dropped 11 cents to $3.04 in Florida and 12 cents to $2.93 in Georgia. South Carolina had the lowest average in the country Monday morning at $2.78, according to AAA, while Alaska had the highest at $3.76. read more

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Italian banks hit hard by European test results E-mail
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Italian banks hit hard by European test results FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe’s far-reaching review of banks set off sharp drops in the shares of Italian lenders on Monday after several of them failed the year-long exercise’s test of financial strength. read more

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German police defend tactics at far-right protest E-mail
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GERMAN POLICE DEFEND TACTICS BERLIN — German police say they were well-prepared for a far-right protest that erupted into violence in the western city of Cologne, resulting in 49 officers being injured Sunday. Wolfgang Albers, the city’s chief of police, defended his officers’ tactics Monday after conservative lawmakers accused police of underestimating the situation. Some 4,000 neo-Nazis attended the demonstration, organized by a group calling itself “Hooligans against Salafis” and ostensibly aimed against Islamic extremism. read more

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