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  • Clapper: US gov't 'under assault' by Trump

    Hope Yen

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — American democracy is “under assault” on separate fronts from President Donald Trump and Russia, the former U.S. intelligence chief warned Sunday, expressing dismay over the abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey amid a probe into Moscow’s meddling in U.S. elections and possible ties with the Trump campaign.

  • All eyes on meeting of Trump, Pope Francis later this month

    Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

    When Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump at the Vatican next month, the world will be watching how the Argentine “slum pope” interacts with the brash, New York billionaire-turned-​


  • Legislators reach state budget deal

    Gary Fineout

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s top two Republican legislative leaders, negotiating in secret over the past few days, have reached a sweeping deal on a new state budget and other high-priority items ranging from public employee benefits to building a reservoir to deal with toxic algae discharges.

  • Gov. Scott gets 'liquor wall' bill

    Jim Turner

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Owners of small liquor stores want Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure narrowly approved by the House that would allow retail giants to stock liquor on the shelves alongside groceries and other goods.

  • School board not happy with state mandate allowing students to sit during pledge

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle


    Members of the school board began the process of altering the daily pledge of allegiance procedure Tuesday and they’re not happy about it. 

    The board is required to rewrite the policy in accordance with Florida Statute 1003.44 which permits, with written request by a parent, students to sit during the pledge without placing their hand on their heart.

  • China, US partner on North Korean 'problem'

    Ken Thomas

    Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that China was working with the United States on “the North Korea problem,” and his vice president told American and South Korea service members that the North’s latest “provocation,” a failed missile launch shortly before his arrival in Seoul, laid bare the risks they face.

  • Trump to challenge tough Obama-era mileage standards

    YPSILANTI, Mich. — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.

    Trump revealed his plans during a speech at an automotive testing center near Detroit, where he also met with auto company executives and workers.

  • Prescribed burn in southern Citrus County

    The Florida Forestry Service is currently conducting a 1,900-acre prescribed burn near the intersection of County Road 491 and West Stage Coach Trail.
    Prescribed burns reduce the brush and overgrowth that could serve as fuel for dangerous and fast-moving wildfires. These controlled burns also return nutrients to the soil, provide better forage for wildlife and help control certain plant and tree diseases.

  • College graduate spotlights Citrus High teacher who makes dulcimers


    When University of Florida student Kaitlyn Anthony had to find a project to finish her degree, she looked around. 

    A first-year English teacher at Citrus High, Anthony noticed Tim Stuart, a longtime media specialist who builds dulcimers in his spare time.

  • 'Godspeed, John Glenn'

    WASHINGTON — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

    Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.