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Barack Obama offering sympathy but no easy answers in Orlando

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Offering sympathy but no easy answers, President Barack Obama came Thursday to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Air Force One touched down at midday in this grief-stricken community, where Obama planned to spend a few hours meeting in private with families of the 49 victims, with survivors and with local law enforcement officials who responded to the shooting. He planned to emphasize his solidarity with Orlando’s gays and lesbians but…

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Kathy Castor to speak to Tiger Bay

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Fresh from a ride on Air Force One, two-term U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor pays her first visit to the Tiger’s Den. We just heard from Bill Young, and Kathy Castor is Pinellas’ other representative in Congress, with a district that includes most of south St. Petersburg as well as all of Tampa and a slice of Manatee County. With control of the presidency and big majorities in both houses of Congress, Democrats figured to be running up the score in…

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Air Force One backup rattles NY nerves

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An Air Force One lookalike, the backup plane for the one regularly used by the president, flew low over Manhattan on Monday morning, accompanied by two F-16 fighters, so Air Force photographers could take pictures. But a lack of awareness about the flyover led to the evacuation of several buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City, and perplexed officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other authorities were inundated with calls from anxious ferry passengers,…

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