Woman dies after casino boat fire off Fla. coast

In this photo provided by Pasco County flames engulf a boat Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in the Tampa Bay area. The boat ferrying patrons to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast caught fire near shore Sunday afternoon, and dozens of passengers and crew safely made it to land with some jumping overboard to escape, authorities said. (Pasco County Fire Rescue via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Florida’s Gulf Coast, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape.

Fund that keeps rural phone rates affordable in peril

Pay phones used to be a popular way for people to make telephone calls away from home. Most phone booths have disappeared as more and more people carry cell phones. The same trend has led to people canceling landline service at home, which has cut the revenue collected from a surcharge that helps subsidize landline service in parts of rural Idaho. This 1957 photo was taken at Fort Lewis in Washington by the Richards Studio of Tacoma. Courtesy photo

A 30-year-old state fund that keeps landline phone service affordable for rural Idahoans is in jeopardy as more people drop landlines.

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