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Man gets life in prison for murder in deal with prosecutors

Aug. 03, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of torturing a Florida man to death and robbing him has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty just days before his a trial was set to begin. Keith Earl Davis, 47, pleaded guilty to murder in Hillsborough County court on Monday in...

Producer brings Hallmark romance to Tampa Bay movie sets

Aug. 01, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Asked if she is a romantic, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt stoically replied, “I guess.” But when asked about her husband, Schmidt’s business-like demeanor softened. “He is the man of my dreams,” the 64-year-old Citrus...

“Nakations” boom despite the pandemic

Jul. 31, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (AP) — When the first wave of the pandemic hit Florida in early 2020, KC and Joanna Quintana couldn’t wait to strip off their masks — and the rest of their outfits. The couple has frequented the clothing-optional Caliente Club & Resorts in...

Griffin twins trade jabs long before 1st game as opponents

Jul. 30, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Griffin twins are already talking trash, and there’s still nearly three months to go before they’re on opposite sidelines for the first time in their lives. Teammates at every level of football growing up in St. Petersburg, Shaquill and...

Press secretary liked DeSantis so much, she asked for a job

Jul. 28, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — On March 19, Christina Pushaw wrote an email to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ then-press secretary. She was ready to make a move. Pushaw, 30, a Washington, D.C., communications professional, was an admirer of DeSantis — and the way he dealt with...

NFL player's brother, 2nd man jailed in 2016 student slaying

Jul. 27, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men, one of them the brother of an NFL player, have been arrested on murder charges in the 2016 shooting death of a college student. Donterio Rashad Fowler, 25, and Keondre Quamar Fields, 23, were being held without bail Tuesday...

Yankees star Aaron Judge takes BP, nearing return from COVID

Jul. 26, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

TAMPA. Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Kyle Higashioka took another step in returning from the COVID-19 injured list by taking batting practice Monday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. First baseman Luke Voit, on the IL...

Russia marks Navy's 325th anniversary, Iranian ship joins in

Jul. 25, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia marked the 325th anniversary of the founding of its navy with ship parades at major ports on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the main parade of more than 50 vessels in St. Petersburg, which included ships from the navies of Iran,...

Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches

Jul. 23, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a “beach hazards statement” affecting the oceanfront and...

Danish military spots Iranian vessels in the Baltic Sea

Jul. 22, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Danish military said Thursday it spotted an Iranian destroyer and a large support vessel sailing through the Baltic Sea, likely heading to Russia for a military parade in the coming days. The Danish Defense Ministry posted...