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St. Pete mayor reopens talks on future of Rays stadium site

Jun. 29, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, is reopening talks about the future of the Tropicana Field site where baseball's Tampa Bay Rays play their home games. Mayor Ken Welch said Wednesday that two previous proposals for the 86-acre (348,000-square-meter)...

AP PHOTOS: Crowds celebrate St. Petersburg graduate gala

Jun. 28, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Scarlet Sails celebration is a rite of passage both figuratively and literally. Every year, tall ships with glowing red sails make their way down the Neva River in St. Petersburg to honor recent school graduates as they set out on their journey into adulthood. ...

DNR: Florida man dies trying to save teen in Lake Michigan

Jun. 27, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Lifeguards recovered the body of a Florida man Monday after he tried to save the life of a teenager, Indiana conservation officers said. Thomas Kenning, 38, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was at Porter Beach when he saw a female in distress in Lake Michigan,...

Putin to make 1st trip abroad since Ukraine conflict's start

Jun. 27, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is making his first public foreign trip since Russia sent troops into Ukraine, heading for two former Soviet republics and meetings likely to be friendly. Ahead of the trip beginning Tuesday to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, there were no...

After attacks, "huge" police presence at Florida Pride event

Jun. 25, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Even before a gunman opened fire Saturday at an annual LGBTQ Pride festival in Norway, police officials in a Florida city that hosts one of the largest Pride celebrations in the southeast U.S. were gearing up for “all hands on deck" to make sure the three days of...

Tampa’s malls die, morph or survive

Jun. 19, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Leslie Freed Price can track some teenage milestones back to the mall. It was 1984 and a dark comedy called Teachers was playing at the mall movie theater. Her boyfriend’s dad bought them tickets and left. “I got my first real kiss at University Square...

AP PHOTOS: Despite dark times, Russian economic forum shines

Jun. 19, 2022 02:32 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The bright colors and huge video screens in the corridors of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum gave the showpiece gathering the air of an upscale Russian mall — except that everything was open. Russia’s annual event to tout its...

Ukraine gets possible path to EU, aid pledges from Britain

Jun. 17, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm recommended putting Ukraine on a path to membership Friday, a symbolic boost for a country fending off a Russian onslaught that is killing civilians, flattening cities and threatening its very survival. In another show of...

Putin: Russian economy to overcome 'reckless' sanctions

Jun. 17, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said at Russia’s showpiece investment conference Friday that the country’s economy will overcome “reckless and insane” sanctions, while condemning the United States for acting like “God’s own messengers on planet Earth.” ...

Manfred says Rays, A's need new ballpark deals soon

Jun. 16, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics need to reach new ballpark deals soon and left open the possibility of considering relocation if agreements are not struck. “There is urgency with respect to Tampa,” Manfred said...