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Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

Feb. 19, 2024 10:25 AM EST

Tackle football offers children as young as 5 the chance to make friends, learn teamwork, maybe attract a college scholarship. Growing research shows it also can cause injuries that damage developing brains. That leaves families to balance the risks against the opportunities. ...

Over 300 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin's fiercest foe

Feb. 18, 2024 15:44 PM EST

Over 300 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported Sunday. The sudden death of Navalny, 47, was a crushing blow to many Russians, who had pinned their hopes for...

German man arrested in Russia for allegedly smuggling cannabis gummies

Feb. 14, 2024 11:48 AM EST

A Moscow court on Wednesday remanded a German citizen into custody after his arrest over possession of cannabis gummies and accusations of smuggling drugs, Russian state news agency Tass said. Patrick Schobel, 38, was detained at Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg late last month and...

Putin and Lukashenko meet in St Petersburg to discuss ways to expand the Russia-Belarus alliance

Jan. 29, 2024 10:55 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus met Monday to discuss ways to further expand their close alliance that has seen the deployment of some of Russia's nuclear weapons on the territory of its neighbor. President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia and...

Russia marks 80 years since breaking the Nazi siege of Leningrad

Jan. 27, 2024 12:25 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian city of St. Petersburg on Saturday marked the 80th anniversary of the end of a devastating World War II siege by Nazi forces with a series of memorial events attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and close allies. The Kremlin leader...

Elderly man shoots wife, self at Florida assisted living facility, police say

Jan. 23, 2024 17:57 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — An elderly man fatally shot his wife and then himself at an assisted living facility in Florida, police said Tuesday. Staff at the Addington Place at College Harbor facility found the couple dead in the woman's room around 10 a.m., the St. Petersburg...

Russia will consider property confiscations for those convicted of discrediting the army

Jan. 20, 2024 11:29 AM EST

Russia’s parliament will consider a law allowing for the confiscation of money, valuables, and other property from those deemed to spread “deliberately false information” about Moscow’s military actions, a senior lawmaker said Saturday. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the...

Russian prosecutors seek lengthy prison terms for suspects in cases linked to the war in Ukraine

Jan. 19, 2024 17:30 PM EST

A Russian court in Siberia on Friday sentenced a man to 19 years in prison for shooting a military enlistment officer, while prosecutors in St. Petersburg asked for a 28-year sentence for a woman charged in the bombing of a cafe last April that killed a prominent military blogger, reports said. ...

A Ukrainian drone attack on an oil depot inside Russia causes a massive blaze, officials say

Jan. 19, 2024 08:09 AM EST

A Ukrainian drone struck an oil storage depot in western Russia on Friday, causing a massive blaze, officials said, as Kyiv’s forces apparently extended their attacks on Russian soil ahead of the war’s two-year anniversary. Four oil reservoirs with a total capacity of 6,000 cubic...

Estonian police arrest Russian university professor for allegedly spying for Moscow

Jan. 16, 2024 13:04 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Police in Estonia arrested a Russian professor teaching at the Baltic country’s most prestigious university on suspicions of spying for Moscow, officials said Tuesday. Estonian Internal Security Service, or security police, said it launched an...