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Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

Sep. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia's parliamentary election. ...

Police: Man, woman fatally shot in St. Petersburg home

Sep. 17, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have identified a possible suspect in the fatal shootings of an 18-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man in St. Petersburg. Police said in a statement that they have taken someone into custody, but they haven't released the...

Russia votes in parliament election without main opposition

Sep. 16, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless official moves to shut down significant opposition, Russia began three days of voting early Friday in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. ...

3 minimum-wage jobs needed to make rent in Tampa Bay area

Sep. 12, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

Rent increases across Tampa Bay this year aren’t just breaking records. They’re obliterating them. As of late August, asking rents for apartments have increased since the beginning of the year by 21.7 percent, according to data from CoStar Group, a real estate data...

Chief: 4 deputies fatally shot man who broke into home

Sep. 07, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who authorities say forced his way into the home of a former girlfriend early Tuesday and pointed a gun at a man in the house. Clearwater police Chief Daniel Slaughter said during news conference that...

Sheriff: Rooftop shooter injures self while fleeing deputies

Sep. 06, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man shot at several people before a six-hour, rooftop standoff with sheriff's deputies, officials said. The incident began around 8 p.m. Sunday when deputies were alerted to three “suspicious" men in an area of Dunedin, which is a suburb...

Huge tree growing in kitchen didn’t stump Gulfport buyers

Sep. 06, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — “Keep Gulfport Weird” is practically a town motto, found on bumper stickers all over, so it’s fitting that a home listing there landed on the “Zillow Gone Wild” Facebook page. Look past the marble countertops and waterfront view, and...

Last house in historic Black community may become museum

Sep. 05, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

The house needs a new home. It might someday become a museum, so it can keep sharing its story of slaughter and survival. It’s the last house in what once was Rosewood, a community of 300 people — mostly Black — who lived along State Road 24,...

Prosecutor who put away Tampa’s most notorious is retiring

Sep. 04, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For a glimpse at Jay Pruner’s prowess in the courtroom, look to a moment near the end of a 1998 murder trial. The defendant was Lawrence Singleton, found guilty of stabbing a woman in his Orient Park home. A jury would learn that 20 years earlier,...

Ex-NFL player McCants, 53, found dead in Florida home

Sep. 02, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL player Keith McCants was found dead Thursday at his home in Florida after a suspected drug overdose, investigators said. He was 53. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in an email that deputies were called to a St. Petersburg...