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Battery charge dropped against Florida rapper Rod Wave

May. 20, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A domestic battery charge against a 23-year-old Florida rapper who goes by the name Rod Wave has has been dropped, according to court documents. Prosecutors filed a notice Thursday in Osceola County court that the case against Rodarius Green was not suitable...

Predators sign Russian goalie Askarov to entry-level deal

May. 16, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed Iaroslav Askarov to a three-year entry level contract, two years after making him the sixth Russian-born goalie taken in the NHL draft first round at No. 11 overall. The 19-year-old spent most of the 2021-22 season with...

Florida rapper Rod Wave arrested on outstanding warrant

May. 03, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old Florida rapper who goes by the name Rod Wave has been arrested on a domestic battery charge, officials said. Rodarius Green, whose song “Heart on Ice" broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020, was arrested early Monday in St. Petersburg...

Foreign ballet dancers leave Russia over war with Ukraine

Apr. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Ballet dancers Adrian Blake Mitchell and Andrea Lassakova moved to Russia years ago to chase their dream of performing with the best in a country where people live and breathe ballet. But days after Russia invaded Ukraine, the couple uprooted their...

Man gets 40 years for killing pregnant Florida teenager

Apr. 29, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty this month to killing a pregnant Florida teenager a decade ago has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after sending authorities to dig up a field in rural Alabama in a fruitless search for her body. Jacobee Flowers, 34, would...

Man suspected of killing Florida teen set for sentencing

Apr. 28, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A 34-year-old man who pleaded guilty to killing a pregnant Florida teenager a decade ago faces a shorter prison sentence if her remains are found before he is sentenced Thursday. Jacobee Flowers was indicted by a grand jury in 2016 in the death of Morgan...

Russia removed as host of 2023 worlds in men's ice hockey

Apr. 26, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Russia was removed Tuesday as host of the 2023 world championship in men’s ice hockey that was to be played in Vladimir Putin’s home city St. Petersburg. Citing “concern for the safety and well-being of all participating players, officials, media, and fans,”...

Red Sox manager Cora tests positive for COVID, misses game

Apr. 21, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and did not manage the series finale against Toronto. Bench coach Will Venable took Cora's place in the dugout. Cora will not travel with the team to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the weekend...

Florida woman gets prison time for failed hitman scheme

Apr. 21, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 51-year-old Tampa woman has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for attempting to hire a hitman on the dark web to kill her ex-boyfriend’s wife. U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday also ordered DeAnna Marie Stinson to serve three years of supervised...

Live Update | Zelenskyy: Troops inflict 'deliberate terror'

Apr. 17, 2022 22:58 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian troops in southern Ukraine have been carrying out torture and kidnappings, and he called on the world Sunday to respond. “Torture chambers are built there,” Zelenskyy said in an evening address to the nation....