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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...

Florida gov rebuffs call for red tide emergency declaration

Jul. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rebuffed calls for an emergency declaration to address a red tide outbreak in Tampa Bay that's killed hundreds of tons of fish and other marine life, saying Wednesday it would do more harm than good. DeSantis...

Teen gets probation in boating crash that killed girl

Jul. 19, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old Tampa-area boy received five years probation Monday after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of teenage girl in a November boating crash. Gavin Johnston of Largo pleaded guilty to vessel homicide in adult court for the Nov. 1...

Protesters seek help dealing with fish-killing red tide

Jul. 17, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Amid the stench of dead fish, protesters marched Saturday along Florida's Tampa Bay to call for state assistance in dealing with a growing outbreak of harmful red tide. More than 100 people took part in the event along the St. Petersburg...

He walked beach with an AR-15. Is he a menace or a martyr?

Jul. 17, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Taylor trudged over the crowded sugar sand, between sunbathers on beach towels and water-winged kids digging with plastic shovels. A few people peered at him from behind sunglasses. What was he doing? “Livin’ that dream,” he...

Tons of dead fish in Tampa Bay blamed on toxic red tide

Jul. 14, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A unusually large bloom of toxic red tide is being blamed for a massive fish kill in Florida's environmentally sensitive Tampa Bay. Officials say more than 600 tons (540 metric tonnes) of dead fish and other marine life have been scooped up...