Russia to host 2023 hockey worlds in St. Petersburg

Sports 05/24/19, 07:02

The International Ice Hockey Federation has picked the Russian city of St. Petersburg to host the 2023 world championships.Russia plans to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the event, and also use the city's Ice Place venue built for the 2000 worlds.The IIHF says it awarded two ...

Putin: Russia knows Mueller probe ‘gave birth to a mouse’

Politics 04/09/19, 15:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday mocked U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying "a mountain gave birth to a mouse." In his first comments since Mueller finished his probe, Putin sought to cast the 22-month investigation as a failure and disregarded the ...

Russia seeks to protect its interests in the Arctic, FM says

Europe 04/09/19, 05:08

Russia's foreign minister says military deployments in the Arctic are intended to protect national interests.Speaking Tuesday at the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg, Sergey Lavrov said that "we ensure the necessary defense capability in view of the military-political situation near our borders." He charged that a recent NATO exercise in ...

Ford workers in Russia protest planned closure

World 04/08/19, 11:57

Ford workers in Russia have started work-to-rule action over plans to close a plant.Mikhail Sergeyev, head of a trade union which represents around a third of the St. Petersburg plant's 900-strong workforce, has told The Associated Press on Monday the work-to-rule will continue until Ford negotiates, and it's already causing ...

Lawyer: Crime figure charged in Russian lawmaker’s killing

Europe 04/07/19, 17:03

The lawyer for an imprisoned Russian organized crime figure says the man has been charged in the 1998 assassination of reformist lawmaker Galina Starovoitova.Starovoitova, a prominent liberal member of the national parliament, was gunned down outside her St. Petersburg residence.Four people were convicted of taking part in the slaying or ...

Rays pay tribute to beloved sax player

Sports 04/06/19, 02:00

For almost two decades, Max Pierre played his sax outside sporting events in Tampa Bay, serenading fans attending Rays, Lightning or Bucs games with tunes like Tequila, and the themes to The Pink Panther and The Flintstones. "Bust a move," Pierre would say in between notes, earning tips that most ...

Blast injures 3 at top military school in Russia

Europe 04/02/19, 08:03

Three people were injured in an explosion inside an elite military academy in Russia's second-largest city, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.The ministry said in a statement that an unidentified "object" went off early afternoon inside the prestigious Mozhaisky Academy in St. Petersburg, which trains officers for the army's missile ...

Wild animals get care at private Russian center

Europe 03/20/19, 04:21

Gena the crocodile was left in a trash can. Elza the lion was roaming free in the cargo hold of a plane. As Tonya the bear grew up, the chain she wore dug so tightly into her skin that it started to cut through bone.Luckily for these wild animals, and ...

Insanity defense set for man who dropped daughter off bridge

U.S. 03/17/19, 11:16

No one disputes John Jonchuck dropped his 5-year-old daughter from a Florida bridge to her death four years ago, but whether he is a murderer or insane will soon be up to a jury to decide.Jonchuck, 29, goes on trial Monday for the Jan. 8, 2015, death of his daughter ...

County officials vacationed at vendor’s Florida beach condo

U.S. 03/13/19, 15:05

Two Iowa county treasurers recently vacationed with a businessman they have supported for a lucrative tax website contract, staying at his Florida beach property for free in an apparent violation of state ethics law.Dubuque County Treasurer Eric Stierman and Winneshiek County Treasurer Wayne Walter confirmed the trip to The Associated ...

Swede Felix Rosenqvist strong in IndyCar debut for Ganassi

Sports 03/12/19, 13:34

Felix Rosenqvist was buckled into his brand new race car and ready to pull off pit lane when his boss leaned into the cockpit."Hey," Chip Ganassi told his newest driver, "it's nice to finally have you here."Very nice indeed.FILE - In this Sunday, March 10, 2019, file photo, Chip Ganassi ...

Update: Bourdais exits IndyCar opener with car trouble

U.S. 03/10/19, 13:10

The Latest on the IndyCar season-opening race at St. Petersburg (all times local):2:05 p.m.Sebastien Bourdais will not win his third consecutive IndyCar race on the streets of his home city.Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Marcus Ericsson (7) of Sweden drives through turn two during the warm ups at IndyCar Firestone ...

Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

Sports 03/10/19, 09:02

The IndyCar field surprised Robert Wickens with an early 30th birthday celebration before Sunday's race at St. Petersburg.Wickens is at a track for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in an August race. He turns 30 on Wednesday.Wickens was surprised before the morning warmup when all ...

Will Power to lead Team Penske’s push in IndyCar

Sports 03/10/19, 08:19

Will Power will lead the field to green in IndyCar's season-opening race as Team Penske looks to extend its recent run of motorsports success.Power and Josef Newgarden make an all-Penske front row for Sunday's race through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg. Penske driver Ryan Blaney starts from the pole ...

Will Power continues Penske domination with IndyCar pole

Sports 03/09/19, 17:05

Roger Penske's teams are off to such a strong start to the motorsports season that his IndyCar group arrived at the season-opening event under pressure to match the performance.No problem at all.Will Power and Josef Newgarden swept the front row in qualifying to put a pair of Penske's Chevrolets out ...

Wickens determined to get out of wheelchair and race again

Sports 03/08/19, 16:37

His psychologist has warned Robert Wickens to consider the worst possible scenarios as he recovers from a spinal cord injury.Wickens prefers to think only about the day when he is no longer in a wheelchair and able to race cars again."There's a mental aspect that I'm still having a hard ...

Sebastien Bourdais seeks 3-peat on streets of St. Pete

Europe 03/07/19, 13:32

Something about the city of St. Petersburg captured Sebastien Bourdais when he first moved to America to pursue his racing career. He made his debut racing through the streets in 2003, bought a house in the area while his wife attended college nearby and it seemed the right place to ...

IndyCar welcomes A.J. Foyt and Robert Wickens back to track

U.S. 03/06/19, 16:41

The first IndyCar race of the season will see both A.J. Foyt and paralyzed driver Robert Wickens back at the track. Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August and has been rehabilitating in Denver the last several months. The Canadian said he will be part of IndyCar's ...

IndyCar slowly and steadily returning to relevance

Sports 03/06/19, 16:12

IndyCar is ready to go racing again after six long months spent solidifying the business side of the series as it executes a five-year plan aimed at continued growth.Scott Dixon wrapped up his fifth IndyCar championship last September. The months since have seen IndyCar land new title sponsorship from Japanese ...

Russian choir draws fire for satirical song about nuking US

Europe 02/26/19, 10:30

A choir in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has defended its decision to sing a satirical Soviet-era song about a nuclear attack on the United States after critics said the performance was a poor choice amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington.A video of the St. Petersburg Concert Choir's ...

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