Floors collapse at Russian university in St. Petersburg

Europe 02/16/19, 11:44

Russian emergency authorities say part of the roof and several floors of a university building in Russia's second-largest city have collapsed, but there were no immediate indications of casualties.The Emergencies Ministry said the collapse Saturday afternoon at the Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics took ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

U.S. 02/09/19, 03:31

photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.This week's gallery includes celebrations around the world tied to the lunar calendar; a massive protest against corruption in the Haitian capital; and winter scenes ...

Bertens beats Vekic to win St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

Tennis 02/03/19, 10:45

Kiki Bertens won her third title in six months on Sunday, beating Donna Vekic 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the final of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.Second-seeded Bertens came back from 5-2 down in the first set to win four straight games and force a tiebreaker. Eighth-seeded Vekic saved three match ...

Bertens beats Sabalenka to reach St. Petersburg final

Tennis 02/02/19, 08:42

Kiki Bertens reached her first final since September with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Saturday.The eighth-ranked Bertens broke Sabalenka's serve four times and fired in nine aces as she moved to a career 3-0 record over 10th-ranked Sabalenka.Eighth-seeded Donna Vekic ...

Petra Kvitova loses to Vekic in St. Petersburg

Tennis 02/01/19, 09:31

Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Friday after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.The second-ranked Kvitova landed only 48 percent of her first serves, double-faulted six times and was broken five times.Kvitova, the ...

Sabalenka beats van Uytvanck in St. Petersburg opener

Sports 01/31/19, 08:28

Aryna Sabalenka recovered from a second-set slipup to reach the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy quarterfinals on Thursday, beating Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4.In her first match since reaching a career-high ranking of No. 10 on Monday, the Belarusian trailed 3-1 in the second before winning four games in a row.Sabalenka, ...

Petra Kvitova beats Azarenka in 2 sets in St. Petersburg

Tennis 01/30/19, 09:28

Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova won eight straight games to take control of the match before needing a tiebreaker to finally beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.Kvitova, playing her opening match after a first-round bye, went from trailing ...

Azarenka to play Kvitova after beating Gasparyan

Sports 01/29/19, 12:29

Victoria Azarenka set up a meeting with Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday after a sometimes-shaky 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan.Azarenka, herself a two-time Australian Open champion, struggled on serve at times and gave up three breaks to Gasparyan. However, ...

Zvonareva beats Makarova in straight sets in St. Petersburg

Tennis 01/28/19, 08:35

Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 Monday.The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of ...

Russian parade marks 75 years since WWII siege of Leningrad

Europe 01/27/19, 02:56

The Russian city of St. Petersburg is marking the end of the World War II siege by Nazi forces with a large military parade in sprawling Palace Square.The siege of the city, then called Leningrad, lasted nearly 2½ years until the Soviet Army drove the Nazis away on Jan. 27, ...

Leningrad siege survivors recall their ordeal after 75 years

Europe 01/26/19, 06:35

Tamara Chernykh, 81, still can't forget those tiny pieces of bread that her granny used to put under her pillow as a night treat for a starving four-year-old girl in besieged Leningrad during the deadly winter of 1941-1942.Chernykh's grandmother, who gave the bread out of her own scanty food ration, ...

Former umpire Jim McKean dead at 73

Sports 01/24/19, 13:58

Jim McKean, who umpired 10 no-hitters and three World Series during a big league career from 1973-01, has died. He was 73.Jamie McKean, one of his sons, said McKean died in his sleep early Thursday at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, near his home. Jim McKean had kidney ...

Putin gets to fire cannon at Russian Christmas

Europe 01/07/19, 07:46

For Christmas, Vladimir Putin got to do something that many children dream of: fire a really big gun.Under the Russian Orthodox liturgical calendar, Christmas is observed on Jan. 7. During a visit to his hometown of St. Petersburg on Monday, the Russian president visited the Petropavlovsky Fortress on the banks ...

Russian teenagers use social media to rebel against teachers

Europe 12/28/18, 03:33

The principal of a prestigious school near St. Petersburg summoned 16-year-old Leonid Shaidurov and 14-year-old Maxim Dautov in for a chat. Then he threatened them with expulsion, a criminal probe and being blacklisted from all Russian universities.Their crime? Setting up an independent student union.But Shaidurov and Dautov, children of the ...

Rays reopen ballpark site search; opening delayed until 2024

Sports 12/11/18, 14:59

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says the team's planned ballpark for Tampa's Ybor City can't be finalized by this month's deadline and he will reopen the site search, delaying any opening until at least 2024.The team has played since its first season in 1998 at what is now called Tropicana Field ...

Formula One’s 21-race calendar is approved

Sports 12/05/18, 14:50

Formula One's 21-race calendar for 2019 has been approved, with Melbourne as usual hosting the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 17.Governing body FIA said after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in St. Petersburg on Wednesday that 11 races would be held in Europe, ...

Man charged with DUI after crash with police officer

U.S. 10/30/18, 03:24

Authorities say a Florida man has been charged with driving under the influence and marijuana possession after crashing into a police car. A St. Petersburg police news release says the crash happened Monday morning, shortly after midnight. Police say the officer was heading to a non-emergency call when 23-year-old Chapin Huffman hit ...

Scores detained in Russian protests against extremist case

World 10/28/18, 12:37

Police in Moscow and St. Petersburg have detained about 50 people taking part in unauthorized demonstrations against a criminal case filed against 10 young Russians for allegedly taking part in in extremist group that aimed to overthrow the government.Police officers speak with a protester holding a poster reading 'Kremlin, release ...

Newly released records show lead-up to parking lot shooting

U.S. 09/24/18, 16:27

Florida authorities on Monday released hundreds of new pages in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting a black man in a parking lot dispute in July.According to a transcript of Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives, he said that if Markeis McGlockton had retreated, ...

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