Dominican investigation of Rays' Wander Franco is being led by gender violence and minors division
A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says the investigation into Tampa Bay Rays All-Star shortstop Wander Franco’s alleged relationship with a minor is being handled by a division specializing in minors and gender violence in the province of Peravia.
Putin woos African leaders at a summit in Russia with promises of expanding trade and other ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed Africa's growing role in global affairs and offered to expand political and business ties as he courted leaders from the continent at a summit in St. Petersburg.
Putin promises no-cost Russian grain shipments to 6 African countries
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told leaders and officials from most African countries that his nation is making full efforts to avert a global food crisis despite concerns that its withdrawal from a deal allowing grain shipments from Ukraine will cause price spikes.
Putin hosts United Arab Emirates leader for economic talks
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed a recent decision by OPEC, Russia and other oil producing nations to limit production as key to stabilizing the global energy market, as he met the leader of the United Arab Emirates for talks on fostering economic ties.
US offers $10M reward for Russian election interference info
The State Department has offered a $10 million reward for information about Russian interference in American elections, including a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a troll farm that officials say fueled a divisive social media campaign in 2016.
Polk County detectives seek IDs of 3 men recorded carrying homicide victim
A St. Petersburg man was shot and killed Wednesday in Davenport, and Polk County homicide detectives are asking the public for help to identify three men recorded on surveillance video carrying the victim’s body out of a house, according to sheriff’s office officials.
Irvin pitches into 7th, A's take 3 of 4 from Rays, 6-3
Cole Irvin pitched into the seventh inning,and the Oakland Athletics beat Tampa Bay 6-3 to take three of four from the Rays, Irvin allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings as the rebuilding A’s under new manager Mark Kotsay improved to 4-3.