Violence during Rio Carnival spotlights security woes

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A series of muggings, armed robberies and confrontations during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebrations are underscoring the deteriorating security situation in the city. TV Globo on Wednesday showed videos of gunfire between rival drug gangs, teenagers...

Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas...

‘Tito’ Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former major leaguer John “Tito” Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84. The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Francona played...

Upbeat Gardenhire excited to get started with Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ron Gardenhire put on a glove and took some grounders at first base, tossing the ball to pitchers covering the bag and barking out words of encouragement. The manager certainly seemed to be enjoying himself Wednesday, when the Detroit Tigers had their first...

Ex-Heisman winner Manziel attempts comeback in Spring League

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he’ll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The...

“Maze Runner” author James Dashner dropped by literary agent

NEW YORK (AP) — “Maze Runner” author James Dashner’s literary agent has dropped him. Michael W. Bourret says in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that “under the circumstances” he could not represent Dashner after allegations of sexual...

Russian gold-medal favorites lose opening game to Slovakia

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The latest iteration of the Russian Red Machine started its Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia on Wednesday and lost 3-2. The Russians gave up a two-goal lead as defensive errors allowed Slovakia to end the first period tied at 2-2. Peter...

Former Model Enters Not-guilty Plea In Murder-for-hire Plot

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio model accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her two stepdaughters has entered not guilty pleas. Tara Lambert was sentenced in 2016 to seven years in prison after she was convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated...

UPDATED: Gunman kills at least 17 at Florida high school

By TERRY SPENCER and KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman...

Ohio Court Won’t Reopen Case Of Man Convicted Of Killing 11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court has declined to reopen the death penalty case of a man sentenced to die for killing 11 women and hiding their remains in and around his Cleveland home. At issue were arguments by attorneys for 58-year-old Anthony Sowell...