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Brands vie to stand out amid Super Bowl chatter

AP Photo/John Minchillo NEW YORK (AP) — If it’s on TV, it’s on Twitter, at least when it comes to blockbuster events such as the Super Bowl. Advertisers, in particular, are ready to capitalize. “What advertisers have realized is that Super Bowl advertising...
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Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil

FILE – In this June 12, 2013 file photo, transgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 30,...

Protests over Russian anti-gay law focus on Sochi

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers...
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Sienna Miller testifies at UK phone hacking trial

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis LONDON (AP) — Actress Sienna Miller said Friday that she had a “brief encounter” with James Bond star Daniel Craig, but insisted a British tabloid misconstrued the nature of the relationship based on a hacked voicemail message. Miller...

Judge race contested in Putnam County Democratic primary

OTTAWA — Putnam County will have a contested Democratic primary in the race for juvenile and probate judge on May 6. Candidate petitions were filed today by incumbent Judge Michael Borer, and challenger, county Prosecutor Gary Lammers. So far, there have been no other filers in...
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10 Super Bowl Ads to watch out for

AP Photo NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot. Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne’s “Matrix” character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to...
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Cases may mean more than legal woes for Bieber

AP Photo/Powers Imagery LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber’s court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star’s jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors, Legal experts said a decision by...

On Deck: Big night of prep basketball

There’s a little bit of everything on Friday’s local sports schedule and we’ll bring your latest on all of the sports action happening around the region today here at The Courier. Findlay High School’s boys basketball team travels to Toledo St. Francis in a Three Rivers Athletic...

Goodell: Redskins name honors Native Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname has been “presented in a way that honors Native Americans.” Goodell said Friday at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference that he’s been talking to Native American...
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Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

FILE – The new Caribbean Princess departs on its maiden voyage from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in this April 3, 2004 file photo. Federal health officials are investigating after an outbreak of illness has caused Caribbean Princess cruise ship to ends its trip...