Ohio Plan: Ally With Drillers Against ‘eco-left’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A strategic plan drafted by Ohio regulators last year would have discredited environmental groups and state lawmakers opposed to drilling in state parks and forests with help from energy company Halliburton, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an industry...

A Changing Judicial Landscape For Gay Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The overturning of Virginia’s gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama’s two election victories. It’s no accident that Virginia has become...

Jack Hanna Raises $100K To Save Denmark Giraffe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna says he’s horrified that a Denmark zoo killed a healthy giraffe and fed it to lions, and he’s working to save a second giraffe that may be killed at a different zoo there for similar reasons. The Copenhagen Zoo said...

Update: Dunkirk man injured in crash

 KENTON — A Dunkirk man was hurt Friday night when his car slid off a Hardin County road and hit a utility pole south of Kenton, the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol reported. The patrol said Caleb Delong, 20, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by BKP...

Update: Rollover crash injures New Riegel man

VANLUE — A New Riegel man suffered minor injuries when his pickup truck rolled over about 7 p.m. Friday north of Vanlue, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Brett Williams, 21, was taken by Hanco Ambulance to Blanchard Valley Hospital, the sheriff’s office said....

Va. Gay Marriage Case Heads To Appeals Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Virginia’s gay marriage ban overturned, the legal fight over same-sex unions in that state goes to a court that has shifted to the left since President Barack Obama’s election. It’s no accident that the state has become a key testing...

Josh Tomlin, Indians Argue Salary Arbitration Case

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Tomlin and Cleveland have argued their salary arbitration case, with the pitcher asking for $975,000 and the Indians arguing for $800,000. Tomlin, a 29-year-old right-hander, had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in August 2012 and returned to...

Dems’ Catch: Voters Like Their Issues, Not Party

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — Congressional Democrats held a retreat this week seeking inspiration. But they left as befuddled as ever by an America that arguably likes their issues but not always the party. This fall’s elections seem likely to leave Democrats in the House...

US Rig Count Down 7 To 1,764

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by seven this week to 1,764. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,423 rigs were exploring for oil and 337 for gas. Four...

Reds’ Latos Has Surgery For Torn Knee Cartilage

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Starter Mat Latos had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on Friday, giving the Cincinnati Reds a concern as they opened spring training. Latos suffered the injury a few days earlier while throwing in Arizona. He’ll have to stop throwing...