Finalists announced for PEN/Faulkner prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Karen Jay Fowler, best known for her novel “The Jane Austen Book Club,” is a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner award for fiction. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced Wednesday that Fowler has been nominated for “We Are All...
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Efforts fail for Russia-Ukraine diplomatic talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) meet at the Russian Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Russia is unlikely to pull back its military forces in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, analysts and...
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Stocks settle down after big swings on Ukraine

Trader Jeffrey Vazquez, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Stocks are little changed in early trading, a day after setting a record high, as traders were unimpressed by a slight increase in hiring at private companies last...
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Washington issues first legal pot business license

Sean Green displays his new Washington state legal marijuana license at a presentation Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Green, a medical marijuana dispensary operator from Spokane, was issued the producer-processor license under the state’s recreational pot law...
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10-second rule withdrawn by NCAA rules committee

FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, Temple coach Mark Rhule yells to his team during an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Rhule shares some of the safety concerns held by Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Alabama’s Nick Saban about...

2-year extension offered for canceled health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. The decision helps defuse a...

Election board: Rhonda Damschroder OK for write-in ballot

FREMONT – Sandusky County Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to dismiss the petition against Rhonda Damschroder’s write-in candidacy for the 88th District seat. John Brewer, a Clyde resident, submitted a written objection to the candidacy late...
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Tymoshenko says West must stop Russian aggression

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko poses for a photo during an interview with the Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Tymoshenko says the West must force Russia to withdraw troops from the Crimean peninsula and that Ukraine should not agree...
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Israeli naval raid nabs rocket shipment

This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces shows a missile on an intercepted ship in the Red Sea Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Israeli naval forces raided a ship deep in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian...

House backs bill to delay health care penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted for a one-year delay in the penalty that people would have to pay if they fail to sign up for health insurance. It was the 50th time that Republicans have forced a vote to repeal, gut or change the law championed by President Barack...