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VIDEO: Backyard Mission Trip

More than 1,300 volunteers gathered Saturday morning to head out to 214 job sites where they’d volunteer their time to help those who needed it.

Biologists See Good Outlook For Lake Erie Fishing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State biologists in Ohio say Lake Erie anglers should have a variety of sport fishing opportunities this year. Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say the lake’s population of walleye, yellow perch, black bass, white bass and...

1 In 3 Who Own Exotic Animals In Ohio Lack Permits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show about one in three owners of exotic animals in Ohio lack a state permit required to keep them. The permits are among the last pieces of the state’s crackdown on private ownership following the 2011 release of dozens of wild animals by a...
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Sanctions loom as observers held in east Ukraine

Ukrainian government troops atop an armored personal carrier travel on a country road outside the town of Svyitohirsk near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Ukrainian authorities are undertaking a security operation to liberate the nearby city of Slovyansk,...
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Law aims to boost halal, kosher food for poor

Volunteers Zahraa Debaja, center, and Zeinab Makki, right, prepare meals from food provided by the Yasmeen Bakery in Dearborn, Mich., Friday, April 25, 2014. The reach of one of the nation’s few charitable organizations exclusively providing halal food to the poor could...
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AP Interview: Tymoshenko calls for NATO membership

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and candidate for the upcoming presidential elections Yulia Tymoshenko speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Tymoshenko says Ukraine “must be a member of NATO†in order to...

Ex-detective Sentenced In Drug-related Ohio Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Columbus police detective has been sentenced to more than four years in prison in a drug-related case. Authorities alleged Stevie Billups was paid to protect a drug dealer during two transactions while he was an officer....

Fans celebrate Coen Bros.’ film at Lebowski Fest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself. Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Lebowski Fest, but Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 campy crime comedy “The Big Lebowski” was still the...
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In Asia, Obama carefully calibrates China message

President Barack Obama reviews troops as he participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 26, 2014.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama reviews troops as he participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square...