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Botched Execution Could Renew ‘cruel’ Challenges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate is certain to fire up the debate over what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment — the phrase written into the U.S. Constitution and defined by the courts, piece by piece, over two centuries. Convicted killer...

Blue Jackets Aiming Higher After Playoff Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Having taken some big steps by making the playoffs and then winning two games, the Columbus Blue Jackets are aiming higher. They want to contend for a Stanley Cup. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach Todd Richards said Thursday they believe that to...

Brewers Add RH Reliever Wooten For Reds Series

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers added right-handed reliever Rob Wooten for the start of their series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, leaving them short-handed in the outfield. Utility player Elian Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He batted .222 in nine...

Central Ohio Mumps Outbreak Tops 300 Cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 303 cases, about three-quarters of reported cases nationwide. The running total of the cases of the contagious viral illness, which date to early January, was reported by Columbus...

Eastern League

___ Reading at Portland, ppd., rain Altoona 9, Erie 4, 1st game Erie 5, Altoona 2, 2nd game New Britain at Harrisburg, 5:30 p.m., 1st game Trenton at New Hampshire, 6:05 p.m., 1st game Bowie at Richmond, 6:35 p.m. New Britain at Harrisburg, 8:05 p.m., 2nd game Trenton at New...

Ohio Libertarians Appeal To US Supreme Court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Libertarian Party of Ohio has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a lower court denied its attempt to get a gubernatorial candidate on Tuesday’s primary ballot. Charlie Earl was disqualified by Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO-sted) after...

Browns sign QB Vince Young

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns have signed free agent quarterback Vince Young, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. Young was given a tryout this week at Browns’ three-day minicamp and showed enough to earn a deal. The team also signed...

On Deck: Big baseball games in WBL and BVC

There’s a big day of local sports on the agenda today and we’ll have the latest on all of the action for you here at The Courier. There are 14 prep baseball games on the schedule Ottawa-Glandorf will try and stay in the Western Buckeye League baseball race as the Titans host Van...

Commissioners told to ‘stay the course’ on flood control

Hancock County’s commissioners were urged to “stay the course” on flood control this morning. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Kathy Kreuchauf, president of the Community Foundation, were among those attending today’s meeting, encouraging the commissioners not to waver...

Marathon Petroleum reports lower earnings in first quarter of 2014

Scheduled maintenance idled Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s two largest refineries, plunging profit 73 percent last quarter to $199 million, the company reported Thursday. Earnings in the January-March quarter amounted to 67 cents per share, down from $2.17 a year earlier. Marathon...