Phoenix VA To Get Another Acting Director

PHOENIX (AP) — The embattled Phoenix VA Health Care System is getting a new acting director. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that Glenn Costie will temporarily serve as acting director starting July 9. Costie has been the director of the Dayton VA in Ohio...

US Rig Count Rose 4 To 1,858

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by four this week to 1,858. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,545 rigs were exploring for oil and 311 for gas. Two were...

Kansas C Joel Embiid Has Surgery On Right Foot

Top prospect Joel Embiid had surgery on the stress fracture in his right foot Friday, and now he waits. He waits to see how far he falls in the NBA draft Thursday night. He waits to see how long it will be before he can hit the court again. He waits to see how he responds to an...

Man Who Escaped Michigan Court Surrenders

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A man who escaped a holding cell at a southeastern Michigan courthouse has surrendered after 10 days. The Lenawee County sheriff’s department says Scott Henning of Swanton, Ohio, tuned himself in Friday. He ran away on June 10 after being sentenced to...

Ohio Has Largest Measles Outbreak In US Since 1994

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The measles outbreak in Ohio has grown to 341 cases in nine counties, with eight hospitalizations reported. State health officials say it is the largest measles outbreak in the U.S. since 1994. Health officials say the Ohio outbreak started among Knox County...

Man Gets 35 Years For Fatal Ohio Sleepover Fire

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man twice convicted of killing a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover in Cleveland’s deadliest house fire was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison. Antun Lewis, 30, had asked the judge for mercy and expressed condolences to the families of...

Blue Jays Call Up RH Hendriks To Start Vs Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Blue Jays called up right-hander Liam Hendriks to start their series opener Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds, part of a rotation rearrangement. R.A. Dickey was scheduled to start, but was pushed back until Sunday, giving him a couple of extra days to...

DNC Chair Expects Clinton’s Help In ’14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Friday she expects Hillary Rodham Clinton to help Democrats heading into the midterm elections and raise money for the national party. Wasserman Schultz said in an interview to air Sunday on...

Convicted Company Founder Wants Lower Restitution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The founder of an Ohio health-care financing company convicted in a billion-dollar corporate fraud wants the $2.4 billion he was ordered to repay reduced or eliminated. Lance Poulsen was convicted in 2009 on counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and money...

Reds Demote Cingrani, Marshall Set For Surgery

CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-handed reliever Sean Marshall will have surgery on his left shoulder, the latest setback for the Reds setup man. The Reds moved Marshall to the 60-day disabled list on Friday before the start of an interleague series against Toronto. Marshall was 0-0 with a...