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MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer BRISTOL, Conn. — Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league’s new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics. The MAC...

Ohio detectives search for clues in cold case

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Warren County (AP) — Detectives say they are searching a ravine in southwest Ohio for evidence in a 22-year-old unsolved murder. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said Monday it was returning to the area of Washington Township, northeast of Cincinnati,...

On Deck: Big volleyball match at New Riegel

There’s plenty of prep volleyball and soccer on tap today and we’ll have the latest on all of the action for you here at The Courier. McComb travels to New Riegel in a battle of two of the area’s top volleyball programs. Riverdale travels to Carey in another all-area matchup. In...

Toledo mayor compares water crisis to 9/11

TOLEDO (AP) — Toledo’s mayor compares the city’s recent water emergency to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in terms of being a wake-up call for community action. Mayor D. Michael Collins tells The Blade that the water crisis earlier this month should change...

Ohio rules redrawn for tattoo artists, piercers

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is redrawing the rules for tattoo artists and piercers for the first time since the late 1990s. New regulations going into effect Sept. 1 include limiting piercing guns for use only on lower earlobes, and restricting minors from getting certain areas of...

Unemployment rates up in Hancock, most neighboring counties

Hancock County’s unemployment rate increased in July to 4.8 percent from 4.5 percent in June, the state reported today. It was the seventh-lowest rate among Ohio’s 88 counties and much lower than Hancock County’s 6.3 percent in July 2013, the state Job and Family Services...

Central Ohio man gets 16 years in fatal beating

COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to 16 years in prison for his role in the fatal beating of a housemate last year. Forty-one-year-old Lamont Evans Sr. was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to kidnapping and involuntary manslaughter in the November...

Charges In death of school shooting victim’s dad

CHARDON (AP) — The alleged drug dealer accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to the father of a boy killed in a 2012 Ohio school shooting has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge. Prosecutors in Geauga County say 37-year-old Chad Riffett sold the heroin...
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Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the...
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Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and...