Fitch lowers Italy's credit rating to 1 notch above junk

Fitch Ratings has downgraded its rating on Italy’s long-term debt, citing the country’s huge debts, stagnant economy and divided politics. Fitch cut the country’s rating from BBB+ to BBB, one notch above junk-bond status. Fitch says the outlook for the debt is...
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United CEO won't add chairman title in 2018 as was planned

AP Photo/Richard Drew DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines said CEO Oscar Munoz, who came under withering criticism for the airline’s handling of a passenger-dragging incident, will not automatically add the title of chairman in 2018 as planned. The company said Friday that...

Governor names Hackenberg as Findlay municipal judge

Alan D. Hackenberg of Findlay, an assistant city law director, has been named by Gov. John Kasich to fill a judge vacancy on Findlay Municipal Court. Hackenberg received the call from the governor’s office today. In late March, the Hancock County Republican Party announced he...

Indians’ Kipnis Activated From DL, Makes 1st Start

CHICAGO (AP) — Second baseman Jason Kipnis was activated from the disabled list by the Cleveland Indians and was set to make his season debut against the Chicago White Sox. Kipnis was to start at second base and bat sixth Friday night. He was limited to two exhibition games...

Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. will be targeting more than just Montana’s Republican voters on Friday and Saturday when he helps Greg Gianforte campaign for an open U.S. House seat. A prairie dog hunt is also on the agenda for the...

Blazers big man Nurkic upgraded to 'doubtful' for Game 3

AP Photo/Steve Dykes PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers upgraded center Jusuf Nurkic to doubtful for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Portland on Saturday night....
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United CEO won't add chairman title in 2018 as was planned

AP Photo/Richard Drew DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines said CEO Oscar Munoz, who came under withering criticism for the airline’s handling of an April passenger-dragging incident, will not be automatically adding the title of chairman in 2018 as planned. The company said...

Ohio Officials Forego $22 Million In Charter School Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio state officials have turned down $22 million out of $71 million in federal charter school expansion grants, saying they don’t think enough potential schools will meet the high performance ratings needed to qualify. The grant money is for new...

US Rig Count Rises 10 This Week To 857; Texas Up 6

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 10 this week to 857. A year ago, 431 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 688 rigs sought oil and 167 explored for natural gas this week. Two...

Two hurt in Putnam County crash

COLUMBUS GROVE — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Friday afternoon crash that injured two drivers on Ohio 65. Around 3:33 p.m., Jonathon W. Schindler, 31, of Columbus Grove, was driving south on Ohio 65 and slowed to turn into the Shell gas station at 715 S....