Tense time in U.S.-Turkey relations

By MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey — The specter of a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria loomed over Thursday’s meeting between the top American diplomat and Turkey’s leader as the two NATO allies scrambled to ease some of their worst tensions in years....

Appeals court declares Trump travel ban to be unconstitutional

By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. — President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam,” a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, delivering another blow to the...

Olympics: America’s golden girl

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin placed her right glove over her heart soon after crossing the finish line, her mouth slightly agape in astonishment. Indeed, that really did happen. One Olympic gold medal down. More just might be on deck....

Dog Food Is Withdrawn Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals. The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned , , Skippy and...

Olympics roundup: U.S. women’s hockey falls to Canada

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by beating the United States 2-1 in what could be a preview of the gold-medal women’s hockey game. Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse scored for Canada and Genevieve Lacasse made...

College basketball: Penn State routs Buckeyes

By TRAVIS JOHNSON The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Tony Carr scored 30 points and Penn State routed No. 8 Ohio State 79-56 on Thursday night to sweep the Buckeyes. Mike Watkins added 11 points and 10 rebounds for his tenth double-double of the season, and Shep Garner and...

From clamming to NASCAR champion

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Sr. had a familiar deckhand this week when he unhitched his boat for a fishing trip off South Florida. Truex first brought his son into the family business aboard a clamming boat as a teenager. The son would...

Et Cetera Shop secures additional space

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — By the end of the year, Bluffton’s Et Cetera Shop should have a new home. The Et Cetera Shop, Inc. — which operates the Et Cetera Shop, Book ReViews and Ten Thousand Villages — has purchased the former Peerless...

March Dining with Diabetes classes forming

March Dining with Diabetes classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays — March 6, 13, 20 and 27 — in the kitchen area of the cardiac rehab department on the second floor of Blanchard Valley Hospital. Dining with Diabetes is for adults with pre-diabetes, or at risk...

Caregivers, spouses may attend Alzheimer’s group

BLUFFTON — A support group for caregivers, spouses or family members with Alzheimer’s disease meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Group facilitators are Tricia Herrmann, registered nurse, and Janet...