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Adam West learned to embrace Batman role he couldn't shake

AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck donned Batman’s cape in a stream of Hollywood blockbusters, there was Adam West. West’s deadpan portrayal of the comic hero in a campy...

Gypsy Moth Spraying Set To Begin In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Agriculture is beginning its annual campaign to control the state’s gypsy moth population. The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) spraying has started this week in central and southeast Ohio. Planes will be covering nearly 75,000...

Police Train With Unruly “zombies” At Ohio Conference

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Police officers got some help from the undead during a crowd-management training course in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) a couple dozen “zombie” volunteers threw water bottles, blocked doorways and tossed insults at officers as they...

University Trustees Cut $30M From Budget, Plan Layoffs

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — Wright State University trustees have voted to cut $31 million from the university’s fiscal 2018 budget and will lay off more than 50 employees to deal with a projected deficit. The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) trustees voted Thursday on the...
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Report: Opel CEO to step down once sale to PSA completed

AP Photo/Christophe Ena BERLIN (AP) — The chief executive of German automaker Opel reportedly plans to step down from his post once the General Motors subsidiary’s sale to PSA Peugeot-Citroen has been completed. German weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung...
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'The Grand Tour' host Richard Hammond injured in car crash

AP Photo/Joel Ryan GENEVA (AP) — Richard Hammond, a presenter of Amazon’s car-themed TV show “The Grand Tour,” escaped serious injury Saturday in a fiery crash while filming in Switzerland. Program-makers said Hammond was airlifted to hospital with a...
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Adam West, who played 1960s-era Batman, dies at 88

AP Photo/Cristy Rickard LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam West, whose straight-faced portrayal of Batman in a 1960s TV series lifted the tight-clad Caped Crusader into the national consciousness, has died at age 88, his family said Saturday on a verified Facebook page. West died...

Alleged Italian mobster-drug kingpin detained in Brazil

ROME (AP) — Italian and Brazilian authorities say a fugitive ‘ndrangheta crime clan boss, accused of international drug trafficking, has been detained at a Brazil airport. Italy’s interior minister, Marco Minniti, on Saturday hailed the arrest of Vincenzo Macri,...

Russian nanotechnology official arrested for fraud

MOSCOW (AP) — A top official for the Russian government’s nanotechnology promotion arm has been detained on fraud charges. The state Investigative Committee announced the arrest of Andrei Gorkov on Saturday. He is the managing director for investment of Rusnano, a...
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Texas's tough pension laws may not apply in other states

AP Photo/LM Otero DALLAS (AP) — One by one, Pete Bailey, Clint Conway, Julian Bernal and a half dozen other retired police officers and firefighters stood up in December and told the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board that they had been counting on their deferred...