2 area banks plan merger

First Federal Bank’s parent company, First Defiance Financial Corp. of Defiance, is buying Commercial Bancshares of Upper Sandusky, parent company of Commercial Savings Bank, for about $63 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, the two...

Romo gives Cowboys scare as Seattle rolls past Dallas 27-17

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson SEATTLE (AP) — Three plays were all it took for Dallas to get yet another injury scare surrounding Tony Romo. The quarterback lasted just 90 seconds into the Cowboys’ 27-17 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night before...

Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pavlina Pizova says she couldn’t free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night. It would take almost another month before...

Air New Zealand posts record profit but warns of competition

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national airline has posted a record profit thanks to surging tourism and lower fuel costs, but warns it expects increased competition from rival international carriers in the year ahead. Air New Zealand on Friday announced...

Major League Soccer

NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. ___ D.C. United 1, Montreal 1, tie Philadelphia 2, Columbus 1 Toronto FC 2, Orlando City 1 Los Angeles 2, Chicago 2, tie Seattle 1, Houston 1, tie New England 0, San Jose 0, tie Colorado at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m. Chicago at D.C....

Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year’s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents. Julio Resto pleaded guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn to second-degree...

What's in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts

AP Photo/Charles Krupa BOSTON (AP) — Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names. Massachusetts this month recast its controversial Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, program in Boston as Promoting...

Giants lefty Moore pitching no-hitter through 8 vs Dodgers

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Moore of the San Francisco Giants is pitching a no-hitter through eight innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moore had thrown 119 pitches Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, striking out seven and walking three. The Giants...

Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children

AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal’s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging. The boy was sent to this West African country by...

In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier

AP Photo/Salvador Melendez SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence. He got a city government job working in community development, and also...