Off to see the wizard? ‘Land of Oz’ theme park reopens

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — You’ll have to take some backroads to visit this Land of Oz, but both the Yellow Brick Road and Dorothy will be waiting when you arrive. North Carolina’s “Land of Oz” theme park is reopening on Fridays in June. Tickets are...

UPDATED 4:40 P.M.: Construction projects continue on Findlay streets

Construction work continues on several Findlay streets through this week, according to the city’s engineering department. Notably, East Lincoln Street, between East and Main streets, will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the westbound direction only until October 2017....

1-year probation for man who threw alligator into restaurant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who threw an alligator through a drive-thru window was sentenced to a year of probation after throwing himself at the mercy of the court. Twenty-four-year-old Joshua James told the judge Tuesday that he’s sorry he threw the...

Marcus Rashford earns an England spot at Euro 2016

AP Photo/Scott Heppell LONDON (AP) — Three months ago, Marcus Rashford hadn’t even played a senior game in professional soccer. Now, the 18-year-old Manchester United forward is going to the European Championship for England. By including Rashford in his 23-man squad...

Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The head of the independence movement in the Western Sahara, Mohamed Abdelaziz, has died after a long illness, the Polisario Front said in a statement. The movement ordered a 40-day mourning period, after which a new secretary-general will be chosen,...

Great Plains Energy to buy Westar for about $8.6 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Great Plains Energy is buying rival Westar for about $8.6 billion, creating one large power provider in Kansas and Missouri with more than 1.5 million customers in. The two companies say the combination will lower their costs and help reduce rate increases...

‘Breaking Bad’ actors lend help in New Mexico race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tony Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston is giving a fellow actor from “Breaking Bad” some help in his race for a New Mexico county commissioner’s seat. Cranston is joining comedian George Lopez in asking some residents of the...

GOP’s Portman Releases 1st TV Ads In US Senate Race In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sen. Rob Portman touts his efforts to tackle heroin addiction in the first statewide television ads of his 2016 re-election campaign. The three 30-second spots were released Tuesday. They begin airing Wednesday a part of a $15 million TV and online ad buy...

The Latest: Police To Probe Circumstances Of Gorilla’s Death

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo (all times local): 11:35 a.m. A prosecutor’s office says police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a 4-year-old boy entering a gorilla’s...

Police Suspect Boy, 7, Accidentally Shot Himself In Face

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Police in northern Ohio say they believe a 7-year-old boy who was shot in the face accidentally wounded himself while playing with a gun at a home. The Sandusky Register ( ) reports a man called 911 on Sunday afternoon and said his nephew shot himself while...