Mack says he has ‘big shoes to fill’ as Louisville coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chris Mack says he understands he has big shoes to fill as Louisville’s new men’s basketball coach. Mack praised former Cardinals coaches Denny Crum and Rick Pitino during a news conference Wednesday in Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center home...

Ecuador cuts WikiLeaks founder Assange’s internet at embassy

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s government said Wednesday it has cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection at the nation’s London embassy after his recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician. In a...

Political tensions cloud tribute to slain Holocaust survivor

PARIS (AP) — The silent decorum of a march to honor an 85-year-old woman who survived Nazi horrors only to be stabbed to death last week in an alleged anti-Semitic attack was shattered Wednesday, with crowds shouting “Nazi! Nazi!” and other insults at France’s...

Even among elite, UConn’s excellence stands out

Even among the elite in women’s college basketball, UConn stands out. The Huskies are back in the Final Four for an 11th straight season, breaking a tie with John Wooden and the UCLA men’s program for the Division I record. UConn beat defending national champion South...

NATO joins wave of Russian diplomat expulsions

LONDON (AP) — NATO on Tuesday joined a wave of countries and groups expelling Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia denounced the actions as “boorish” and pledged to retaliate. The mass expulsions were a show of solidarity...

Egypt tries to boost voter turnout with incentives, threats

CAIRO (AP) — One manager threatened employees to get them to vote — and then checked for telltale ink-stained fingers as they clocked in the next day. A regional governor pledged improved water and sanitation service to towns with a high turnout. Some people were promised more...

Serbia-Kosovo tensions heighten as Russia wades into dispute

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia heightened a day after a senior Serb politician was arrested and expelled in northern Kosovo, with Russia wading into the dispute and the European Union trying to avert further friction Tuesday. Kosovo Serbs set up a...

It’s a catch: NFL owners approve simplified catch language

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Maybe it’s too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions. Team owners unanimously approved...
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VIDEO: Work begins on clearing trees from Blanchard River banks

Work began last week and into this week on clearing trees from Blanchard River banks, ahead of more expected work to reduce flooding in Findlay.

France: Ex-leader Sarkozy charged over Libyan money claims

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed preliminary charges Wednesday over allegations he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial official told The Associated Press that investigating...