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Reports: Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as head coach

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will hire Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. Zimmer...

Government: Apple to refund $32.5M in app case

AP Photo/Susan Walsh WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple will refund $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents’ permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday. The Federal Trade...

Report: 2013 wet, warm year for much of US

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Last year was a wet, warm one for much of the United States. Scientists say 2013 was the wettest year for the continental U.S. since 2009. The average rainfall totaled 31 inches, 2 inches above the previous century’s average. The average...

Ohio U Worker Faces Obstruction Charge After Theft

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio University supervisor has been charged with a felony count of obstructing justice after human bones were stolen from the medical college. The county prosecutor says 49-year-old Jerry A. Reed is accused of tipping off another employee that he was under...

US stocks head higher, easing a January slump

AP Photo/Richard Drew NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher in midday trading, helping the market erase a January slump. Bank of America led other banking stocks higher after reporting that loans on its balance sheet continued to improve in the fourth quarter. Technology...

Austria’s Raich could miss Olympic super-combined

AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Austria’s ski federation says it will ask the sport’s ruling body to make an exception to the rules and allow Benjamin Raich to race the super-combined at the Sochi Olympics. Persistent back problems have...

OH Teen May Face Adult Charge In Friend’s Slaying

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in central Ohio have filed a motion to prosecute a 16-year-old boy as an adult in the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old friend. The high school freshman is scheduled to be in juvenile court in Columbus next week to face a delinquency count of...

Girls Testify In Northeast Ohio Rape Trial

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Two young girls have described for jurors in a northeast Ohio courtroom how a 31-year-old man sexually abused them. The testimony came Tuesday in the Akron trial of Clayton A. George, who is accused of raping the sisters, ages 7 and 10. The Akron Beacon Journal...

Transportation sec’y upbeat about infrastructure

AP Photo/Susan Walsh WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spend a total of 600,000 years stuck in traffic every year. The nation has about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare. And a recent global ranking put the United States’ infrastructure in 25th place, just behind...

Transportation sec’y upbeat about infrastructure

AP Photo/Susan Walsh WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spend a total of 600,000 years stuck in traffic every year. The nation has about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare. And a recent global ranking put the United States’ infrastructure in 25th place, just behind...