Samuelson: The debate on the size of government that didn’t happen

“For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate.” — President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Well, there’s a presidential whopper. Obama is right that the role...

Johansson stepping down as Oxfam ambassador

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman Wednesday...

Cavs Still Looking For Missing Banner

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers still don’t know what happened to Austin Carr’s retired jersey banner. The large No. 34, which was hanging from a walkway high inside Quicken Loans Arena, came up missing Tuesday night when Cleveland hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. The...

Ramon Santiago, Reds Agrees To Minor League Deal

CINCINNATI (AP) — Infielder Ramon Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds after 12 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. The 34-year-old hit .224 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 80 games last season. Santiago started 30 games at second base, seven at...

Cincinnati Police Arrest 3 Teens In Fatal Shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati say three teenagers have been arrested in a fatal shooting, and one of them is charged in a separate slaying in the same area. The department says an 18-year-old man arrested Wednesday was the final suspect sought in the Jan. 20 shooting of...

Obama touts wage hike, creates ‘myRA’ savings plan

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) — Declaring that hard work should pay off for every American, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an order to create starter retirement accounts that could be opened with as little as $25 but acknowledged there’s a...

Nielsen: 33.3 million watched State of the Union

AP Photo/Susan Walsh LOS ANGELES (AP) — The audience of 33.3 million people for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address fell just short of last year’s, ranking as his least-watched. Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address drew 33.5 million...

Man’s murder, decapitation stymies Wyoming police

FILE – In this file photo from Jan. 12, 2014, a couple individuals spend some time, looking over the area in Badger Basin northwest of Powell, Wyo., where a body was discovered days earlier. Duck hunters found a man’s headless body Jan. 9 near the town of Powell. Park...

Thunder erase early 18-point hole, top Heat 112-95

AP Photo/Alan Diaz MIAMI (AP) — Down by 18 points midway through the opening quarter, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder looked well on their way to witnessing a rout. That’s exactly what happened. And they enjoyed every moment. Durant remained sizzling with...

Rivals Louisville, Cincinnati Prepare For Showdown

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s four-game winning streak is a good sign that things are falling into place for the Cardinals. Thursday night’s American Athletic Conference showdown with No. 13 and first-place Cincinnati will determine if the 12th-ranked Cardinals...