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Chart-topping Missouri Nuns To Release Lent Album

GOWER, Mo. (AP) — Eight times a day, a group of nuns files into a chapel in their rural northwest Missouri monastery to chant and worship. Quite unexpectedly, this private, prayerful pursuit has made the Benedictines of Mary a chart-topping recording industry curiosity. After...

Style, Stances Of Ohio’s GOP Governor Evolving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) seemed at first to relish the idea he’d be a one-term governor. If making government changes he viewed as painful but necessary alienated partisans, lobbyists, unions and voters, it would be worth it. More...

Local Group Seeks More Scrutiny For Ohio Mine Plan

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — A citizens group is requesting extra scrutiny of a company’s plans for an underground coal mine in eastern Ohio because of the January chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. The mine south of Carrollton is...

State Looks For Help With Summer Meals For Kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are looking for more sponsors and sites in a federally funded program that offers children from low-income families free breakfasts or lunches during summer when they don’t get the meals at school. The Ohio Department of Education says...

Lebanese presidential palace alters handout photo

BEIRUT (AP) — A government-produced picture of Lebanese officials posing with members of the new cabinet was altered to include a picture of the speaker of parliament who wasn’t actually there, an official with the presidential palace has acknowledged. The photo...

Ohio Exploring New Options For Scarce Road Salt

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation says it’s looking for other ways to get more road salt after an effort to get more for communities running short drew no bids from salt suppliers. The department wanted to buy 150,000 tons of salt for communities...

Dutch speedskaters whippin’ the world in Sochi

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They stepped onto the podium, one after another, teammates and friends, all decked out in the same uniform. And if there had been room for one more, she would’ve been wearing orange, too. The Dutch, you see, are just...

Russia’s Zubkov has lead after 2 runs of 2-man

AP Photo/Michael Sohn KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Alexander Zubkov has a commanding lead at the halfway point of men’s Olympic two-man bobsled. Along with brakeman Alexey Voevoda, Zubkov drove through a light fog and set a track record on his first run and...

Powerball estimated jackpot surges to $400M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Without a Powerball winner this weekend, the prize has climbed to $400 million — one of the largest in U.S. lottery history. Lottery officials said no one matched all six numbers for Saturday’s $330.8 million drawing. The next drawing...

Prisoners’ use of smuggled cellphones on the rise

This undated photo mprovided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows a cellphone and cigarettes that were found inside a camouflage package, January 25, 2014, near an undisclosed Florida state prison. Prison officials in Florida and nationwide are fighting a different type...