Hancock County approves new dangerous animal policy

Hancock County’s new policy on dangerous wild animals establishes a chain of command and communication protocols in case of an escape; however, it gives no direction on the response itself. Lee Swisher, the county’s emergency management director, said the open-ended response is...

What’s a bitcoin? A look at the digital currency

Attendees of the Inside Bitcoins conference in Berlin examine Bitcoin buttons on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The conference brought together entrepreneurs and enthusiasts of the virtual currency to discuss business opportunities and recent developments. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)...

Renzi chooses Tunisia for first trip abroad

ROME (AP) — Premier Matteo Renzi told lawmakers on Tuesday that his first foreign trip as Italy’s leader will be to Tunisia, not Brussels or Berlin, though he underlined Italy’s place in Europe. Renzi’s plan to make Tunisia his first visit as premier,...

APNewsBreak: Asiana Airlines penalized over crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asiana Airlines has been penalized $500,000 for failing to assist family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco airport, federal transportation officials said Tuesday. The fine announced by the U.S. Department of...

Macy’s 4Q Profit Up 11 Pct; Sales Miss Forecasts

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit rose 11 percent, but the department store chain suffered a sales shortfall because a string of winter storms chilled business in January. The results, released Tuesday, come on the heels of a solid but fiercely...

Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty In 2 Firefighter Deaths

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of an Ohio apartment building has pleaded not guilty to starting a fire that killed two firefighters. Ray Abou-Arab appeared in a Toledo court Tuesday morning to face charges that include aggravated murder and aggravated arson. He pleaded not guilty...

Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

FILE – This Jan. 11, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama listening as Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American...

Russian gays marry, will seek asylum in Argentina

Newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev, right, both of Russia, are showered with rice as they pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum from Russia after...

Ohio Police Say Bus Driver Survives Shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in southwest Ohio are looking for three men after the shooting of a bus driver they say survived with the apparent help of a biblical booklet in his shirt pocket. The driver told police early Monday the men shot at him three times, with one shot hitting...

Freedom for IRA man linked to 1982 Hyde Park bomb

LONDON (AP) — An Irish Republican Army veteran charged with the IRA killing of four soldiers in London’s Hyde Park in 1982 has been freed from custody after a judge ruled that the man had received secret British assurances he would not be arrested. The judge said...