3 Ohio Cities Make RNC Convention Cut

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s three flagship cities — Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati — have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus named all three among the party’s eight finalists in a...

New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

First lady Michelle Obama, flanked by enlargements of a proposed nutrition label, left, and a proposed alternate label, claps as she speaks during in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, about helping parents and other consumers make healthier...

Married man to become Maronite priest in US

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When Deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he’s expected to have hundreds of supporters there for him, including his wife and daughter. For the first time in nearly a century, the Maronite...

Plan Seeks Phosphorus Cuts To Stop Lake Erie Algae

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian agency is calling for sharp cutbacks in phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie to counter a worsening problem of algae blooms that degrade water quality, harm fish and chase away tourists. In a report Thursday, the International Joint...

Ohio County’s Reds Suite To Host Kids And Cops

CINCINNATI (AP) — The ballpark suite for Hamilton County taxpayers will be used again this summer for Cincinnati Reds games for a noncontroversial cause — letting children see games with police officers. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports an agreement has been reached for the...

Russian moves raise stakes in Ukraine conflict

Anti-Yanukovych protester sit on top of an army armored vehicle drive past a barricade along a street in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Ukraine put its police on high alert after dozens of armed pro-Russia men stormed and seized local government buildings in...

Syria militants claim Christians agreed to pay tax

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Militant fighters should not impose an Islamic tax on Christians in Syria, a radical Jordanian preacher facing terrorism charges said Thursday, days after an al-Qaida breakaway group in Syria claimed Christian leaders under its control agreed to pay...

Kerry: Russia pledges to respect Ukraine’s borders

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The secretary fielded questions from the situation in Ukraine to the 2016 Presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) White House press...

5 San Francisco officers indicted by feds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, with two charged with stealing money and drugs seized as part of investigations, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday. Those two officers and a former officer were also...

Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia scrambles jets

Pro-Russian demonstrators march with a huge Russian flag during a protest in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Ukraine’s acting interior minister says Interior Ministry troops and police have been put on high alert...