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Bengals Give DT Peko 2-year Extension

CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive tackle Domata Peko has agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season. Peko, a fourth-round pick in 2006, started all 16 games and a playoff loss to San Diego last season. He was second on the line with 72 tackles and had a...

Ignatius: Obama appears ready to expand covert assistance to Syrian opposition

The Obama administration, stung by reversals in Ukraine and Syria, appears to have decided to expand its covert program of training and assistance for the Syrian opposition, deepening U.S. involvement in that brutal and stalemated civil war. This stepped-up assistance program is...

Gerson: Political skills for divine purposes

When a pope meets a president — and the Vicar of Christ gets pulled into political coverage — trivialization ensues. As a reporter, I covered the St. Louis meeting between Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton in January 1999, not long after Clinton admitted ...

Zakaria: Obama’s 21st-century power politics

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to the fore an important debate about what kind of world we live in. Many critics charge that the Obama administration has been blind to its harsh realities because it believes, as the Wall Street Journal opined, in “a fantasy world...

Robinson: Tilting at windbags over Russia

I had no idea so many Republicans were nostalgic for the Cold War. President Obama should dust off the zinger he used in a campaign debate against Mitt Romney: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Poor Mitt. It seems he never got over Obama’s...

Krauthammer: Obama vs. Putin: The mismatch

“The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.” — Barack Obama, March 24 Should. Lovely sentiment. As lovely as...

Rampell: ‘Big data’ needs a helping hand in Washington

The U.S. government is collecting more information on Americans than ever before. Yet somehow it is also leaving Americans far less informed about themselves and the country they live in. In the past few years, federal statistical programs — you know, the ones that collect...

Court: Ex-Ohio Death Row Inmate Can’t Pursue Suit

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court says a man who was freed from prison after spending 21 years on Ohio’s death row because of a botched prosecution can’t pursue his lawsuit against the county prosecutor’s office. A three-judge panel of the federal...

Ohio Prison Guards Union Seeks Additional Officers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prisons need an additional 400 guards, the union representing corrections officers said Thursday as it warned that serious inmate assaults on officers are at a 7-year high. An upcoming state budget proposal to add 83 officers at three individual prisons...

Hancock, Wood, Henry counties gain population

Hancock County’s population has grown by 1.3 percent since the 2010 census, according to the latest estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2013 estimates set Hancock County’s population at 75,773, an increase of 103 from the 2012 estimate of 75,670. T...