U. of Richmond: 2 athletic staffers on Va. balloon

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — University of Richmond administrators say that two members of its women’s basketball staff were aboard a hot-air balloon that went down in a fiery crash. A university news release says that assistant coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball...
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Rams confident Sam’s the right fit

AP Photo/L.G. Patterson ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams coach Jeff Fisher was on the telephone with owner Stan Kroenke two picks before taking Michael Sam. Fisher got the go-ahead. And the Rams, forward-thinking and loaded with picks to spare in the draft, took the plunge on a player...

Vietnamese protests Chinese oil rig deployment

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese protesters have gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to protest China’s deployment of an oil rig that has triggered a tense naval standoff in contested South China Sea waters. Scores of security officers are monitoring the...

Saturday’s Scores

Ashland 14, Mansfield 4

Ohio Nuclear Plant Restarts After $600M Upgrade

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — A northwestern Ohio nuclear power plant is operating again after undergoing a $600 million upgrade. FirstEnergy Corp spent the last three months replacing the two original steam generators at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo The company says the...
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Austrian drag queen wins Eurovision song contest

AP Photo/Frank Augstein COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the...

Bengals Take QB A.J. McCarron In 5th Round

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals got yet another quarterback to back up Andy Dalton, this one with a history of winning big games. They took Alabama’s A.J. McCarron in the fifth round Saturday. He fell to the 164th pick overall. So it’ll be A.J.-to-A.J. in Cincinnati,...
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Touchy subject: Hit or error when easy ball drops?

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A strange play during Yu Darvish’s bid for a perfect game has started a debate around the majors on a most touchy subject. As in, it is a hit or error when an easy flyball or popup falls between fielders and no one...
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Editorial: Wishful thinking on the defense budget

THE HOUSE Armed Services Committee has completed action on the fiscal 2015 defense budget, and what it has produced is a triumph for the status quo. Contrary to President Obama’s requests, the committee voted to preserve the A-10 Warthog close-air support plane, as well as...
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Editorial: Anthony Brown for Maryland governor

THE MUTED public response to the three-way race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland is curious, given that the winner of the June 24 primary is likely to become the state’s next governor. After all, Democrats enjoy better than a 2-to-1 edge in voter...