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US Rig Count Increases 21 This Week To 789; Oklahoma Up 10

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 21 this week to 789. A year ago, 476 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 631 rigs sought oil and 157 explored for natural gas this week....

North Korea, South China Sea on Tillerson agenda in Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, is greeted by officials as he arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in...

Versailles Tops Winchester Eastern, 58-34, In Division III

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Danielle Winner and Camille Watren had 14 points each to lead Versailles to a 58-34 win over Winchester Eastern in a girls Division III semifinal on Friday. The Tigers play Gates Mills Gilmour Academy for a chance at their third title on Saturday. Versailles...

JCPenney store at mall to close

The JCPenney store at Findlay Village Mall will be one of 138 Penney stores closing over the next few months as the company adapts to the rise of online retailers. The Findlay store expects to close June 18, said Jonathan Davis, store manager. He declined further comment. The...

I-75 widening work resumes Monday with lane reductions

Lanes on Interstate 75 north of Findlay will be reduced starting Monday as reconstruction and widening work on the highway resumes, the Ohio Department of Transportation said Friday. Beginning Monday, I-75 between Oil Center Road in Wood County and Hancock County 99 will be...

Video Shows Moments When Ohio Police Fatally Shot Man

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police dashboard camera video shows the moments when police shot an unarmed man after a high-speed chase in Ohio. Roy Evans Jr. was shot March 7 on Interstate 71 following the chase that began in Strongsville, about 20 miles south of Cleveland....

King’s Iowa district shrugs off racially charged comments

In this Thursday, March 16, 2017 photo, Pat Luther, of Jefferson, Iowa, left, talks with her husband Dave, at Bunkers Dunkers Bakery in Jefferson, Iowa. Outside his sprawling Iowa congressional district, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King’s stream of inflammatory comments...

The Latest: AP poll voters not too shabby

Kentucky guard Malik Monk (5) is chased by Northern Kentucky forward Carson Williams (23) and Northern Kentucky guard Dantez Walton (32) during the second half of a first-round game in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017....

Ohio State Gets Past Western Kentucky 70-63

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss each scored 15 points, Shayla Cooper grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and Ohio State withstood a late charge from Western Kentucky for a 70-63 victory on Friday in a first-round NCAA Tournament game. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes...

In Appalachia, Trump's proposed budget has people worried

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Crystal Snyder was trying to figure out life as a single mom when she lost her job at a West Virginia T-shirt factory. The 37-year-old had no college degree, mostly because she married at 16, divorced at 19 and had two...