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Norway shuns Dalai Lama, hoping to mend China ties

Dalai Lama stands with chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland, right, and deputy chairwoman Kaci Kullmann Five from the Nobel Peace Prize committee, in Oslo, Wednesday May 7, 2014. Norway’s decision to shun the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo this...

Tiffin man sentenced to life in prison for Carey killings

Richard L. Clark Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and another man inside a Carey clubhouse. Clark, 65, of rural Tiffin,  was sentenced this morning on two counts of aggravated murder in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court....

US Latinos less Catholic, more polarized on faith

NEW YORK (AP) — Latinos in the United States are abandoning the Roman Catholicism of their childhood in increasing numbers to become evangelical Protestants or leave organized religion altogether, according to a new survey released Wednesday. Only 55 percent of the...

Nation’s report card: 12th-graders show no growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math on a national assessment known as the nation’s report card, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of students are unprepared for college or the...

Columbus School Board Eliminates 200 Positions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s largest school district plans to cut about 200 positions under nearly $23 million in planned budget cuts. The Columbus city schools board of education approved the plan Tuesday night, which includes no initial plans for layoffs. The Columbus...

Ohio May Seize Gambling Winnings For Child Support

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A provision in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-sik’s) budget bill would allow the state to seize the casino and racino winnings of deadbeat parents to pay back child support. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols tells The Columbus Dispatch ( ) that...
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Vietnam: Chinese ships ram vessels near oil rig

In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam’s coast, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Chinese ships are ramming...
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Putin urges postponing eastern Ukraine referendum

Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week’s unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The U.S. and European nations have increased diplomatic efforts ahead of Ukraine’s May 25...
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Universities rethink fight songs to ban lyrics

FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Utah players celebrate at the end of their NCAA college football game against Colorado, in Salt Lake City. University of Utah President David Pershing says he agrees it’s time to consider some changes to the school fight song...

New Hampshire court upholds COPSLIE vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s highest court ruled Wednesday that the state violated the free speech rights of a man who wanted “COPSLIE” on his license plate. In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of David...