Planned Parenthood sues over Ohio law that strips funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Planned Parenthood sued Ohio’s health department on Wednesday, saying thousands of patients could be denied access to HIV tests, cancer screenings and other services under a law designed to strip public money away from the organization’s...

DNA evidence leads to dropped murder charge in 1998 slaying

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a man serving a life sentence in the 1998 stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl after new DNA testing showed that blood on the victim’s T-shirt did not match his. A Baltimore Circuit Court judge on...

Evacuees from Alberta fire start receiving money

AP Photo/Rachel La Corte EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — More than 80,000 wildfire evacuees will start receiving direct financial assistance Wednesday from the Alberta government and the Canadian Red Cross as officials asked for patience in getting residents home following the...

APNewsBreak: Madonna to honor Prince at Billboard Awards

AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo NEW YORK (AP) — The Material Girl will pay tribute to The Purple One with a live performance at the Billboard Music Awards this month. Billboard and dick clark productions told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Madonna will honor Prince at the...

Lucasfilm and Disney launching ‘The Star Wars Show’ online

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Force is so strong with the “Star Wars” franchise that Lucasfilm and Disney are producing a weekly online video series about it. “The Star Wars Show” is debuting Wednesday on YouTube, Facebook, StarWars.com and other online...

Man Charged In Slaying Of Woman Whose Remains Found In Ohio

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged with murdering a woman whose remains were found in several sites in northern Ohio in February. Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page says 53-year-old Walter Renz was indicted by a county grand jury last month in...

ATF: Intentional fire caused fatal blast at Texas plant

DALLAS (AP) — A fire that was intentionally set caused the 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, federal officials said Wednesday, describing the blaze as “a criminal act.” Federal and state investigators said no arrests have been...

Questions linger about Prince’s choice of local doctor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If Prince was seeking help for a problem with prescription drugs, it would make sense for him to turn to a California addiction specialist known for new ideas on treatment. Less clear is why he sought care from a local family care physician with an...

Nationals OF Bryce Harper appeals 1-game suspension from MLB

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was suspended one game and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection this week. Harper decided to appeal the penalty and remains eligible to play until the process is finished, the commissioner’s...

Area agency offering help for teens seeking summer work

Qualifying 16- to 24-year-old Hancock County residents from low-income households can get summer jobs paying $10 an hour through the WSOS Youth Employment Program. The agency, at 7746 Hancock County 140, tries to match workers with employers in their areas of interest:...