Detroit Lions star WR Calvin Johnson retires after 9 seasons

DETROIT (AP) — Calvin Johnson, one the most spectacular receivers in NFL history, retired from the Detroit Lions on Tuesday and rekindled memories of the way superstar running back Barry Sanders quietly stepped away from football. The 30-year-old Johnson called it a career...

State auditor visiting to discuss health department merger

State Auditor Dave Yost will be in Findlay on Wednesday to discuss the successful merger of the Findlay and Hancock County health departments. Yost will meet with officials at 9:30 a.m. at the Hancock Public Health building, 1644 Tiffin Ave. Yost will also tour the health...

January unemployment rates lower than 2015 numbers

Hancock County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in January from 3.6 percent in December, reflecting the end of the holiday season and some temporary retail jobs, the state reported. A better comparison would be with January 2015, said Angela Terez, spokesperson for the...

Crews Search Western Lake Erie After Boater Reported Missing

ERIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Crews are searching western Lake Erie for boater who was reported missing after heading out on the water a day earlier. Michigan authorities say the 35-year-old Toledo, Ohio, man launched a 14-foot boat off Halfway Creek in Monroe County’s Erie...

Giffords, Actor Hamill Pick Sides In US Senate Race In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is endorsing former Gov. Ted Strickland in his race for the U.S. Senate, while opponent P.G. Sittenfeld has landed the backing of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill. Both endorsements came Tuesday, a week before Strickland, Sittenfeld...

The Latest: Oregon sheriff: FBI agents didn’t disclose shots

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on investigation into police killing of an armed Arizona rancher who helped lead a standoff at an Oregon national wildlife refuge (all times local): 11:55 a.m. An Oregon sheriff says FBI agents involved in the Jan. 26...

Pre-paid card users, under scrutiny, find tax refunds frozen

AP Photo/J. David Ake PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of people have had their prepaid debit cards frozen when they try to direct their tax refund to their accounts, a result of financial industry efforts to combat an escalation in tax fraud. It’s keeping people from their...

Queen Latifah, Paula Patton eager to see Saldana as Simone

AP Photo/RENE PEREZ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah and Paula Patton are putting aside the controversy surrounding the Nina Simone biopic, “Nina,” and waiting to see how Zoe Saldana does in the title role. While critics say it was wrong of producers to cast a...

Sponsors ditch Sharapova, world’s top-earning female athlete

MOSCOW (AP) — Maria Sharapova, the world’s highest-earning female athlete for many years, was abandoned Tuesday by some of her biggest sponsors after the Russian tennis star acknowledged taking a recently banned substance for a decade. Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss...

Transit worker finds bag with $15K in cash in middle of road

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia transit worker has found a bag loaded with over $15,000 in the middle of a road and turned it in to police. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1M4YTF6 ) that Bob Tracey was driving home from work Monday night...