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Kershaw, Dodgers top D-backs in Australian opener

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft SYDNEY (AP) — Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Sydney Cricket Ground. A crowd of...

Ex-Ohio Officer Fights To Say Free During Appeal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s slaying is seeking to stay free during an appeal. A court ruled earlier this week that ex-Akron officer Douglas Prade was wrongly released based on bite-mark DNA...

Pope announces 1st members of sex abuse commission

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has announced the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, tapping lay and religious experts to start plotting the commission’s scope. The eight members were announced Saturday after Francis came under...
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Ukraine’s east rallies for secession referendum

People watch fireworks at the central Nakhimov square in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov) People...
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Are tougher penalties against Russia to come?

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bills making Crimea part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, March 21, 2014. President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the peninsula into Russia at nearly the same time his Ukrainian counterpart...
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Michigan’s 1st gay marriage license issued

Jayne Rowse, left, speaks as April DeBoer, kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., Friday, March 21, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The...

University Of Toledo Leader Stepping Down In 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The University of Toledo’s president says he will step down in little over a year. Lloyd Jacobs announced Friday that he will leave his post at the end of June 2015. He has been at the university the past eight years and before that led the former...
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China satellite finds object near jet search area

This image provided by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense shows a floating object seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. The image was captured around noon, on March 18, 2014 (Tuesday) by a...

Sentencing Set For Ohio Woman In Forced-labor Case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for an Ohio woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity in a forced-labor case. Defendant Dezerah Silsby (dez-eh-RAH’ sihls-bee) pleaded guilty in federal court...
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G’day, baseball! Opening day goes Down Under

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft SYDNEY (AP) — Bob Wardle came ready to root for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day Down Under, all dressed in his Paul Goldschmidt jersey. The gameday menu at Sydney Cricket Ground? Not quite to his taste. “I’m not sure if I’ll...