Hundreds Strip Down, Jump In Freezing Ohio Lake

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of people from across Ohio stripped down to their swimsuits to take a frigid plunge in Lake Erie on Saturday. About 370 participants jumped into the lake for the 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Geneva Township in northeastern Ohio. Area...

Conn. Considers Ban On Natural Gas Wastewater

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A year after approving a massive expansion of natural gas use in Connecticut, state lawmakers are considering a ban on storing or recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of gas exploration. Environmentalists back several bills intended to eliminate...

Noose closed on Mexican drug lord as allies fell

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Saturday, that Guzman, the head of MexicoÃŒs Sinaloa Cartel, was captured...

Residents Rescued Amid Northern Ohio Flooding

VERMILION, Ohio (AP) — Northern Ohio authorities have rescued the residents of six homes by boat as ice jams caused river flooding. No one was hurt as the Vermilion River crested Saturday following a text alert to residents on Friday warning of an ice jam. Vermilion Fire Chief...

Ohio Military Vets Get Personal Finance Training

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Military veterans have received some personal finance training through a pilot program launched this week by Ohio’s treasurer at the University of Toledo. The Blade in Toledo ( ) reports about 20 veterans registered for the event, which included speakers...

Ohio Teen To Compete In National Bee For 3rd Time

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio boy will compete in the National Spelling Bee for the third time this year. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Delamerced (day-la-mehr-CED’) beat out more than 60 other students at a regional spelling bee held in Cincinnati on Saturday. It will be the...

Estonian prime minister to resign after 9 years

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s prime minister said Sunday he would step down next week after nearly nine years in office in the small Baltic nation. Andrus Ansip’s resignation had been expected after his 2012 announcement that he wouldn’t seek another term in...

Ukraine parliament head takes presidential powers

Top Ukrainian opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko, center, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt, left, and EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Long-jailed Tymoshenko assumed presidential powers Sunday, plunging Ukraine...

Fire That Destroyed $4M Ohio Mansion Still Probed

CINCINNATI (AP) — The multiagency investigation of a fire that destroyed a $4 million southwest Ohio mansion last month is still working on finding a cause. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) that the state fire marshal’s office says it’s not unusual that the cause...

Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

LONDON (AP) — Alice Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, died in London on Sunday morning at the age of 110, a family member said. A film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next month’s Academy...