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February 28, 2015 - 11:24am
27 min 2 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hiring a replacement for fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters is taking longer than the school originally anticipated.

A university spokesman acknowledges that, as of the end of February, the university has overshot the four to six months that it projected would be needed.

Spokesman Chris Davey said Friday that more than 25 people have applied for the job and several others have been recommended. He...

February 28, 2015 - 11:11am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The gondola of the decommissioned Spirit of Goodyear blimp has landed at its new home in a Cleveland historical society exhibit.

The 3,400-pound gondola was built in 1982 and was also used on two earlier blimps, the America and Stars & Stripes. After the Spirit of Goodyear was retired a year ago, Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. donated the gondola to the Western Reserve Historical Society's Crawford Auto Aviation Collection....

February 28, 2015 - 11:00am
27 min 2 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The long lines to sign up for New York City's popular municipal ID cards may be gone but the wait for an appointment remains lengthy for city residents who want to enroll.

New York City officials figured it would be a good first year if 250,000 to 300,000 people signed up. But city residents have made more than 240,000 appointments in just the first month.

More than 30,000 people have already been enrolled, and have either received...

February 28, 2015 - 10:44am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — California lawmakers and interest groups are ramping up efforts to win national-monument designation for four scenic vistas in the state, from vast stretches of the Mojave Desert to redwood stands along the Pacific Coast Highway to canyons and mountains near wine country.

The national monuments designation typically takes lands already owned by the government and walls them off from new mining and roads. Recreational activities such as hiking and...

February 28, 2015 - 10:38am
27 min 2 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering.

The company has not reported any injuries or accidents. A representative for Hyundai Motor America wasn't immediately available for comment.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a sensor in the affected cars could detect a discrepancy in the steering input and signals and...

February 28, 2015 - 10:33am
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida police chief has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

Stephen Johnson of the Miami Gardens Police was jailed Friday night during a prostitution sting by the Broward Sheriff's Office.

An arrest report says 53-year-old Johnson responded to an ad for escorts on and arranged for a liaison with two women at a Dania Beach hotel. Once he handed over $100, detectives posing as...

February 28, 2015 - 10:11am
27 min 1 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Filling up at the pump is getting more painful by the day -- but the average price is still over a dollar less than it was a year ago.

According to, prices have jumped 12 cents over the past week to $2.40 a gallon. And senior patroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says he's expecting another bump up of 10 to 15 cents next week.

DeHaan says some of the reasons for the hike are the brutal cold weather that has caused glitches at...

February 28, 2015 - 10:04am
27 min 1 sec ago

CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — Some towns in New York's Southern Tier are raising the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania.

Conklin Supervisor Jim Finch and other local officials talking about redrawing the Keystone State's border don't really expect it to happen. But members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the idea will result in something good for a struggling part of the state.

New York's Southern Tier sits atop the same gas-rich Marcellus Shale...

February 28, 2015 - 9:59am
27 min 1 sec ago

DALLAS (AP) — An overnight storm that dumped freezing rain on parts of Texas and Oklahoma has made roads treacherously slick and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Transportation officials and the National Weather Service have warned people to stay off the roads, if possible, until temperatures rise and the ice melts. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for the Dallas-Fort Worth area until Saturday...

February 28, 2015 - 9:57am
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military.

UNICEF had previously said about 89 boys, some as young as 13, were forcibly recruited by an armed group near the town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, in mid-February. The agency said the boys were taken while doing their exams, in a recruitment...

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