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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Spike in drug deaths must be reversed Akron Beacon Journal Feb. 15 Together, they would have filled about eight classrooms. All 198 had mothers, fathers, loved ones and people who cared about them. Yet, they all died in 2019 from...

FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart is reporting  disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales. The nation's largest retailer says that sales at its U.S. stores heading into the holiday season were weaker than expected. It also said that social unrest in Chile hurt its business. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

A rare miss for Walmart to end the year

Feb. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales after a sluggish and shortened holiday shopping season. Violent social protests in Chile, where there are hundreds of Walmart stores, cut into international sales. Walmart also delivered a weak profit forecast for the year and...

Yale students start drone delivery service on campus

Feb. 17, 2020 7:50 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A group of students at Yale University has set up a drone delivery service on campus. Kiki Air promises to deliver candy, snacks and other small items to students who place orders through an app. The service is currently being tested using a small group of student customers before...

Indianapolis weighs future of electric car-charging stations

Feb. 16, 2020 9:42 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The impending demise of an electric car-sharing service in Indianapolis has left city officials faced with the question of what should happen to the dozens of car-charging stations that powered those vehicles. BlueIndy will end its collaboration with the city of Indianapolis on May 21....

Actor Michael K. Williams, right, speaks at news conference on prisoner re-entry sponsored by New Jersey Re-entry Corporation in Newark, N.J., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. At left is NJRC chairman and former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey. At lower left is New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (AP Photo/David Porter)

'Wire' star touts New Jersey prisoner reentry efforts

Feb. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An actor celebrated for playing a murderous criminal on TV lent his voice Friday to a New Jersey nonprofit's efforts to smooth the journey for former prison inmates seeking to reenter society. Michael K. Williams spoke passionately about his own efforts to use his celebrity to bring...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 14, 2020 4:17 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Proposed ‘clean slate’ law deserves strong, but careful, consideration Hartford Courant Feb. 9 The principle behind “clean slate” laws is simple: Criminal convictions, including those for minor offenses, can follow someone their whole...

Owner of closed Boonville Hospital files for bankruptcy

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas-based owner of a Boonville hospital that abruptly closed in January has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pinnacle Healthcare System filing for reorganization means the Boonville hospital will reopen, CEO Joe Conigliaro said in a statement Thursday, although he did not...

The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook for 2020 over pages of a Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General report, are shown, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Washington.  A government watchdog tells The Associated Press it will launch a nationwide audit that may shed light on how seniors’ personal Medicare information is getting to telemarketers, raising concerns about fraud and waste. An official with the Health and Human Services inspector general's office says the audit will be announced next week.  (AP Photos/Wayne Partlow)

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

Feb. 14, 2020 12:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog is launching a nationwide probe into how marketers may be getting seniors’ personal Medicare information aided by apparent misuse of a government system, officials said Friday. The audit will be formally announced next week said Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman...

File---Picture taken October 4, 2017 shows containers on a cargo ship in Hamburg, Germany. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)

German economy stagnates in sign of Europe's difficulties

Feb. 14, 2020 6:41 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Growth ground to a halt at the end of the year in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, as manufacturing remained in a slump and exports fell, official figures showed Friday. The flat reading underlines the challenge facing the broader eurozone economy as it struggles against...

Kansans struggle without high-speed internet

Feb. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EST

COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. (AP) — The internet service was so bad at Citizens State Bank in Cottonwood Falls that its computers could hardly handle a routine update from Microsoft. So not too long ago, bank vice president Matt Lindamood loaded up the PCs and drove them over to Emporia, 30 minutes away. There,...