April 18, 2015

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Senate leaders urge changes to state’s 5 public pension funds

COLUMBUS — Ohio Senate leaders say proposed changes to the state’s five public pension funds might not be popular with everyone, but they’re necessary. Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus and Senate Democratic Leader Eric Kearney have sponsored a package of bills aimed at shoring up the funds. They submitted testimony today to an Ohio House Read More…

Tribe a loss away from tying club record

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CLEVELAND — Poor pitching and hitting have been constants in the Cleveland Indians’ losing streak. Tuesday night they added shoddy defense to the mix. The Indians’ 7-5 defeat to Minnesota was their 11th straight loss. Unlike Monday night when Cleveland allowed 10 runs in the second inning in a 14-3 blowout, the latest loss was Read More…

Pet alligator taken from Cleveland backyard

CLEVELAND — Authorities acting on a tip found an alligator being kept as a pet in a Cleveland backyard. The juvenile alligator — 3 to 4 feet long — was discovered in a tub with a metal grate and bricks to keep it from escaping. Animal control officers took the reptile from the home, along Read More…

Unbelievable collapse in 10th completes historic winless trip for Indians

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DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera’s towering fly ball was headed toward left-center field — and at first, the Detroit slugger couldn’t tell if it would clear the fence. When it did, the Tigers celebrated perhaps the most spectacular comeback of the 2012 baseball season. Cabrera hit a two-run homer to cap a stunning five-run rally by Read More…

Gas prices went up 40 cents a gallon in past week, AAA says

COLUMBUS — Ohio drivers are paying 40 cents more per gallon at the gas pump compared with one week ago. The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.86 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That’s up from about $3.46 last week. The Ohio Read More…

NASA rover lands on Mars after plummet

PASADENA, Calif. — In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. A chorus of cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Read More…

Indians’ misery continues as Tigers send them to their eighth straight loss

DETROIT — All manager Manny Acta can do at this point is wait — and hope Cleveland’s starting pitching eventually snaps out of this awful rut. “I’ve never seen a streak of non-quality starts like this,” Acta said. “Even in 2007, when we were rebuilding things in DC and we practically had to have a Read More…

Bridgestone Invitational: Jim Furyk keeps lead while keeping an eye on the forecast

AKRON — Jim Furyk spent more time looking at the forecast than the leaderboard Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational. He’s not sure which one looks more favorable. Furyk missed a couple of birdie chances early in the third round, and then was more than happy to settle for pars on a Firestone course that was Read More…

Michael Phelps does it again, wins 100-meter butterfly for 17th career gold medal

LONDON — Seventh at the turn, an Olympic champion at the end. Make it 17 gold medals for Michael Phelps. Was there any other way to go out in the final individual race of his career? With those long arms whirling through the water, Phelps was next-to-last when he touched the wall at the far Read More…

Indians fall to Tigers as losing skid reaches seven

DETROIT — Justin Masterson was searching for any silver lining he could find after another bad start. “It’s really disappointing to let my team down. The biggest thing is that I wanted to set a tone and help us turn this around, and that didn’t happen,” Masterson said. “On the bright side, my wife just Read More…