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The Kavanaugh confirmation just theatrical

Theater, much like Japan’s Kabuki — that’s all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. President Donald Trump’s presentations of his two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch last year and Judge Brett Kavanaugh last Monday, were uncharacteristically graceful — a worthy theatrical ...

Croatia advances to first final by tripping England

MOSCOW (AP) — When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their jumping and cheering fans in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked ...

Indians erupt against Reds

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs as the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a 19-4 thumping of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Tyler Mahle (7-7) and connected ...

Federer stunned by Anderson in quarterfinal

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point. And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the temperature dropped and the spectators’ ...

DeChambeau tries to find a way to repeat at John Deere Classic

For the first time in his PGA Tour career, Bryson DeChambeau will enter a tournament looking to defend a title. DeChambeau’s breakthrough on the PGA Tour came last year at the John Deere Classic, which tees off on Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. After entering the final round ...

What to do when your ex moves into same town

Dear Annie: “Lindsay” and I dated for 2 1/2 years. Our breakup wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t a walk in the park, either. I had just packed up my life and moved across the country with her to relocate for her job, and a week after we got there, she dumped me. I was blindsided. It took ...

Talk show host, politician Barbara Carlson dies at 80

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Barbara Carlson, a former radio talk show host with a bold, unfiltered personality, has died at the age of 80. Carlson’s daughter, Anne Carlson, said her mother died Monday surrounded by family and friends. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Anne Carlson told the ...

Briefly, July 12

Person reports sexual assault A person at 14 Main St. reported a sexual assault Tuesday evening, according to a Tiffin Police Department report. The incident was reported at 7 p.m. Sgt. Joseph Feld of Tiffin Police Department said the incident was under investigation and further ...

‘Ugly’ dog dies after winning title

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest. Owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, told NBC’s “Today” that Zsa Zsa died in her sleep Tuesday. Brainard said the dog was staying with her father and he ...

House speaker defends Jordan as ‘man of integrity’

COLUMBUS (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday defended an Ohio congressman accused of ignoring ex-college wrestlers’ allegations of sexual abuse, calling him “a man of honesty, a man of integrity.” Ryan, a Republican, also suggested the House Ethics Committee doesn’t need to ...

Navy allows women to wear ponytails

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy says it now will allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said it makes the Navy more inclusive. Many black women ...

Doctors back DeWine

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s largest organization of doctors backed Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor Wednesday after the Republican committed to supporting — but improving — Medicaid expansion. The Ohio State Medical Association PAC cited DeWine’s stance favoring expansion of the ...

Trump attacks NATO, Germany

BRUSSELS — Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany’s ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for ...

Immigrants carry evidence of dangers at home

MATAMOROS, Mexico — An MS-13 gang member left eight voicemails on Brenda Mendez’s cellphone demanding she turn over her teenage boy. If she refused, he said, the gang would dismember both her sons. “I’m going to send you a finger from each hand. You are going to see what the ...

China vows retaliation for $200B US tariff threat

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government vowed Wednesday to take “firm and forceful measures” as the U.S. threatened to expand tariffs to thousands of Chinese imports such as fish sticks, apples and French doors, the latest salvo in an escalating trade dispute that threatens to chill global ...

Firefighter killed in Wisconsin blast, fire

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — A massive natural gas explosion killed a firefighter and leveled portions of a city block in a southern Wisconsin community, including a bar the firefighter owned, authorities said Wednesday. The blast in downtown Sun Prairie Tuesday evening also injured at least 11 ...

Republicans demand time with former FBI lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have told former FBI lawyer Lisa Page she must answer questions before two House committees investigating the Justice Department this week or they will begin the process of holding her in contempt of Congress. Page was subpoenaed to appear for a private ...

Putin, Netanyahu focus on Syria in Moscow talks

MOSCOW (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday for talks focusing on the Iranian presence in Syria — an issue that is expected to top the agenda of the upcoming U.S.-Russian summit. While the Russian and Israeli ...

San Francisco mayor vows to leave no resident behind

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first black female mayor of San Francisco made history Wednesday as she took the oath of office and outlined an ambitious to-do list to make a city known for immense wealth but also homelessness more prosperous for all. In her inauguration speech, London Breed ...

US to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a ...