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To Protect and Serve

AKRON (AP) — One of the area’s newest police officers is far away from the dusty refugee camp in Nepal where he grew up and spent more than half his life, but he’s committed to his adopted home of Akron. Damber Subba, who arrived in the United States about 10 years ago, wants to be a ...

West Branch recognizes seniors at banquet

BELOIT—West Branch High School held its 28th annual Senior Academic Recognition Banquet Tuesday night at Boneshakers at Timberlanes Complex. This year’s banquet honored 13 students who are in the top 10 percent of the Class of 2018 along with their parents and a teacher chosen by each ...

Columbiana makes the top 100

COLUMBIANA — U.S. News and World Report’s Best Ohio High Schools Ranking is out, and Columbiana High School made the list, placing 92, with a silver distinction. Columbiana’s place on the list is higher than any other school in the area. The report highlights the high school’s 97 ...

‘The Cutting Edge’ starts slow, shifts into high gear

“The Cutting Edge” (Grand Central Publishing), by Jeffery Deaver What appears to be a diamond robbery ends up being much more sinister in Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller, “The Cutting Edge.” Deaver brings back his beloved series forensic detectives Amelia Sachs and her paraplegic ...

Review: Insane as ever, ‘Deadpool 2’ doesn’t disappoint

At a recent screening of “Deadpool 2,” the audience didn’t get up when the end credits came up, patiently sitting through the scrolling names of visual effects supervisors and lighting specialists. Real “Deadpool” fans know to stick around until the ushers toss them out. That’s ...

Reynolds: ‘Deadpool 2’ about kindness (truly)

LOS ANGELES — After being stuck in development for over a decade, “Deadpool” broke box-office records and shattered preconceived notions about what an R-rated superhero movie could do when it debuted in February 2016. Now the foul-mouthed mercenary is back with a sequel that’s gearing ...

Review: A scoundrel is born in ‘Solo’

If there’s one takeaway from “Solo: A Star Wars Story ,” it’s that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia. Sure, he’d talked up his Kessel Run time and out-maneuvering Imperial ships, but this film contains at least three epic ...

Emissions of banned ozone-eating chemical somehow rising

WASHINGTON — Something strange is happening with a now-banned chemical that eats away at Earth’s protective ozone layer: Scientists say there’s more of it — not less — going into the atmosphere and they don’t know where it is coming from. When a hole in the ozone formed over ...

Green-blooded lizards pose evolutionary puzzle

WASHINGTON — For some lizards it’s easy being green. It’s in their blood. Six species of lizards in New Guinea bleed lime green thanks to evolution gone weird. It’s unusual, but there are critters that bleed different colors of the rainbow besides red. The New Guinea lizards’ blood ...

Clocks may go a little cuckoo with the power grid change

WASHINGTON — Running late for work or just miss that bus? You could have a good excuse: Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo. Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock may be losing or gaining a few ticks over ...