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scyther5/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Americans are clearly concerned that their online privacy can be easily compromised.

According to a Pew Research Center report, 18 percent of 1,000 adults polled in late January said they’ve had personal information swiped off the Internet that included their Social Security numbers, credit card data or information about their bank accounts.

The problem appears to have gotten worse in a relatively short time because when Pew asked the same question last July, just 11 percent reported a breach of personal information.

Meanwhile, 21 percent reported that online data pertaining to their email or social media accounts has been attacked, about the same as it was six months earlier.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — As pro-Russian separatists continue to hold buildings throughout eastern Ukraine, President Obama spoke by phone Monday to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to stop the situation from spinning out of control.

According to a statement issued by the White House, the president “expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine.”

The president emphasized that a diplomatic solution, while still possible, is being made difficult by Russian troops near Ukraine’s border, the instigation of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s belligerent rhetoric.

Meanwhile, Moscow dismissed Obama’s concerns, claiming that speculation about Russian involvement in the affairs of southeastern Ukraine was “based on inaccurate information.”

Instead, Putin blamed the current unrest in Ukraine on the “unwillingness and inability” of the interim government “to take into account the interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population.”

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Google(NEW YORK) — Google plans to make its wearable Internet device, the Google Glass, available to any adult in the U.S. on Tuesday but for one day only.

According to a release from Google, the device will be sold online for $1,500, which includes a pair of frames.

In a release, Google said that a limited number of these pricey gadgets will be available but didn’t specify numbers.

Until now, Google Glass had only been made available to select individuals, mostly developers and people who were randomly selected after applying through one of a number of methods.

Google Glass is also accompanied by some controversy. There has been an outcry among some non-users who object to the possibility of being videotaped without their permission.

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Sunshinepress/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pulitzer Prize committee on Monday gave The Washington Post and The Guardian its award for public service based on coverage of National Security Agency documents leaked to the papers by former government contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. for espionage.

The Post and Guardian were given the Pulitzer for “authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.”

The documents Snowden leaked to the papers contained information of the NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans as well as Internet data of people living abroad.

Due to the exposure of the NSA’s activities, President Obama last month proposed an end to the bulk collection and storage of phone data by the NSA. The president has asked Congress to stop the program and leave the records with phone companies but allow the government access to the “metadata” when needed.

Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia to avoid extradition to the U.S. He has expressed doubts of ever returning, fearing that he would not be granted a fair trial.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In estimates that bode well for the Obama administration, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Monday that the Affordable Care Act will cover 25 million Americans over the next decade — an increase of one million from the initial projection.

Perhaps even better for the White House is that the CBO predicts the law will cost $104 billion less during that period than what the agency first predicted.

The reason for the revised forecast that works in favor of the law is because the CBO overestimated the cost of insurance premiums by 15 percent.

Since these costs are lower, the government will wind up paying out less in subsidies to assist lower-income people in affording medical coverage by about $300 per person.

With the deadline for finishing the first wave of enrollments due to end Tuesday, it’s possible that the number of people who signed up for the Affordable Care Act could reach eight million, about a million more than the Department of Health and Human Services was aiming for.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Google acquired Titan Aerospace, a drone company, Monday, just one month after it was reportedly being eyed by Facebook.

“It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation,” a Google spokesperson told ABC News in a statement confirming the deal.

“When manufactured, it would have 3,000 solar panels producing about 7 kW of electricity and would be above the clouds, so it would be exposed to sunlight constantly during daylight hours,” the company said in a news release. “One is scheduled for completion next year.”

The tech world has long been buzzing about drones and how they can put them to use.

Last month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a team at Facebook was working with a group from U.K.-based drone company Ascenta to work on developing drones that could help improve and expand internet access around the world.

In 2013, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also announced his vision for a drone delivery service.

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CAREY — Great Lakes Biomedical, Perrysburg, will provide on-site drug testing of Carey students in grades 7-12, effective with the 2014-15 school year.
Carey school board approved a resolution Monday authorizing the contract and includes a maximum payment of $10,000 annually for the service.
A committee will be formed to establish a policy for the testing program.
Anyone involved in sports, extracurricular activities or who requests a parking pass for school property will be tested, which will cover about 90-95 percent of the nearly 480 students in the six grades.
Participants in sports would be tested at the beginning of each season, junior/senior high school Principal Peter Cole said after the board meeting. Students would also be subject to random testing.
The purpose is not to penalize, although there would be consequences for a failed test, but to keep students “healthy and safe,” Cole said. “We want to make it a preventive measure and get them into counseling and rehab” if necessary.
About 50 schools in the area drug-test students, including New Riegel, McComb and Liberty-Benton, Cole said.
The board discussed the issue last May, but took no action.
Separately, the board approved an agreement with W.A.T.C.H. TV, Lima, for use of equipment installed in the district and previously used by the company. The company provides cable television and Internet access service to subscribers.
The district will receive $10,000 per year from October through October 2016, Superintendent Mike Wank said. The district had an annual agreement since the 1990s with the company, which paid $2,500 annually. But over the past two years, the issue has been in litigation because the company had not paid school districts.
Separately, the board approved the retirements of Susan Cupples, library media specialist, and Barbara Schnelle, home economics teacher, both effective July 1. Also, the board accepted the resignation of Katie Fazekas, health and physical education teacher, effective March 12.
The board held a nearly 40-minute executive session at the beginning of the meeting for the stated purpose of discussing teacher, non-teacher and administrative contracts.
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CANTON — Michele Schambs won the Walsh Invitational with a two-round score of 153 and led the University of Findlay women’s golf team to a second place finish at the event, which concluded play on Monday at the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton.
The junior, competing in her first tournament since early March after recovering from an injury, earned her first career victory on the first playoff hole after firing rounds of 80 and 73 to finish in a three-way tie for the lead.
Schambs carded a par on the hole, while Walsh’s Jenny Tsangeos and Ferris State’s Ashley Swanson each bogeyed.
The Oilers, who shot a 642 (330, 312) at the event, also received a standout performance from Kasey Petty.
The sophomore finished in a tie for fifth place at the tournament after posting a 156 (82, 74).
Senior Brooke Albers tied for 18th with a 163 (85, 78) and Taylor Tweed (83, 88 “” 171) placed 35th.
Shelby Warner (88, 87 “” 175) and Emily Mock (105, 96 “” 201) also competed for UF at the event.
UF men are eighth
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The University of Findlay men’s golf team finished eighth out of 30 teams at an NCAA Regional event completed on Monday at the Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Ind.
The Oilers carded a 303 in the opening round on Sunday and posted a 308 on Monday for a combined total of 611.
Senior Marcus Hunt led the team with a 149. He shot rounds of 74 and 75, respectively, to finish tied for eighth place overall.
Dustin Lieber (73-78) tied for 18th overall with a 151 total. Jake North (80-77–157), Matthew Fisher (76- 83–159) and Jack Kastor (85-78–163) rounded out UF’s lineup.
The Oilers will now compete in the GLIAC Spring Tournament, which will be held on Sunday and Monday at the Winding Hollow Country Club in New Albany, Ohio.
ONU athletes honored
ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Zach Maier was named Ohio Athletic Conference baseball pitcher of the week after tossing a complete game on Saturday in a 4-1 victory against Muskingum.
The sophomore struck out two and allowed one unearned run in the win. Maier is 3-2 on the season and is ranked fifth in the OAC with a 2.27 ERA.
Separately, ONU’s Josh Saunders was tabbed OAC men’s tennis player of the week after posting five total victories last week, including a 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3 win over unbeaten Will Willson of Otterbein at No. 1 singles.
At the OAC Tennis Fest over the weekend, Saunders did not lose a game in winning two matches at No. 1 singles. He also teamed with John Mostowy to go 2-0 at No. 1 doubles.
On the season, Saunders is 14-6 in doubles action and has an overall record of 24-14.

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The two Republican candidates for Hancock County commissioner argued about flood control and a variety of other issues Monday at a forum held at the University of Findlay.
Incumbent Phillip Riegle and his challenger in the May 6 primary, former Commissioner Steve Oman, were competitive and combative.
Riegle aggressively defended his record in office, while raising questions about Oman’s performance as commissioner.
Oman was well prepared to answer questions posed about several county issues.
Riegle, of 22525 Delaware Township 184, is an attorney. He is finishing his second, four-year term as a commissioner.
Oman, of 13123 Hancock County 9, is a farmer. He served two terms as a commissioner before losing his seat to Ed Ingold in 2004.
He has tried twice to get it back. He ran for an open commissioner seat in 2006, losing to Riegle. He then challenged Commissioner Emily Walton in the 2008 primary election and lost.
Monday’s forum was sponsored by The Courier, WFIN-AM, WLFC-FM and UFTV at the University of Findlay. The event was moderated by Doug Jenkins, news director for WFIN.
The forum was aired by both WFIN and WLFC-FM at 6 p.m. Monday. It will be aired again at noon Friday; at 4 p.m. Sunday; and at 10 a.m. next Monday.
Flood mitigation was the dominant issue Monday.
Oman said the Blanchard River is “choking” when there is as little as 2 or 3 inches of rain.
“If we lose the battle of the river, economic development and everything else goes right with it,” he said.
Oman wants the river cleaned and dredged. He said $9 million is being spent on a flood-control study by the Army Corps of Engineers, without any money actually being spent on the river.
He likened the river to a bathtub drain. He said if the tub won’t drain, it needs to be unclogged.
“… You don’t replace the drain,” he said.
Riegle said the river is undergoing the most aggressive cleaning in its history. The project is removing trees and vegetation from islands for the first time.
Riegle said dredging is not the answer to flooding. Dredging the river could cost as much as $60 million, he said, and would only reduce the level of a 100-year flood by one-eighth of an inch. Dredging is also prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency, he said.
Oman asserted that permits could be obtained to allow dredging and said the commissioners need to push for them. Oman disputed that two environmental obstacles to dredging, the Indiana bat and mussels, “are more important than the people who live in the Blanchard River watershed.”
On other issues, the two candidates came closer to agreeing, but the forum remained contentious.
The candidates were asked to address these issues:
• Economic development.
Riegle said 1,855 jobs have been created over the past few years in Hancock County, and more jobs are coming. He said the current board of commissioners is working diligently to be a good economic partner.
Oman touted his experience at the negotiating table.
“… People want to know what you can deliver,” he said.
• City-county health department merger.
Oman said the issue has “been going on forever.” He would favor the merger if the city and the District Advisory Council, which oversees the county Health Department, can cooperate.
“The less government and bureaucracy the better,” Oman said. Bottom line, the services must be provided, he said. Eventually, Oman expects the state to dictate the structure of health departments.
Riegle serves on a committee developing a merger contract. The commissioners are expected to offer Findlay a contract that would create a health department capable of serving 75,000 people. Riegle credited the current board of commissioners for making progress where previous commissioners have failed.
• Most important job of the commissioners?
Oman said improving infrastructure such as roads and drainage.
Riegle said monitoring the county’s budget. He said the county is in decent financial shape, but another economic downturn would cause problems. The commissioners have established a $1 million rainy-day fund, a first for Hancock County, he said. They have also cut the budget by about 20 percent in recent years.
The opiate epidemic is also an important issue, Riegle said, one which strains both families and the criminal justice system.
• Landfill use.
Riegle said the commissioners are working to expand the landfill while keeping costs down. The landfill, at 3763 Hancock County 140, should be able to continue operating for another 40 to 50 years, he said.
Oman said the landfill needs to remain competitive in order to compete with other landfills for customers. Oman doesn’t like Hancock County’s policy of requiring trash generated within the county to be taken to the Hancock landfill. He called the policy a “government hammer.”
• County office space.
Oman said during his years in office, county government had a vision for office space, which included construction of a building beside the courthouse. That land, however, was sold by the current board of commissioners to private developers. His described county office planning now as haphazard.
Riegle countered by saying the county was left to scramble for office space after the flood of 2007, because previous boards of commissioners had failed to insure the county’s properties. He said county office space is now stable and accessible.
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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Chief Executive Officer Roy Armes’ compensation declined 15 percent in 2013 to $5.8 million as the company’s profits plunged.
Cooper’s earnings for 2013 fell by nearly 50 percent to $111 million, and sales declined 18 percent as Cooper tried but failed to complete a merger with Apollo Tyres of India.
Compensation for Arm


es and other top Cooper executives was reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The biggest drop in compensation for Armes was his performance-based bonus, which was $1.5 million last year, or half of the $3 million he received in 2012.
Armes’ 2013 compensation also included a $1 million salary, $1.4 million in stock awards, and $1.6 million in stock options. He received $320,282 in other perks, including $285,800 in company contributions to his retirement plan; $14,557 in financial planning services; $11,870 in personal and family members’ travel; and $443 for an executive physical.
Chief Financial Officer Bradley Hughes’ compensation declined 16 percent in 2013 to $1.5 million. Like Armes, Hughes received a smaller performance-based bonus, $343,452, or 57 percent less than in 2012. His other 2013 compensation included $470,700 in salary, $273,980 in stock awards and $347,077 in stock options. Other perks, of $77,439, included $68,692 in company contributions to his retirement plan and $8,747 in financial planning services.
Chief Human Resources Officer Brenda Harmon saw her compensation decline 16 percent in 2013 to $1.2 million. Her performance-based bonus was cut 53 percent to $263,860. Her other 2013 compensation included $389,663 in salary; $225,901 in stock awards and $227,662 in stock options. Her other perks, of $78,988, included $70,449 in company contributions to her retirement plan; $6,700 in financial planning services; and $1,839 for an executive physical.
The smallest compensation cut, 1 percent, went to North American Tire Operations President Christopher Ostrander. His $1.4 million compensation included $414,803 in salary; $243,597 in stock awards; and $305,794 in stock options. His performance-based bonus dropped 38 percent to $318,994. His other perks, of $87,907, included $61,125 in company contributions to his retirement plan; $11,060 in personal and family members’ travel; $4,700 in financial planning services; and $1,412 for an executive physical.
International Tire Operations President Harold Miller’s compensation declined 26 percent to $1.2 million. Most of the decline came in a 66 percent drop in a performance-based bonus to $218,907. Miller’s 2013 compensation included a $400,850 salary; $228,164 in stock awards; and $247,390 in stock options. His other perks, of $79,986, included $66,714 in company contributions to his retirement plan; $10,835 in financial planning services; and $2,437 for an executive physical.
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