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Hancock County Sales Tax Collections Second Highest Ever For December

12/18/14 – 10:55 A.M.

Sales tax numbers are down 13 percent in Hancock County in December. Commissioner Phil Riegle says that number seems scary at first, but there’s something else that needs to be considered…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says for the year there’s been a roughly 3.3 percent increase in sales tax collections by the county. Riegle says that’s an indicator of steady business growth.

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Pope Francis Congratulates Developments in US-Cuba Relations

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) — Pope Francis congratulated the United States and Cuba on Thursday for agreeing to establish diplomatic ties after more than half a century of frozen relations.

The historic thaw in relations between the two countries came about after a year of secret talks in Canada that directly involved the pope.

The Vatican says Pope Francis wrote letters to Cuban President Raúl Castro and President Obama to urge them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest. Those included the situation of certain prisoners.

The Vatican said it received American and Cuban delegations to the Vatican in October, providing space for the two sides to negotiate diplomatic solutions to the decades-long stand off.

The Vatican added that it will continue to provide support for both countries as they move toward strengthening their ties.

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Pope Francis Congratulates Developments in US-Cuba Relations

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) — Pope Francis congratulated the United States and Cuba on Thursday for agreeing to establish diplomatic ties after more than half a century of frozen relations.

The historic thaw in relations between the two countries came about after a year of secret talks in Canada that directly involved the pope.

The Vatican says Pope Francis wrote letters to Cuban President Raúl Castro and President Obama to urge them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest. Those included the situation of certain prisoners.

The Vatican said it received American and Cuban delegations to the Vatican in October, providing space for the two sides to negotiate diplomatic solutions to the decades-long stand off.

The Vatican added that it will continue to provide support for both countries as they move toward strengthening their ties.

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Pope Francis Congratulates Developments in US-Cuba Relations

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) — Pope Francis congratulated the United States and Cuba on Thursday for agreeing to establish diplomatic ties after more than half a century of frozen relations.

The historic thaw in relations between the two countries came about after a year of secret talks in Canada that directly involved the pope.

The Vatican says Pope Francis wrote letters to Cuban President Raúl Castro and President Obama to urge them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest. Those included the situation of certain prisoners.

The Vatican said it received American and Cuban delegations to the Vatican in October, providing space for the two sides to negotiate diplomatic solutions to the decades-long stand off.

The Vatican added that it will continue to provide support for both countries as they move toward strengthening their ties.

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Findlay Council Candidates Filing To Run For Re-election

12/18/14 – 10:35 A.M.

Tis’ the season – to file paperwork to run for public office. Several Findlay City Council members have taken out petitions to run for re-election. So far it appears incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker, John Harrington, Randy Van Dyne, and Anne Spence are all running unopposed. Council president Jim Slough also is unopposed at this point.

One contested race is developing in the sixth ward. Jim Niemeyer and Christina Muryn have both taken out petitions to run. Niemeyer was appointed to the post after Andy Douglas stepped down earlier this year.

Tim Watson will run for election in the seventh ward race.

City auditor Jim Staschiak and municipal court Judge Jonathan Starn are also circulating petitions to run for re-election.

The deadline to file to run in the May primary is February 4.

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Amazon Launches New One-Hour Delivery Service

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Amazon is now offering one- and two-hour deliveries on “tens of thousands of daily essentials,” which begs the question, when would you possibly need something that quickly?

The new service Prime Now is available starting Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in certain parts of Manhattan, New York. Amazon is rolling out Prime Now in additional cities in 2015. Prime members can download the Prime Now app to be notified when the service is available in their area.

“There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a statement. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.”

Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery costs $7.99, in addition to the $99 a year that Prime members pay for things like two-day delivery and streaming video.

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Amazon Launches New One-Hour Delivery Service

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Amazon is now offering one- and two-hour deliveries on “tens of thousands of daily essentials,” which begs the question, when would you possibly need something that quickly?

The new service Prime Now is available starting Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in certain parts of Manhattan, New York. Amazon is rolling out Prime Now in additional cities in 2015. Prime members can download the Prime Now app to be notified when the service is available in their area.

“There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a statement. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.”

Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery costs $7.99, in addition to the $99 a year that Prime members pay for things like two-day delivery and streaming video.

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Amazon Launches New One-Hour Delivery Service

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Amazon is now offering one- and two-hour deliveries on “tens of thousands of daily essentials,” which begs the question, when would you possibly need something that quickly?

The new service Prime Now is available starting Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in certain parts of Manhattan, New York. Amazon is rolling out Prime Now in additional cities in 2015. Prime members can download the Prime Now app to be notified when the service is available in their area.

“There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a statement. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.”

Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery costs $7.99, in addition to the $99 a year that Prime members pay for things like two-day delivery and streaming video.

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Watch Vladimir Putin Mistake Stroke Survivor for ‘Drunk’ Journalist

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — During his annual marathon news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday mistook a stroke victim for a drunk.

He called on a reporter, thinking he was from Turkey, but who was instead from the Russian region of Kirov. The lively reporter, identified as Vladimir Mamatova, wanted to ask about why the traditional Russian drink, kvas, can’t compete with Coca-Cola and Pepsi for shelf space in stores.

Kirov is famous for its production of kvas, a lightly alcoholic beverage of fermented bread.

“Kvas?” Putin asked. “I feel you’ve already drank kvas.”

As the audience roared with laughter, Mamatova explained that he wanted to bring some in for Putin to taste, but that security would not allow it.

“I got it. You do not have a taster,” Mamatova said. “My question is this. We make a lot of this kvas, we make it well and for long time.”

“Yes, I see this,” Putin said, chuckling.

But Mamatova had apparently suffered two strokes and was not drunk, according to Kremlin-friendly LifeNews.

After the news conference, Mamatova stood outside the conference center that hosted the event smoking a cigarette and sipping a bottle of kvas.

Outside I found the kvas guy… sipping kvas pic.twitter.com/Hd0YKr9DWl

— Kirit Radia (@KiritRadia) December 18, 2014

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Watch Vladimir Putin Mistake Stroke Survivor for ‘Drunk’ Journalist

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — During his annual marathon news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday mistook a stroke victim for a drunk.

He called on a reporter, thinking he was from Turkey, but who was instead from the Russian region of Kirov. The lively reporter, identified as Vladimir Mamatova, wanted to ask about why the traditional Russian drink, kvas, can’t compete with Coca-Cola and Pepsi for shelf space in stores.

Kirov is famous for its production of kvas, a lightly alcoholic beverage of fermented bread.

“Kvas?” Putin asked. “I feel you’ve already drank kvas.”

As the audience roared with laughter, Mamatova explained that he wanted to bring some in for Putin to taste, but that security would not allow it.

“I got it. You do not have a taster,” Mamatova said. “My question is this. We make a lot of this kvas, we make it well and for long time.”

“Yes, I see this,” Putin said, chuckling.

But Mamatova had apparently suffered two strokes and was not drunk, according to Kremlin-friendly LifeNews.

After the news conference, Mamatova stood outside the conference center that hosted the event smoking a cigarette and sipping a bottle of kvas.

Outside I found the kvas guy… sipping kvas pic.twitter.com/Hd0YKr9DWl

— Kirit Radia (@KiritRadia) December 18, 2014

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