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The State Department and a spokesman for President Barack Obama have confirmed that a Dayton-area man has been released after a five-month detention in North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Jeffrey Fowle of West Carrollton was on his way home this afternoon to rejoin his family.
The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to overturn lower-court ruling holding that Olentangy school board members did not violate open-meetings laws while exchanging emails underlying an eventual decision. Board member Adam White filed the appeal last week in the case he brought against his four fellow school board members in the Delaware County district alleging that they illegally “deliberated” via email.
A middle school teacher who was severely injured when a rock was dropped from a highway overpass onto her vehicle three months ago has recovered enough to head home to Ohio.
Central Ohio’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in September, matching the post-recession low for the region, according to state figures released this morning. The regional unemployment rate first hit 4.3 percent in April and then rose to 4.9 percent in July before starting to fall again. The rate had been 4.4 percent in August.
President Barack Obama voted in Chicago yesterday, and an awkward joke led to a funny moment at the polls. Obama took advantage of early voting in part to encourage Democrats to vote. But a Chicago man who was there with his girlfirend stole the show.
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality. Christian Faith Benge had only one working lung due to a birth defect, and her heart apparently became enlarged as a result, said her mother.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio driver has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a hit-and-run crash killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia.
AKRON, Ohio — Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.
Once a rite of passage among freshly minted 16-year-olds, getting a driver’s license seems to be taking a back seat for many millennials, studies show. Better technology that makes it easier to find rides, the high cost of gasoline during their lifetime, a return to living in city centers that are easy to navigate and the availability of public transit make it easier for young people to forgo cars, researchers say.
Hikers enjoy the fall foliage as they explore Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County. If you’re looking to check out this scene, rain and a high of 53 are forecast for today, but sunshine and higher temperatures are expected to take over Wednesday through Monday.
CLEVELAND — A business executive from Virginia is being charged in a federal corruption case that already has resulted in a guilty plea from the former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton.
SANDUSKY — Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer led officers on a high-speed chase across northwestern Ohio. Police said the driver of the big rig stopped at a Sandusky convenience store on Sunday night and left without paying for dog shampoo and other items.
CINCINNATI — A southwestern Ohio grand jury has indicted a 41-year-old man on murder charges in the slaying last month of a Kentucky woman on I-75. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said yesterday that Terry Froman of Brookport, Ill., could face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder. He was indicted on two aggravated murder counts, two kidnapping counts and a firearms-discharge count.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Three states will receive a combined $8.6 million in federal grants to reduce phosphorus runoff blamed for the kind of harmful algae growth in western Lake Erie that left more than 400,000 people without drinkable tap water for two days in August, officials said yesterday.
A man faces two counts of burglary after police said he entered two West Chester homes naked last week.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court in Cincinnati yesterday to reconsider last year’s ruling that upheld the conviction of a physician sentenced to life in prison for prescribing painkillers to four people who died.
A legislative spending oversight panel today approved up to $800,000 in spending for the Ohio Department of Health to deal with lingering Ebola issues or future cases.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — Mary Strawser, accused of allowing her 100-year-old mother to waste away and die in her own filth, is such a clean freak that her family once thought she’d have to be hospitalized for the damage she’d done to her own hands by washing them in bleach.
Scotts Miracle-Gro made good on a promise to buy a regional pest-control company this year. Scotts agreed to buy Action Pest Control Inc., based in Evansville, Ind., and will add the pest-control service — which addresses in-home infestations of termites, ants and such — to its lawn business.
Attorney General Mike DeWine’s rival in the fall election questioned the handling of an internal harassment investigation from 2013 and called again yesterday for an independent review. DeWine’s campaign said yesterday that Democrat David Pepper is improperly portraying the Republican incumbent’s record of protecting women.
NEWARK, Ohio — A Licking County man pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the death of his then-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Daniel D. Hall Jr., 25, of Hartford, was indicted on a murder charge a year ago in the Oct. 2, 2013, death of Jocelyn Runyons.
Two school buildings in suburban Cleveland are open again after undergoing a precautionary cleaning for Ebola.
Ohio’s congressional delegation has asked the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to beef up its support to the state after an Ebola-stricken nurse flew from Cleveland to Dallas with a low-grade fever.
The most unusual spectacle of this unusual election year might be the campaign of state Treasurer Josh Mandel. He is running a noncampaign campaign, using a modified “Rose Garden strategy” — maintaining what aides say is a busy office schedule while eschewing the campaign trail.
CANTON — Police and agents arrested nearly two dozen men on Friday for their alleged roles in a drug ring that included four local street gangs and more than 66 pounds of cocaine.
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