April 18, 2014

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Coroner apologizes after wrong baby was cremated

COLUMBUS — An Ohio coroner is apologizing while saying that’s not enough to make up for a mix-up that resulted in an infant’s body being cremated by mistake. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak in Columbus said Monday that an employee in her office misidentified two dead children and released the wrong body to a funeral Read More…

Some denied Ohioans must re-apply for appliance rebate

CLEVELAND — Some Ohio consumers were mistakenly told they didn’t qualify for a state appliance rebate and must now reapply for the money-back offers. Officials say eligible Sears products were inadvertently left off a state list of energy-saving appliances covered under the program. So, the Ohio Energy Resources Division says some consumers whose rebate applications Read More…

Ohio ‘Idol’ finalist can’t wait to reveal her own songs

ELLISTON, Ohio — Long before adopting the dreadlocks, “American Idol” finalist Crystal Bowersox discovered what she needed to make sense of the world. She calls it her comfort blanket — her guitar — and has been dragging it around ever since finding her mom’s six-string while snooping for Christmas presents when she was just 10-years-old. Read More…

18 ex-astronauts ask NASA to give shuttle to Ohio museum

DAYTON — More than a dozen former astronauts want NASA to send one of its space shuttles into retirement at an Air Force museum in Ohio. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr., 18 ex-astronauts say Air Force work was instrumental to making the shuttle program possible. They’re urging that one of the Read More…

Petty, Earnhardt top 1st NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Racing legend Richard Petty speaks during his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Inaugural Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday. (AP photo.)

The inaugural five members of NASCAR’s new Hall of Fame were inducted Sunday in a ceremony that both honored auto racing’s pioneers and celebrated the entire industry. NASCAR founder Bill France was lauded for his vision of turning unregulated beach racing into America’s premiere motorsports series. His son, Bill France Jr., was remembered as a Read More…

French Open: Venus cruises on Day 1

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PARIS — Whistles and whis­pers circulated through the stands at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday, a reaction brought about not by Venus Williams’ play at the French Open, but rather by her outfit. With a lacy, black overlay giv­ing it the illusion of being see­through, and bright red trim on the bodice, Williams’ corset­like get-up Read More…

Helio Castroneves streaks to pole at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Helio Castroneves put his foot down Saturday and proved he’s still the one to beat at Indy. The defending 500 champion and three-time race winner wrapped up a wild qualification day by topping 228 mph on two of his four laps, averaging 227.970 mph to win his fourth career Indianapolis 500 pole. Nobody, Read More…

State’s unemployment rate edges downward

COLUMBUS  — Ohio’s unemployment rate has slipped from its highest level in more than 26 years as more people found work. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the state’s job market showed slight improvement in April, with unemployment going down to 10.9 percent from 11 percent in March. The department Read More…

Bus driver charged with DUI after crashing taking students to Cedar Point

ATTICA, Ohio — A school outing to an amusement park in Ohio turned into a thrill ride itself when authorities say the driver of a charter bus drove into a ditch and was charged with drunken driving. No one was seriously hurt in the crash this morning. State troopers in northern Ohio say a few Read More…

Lottery sting: First clerk charged for cheating winners

COLUMBUS — Authorities say a service station clerk given two winning Ohio Lottery tickets by undercover agents said they were no good, but later claimed the $6,200 in prize money for himself. Lottery spokesman Marie Kilbane says 55-year-old Mahmoud Ikhlayel of suburban Columbus is the first person charged under a new initiative to make sure Read More…