April 17, 2014

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Pile of about 3,000 cars burning at Dayton scrap yard

DAYTON — Authorities have told people to stay indoors if they are within two miles of a Dayton scrap yard where a fire is burning amid a 50-foot-high pile of about 3,000 cars. Fire officials are taking the precaution in case there is something toxic in the smoke. No one has been evacuated or injured Read More…

Ohio foreclosures hit another record

COLUMBUS — Data collected by the Ohio Supreme Court shows that the number of new foreclosure cases hit another record in the first three months of the year. Common pleas courts in Ohio reported 24,711 new foreclosure case filings from January through March, nine percent more than the same period last year. The foreclosures during Read More…

Ohio House bill would require meth lab disclosure to sell home

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has approved a bill requiring that homeowners selling their houses disclose upfront whether the property was ever used as a drug lab. The House yesterday unanimously passed the Methamphetamine Awareness and Notification Act, which also creates a public database of meth-tainted properties and vehicles. State Rep. Stephen Dyer, a Democrat Read More…

Demjanjuk in intensive care, trial called off for third day

BERLIN — John Demjanjuk’s trial has been called off for the third day in a row as the 90-year-old remains in intensive care with dangerously low blood hemoglobin levels. Demjanjuk is a former Ohio autoworker being tried on 27,900 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he was a guard at the Nazis’ Sobibor death Read More…

Son turns in father for killing witness in his trial

CINCINNATI — Police in Cincinnati arrested a stunned courtroom spectator on a murder charge after his son made a deal with prosecutors. Authorities say Kareem Gilbert agreed to testify against his father, Rueben Jordan, to get a lighter prison sentence. As the plea deal was announced yesterday in Hamilton County court, detectives grabbed Jordan. Gilbert Read More…

Demjanjuk ‘getting significantly worse,’ lawyer says

MUNICH — John Demjanjuk’s family and attorney told the AP today that the 90-year-old’s medical condition appears to be worsening as his trial in Germany drags on, as he was hospitalized for a second day in a row with dangerously low blood hemoglobin levels. Demjanjuk, a former Ohio autoworker who is being tried on 27,900 Read More…

Ohio lawmakers want no smoking in casinos

COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers want the state’s four new casinos to be smoke-free, with no alcohol served after 2:30 a.m., and with slots winnings paid in chips, not coins. Those are some areas of common ground in the sets of casino rules proposed by the Ohio House and Senate. House lawmakers introduced their bill on Read More…

Fans, city leaders have message for LeBron: Don’t go

A mural in downtown Cleveland is just one of many ways area residents and officials are trying to convince Cavs star LeBron James that he shouldn’t leave for another team. (AP photo.)

CLEVELAND — They’re saying it on bill­boards, in song, in letters, in petitions and more. Whatever the format, the message from Clevelanders is the same: Dear LeBron James, please don’t go. Please, please, please don’t go. This hard-luck city on the shores of Lake Erie is desperately trying to show its NBA superstar that, with Read More…

Rays 6, Indians 2: Tribe swept away in Florida

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price pitched six strong innings to become the AL’s first six-game winner as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday. The AL East leaders improved baseball’s top record to 28-11 heading into a two-game series at Yankee Stadium. Read More…

Obama in Ohio: Raps GOP as ‘just-say-no crowd’ on economy

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YOUNGSTOWN — President Barack Obama is lumping Republicans together as a just-say-no crowd on the economy and warning that the country would be in a “deeper world of hurt” if the GOP had gotten its way. In prepared comments released by the White House, Obama defended the stimulus spending, tax cuts and tax credits on Read More…