April 20, 2014

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Cavaliers ousted by Celtics; uncertainty looms

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics sent LeBron James and the Cavaliers back to Cleveland to admire all of their regular-season accomplishments and ponder their future. It’s the Celtics who are still in the chase for an NBA title. Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 12 Read More…

Ford restoring tuition help for union workers

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is restoring college tuition help for factory workers in an effort to settle a dispute with the United Auto Workers union. Union leaders were told of the move at a meeting Thursday in Chicago. The company announced the change in a letter to the union that was obtained by The Read More…

Ohio executes ‘homicidal hitchhiker’

LUCASVILLE — Ohio has executed a hitchhiker who admitted to gunning down one motorist who gave him a ride and wounding two others. Forty-eight-year-old Michael Beuke died by lethal injection at 10:53 a.m. Thursday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. His death came through the state’s primary, one-drug intravenous execution method. In one Read More…

Ohio House approves new payday lending limits

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has passed new restrictions on fees charged by payday lenders, whose interest rates were capped by a law voters approved in 2008. Critics say the industry is using fees to take advantage of consumers now that it can no longer charge more than 28 percent interest on its short-term loans. Read More…

2nd Miami U. sorority in trouble, accused of trashing museum

OXFORD — Miami University’s president has pledged a review of policies and punishments for campus fraternities and sororities after a second sorority was linked to destructive behavior at its spring formal, including vomiting and smoking inside a museum. The second incident involving the southwest Ohio school to become public this week was at a Cincinnati Read More…

Thieves steal hearse with body inside, leave a note about body

CLEVELAND — A corpse was taken for a ride in Cleveland by thieves who stole a crematory’s hearse, then abandoned it with a note saying where they’d dumped the body. Police on Wednesday found the woman’s body, in a bag and on a gurney, at the intersection specified. Computer equipment also was taken from the Read More…

Indians 4, Royals 0: Carmona, pen stymie Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Russell Branyan hit a two-run homer and Fausto Carmona and three Cleveland relievers combined to help the Indians shut out the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a two-run single in the fifth. Carmona allowed five hits, walked two and struck out two in Read More…

Man fights execution tomorrow, says he’s been on death row too long

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COLUMBUS — A condemned Ohio inmate asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution, arguing he’s been on death row so long the punishment would be unconstitutionally cruel and serves no purpose. Michael Beuke, who was sentenced to die in 1983, filed the last-minute request Wednesday afternoon after Gov. Ted Strickland rejected his request Read More…

Blast levels 3 homes, damages 12, at least 11 hurt

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CLEVELAND — An explosion rattled Cleveland and its suburbs on Wednesday, destroying three houses, damaging at least 12 others and injuring at least 11 people, though none seriously, authorities said. The blast around 8 a.m. demolished an apparently unoccupied home, leaving a hole. Only the chimney was left of one adjacent home, and another had Read More…

Indians 8, Royals 2: This elbow’s OK: Jake gets first win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Westbrook opened the game with a four-pitch walk, and worked around traffic for most of his six innings. He still didn’t have full confi­dence in his sinker, dropping his arm angle to offset his insecurity. What Westbrook did get was a win, his first since reconstructive right elbow sur­gery. No Read More…