November 23, 2014

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Small biz owners neglect to take tax credit

COLUMBUS — A tax cut for small business owners in Ohio hasn’t been claimed as much as expected, leading some to shell out hundreds of millions in taxes that state law didn’t require them to pay. Republicans including Gov. John Kasich have promoted the tax deduction as a way to help small businesses expand. Owners Read More…

Mount St. Joesph basketball player with brain tumor ready to play

Lauren Hill puts in a layup as she practices on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A clock above the court reminds everyone that it’s only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women’s basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly. Coach Dan Benjamin walks briskly around the court, sipping a Mountain Dew for a little caffeine. He has Read More…

Pesky, effective? Campaign signs spread like weeds

This Oct. 21, 2014 photo shows political campaign signs near a state highway in Westerville, Ohio. Signs touting local and statewide candidates are in full bloom along highways, street corners and public rights of way. Enter the Columbus Sign Ninjas, a group that sprang up to take down campaign clutter from public spaces. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Fred Squillante)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pesky. Illegal. Effective? Lawn signs touting local and statewide candidates are in full bloom along highways, street corners and other public spaces. It’s the sign of the season. And despite legal restrictions, the markers can sprout invasively. Campaigns hope voters see them as a signal of the community’s support for the Read More…

Ohio State: Fired band director was dishonest

Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University’s fired band director witnessed more sexually charged incidents than previously reported, once proposed punishing a female band member who reported sexual assault and kept a calendar of nearly nude male band members in his office, school attorneys said in response to his federal lawsuit. In continuing to defend Read More…

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it’s time to reschedule the holiday. Communities from West Virginia to Texas are saying they’re OK with celebrating Halloween on, well, not Halloween. Football is king in many rural areas, especially in the South, and that’s a Read More…

North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

Jeffrey Fowle speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home. Officials say a plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton. The State Department announced Tuesday that the 56-year-old Miamisburg resident had been released. The news came about six Read More…

Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Osijek, eastern Croatia. Denzinger is among dozens of death camp guards and suspected Nazi war criminals who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments despite being forced out of the U.S. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters Read More…

Family: Infected nurse who was in Ohio would not disregard protocol

A Tallmadge auxiliary police officer keeps watch on a home Thursday where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The family of a Dallas nurse who tested positive for the Ebola virus after flying to Cleveland and returning home said Sunday that she wouldn’t knowingly expose herself or anyone else to it. It said in a statement issued through a Washington, D.C.-based spokesman that suggestions nurse Amber Vinson ignored medical or government Read More…

116 being monitored in Ohio for Ebola virus

AKRON — A total of 116 people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio following the visit from a Dallas nurse who treated the first patient to die of the virus in the United States and later tested positive herself, health officials said Saturday. None of those being monitored is sick, officials stressed. Dr. Read More…

Search expands for contacts in Ohio Ebola investigation

Police keep watch on a home Thursday in Tallmadge, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials expanded their search for people who may have had contact with a Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola to include another planeload of passengers and shoppers at an Ohio bridal store. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday broadened its search to identify those who may have been Read More…