November 27, 2014

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Nurse who caught Ebola says she wasn’t careless

Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, speaks at a news conference after being discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Vinson, who flew on a commercial jet before being diagnosed with Ebola, said she wasn't careless or reckless. In an interview Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, on NBC's "Today" show, Vinson also said she didn't get enough training to feel comfortable treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — A nurse who was infected with Ebola after treating a sick patient said she didn’t have enough training beforehand on how to protect herself. “The first time that I put on the protective equipment, I was heading in to take care of the patient,” Amber Vinson told NBC’s “Today” show in an Read More…

3 admit dumping bodily fluids on autistic teen

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three Ohio teens charged in a cruel prank that involved dumping a bucket of urine, tobacco and spit on an autistic classmate have admitted to charges in juvenile court. The suburban Cleveland teens apologized during a court hearing Thursday. Punishment will occur after the court’s probation department prepares a presentencing report. Two Read More…

John Kasich leads GOP victories across Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican John Kasich coasted to re-election as Ohio’s governor on Tuesday, leading an across-the-board GOP sweep of statewide offices. Kasich’s victory over Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, was expected after the challenger’s campaign missteps left him seriously behind in polls and fundraising. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Read More…

Ohio bill inspired by fake ice bucket challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that would require prison time for many felony crimes against the disabled or elderly was inspired by a fake ice bucket challenge that led to charges against five teenagers, a state lawmaker said. The boys were charged with dumping a bucket of urine, water and tobacco spit on an Read More…

Nurse who had Ebola being released from hospital

Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, right, embraces Emory University Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Ribner, as she leaves a press conference after being discharged from the hospital Tuesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber Vinson, a nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient in Dallas, is now virus-free, and was celebrated Tuesday by her caregivers as courageous and passionate before getting out of the hospital. Another nurse who was held for days against her will in Read More…

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…