December 18, 2014

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Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving

A man and a woman leave an hhgregg store Tuesday in Mayfield Heights. An Ohio lawmaker has proposed triple pay for retail employees who work on Thanksgiving and protection from being disciplined or fired if they refuse to work the holiday. State Rep. Mike Foleyís legislation stemmed from a phone call from a Cincinnati woman saying she and her 82-year-old mother were both scheduled to work their retail jobs on Thanksgiving.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving — an effort that comes as Macy’s, the holiday’s quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day. Both are attempts to counter frustration among workers and their Read More…

Bay Village teens punished for prank on autistic classmate

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three teens who admitted to dumping urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old autistic classmate during an ice bucket prank were ordered Monday to do community service and write apology letters to the victim and his family. The teens admitted to charges of assault and disorderly conduct in juvenile court, said Joseph Read More…

Cleveland crowd protests after police shoot boy

Protesters block cars on the freeway Tuesday during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  CLEVELAND (AP) — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun. Police diverted traffic but didn’t take action against the protesters, who chanted phrases such Read More…

Police: Video of Cleveland officer shooting boy is ‘clear’

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who Read More…

Ohio ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill gets panel’s OK

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bill that would impose some of the nation’s most stringent abortion restrictions cleared an Ohio House committee Thursday after suddenly re-surfacing in the lame duck session. The GOP-led House Health Committee passed the so-called heartbeat bill 11-6 after several emotional hours of testimony. The divisive measure had languished without a hearing Read More…

Ohio lawmaker indicted on burglary, theft charges

PORT CLINTON (AP) — A newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on charges alleging he took antiques and other items from an Ohio home. An Ottawa County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Republican Rep. Steven Kraus, who defeated Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern in the Nov. 4 election. A police report alleges Kraus, 55, Read More…

Chardon school shooter built ladder in prison escape

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A convicted school shooter and two other Ohio inmates managed to get inside a maintenance access area and spent several months building a makeshift a ladder that they used to escape in September, according to a report released by the state on Friday. The inmates climbed the ladder to get on Read More…

Lawsuit filed on behalf of siblings of starved Vermilion boy

This Aug. 16, 2013, photo shows Adrienne Bartholomew, right, being escorted out of the courtroom by Erie County Sheriff deputies after pleading guilty to five counts of child endangerment in Sandusky. (AP Photo/Luke Wark)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for the estate of a disabled toddler who died of malnutrition and dehydration and his six siblings are suing county agencies and health care providers in northern Ohio, claiming they ignored warning signs of neglect. Isaac Brothers-Bartholomew was 18 months old when his 11-year-old brother found him dead in his crib Read More…

Appeals court backs gay marriage ban

In this June 26, 2013, file photo, Sean Lewrence, of Philadelphia, holds up a flag during a rally for gay marriage, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed its way again. A federal appeals court Thursday halted a run of rulings supporting same-sex marriage by the U.S. courts that are the last line for appeals just below the Supreme Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Read More…

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…