March 3, 2015

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Fugitive treasure hunter says in court he is very sick

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who was a fugitive in one of the greatest hauls in American history has appeared in a Florida court and says he has an “extreme medical situation.” Tommy Thompson, 61, is accused of cheating investors out of their share of $50 million in gold bars Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service, Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, Read More…

Legal pot backers in Ohio trickle out details of 2015 vision

A flower nearly ready for harvest sits atop a mature marijuana plant at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. (AP file photo)

COLUMBUS — The marijuana legalization movement has arrived in Ohio with high-flying ambitions: making it the first state to move from a complete ban to complete legalization with a single vote. ResponsibleOhio is one of two competing legalization campaigns pushing forward in the state. It released further elements of its plan this week, while again stopping short Read More…

Ohio income tax form to see changes

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s Department of Taxation is now accepting 2014 individual income tax returns, and taxpayers could see some changes. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa recently reminded residents that Ohio increased the personal exemption for those earning less than $40,000 annually. It rose to $2,200 from $1,700. For those with incomes between $40,000 and $80,000 a Read More…

Ohio University sets 4-year tuition rate for new students

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University trustees are softening the blow of hefty tuition and campus housing increases for new students next year by guaranteeing the rates won’t rise again during the students’ four years on campus. Tuition for new students would go up 5.1 percent under the plan, with increases of 5.3 percent for Read More…

Police: bodies in burned-out car those of missing couple

BAKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says the bodies of two people found in a burned-out car appear be those of a missing elderly couple. Strasburg Police Chief Robert Kutcher says authorities are actively searching for suspects involved in the disappearance of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife Lillian. Kutcher says he Read More…

Coroner: Ohio State athlete’s death will be ruled a suicide

Kosta Karageorge

COLUMBUS (AP) — A coroner says the death of an Ohio State athlete found dead with a gunshot wound to the head will be ruled a suicide. The final autopsy report for 22-year-old wrestler and football scout team member Kosta Karageorge isn’t quite finished. The county coroner said Wednesday she is awaiting neuropathology reports about Read More…

Kent State to conduct sweeping review of athletics program

Kent State University President Beverly Warren

KENT (AP) — Kent State University is undertaking a sweeping look at its athletics program that could include deciding whether any sports should be cut. The goal is seeing where the athletic department fits within the changing landscape of Division I sports, the Akron Beacon Journal reported for a story Tuesday. “Everything is on the Read More…

Part of Cincinnati interstate to be shut for days after collapse

This photo provided by the Cincinnati Fire and EMS, shows the scene following a highway overpass collapse in Cincinnati, Monday. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that according to a police dispatch the southbound Interstate 75 was closed indefinitely after the collapse of the overpass. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Fire and EMS)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel Tuesday, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a tractor-trailer driver. Authorities identified the worker as Brandon William Carl, 35, of Augusta, Kentucky. The Hamilton County coroner’s office will do an autopsy Read More…

Decision looms for Democrats on 2016 convention site

Democrats are weighing New York, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio, pictured, for its 2016 convention. Party officials are expected to make a final decision in late January or early February. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, New York would offer a diverse tableau in liberal Brooklyn and a touch of Clinton nostalgia. Philadelphia would give the party a patriotic backdrop while Columbus would raise the curtain on another campaign showdown in Ohio. Democrats are closing in on a final decision on where to hold their 2016 Read More…