January 27, 2015

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Health agency confirms flu death in southern Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — A wave of flu illnesses has forced some Ohio schools to shut down over the past week — and one even asked parents if they could volunteer and to help disinfect the school while students were kept home. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the first flu-related pediatric death of the flu Read More…

Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day appears on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hallof Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock ’n’ roll, Read More…

Burned dad recovering in Ohio after house fire killed 3 kids

Firefighters stand outside the Hamilton, Ohio, home where an early morning fire killed three children and sent their parents and two other kids to hospitals on Friday. (AP Photo/Dan Sewell)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Relatives flocking to his family’s support say a southwestern Ohio man is recovering from burns sustained when he tried to save his children from a fatal house fire. Raphael Flores of Indianapolis said much of his brother Ismael Flores’ large family has come to Hamilton since Friday’s fire that killed three Read More…

Ohio Democrats to select new leader on Tuesday

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democrats elect a new party chair Tuesday as they seek to recover from a punishing statewide election that saw campaign missteps, dismal turnout and across-the-board losses. Why the vacancy? State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern announced his resignation on Election Night after watching his party lose every statewide race and several seats in Read More…

2 girls, 1 boy killed in overnight Ohio home fire

Firefighters stand outside the Hamilton, Ohio, home where an early morning fire killed three children and sent their parents and two other kids to hospitals on Friday. (AP Photo/Dan Sewell)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A fire erupted at a southwest Ohio home early Friday, killing three children as their mother screamed and their father tried in vain to rescue them, witnesses and authorities said. The parents and two other kids were taken to hospitals. The blaze killed a 7-year-old boy and two girls, ages 10 Read More…

Autopsy: Cleveland boy was shot once by officer

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice, 12. (AP Photo/Courtesy Richardson & Kucharski Co., L.P.A.)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun died from a single shot fired by a rookie police officer, according to an autopsy released Friday. Tamir Rice was shot in the abdomen and the bullet damaged a major vein and his intestines, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner concluded in labeling the death a Read More…

2 college football playoff games add to bills for players’ families

Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest speaks to the media during a news conference before the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. DePriest will have his mother, Angie, grandmother, Sue, and his girlfriend at however many games the Tide has left, as always. The three women will drive together from their home in Springfield, Ohio, to New Orleans and, if 'Bama wins, will drive to Arlington, Texas and split a hotel room to watch DePriest play. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Robert Sutton, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Take out a loan or even a second mortgage, forgo Christmas presents or split a hotel room. Faced with the possibility of two big postseason trips under the new college football playoff system, some players’ parents are doing all they can to see their kids under the spotlight. A bowl game trip Read More…

Mike DeWine wants active shooter response studied

Gov. John Kasich announces a new task force to improve community-police relations from the Lincoln Room in the Statehouse in Columbus on Friday. At right is Sen. Nina Turner. On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department released its conclusion that Cleveland police officers too often use excessive force and violate people's civil rights. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Jonathan Quilter)

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has directed the state police training commission to examine whether officers statewide are adequately trained to determine when they’re dealing with an active shooter and other issues raised in the wake of several recent police shootings nationally. Officers already have the protocol they need once an Read More…

Ohio school board votes to remove mandate on art, gym teachers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An education policy change that opponents said would let school districts eliminate art, gym and other classes cleared its first hurdle Tuesday at the state school board over some continuing objections. At issue was a rule governing districts’ minimum staffing requirements for elementary art, music and physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, Read More…

Family of boy shot dead by Cleveland officer sues

Harriet Petti stands with about a group of protesters, Friday in Cleveland. On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department released findings from a nearly two-year investigation of Cleveland police, which found its officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The family of a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday, saying two officers acted recklessly when they confronted the boy in a terrifying manner and fired within seconds. The federal lawsuit filed against the city and the two Read More…