May 29, 2015

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RTA eyes cuts to county routes

AVON LAKE — Starting in October, it’s either going to be more expensive to hop a bus into Cleveland from Avon Lake or flat-out impossible. Avon Lake’s arm of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority — known as the 55F or West Shore Flyer — is one of the routes likely to be eliminated in Read More…

Feds say Utah mine operator courted danger

    PRICE, Utah (AP) — The operator of a collapsed Utah mine violated safety protocols by cutting coal pillars that should have been left standing to prevent cave-ins, federal regulators said Thursday.   A subsidiary of Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. undermined other pillars by excavating coal from tunnel floors, a federal report said. The disaster Read More…

Creators of Scrabble knockoff on Facebook sued

NEW YORK (AP) — T-R-O-U-B-L-E could loom for a Scrabble knockoff that has become one of the most popular activities on Facebook. Hasbro Inc., the company that owns the word game’s North American rights, sued the creators of the Scrabulous program on Thursday, less than two weeks after the release of an authorized version of Read More…

National City posts $1.8 billion loss for 2nd quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — Regional bank National City Corp. on Thursday reported a $1.76 billion loss for the second quarter, as mortgage loans soured and it took a big charge related to previous acquisitions. Over the past year, mortgages have increasingly defaulted, forcing banks to set aside more cash to cover current and future losses. Read More…

Ohio furniture maker says bank forced shutdown

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — A furniture maker that suspended operations this week at plants in Ohio and Tennessee says it was forced to make the move after the bank called its loan. Norwalk Furniture spokesman Joe Mosbrook says the company got the call from Comerica bank on Friday. The bank told the company it was Read More…

Feds to release report on Utah mine disaster

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even before the release of a federal report into what went wrong at a deadly Utah mine cave-in last summer, critics were already finding fault. The Mine Safety and Health Administration began a private briefing for families Thursday morning and were to hold a news conference afterward to release Read More…

Alligator found roaming on Ohio street

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Arrangements are being made so a young ‘gator found wandering in Bobcat country can be sent to more hospitable Florida. Police say an alligator a little over 2 feet long was found early Wednesday on a street in Athens — home to the Ohio University Bobcats. The director of the Hocking Read More…

Prison for 2 linked to disgraced NBA ref

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former classmates of disgraced referee Tim Donaghy will spend over a year in prison for their roles in the betting scandal that rocked the NBA. James Battista, a professional gambler, was sentenced in New York on Thursday to 15 months in prison for making bets based on inside tips. His Read More…

Prison says it foiled Ohio breakout plan

   LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they foiled a plot to help a killer escape from a maximum-security Ohio prison where he is serving a life sentence.    FBI and state agents took 53-year-old Derrick Hancock into custody on a suspected parole violation last week at his home in Cleveland.    No charges have Read More…

Police lose evidence in murder

ELYRIA — Police can’t find the evidence that an Elyria man serving time for his wife’s 1991 murder believes will clear him. Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said officers are searching the department for either the rape kit collected during the autopsy of Helen Weaver or paperwork that explains what happened to it. So far, Read More…