Intent Is Early Focus Of Ohio Slave Labor Trial

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years were trying to help a homeless acquaintance, not weasel money away from her, defense attorneys said Wednesday. The defendants’ intent was the focus of opening arguments at the...

Milbank: Fighting over Sen. Rand Paul’s NSA lawsuit continues

The legal fight against National Security Agency surveillance is shaping up to be a titanic clash, with pugilistic litigants trading charges and countercharges of bad faith and misinformation. And that’s just among the plaintiffs. Dana Milbank Dana Milbank writes a regular...

Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Ohio’s Gay Marriage Ban

A gay married couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to declare Ohio’s statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Al Cowger Jr. and Tony Wesley Jr. of Gates Mills in suburban Cleveland. The couple, who have been...

Review: Miyazaki explores beauty, ambition, dreams

AP Photo/Studio Ghibli They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few could justifiably question the beauty of a Hayao Miyazaki film. A revered master of animation, the Oscar-winning director/writer makes something as simple as a hazy sky so ravishing, it can take your...

Update: Bluffton woman loses home in fire

BLUFFTON — A Bluffton woman was left homeless Tuesday after fire destroyed her residence at 490 Ohio 103, said Bluffton Fire Chief Jon Kinn. Mary Ann Saum lived in the cabin with two dogs and two cats. Saum was uninjured, but her dogs did not escape the fire, Kinn said. Her cats...

Jazz study shows link between music and language

This undated handout photo provided by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shows a jazz pianist playing inside an MRI machine. Jazz musicians are famous for musical conversations _ one improvises a few bars and another makes up an answer. Researchers at Johns Hopkins...

Brief thaw lifts sprits and raises flooding risks

A runner runs along the lake shore Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Chicago. Weeks of subfreezing weather are giving way, at least briefly, to temperatures in the 50s, putting cities on guard for flooding, roof collapses and clogged storm drains. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) A runner...

Meteorologist gets personal about ‘old man winter’

CHICAGO (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi has a message to those who think the bright sunshine over parts of the Midwest this week means the brutal winter is over: “Forgetaboutit.” In a report issued Wednesday, the meteorologist veered...

Los Angeles cardinal unlikely to face charges

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2008 file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony officiates during Ash Wednesday services at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including...

Homeowner rejects housing murder suspect on bond

A woman who said she co-owns the property where a man charged with murder may reside while on bond has objected to his release there. Amanda Johnson on Wednesday said Ralph Harris III may not live at her East Foulke Avenue rental home, according to her letter to the Hancock...