Hopewell-Loudon School bus in crash

BASCOM — A Hopewell-Loudon School bus was involved in an accident this morning on Ohio 18. The accident involved a pickup truck and school bus No. 7, which transports students from the Nickie Lane, Angela Drive area. H-L Superintendent Nicole Jiran, who went to the scene of...

Cleveland Mayor Gives Police Department A “B”

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor of Cleveland is giving his police department a grade of “B” and says he welcomes a federal investigation into alleged use of excessive force. Mayor Frank Jackson says he is not interested in covering up departmental faults or promoting its...

Kroger’s Profit Beats Wall Street Expectations

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger is reporting a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as the nation’s largest supermarket operator saw a key sales figure rise. The Cincinnati-based company, which also operates Ralphs and Fry’s, has fared better than its peers in adapting...

State Says Fewer Ohio Teens Abusing Painkillers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says fewer Ohio teens are abusing prescription painkillers and using heroin as efforts to address such abuse appear to be working. The Ohio Department of Health’s 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds that about 13 percent of students...

Colder Winter Pushing Up Ohio Natural Gas Prices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s largest natural gas utility is blaming the colder-than-normal winter for higher bills about to be paid by residential customers on budget payment plans. Columbus-based Columbia Gas of Ohio says the typical customer will pay $87 a month right...
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Staples to shutter 225 stores as sales move online

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Staples will close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of next year as it seeks to trim about $500 million in costs annually by 2015. The nation’s largest office-supply retailer said Thursday that nearly half of...

Ohio Museum: Sculpture May Be Idol Stolen In India

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum says an 11th-century statue under investigation by federal authorities may have been stolen before the facility purchased it. The Toledo Museum of Art says it saw no signs of trouble when it bought the small bronze statue of a Hindu deity in...

Ohio Slave Labor Trial In Federal Court Nears End

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio is close to beginning deliberations in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child. Closing arguments are slated to begin Thursday before jurors get the case in a Youngstown federal...
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Witness: Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius, puts his hands to his head while listening to evidence from a witness speaking about the morning of the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court on the fourth day of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, March 6, 2014....

That Sinking Feeling

Save my life/ I’m going down for the last time – Head East I missed my turn while driving on East Sandusky Street and decided to turn around in a vacant parking lot. It was late February and slush covered an empty parking lot. My auto became stuck. I muttered choice...