Columbus Mayor combats high homicide rate
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Columbus, Ohio combats record high homicide rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus mayor says the city will hire an additional 30 police officers on top of already scheduled hires this year as Ohio’s biggest city struggles with a record high homicide rate. The additional 30 officers announced Wednesday by Mayor Andrew...
Michigan meteor entry
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Video: Meteor credited for bright light, rattles Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor. The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the Detroit area. Reports also came in...
Helicopter crashes in Wood County
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Helicopter doing utility work crashes in Wood County field, kills 2

STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a helicopter crashed into a snowy Ohio field, killing the two people on board. A witness reported the crash around midday Monday just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Toledo. The county...
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LeBron reflects on MLK legacy, criticizes President on holiday

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — On a day for reflecting on race in America, LeBron James considered Martin Luther King Jr.’s ultimate sacrifice. A life given for love. “He had a vision and he took a bullet for all of us,” James said. As...
LeBron fouled as Cavs falter
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NBA Highlights: James, struggling Cavs routed again, Raptors rule 133-99

IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — LeBron James isn’t enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench. James and his struggling Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided rout of the season, overwhelmed by the...

Woman pleads not guilty in death of son, 5, buried in Cleveland backyard 

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a developmentally disabled 5-year-old boy found buried in the backyard of a Cleveland home has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. Larissa Rodriguez didn’t speak during her arraignment Tuesday. She remains in jail on a $1 million...
Sean Ryan QB Coach to interview w/Browns
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Browns seeking O-coordinator talent, Texans QB coach to interview

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have received permission to interview Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to be their offensive coordinator. Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Cleveland’s interest in Ryan on Tuesday, a day after...
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett
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Departing players will change the face of Buckeyes Football

  MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Reloading is going to be more challenging than usual this time for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who is accustomed to losing much of his talent to the NFL each year. Seven fifth-year seniors who were key contributors this...
Kizer looks for 1st WIN
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Winless Browns march against Bears, 0-16 parade looms

ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season. And the idea they could wind up without a win is weighing on quarterback DeShone Kizer. “You definitely feel it,” he said....
LeBron James passes and assists
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Thomas dresses, Cavs down Bulls for 12th straight home win

Isaiah Thomas finally dressed for a game and inched closer to his return as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their 12th straight home game, 115-112 over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love had 27 and the Cavs improved to 19-2 since Nov. 11....