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Ohio family surprised when Mark Zuckerberg comes to dinner

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/2oSVBQ3 ) Zuckerberg dined Friday with the Moore ...

Brother of man killed by pit bull says breed is dangerous

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The debate over the dangers posed to humans by pit bulls has been rekindled after an Ohio man was killed by a dog in what his brother said was an unprovoked attack. Maurice Brown was killed by a pit bull Tuesday while walking in Dayton. Police say the dog broke away from ...

Latest use of sedative keeps death penalty debate alive

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Is unorthodox the same as cruel and unusual punishment? It's the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that appeared to involve discomfort ...

Texas prosecutor drops Ohio man’s cold case murder charge

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor in Houston this week dismissed a murder charge against an Ohio man for a 1979 slaying in a city and state where he said he had never set foot until his extradition there last summer. Leon Dudley, 69, of South Euclid, and his ...

Ben Carson shares Kasich’s view that 2016 race ‘frustrating’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ben Carson says he hasn't read the book by Ohio's governor, but says the two shared similar frustrations as 2016 Republican presidential candidates. The Housing and Urban Development secretary is in Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) home state this week on a national ...

Treasurer accused of stealing $600,000 from Akron fire union

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A treasurer accused of stealing more than $600,000 from his northeast Ohio firefighters union has been indicted on felony charges, including aggravated theft. The Akron union's president, Russ Brode, tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/2paUYo2 ) that the group ...

$1M bond set for woman charged in fire that killed roommate

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman charged with murder and aggravated arson in a fire that killed her roommate has been ordered held on $1 million bond. A judge in Dayton also entered a not-guilty plea Thursday for 56-year-old Michelle Schubert and appointed an attorney for her. Schubert was ...

Ohio man sues police; report says he struck, kicked officers

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio man's lawsuit accusing police of using excessive force says he spent seven days in a hospital after he was arrested last year. Cody Jones says officers in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) slammed him against a cruiser, tackled him and fired a stun gun last ...

Self-described psychic sentenced to 8 years in prison

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A self-described psychic who Ohio prosecutors say ran a scam bilking a dozen people out of more than $1 million in cash and valuables while promising to protect them from dark forces has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Forty-two-year-old Gina Miller was ...

Carson eyes private sector as tool to offset housing cuts

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers "bang for the buck," partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration. In an ...

Ohio man charged with kidnapping neighbor to be in court

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man accused of kidnapping a neighbor and keeping her trapped in a small pit is to appear in court on a charge of kidnapping. Blanchester police say 45-year-old Dennis Dunn is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in Clinton County Municipal Court in ...

Police: Officer dragged by car as he fatally shot driver

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say an officer was being dragged alongside a car when the officer shot and killed the driver. Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner identified the deceased man as 32-year-old Jason Thomas Christian, of Whitehall. Weiner says Christian was stopped at a gas ...

Ohio zoo euthanizes 29-year-old polar bear that had cancer

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio says it has euthanized a 29-year-old male polar bear after veterinarians determined he had liver cancer with limited treatment options. The bear euthanized Wednesday, Nanuq (NAN'-nook), fathered five surviving offspring in a species ...

911 call: Man wants police dog to search for stolen heroin

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him. WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/2pnvmVR ) reports a 20-year-old man in Bath Township, near Akron, made the call in January. The recording was released this week. When the ...

Ohio police trying to identify owners of dog that killed man

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio are still trying to identify and locate the owner of a pit bull that mauled a man to death. They say no one has come forward as the caretaker of the dog that police killed early Tuesday in Dayton. Three other dogs were removed from the same residence by ...

FirstEnergy pushes for rate hike to help Ohio nuclear plants

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The head of northern Ohio's largest electric utility is telling state lawmakers that a proposal to keep alive its two nuclear plants along Lake Erie is more than just a bailout. FirstEnergy Corp. President Chuck Jones says the plants need to keep operating to ensure Ohio ...

Feds: Ohio men killed 2 witnesses of drug activity, beating

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says two Ohio men have been arrested on allegations of killing two women to keep them from talking to police about drug activity and a severe assault. Federal prosecutors say Antwan Hutchinson and Michael Favors killed the women Feb. 23 because they were ...

Agency to look into demolition costs in Michigan, Ohio

DETROIT (AP) — An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program — TARP ...

Fired bus driver indicted for killing Cleveland pedestrian

CLEVELAND (AP) — A bus driver fired by an Ohio transit authority has been indicted on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge for killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk in downtown Cleveland. Thirty-five-year-old Antoinette Peterkin, of the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights, also faces a ...

Partner of cop who shot Rice: ‘I didn’t know it was a kid’

CLEVELAND (AP) — The partner of a Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir (tuh-MEER') Rice recalls pleading for a faster response from medics as the wounded boy's condition worsened. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2oZdxvu ) reports the newly public recorded police interviews were ...