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  • Ohio student suspended after using toy gun in veterans memorial

    CELINA, Ohio — Military veterans and students are upset over the suspension of a middle school student in Ohio whose class project creating a memorial to veterans included a toy Nerf gun. About two dozen people in Celina in northwest Ohio protested the suspension earlier this week. The Daily Standard reports eighth-grader Tyler Carlin made a replica of a battlefield cross that included a NERF gun painted black. An attorney for the boy says his teacher gave him permission to […]

  • Frat denies hazing claims in lawsuit over Ohio student’s death

    ATHENS, Ohio — A fraternity being sued over the alleged hazing of an Ohio college student says he wasn’t a pledge when he died, and it denies the family’s allegations. Eighteen-year-old Ohio University freshman Collin Wiant, of Dublin, died in November. His family’s lawsuit in Athens County court says he died of asphyxiation after ingesting nitrous oxide provided to and forced on him by fraternity members. It accuses the Sigma Pi fraternity of extensive physical and mental hazing. In response, […]

  • Gov. DeWine orders flags flown at half-staff after Ohio soldier killed on mission in Afghanistan

    COLUMBUS — The Pentagon has identified two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan while involved in combat operations Friday in Kunduz Province. In response, Governor Mike DeWine is ordering flags be flown at half-staff. The men were identified Saturday as Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, and Lindsay was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special […]

  • Chaos on cruise ship: Half the ship’s passengers make it to dry land, others wait for rescue

    STAVANGER, Norway – The chairman of the company that operates a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway’s western coast in bad weather Saturday praised the rescue operation by Norwegian authorities and the actions of the vessel’s crew. Still waiting for evacuation. #VikingSky #Mayday — Alexus Sheppard 🏳️‍🌈 (@alexus309) March 23, 2019 Viking Ocean Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen told Norway’s VG newspaper that the events surrounding the Viking Sky were “some of the worst I have been involved in, […]

  • Helicopters rescue Norway cruise ship passengers amid storm

    HELSINKI — Rescue workers off Norway’s western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday, winching them one-by-one to safety as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side and high winds battered the operation. The Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship issued a mayday call as bad weather hit Saturday and engine problems caused it to start drifting toward the rocky shore. Police in the western […]

  • Summary of Mueller report’s key conclusions could be released Sunday

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow’s efforts to elect him. Barr was on pace to release his first summary of Mueller’s findings on Sunday, people familiar with the process said. The attorney general’s decision on what to finally disclose seems almost certain to […]

  • ‘Brutal and deplorable’: Miami University fraternity suspended amid hazing report, president says

    OXFORD, Ohio — A university in Ohio has suspended a fraternity over what the school’s president says is a “brutal and deplorable” report of hazing. Miami University says a decision about the future of Delta Tau Delta will be made once a full investigation is finished. University President Gregory Crawford isn’t releasing details about the hazing allegations. But he said Friday that the report is serious and credible. Crawford also says the university will make for all fraternities and sororities […]

  • Ohio governor proposes raising age to buy tobacco

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 as part of his two-year state budget. The Dayton Daily News reports the plan also would include vaping products, which are growing in popularity among high school students. About 20 percent of high school seniors say in a national survey that they vaped within a month last year. Statistics show that more than one in five Ohio residents smoke and […]

  • ‘I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions’: Robert Kraft releases first statement since prostitution sting

    JUPITER, Fla. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has released his first statement since being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in Florida earlier this month. Sunday, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter released Kraft’s statement on Twitter.  It reads: “In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks. To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to […]

  • Papa John’s scores Shaq to help revive its image

    NEW YORK — Papa John’s is getting “Shaq-ified.” The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John’s in other ways. The company hopes O’Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the company’s founder and namesake, John Schnatter, made racially insensitive remarks. Besides being a spokesman, O’Neal will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants […]

  • Robert Mueller not recommending any more indictments in Russia probe

    WASHINGTON— Special counsel Robert Mueller is not recommending any further indictments in the Russia investigation. That’s according to a Justice Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the confidential recommendation. Mueller notified Attorney General William Barr on Friday that he had concluded his probe of Russian election interference and any possible coordination with Donald Trump’s campaign. Mueller’s report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next […]

  • Gov. DeWine: Higher gas tax can ‘save lives’

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine tried Friday to dial up the pressure on lawmakers to back his proposed gas tax increase by arguing lives were at stake. The Republican governor repeated his insistence that his 18-cent-per-gallon hike, indexed to inflation, is the bare minimum for needed repairs to dangerous roads, intersections and bridges. Fellow Republicans in the House lowered that amount to 10.7 cents, and Senate Republicans on Thursday cut it even further to 6 cents. DeWine on Friday […]

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