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April 18, 2015 - 4:40pm
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 38-year-old northeast Ohio woman's quest to find her birth mother ended in a surprising place — the company where she works.

WKBN-TV in Youngstown reports http://bit.ly/1ztZr15 that La-Sonya Mitchell Clark requested records that have been made available recently by the Ohio Department of Health. She learned her mother's name is Francine Simmons. She looked her up on Facebook and saw that she worked at InfoCision, the teleservices company where...

April 18, 2015 - 12:07pm
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A Vietnam veteran and the family of a World War II veteran who died in 2007 were presented with overdue military medals in a ceremony in Cincinnati.

Vietnam veteran Ernest Stevenson received the Purple Heart and five other medals in the Friday ceremony at Cincinnati City Hall. Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley presented the medals to Stevenson. They also presented seven medals to the family of World War II veteran...

April 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of causing the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old son has been indicted on charges including murder and involuntary manslaughter in southwest Ohio.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says 22-year-old Dionte Evans was indicted Friday in the death of Keyontae Ellis-Bell inside the suburban Dayton apartment Evans shared with the boy and his mother. Evans was charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and endangering...

April 18, 2015 - 11:22am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Statistics provided by the Ohio Supreme Court show that foreclosure filings declined in the state in 2014 for the fifth straight year.

The court reported Thursday the 43,727 new common-pleas filings of residential, commercial, and tax foreclosure cases last year was a decline of nearly 18 percent from 2013.

That number was 50 percent lower than in 2009 when the state reached an all-time high of more than 89,000 new filings....

April 18, 2015 - 11:12am
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BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources continues to implement new policies at Buckeye Lake, where federal officials have warned a deteriorating dam could fail.

The department announced Friday it will have a speed zone for boaters on the western portion of the central Ohio lake.

A recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report concluded there's a high risk of failure at the lake's earthen dam. The state plans to replace the dam...

April 18, 2015 - 11:06am
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MASON, Ohio (AP) — The principal of a suburban Cincinnati high school has apologized to anyone who was offended after canceling a controversial, student-led event that invited girls to spend the day wearing a Muslim headscarf.

"The Covered Girl Challenge" at Mason High School was intended to combat stereotypes students may face when wearing head coverings.

But Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart wrote in her letter to district families that, as word of...

April 18, 2015 - 10:58am
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers.

Akron police say the driver didn't realize he did anything wrong by leaving the mixed-breed puppies on the roof. He said Friday he was transporting them for his father, who couldn't keep them. He was taking the 3-month-old puppies to his wife's family in Pennsylvania, some 300 miles away.

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April 18, 2015 - 9:28am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland are urging people coming into town for two big events this weekend to allow plenty of time to get around downtown amid the heavy construction.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday night and the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game on Sunday afternoon will bring thousands of people downtown.

Police say lane restrictions and construction in the downtown area and around Public Square may make...

April 18, 2015 - 9:24am
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Wright Brothers had to go from Dayton to North Carolina to see if their airplane design worked more than a century ago. Students developing their own designs now can find out through the flight simulation lab on a southwest Ohio college campus.

The University of Dayton says aircraft design skills of students from around the country and England are being tested Saturday morning in the Merlin Flight Simulation Group's fifth annual It Flies USA...

April 18, 2015 - 7:01am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says an Ohio couple created a false identity online and began romantic relationships with three women to lure them into servitude after which the women were sexually assaulted.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the couple undertook the scheme to satisfy their sexual, financial and emotional needs.

The indictment announced Friday charges 32-year-old Thomas Williamson and 29-year-old Michelle Feldman with...

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