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One State Aims to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

But pro-choice advocates say it violates Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - Ohio women, take note: Soon you may be unable to get an abortion if you're doing it to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. The state's legislature—most of which is pro-life—appears poised to approve such a bill this fall and send it to Gov. John... More »

2 Sons Were Dead; Why the Law Couldn't Save Her 3rd

Prosecutor, police, Children Services suspected something was up

(Newser) - Brittany Pilkington regained custody of her kids, 3-month-old Noah and 3-year-old Hailey, less than a week before police were called to her apartment in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and found Noah dead. Now charged with murder , Pilkington, 23, admitted to smothering Noah with a blanket, along with two other sons over 13... More »

Cops: Mom Killed 3 Sons After Daughter Was Ignored

3-month-old died 6 days after being returned to Ohio family

(Newser) - A young mother in Bellefontaine, Ohio, has confessed to an incomprehensible crime and given a reason that's equally hard to understand. Police say 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington has told investigators that she killed her three young sons over a 13-month period, and that she did so because her husband, Joseph... More »

LeBron's Announcement Makes Ohio Families Gasp

Basketball star's foundation, U. of Akron to offer free rides to college

(Newser) - "As a kid growing up in the inner city ... you don't really think past high school. You don't really know your future." Those were the words of LeBron James in Sandusky, Ohio, yesterday as he announced how he plans to change that outcome: by offering full... More »

Man Looking for Phone Killed by Roller Coaster

He jumped a fence at Cedar Point

(Newser) - An Ohio man who lost his cellphone on a roller coaster ended up losing his life as well after going back to look for it. Police say 45-year-old James A. Young was killed by the same roller coaster he had just ridden at the Cedar Point amusement park when he... More »

Man Allegedly Kills Neighbor Over Late-Night Mowing

Linda Ciotto, 62, was shot in the head Tuesday night

(Newser) - On Tuesday night, a 62-year-old Ohio woman started mowing her lawn. She never finished the task. Police says Linda Ciotto was shot in the head while mowing the grass at her Willard home around 9pm, and her neighbor stands accused of the crime. James Blair, 50, was allegedly angered by... More »

4K-Year-Old Home Turns Up in Ohio

Hunter-gatherers apparently lived there during colder months

(Newser) - One tribe lived in Ohio so long ago we don't even have a name for them. Archaeologists recently uncovered one of their 4,000-year-old homes in Lorain County and say it belonged to hunter-gatherers who visited periodically during the fall and winter, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "There'... More »

This Is the Most 'American' State

New slogan: 'It's as American as Iowa'?

(Newser) - America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but Iowans are a little freer and braver than the rest of us, apparently. In what the Des Moines Register calls a "totally unscientific study," Estately ranks the 50 states on "Americaness." It... More »

Missing Comma Saves Woman From Ticket

Improper punctuation keeps Ohio village from collecting on parking citation

(Newser) - An appeals court has agreed with an Ohio woman who said her parking citation should be tossed because the village law was missing a comma. Andrea Cammelleri says she shouldn't have been issued a citation in 2014 based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of... More »

Add One More to 2016: Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Announcement coming July 21 from Ohio State

(Newser) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich , who's spent the year testing his scrappy political style and pragmatic policy positions around the country—as well as awaiting a sign from above —plans to formally enter the 2016 presidential race on July 21. The two-term governor, who leads one of the nation'... More »

Women Missing From Ohio Town Knew Each Other

Charlotte Trego's mom says she knew 4 of the 5 other women

(Newser) - The FBI is focusing on the similarities between six women who vanished—four have turned up dead, two are still missing—in the small town of Chillicothe, Ohio, including the fact that several of them apparently knew each other. While two victims were known friends, relatives of four of the... More »

In Ohio's Rundown Ex-Capital, Fears of a Serial Killer

4 women found dead near Chillicothe's waterways over year

(Newser) - Chillicothe was the capital of Ohio some 200 years ago. Things have gone downhill from there. But amid poverty and heroin woes, the city of 21,000 has "turned for the worst," Jessica Sayre tells the Washington Post . Her 26-year-old sister, Tiffany, a sex worker battling a drug... More »

7 Stolen Rare Pythons May Die If Not Returned: Owner

Snakes taken from Ohio pet store are all in need of medical care

(Newser) - Seven rare pythons have been stolen from an Ohio pet store, and the company's CEO is desperate to get them back because none of them are in great shape, Cleveland.com reports. Five of the snakes lifted from Akron Rattery and Reptile Rescue on Saturday evening are sick with... More »

Sheriff: Hit Man Killed the Wrong 'Daniel Ott'

The contract killing happened 9 years ago

(Newser) - Three men were indicted yesterday on aggravated murder charges for a contract killing nine years ago in which the hit man went to the wrong house and killed a man with the same name as the intended target, authorities in Ohio say. Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland says Joseph Rosebrook... More »

Ohio Wants to Kill a Man Who Survived His 'Execution'

Lawyers say 2nd attempt to kill Romell Broom in Ohio would be unconstitutional

(Newser) - Six years ago, the state of Ohio tried to execute Romell Broom for raping and killing a 14-year-old girl. That execution was unsuccessful—making Broom the country's only survivor of a botched lethal injection, the AP notes. Now his lawyers are trying to prevent him from having to go... More »

Marital Rape Often Not Treated Like 'Normal' Rape

Several states still prosecute sex crimes differently for married couples

(Newser) - "Marital privilege" sounds more pleasant than what it actually refers to: exemptions written into state laws that treat marital rape differently than the rape of someone other than the perpetrator's spouse. And while RAINN notes that marital rape has technically been illegal in all 50 states and DC... More »

How Hundreds of Piglets Ended Up Loose in Ohio

A semitrailer packed with 2,200 of them overturned

(Newser) - A semitrailer carrying 2,200 piglets has overturned on an Ohio highway and hundreds of the animals are believed to still be on the loose. Numerous agencies and volunteers worked to corral the animals after the crash last night on US Route 35 in Xenia Township, near Dayton. Crews picked... More »

Gal Who Bailed on Cab Fare Ordered to Take Long Walk

Victoria Bascom pleads guilty, accepts unusual punishment

(Newser) - Make the punishment fit the crime, right? An Ohio woman accepted that very notion when she agreed to walk 30 miles after stiffing a cabbie who took her on a 30-mile taxi ride, the New York Daily News reports. "What would you do if you didn't have a... More »

Ohio Senior Prank Forces Entire District to Cancel School

4 students charged with felonies for damaging bus tires

(Newser) - High school senior pranks might get students punished from time to time—but it's not every day that they result in felony charges. That, however, is the case for four seniors at the Northwestern Local School District in Ohio, after their prank led to the closure of all district... More »

Prisoner Who Escaped in 1959 Finally Caught

Ohio's Frank Freshwaters is picked up in Florida

(Newser) - Safe to say that Frank Freshwaters probably thought he had beaten the system for good. After escaping from an Ohio prison facility in 1959, Freshwaters managed to assume a new identity as William Cox and settle in Florida's Brevard Country. But as Cleveland.com reports, authorities finally tracked down... More »

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