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Boy's Shooting Death Didn't Have to Happen: Family

Police who confronted Tamir Rice 'reacted quickly,' family statement says

(Newser) - Tamir Rice could have, and should have, come home on Saturday after a day in the park. That's the belief of his family, which issued a statement yesterday about his death after a video of the 12-year-old being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer was made public yesterday,... More »

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio... More »

Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 39 Years Now Free

Ricky Jackson, 2 others convicted in 1975 based on coerced confession

(Newser) - After nearly 40 years in prison, a man convicted in a 1975 Cleveland slaying has walked out of the county jail as a free man. Ricky Jackson, 57, was dismissed from the Cuyahoga County Jail and walked out of the adjoining courthouse this morning about an hour after a judge... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

4-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots 3-Year-Old Sister

Injured child in critical condition after Ohio incident

(Newser) - What started out as fun playtime between a 4-year-old Ohio boy and his 3-year-old sister ended horrifically after the boy accidentally shot his sister with a gun, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The children were playing in a room by themselves in a Lorain home yesterday morning when the boy... More »

Ohio Monitors 100+ for Ebola Symptoms

Number jumps sharply, though nobody showing symptoms

(Newser) - Health officials in Ohio are monitoring more than 100 people following the visit by a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola shortly after returning to Texas. Officials said today that none of those being monitored are sick. State officials previously said 16 people Amber Vinson had contact with were... More »

White Woman Given Sperm From Black Donor Sues

Mix-up making life hard in 'intolerant' town, she says

(Newser) - A lawsuit from a white woman in Ohio says that while she and her white partner love their "beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl," they definitely didn't order sperm from a black donor and the mix-up is making life tough in their "racially intolerant" all-white town. Jennifer... More »

Ex-Con Former US Rep Dies After Tractor Accident

James Traficant was expelled from Congress in rare move

(Newser) - Former Ohio Congressman James Traficant, who served time in jail on a corruption conviction, has died at 73 after a tractor accident , according to reports. The vehicle flipped over onto him while he was trying to park it, the AP reports. He spent four days in the hospital and died... More »

School Shooter Recaptured 300 Feet From Prison

Triple killer TJ Lane is serving life

(Newser) - A teenager serving life for killing three students and wounding two others in a high school shooting in 2012 has been recaptured after breaking out of an Ohio prison. Officials say TJ Lane, 19, was captured by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers around 1:20am, hiding by a church just... More »

Morgue Worker: I Had Sex With 100 Corpses

Ohio man says he was drunk, on drugs

(Newser) - A former morgue attendant in Ohio admits having sex with up to 100 bodies during his years working the night shift and says drugs and alcohol are to blame. The scale of Kenneth Douglas' depravity came to light during a court hearing in which a federal panel ruled that families... More »

Strippers Protest Topless Outside Church

Strip club owner says churchgoers abuse his staff, customers

(Newser) - An Ohio strip club owner surprised churchgoers yesterday with a protest that involved, shall we say, nothing above the belt. Employees of the Foxhole North club staged the topless protest during services outside the New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, to oppose church demonstrations at the club over the past nine... More »

Cancer-Stricken Dad, 86, Dies After Son Tries to Kill Him: Cops

Medical examiner hasn't ruled on official cause of death yet

(Newser) - Authorities in Ohio are trying to figure out whether a Florida man acted out of compassion, rage, or drunken recklessness when he allegedly tried to suffocate his 86-year-old terminally ill father in a Brecksville nursing home. Staff members at the facility say they walked in on an "intoxicated" Steven... More »

Ex-Governor: I Tried, Failed to Live on Minimum Wage

Weeklong experiment collapsed by Thursday: Ted Strickland

(Newser) - Ohio's former governor is taking a stand in favor of raising the minimum wage—by living on it himself. Ted Strickland tried restricting his spending last week to the $77 the wage offers, and by Thursday, he failed, he writes at Politico . The experience involved skipping meals, turning to... More »

Teen Who Tried to Burn Parents Alive Gets 9 Years

He had been disciplined over Facebook posts

(Newser) - An Ohio teen who tied his parents' door shut and set his house on fire has been spared the maximum sentence after pleading guilty to arson and attempted murder. Mitchell Simon, who was 16 when he tried to kill his parents last fall after they disciplined him for skipping band... More »

Police Chief Accused of Dating Fugitive Heroin Addict

Lucas Mace faces 12 criminal counts in Ohio village

(Newser) - A former Ohio police chief is facing 12 criminal charges for allegedly harboring a woman sought on drug charges—and dating her in his spare time, Raw Story reports. As police chief of Glouster, Ohio (population 1,800), Lucas Mace met 23-year-old Hillary Hooper on the scene of a traffic... More »

'Mono Mono' Twins Make Great Strides

Jenna and Jillian gaining weight, could be home for Father's Day

(Newser) - A rare set of "mono mono" twins—who shared an amniotic sac and placenta— were born just before Mother's Day; now they may be set to leave the hospital in time for Father's Day. Though they needed breathing assistance after their birth at 33 weeks, Jenna and... More »

Measles Hasn't Been This Bad in 20 Years

288 cases across 18 states confirmed so far this year

(Newser) - The tide of measles stories is growing stronger—and more dismal: The CDC yesterday revealed that some 288 cases have been recorded across 18 states in the first five months of this year, making 2014's outbreak the biggest in 20 years. Things are worst in Ohio, with the CDC... More »

Meteorologist Saves Kitten in Tornado Rubble

Tiny critter is OK now after rescue

(Newser) - The tiny kitten had no business surviving the Ohio tornado that brought down a barn around it, but WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek found it mewling its little heart out in the rubble. (He posted different footage of the actual rescue on his Facebook page .) Wirdzek got the kitten into... More »

Court Forbids Deadbeat Dad From Having More Kids

Appeals court upholds Ohio judge's ruling on Asim Taylor

(Newser) - Asim Taylor owes about $100,000 in child support, and an appeals court in Ohio has upheld an unusual sentence meant to make sure that bill doesn't grow: Justices reaffirmed that the Elyria man can't have any more kids until he pays up, reports the local Chronicle-Telegram . That... More »

Thieves Break Into Presidential Tomb, Steal ... Spoons?

But they left empty whiskey bottle at James A. Garfield's monument

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say thieves have broken into the monument of President James A. Garfield and stolen a set of commemorative spoons. Vandals shattered a window to get inside the 180-foot-tall monument at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Heights. A cemetery worker discovered the theft Wednesday. The cemetery's website says... More »

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