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Ohio Just Used Bestiality to Fight a Higher Minimum Wage

We're pretty sure 'Schoolhouse Rock' never covered this

(Newser) - It is currently legal to have sex with an animal in nine states, but it seems Ohio may want off that list. The Guardian reports Ohio's state legislature passed a bill this week that would outlaw bestiality and the selling of animals for sex. Gov. John Kasich has 10... More »

Rogaine Thief Couldn't Beat the Rap—or Male Pattern Baldness

Florida's 'Balding Bandit' wasn't stealing it for his own use ... obviously

(Newser) - A 36-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing Rogaine from drug stores all over Ohio, but he apparently wasn't taking it for his own use, the Palm Beach Post reports. Dubbed the "Balding Bandit,"* authorities say Andres Arias would fly from Florida to Ohio, rent... More »

Ohio Man's Controversial 'Zombie Nativity' Vandalized

But Jasen Dixon says the display will rise from the dead

(Newser) - A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the "Zombie Nativity" scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard, the AP reports. Jasen Dixon says someone damaged the handmade scene early Tuesday at his home in Sycamore Township. He... More »

Ohio's Abortion 'Heartbeat Bill' Now on John Kasich's Desk

Bill would ban abortions after fetal heartbeat is detected if governor signs it

(Newser) - Gov. John Kasich has a new bill on his desk, and if he signs it, Ohio will have the toughest abortion laws in the US, USA Today reports. The "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is found (sometimes as early as six weeks ), doesn'... More »

Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour With 'Incendiary' Ohio Rally

He boasts about victory, promises great things

(Newser) - After barely leaving Trump Tower for weeks, Donald Trump kicked off what he is calling his "Thank You USA" tour Thursday night—and he seemed very happy to be back on the road. The crowd in Cincinnati, where he delivered an hourlong speech, was just as enthusiastic as the... More »

Newlyweds Have First Dance on Ohio Highway

Jeff and Rebecca Payne weren't about to let a little traffic jam put a damper on wedding

(Newser) - A slow jam in a traffic jam is how a newlywed couple in Ohio dealt with a wedding day setback on Saturday, WLWT reports. Jeff and Rebecca Payne were headed from their ceremony to their reception in Dayton when they got stuck in traffic on US Route 35 after a... More »

They Prepped for Doomsday, Got Foiled by Burglars

Small arsenal stolen from 'prepper' Teena Brayen's family in Ohio

(Newser) - A Cleveland couple was ready for the apocalypse—but apparently not for thieves. Teena Brayen says burglars broke into her home early Tuesday while her family was sleeping and made off with five shotguns, a high-powered rifle, a pellet gun, $1,000 worth of ammunition, 12 machetes, smoke grenades, a... More »

SUV Filled With Christmas Gifts Didn't Really Have Gifts: Cops

Try $330K worth of pot, THC pills, and hash wax oil, Ohio police say

(Newser) - What happens in California should stay in California—especially if what happened was someone meticulously wrapping $330,000 worth of THC pills, hash wax oil, and marijuana (about 71 pounds) like Christmas presents, UPI reports. Instead, per an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release , 31-year-old Daniel Yates apparently decided to... More »

After Mistrial, Another Try at Murder Conviction for Cop

Ohio prosecutor not giving up on conviction for Ray Tensing, accused of killing Sam DuBose

(Newser) - An Ohio prosecutor said Tuesday he'll again seek a murder conviction against a white former University of Cincinnati cop who fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he wants to move the case to seat a jury that won't be... More »

Ex-Lawyer Who Put Clients in Trance to Molest Them Learns His Fate

Women would leave Michael Fine's office with foggy memories after consultations

(Newser) - How does someone abduct someone else without ever leaving the room they started out in? The AP and Washington Post report ex-lawyer Michael Fine of Ohio is going to prison for just that after pleading guilty to kidnapping and attempted kidnapping charges involving six female clients who said he hypnotized... More »

Man Missing for a Decade Might've Never Left This Bar

Security cameras couldn't trace Brian Shaffer, last seen in 2006

(Newser) - Under different circumstances, Brian Shaffer's vanishing act on April Fools' Day 2006 might have been the ultimate prank. That year, the holiday fell on the first Saturday of spring break for students at Ohio State University, where 27-year-old Shaffer was a medical student, and he'd spent it on... More »

Mistrial in Case of White Cop Who Fatally Shot Black Driver

Ray Tensing was facing murder, manslaughter charges

(Newser) - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a white Ohio cop who shot and killed an unarmed black driver during a traffic stop, sparking outrage and protests last year, NBC News reports. According to the AP , jurors deliberated for 25 hours but couldn't come to a decision... More »

GM Laying Off 2K Due to Change in How We Buy Cars

Factories cut shifts amid falling demand

(Newser) - Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVs is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January. The company said Wednesday it will suspend the third shifts at factories in Lordstown, Ohio, and in Lansing,... More »

Judge Hits Trump Campaign With Restraining Order

Here's what's new in alleged voter suppression around the country

(Newser) - A federal judge in Ohio filed a temporary restraining order Friday against the Trump campaign, as well as Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, to prevent them from harassing or intimidating voters at the state's polling locations on Election Day, the AP reports. This comes after the Trump campaign has... More »

Hillary Clinton Might Have a Black Voter Problem

African-Americans aren't turning out for early voting like they were in 2012

(Newser) - No one really expected Hillary Clinton to be able to match the historic levels of black voter turnout seen by President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but that doesn't mean it's going to be less of a problem for her in some important states, the New York Times... More »

Girl With 'Crooked' Smile From Cancer Treatments Kills Self

11-year-old Bethany Thompson beat her cancer, but mom says bullying tormented her

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl who beat cancer as a preschooler killed herself last month after what mom Wendy Feucht describes as unceasing bullying, CNN reports. Bethany Thompson, a sixth-grader in Cable, Ohio, had been free of cancer after undergoing radiation therapy for a brain tumor at the age of 3, but... More »

Dem HQ Gets Redecorated With Manure

Democrats in Warren County, Ohio, are less than amused

(Newser) - In perhaps the latest sign that the 2016 silly season, er, election cannot get consigned to the history books soon enough , Ohio's Warren County Democratic Party Headquarters found itself unexpectedly decorated with a big pile of ... manure. And as the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, the affected Democrats aren't exactly... More »

Parents Riled by Banner Recalling Indians' Brutal Treatment

The offending banner was held up during high-school football game

(Newser) - Some Ohio parents say they want to know how a banner recalling the country's brutal treatment of Native Americans showed up at a high school football game, the AP reports. According to WHIO and WCMH , some Greenfield-McClain High School cheerleaders held up the questionable banner for a Friday night... More »

Chipotle's Burgers Arrive to Distract from E. Coli, Norovirus

First Tasty Made burger store opens this week in Ohio

(Newser) - Chipotle's first burger store will open this week in Ohio as the company continues working to expand its offerings and win back customers after a series of food safety scares, the AP reports. Chipotle says the new Tasty Made restaurant is scheduled to open Thursday in Lancaster. The Denver-based... More »

Ohio, Illinois Govs' World Series Bet: Beer ... Mustard?

Pizza for Bruce Rauner, 'fan favorites' like ballpark mustard for John Kasich

(Newser) - The governors of Illinois and Ohio have bet each other cases of beer, pizza, and other ballpark favorites ahead of the World Series contest between the Cubs and the Indians. In a Monday tweet , Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wagered an extra-large Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and a case of microbrew... More »

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