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Amazon Reveals 20 Finalists for 2nd HQ

Some 'shoo-ins,' but also some surprises

(Newser) - North American cities and regions have been going to "unusual extremes" to vie to become Amazon's second headquarters, reports the New York Times , and the online giant announced a short list Thursday, with just one city—Los Angeles—out of the 20 hailing from the West Coast. The... More »

Oldest Gorilla Ever Recorded Dies at 60

Colo 'touched the hearts of generations'

(Newser) - On Monday, Colo the gorilla was seen by visitors to Ohio's Columbus Zoo toting around a baseball cap—a favorite item of hers, the AP reports. On Tuesday, the oldest gorilla ever recorded died in her sleep, less than a month after her 60th birthday. According to CNN , Colo,... More »

NC Woman Who Disappeared in 2011 Found Living in Ohio

Rachel Owens took on fake identity: cops

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who seemingly vanished in 2011 has been found safe and living under a false name in Columbus, Ohio, police say. Rachel Natacha Owens was just 15 when she was last spotted getting off a school bus and into a vehicle in the parking lot of South... More »

The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

Ohio Cops Kill 13-Year-Old Carrying BB Gun

He fled officers investigating an armed robbery: police

(Newser) - A police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy carrying a BB gun after he ran from officers in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, authorities say. Officers were investigating an armed robbery—in which the victim said a group of people, one of whom had a gun, had demanded money from him—... More »

Jill Stein Flies to Wrong City for Rally

The Green Party candidate got her Ohio C's mixed up

(Newser) - In the incredibly off-chance she's elected president, Dr. Jill Stein might consider forcing Ohio to choose new city names that don't start with the letter C. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Green Party candidate was expected to be two hours late to a rally at Ohio's Capital... More »

Cops: Grandma Dies Saving Kids From Sex Offender

Candy Arthurs, 45, was stabbed in the heart

(Newser) - Amanda Gibson's mother always told her she would die for her grandchildren. "That's exactly what she did," Gibson says. Police say Kristopher Amos, who lives down the street from Gibson in Columbus, Ohio, asked Candy Arthurs and her two grandchildren to help him find a missing... More »

Cops: Friend Live-Streamed Teen's Rape

Pal's boyfriend is also charged in Feb. 27 incident

(Newser) - A man and woman have been charged in a disturbing case out of Columbus, Ohio, in which police say a teen was raped while her friend streamed the assault on live-video app Periscope. Authorities say 18-year-old Marina Lonina and the 17-year-old victim were drinking with 29-year-old Raymond Gates inside a... More »

Black Lives Matter Activist Kills Self Outside Statehouse

'My demons won today. I'm sorry,' MarShawn McCarrel II wrote on Facebook

(Newser) - A Black Lives Matter activist is dead after shooting himself outside the entrance of the Ohio Statehouse where he previously attended protests. Police say MarShawn McCarrel II was pronounced dead on the scene around 6pm Monday. "We don't have any evidence to know the reason why he did... More »

Teen Arrested After 4 Found Dead in Ohio Home

Boy, 16, charged with murder, kidnapping

(Newser) - Police investigating the fatal shootings of four people at an Ohio home say they've arrested a teenager on murder and kidnapping charges. Columbus police, who have not provided a motive for the slayings, say the suspect is a 16-year-old boy. Authorities responded to a report Saturday of a female... More »

Homeless Woman Walks Miles for Rape Hearings

Perpetrator Paul Hubert, 54, attacked her under a bridge

(Newser) - First she endured the horror of being raped under a bridge. Then the 47-year-old homeless woman took walks as long as 8 miles in Columbus, Ohio, to attend several court hearings for her attacker—who pleaded guilty and got 3 years in prison, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "He didn’... More »

Woman's Fire-Breathing Stunt Goes Wrong

Ashley Keach burned at Blood Run 5K in Ohio

(Newser) - If you've always equated "fire-breathing" with "unnecessarily and insanely dangerous," well, your point was proven yesterday in Ohio. A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized after what the AP terms "performing a fire-breathing act at a Halloween-themed running event." The woman, who has identified herself via... More »

Man Who Raised $55K for Potato Salad Throws Big Party

Zack Brown funnels money into charities, too

(Newser) - An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party yesterday that promised "peace, love and potato salad." PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer... More »

Top 10 US Cities for Culture

Seattle is No. 1, at least on a per-capita basis

(Newser) - How would Columbus, Ohio, outrank New York City in a list of the top cities for culture and recreation in the US? When the words "per capita" are involved. New York may have 2,693 places dedicated to those pursuits, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Central Park,... More »

Lightning Strikes Soccer Fan, Cancels Match

'Like a bomb went off' outside Columbus Crew stadium

(Newser) - Lightning struck an off-duty firefighter last night as he stood in the parking lot of the Columbus Crew's stadium, landing him in an Ohio hospital and canceling the soccer match as violent storms moved through the area. Medical crews revived Stu Tudor, 54, after he was hit, but the... More »

911 Dispatcher to Rape Victim: 'Quit Crying'

Operator wasn't exactly sensitive during the emergency call

(Newser) - A woman who was raped in Columbus, Ohio, said the 911 dispatcher she called after her attack had “zero sympathy” after the victim got this response during her call: “Ma’am, you’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you."... More »

Little Girl Drowns as Revelers Sing 'Happy Birthday'

Sinaia Moore found in 4-foot pool at backyard party

(Newser) - A 4-year-old girl met a tragic fate in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night as people at a backyard party sang "Happy Birthday" to another child, the Daily News reports. Police say the revelers found little Sinaia Moore at the bottom of the 4-foot, inground pool and tried to revive... More »

Boys, 13, Make It 669 Miles in Mom's Swiped BMW

Seems one really, really wanted to skateboard in California

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old Ohio boys who stole a mother's car and drove it 669 miles to Kansas City, Mo., were found sleeping in a downtown alley, police said. The runaways from the Columbus area apparently gave their location away when one posted on Facebook that they were stuck in Kansas... More »

Ohio Train Derailment: 'Like Sun Exploded'

It could have been much worse, Columbus mayor says

(Newser) - Life imitating Super 8? National Transportation Safety Board investigators are probing a train derailment that caused a fire and several spectacular explosions in Columbus, Ohio, early yesterday morning, the AP reports. Sixteen of the train's 98 cars, including three carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol each, came off the... More »

Ohio Quarantines Animals, Keeps Widow From Reclaiming

Marian Thompson may get them eventually, however

(Newser) - The widow of the Ohio man who freed exotic animals before killing himself hoped to reclaim the surviving animals today—but the state has quarantined them instead, at least for the time being. Six of the creatures remain following dozens of executions: Three leopards, two macaques, and a grizzly bear,... More »

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