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These Are the Best, Worst States for Summer Road Trips

Texas ranks No. 1, per WalletHub

(Newser) - Summertime, and the drivin' is easy—or at least it is in Texas, the No. 1 city on WalletHub's list of the best states for a summer road trip. The site looked at all 50 nifty to see which ones have the potential to draw out your inner Kerouac,...

Boy, 3, Killed in Random Stabbing Outside Grocery Store

Cleveland woman was arrested near the scene

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Ohio boy was fatally stabbed by a woman as he sat in a grocery cart in a supermarket parking lot. Investigators said Tuesday that they believe it was a random attack, the AP reports. The boy's mother was also stabbed, but her injuries were not life-threatening, said...

What We Know About the Ohio, Pittsburgh Shootings

No arrests have yet been reported in either case

(Newser) - Shootings in Akron, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, left a total of three people dead and dozens injured Sunday, and as of this writing, no arrests had been reported in either case. Police in both cities were asking the public to call in with any information they have. In Pittsburgh, witnesses...

One Dead, Dozens Wounded in Ohio Street Shooting

Two more killed in suburban Pittsburgh bar

(Newser) - Two overnight shootings in Akron, Ohio, and in suburban Pittsburgh have left a total of three people dead and dozens more injured. The details:
  • Pittsburgh: A shooting at a bar in the suburb of Penn Hills killed two and wounded seven others, police said. First responders found the bodies of

To Be Sure Biden's on Ballot, DeWine Calls Special Session

'This is ridiculous,' Ohio's Republican governor says

(Newser) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said Thursday that he is calling a rare special session of the General Assembly next week to pass legislation ensuring that President Biden is on the state's 2024 ballot. The special session was called for Tuesday, the AP reports. "Ohio is running...

Railroad, Government Reach a Figure on Ohio Derailment

Cleanup, claims, and safety upgrades to cost Norfolk Southern $500M

(Newser) - Norfolk Southern has reached an agreement with the federal government to pay more than $310 million to settle claims and cover costs stemming from the derailment last year of a freight train carrying hazardous materials in Ohio. The railroad also will spend $200 million on safety upgrades, Politico reports. In...

Cops: Scam Calls Ended in Uber Driver's Murder

William Brock of Ohio accused of killing innocent woman after both received deceptive requests

(Newser) - An 81-year-old Ohio man is accused of shooting and killing an Uber driver who was directed to his home as part of a scam. Police say the homeowner, now charged with murder, received a call from a scammer who demanded he cover bond for a jailed relative. The caller, who...

East Palestine Crash Costs Railroad Another $600M

Norfolk Southern makes hefty settlement in class-action lawsuit in 2023 Ohio derailment

(Newser) - Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement related to a fiery train derailment in February 2023 in eastern Ohio. The company said Tuesday that the agreement, if approved by the court, will resolve all class-action claims within a 20-mile radius from the derailment and,...

Ohio Will Need to Tweak Its Law to Get Biden on the Ballot

Otherwise he could miss the deadline, the state's election office says

(Newser) - President Biden could be left off the ballot in Ohio this fall unless the state's Republican-dominated legislature creates an exception to the ballot deadline or the Democratic Party moves up its convention, according to the office that oversees the state's elections. Ohio's deadline to certify presidential candidates...

Man Jailed for Death Threats Against Katie Hobbs

'We will see you to the grave,' Ohio's Joshua Russell told Arizona's then-secretary of state

(Newser) - An Ohio man who acknowledged making death threats in voicemails left for then-Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs during the 2022 election season was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison, reports the AP . Joshua Russell of Bucyrus, Ohio, had pleaded guilty in late August to a federal charge...

Candidate Graciously Concedes—Hours Before Polls Close

Congressional campaign for Ohio's Derek Myers mistakenly sent premature email

(Newser) - Political candidates typically refuse to concede on election night until they know for sure every last vote that could help them has been counted. The GOP's Derek Myers, on the other hand, seemingly couldn't wait to get the results over with, accidentally sending out an email on Tuesday...

2 GOP Senate Candidates Neck-and-Neck in Ohio
Trump's Chosen Candidate
Wins Ohio Senate Primary

Trump's Chosen Candidate Wins Ohio Senate Primary

Trump, Biden rack up more primary wins

(Newser) - The Republican Senate primary in Ohio Tuesday was seen as a test of Donald Trump's clout —and Trump's chosen candidate prevailed. The AP has called the race for businessman Bernie Moreno, who had a narrow lead over establishment-backed state Sen. Matt Dolan in early results, with Ohio...

Biggest Test in Tuesday's Voting: Trump's Clout

Former president is backing Bernie Moreno in Tuesday's Ohio contest

(Newser) - It's another voting day in a handful of states, and the big race to watch is the GOP primary in Ohio for Senate. For one thing, the race will have national implications come November when the winner faces off against incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. For another, the race is...

Mom Who Left Toddler Home Alone to Die Is Sentenced

Cleveland 32-year-old went on vacation while toddler was trapped in a playpen

(Newser) - The Cleveland mother who left her 16-month-old daughter home alone for 10 days while she went on vacation—and returned to find the toddler dead in the playpen where she'd been left—was on Monday sentenced to life in prison without parole. Kristel Candelario, 32, pleaded guilty to her...

Relief Efforts Begin After Fatal Tornadoes

Storms caused damage, injuries, and three deaths in four central states

(Newser) - Residents in a swath of the central US hit by deadly tornadoes were cleaning up, assessing damage, and helping neighbors on Saturday. But it will be a long recovery from the storms that ripped through parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas, the AP reports. Thursday night's storms claimed...

'Many, Many Significant Injuries' After Indiana Tornado

Storms wreak havoc across large swath of US

(Newser) - The Indiana State Police said there are "many significant injuries" after a tornado tore through the community of Winchester on Thursday, part of a storm system that also unleashed suspected twisters that damaged homes and businesses in parts of Ohio and Kentucky, the AP reports. "There have been...

Police Horses on the Loose Cause Traffic Jam on Highway

Horses trotted against traffic down the interstate before being recovered by police

(Newser) - Drivers on an Ohio interstate came upon an unusual traffic hazard over the weekend—a pair of police horses trotting against traffic on the highway, the AP reports. The two animals on the lam caused an unusual traffic jam Saturday afternoon as they wove through slowing traffic and then stopped...

A New State Considers Controversial Execution Method

Ohio could join Alabama, which was the first to use nitrogen method

(Newser) - Another state could soon join Alabama in using a controversial new execution method. Ohio, where executions have been paused since 2018 due to problems obtaining lethal injection drugs, is considering the use of nitrogen gas executions, USA Today reports. Two Republican state representatives have introduced legislation that would allow death...

Ohio Lawmakers Override Governor on Trans Law

Bill banning gender-affirming care for minors will take effect in around 90 days

(Newser) - Ohio's Senate has voted 24-8 to override Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors. The state House voted 65-28 earlier this month to override the veto of Bill 68, which also bars trans women and girls from playing on school sports teams,...

Mom: Infant Stopped Breathing After Raid on Wrong House

Courtney Price claims police in Elyria, Ohio, were repeatedly told their target had moved

(Newser) - Courtney Price says she traveled from Kentucky to Ohio to seek medical care for her 17-month-old son, who was born premature with a lung condition and a hole in his heart. The single mother says a surgery to repair that hole has now been delayed as her son faces complications...

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