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Chinese superstar Lang Lang playing Boston Symphony opener

A classical music superstar from China is helping the Boston Symphony Orchestra kick off its new season this weekend. Piano virtuoso Lang Lang will perform Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3" as the orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons opens its 2016-17 run at Symphony Hall on Saturday. Lang Lang has performed ...

University of Dayton investigating racial slur on dorm door

The University of Dayton says it's investigating after a racial slur was written across the dorm room door of two black students earlier this week. Dayton President Eric Spina says what happened won't be tolerated and called it an offense to the entire university. Spina addressed the slur in a ...

Fire destroys century-old grandstand at Ohio fairgrounds

A fire has destroyed a century-old grandstand at a fairground in central Ohio. Police in Lancaster say they are talking with a group of juveniles who were running from the Fairfield County Fairgrounds when firefighters arrived. The fire broke out early Saturday morning. Fire officials say the blaze is considered ...

Swimmers try to cross Ohio River to Kentucky, then back

More than 150 swimmers are expected to try to make it across the Ohio River to Kentucky and back this weekend. The 9th annual Great Ohio River Swim begins Sunday morning at Cincinnati's Serpentine Wall. The 900-yard swim goes to the Kentucky side and returns to Ohio at the Cincinnati ...

Report: More than 1,000 overdoses hit county in 2 months

Hospital emergency workers in a southwest county have handled an average of nearly 15 overdoses a day since a powerful drug used to sedate elephants was found in heroin in the area about two months ago. The 1,004 overdoses indicate the area has seen a massive infusion of heroin, Hamilton ...

US rig count up 5 this week to 511

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 511. A year ago, 838 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought ...

Police: Would-be hit man turned in woman who wanted ex dead

Police say an Ohio woman paid someone to kill her estranged husband but was turned in by the would-be hit man. Middletown police say Shelly Carter is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder because her children also were potential targets. A judge on Friday set a ...

Ohio businesses set to cash in on pot

Now that Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, dozens of businesses in the state are lining up to cash in. Andy Joseph’s Apeks Supercritical is one of them. The Licking County company, which sells fully automated machines that extract oils from plants — including from cannabis — gets a bump each ...

FILE - In this July 30, 2016, file photo, writer J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at gala performance of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," in central London. Rowling clarified on Sept. 22, 2016, that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe. The comment on Twitter came after Rowling retweeted a fake photo of Harambe as a result on the Patronus page of her Pottermore website. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

J.K. Rowling: Harambe isn't part of Harry Potter universe

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has clarified that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe. A new feature on Rowling's Pottermore website allows users to find out what Patronus they would use in Harry Potter's world. A Patronus is an animal used to ward off ...

US authorities say frequently charging Ohio heroin suspects

Federal authorities say they are pushing hard in Ohio's battle against heroin. Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman of Ohio's southern district, FBI Cincinnati head Angela Byers, and other officials said Friday they have charged 96 people in heroin trafficking cases in the past year, including charging two people with providing ...

Patrol: Driver of ambulance struck by SUV in Ohio dies

Authorities say an ambulance driver has died after an SUV went through a stop sign and struck the ambulance. The State Highway Patrol reports that 45-year-old Sandra L. Cline, of Holland, died Friday at a hospital in Toledo where she was taken after the Thursday night crash. The patrol says ...

Police say 2-year-old found unresponsive in Ohio pool dies

Police say a 2-year-old child has died after he was found unresponsive in a pool at an apartment complex in central Ohio. Columbus police say the boy was found in a pool at the Worthington Meadows apartments around 7 p.m. Thursday and died at a hospital a short time later. ...

Authorities: Car strikes, kills man in wheelchair in Ohio

A sheriff's office says a man in a wheelchair was struck by a car and killed in Ohio as the man was operating the motorized wheelchair in a marked crosswalk. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Robert D. Tirey was struck around 9:30 Thursday night in the village of ...

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Statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Butler Co. man canceled

UPDATE @ 6:32 a.m. Richard Ashton has been found and is safe, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Ashton was located at a gas station in West Chester Twp. INITIAL REPORT A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for an 88-year-old Butler County man. Richard Ashton is ...

Ex-guidance counselor gets prison for sex abuse of student

A former northeast Ohio guidance counselor has been sentenced to a year in state prison after admitting she sexually abused a student. Ronetta Smith pleaded guilty to reduced charges last month of sexual battery and attempted tampering with evidence. The 36-year-old was sentenced on Thursday. She must register as a ...

Police: 11-year-old hit by car walking to school, killed

Police say an 11-year-old boy was hit by at least one car and killed while heading to school in Ohio's capital city. Columbus police say Favour Agu was headed to Woodward Park Middle School with his fellow classmates Thursday morning when he was hit. The sixth-grader was taken to a ...

Investigator: Pilot in crash shouldn't have had passenger

Investigators say a small plane that crashed in rural western Ohio, killing two men, was controlled by a student pilot who shouldn't have been flying with a passenger. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report says the plane took off from a private grass strip without a flight plan the ...

Agriculture chief touts investments in Ohio college visit

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has highlighted the department's investments in rural infrastructure projects with a visit to Wilmington College in southwest Ohio. Vilsack visited its Center for the Sciences and Agriculture, whose renovation was funded by a $19.7 million loan from the Agriculture Department's Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. ...

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was one of the speakers at the fifth annual Clark County drug symposium at Tecumseh High School on Wednesday. Behind him is a poster for Cole’s Warriors, formed after the 2011 overdose death of Tecumseh student Cole Smoot. Brett Turner/Contributed photo

Speakers note hope among grim Clark County drug stats

Despite daily stories of the damage the heroin epidemic and other drug abuse has inflicted on communities, a key word stood out at the fifth annual Clark County drug symposium – hope.A range of speakers — including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly and Dr. Brad ...

Man linked to 4 slayings is indicted in 2, plus kidnapping

A man linked to the slayings of four women in Ohio was indicted Thursday in two of those killings and the kidnapping of a fifth woman whose 911 call led authorities to him. A grand jury indicted Shawn Grate on 23 counts, including aggravated murder and rape, Ashland County Prosecutor ...

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