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7 Hallmark-worthy holiday activities to do in Ohio

You don’t have to leave home to pretend you live in one of those picturesque Hallmark holiday movie towns. As December nears, plan out your perfect holiday season with light displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and lantern tours. Here are seven activities in Ohio that will put you in the holiday spirit: The historic Clifton mill, built in 1802 and still working, will open its Legendary Lights...


South Vienna students collect food to stock local pantry

South Vienna students collect food to stock local pantry

South Vienna Elementary School has been collecting canned goods and non-perishable items again this year for those in need in Clark and Champaign Counties. BREAKINGWright State settles 3-year federal visa investigation for $1M This is the second year the school has held a food drive for the food pantry at their local church, Nation Chapel United Methodist Church. The church’s food pantry runs...
$1.1M roundabout planned at Xenia intersection

$1.1M roundabout planned at Xenia intersection

Roundabouts are becoming a popular alternative to traffic lights at intersections, and plans are underway to install one at a wide four-way stop in a neighborhood northeast of downtown Xenia. The city of Xenia and the Ohio Department of Transportation are working on the final details of the plan for a roundabout to be installed at North Columbus (U.S. 42) and East Church streets. MORE: Beavercreek...
Food Bank’s dessert auction to aid local families

Food Bank’s dessert auction to aid local families

Desserts can help put food on the tables of needy local families this holiday season. Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties’ Ninth Annual Thanks for Giving Dessert Auction is a way to enjoy sweet treats while raising funds for the Food Bank’s Holiday Giving Campaign. The bidding will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, 109 W...
Parents of Triad student want schools to do more in wake of suicide

Parents of Triad student want schools to do more in wake of suicide

Parents of a girl who committed suicide after alleged bullying filed a federal lawsuit against Triad Local Schools and say that it’s time for schools to handle bullying differently. Nationwide, about 30 percent of sixth through 12th-grade students reported being bullied, according to StopBullying.gov. In Clark County, more than one in five high school students reported being bullied at school...
Pike County investigation: 8 deaths and multiple arrests were tied to one key factor — child custody

Pike County investigation: 8 deaths and multiple arrests were tied to one key factor — child custody

Sophia Wagner is spending her fifth birthday today in the custody of Children Services. Her mother, Hanna Rhoden, and her mother’s immediate family were all murdered in their homes in 2016. Her father, Edward “Jake” Wagner, and his immediate family are in jail and charged with killing them. Investigators have revealed little about the relationship between the Wagner family and the...
How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees. Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past decade when cargo carrier DHL announced...
Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School

Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Payton Chatfield School: Northeastern High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Cross Country, Swimming and Track Claim to fame/honors: First Team all OHC, Second Team All County, Regional and State Qualifier, Academic All Ohio, and Scholar Athlete Words you live by: “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” - Sir Roger Bannister Toughest...
Student of the Week Northeastern High School

Student of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Meara Franzen School: Northeastern High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Extra-curricular: NE Volleyball, Student Government Treasurer, National Honor Society President, Spanish Club, Leo Club, Student liaison to BOE Claim to fame/honors: Still waiting to make my claim to fame. In good time…. Words you live by: “Life moves by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in...
Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days

Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days

Columbus Zoo officials announced Saturday that Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, has died. Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal discomfort” Friday afternoon, leading to multiple tests and treatment...
Commentary: Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the humor, serenity of our bounty

Commentary: Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the humor, serenity of our bounty

I look at Thanksgiving in two parts. First, Thursday will be the day on which we begin to make weighty decisions. A day on which we begin face the fats of life: the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the candied yams, the chicken-and-noodles, the ham and the green beans topped with toasted onions and infused with condensed cream of mushroom soup. Then, after the Cowboys game, we will face them all again...
How Springfield woman fared when she competed on Price is Right

How Springfield woman fared when she competed on Price is Right

Springfield resident Ellen Weidauer appeared on the popular daytime television game show, The Price is Right on Friday. She taped the show during a recent trip to California. Weidauer made it to the stage after making a winning bid on a smart TV with a media console. She was closest to the actual retail price of the $2,291 TV with a bid of $1,801. Once on the the stage, she was presented with the...
Salvation Army rallies Red Kettle volunteers for season of giving

Salvation Army rallies Red Kettle volunteers for season of giving

The 10th annual Salvation Army Red Kettle kick-off luncheon was held Friday one week from the start of the Red Kettle season. The luncheon gave Salvation Army employees and volunteers a chance to prepare for the start of the holiday fundraising season. Along with music from Wittenberg, Ice Cream from Young’s Dairy, and a banquet hall filled with volunteers and staff, there were elves to represent...
Health district warns about hidden danger in homes during winter

Health district warns about hidden danger in homes during winter

It’s colorless, odorless and tasteless — but it could kill you if you don’t take proper precautions. The Clark County Combined Health District says winter is a good time to test for elevated radon levels in your home. Radon is always present in the air because it comes from decaying uranium deposits in the ground, but several factors contribute to higher levels during this time of...
Election 2018: Panthers QB Cam Newton gets 11 write-in votes

Election 2018: Panthers QB Cam Newton gets 11 write-in votes

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received 11 write-in votes for an election in North Carolina, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Newton’s name was written in for the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation district position, according to the Board of Elections. The two people who won received more than 100,000 votes each. Newton has thrown for 2,086 yards...
Family to release lanterns in honor of missing Clark County soldier

Family to release lanterns in honor of missing Clark County soldier

It’s been a year since anyone saw a soldier from Clark County who went missing from Fort Drum in New York. Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Spc. Trevor Nichols’s disappearance. Investigators said Nichols, of Tremont City, left Fort Drum where he was based without his driver’s license, military ID or cellphone and never returned. A private investigator said nothing...
Salvation Army kicks-off 10th Annual Red Kettle Campaign

Salvation Army kicks-off 10th Annual Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army kicked-off its 10th Annual Red Kettle Campaign Friday night. The kettles are now outside stores where workers rings bells in hope people will donate to the Salvation Army. During the last few years, a secret Santa has dropped gold coins in red kettles across the Miami Valley. Last year, the Red Kettle Campaign raised almost $145 million nationwide.
Springfield Promise Neighborhood gives away 150 thanksgiving meals

Springfield Promise Neighborhood gives away 150 thanksgiving meals

Springfield Promise Neighborhood, a nonprofit, gave away 150 Thanksgiving meals Friday. Five schools were picked to give away the meals, and each school chose 30 families. Aldi provided turkey, traditional sides and dessert, and volunteers from Aldi passed out the meals. “We just wanted to show appreciation both to Aldi to be able to do that giving back and our families so they know there are...
Court docs: Woman who abandoned 3 dogs with mange, fleas said they were strays

Court docs: Woman who abandoned 3 dogs with mange, fleas said they were strays

A New Carlisle woman was in court Friday accused of abandoning three dogs, and lying about it. Patricia A. Sharp, 49, identified three female dogs as strays when she brought them on Oct. 30 to the Clark County Dog Shelter. The dogs, described as a shar-pei mix, Labrador retriever mix and pit mix, all had a severe skin infection, mange, and were infested with fleas, according to the criminal complaint...
Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings

Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings

Sophia Wagner was just 2 when prosecutors say her father was part of the group who killed her mother and seven more family members. Little Sophia was not at any of the crime scenes when the execution-style murders happened. Comparing her father’s indictment and custody documents he filed a week after the killings provide new insight into the charges against Edward “Jake” Wagner...
TIMELINE: Federal investigation into Wright State visa ending

TIMELINE: Federal investigation into Wright State visa ending

A federal investigation into happenings at Wright State University may be coming to an end after more than three years. Today, the Wright State board of trustees unanimously agreed to a non-prosecution agreement over possible immigration-related wrongdoing with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and will pay $1 million. The federal government will not pursue criminal or civil prosecution as part of...
‘Anyone can kill’: Dayton detective Doyle Burke talks Jolynn Ritchie, the microwave baby killer and axe murders in Dayton in podcast

‘Anyone can kill’: Dayton detective Doyle Burke talks Jolynn Ritchie, the microwave baby killer and axe murders in Dayton in podcast

Anyone can kill.  That’s one of the lessons Doyle Burke, a retired Dayton homicide detective, said he took from his 30-year career with the city’s police department.  Burke, now the Warren County coroner’s chief investigator, sat down with “What Had Happened Was” host Amelia Robinson to talk about some of the cold-blooded murders he and his team help...
Ohio State awards bonus and pay hike to president

Ohio State awards bonus and pay hike to president

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake will get a 2.5 percent pay bump and a $212,242 bonus after trustees gave him his annual review on Friday. His base pay will increase to just over $870,000 a year. His benefits package also includes housing, retirement and deferred compensation, a $50,000 expense budget and $100,000 fringe benefit fund, and eligibility for annual bonuses of up to 25...
Investigators ask for help figuring out how 1994 Springboro grad died

Investigators ask for help figuring out how 1994 Springboro grad died

The Columbus man whose remains were found earlier this month in woods in rural Warren County was a 1994 graduate of Springboro High School and a founder of a Columbus-based foundation. Jerold Haas, 43, of Columbus, graduated in June 1994 from the Springboro district, school officials said. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public with its investigation of Haas&rsquo...
Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

A judge has ruled a Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two woman will receive only one trial. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he was back in court Thursday for a hearing to separate the charges and allow two trials — one for each alleged killing. Geran killed his “business associate in criminal...
Recalls: Dangerous baby carriers and poisonous tables 

Recalls: Dangerous baby carriers and poisonous tables 

Parents and those cleaning up from this week’s ice storm should check to see if they have this week’s recalled products. Jobs news: Amazon hiring in Butler Co.  Active Series baby carriers by LILLEbaby are being recalled because a clip can detach and cause your child to fall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There are three reports of the chest straps detaching...
Wright State settles 3-year federal visa investigation for $1M

Wright State settles 3-year federal visa investigation for $1M

After more than three years, Wright State University’s board of trustees agreed Friday to settle a federal investigation into H-1B visa misuse by the school for $1 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will not pursue civil or criminal prosecution and for its part Wright State has agreed to pay $1 million in three installments over the next two years and has agreed to cooperate in any additional...
Occupants displaced after fire damages Miami County home

Occupants displaced after fire damages Miami County home

A Bethel Twp. home sustained significant damage after a fire broke out Friday morning.  No one was home when the fire broke out in the house in the 2300 block of West Charleston Road around 11:40 a.m. Officials said the homeowner left the house to run an errand shortly before the fire started.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries have been reported.  The occupants...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Anthony Rae Cochran, 39, of 327 N. Race St., theft, dismissed - prosecutor request. Anthony D. Skipper, 25, of 1915 Mound St., domestic violence, assault, dismissed - prosecutor request. Krystal T. Jackson, 32, of 341 S. Wittenberg, Apt. 4, aggravated menacing, dismissed - prosecutor request. George A. Pennington Jr., 62, of 1100 Dayton Ave., domestic violence, dismissed...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0579 - TCF Equipment Finance, Inc., a division of TCF National Bank, v. W-Car Group, Inc., dba Logan’s Towing & Service Center, c/o Thomas E. Owens, 625 E. Main St., et al., complaint for $31,887 for damages, preliminary and permanent injunction, etc. 18-CV-0582 - PennyMac Loan Services, LLC, v. Darlene Runyon, Dublin, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property...
Police: Traffic issues could linger due to high DP&L call volume

Police: Traffic issues could linger due to high DP&L call volume

Repairs have been made to a utility pole that was hit in a crash on West Spring Valley Pike and South Main Street in Centerville. Police said the intersection was reopened after DP&L crews arrived and completed their repairs.  Moraine police said Kettering Boulevard remains blocked south of Dorothy Lane until DP&L can repair a pole leaning over the roadway.  Police said Kettering Boulevard...
Wright State moves forward with new $6.5 million archives center

Wright State moves forward with new $6.5 million archives center

Wright State University’s board of trustees is moving ahead with plans for a new $6.5-million archives center on Colonel Glenn Highway across from its main campus. The finance committee of the WSU board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution today to spend $450,000 raised by the Wright State Foundation for phase I of the project. The resolution will now proceed to the full board of trustees...
Pastor criticized for ‘distasteful’ Aretha Franklin eulogy coming to Dayton, standing by message  

Pastor criticized for ‘distasteful’ Aretha Franklin eulogy coming to Dayton, standing by message  

An Atlanta pastor heavily criticized for focusing on the ills of the black family at singer Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be the special guest at a Dayton church Sunday, Nov. 18.  On Thursday, Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor emeritus of Atlanta’s Salem Bible Church, said he did not know yet exactly what he will say as part of his visit to St. Luke Missionary Baptist...
Springfield police use billboards to crack cold cases

Springfield police use billboards to crack cold cases

Michelle Rice, Amanda Ward-Romine and Amber Whitmer are names burned into Detective Shelly Pergram’s mind. “I have my missing ladies’ pictures in my office. I mean I look at them every day,” she said. The Springfield Police Division is continuing its initiative to crack cold cases by taking out billboards in different parts of the city. All three women featured on the billboard...
Honda engineers use algae to capture emissions in spare time

Honda engineers use algae to capture emissions in spare time

Instead of fishing or playing golf, a pair of Honda Powersports engineers have been spending their weekends collecting kitchen grease from bars and restaurants and converting it to homemade biodiesel fuel. Now, their alternative energy hobby is turning into a much larger scale project. Experts said their work at Honda’s Research and Development facility in Raymond, Ohio demonstrated a possible...
Dry, but cold tonight; chance for rain, snow this weekend

Dry, but cold tonight; chance for rain, snow this weekend

Cold, but dry overnight Below normal temperatures this weekend Few rain or snow showers this weekend Overnight: A few breaks in the clouds are possible by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Overnight lows will dip down close to 30 degrees by daybreak.  Saturday: It will be partly sunny and chilly to start the weekend with highs in the lower 40s. Another front...
Springfield motel death determined to be drug overdose, sheriff says`

Springfield motel death determined to be drug overdose, sheriff says`

Investigators determined that the person died of a drug overdose, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s office.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a death investigation is underway at the Drake Motel.  Officials said the death was reported just before midnight. Early Friday morning, the motel was taped off and officials remained on scene.  No other information...
Chief: Man critically injured after pickup goes under parked truck trailer

Chief: Man critically injured after pickup goes under parked truck trailer

It took crews nearly an hour Thursday night to free a man from the wreckage after he crashed his pickup truck into a stationary truck trailer on a residential street. “We found a full-size Chevy pickup truck that went completely under a trailer that had no tractor attached to it … that truck went up and underneath and the edge of the trailer was up on the driver’s chest,”...
Springfield cardiologist, wife plead guilty in federal health care fraud case

Springfield cardiologist, wife plead guilty in federal health care fraud case

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife changed pleas to guilty Thursday in a federal Medicare and Medicaid fraud case. Dr. Salim Dahdah and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were headed to trial in early October on a July 2017 federal indictment accusing them of unlawfully raking in more than $2 million by billing, or causing billing to be submitted, for medically unnecessary medical tests and procedures...
What the first court appearances revealed about the Pike County murders investigation

What the first court appearances revealed about the Pike County murders investigation

The four family members charged with murdering eight members of a nearby Pike County family discussed ways to exact revenge on Ohio’s attorney general if one of them was individually arrested, prosecutors said in court Thursday. In addition to revenge against Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, the incumbent attorney general, the Wagner family reportedly discussed ways to exact revenge against Pike...
First winter storm of season downs trees, power lines in Clark County

First winter storm of season downs trees, power lines in Clark County

The first winter storm of the season moved through the region Thursday bringing a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain and knocking out power to hundreds in the area. The morning commute was slowed by ice-covered roads. Schools in Clark and Champaign counties opened late or closed for the day. There were reports of downed trees and Ohio Edison’s website showed about 2,000 outages at the peak of...
Pike County murders: Grandmother in talks about revenge against DeWine, state says

Pike County murders: Grandmother in talks about revenge against DeWine, state says

A woman accused of helping cover up the 2016 Pike County murders reportedly took part in a conversation with the four suspected killers about getting revenge if they were arrested. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and a special agent in the AG’s office, according to prosecutors were possible targets discussed by Fredericka Wagner and the murder suspects....
Mark Wahlberg donates $20K to Ohio foster care organization

Mark Wahlberg donates $20K to Ohio foster care organization

Actor Mark Wahlberg, who is promoting his new movie “Instant Family,” donated $20,000 to an Ohio foster care organization. Walhberg, and business partner Jay Feldman, made the donation to Buckeye Ranch, an organization that operates foster homes in 23 counties in Central and Southern Western Ohio. The organization serves children and families through family-focused mental health treatment...
No charges in Kyle Plush death investigation, prosecutor says

No charges in Kyle Plush death investigation, prosecutor says

No charges will be filed in the Kyle Plush death investigation, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced today. A monthslong investigation into the case of 16-year-old who died after he became trapped in his minivan despite making two calls to 911 for help included close scrutiny of police and 911 responders, our news partner WCPO reported. A preliminary investigation revealed technical problems...
Here’s what to do if you see downed power lines

Here’s what to do if you see downed power lines

With winter weather causing issues across the region, several downed power lines have been reported. Temperatures will continue to climb towards the middle 30s this morning. The ice threat will keep dropping, but there will be scattered rain showers through noon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. The ice has weighed down several power lines, causing them to fall. Here’s what...
David’s Bridal to file bankruptcy: How it will impact brides

David’s Bridal to file bankruptcy: How it will impact brides

David’s Bridal is expected to file bankruptcy after announcing the company reached an agreement with its loan lenders. The bridal retailer announced it reached an agreement with its senior noteholders and equity holders on the terms of a restructuring support agreement that will reduce the company’s debt by more than $400 million. The company said its 300 David’s Bridal stores...
Chris Watts case: Colorado dad to be sentenced in killings of pregnant wife, daughters

Chris Watts case: Colorado dad to be sentenced in killings of pregnant wife, daughters

The Colorado man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges in the August slayings of his pregnant wife and two young daughters is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. According to KMGH, Chris Watts, 33, of Frederick, is slated to appear in Weld County District Court at 10 a.m. MST (noon EST) Monday. Watts, who pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to nine felony charges, including three counts of first-degree...
Springfield man sentenced to 4 years in prison in robbery

Springfield man sentenced to 4 years in prison in robbery

A Springfield man was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery. Clarence Nared, 50, pleaded guilty in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. He was given time served. Springfield police began their investigation into Nared when they were called to Wine Works on Commerce Drive regarding a robbery, a police affidavit says. There, they spoke with a store clerk who said...
Florida man gunned down next to vigil for 2016 double homicide victims

Florida man gunned down next to vigil for 2016 double homicide victims

Deputies with Florida's St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a deadly shooting in West Augustine. Lavert Durden, 28, was killed after an argument on Christopher and Aiken streets, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies are now looking for 30-year-old Brandon Calloway and have located 20-year-old Traevon Watson in connection with the shooting. The men are wanted...
Nearly 100,000 pounds ground beef recalled over E. coli fears just before Thanksgiving

Nearly 100,000 pounds ground beef recalled over E. coli fears just before Thanksgiving

Utah-based Swift Beef Co. is recalling 99,260 pounds of raw ground beef products over possible E. coli contamination just in time for Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. >> Read more trending news  The meat products were produced late last month and the potential contamination was confirmed last week. The products under recall include bulk ground beef products...
Which grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2018?

Which grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2018?

Even the best of cooks can end up missing an ingredient on Thanksgiving morning.  If you find yourself short on nutmeg or minus a few potatoes, there is a good chance a grocery store near you will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day. Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow...
Body of missing North Carolina teacher recovered in Mexico

Body of missing North Carolina teacher recovered in Mexico

The body of a missing North Carolina teacher, who disappeared while hiking in Mexico, has been recovered, according to a Facebook page that was dedicated to the search for Patrick Braxton-Andrew. >> Read more trending news  "It is with a sense of relief that we are able to confirm that Patrick's body has been recovered and we will be able to bring him home soon," the post said...
Train derailment forces town to evacuate, damages state highway

Train derailment forces town to evacuate, damages state highway

A train derailed south of Macon, Georgia, forcing residents in one town to evacuate.  >> Read more trending news  The train went of the CSX line and onto Georgia 90 near Byromville around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Residents within a half mile of the crash were evacuated because some of the cars were pressurized propane cars.  Dramatic photos at the scene showed cars piled on...
In rare admission, Trump says he regrets missing Veterans Day services at Arlington

In rare admission, Trump says he regrets missing Veterans Day services at Arlington

In a rare admission of fault, President Donald Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that he made a mistake and regretted missing the Veterans Day services at Arlington National Cemetery last week. >> Read more trending news    “I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling,” Trump told host Chris Wallace, who...
Report accuses drug company of raising prices on drug used to revive overdose victims

Report accuses drug company of raising prices on drug used to revive overdose victims

A report released Sunday by Sen. Rob Portman accuses a major drug company of taking advantage of the opioid epidemic to dramatically raise the price of a drug used to revive people who have overdosed on opioids. The report charges the pharmaceutical company Kaleo increased the price of the Naloxone drug EVZIO by more than 600 percent by 2016. The report also charges the company encouraged physicians...
Still no sign of kidnapped North Carolina teen as FBI continues search

Still no sign of kidnapped North Carolina teen as FBI continues search

The FBI and other police agencies are continuing their search to find a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park. >> Read more trending news  The FBI said Saturday that agents are conducting searches on foot and using drones as part of the search for Hania Noelia Aguilar. Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative's SUV to prepare...
How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio, Kentucky

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio, Kentucky

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees. >> Read more trending news  Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past...
Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 15 people from tilted liftboat

Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 15 people from tilted liftboat

A good Samaritan vessel and the Coast Guard helped rescue 15 people from a tilted liftboat Sunday. >> Read more trending news  The good Samaritan vessel, the Starfleet Guardian, brought six people aboard, while the Coast Guard crew from Station Grand Isle rescued the other nine people, WBRZ reported.  The liftboat reported control issues after a power loss, tilted to a 45 degree...
7 of 10 most stressed states in country are in the South; where do you rank?

7 of 10 most stressed states in country are in the South; where do you rank?

Your commute is too long. Your mortgage or rent is too high. You’re stressed. >> Read more trending news  Welcome to Georgia. A new analysis and ranking by Zippia, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2012-2016, puts Georgia as the No. 2 most stressed state in the country. Being stressed out is nothing new to Georgians, though...
Pedestrians fatally struck by Christmas-themed train

Pedestrians fatally struck by Christmas-themed train

Two pedestrians were struck and killed by a Christmas-themed train in Wareham, according to Massachusetts State Police. >> Read more trending news  Police and emergency workers responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discover two people had died near 72 Minot Avenue after being hit by the train. According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, the preliminary investigation...
Diddy remembers 'soulmate' Kim Porter in Instagram post

Diddy remembers 'soulmate' Kim Porter in Instagram post

Diddy is publicly speaking about the death of Kim Porter, his on-again, off-again girlfriend of 13 years and the mother of his three children, for the first time. Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles home Thursday at age 47. >> Read more trending news  “For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t,” Diddy wrote in an...
Toyota offers to replace man’s truck burned by California wildfires

Toyota offers to replace man’s truck burned by California wildfires

A nurse used his Toyota Tundra to evacuate patients from the California wildfires at the intensive care unit he oversees.  >> Read more trending news  While Allyn Pierce was able to help get himself and others to safety, the truck, nicknamed “The Pandra” was not as fortunate. The fire’s heat welded the rear doors shut, the light covers were partially melted and the...
Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore

Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore

After spending nearly 30 years on the shelf of an independent bookstore, a book has a home. According to a tweet from Broadhurst Bookshop in Southport, England, the book was sold on Saturday after having been in the store since 1991. >> Read more trending news  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “I have just sold a book that...
Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

Two Daytona Beach police officers escorting Mr. and Mrs. Claus to a tree lighting ceremony broke up a major theft ring in the parking lot Saturday night, the Police Department said.  >> Read more trending news  Officers Joe Evans and Courtney Wooleyhan were returning to duty, after escorting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Tanger Outlets tree lighting, when they saw two men stealing...
Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say

Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say

A man investigators said raped a 16-month-old child has been taken into custody, officials said Sunday. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Simon Porter, 33, has been located and captured in Scottsboro, Alabama. Porter was arrested and charged with aggravated rape.
Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race

Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race

With several celebrities posting on social media that they plan to boycott Georgia after Brian Kemp won the gubernatorial race, his former rival Stacey Abrams implored them not to do so. >> Read more trending news  In a tweet Saturday evening, she wrote, “I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA - but please...
Investigators find rocket launcher, pipe bombs during raid on Florida white supremacist gangs

Investigators find rocket launcher, pipe bombs during raid on Florida white supremacist gangs

Investigators seized 110 illegal weapons, including a rocket launcher and two functional pipe bombs and several pounds of drugs, and indicted 39 members or associates of Florida white supremacist gangs, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday. >> Read more trending news  The three-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Blackjack,” snared members of the Unforgiven ...
Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Sherrod Brown said a Democratic presidential candidate can win Ohio in 2020 if he or she focuses on middle-class people who work hard but “never get ahead” and do not “have the kind of retirement security they should.” Although Brown said he has not decided whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, he insisted during an interview Sunday on “NBC&rsquo...
Florida woman forces girl, 13, to walk naked down street

Florida woman forces girl, 13, to walk naked down street

A 34-year-old woman forced a teenage girl to walk naked down a Florida road Thursday as punishment, investigators said. >> Read more trending news  Rosalie Contreras drove the 13-year-old girl to a remote location around 4 p.m. She then made the girl get out of the car, disrobe and walk naked and barefoot down the road as Contreras followed behind her, the Tampa Bay Times reported...
Police looking for man who punched 63-year-old woman on New York subway

Police looking for man who punched 63-year-old woman on New York subway

Police in New York are looking for a man after a 63-year-old woman said he punched her in the face on the subway because she asked him to move his bag so she could sit down. Authorities said the incident happened at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 4. WPIX reported that the woman, who is 63, said she was on the train headed to work. She said the punch knocked her to the floor. >> Read more trending news ...
Springfield residents shocked after man is trapped inside truck for hours after crash

Springfield residents shocked after man is trapped inside truck for hours after crash

A man flipped over a bridge off W. County Line Road and crashed into the ground upside down Saturday night around 11:30 p.m., but wasn’t rescued until a passerby noticed him around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. News Center 7’s Malik Perkins was in Springfield Sunday morning with what residents had to say about the man being trapped for eight hours. “That is horrible. I can’t imagine...
Columbus woman arrested on Live PD as porn blares in background

Columbus woman arrested on Live PD as porn blares in background

A Columbus woman was arrested on live television Friday by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, according to WBNS. The sheriff's office was featured on A&E's 'Live PD', a show that features law enforcement agencies across the country during their shifts.  During the show, deputies served a warrant for 23-year-old Storm Wisener. She was wanted on warrants related to misdemeanor theft charges...
Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major

Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major

There's a new addition to the Biden family. According to the Delaware News Journal, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, adopted a rescue dog Saturday from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering the pooch, a young German shepherd named Major, for eight months. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Major will join the Bidens' other German...
Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says

Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says

There are several diets that promote weight loss, including low-carb plans. Now experts have more evidence to prove they work, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital recently conducted a small study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine the link between weight loss maintenance and carbohydrates.  For the first...
These jobs have the highest suicide rates in the country, CDC says

These jobs have the highest suicide rates in the country, CDC says

Jobs can be stressful, but there are some that cause more of a mental strain than others, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recently conducted a study to determine the occupational groups with the highest suicide rates. To do so, they examined data from 17 states that participated in the 2012 and 2015 National Violent Death Reporting...
Florida man from Paradise, California working to help family who lost everything in deadly fire

Florida man from Paradise, California working to help family who lost everything in deadly fire

A Jacksonville, Florida, man is trying to find help for his mother and brother who lost everything in the deadliest wildfire in California history. His family is from Paradise, where teams are searching for more than 1,000 people. Mark Hudson’s home in Paradise is now nothing but ashes. “It’s just really surreal, all of it. It’s hard to even explain,” Hudson said. Hudson...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

UPDATE Nov. 18 @ 12:23 a.m.: The Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Mt. Vernon woman Betty Shaw has been canceled. FIRST REPORT Nov. 17 @ 10:47 p.m.: An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Mt. Vernon woman last seen leaving her residence on Crooked Street wearing a red coat. Betty Shaw, 80, left her residence on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. and failed to return, according...
Look up! Leonid meteor shower visible this weekend

Look up! Leonid meteor shower visible this weekend

Calling all cosmophiles: The 2018 Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. With clear skies, there's a good chance you may be able to see a meteor early Saturday and Sunday nights.  According to the American Meteor Society, spectators can expect 10 to 15 meteors per hour during this year’s peak times: the early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday. “Earth will pass through the...
Third autopsy concludes there was foul play in Georgia gym mat death case

Third autopsy concludes there was foul play in Georgia gym mat death case

Results from a third autopsy conducted in Lowndes County, Georgia, on the body of Kendrick Johnson — the second performed at the behest of Johnson’s parents — have been released, contradicting an earlier conclusion that the 17-year-old’s death was accidental. But the new autopsy’s impact is likely to be minimal, as a lengthy federal investigation already concluded there...
Betsy DeVos releases controversial campus sex assault reporting rules

Betsy DeVos releases controversial campus sex assault reporting rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to change the rules regarding sexual assault on college and university campuses. >> Read more trending news  At the University of Washington, students may have a heightened awareness of the issue, but they also know it's still difficult for many to report sexual assault or harassment.  “I know people who have been assaulted in the past...
Teacher thanks students standing for Pledge of Allegiance, banned from school

Teacher thanks students standing for Pledge of Allegiance, banned from school

A Missouri substitute teacher has been banned from his former school after thanking students who stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Furkin says he's been a substitute teacher for the St. Louis County, Missouri, school district for about 10 years. He’s filled in at Parkway South almost daily for the past five years, until now. Furkin says 22 of 24 students he was teaching stood during the...
Florida man tries to steal vending machine

Florida man tries to steal vending machine

A Florida man tried to steal a vending machine from an apartment building in May. >> Read more trending news  “He was quite brazen and he was all caught on camera,” Kenia Fallat, Miami police spokesman, told WSVN. In the video, he attempts to maneuver the big machine by scooting it inch by inch. After about three minutes, he pushes the machine full of food onto the elevator...
Police: Ex-boyfriend drove to teenager's house, shot her to death 

Police: Ex-boyfriend drove to teenager's house, shot her to death 

A teenager was shot and killed in Munhall,  Pennsylvania, on Saturday afternoon, and police say her boyfriend has confessed to the crime. Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, identified the suspect in custody as Darion Abel, 20. Investigators say Abel and the victim had just ended a yearlong relationship, and Abel became angry about a future court appearance. He allegedly drove to her...
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