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  • Michigan authorities: Woman took off in ambulance

    HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan say a woman swiped an ambulance while its crew was picking up a patient. According to Barry County sheriff's Sgt. Nick Seifert, deputies stopped the LifeCare ambulance at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday. ML...
  • Storm-tossed Purdue weather balloon found in Ohio

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A group of Purdue University students whose camera-equipped weather balloon vanished during the Midwest's recent tornado outbreak has got their balloon back along with some amazing footage thanks to an Ohio farmer. Purd...
  • Hundreds evacuated after railcar leak in Willard

    WILLARD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are evacuating hundreds of homes in a small northern Ohio city after a railcar in a rail yard began leaking a liquid believed to be highly flammable and toxic. Local responders and cleanup workers from transportati...
  • Recount requested of SeaTac $15 minimum wage vote

    SEATTLE (AP) — The election fight over a $15 minimum wage for airport workers in SeaTac isn't close to ending, despite the ballot measure's apparent victory. Common Sense SeaTac, a business-backed group that opposed the initiative, announced Tuesda...
  • IRS pushes to rein in tax-exempt political groups

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits like GOP political gu...
  • Ex-Nokia engineers launch new smartphone

    HELSINKI (AP) — A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market. The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based ...
  • Ohio's capital eyes national political convention

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in Ohio's capital city are launching a joint effort to explore landing a national political convention for Columbus in 2016. The Columbus 2016 coalition will lead the effort with the support of Mayor...
  • Consumer, industrial groups blast Ohio energy deal

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Consumer and business groups in Ohio are continuing to oppose proposed utility legislation after its sponsor removed a provision that would have eliminated the state's renewables targets by year's end. A group including Ohio'...
  • Ohio attorney general sues over text messages

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's office is suing a man accused of texting thousands of unwanted sales messages to people, including many on the National Do Not Call registry. The lawsuit alleges that Darren Sizemore used an automa...
  • Outgoing Cincinnati council OKs streetcar measure

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The mayor-elect plans a meeting of the new Cincinnati city council to stop the streetcar project after the current council approved an ordinance intended to make halting the project more difficult. At its final meeting Tuesday, C...
  • Ohio official: Returning adopted child a crime

    HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple committed a crime when they recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, a prosecutor has said. The parents indicted on misdemeanor counts of nonsupport allegedly left the bo...
  • Wall of storms threatens to upend holiday travel

    William Witters, of Valparaiso, Ind., waits for a ride in a wheelchair after passing through security at Chicago Midway International Airport on Tuesday, Nov., 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Vyto Starinskas) CHICAGO (AP) — A wall of storms packi...
  • Crickets and worms on bug museum Thanksgiving menu

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A unique — or rather "eww-nique" — Thanksgiving feast is being served up in the Audubon Insectarium's "Bug Appetit" kitchen in New Orleans. On the menu: turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce a...
  • Three girls say they were imprisoned in Arizona home

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two people were arrested Tuesday after three girls told authorities that they have been imprisoned in an Arizona home for possibly the past two years. Tucson police said the girls are siblings — ages 12, 13 and 17 — and th...
  • Dog-doo scofflaws get bagged through DNA testing

    BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those who've have experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identity the culprits who don't clean up ...
  • Why holiday sales could ride on lower gas prices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — No one begs Santa Claus for cheaper gasoline. Yet falling gas prices are shaping up as an unexpected gift for drivers — and for people on their holiday shopping lists. The average price of gasoline has tumbled 49 cents from its...
  • China says it monitored defiant U.S. bomber flights

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it is exercising greater military control over the area. Tuesday's flight of the B-52 bombers undersco...
  • Auto sales boom spawns a used car market in China

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — As car enthusiasts converge on the annual Guangzhou auto show, few have anything except a shiny new set of wheels in mind. But explosive growth that transformed China into the world's largest auto market is also giving life to...
  • North to retire as North Baltimore superintendent

    Marlene North NORTH BALTIMORE — Marlene North has announced her plans to step down as the school district’s superintendent.The board of education approved her retirement request at its meeting Tuesday.Her last day will be June 30, 2...
  • Jerry City gets State Disaster Aid

    COLUMBUS - Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich Tuesday authorized use of State Disaster Relief funds to assist the Villages of Cloverdale in Putnam County and Jerry City inWood County  as they work to recover from the severe storms and tornadoes of Nov. 17“I’ve...