Two Ohio women held captive have book deal
Written by HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:17

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the three Ohio women held captive for years in a Cleveland house have a book deal.

Viking announced Monday that it has acquired the planned book by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. The book is currently untitled and is scheduled to come out in 2015.

Berry and DeJesus are working with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. Negotiations were handled by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients have ranged from President Barack Obama to Amanda Knox.

Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued in May and their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was arrested and eventually sentenced to life in prison. He was found hanged in his cell in September.

Knight is working on her own memoir, which Weinstein Books plans to publish next spring.

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Court denies negligence in Ohio elevator death
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The wife of a man crushed to death by an elevator in a closed hotel near Ohio State University's campus won't receive state compensation after Ohio's Court of Claims denied her negligence claim.

Authorities said 52-year-old James Higgins of London was pinned by a moving elevator in the elevator shaft in April 2009. Nadia Higgins originally sued her husband's employer, Oracle Elevator Co., and Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment claiming negligence. The state was later named as a third defendant.

The university said Higgins and another worker were working on the elevators in preparation for the hotel's conversion to a dormitory.

The court ruling last week found no evidence that Higgins was required or directed to enter the elevator pit.

Nadia Higgins' attorney didn't immediately return a call Monday.

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Ohio trucker dies in Washington crash
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:13

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a fatal, fiery crash on Interstate 5 south of Tacoma was caused by a northbound pickup truck that crossed the median and collided with two southbound trucks.

Trooper Guy Gill says both southbound trucks caught fire Monday. Two people in a box van were able to walk away before it burned.

The driver of a tractor-trailer rig died as the trailer burned. The State Patrol identified that driver late Monday as 59-year-old Dale Weaver of Jamestown, Ohio.

The pickup driver, 61-year-old Kim Heidebrink of Sacramento, Calif., was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center with serious injuries.

Gill says the pickup driver did not appear to be impaired and why he crossed the median remains under investigation.

The mid-morning crash near DuPont backed up southbound I-5 traffic for most of the day and northbound traffic slowed as well. The southbound backup stretched more than 10 miles at times. One southbound lane reopened shortly after noon. Gill said all southbound lanes reopened shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.

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Medicaid backers abandon petition effort in Ohio
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of extending Medicaid in Ohio have abandoned an effort that could have put the issue before the swing state's voters, because they say two actions by state officials have made the expansion a reality.

Two key players with the Healthy Ohioans Work coalition said Monday they have withdrawn a petition that was at the heart of their effort. Jon Allison and Sean McGlone filed the paperwork with Ohio's secretary of state Dec. 4.

The group of health advocates, labor groups and others launched their petition effort in September, after state lawmakers balked at the idea of expanding Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled.

The coalition was collecting signatures to force the Legislature to act on Medicaid expansion. Under their petition, if lawmakers passed, amended or took no action the proposal, then they could have sought to get the issue on 2014 ballots.

Police believe two teens shot each other at Ohio robbery
Written by 1 teen dead, another wounded in Ohio robbery   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:12

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say they believe two teenagers in northeast Ohio shot each other during a robbery attempt.

Canton police say a 19-year-old man died, and a 16-year-old boy is hospitalized with life-threatening gunshot wounds.

The dead teen was identified as Michael A. Sibert Jr. He was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting Friday night. The other teen hasn't been identified.

Detectives on Monday determined that that the 16-year-old shot Sibert twice during a robbery attempt at his residence. They say Sibert was able to return fire, shooting the boy in the face.

Police are looking for two other young males who fled the scene. They are believed to have participated in the robbery. One of them might have been shot, too.

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