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Charge dropped for coach in Ohio teen party rape case

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Prosecutors will drop a misdemeanor charge against an Ohio wrestling coach accused of failing to report a suspected rape of a teenage girl by high school football players at a party, authorities said Friday. Steubenville High School wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, indicted by a grand jury in November, will have the charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect dismissed if he completes 20 hours community service and other requirements, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

Ohio man who harassed disabled kids to tote 'BULLY!' sign -judge

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man who called his neighbor "Monkey Mama" as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children, and has smeared dog feces on their wheelchair ramp, was ordered by a judge to carry an "I AM A BULLY!" sign on a busy street this weekend. Edmond Aviv, 62, who was accused of harassing his neighbor in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid for more than a decade, pleaded no contest to fourth-degree disorderly conduct in March.

Kent State in Ohio given all-clear after shooting report

(Reuters) - A lockdown at Kent State University in northeastern Ohio was lifted late on Wednesday after authorities completed their search for a man who fired a single gunshot into the ground on campus before fleeing, the school said. No one was injured in the incident shortly after 8 p.m. local time near Bowman Hall, an academic building, Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield said.

Richard Black, Ohio artist who created Mr. Clean image and worked on Smokey Bear, dies at 92

KETTERING, Ohio - The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92. Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering says services are planned Saturday for Harry Richard Black. The Dayton Daily News reports Black died Sunday at his home after a brief illness. Consumer products maker Procter Black also was among artists behind depictions of Smokey Bear for U.S. Forest Service fire-prevention messages.

Obama manufacturing hubs face uphill struggle to create jobs

By Julia Edwards and Jason Lange YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Along the banks of the Mahoning River in the struggling Ohio steel town of Youngstown sits a once-abandoned furniture warehouse that has been converted into a sleek new laboratory. Inside is a Silicon Valley-style workspace complete with open meeting areas and colorful stools. Several 3-D printers hum in the background, while engineers type computer codes that tell the machines how to create objects by layering materials.

Ohio Attorney General DeWine in hospital after falling ill

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine collapsed during a speaking engagement on Friday and was taken to a Cincinnati hospital, his office said in a statement. DeWine, 67, a former two-term U.S. senator, was elected Ohio's attorney general in 2010. The statement said DeWine was, "as a precaution ... taken to The Christ Hospital to be evaluated." The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper reported that DeWine was alert after passing out during the speaking event.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland choose Loretta Mester as new president

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has chosen a longtime Fed economist as its next president. The Cleveland Fed, one of 12 regional Fed banks, says it's selected Loretta Mester, director of economic research at the Philadelphia Fed, to replace Sandra Pianalto. Pianalto is one of five regional bank presidents who have a vote on Fed policy this year. Mester will take over that vote once she succeeds Pianalto in June.

Alcohol suspected as factor in death of Ohio university student

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Authorities suspect alcohol was a factor in the death of an Ohio university senior found by student volunteers outside a parking garage after a campus-wide search, police said on Monday. David Hallman, 21, was reported missing by his father on Saturday afternoon after the Denison University student missed a noon appointment and did not answer his cell phone, said police in Granville, Ohio, where Denison is located.

Browns switch health care partners, picking University Hospitals instead of Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND - The Browns are making University Hospitals in Cleveland the team's official health care partner for the next decade. The partnership announced Friday apparently ends the Browns' decades-long relationship with the Cleveland Clinic. A joint statement from the health system and the team says University Hospitals will develop a sports medicine team with doctors in a variety of specialties who can address athletes' medical and training needs.

Weeks of bone-chilling weather, snow take a bite out of restaurant business

TOLEDO, Ohio - The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli — because there just aren't very many of them. "After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don't want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.
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