May 23, 2015

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Religious astronaut John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools

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COLUMBUS — John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that “to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible,” says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools — and that includes evolution. The astronaut, now 93 with Read More…

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, to speak in Akron

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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council. The event will be at 7 a.m. May 28 at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. The speech will be part of the council’s Excellence in Business Awards program. Renacci Read More…

Florida judge: Fugitive since ’59 will be sent back to Ohio

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ORLANDO, Fla. — An Ohio fugitive who’s been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 will soon be on his way back up north after his recent arrest in Florida. On Monday, Judge Rhonda Babb released her ruling, denying 79-year-old Frank Freshwater’s attempt in court last week to contest the Read More…

New York court rules federal agencies collecting phone data is illegal

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Michael Doyle | Tribune Washington Bureau A key appellate court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency broke the law with its sweeping collection of telephone call data, in a groundbreaking decision that repudiates the Obama administration and encourages Congress to weigh in. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the New York-based 2nd Read More…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ‘seriously considering’ 2016 presidential candidacy

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Gov. John Kasich told business leaders in Detroit on Monday that he was “seriously considering” a race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but isn’t setting a timetable for a decision. The second-term Ohio governor said he wouldn’t rush the decision, even as other Republicans join the race. GOP U.S. Sens Marco Rubio of Florida, Read More…

Barack Obama calls for an end to ‘conversion’ therapy for LGBT youth

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed Read More…

Obama reduces sentence for Cleveland man, 21 other drug convicts in federal prison

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. The effort could lead Obama Read More…

Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence takes a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Republicans hoped to avoid a debate over social issues heading into the next presidential contest. Yet the backlash over a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana is highlighting the party’s overwhelming opposition to same-sex marriage and forcing the GOP’s leading presidential contenders to weigh in. "It’s been a tough week," Pence said at the news conference. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton officials are working to attract companies and individuals looking to leave Indiana because they oppose the new law, touting the southwest Ohio city’s recognition for Read More…

President Barack Obama slams GOP budget in Cleveland

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Justin Sink | Bloomberg News President Barack Obama criticized the House Republican budget proposal during a visit to Cleveland on Wednesday, mocking their fiscal plans as “a path to prosperity for those who have already prospered.” Obama said the U.S. recovery from the depths of a recession when he first took office demonstrated that his Read More…

Few top Republican officials back same-sex marriage at high court

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WASHINGTON — The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far. The list of Republicans who are supporting same-sex marriage, in a case set for arguments March 28 at the Supreme Court, is much longer than it was two Read More…