April 18, 2015

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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said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines.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…

British fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

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LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically ill Read More…

Revisions look to make it easier to dispute your credit report

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Disputing a mistake on your credit report could get easier and the effects of medical debt less severe under changes being made by the three largest credit-reporting agencies. The Monday announcement by the agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — comes after months of negotiations between the companies and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Read More…

Poll: Majority of Americans back same-sex marriage, support continues to grow

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In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans. That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that has measured trends on Read More…

Local cable, Internet providers unchanged by controversial net neutrality protections

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The Federal Communication Commission’s recent ruling protecting “net neutrality” will not have any major effect on local cable and Internet providers. “The net neutrality ruling really has no bearing on us,” said David Corrado, CEO of the Medina County Fiber Network. The county-owned network, completed in 2012, includes 151 miles of 144-strand fiber optic cables Read More…