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Rome’s mangy Christmas tree to be carved up into souvenirs

ROME (AP) — Rome’s pathetic Christmas Tree, so droopy and dried out it was nicknamed the “Mangy One,” is set to be carved up and made into souvenirs and a lactation hut for mothers and babies. Rome’s city cabinet decided on the tree’s “new...

Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking a bipartisan compromise to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration deal could be reached in two phases — first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a “bill of...

5 killed as mud sweeps away homes in California burn areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least five people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by Southern California’s recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to...

Greece limits Sharia law after European Court challenge

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece voted Tuesday to limit the powers of Islamic courts operating in a border region that is home to a 100,000-strong Muslim minority, scrapping procedures dating back more than 90 years. The proposed law passed easily, with backing from...

Putnam County coroner: Hilty Home resident died of hypothermia

PANDORA — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has identified a woman who was found dead Sunday outside of Hilty Home in Pandora. Phyllis Campbell, 76, of Pandora, died of hypothermia, according to an autopsy report released by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Anne Horstman. Campbell,...

Lawsuit Challenges ‘racial Quota’ In Marijuana Program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A company that wasn’t chosen for Ohio’s new medical marijuana program filed a lawsuit against the state claiming it was bumped because of “an unconstitutional racial quota.” There were 12 provisional, large-scale growing operations...

Opening statements in murder trial offer differing versions of events

Differing versions of the events that led to the death of a 2-year-old child were described by defense and prosecuting attorneys today in the second day of the trial of Brent Houdeshell, a 29-year-old Arlington man accused of murdering Breydon Ferrell in 2016. Colleen Limerick,...

Campus Sued Over Security Cost For White Nationalist’s Visit

CINCINNATI (AP) — White nationalist Richard Spencer’s campus tour organizer is suing the University of Cincinnati’s president, saying the school wouldn’t rent space for Spencer to speak on campus unless a nearly $11,000 security fee was paid. An attorney for...

Man Held Without Bond In Fatal Stabbing Of Daughter, Her Mom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 24-year-old man charged in the stabbing deaths of his 4-year-old daughter and the girl’s mother is being held without bond in central Ohio on two counts of murder. Kristofer Garrett made his initial appearance in Franklin County Municipal Court in...

County’s sanitary engineer contract dispute resolved

Steve Wilson will apparently continue to provide sanitary engineer services at the Hancock County landfill following a ruling by the county prosecutor’s office. Last week, the Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution for Wilson’s company to provide management services...