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U.S. foresaw a costly victory in war with North Korea – back in 1994

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on U.S. foresaw a costly victory in war with North Korea – back in 1994

WASHINGTON — In a nuclear standoff with North Korea more than two decades ago — long before the reclusive government had atomic weapons that could threaten America — U.S. officials planned for war. Declassified documents published last week show the United States believed its military and South Korea’s forces would “undoubtedly win” a conflict on the divided Korean Peninsula, with the understanding it would cost many casualties. The Pentagon estimated at the time that if [...]

Pointing a finger at fellow economists for backlash to trade

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Pointing a finger at fellow economists for backlash to trade

WASHINGTON — Many mainstream economists say they’re appalled by President Donald Trump’s threats to trash trade agreements and tax imports in a blunt-force drive to shrink America’s bulging trade deficits. Yet economists themselves bear some blame for the backlash against free trade and globalization that helped propel Trump to the White House and Britain to abandon the European Union. So says Dani Rodrik, a Harvard economist, in a provocative new book. In “Straight Talk on [...]

Al Franken joins long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Al Franken joins long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal

WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota announced last week that he will resign in the face of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He joins a long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal: Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. Is retiring next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Retired abruptly last week amid sexual harassment allegations by former staff members. The 88-year-old Conyers was the longest-serving House member. [...]

Jordan’s plan of high-tech shiny city in the desert is met by skepticism

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Jordan’s plan of high-tech shiny city in the desert is met by skepticism

MADOUNEH, Jordan — A shiny new city is to arise from Jordan’s desert over the next three decades, potentially rivaling the kingdom’s capital of Amman, a rapidly growing and increasingly unwieldy metropolis of 4 million people. Announcing plans for what it portrays as a high-tech utopia, Jordan joined other Middle Eastern countries betting on multimillion-dollar mega projects as an investment magnet and quick economic fix. Yet some urban planners warn that “cities from scratch” are [...]

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial field complicates strategies

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Ohio Democratic gubernatorial field complicates strategies

CINCINNATI (AP) — The entry last week of the former federal consumer watchdog into Ohio’s 2018 governor race has swelled the current field to at least six Democratic candidates, setting up what could be the largest gubernatorial primary battle in six decades. That came after Republicans trimmed their slate by merging two campaigns to leave three announced candidates for governor. The large field could affect strategies as Democrats battle ahead of a general election in [...]

Local companies honored for being military-friendly

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Local companies honored for being military-friendly

Several Central Ohio companies were recognized as military-friendly employers this year. Worthington Industries, Safelite AutoGlass and American Electric Power received the 2018 Military Friendly Employer designation by Victory Media, a publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, which will feature the companies in its December issue. "Companies that have earned this designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses," stated Daniel Nichols, chief product officer at Victory Media and [...]

In Franken’s fall, sudden Senate pickup chance for GOP

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on In Franken’s fall, sudden Senate pickup chance for GOP

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s departure from the Senate solves one problem for Democrats, demonstrating their will to push out one of their own when sexual harassment allegations pile up. Now they must worry about keeping one more vulnerable seat when they already had their hands full in next year’s election. Franken said Thursday he would resign, just a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging he had [...]

Better corporate policies might help prevent workplace sexual harassment

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Better corporate policies might help prevent workplace sexual harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Sexual misconduct happens at work not because companies don’t publish anti-harassment policies, experts say, but because managers don’t enforce them — and because people fail to apply them to themselves. While the floodgates on reporting abuse and sexual harassment have opened with high-profile cases in Big Tech, Hollywood and Washington, it’s not yet clear whether the effects of the #metoo movement have trickled down to day-to-day offices, factories and other places [...]

Robust hiring underscores the economy’s momentum

Tuesday, December 12, 2017|Comments Off on Robust hiring underscores the economy’s momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added a substantial 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market’s enduring strength in the economy’s ninth year of expansion, and the unemployment rate held at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent. Friday’s jobs report from the government made clear that the economy is on firm footing and is likely benefiting from more resilient global growth, with all major economies across the world expanding in tandem for the first [...]

Should opioids be banned in court over fears of exposure people present

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on Should opioids be banned in court over fears of exposure people present

BOSTON — The potency of certain opioid painkillers has Massachusetts’ judiciary considering whether to ban the substances from being brought into courtrooms as evidence — a move some experts say is driven by a misunderstanding of the real dangers. The chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court recently told prosecutors that she fears allowing fentanyl and carfentanil into courtrooms puts lawyers, jurors and defendants at risk even when the drugs are properly packaged. “Given their [...]

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Legal News

Lawyers often walk a fine line to navigate state, federal pot laws

Wednesday, December 6, 2017|Comments Off on Lawyers often walk a fine line to navigate state, federal pot laws

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as entrepreneurs getting into the retail pot industry need a good lawyer, some of those lawyers might be wise to [...]

Legislation seeks incentives for more research on incurable diseases

Monday, December 4, 2017|Comments Off on Legislation seeks incentives for more research on incurable diseases

A bill advanced by a southwest Ohio lawmaker that proposes a different tack for incentivizing medical research relating to incurable diseases secured a first hearing [...]

Legislation aims to expand broadband access in Ohio

Friday, December 1, 2017|Comments Off on Legislation aims to expand broadband access in Ohio

A bill that aims to expand broadband’s reach throughout the Buckeye State has gained the support of county commissioners and a nonprofit nationwide initiative advancing [...]

Business News

Central Ohio Christmas tree farmers face shortage

Friday, December 8, 2017|Comments Off on Central Ohio Christmas tree farmers face shortage

Bruce Taylor said last-minute Christmas tree shoppers in central Ohio may be out of luck this season. The owner of Taylor Christmas Tree Farm on [...]

‘Hyper-local,’ new cuts of meat among restaurant trends forecast for 2018

Friday, December 8, 2017|Comments Off on ‘Hyper-local,’ new cuts of meat among restaurant trends forecast for 2018

Looking ahead to next year, diners can expect to see a continued effort from restaurants to provide more locally produced menu items, such as food [...]

Popular Groveport eatery very much a family business

Thursday, December 7, 2017|Comments Off on Popular Groveport eatery very much a family business

Avery Ward has been involved with his family-owned restaurant for as long he can remember. “The story is that was the first place we stopped [...]

Real Estate

400 W. Rich St. building to host Festivus event

Thursday, December 7, 2017|Comments Off on 400 W. Rich St. building to host Festivus event

400 W. Rich St., a workplace for artists in Franklinton, will host a Festivus celebration this weekend that will feature artisan goods, crafts, live music [...]

Atlanta’s Confederate Avenue evokes Old South, but may get new name

Tuesday, November 28, 2017|Comments Off on Atlanta’s Confederate Avenue evokes Old South, but may get new name

ATLANTA (AP) — A roadway in Atlanta serves as a concrete reminder to drivers, joggers and neighbors that Georgia once took up arms against the [...]

New Jersey gives initial approval for $5.6 million to help Icahn raze casino

Monday, November 27, 2017|Comments Off on New Jersey gives initial approval for $5.6 million to help Icahn raze casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey redevelopment agency has given preliminary approval to a $5.6 million payment to billionaire investor Carl Icahn to help [...]

Politics

In awkward situation, Kansas seems to have two governors

Friday, December 8, 2017|Comments Off on In awkward situation, Kansas seems to have two governors

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination this summer to an ambassador’s post, the fellow Republican destined to succeed him as governor [...]

Three local counties picked to receive farmland preservation funds

Tuesday, November 28, 2017|Comments Off on Three local counties picked to receive farmland preservation funds

Three central Ohio counties — Delaware, Fairfield and Madison — are among the recipients of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s latest round of funding for [...]

Conservatives knew ‘family values’ politician had secret gay life

Monday, November 27, 2017|Comments Off on Conservatives knew ‘family values’ politician had secret gay life

COLUMBUS — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including “committed natural marriage,” the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with [...]

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