Connecticut's aviation claims don't fly with Ohio lawmaker

Published: 12/23/2014

Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is pushing back against claims that Ohio natives Wilbur and Orville Wright weren’t the first to successfully fly a powered, heavier-than-air machine.

“With Ohio celebrated as the birthplace of aviation, it’s a well-documented fact that Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first ones to successfully make a controlled powered flight in an heavier-than-air-machine,” he said.

Wife cyanide poisoning case heading back to court

Published: 12/23/2014

A man accused of murdering his wife with cyanide was granted a fourth trial last week when a panel of judges in the 8th District Court of Appeals ruled that the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas erred by imposing an indefinite prison term.

The defendant, Robert Girts, was indicted for the murder of his wife, Diane Girts, in 1993. Diane died in September 1992.

Man who shot convenient store clerk loses appeal

Published: 12/23/2014

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently affirmed a robbery conviction for a Dayton man who shot a convenience store clerk and took several hundred dollars from the cash register.

In his appeal to the federal court, Mickey Fugate argued that the evidence against him should have been suppressed because police unlawfully entered his property.

He claimed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio improperly denied his motion to suppress based on the “good-faith” exception.

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

Published: 12/23/2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars.

First Bush's proclamation, then Cuba: Rubio rides political roller coaster

Published: 12/23/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead last week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.

The Florida senator’s White House aspirations took a hit when Jeb Bush, the state’s former governor and Rubio’s political mentor, announced plans to “actively explore” a campaign for president.

Rubio was conspicuously quiet as party strategists suggested Bush’s all-but-official entry jeopardized his protigi’s presidential future.

New York's Catskills region hangs hopes of revival on new casino

Published: 12/23/2014

THOMPSON, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of this faded corner of the New York's Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally.

The recommendation to license a casino in the heart of the once-bustling "Borscht Belt" resort region will test the premise that blackjack and craps can breathe new life in an old summer haven known in its heyday for families, mostly Jewish, arriving packed in station wagons to enjoy fast-talking comedians and other entertainment, a la "Dirty Dancing."

China's wealth finds home in Washington state

Published: 12/23/2014

MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.

“I’m so glad my mother made me study Chinese,” laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. “I’ve been using it a lot.”

This year, Chinese visitors are on pace to top the list of international travelers to the Evergreen State.

U.S. agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

Published: 12/23/2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

Mother's quest for answers exposes strained prison system

Published: 12/23/2014

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — The mother sank to the floor when she saw what was on the news.

Hours earlier, Robin Eutsey, a longtime Goshen resident, had learned her son died in prison while serving a sentence for burglary and related theft charges.

But she didn’t know how, until she saw the newscast. And she didn’t know why.

Patrick Whetstone was a teenager when he began serving time in prison. He was immature going in, as he was just 18. He was 25 when he died.

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