Hamilton County morgue found negligent after worker has sex with corpses

Published: 08/20/2014

A panel of judges in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled last week that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio at Cincinnati properly denied state statutory immunity to Hamilton County and its employees in a case involving abuse of corpses at the Hamilton County morgue.

The higher court also ruled that the district court properly granted summary judgment to the county defendants on constitutional claims.

Lawmakers seek to extend certain tax credits

Published: 08/20/2014

A pair of lawmakers from Mason and Sidney have introduced a collection of bills into the Ohio General Assembly focused on remote seller tax collections, expiring federal tax provisions, a disaster victims tax credit and exempting the sale of Internet access.

House Bill 600 would earmark new Ohio use tax collections by remote sellers for the purposes of paying back amounts borrowed by the state from the federal government to issue unemployment benefits and reducing the rates of the sales and use tax and commercial activity tax.

Democratic lawmakers respond to Hobby Lobby court decision with bill

Published: 08/20/2014

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, bills have been filed in the Ohio House and Senate regarding health insurer contraceptive coverage.

Senate Bill 355, sponsored by Sens. Charleta Tavares, D-Bexley, and Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, and House Bill 604, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, would require health insurers to provide coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Court affirms conviction of Youngstown street gang member

Published: 08/20/2014

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed multiple convictions for another member of the Youngstown street gang LSP.

Late last week, the three-judge appellate panel released an opinion affirming Derrick Johnson’s convictions for his role in gang violence as well as weapons and drug offenses.

The facts of the case state that Johnson and 23 others were charged in 2011 after a lengthy investigation of the LSP street gang.

McDonald's confronts its cheap, junk food image

Published: 08/20/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — At a dinner McDonald’s hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain’s menu.

A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was made with Chicken McNuggets doused in sweet and sour sauce and garnished with parsley.

Slow-cooked beef was served with gnocchi fashioned out of McDonald’s french fries and a fruit sauce from its smoothie mix.

For dessert, its biscuit mix was used to make a pumpkin spice “biznut,” a biscuit-doughnut hybrid.

Depression colony cashing in on Johnny Cash's fame

Published: 08/20/2014

DYESS, Ark. (AP) — Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty.

The country music icon’s boyhood home, along with the colony’s former headquarters, has just opened to the public, reflecting everyday life in a northeast Arkansas community built on once-sunken land.

Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet.

Published: 08/20/2014

NEW YORK — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel’s war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.

It’s been a grim summer in much of the world. But investors in the United States have been shrugging off most of the bad news — so far at least.

Atlantic City fears closing casinos may be eyesore

Published: 08/20/2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Before summer ends, Revel, Trump Plaza, the Showboat and the Atlantic Club will be shuttered ex-casinos, leaving Atlantic City officials looking for a way to avoid having dark, empty shells on its signature Boardwalk.

Analysts and entrepreneurs tell The Associated Press that a glitzy corporate headquarters, condos or timeshares, entertainment-related rentals or even student housing could be among the new uses for them.

Running down Heisman contenders not named Jameis

Published: 08/20/2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him.

No different this year. Florida State’s Jameis Winston won it as a freshman last season while leading the Seminoles to the national title, so, again, no sense in looking elsewhere.

But Winston is far from a lock.

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