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Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

WASHINGTON — More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president. Public Citizen, which compiled media reports and publicly available government data, cited moves by groups associated with at least three foreign governments — Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and [...]

Ohio universities rank high for luring research funding from companies

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Ohio universities rank high for luring research funding from companies

Ohio ranks fourth for its share of industry funding for university research. The state’s university research receives 8.7 percent from industries, following Kansas (12.1 percent), Georgia (10.6 percent) and Kansas (9.5 percent), according to a report the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released last week. The states with the lowest share of industry-supported research at the university level are Rhode Island, Nebraska, Hawaii and South Dakota, their shares at less than 2 percent, while the [...]

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at battling the flu

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at battling the flu

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. There's no way to predict what strain of the shape-shifting flu [...]

Consumer watchdog considering repeal of payday lending rule

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Consumer watchdog considering repeal of payday lending rule

NEW YORK (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to reconsider a key set of rules enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders. The bureau, which came under control of the Trump administration late last year, said in a statement Tuesday that it plans to take a second look at the payday lending rules. While the bureau did not submit a proposal to repeal the rules outright, the [...]

Politics in China weighs heavily on business

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Politics in China weighs heavily on business

BEIJING — Politics weighs more heavily on foreign companies in China than it has in nearly three decades. The latest flashpoint was Beijing’s fury last week at hotel keeper Marriott and other companies that labeled self-ruled Taiwan a country on websites or customer materials. But companies face pressure on many sides from President Xi Jinping’s more nationalistic stance and twin campaigns to tighten the ruling Communist Party’s political control and have it play a direct [...]

Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on

DETROIT (AP) — The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opened to the press this week with one big question hanging in the air: How will autonomous vehicles change the industry? The answer is still unclear. In the meantime, automakers continue to put out new vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including small cars, SUVs and the all-mighty pickup truck, which dominated the show. All will be on display when the show opens to [...]

Motion-sensing cameras capture candid wildlife shots

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Motion-sensing cameras capture candid wildlife shots

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say “cheese?” Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it’s not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. “There’s no doubt — it is an incredible tool to acquire data on wildlife,” said Grant Harris, a [...]

Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into the future of driving

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into the future of driving

DETROIT — Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas — and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals — with new prototype vehicles. Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public Saturday. Concepts are used to test ideas and see how show visitors react. Some elements are glamorous but impractical, with sharply angled headlights or pencil-thin side [...]

Democrats aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave

Friday, January 19, 2018|Comments Off on Democrats aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave

WASHINGTON — Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump’s persistently low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House and deliver a blow to the president. The number of Republicans bowing out rather than bearing down for tough races is the latest worrisome sign for the GOP. Combine that with Trump’s ability to unite Democrats in opposition [...]

Public trust in news media takes a hit during Trump presidency amid bias claims

Thursday, January 18, 2018|Comments Off on Public trust in news media takes a hit during Trump presidency amid bias claims

RALEIGH, N.C. — When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what’s really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio. He no longer flips TV channels because networks such as Fox News and MSNBC deliver conflicting accounts tainted by politics, he says. “Where is the truth?” asks the 47-year-old North Carolina resident. Answering that question accurately is a cornerstone of any functioning democracy, according to none other than Thomas Jefferson. But [...]

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Think tank wants ‘broader perspective’ on regional economic study committee

Wednesday, January 17, 2018|Comments Off on Think tank wants ‘broader perspective’ on regional economic study committee

A representative of the Greater Ohio Policy Center told Ohio Senate members that a bipartisan plan to create a regional economic study committee would be [...]

Bill would enhance penalties for drug offenses near treatment centers

Tuesday, January 16, 2018|Comments Off on Bill would enhance penalties for drug offenses near treatment centers

Ohio’s opiate addiction and overdose problem has revealed perhaps the ugliest aspect of the illegal drug trade — the practice of preying on ex-users who [...]

Chamber, trial lawyers oppose Republican plan to overhaul Ohio BWC

Thursday, January 11, 2018|Comments Off on Chamber, trial lawyers oppose Republican plan to overhaul Ohio BWC

Detractors of a Republican lawmaker’s proposal to enact fundamental change at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation say provisions of House Bill 269 are overburdensome [...]

Business News

Alabama incentives for Toyota-Mazda factory top $700 million

Wednesday, January 17, 2018|Comments Off on Alabama incentives for Toyota-Mazda factory top $700 million

Alabama incentives for Toyota-Mazda factory top $700 million MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s total incentive package to Toyota and Mazda will top $700 million after [...]

Report indicates conditions ripe for busy year of mergers, acquisitions

Tuesday, January 16, 2018|Comments Off on Report indicates conditions ripe for busy year of mergers, acquisitions

Research released last week shows that healthy financial conditions drive increased merger and acquisition activity within the middle market. Released by the National Center for [...]

Ohio Ag Department recognizes 10 historic central Ohio farms

Tuesday, January 16, 2018|Comments Off on Ohio Ag Department recognizes 10 historic central Ohio farms

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has recognized 10 farms owned by the same family for at least 100 years old in the central Ohio region [...]

Real Estate

California’s Montecito has drawn celebrities since days of Chaplin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018|Comments Off on California’s Montecito has drawn celebrities since days of Chaplin

MONTECITO, Calif. — Montecito, the California coastal enclave devastated by last week’s deadly mudslides, is known as Oprah’s hometown. But it was Charlie Chaplin, the [...]

Failed Atlantic City casino is sold, but could reopen in a few months

Thursday, January 11, 2018|Comments Off on Failed Atlantic City casino is sold, but could reopen in a few months

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s most spectacular casino flop is getting another chance under new ownership and a new name. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik [...]

Forest lands imperiled as aging private owners divide or sell

Tuesday, January 9, 2018|Comments Off on Forest lands imperiled as aging private owners divide or sell

PHILADELPHIA — Many trees in Gary Hague’s Wyoming County forest sprouted before he was born. Others were planted with his own rough hands. A memory [...]

Politics

On health care, Democrats are shifting to offense

Wednesday, January 17, 2018|Comments Off on On health care, Democrats are shifting to offense

WASHINGTON — Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is [...]

Some legislatures lack sexual misconduct policies, training

Tuesday, January 16, 2018|Comments Off on Some legislatures lack sexual misconduct policies, training

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country [...]

Kasich names poet laureate successor

Friday, January 12, 2018|Comments Off on Kasich names poet laureate successor

A Cleveland Heights man has succeeded Ohio’s first poet laureate to the honorary role that aims to highlight the literary art form. Gov. John Kasich [...]

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