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October 28, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
MARION, OHIO - Mitt Romney made a direct appeal to Democrats at his final stop on Sunday, telling thousands of supporters to reach out to those across the aisle. “Your friends may have voted last time, perhaps in the Democratic primary. They may have voted for, who knows? They may have voted for Hillary Clinton or they may have voted for Barack Obama,” Romney said. “… but I need you to convince them to vote for Paul Ryan and me.” He urged them to ask their friends whether they believe the nation is on the right course, or whether it needs a major course correction.
April 20, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
November 6, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Obama won Ohio on Tuesday, capturing the electoral battleground that Mitt Romney needed more than any other in his quest to oust the Democratic incumbent, according to exit polls for the Associated Press and news networks. By laying claim to Ohio's 18 electoral votes, Obama all but ensured his reelection after a grueling campaign against his Republican rival, the former governor of Massachusetts. The results in Ohio appeared to vindicate Obama's tireless pursuit of the white working-class voters who dominate the state's election landscape.
April 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group's free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama's healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus!
June 17, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
TROY, Ohio - Noisy protesters on Mitt Romney's five-day tour of small-town America started off as a nuisance in Pennsylvania. But on Sunday in Ohio, they pulled off a full-scale disruption of his Main Street rally with House Speaker John A. Boehner. “Romney, go home!” a dozen or so screamed from the crowd of several hundred Romney supporters in this small town in Boehner's congressional district. Boehner shouted to be heard over the din. “President Obama and Democrat colleagues in the Senate continue to block all of the bills that we send over there,” Boehner hollered.
May 7, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
EUCLID, Ohio - Campaigning in a key battleground state, Mitt Romney said Monday that President Obama has failed in his promises to reduce unemployment, improve the nation's housing market and right the nation's economy. “At the convention, the Democratic Convention about four years ago, the president got up and spoke about hope, change and together we can do anything. But he hasn't lived up to those kinds of expectations,” Romney told hundreds of people gathered in a heavy gauge-stamping warehouse just outside Cleveland.
October 28, 2012 | By Doyle McManus
In my column on Sunday, I reported on the scene at one of Ohio's early voting sites, a shopping center in Columbus: busloads of voters, noisy volunteers in the parking lot and visits from politicians trying to drum up enthusiasm. But here's something that isn't happening on any discernible scale: Voter intimidation. Before early voting began in Ohio on Oct. 2, there were fears that conservative groups would try to challenge voters who arrived at the polls without photo identification, even though photo ID isn't required for voters in Ohio.
November 2, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan kicked off the final weekend of campaigning Friday at a night rally featuring some of the Republican Party's brightest stars where they told a crowd of more than 20,000 that President Obama had fallen short on his promises by continuing to “promote government” and “demote businesses.”  Flanked by two dozen surrogates, family members and onetime rivals (including former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum,...
September 14, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- It was the sort of moment that tests a presidential campaign. A rocky flight. Pouring rain. Gusty winds. A sodden crowd. But Mitt Romney managed to rally a couple of thousand people in this bellwether region of northeast Ohio on Friday, delivering a speech that focused heavily on the message that he is best equipped to rebuild the American economy. "We were promised a recovery and we haven't seen that recovery," Romney said in the speech at Lake Erie College, reciting a litany of statistics about the grim economy: 23 million people out of work or underemployed; more people added to U.S. food stamp rolls over four years than the population of Ohio; middle-income families "treading water at best, drowning at worst.
May 8, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Jaycee Dugardand her mother both spoke of hope in the wake of the kidnapping drama in Ohio. "Another miracle happened yesterday and three girls are alive and I feel the same joy and relief I felt when Jaycee was returned to me after 18 hellish years," Terry Probyn, Jaycee's mother, said, according to the Associated Press. "We must never lose hope. Keeping hope alive is what got me through the 18 years," she added in a speech at a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children event Wednesday.
April 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge in Cincinnati could decide as soon as Tuesday whether to grant a stay on his ruling in a same-sex marriage case involving Ohio recognition of such unions performed in other states. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black on Monday ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states but indicated in his decision that he is inclined to issue a stay of that decision while the case is appealed. He gave the parties until Tuesday afternoon to file their motions for a stay and said he would act on the issue quickly.
April 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and a sudden burst of mild earthquakes last month in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report. The quake report, which coincided with the state's announcement of some of the nation's strictest limits on fracking near faults, marked the strongest link to date between nerve-rattling shakes and hydraulic fracturing -- the process of firing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to eject oil and natural gas out of ancient rock.
April 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ohio's refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday, though he won't issue a ruling to that effect until April 14. The decision comes in a case brought by four lesbian couples who sued the state after they were prevented from having both women's names on the birth certificates of their children born in Ohio. The couples had legally married in other states. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black told lawyers at a hearing that he would strike down the same-sex marriage-recognition ban in a ruling to be issued April 14. Alerting the states' lawyers gives them time to prepare an appeal, which would probably prevent the ban from falling immediately.  INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Track rights for same-sex couples A lawyer for the plaintiffs nevertheless celebrated the impending ruling, which is the latest in a string of federal rulings in favor of same-sex couples.
April 2, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated. See below.
At least one shot was fired Wednesday at Kent State University in Ohio, according to school officials. [Update 10:15 p.m. PDT April 2: A suspect was apprehended off campus, according to an advisory on the university's website. Police say there is no longer a threat, according to school officials. The university will not release details about the suspect until a Thursday morning news conference, reported Kentwired , a news website run by Kent State student journalists.
March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A fracking operation at the eastern border of Ohio remained closed Wednesday, two days after a string of earthquakes stirred some people from their sleep and prompted state regulators to investigate whether the shale-drilling may have been a cause. Areas in the central and southern U.S. have seen a 20-fold increase in small earthquakes during the past few years, and federal scientists have said the boom in drilling for oil and natural gas has been a contributing factor. Primarily, part of the dramatic rise has been attributed by the scientists to injection wells, where waste water from fracking is gushed back deep into the earth for storage.
March 4, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Ohio State football Coach Urban Meyer had surgery to drain a brain cyst last weekend but that didn't keep him from supervising the team's first spring practice Tuesday. “I've had it for several years,” Meyer said, according to the Associated Press. “It's a cyst, an arachnoid cyst. It surfaced a couple of times, once in '98 and once in '04 and a couple of other times. It's just something you've got to manage.” The coach had been experiencing headaches for several weeks.
November 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
VIENNA, Ohio - This is Paul D. Ryan's second-to-last day as a vice presidential nominee, and the congressman seems to be relishing his last few hours on the trail, reveling in the rock-star-like rallies as crowds chant for him and cheer his name. Ryan held five rallies in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin the day before Tuesday's election, telling crowds in his second-to-last rally of the night, in an airport hangar near Youngstown, Ohio: “We're in the home stretch. This is the final countdown.
August 5, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Kirk Urso, an NCAA champion at North Carolina and a midfielder for the Columbus Crew, died Sunday morning at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. A coroner in Franklin County said the cause of death for Urso, 22, has not been determined. The MLS rookie was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. at Grant Medical Center. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Urso had not played since May, when he underwent groin surgery. He appeared in six games this season but was not in attendance at the team's 1-0 loss to  D.C. United on Saturday in Washington.
March 1, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Like art, music and fashion, roller coasters speed through trends in a never-ending pursuit of the latest and greatest record-setting feat. Over the years, theme parks have introduced all sorts of "world's first" coaster designs billed as the fastest, tallest or longest -- only to be overtaken in subsequent summers by faster, taller and longer behemoths. Photos: Banshee inverted coaster at Ohio's Kings Island So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that Ohio's Kings Island will introduce the world's longest inverted coaster in April with an under-the-track design that last reigned supreme in the 1990s.
February 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was a busy day Monday for arguments over same-sex marriage's legality at the state level across the country. Perhaps the biggest news came out of Nevada, where the attorney general and governor announced that the state  would no longer defend its 2002 ban on same-sex marriage in federal court. The law had been challenged by an LGBT legal advocacy group, Lambda Legal, which appealed after a federal judge upheld the law in 2012. "The state's argument cannot withstand legal scrutiny," Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada's attorney general, said in a motion filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, asking to withdraw Nevada's legal argument against same-sex marriage.
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