Court rules in-court identification of robber was not unduly suggestive

Published: 10/01/2014

A three-judge panel in the Fourth District Court of Appeals recently rejected a woman’s claims that she was unfairly prejudiced by the identification process in her trial for aggravated robbery.

Brittany Collins appealed her conviction from the Pickaway County Court of Common Pleas, which found her guilty of committing a string of robberies in July 2012.

The facts of the case state that the first robbery took place at 56 Mini Mart.

Minors would need consent to use tanning salons under proposal

Published: 10/01/2014

A proposed law would require written consent from a parent for a minor to use a tanning salon.

In continuing to stump for a bill that would regulate chemical tanning, Rep. Michael Stinziano pointed to the regulation of cigarettes.

“Cigarettes cause cancer. Tanning beds cause cancer,” he said. “Why do we protect our children from the dangers of tobacco smoke but not from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning?”

Man who stabbed girlfriend, then himself, loses appeal

Published: 10/01/2014

A Cincinnati man’s felonious assault conviction was affirmed last week when the First District Court of Appeals found that the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas properly admitted medical records into evidence and considered the sufficiency and manifest weight of the evidence.

The defendant, Keith Harris, was indicted after he brutally stabbed his girlfriend and then himself while he was on postrelease control for an earlier felony.

Marijuana industry starts to make political donations

Published: 10/01/2014

DENVER (AP) — The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states.

The political activity includes swanky fundraisers at Four Seasons hotels and art auctions at law firms.

And members of Congress who once politely returned the industry’s contribution checks are now keeping them.

Conflicting reports fail to blame global warming entirely for 2013 wild weather

Published: 10/01/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, intense rain in parts of the United States and India, and severe droughts in California and New Zealand.

Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

Published: 10/01/2014

BOSTON — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries.

Government takes on the Internet

Published: 10/01/2014

WASHINGTON — Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?

The Federal Communications Commission is tackling that question this fall after the public submitted a record 3.7 million comments on the subject — more than double the number filed with the regulatory agency after Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Survey: ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

Published: 10/01/2014

LOS ANGELES — Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed 5 percent over the past year to a new high of $4.35 per transaction, according to a survey released by Bankrate.com.

Overdraft fees also surged, rising on average over the past 12 months to $32.74. That’s the 16th consecutive record high, the firm said.

Holder: A mixed record on national security issues

Published: 10/01/2014

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and other alleged co-conspirators in a New York courtroom, rather than through the Guantanamo Bay military commission process.

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