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The Latest: Man charged in fire deaths maintains innocence

AKRON, Ohio –  The Latest on the case of a man charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of nine people in two fires (all times local): 7:30 p.m. An attorney representing a man indicted on aggravated murder charges in an Ohio fire that killed seven people in May and in a second fire that killed two people on the same street last year says the man maintains he’s innocent. Attorney Joseph Gorman says he and his co-counsel look forward to reviewing the evidence and defending 58-year-old Stanley Ford in…

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June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, dead at 99

Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago, niece Robin Thaler said Thursday. Foray was the best-known woman among the voice performers who contributed so much to the classic cartoons of Warner Bros., Disney, Hanna-Barbera…

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18-year-old man killed on fair ride just joined Marines

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 18-year-old man killed when a thrill ride broke apart at the Ohio State Fair had just signed up with the Marines a week ago, the Marine Corps said Thursday. The corps said in a statement that Tyler Jarrell of Columbus had enlisted last Friday and was to begin basic training next summer. “We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the United States Marine Corps,” the statement said. Jarrell wanted to…

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‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ Makers Sued for Miss Cleo Look-alike Character, Auntie Poulet

‘GTA: Vice City’ Makers Sued We See Miss Cleo in Auntie Poulet … Pay Us Now!!! EXCLUSIVE There’s a fortune teller in “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” that looks and sounds WAY too much like the late TV psychic Miss Cleo … at least according to Miss Cleo’s estate which just sued the game makers. Psychic Readers Network — which holds the rights to Miss Cleo — just filed suit against Rockstar Games and others who helped make and distribute the ‘GTA’ classic … for allegedly jacking her image and…

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Books of The Times: ‘Dying: A Memoir’ Is a Bracing Illumination of Terminal Illness

Those who have the wherewithal to write about these questions usually have the wherewithal to think clearly about them. Taylor, who died in July of last year at the age of 61, is a firm believer in taking custody of her own death. She announces in her first sentence that she’s purchased a euthanasia drug over the internet from China. She soon adds that she’s joined the local chapter of Exit International in her home of Brisbane, Australia. “It might be any meeting of any common interest group, a bowls…

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Soyuz crew set for trip to space station

Launch of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft Friday carrying three fresh crew members to the International Space Station will boost the lab’s crew back to six and, most important from NASA’s perspective, dramatically boost research with four crew members — three NASA astronauts and a veteran European flier — available to operate experiments in the American segment of the laboratory. Soyuz MS-05 commander Sergey Ryazanskiy, NASA flight engineer Randy Bresnik and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, are scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 11:41 a.m. EDT Friday (GMT-4;…

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Swim coach indicted in 13-year-old girl’s drowning death

Elise Cerami is seen in a photo obtained by CBS Dallas station KTVT. SOUTHLAKE, Texas — A swim coach was indicted in connection with the drowning death of a young Texas swimmer, CBS Dallas station KTVT reports. Former Carroll Independent School District coach Tracey Anne Boyd was charged with abandonment and endangering a child by criminal negligence. In June 2016, Elise Cerami, 13, drowned during swim practice. The medical examiner ruled the competitive swimmer’s death an accidental drowning. But her family insists she was healthy. Elise’s mom has since started…

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Docs: Bitter custody battle before slaying of Calif. boy

Aramazd Andressian Sr. with his son Aramazd Andressian Jr. CBS Los Angeles LOS ANGELES — Divorce documents reveal a bitter custody battle filled with accusations of potential parental abductions, harassment, allegations of molestation, and a request for a domestic violence restraining order by the parents of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found near a lake in June, reports CBS Los Angeles. Detectives believe Aramazd Andressian Jr. was killed by his father after a family trip to Disneyland because the father wanted revenge against the child’s mother. Andressian, Sr., 35, is…

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Unbuttoned: A Call to Activism for Outdoor Apparel Makers

“It was like a fuse to a Molotov cocktail,” said Christian Beckwith, the founder of Shift, an annual outdoor conference in Jackson, Wyo., which will focus on the case for advocacy during its next incarnation in November. Numerous monuments are under review, but in response to Patagonia’s publicity efforts, attention has been focused on Bears Ears, a 1.35 million-acre tract in Utah that includes hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts and Navajo tribal lands as well as a popular climbing area known as Indian Creek. It was declared a national…

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Ohio State Fair accident spurs other fairs to close ‘Fire Ball’ rides

The deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair involving a thrill ride that broke apart has spurred other ride operators and fair officials to shut down similar rides until investigators figure out what went wrong. An 18-year-old man was killed and seven other people were injured when the Fire Ball ride broke apart Wednesday. Video captured by a bystander showed the ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashed into something and part of the ride flew off. Not long after the Ohio…

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