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Dayton Mall shooting on Dec. 20, 2014

Male killed in altercation at Dayton Mall

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A male was killed in the altercation and the death is considered a homicide, according to an investigator with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

The deceased’s identity was not released. Also, the preliminary cause of death has not been released.

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Dayton’s $500K racino payment in limbo

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday vetoed a provision in House Bill 494 that called for the city of Dayton to receive $1.5 million over three years because of its status as a racino host city.

Kasich signed the bill but used line-item veto power Friday to reject an amendment made last week by state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, that aimed to split annual payments of $500,000 to Dayton evenly between Penn National Gaming and the state’s Casino Operator Settlement Fund.

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NKorea denies Sony hack, calls it 'righteous deed'
Nick Ut

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said at a year-end news conference, "I wish they had spoken to me first.

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Ohio posts biggest job gains in 13 years

The jobless rate in Ohio fell to its lowest rate in 13 years last month as employers statewide added 17,900 jobs — the largest monthly gain since July 2011, according to jobs data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

The statewide unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in November, down from 5.3 percent a month earlier and 7.

Anchor leaving TV station after 27 years

Anchor leaving TV station after 27 years

Award-winning journalist Marsha Bonhart, a fixture in local television news for nearly 35 years, is leaving WDTN-TV 2.

Her last newscasts will be Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Retrospectives of her nearly 27 years as a WDTN anchor and health reporter will be broadcast during each show.

WDTN is transiting from LIN Media to Media General, which announced it would buy the station last March.

Ohio sees spike in flu cases
Ty Greenlees

Ohio sees spike in flu cases

The number of flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio so far this season surged to 985 last week, more than double the number from the previous week and up more than 300 percent from the same period a year ago, the Ohio Department of Health reported Friday.

Ohio is now one of 25 states reporting widespread flu activity, or states where more than 50 percent of geographic regions are reporting flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Deputies have suspect in killing of Amber Owens

Investigators have identified a person of interest in the case involving a Harrison Twp. woman found dead along Post Town Road in Trotwood.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer on Friday did not release details about the person suspected of involvement in the homicide of Amber Owens, 23, whose decomposed remains were found by Montgomery County road crews Dec.

Man accused of killing Barbara Howe indicted on more charges

A new indictment was handed down Friday against a Kentucky man accused of killing 87-year-old Barbara Howe and stuffing her body in the truck of a car in 2012.

Daniel French, 56, of Berea, Ky., is facing charges of aggravated murder with death penalty specification, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence for allegedly planning to rob and kill Howe of Monroe.

Seasons Dec. 18
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Readers' photos highlight seasons

Welcome to our Neighbors photo feature, called Seasons. We invite readers to submit favorite photos capturing everyday life and special moments related to the season. Curt Schindler of Centerville sent in this photo of himself and his dog Dot in the leaves.


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