Victoria beats Serena to win Cincinnati title

Victoria-AzarenkaCincinnati (Ohio), Aug 19 : Second seed Victoria Azarenka defeated World No. 1 Serena Williams to win her first Western and Southern Open tennis title.

Having lost 12 of their 14 previous meetings, Victoria edged out Serena in a third set breaker, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) here Sunday.

"Obviously a big win. It was a great match. I'm really, really pleased with the way I pulled it out. It was a great battle. Nothing was given away. It was pure fight. I'm really happy," Victoria was quoted as saying by the tournament website.

Wimbledon champion Bartoli retires from tennis

Marion-BartoliCincinnati (Ohio), Aug 15 : Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retired from tennis after losing the second round match to Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Cincinnati Masters here.

The 28-year-old veteran while announcing her decision Wednesday said she had injuries in her Achilles tendon, shoulder, hips and lower back throughout her career. She was the eighth seed of the tournament.

"I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play…. It's just body wise. I just can't do it anymore. Everyone will remember my Wimbledon title. No one will remember the last match I played here," said the World No. 7.

Three young USMC recruits killed in accident in Ohio

Marines-CrashState troopers have said that three Marine Corps recruits were killed in a multi-vehicle crash near Leavittsburg, Ohio.

The victims were on their way to Cleveland to take a military entrance exam when the car they were riding in was caught up in a pileup Wednesday in Warren Township.

The three were in the back seat of a Pontiac hit from behind by a semi-truck at an intersection outside Leavittsburg. The car, driven by Marine Sgt. Charles Keene, was then hit again by several other vehicles, the Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator said.

FirstEnergy to Buy Power Rival Allegheny

Anthony Alexander FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. plans to acquire Allegheny Energy Inc. for $4.7 billion in a stock deal that would enhance its operational ability through the creation of a big regional utility but this could encounter resistance from states unless it yields local benefits.

The above stated transaction is long awaited but the process of materializing is quite slow in the utility sector as the company has to persuade state regulators, who often have resisted mergers because of concerns as job cuts and reduced maintenance spending, that the combination offers something to customers.

Secondhand Smoke Could Be Deadly For Toddlers And Obese Children

Secondhand Smoke Could Be Deadly For Toddlers And Obese ChildrenNumerous studies have shown negative impact of deadly fumes, produced from cigarette on health. Hence, smoking is not only highly dangerous for people who smoke, but also for people who inhale it.

Recent study has shown that secondhand smoke leads to greater blood-vessel damage in toddlers and obese children as compared to other children.   

The recent study was based on the data collected from 52 toddlers (ages 2 to 5 years) and 107 adolescents (ages 9 to 18 years).

Runaway Ohio Muslim teen’s attorney says she’s in danger if she rejoins parents

Ohio (US), Sep. 1 : A 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida after converting from Islam to Christianity will be in "clear and present danger" if returned to Ohio due to her parent''s affiliation with an Islamic cultural center, her attorney claims.

In a 35-page memorandum filed Monday in Orange County family court, attorney John Stemberger claims Fathima Rifqa Bary, who will remain in foster care in Florida at least until a hearing on Thursday, should not be returned to the custody of her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, because of their connection to the Noor Islamic Cultural Center near Columbus, Ohio.

Federer survives Ferrer scare in Cincinnati

Roger FedererCincinnati, Ohio - Roger Federer dropped only his second career set to Spain's David Ferrer before fighting back for a 3-6, 6- 3, 6-4 victory into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters Thursday.

The pair took to the hardcourt in hot, windy conditions after morning rainstorms, with Ferrer getting the early jump on the world number one.

Federer's 8-0 record in the series counted for little in the first set, with Ferrer recovering from an opening-set break and re-breaking the Swiss for 5-3.

Fatigued Del Potro pulls from Cincinnati Masters

Fatigued Del Potro pulls from Cincinnati Masters Cincinnati, Ohio - Sunday's Montreal finalist Juan Del Potro withdrew Monday from the Cincinnati Masters, citing fatigue and handing his place in the draw to Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

The world number six, who lost the Canadian final to Scot Andy Murray, had hinted in defeat that he might be worn out after playing long matches over two weeks with a title at Washington and runner-up finish in Montreal.

Ohio's Amish a throwback to an earlier era

Ohio's Amish a throwback to an earlier eraBerlin, Ohio  - Alma Hershberger lifts the lid of an antiquated-looking cooking pot and smiles broadly. "Dinner is ready. Sit down, please," she tells her guests in the simply furnished farmhouse. Two of her nieces serve. The farmhouse lacks gas and electricity, television and the internet.

Blacks Most Obese Whites Least: CDC Study

ObesityAccording to a U. S. government study 35% of black Americans were obese, leading ahead of other major racial or ethnic groups.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 29% of Hispanics and 24% of whites are obese and overall 26% of U. S. adults are obese.

Obesity rates and racial differences have been seen to go hand in hand earlier but health officials were surprised at the difference in figures. The new CDC report is the first to study the gap state by state and they reported that blacks had significantly higher obesity rates in 21 states and somewhat higher rates in many others.

Computer-animated USD Corvette ZO3 to become reality

Computer-animated USD Corvette ZO3 to become reality Ohio, US  - A computer-animated dream by Dutch designer Ugur Sahin is to become reality in the shape of the USD Corvette Z03 with the US tuning firm Mallett in Ohio to build 100 units based on the Corvette C6.

Sahin's design, based on the classic lines of the Corvette C3, will be slightly modified with sharper edges around the headlights, a more streamlined front spoiler and larger air intakes - necessary because of the massive power package.

The USD Corvette Z03 will be offered with a 7-litre LS7-Corvette engine, 700 hp Compressor and 999 hp Biturbo version.

Apple faces lawsuit over ‘explosive’ iPod

Apple faces lawsuit over ‘explosive’ iPodLondon, March 14: Apple has landed in legal trouble after a mother alleged her son endured second-degree burns when the company’s iPod touch music players exploded in his pocket.

Lynette Antrobus, from Cincinnati, is claiming 75,000 dollars plus punitive damage after accusing the multinational corporation of “gross negligence and recklessness” and of behaving “maliciously and fraudulently”.

Obama in Ohio to tout economic recovery plan

US President Barack ObamaWashington  - US President Barack Obama went on the road Friday hoping to tout the success of his economic recovery plan by addressing a group of police cadets in Ohio whose jobs were saved by the funding in his stimulus package.

Obama appeared in the city of Columbus, where officials are facing a 13-million-dollar budget shortfall and had informed the graduating class that they would not be able to join the police force. Their jobs were saved after the city secured 4 million dollars from the stimulus package.

John McCain actually left Joe the Plumber ''appalled''!

Ohio, Dec. 10 : Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a plumber who acquired fame earlier this year for seeking answers from Barack Obama about tax cuts, has said that he has been left appalled by the stances taken on issues by former Republican presidential nominee John McCain, especially on the 700 billion dollar bailout package.

Popularly known as "Joe The Plumber", Wurzelbacher told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that he felt "dirty" after "being on the campaign trail and seeing some of the things that take place."

Library display shows Santa's gristly end

OBERLIN, Ohio, Dec. 4  -- A public library in Oberlin, Ohio, has a holiday display that features a legless Santa Claus being pushed down the stairs by a sadistic Christmas tree.

Conceptual artist Keith McGuckin, who created the Oberlin Public Library display, created a narrative to accompany the image that explains Santa's legs were destroyed by an alcohol-fueled incident involving power lines, and the tree pushing Saint Nick's wheelchair down a flight of stairs plans to visit a strip club with the money he took from Santa's Salvation Army kettle, The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) reported Thursday.

The artist said authorities would rule the jolly elf's death an accident.

Football tops in 'rare' injuries

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 3  -- Football is associated with the highest rate of "rare" high school injuries, accounting for 21 injuries per 100,000 exposures, U. S. researchers have determined.

Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, categorized rare injuries as those to the eye, teeth, neck and spine, as well as dehydration and heat illness. These type of injuries may result in high morbidity, costly surgeries and treatments, or life-altering consequences.

Husband: Wife shot during sex

URBANA, Ohio, Dec. 3  -- An Ohio man who claimed that he accidentally shot his wife while they were having sex has been jailed for violating a protection order.

Timothy Havens, 38, of Springfield could face additional criminal charges, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The shooting is being investigated by a grand jury.

Carolyn Havens, 42, of Urbana was hospitalized in Dayton in critical condition.

Havens called 911 Sunday morning and reported shooting his wife. He told an emergency operator that a handgun was lying next to the bed and he tossed it aside.

"We were having sex and it went off," he said.

Obama’s intense ground game in Ohio outguns McCain’s

Obama’s intense ground game in Ohio outguns McCain’s

Ohio is a battleground in the presidential race, and here is the view on the front line: Republican John McCain’s ‘get-out-the-vote’ operation has struggled to build momentum, and it appears outgunned by his Democratic rival Barack Obama’s strategy.

The respective campaigns of both the presidential candidates have mobilized armies of volunteers and paid staff for the final push across the state, and both claim their efforts to target likely voters are more sophisticated and more efficient than in 2004.

Schwarzenegger wants Obama to put some meat on his ‘skinny legs and arms’!

Columbus (Ohio), Nov 1 : California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger poked fun at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s slight frame while praising John McCain at a campaign stop here.

Schwarzenegger had the crowd in the palm of his hand Friday at a John McCain rally with a speech that mixed a healthy helping of jokes with praise for the Republican presidential candidate.

The “Governator,” a former bodybuilder said: “He needs to do something about those skinny legs, make him do some squats and some bicep curls to build up those scrawny little arms. If only we could do something about putting some meat on his ideas,” adding that McCain was “built like a rock.”

Sarah Palin’s energy policy speech in Ohio

Palin’s energy policy speech in OhioEnergy independence, the importance of domestic sources of energy, and energy security, were the primary focus of Sarah Palin’s second policy speech of her candidacy in Toledo, Ohio. She was addressing nearly 200 people at the Xunlight Corporation, a company that manufactures solar panels.

Reframing her calls for energy independence, Palin suggested that investments in new domestic technologies were needed to reduce reliance on foreign countries that are “using energy as a weapon.”

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