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Appeals court blocks Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions

A divided federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that Ohio cannot enforce a 2017 law banning abortions when medical tests show the baby has Down syndrome.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a preliminary injunction saying that the law was invalid because it had the purpose and effect of preventing some women from obtaining pre-viability abortions, which violates Supreme Court precedents.

Signed into law by then-Gov. John Kasich in 2017, the measure imposed criminal penalties on doctors who perform abortions after learning of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

In February 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed suit to block the law from taking effect. One month later, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black halted the law, saying it violated a woman’s right to privacy.

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Protesters with shirts saying “Stop the Bans” in the Ohio Senate chamber after legislators passed a bill in 2017 banning abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. (AP)

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On Friday the panel of three judges upheld Black’s ruling in a 2-1 decision. A spokesman for Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said the state will ask the full 6th Circuit to review the case, according to Reuters. A large majority of the 6th Circuit court’s members were appointed by Republican presidents, but Friday’s majority consisted of Democratic appointees.

“The state’s interest in preventing discrimination does not become compelling until viability,” wrote Circuit Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, appointed by the Obama administration.

Circuit Judge Alice Moore Batchelder, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, dissented.

“Ohio concluded that permitting physicians to become witting accomplices to the deliberate targeting of Down syndrome babies would undermine the principle that the Down syndrome population is equal in value and dignity to the rest of Ohio’s population,” Batchelder wrote, according to Cincinnati.com.

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Batchelder, quoting a May opinion from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, added that states have a “compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.”

Under the law, doctors could have received up to 18 months in prison for performing abortions with the knowledge that the mother had based her decision in part on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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The Down syndrome bill was the latest Ohio abortion law to receive a setback from the courts. In July, a federal judge blocked Ohio from enforcing a fetal “heartbeat” law banning abortions after a heartbeat was detected, or six weeks at the earliest.

A ban on abortions by dilation and evacuation, a surgical procedure most commonly used in second-trimester abortions, has also been challenged in court.

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Ohio University suspends all fraternities amid hazing allegations

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Ohio University said Thursday it had suspended all of its fraternities following claims of widespread hazing.

The suspension is effective immediately and includes all five Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters at the campus in Athens, about 70 miles southeast of Columbus.

“The swift action being taken in light of the allegations that have surfaced affirms Ohio University’s commitment to the health and safety of our students.,” the statement read.

9 LSU FRATERNITY MEMBERS ARRESTED IN SHOCKING HAZING INCIDENTS

Earlier this week, the school issued a cease and desist order to the ACACIA and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternities after receiving allegations of hazing new members, The Post student newspaper reported.

Administrators received more allegations Wednesday against five other chapters, prompting the suspensions.

“These troubling allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our IFC organizations, and Ohio University will not put at risk the health and safety of our students,” Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said in a letter.

All chapter meetings, events and activities are suspended until further notice. In May, Sigma Pi was expelled from the university for hazing, alcohol and drug use, and other student conduct code violations after the alleged hazing of 18-year-old Collin Wiant, who died in November.

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO FRESHMAN, 18, DEAD AFTER SUSPECTED FRATERNITY HAZING

A lawsuit by Wiant’s family alleges he died of asphyxiation after ingesting nitrous oxide provided to and forced on him by fraternity members. Sigma Pi denied those allegations and said Wiant wasn’t a pledge when he died. The fraternity said Wiant was removed from the pledging process weeks earlier because of a sexual-assault allegation.

The letter from Hall-Jones said each chapter is expected to develop and implement a plan to ensure its culture is aligned with that of the national organization and the school student code of conduct.

Failure to comply could result in disciplinary action, she said.

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Judson Horras, President and CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference told WJW-TV a suspension “that impacts students not accused of misconduct is not the right approach to address this critical issue. It disincentivizes students who are following the rules.”

He said the university should bring “bring all parties to the table to seek a path forward that places the highest priority on the health and safety of students, while respecting the rights of those that live up to the standards of fraternal excellence.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ohio coroner says opioid crisis is ‘not going away’ after 10 deaths in her county in just over a day

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America’s opioid crisis is not going away anytime soon, according to an Ohio coroner whose county saw 10 deaths from the epidemic in a 26-hour period.

The powerful drug fentanyl is fueling the crisis in the Columbus area, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz told Shepard Smith on Thursday on “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

“We know here in Franklin County and throughout the United States, we’re having an issue with fentanyl,” she said. “Fentanyl is what’s driving many of the overdoses now throughout the United States, especially here in Franklin County.”

10 OVERDOSE DEATHS IN OHIO COUNTY IN 26-HOUR PERIOD, CORONER SAYS

Ortiz recommended that people in areas where the epidemic is centered should carry the antidotal substance Narcan or naloxone.

During the interview, Smith asked Ortiz whether the county’s crisis and the resulting overdose deaths are being fueled by one supplier or many.

Ortiz said it is likely the work of one supplier whose drug has fanned out across the area, but underlined that her office cannot say for sure.

“I know for sure DEA [Drug Enforcement Agency], Ohio High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency and law enforcement are all working on the issue right now as we speak,” she said.

VIRGINIA DOCTOR COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON FOR PRESCRIBING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OPIOIDS

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, compared the deaths from opioid overdoses to the casualties of war.

“More people have died in one year in America over the opioid epidemic from overdoses than died in the Vietnam War,” he said in a clip played by Smith.

On Sunday, Ortiz said in a statement that as of, “about 10 … this morning, we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours.”

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“This is an unusually high number for our county in this period of time.”

The coroner issued a similar alert last month when six people died from an overdose in less than 24 hours on Aug. 10-11. She said the “majority of overdose deaths continued to be fentanyl-related.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report

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Last of 4 Ohio jail escapees caught in North Carolina

All four inmates who broke out of an Ohio jail after overpowering two female guards were back in custody Monday.

Three of the escapees — Christopher Clemente, 24, Brynn Martin, 40 and Troy McDaniel Jr., 30 — were caught in Cary, N.C., around 2 a.m. Monday.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin announced the capture of the fourth Monday afternoon.

4 OHIO INMATES ESCAPE FROM JAIL AFTER OVERPOWERING GUARDS

“I am pleased to report that just a short while ago the fourth and final escapee, Lawrence R. Lee III was taken into custody by law enforcement officials in Durham, N.C.,” Champlin said.

The escape from the Gallia County Jail in Gallipolis happened around 12:14 a.m. Sunday.

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​​​Mugshots show, left to right, Lawrence Lee, 29; Troy McDaniel, 30; Christopher Clemente, 24; and Brynn Martin, 40. The four inmates escaped from the Gallia County Jail early Sunday after overpowering two female guards, investigators said. (Gallia County Sheriff’s Office)

The four men overpowered the two guards with a jailhouse knife called a “shank,” investigators said.

They then made their getaway from the jail in a stolen corrections officer, driving one block to where another vehicle was waiting for them, Champlin said, as the Gallipolis Daily Tribune reported.

3 OF 4 MEN WHO ESCAPED OHIO JAIL CAPTURED IN NORTH CAROLINA, REPORT SAYS

Clemente was being held on a charge of complicity to deal drugs. Martin, who had a long rap sheet, was being held on charges of failure to appear and escape. McDaniel was being held on a charge of failure to appear in a Gallia County Juvenile Court matter and Lee was being held on a charge of identity fraud.

Martin was charged with an escape after investigators said he and another inmate bolted from a vehicle transporting them to the Gallia jail earlier this month. They were caught the next day, according to reports.

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4 Ohio inmates escape from jail after overpowering guards

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Authorities were searching Sunday for four inmates who escaped from an Ohio jail after overpowering two female guards.

The men escaped from the Gallia County Jail, authorities said. Sheriff Matt Champlin said they used a homemade weapon in their escape and had help from “at least one individual on the outside.”

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Ohio bar incites outrage after posting 9/11 shot special

An Ohio bar is facing national outrage after posting “the 9/11” shot as its special of the day on Sept. 11.

Karma Kafe in Akron posted a photo of what appears to be a red and blue slushy in a shot glass and said, “Today’s special, the 9/11 shot only $4.00!!!!”

The post originally said, “Because why not capitalize on something that happened 18 years ago,” but it has since been deleted, Fox 8 Cleveland reported Thursday.

It didn’t take long for people to condemn the business’ callous attempt to capitalize on a solemn day of remembrance. Sept. 11, 2001, was, after all, when nearly 3,000 people died at the hands of terrorists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania — not the stuff of glib drink salesmanship.

“Your previous caption was absolutely disgusting and you can edit it but it doesn’t delete screenshots,” one commenter said on Instagram.

Another said, “So insensitive — you don’t celebrate that day, you remember.”

“There’s a time for jokes, sarcasm, and satire. But on the anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed thousands of Americans and traumatized just about the entire country…?” yet another person wrote. “If this caption would have said in ‘remembrance of’ or something along those lines, I would have been sold. You wouldn’t have even had to promise proceeds to an organization. But to mock this tragedy?”

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The bar owner, identified by the Akron Beacon Journal as Chris Sedlock, told the publication, “Isn’t capitalizing on tragedy the American way>”

Sedlock said he didn’t intend for the post to go viral.

“I’m the kind of person that what you see if what you get,” he told the Journal. “When do you have the right to talk about it? … They don’t see this as irony. I see the irony in it. It’s dark humor.”

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His bar’s Instagram account has just over 1,000 followers. The viral post has just 43 likes.

The account posted an Instastory early Thursday, showing bar patrons taking shots alongside a caption: “Cheers to ‘all publicity is good publicity.'”

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Karma Kafe posted an Instastory about its publicity over a controversial “9/11 shot.” (Karma Kafe)

Critics expressed all sorts of reasons for blasting the Karma Kafe’s offering.

“Seriously? What next? Trail of tears martinis?” one commenter asked on the Sept. 11 post. “That’s kinda gross.”

Others called the move to capitalize on 9/11 in such fashion “unprofessional and careless,” branding the establishment “scum” and an “embarrassment.”

“Might I suggest in the future you find someone else to run your social media because the current person does not appear to know what they are doing,” a user suggested.

“Can’t wait until you close,” someone added.

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City agrees to $450G settlement over Stormy Daniels strip club arrest

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, have agreed to a $450,000 settlement with Stormy Daniels over the adult film star’s arrest at a strip club last year, the city said Friday.

Daniels filed a lawsuit against several Columbus police officers in January, alleging they conspired to retaliate against her because of her claims of an affair with President Trump before he became president.

City attorney’s office spokeswoman Meredith Tucker told Fox News an agreement was reached after mediation. She said all parties involved agreed the figure was a fair settlement “based on the facts and circumstances involved.”

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of an adult entertainment fair in Berlin last year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Messages to Daniels’ attorney were not immediately returned.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested in July 2018 and accused of inappropriately touching a female undercover officer while performing at a strip club. The arrest sparked criticism, and the charges were eventually dropped.

Daniels’ lawyer at the time, Michael Avenatti, said the arresting officers ‘social media pages appeared to be in favor of Trump. He said the officers sought to defame Daniels after learning she was performing.

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Daniels claimed to have had sex with Trump in 2006. She sued him last year, seeking to break a nondisclosure agreement she’d signed days before the 2016 election about the alleged affair as part of a hush-money settlement.

The payout still has to be approved by the Columbus City Council, Tucker said. It was not clear when the governing body would take up the issue.

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Trump visits Ohio factory with Australia’s prime minister, touts economy

President Trump visited Ohio, a state essential to his 2020 reelection strategy, with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, taking the stage at a recycled-paper factory Sunday evening to highlight the United States’ investment partnership with the country.

Trump and Morrison visited the new factory in Wapakoneta, which is being opened by Anthony Pratt, an Australian businessman investing billions of dollars in the United States to create thousands of manufacturing jobs. Wapakoneta is about an hour north of Dayton.

“If it wasn’t for your presidency, this mill would not be here today,” Pratt said, praising the Trump administration’s economic and tax policies.

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“Today we celebrate the extraordinary economic partnership between our nations and we proudly declare that Pratt Industries and this great, great state of Ohio is open for business,” Trump said as he addressed the cheering crowd at the new Pratt Industries plant, which was still under construction. He added, “Australia is one of our most important allies and trading partners with more than 65 billion dollars in trade between our nations last year.”

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President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shaking hands at Pratt Industries on Sunday in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He added, “Unlike so many other nations, Australia upholds the principles of fair and reciprocal trade.”

People in Ohio crowded into the hot factory and chanted “USA” when the president talked about products displaying the words “Made in America.” The plant is expected to open in a couple of weeks and has offered jobs to veterans, which Trump highlighted as he addressed the crowd on Sunday.

“I am especially excited to announce that one in four workers at this plant is a veteran,” Trump said. The audience responded with cheers.

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Trump said, “Over the next decade, Pratt Industries is creating 5000 new jobs in the United States. This massive new investment is made possible by the historic tax cuts and tax credits that we signed into law.”

Trump had nothing but praise for the Australian prime minister, who also praised the U.S. president.

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President Trump speaking as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, center, and Pratt Industries chairman Anthony Pratt watched during a factory tour Sunday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“The president and I are here today because we believe in jobs, we believe in the way jobs transform lives,” Morrison said, adding, “What we are celebrating here is jobs.”

He also pointed out America’s 3.7-percent unemployment rate, saying, “That is an amazing achievement, Mr. President, the lowest unemployment rate we have seen in the United States for a very, very long time.”

The president and first lady Melania Trump hosted Morrison and his wife, Jennifer, at a state dinner on Friday night, two days before the Ohio visit.

Earlier Sunday, Trump visited Texas and met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the growth of U.S. exports to India and billions of dollars spent by India on U.S. defense equipment. Neither mentioned trade tensions on Sunday.

Trump and Modi clasped hands as they walked across the stage in a packed NRG Stadium in Houston, sending an apparent message of unity between the world’s two largest democracies.

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The president also discussed border security on Sunday, an important campaign issue for Texas, which shares a border with Mexico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ohio child-sex and human-trafficking sting nabs more than 100, including church leader, ER doctor: report

More than 100 people, including a medical doctor and a church youth director, were arrested as part of a massive human-trafficking and child-sex sting operation based in central Ohio, according to a report.

Those arrested included 24 men caught when they showed up at an undisclosed location with the intention of meeting a child for sex, Maj. Steven Tucker of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.

“They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication,” Tucker said. “They show up with things that clearly somebody isn’t going to show up to a house with, unless they intended to engage in sexual activity.”

“They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication. They show up with things that clearly somebody isn’t going to show up to a house with, unless they intended to engage in sexual activity.”

— Maj. Steven Tucker, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

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The 24 suspects were charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning, Columbus’ WBNS-TV reported.

The total group of 104 suspects included Christian Gibson, 26, a former youth director at Redeemer’s at Courtright Church in Columbus, and Austin Kosier, 31, an emergency room doctor, authorities said, adding that the sting was focused on Franklin, Fairfield and Delaware counties.

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Christian Gibson, 26, left, a former church youth director, and Austin Kosier, 31, a medical doctor were both charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning, authorities say.

Tucker said he oversaw the investigation carried out by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Officers would pose as underage boys or girls online and communicated with the men in Internet chats.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the four-part simultaneous operation involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies. The probe also focused on nailing those who went beyond preying on children to have sex with them and also sought to sell vulnerable individuals into human trafficking.  

Of those arrested, 36 additional men were charged with trying to buy sex. One man was arrested for promoting prostitution. 43 women were arrested for selling sex. Those women were connected with social services aimed at rehabilitating human trafficking victims, WBNS-TV reported.

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Ohio deputies pull over Amish buggy with stereo system inside

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Police in Ohio had a curious encounter with two Amish men over the weekend, pulling over their buggy to discover it had been rigged with a massive stereo system.

Deputies stopped the buggy around 1 a.m. Sunday and found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra on top of the vehicle with several open bottles inside, according to WKBN. The men– who come from a community which largely shuns alcohol and modern technology– bailed out of the buggy so fast that the horse continued pulling the empty coach down the road.

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“I`ve never operated an Amish buggy with a horse, but I`m told that the horse will know the way home regardless of [whether] the operator is awake or even in the buggy, and that horse went a little further down the road and onto an oil/gas well road and stopped,” Trumbull County Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich told Fox 8.

Deputies then towed the buggy and found someone to take care of the horse until the owners come forward.

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In a rite of passage known as Rumspringa, young members of the Amish community are allowed to experiment with the influences of the outside world, but DUI laws still apply. “Unfortunately, they`re not licensed as far as the buggy goes, but it is a vehicle, it`s on the roadway and the OVI laws do apply. You`re not allowed to drink and drive or operate a buggy,” Dragovich said.

Once authorities identify the two men, they could be charged with failure to comply with the deputy’s commands.

“Maybe there`s just that fear of the consequences and that would be a reality check for them, that there are consequences, but I encourage them to come forward and get their buggy and horse,” said Dragovich.

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The Amish are a Christian community known for simple living and plain dress. As of this year, there are about 336,235 Amish living in the U.S. Around 76,000 of which live in Ohio, according to Amish studies organization The Young Center. Only Pennsylvania has a larger Amish population.

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