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Liz Weston: In 'SIM swap,' criminals really have your number

If you're not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified.
This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over your social media p ... (full story)


Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying into the soil that has s ... (full story)


US consumer prices unchanged in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Overall consumer prices were unchanged in September as a big decline in energy costs offset small gains in other areas.
The flat reading in the Consumer Price Index for September followed a tiny 0.1% August increase and left prices over the past 12 months rising at a modest annual rate of 1.7%, the Labor D ... (full story)


Retiree checks to rise modestly amid push to expand benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection.
The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average retired worker, according ... (full story)


Local


United Way offers workshop to help residents understand poverty

Say the word poverty and images of poor living conditions or worn clothing might come to mind. But advocates say the reality of the day-to-day struggles is quite complex and difficult for those living comfortable lives to truly understand.
But officials at United Way of Summit County are trying to change that, unveiling a unique ... (full story)


What do public employers need to know a year after Janus decion?

Until just last year, it was common for public sector collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) to require employees who elected not to belong to a union, but were still covered by the CBA, to pay “fair share” fees to the union as a condition of employment. The practice had been blessed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 19 ... (full story)


State


Kent State project creates dialogue about liberty

Kent State project creates dialogue about liberty

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State's latest cross-discipline project will soon connect the university and city with art and history lovers in New York City and Florence, Italy.
Today, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York will celebrate the opening of its latest exhibit "Sisters in Liberty: From Florenc ... (full story)


Former Franklin County judge suspended for sexual and campaign misconduct

The Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended former 10th District Court of Appeals Judge Timothy S. Horton from practicing law, rejecting his claims that he should receive a more lenient sanction for his misconduct.
In a recent unanimous decision, the Court found Horton of New Albany violated multiple rules governing the conduct ... (full story)


Motorists could face stiffer fines for school bus infractions

A plan in the Ohio Senate calls for enhanced penalties for motorists who flout state traffic laws specifically relating to school buses.
Legislators this week heard further testimony on Senate Bill 134, which proposes a doubling of the fine to $1,000 for illegally passing a stopped school bus from either direction.
Additionall ... (full story)


State employees to receive disability etiquette, awareness training

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services announced this week the launch of a training for all state employees: Disability Etiquette and Awareness.
The training is an effort unprecedented in state history that ultimately supports inclusion of people with disabilities in the wor ... (full story)