Freed from Ohio police, naked Trump statue to be auctioned

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The creator of a naked Donald Trump statue that was displayed near Cleveland plans to auction it to benefit public art in that area.
The statue of the Republican presidential nominee briefly appeared near a Cleveland Heights bank last month before police took it. The police chief has said the city code prohibits placing items and equipment on public property. ( ) reports artist Joshua “Ginger” Monroe flew from Las Vegas to pay the impound fee and claim the statue this week.
Life-size naked Trump statues also made appearances in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. They were the brainchild of an activist collective called INDECLINE, which has spoken out against the GOP candidate.
Monroe says he didn’t expect the statues would draw as much attention as they did.
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Demonstration planned over fatal police shooting of Ohio boy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Organizers plan a demonstration in Ohio’s capital calling for justice for a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a policeman investigating a reported armed robbery.
The lunchtime demonstration planned Monday at Columbus City Hall comes after Tyre (ty-REE’) King was shot Sept. 14.
Columbus police say he ran from investigators pursuing potential suspects in the robbery, then pulled a BB gun from his waistband that looked like a real firearm and was repeatedly shot by an officer. No one else was hurt.
The local police union president says the officer did what he had to do in that circumstance.
The pending police investigation into the shooting will be presented for a grand jury to determine whether charges are merited.
Attorneys for King’s family have called for an independent investigation.

Horse euthanized after contracting West Nile in Ohio

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say a horse was put down after contracting West Nile virus in the state’s first confirmed equestrian case this year.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture says a 7-year-old horse in Tuscarawas (tuhs-kuh-RAW’-uhs) County in eastern Ohio was diagnosed on Sept. 12. The horse was euthanized for symptoms including shaking, agitation and thrashing.
The virus is transmitted to horses through bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs can include flu-like symptoms, drowsiness and changes in mentality.
The department says Ohio has reported three positive cases in horses in each of the last few years.

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Louisville, Ohio St makes case for 1

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer
When Alabama trailed by 21 on Saturday it looked as if college football could be heading for a total reset weekend, when poll voters just trash the whole thing and start from scratch.
Not quite. The Crimson Tide rallied and in the end it was only Louisville that truly entered the national title conversation. Though a few teams did leave it — likely for good.
The Cardinals, along with Ohio State, gave the AP Top 25 voters some things to consider at the top and bottom of the rankings this week, and a heat check will tell us how they did.
No. 1 Alabama (3-0)
A case could be made for dropping the Crimson Tide from the top spot. Then you remember four national titles in seven seasons and Nick Saban’s team gets the benefit of the doubt.
Next: Kent State
Heat check: Just right.
No. 2 Ohio State (3-0)
It’s hard to replicate the edge a team plays with when it has something prove. All of Urban Meyers’ national title teams had that. Oh, and a mountain of talent. These Buckeyes check both boxes.
Next: Rutgers, Oct. 1
Heat check: Just a touch too hot.
No. 3 Louisville (3-0)
So what do you like better? Ohio State’s impressive road win at Oklahoma or Louisville’s historic blowout of Florida State? The heat check takes the latter — and Lamar Jackson.
Next: at Marshall
Heat check: Too cold.
No. 4 Michigan (3-0)
Quarterback Wilton Speight’s performance in the first game facing something resembling real competition was just shaky enough to elicit a bit of concern in Ann Arbor.
Next: Penn State
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 5 Clemson (3-0)
Safe to assume the Tigers were preparing for the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option in the lead up to South Carolina State last week. Still, this game has pain in the neck written all over it if Deshaun Watson and the offense are still searching for their comfort zone.
Next: at Georgia Tech, Thursday.
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 6 Houston (3-0)
The Cougars can tell Clemson all about how weird Thursday night road games can be. And how to win them.
Next: at Texas State
Heat check: Too cold.
No. 7 Stanford (2-0)
A second straight prime-time slot is coming for Christian McCaffrey to try to keep pace with Louisville’s Action Jackson in the Heisman Trophy race.
Next: at UCLA
Heat check: Just right.
No. 8 Michigan State (2-0)
If fan bases were ranked on their contentedness with the current state of the programs for which they root, Michigan State fans would make a good case for No. 1. A constant state of exceeded expectations.
Next: vs. No. 11 Wisconsin
Heat check: Just right.
No. 9 Washington (3-0)
Welcome to the 2016 season, Huskies.
Next: at Arizona
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 10 Texas A&M (3-0)
Who needs all those five-star quarterback recruits when you have Trevor Knight?
Next: vs. No. 17 Arkansas at Arlington, Texas
Heat check: Just right.
No. 11. Wisconsin (3-0)
Hard to get a read on the Badgers in part because LSU still seems dysfunctional. Just how good was the victory in Lambeau Field? One way or another, the Badgers will be defined over the next few weeks.
Next: at No. 8 Michigan State
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 12 Georgia (3-0)
Another team that makes heat check go, hmmm. But unbeaten with Jacob Eason’s upside is not a bad place for Kirby Smart to be in his first season.
Next: at No. 23 Mississippi
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 13 Florida State (2-1)
The greatest test of a coach is how his team comes back after a dismal effort in a huge game. The Seminoles can’t be sulking when they show up at USF on Saturday.
Next: at South Florida
Heat check: Pass. Florida State is too good to be that bad. Heat check will reassess in a week.
No. 14 Tennessee (3-0)
The Vols have played their best game against their best opponent, which bodes well for this week. Right?
Next: No. 19 Florida
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 15 Miami (3-0)
Remember the Hurricanes’ run defense last year? Of course not — they didn’t play any. Even against so-so competition overall so far, the improvement (1.57 yards per carry allowed) is notable.
Next: at Georgia Tech, Oct. 1
Heat check: Too cold. Flip-flop Miami and Tennessee based on App State results.
No. 16 Baylor (3-0)
Welcome to the 2016 season, Bears.
Next: Oklahoma State
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 17 Arkansas (3-0)
The last time the Razorbacks started 4-0 was 2003.
Next: No. 10 Texas A&M
Heat check: Too cold.
No. 18 LSU (2-1)
It feels as if every week the sky is about to fall on the Tigers. Fortunately for them Leonard Fournette can hold it up.
Next: at Auburn
Heat check: Just right
No. 19 Florida (3-0)
The Gators, as LSU has done, will turn to a Purdue transfer quarterback at a crucial part of their season. Who knew Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell would have this much impact on the SEC.
Next: at No. 14 Tennessee
Heat check: Just right.
No. 20 Nebraska (3-0)
The schedule sets up for the Cornhuskers to keep the good times rolling for at least a few more weeks, but its games like these that have ruined recent seasons.
Next: at Northwestern
Heat check: Just right.
No. 21 Texas (2-1)
So now the Longhorns’ offense is humming but they can’t stop anybody. And just like that we’re talking about Charlie Strong’s job status again.
Next: at Oklahoma State, Oct. 1
Heat check: Too hot.
No. 22 San Diego State (3-0)
Only Alabama has won more consecutive games than the Aztecs have with 13 straight.
Next: at South Alabama, Oct. 1
Heat check: Too cold.
No. 23 Mississippi (1-2)
If you think Florida State and Alabama are really good, then keeping the Rebels in the rankings makes sense. Though at some point Ole Miss must defeat one of these good teams to stay ranked.
Next: No. 12 Georgia
Heat check: A touch too cold.
No. 24 Utah (3-0)
One of those teams that always seems to have to prove it before voters jump on board.
Next: USC
Heat check: Too cold.
No. 25 Oklahoma (1-2)
If you think Houston and Ohio State are really good, then keeping the Sooners in the rankings makes sense. But just like the Rebels, nice try only goes so far.
Next: at TCU, Oct. 1
Heat check: Just right.
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Browns quickly running out quarterbacks after McCown hurt

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — His left arm hanging to his side, Josh McCown’s eyes filled with tears as he talked about wanting to stay on the field for the Browns.
McCown was badly bruised and beaten.
And just two weeks into the season, Cleveland’s quarterback situation is beyond battered.
Filling in for injured starter Robert Griffin III, McCown sustained a shoulder injury during a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Although he stayed in despite being in pain, McCown couldn’t lift his left arm and walked to the trainer’s room following his news conference with it pinned to his side.
McCown said his plan is to play next week at Miami, but he would not divulge any test results or what he’s been told by the medical staff, a sign that his injury could require him to miss some time.
“We will see,” he said. “My mindset is that everything will be all right and we will move ahead business as usual.”
But business, as it relates to quarterbacks in Cleveland, is anything but usual.
After losing Griffin for at least eight games with a broken bone in his left shoulder, the Browns (0-2) felt fortunate to have the 37-year-old McCown to run their offense.
However, now they may be forced to turn their offense over to rookie Cody Kessler next week or sign a more experienced quarterback.
Making matters worse, the Browns said starting center Cam Erving suffered a bruised lung and will be held overnight at University Hospitals for observation. Erving, who was taken from FirstEnergy Stadium in an ambulance, will likely miss several games.
This was not part of the plan during the offseason, when Cleveland’s new front office passed on a chance to take one of the top quarterbacks in the draft and decided to sign Griffin, who flamed out in Washington. Griffin, though, couldn’t make it past Week 1 and now McCown’s injury has Cleveland in a difficult predicament.
It’s been par for the course for an organization which has had 25 starting quarterbacks since 1999 and is undergoing the most massive rebuild in its history.
The Browns have made bad decisions, no doubt. But they’ve also been plagued by bad luck.
McCown had just thrown his second touchdown pass of the first quarter, giving Cleveland a stunning 20-0 lead, when he immediately ran to the locker room for evaluation.
As Kessler was warming up on the sideline, McCown came back and returned to the game without missing a play.
“I think it is just not wanting to not be out there with your guys,” said McCown, who became emotional while explaining his ability to push through injuries.
“I have a dad and an older brother who get up and go to work and sometimes they don’t feel great and they go. They go and they grind. I have two little boys that are playing football now. They get hit and they get banged up, and I am trying to teach them what toughness means.
“For me, it is those things and just knowing the window for me right now and understanding that I don’t want to miss snaps. I don’t want to be out there without my guys.
“Unless it is going to fall off, let’s try to make it work and make it go. That is my mentality.”
McCown didn’t have anything to prove to his teammates, who have expressed their respect for him countless times in the past.
Still, the sight of him taking hard hits and getting back up time after time furthered their admiration for him.
“We have to do everything we can to give him an extra second, an extra two seconds, strain, fight a little bit more to where he’s not getting hit, not taking those unnecessary shots,” guard John Greco said.
“There were a lot of plays where the ball got off, may have been a completion or incompletion, and then he’s getting whacked. So we’ve got to do more. We’ve got to fight harder, strain more, strain longer to keep him clean. The guy’s arm is hanging and he’s in there. I mean that’s awesome.”
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Bauer hits 3 batters, Indians lose to Tigers in testy game

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer needs to pitch well for Cleveland’s injury-depleted rotation as the Indians close in on the AL Central title.
Bauer had a rough afternoon in Sunday’s 9-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander hit three batters and allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Carlos Carrasco, the Indians’ No. 2 starter, broke his right hand after being hit by Ian Kinsler’s line drive Saturday. Danny Salazar is unlikely to pitch again because of a strained right forearm, meaning the Indians need someone to line up behind staff ace Corey Kluber.
Although Bauer struggled against Detroit — a loss that reduced Cleveland’s lead over the Tigers to seven games — he’s not feeling any extra responsibility.
“I never feel pressure,” he said. “My process is the same every time I pitch.”
Bauer (11-8) will likely have three more starts in the regular season.
“I try to go out there and execute pitches at a high level,” he said. “Some days I’m better at that than others. It’s the same process, the same mindset, and it’s not for a lack of effort.”
Kinsler got his helmet knocked off by a pitch from Bauer in the third inning. The right-hander also hit Miguel Cabrera on the left hand in the first and Victor Martinez on the right knee later in the third.
Kinsler grabbed the side of his head, was examined and went to first. Bauer tossed his glove to the ground and crouched behind the mound.  Kinsler was being tested for a concussion after the game.
Bauer apologized following the game, the Indians’ second loss in 15 games to the Tigers. Detroit is one game behind Toronto for the second AL wild-card spot.
“Regardless of game situation, I would never intentionally throw at someone’s head,” Bauer said. “That has no place in the game. I know saying sorry for it doesn’t really change that it happened.”
Indians manager Terry Francona admitted Bauer’s command was an issue.
“That’s probably the understatement,” he said. “There were balls down, in, up, out. You never want to see somebody get hit in the head. You could tell there was no intent, but I understand why guys were getting aggravated. Guys were getting drilled pretty good. I get it.”
A day earlier, Kinsler hit a line drive that broke injured Carrasco, leaving a major hole in Cleveland’s rotation. Right-handers Josh Tomlin and Mike Clevinger have been moved from the bullpen and will start this week.
Detroit starter Daniel Norris (3-2) threw the first pitch of the bottom of the third behind Rajai Davis, which led to both sides being warned by home plate umpire Jordan Baker.
Carlos Santana homered in the Cleveland sixth.
Tigers: 3B Nick Castellanos (broken right hand) will face pitchers the next two days in Lakeland, Florida. He could return during the final two weeks.
Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained abdominal muscle), who has been out of the starting lineup since Thursday, pinch hit in the ninth.
Tigers: LHP Matt Boyd is scheduled to pitch the opener of a three-game series in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Indians: Tomlin will start Tuesday against Kansas City, the opener of a three-game series.

2 decades pass since Toyota groundbreaking in West Virginia

BUFFALO, W.Va. (AP) — Two decades have passed since ground was broken on Toyota West Virginia Motor Manufacturing’s engine and transmission plant in Putnam County.
On Sept. 18, 1996, Japanese and American officials planted 10 Japanese maple trees at a ceremony in Buffalo.
Built on a swampy field filled with dead trees, the plant opened in 1998 with about 300 employees. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ( ) reports the plant now employs about 1,100 workers.
A new $90 million production line opened in 2014, increasing the plant’s annual capacity from 500,000 transmissions to 700,000. The plant has expanded eight times since it opened.
“Before Toyota, it seemed like a lot of people were having to look outside of this area for jobs,” said Jamie Barton, a Toyota employee since the plant opened. “Lot of jobs in this area weren’t good-paying jobs or had very good benefits. “Once Toyota decided to come here and build a plant here, there was a lot more hope in the area.”
As director of the Putnam County Development Authority in 1996, Debbie Phillips remembers sleeping on her office floor waiting in the middle of the night for faxes to arrive from Toyota headquarters in Japan. She would then wake up county commissioners and other officials with the latest news, and more faxes would later be sent back to Toyota.
Phillips said the county had to meet a deadline set by Toyota — 18 months to obtain permits and build the plant, according to the Gazette-Mail ( ).
“It was a crazy time,” Phillips said. “Everybody was excited.”
Phillips recalled being slightly intimidated when she went to a Charleston law office for negotiations attended by two dozen Toyota representatives.
“It was such a rush, because they were the best the country had to offer and I think we were the best too,” Phillips said. “They were excellent negotiators but we have good people on our side too.”
The plant was one of the signature achievements of then-U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who was chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and has known Toyota’s founding family since the 1960s.
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Fiorina to headline West Virginia GOP annual dinner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will headline the West Virginia Republican Party’s annual dinner next month.
The state GOP says Fiorina will speak at its Victory Dinner at the Charleston Marriott Town Center on Oct. 20.
Fiorina dropped out of a crowded Republican presidential primary in February. Fellow GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz named Fiorina his vice-presidential running mate briefly before he exited the race in May.
Fiorina also was the 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in California, but lost to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Fiorina was hired as CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999 and fired six years later after leading a major merger with Compaq and laying off 30,000 workers.

Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank to shed 44 branches

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fifth Third Bank says it plans to consolidate or sell 44 branches and five parcels of undeveloped land next year.
The Cincinnati-based bank unveiled the plan during an industry conference Tuesday. The announcement comes more than a year after it started consolidating or selling about 100 branches and about 30 other properties.
The latest cuts would remove nearly 4 percent of the bank’s 1,191-branch network. Officials didn’t identify the branches that will close but said affected employees and customers would be informed of the changes next month.
Bank officials expect the plan will result in asset write-downs of $25 million to $30 million and require $4 million to $6 million for lease terminations.
Besides Ohio, Fifth Third has branches in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Group expanding plans to teach computer coding to girls

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County group is expanding plans to teach computer coding to girls.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail ( ) reports the initiative Project Code Nodes will start group sessions in downtown Charleston, Institute and Rand. Meetings already are ongoing in Kanawha City.
The new locations are affiliated with the West Virginia-based Partnership of African American Churches.
Initiative developer Ysabel Bombardiere says those locations will provide free computer coding classes to a total of 70 girls. She currently is the only instructor. But she hopes college students provided by NASA’s West Virginia Space Grant Consortium eventually will be able to teach classes and help expand the program.
The coding classes are open to middle- and high-school girls.
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