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Roommate booked on charges in professor's slaying

PITTSBURGH

Authorities say a roommate is facing charges in the deaths of a university professor and his dog found slain in the Pittsburgh home they shared.

Thirty-five-year-old Joseph Martin faces charges of criminal homicide and aggravated cruelty to animals in the death of 71-year-old Ricardo Tobia, whose body was found Saturday.

Tobia was a voice instructor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He was a professor there for 35 years and worked part time.

An autopsy showed Tobia suffered stab wounds, a laceration and a gunshot wound to the head. Tobia's beagle had its throat cut and was shot in the head.

Ohio Senate OKs payday lending bill after changes

COLUMBUS

Ohio's Republican-controlled Senate has toughened a proposed bill cracking down on the short-term lending industry and returned the measure to the House.

During a rare July session Tuesday, senators approved the bill, 21-9. Nine Republicans opposed restrictions tacked onto the legislation over the payday lending industry's objections.

The Senate bill bars loans with terms of less than 30 days. Payments on loans of 90 days or less can';t exceed 7 percent of a borrower's monthly net income, or 6 percent of the gross income, under the plan. Fees and interest can't be more than 60 percent of the loan's original principal amount.

The restrictions add to interest-rate caps and fee limits that cleared the House last month.

Ohio has some of the highest payday loan rates in the nation.

WWII airman from Connecticut is buried at Arlington

A U.S. service member killed during World War II when his plane was shot down over France has been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John H. Canty of Winsted, Connecticut, was 22 when his B-26 Marauder with a crew of eight crashed in 1944.

His remains were identified by scientists using DNA analysis, and on Tuesday he received a burial with full military honors at the cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

A horse-drawn wagon carried his remains to the burial site at the service attended by more than a dozen relatives from Connecticut, Georgia and Illinois. The flag from the casket was presented to Canty's nephew, 78-year-old Wayne Brazeau, of Moultrie, Ga.

10 North Carolina firefighters accused of setting blazes

LUMBERTON, N.C.

Authorities have arrested 10 North Carolina volunteer firefighters and accused them of setting fire to abandoned buildings and woods over a year and a half.

News outlets report Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said in a statement Tuesday the firefighters were from the Fairmont Rural and Orrum fire departments, and were involved in a conspiracy to set the fires over the past 18 months.

The sheriff said there are approximately 90 arson-related charges in the investigation with more charges expected.

Sealey said a former Maxton police officer and a state corrections officer were among those arrested.

Sealey's statement didn't cite a motive. None of those charged have been identified.

Bail for the former police officer corrections officers is set at $200,000. Bail for the others is $100,000.

Associated Press

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