2 arrests made in Ohio in suspected murder plot

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.

CALDWELL, Ohio — When a South Carolina man answered a Craigslist ad seeking a farmhand in Ohio, there was no job waiting for him. There was a freshly dug grave.

The man was shot and wounded in what investigators say was a murderous robbery scheme that used bogus help-wanted ads to lure victims. He escaped, but another job-seeker was later found dead in a shallow grave nearby. Two suspects — a man and a 16-year-old boy — are under arrest.

The sheriff said it is unclear how long the ad had been online or whether there are other victims.

Sheriff Stephen Hannum said that the South Carolina victim was taken Nov. 6 to the isolated site, where he managed to deflect a gun cocked at the back of his head and ran. Wounded in the arm, he hid in the woods for hours, then showed up covered in blood at the first well-lighted place he could see, a farmhouse outside Caldwell, about 80 miles east of Columbus.

This week, cadaver dogs were brought in, and authorities found one hand-dug grave they believe was intended for the South Carolina man and a second grave that held the body of a Florida man.

The Akron Beacon Journal identified the suspects as a 52-year-old man from Akron and a high school student from the Akron area. The teenager was charged Friday with attempted murder.

Libertarian-leaning Paul near top in Iowa, but mystifies mainstream politicians

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Bloomberg News poll this week showed that Rep. Paul has pushed fellow Texan Gov. Rick Perry from the top, and that Paul, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are about even as the top choices of likely Iowa Republican caucus participants. Perry, Texas’ longest serving governor, was in fifth place,with 7 percent support.

The poll showed Cain, an Atlanta businessman who has been dogged by sexual harassment allegations, at the top of the field with 20 percent. Paul was in second place with 19 percent. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, had 18 percent. And Gingrich, the former House speaker, had 17 percent.

Among caucus-goers who say they’ve firmly decided on a candidate, Paul leads with 32 percent.

Fairbanks hit with record-breaking cold: 41 below

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — For the second time in three days, Fairbanks set a new low temperature record on Thursday. According toThe Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, a temperature of 41 degrees below zero — the first 40 below temperature of the season — was recorded at Fairbanks International Airport at 6:29 a.m. The National Weather Service in Fairbanks says that broke the old record of 39 below set in 1969. The last time Fairbanks residents saw 40-below temperatures in November was in 1994.

Myanmar first pariah nation to take up Obama engagement

WASHINGTON — Isolated Myanmar has become the first international pariah to unclench its fist in response to President Barack Obama’s 3-year-old offer of engagement.

Obama announced Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Southeast Asian nation next month in response to signs of reform in the country that was long run by a repressive military regime.

The trip will be the first to Myanmar, also known as Burma, by a secretary of state in 56 years.

Huge crowds back in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to protest military rule

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of Egyptians chanting anti-military slogans flooded downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to protest the ruling military council’s attempts to expand its powers and prolong the transition to civilian rule.

Islamists dominated the demonstration, one of the biggest since the 18-day uprising that brought down longtime President Hosni Mubarak. But the push to curb the army’s broad powers also brought out thousands of adherents to secular parties in a rare display of opposition unity.

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