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Zoo suing for gorilla’s return asks for ruling without trial

By ANGIE WANG, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio zoo suing a conservatory for the return of a gorilla are asking a judge to rule in the zoo's favor without going to trial. The Cincinnati Zoo sued The Gorilla Foundation in October for the return of the silverback ...

Former judge to be arraigned in ex-wife’s stabbing death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cleveland-area judge and state lawmaker charged in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife is scheduled in court on aggravated murder and other charges. Lance Mason's arraignment Tuesday is in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County court, where he was a judge before he was ...

Dad is 4th arraigned in slayings of 8 from another family

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family is set for arraignment in southern Ohio days after his wife and two adult sons pleaded not guilty in those killings. Forty-seven-year-old George "Billy" Wagner III will be arraigned Tuesday on 22 counts in ...

School security guard accused of raping student indicted

CLEVELAND (AP) — A security guard at a Cleveland high school who's accused of sexually assaulting a student has been indicted on charges including rape and sexual battery. Court records show Derrick Dugger was indicted Friday and is accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl to perform oral sex. ...

Abortion-rights, voting-rights groups descend on Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Abortion-rights supporters are staging a Statehouse protest as legislation effectively outlawing the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat advances. The rally Tuesday coincides with Ohio Senate hearings on the so-called "heartbeat bill," which could stop ...

Teen pleads guilty to fatal prom night crash

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The teen driver in a prom night car crash that killed another teen in Ohio has pleaded guilty. Chynna Brandon entered her plea to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault through tears in juvenile court Monday. Police say the 17-year-old was driving more ...

Michigan to be first Midwest state to allow recreational pot

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. The move comes ...

Multi-vehicle crash kills 3 people; 5 others injured

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a multi-vehicle crash in Ohio has killed three people. Columbus police say four cars were involved in the Interstate 71 crash around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The police release says a Pontiac traveled off the road and struck a median wall before hitting a Toyota ...

Supreme Court won’t weigh county immunity in Ohio jail death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal by Montgomery County seeking immunity in a wrongful death lawsuit involving an inmate who died in 2012 during a medical emergency. The Dayton Daily News reports attorneys for the county's insurance company sought the protection, ...

Kent State alum plans 50th commemoration of May 4 shootings

KENT, Ohio (AP) — An alumnus is planning Kent State University's commemoration of 50 years since Ohio National Guard members fatally shot four students there and wounded nine during protests of the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970. Rodney Flauhaus tells the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier he's aiming ...

In GM country, workers aren’t abandoning Trump – so far

By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shut down its hulking Lordstown plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions. Will they have jobs come spring? Should ...

Photographer testifies he saw car speed into crowd at rally

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A photographer who captured images of a car slamming into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville told a jury Friday that he heard the driver rev his engine and saw him speed into the crowd. Ryan ...

Attorney: ex-Ohio State diving coach to plead not guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The lawyer for a former Ohio State diving club coach says his client will plead not guilty next week after he was charged with sexual battery over allegations he had sex with a female diver when she was a teenager. Defendant Will Bohonyi also was indicted Friday on a ...

Body identified as missing Ohio woman 20 years after death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities have uncovered the identity of a murder victim 20 years after the woman's body was found wrapped in plastic and a sleeping bag in a remote area of southern Utah. The Deseret News reports the woman was identified as 37-year-old Lina Reyes-Geddes, who ...

2nd man to be arraigned in slayings of 8 from family

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — The second of four family members charged with killing eight people from another family is set for arraignment in southern Ohio. Twenty-seven-year-old George Wagner IV will be arraigned Wednesday in Pike County court. Wagner, his parents and his brother are charged with ...

Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S. Trump ...

Ohio lawmakers consider ‘Pastor Protection Act’ on marriages

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill being considered in the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature would specify that ministers don't have to perform marriages that contradict their "sincerely held religious beliefs." The "Ohio Pastor Protection Act " would stipulate that an ordained or licensed ...

Cat shot by arrow recovering at Ohio animal shelter

BELLVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Officials at an Ohio animal shelter say a cat they found had been shot with an arrow is now recovering. The Humane Society of Richland County says the orange tabby cat named Oliver Queen was brought in Tuesday after the society learned he had been shot with an arrow in ...

Michigan Senate to consider Straits oil pipeline legislation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation poised to advance in Michigan's Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee plans to pass the ...

GM to slash up to 14,000 jobs in North America including jobs in Lordstown

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction ...