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UPS employee fired for wearing blackface as part of costume

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A UPS employee in Ohio has been fired for wearing blackface as part of her Halloween costume. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports UPS media relations manager Kim Krebs cited the company's strict policies against harassment and discrimination for the dismissal. Krebs says ...

Lake Erie’s algae bloom much less severe this year

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal researchers say the harmful algae on Lake Erie this year was relatively mild compared with past years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the algae outbreak also fell short of what scientists expected. An algae bloom began forming in June in ...

Man indicted in slaying, burning of woman’s body in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities say killed a woman and then burned her body to cover up the slaying has been indicted on aggravated murder and gross abuse of a corpse charges. The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday that 27-year-old Mohamed Abdigafar ...

Massachusetts US Senator to campaign for Ohio Democrat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is returning to Ohio to campaign on college campuses for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate criticized by President Donald Trump. Warren will headline rallies Thursday at Ohio State University in Columbus and at Ohio University ...

Officials: Students sickened eating candy-like sleep aid

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Dayton say two elementary school students were evaluated by medics after ingesting a gummy form of a sleep aid. Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli says a Belle Haven Elementary School student brought in ZzzQuil gummies to share with two ...

Candidates in heated Ohio US House race set for last debate

CINCINNATI (AP) — A veteran Republican congressman and a Democratic county official trying to unseat him in southwest Ohio are meeting in their third and last scheduled debate. Rep. Steve Chabot (SHA'-but) and Aftab (AF'-tab) Pureval (PYUR'-vawl) square off again Tuesday evening at the ...

New state law makes ticketing for distracted driving easier

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state law now makes it easier for police to ticket drivers in Ohio for distracted driving. The law that went into effect Monday makes distracted driving a secondary offense. That means police who pull over motorists for a traffic violation could give them an ...

Baby giraffe born at Columbus Zoo

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a new giraffe. The zoo announced 8-year-old Zuri delivered a calf early Tuesday. The sex of the calf has not been released. The delivery was captured on a National Geographic webcam. In July, the zoo said Zuri and 6-year-old Cami were ...

New center at university to fight algal blooms

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A national research effort aimed at protecting freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms will be led by a new center in Ohio. Bowling Green State University announced in a release Monday that it's been awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Institute of ...

Sen. Lindsey Graham to campaign in Ohio for GOP candidates

CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is coming to Ohio to campaign for GOP candidates in two races in the Nov. 6 election. The South Carolina Republican is scheduled to be in Cincinnati on Tuesday to rally support for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine and for incumbent U.S. Rep. ...

Police: Van strikes bicyclist who dies

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a van has struck and killed a bicyclist in northeast Ohio. Lorain police say the van collided with a man on a bicycle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and then ran off the road and struck a row of trees. Police said the bicyclist who died from his injuries has been ...

Man convicted in future mother-in-law’s slaying sentenced

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man found guilty of fatally stabbing and shooting his future mother-in-law five days before he was supposed to marry her daughter has been sentenced in Ohio to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 33 years. A judge on Monday sentenced 21-year-old Jeffrey ...

Halloween venue hosts ‘Swastika Saturday’ on day of shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Halloween venue in Ohio that held a "Swastika Saturday" the day a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh killing 11 said "we screwed up big time." Haunted Hoochie in Pataskala put out a Facebook promotional post that day referring to "Swastika ...

Veterans’ lives, experiences celebrated at new Ohio museum

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Step lightly between two facing mirrors at a first-of-its-kind museum honoring and celebrating the experiences of military veterans, and it takes your breath away. Behind and in front of you, as far as the eye can see, are folded ...

VP Pence to campaign in Ohio for governor, House candidates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans a campaign stop in Ohio on behalf of two GOP candidates in tight elections. The Ohio Republican Party says Pence will attend a get out of the vote rally Wednesday in Mansfield on behalf of Republican Mike DeWine, running for governor, and ...

Ohio governor orders flags lowered after synagogue shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags lowered to half-staff following a gunman's attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. The governor's announcement came after Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill ...

Fired Ohio St assistant Smith pleads guilty to lesser charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife. Smith had been facing a criminal trespass charge stemming from ...

Man accused of selling drugs to billionaire’s son charged

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who authorities say sold a deadly mixture of drugs to the son of a Greek billionaire in Cleveland has been indicted in federal court. Cleveland.com reports 35-year-old Terry Lee Christian is charged with selling 34-year-old Sokratis S. Kokkalis a mix of heroin, cocaine ...

Fight over CEO school takeover law reaches state high court

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fight over an Ohio law that puts control of poor-performing school districts in the hands of unelected CEOs rather than publicly elected boards has reached the state Supreme Court. On Wednesday, it accepted the case that ...

Ohio announces investment in anti-elder abuse efforts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has announced it is spending $1.3 million to expand its anti-elder abuse efforts. The Department of Job and Family Services says the investment includes a federal grant of more than $920,000. The agency said Wednesday the money will help it launch a year-round ...