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Police say they made an ‘error’ in arresting Stormy Daniels

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against Stormy Daniels just hours after the porn star was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at an Ohio ...

Thousands rally in Ohio for solution to pension crisis

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The house. Food on the table. Survival. Those are some of the ways workers and retirees who demonstrated in Ohio's capital Thursday described the pension payments they are fighting to protect. "It's everything, mostly, because you ...

Former model pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former model accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her two stepdaughters has pleaded guilty in Ohio to conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and been sentenced to five years in prison. The Columbus Dispatch reports Tara Lambert, also known as ...

DNA tests link remains to teen who disappeared in 1974

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — More than four decades after a 17-year-old girl about to start her senior year was reported missing and her body was buried in an unmarked grave in Cleveland, police have launched a murder investigation to find out who killed her alongside ...

Lake Erie forecast is for smaller, significant algae bloom

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Another significant algae bloom is likely to spread through western Lake Erie this summer, but it will be smaller than the largest ones of recent years, researchers said Thursday. What they can't predict is how toxic it might be. The ...

Fire officials: Construction worker electrocuted; dies

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man working at the construction site for a new home has been electrocuted and died in southwestern Ohio. Fire Chief Dennis Conrad with the Reily Township Volunteer Fire Department says the man was framing a new house and a crane was being used to set ...

Ohio governor wants new farm rules to fight Lake Erie algae

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is calling for regulations on thousands of farms as part of a new strategy to combat the fertilizer and manure that flows into streams and feeds persistent toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. Gov. John Kasich signed an ...

Docs back DeWine after he reverses on Medicaid expansion

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest organization of doctors is backing Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor after the Republican reversed course and said he'd support, but improve, Medicaid expansion. The Ohio State Medical Association PAC cited ...

Mom, girlfriend sentenced in 5-year-old girl’s beating death

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio mother who failed to stop her girlfriend from beating to death her 5-year-old daughter and then waited hours to seek help has received a long prison sentence along with the girlfriend. Cleveland.com reports the mother, 27-year-old Tequila Crump, was sentenced to 15 ...

Ohio officials add $657M to state’s rainy day fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are adding another nearly $657 million to the state's rainy day fund, a move they say was made possible by lower spending and higher tax growth than expected. The transfer of surplus dollars brings the fund's balance to nearly $2.7 billion, far exceeding ...

Riding lawnmower plunges off cliff; man killed

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man riding a lawn tractor in Ohio has plunged 50 feet off a cliff and died. The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports the Elyria Fire Department in northeast Ohio received a call about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday for a man in the Black River. Rescuers rappelled down ...

House speaker defends Ohio’s Jordan as ‘man of integrity’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending an Ohio congressman accused of ignoring college wrestlers' allegations of abuse, calling him "a man of honesty, a man of integrity." Rep. Jim Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University from 1987 to 1995. Some former ...

GOP US Senate nominee backs congressional term limits

By ANGIE WANG, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The Republican nominee looking to unseat two-term U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants term limits that include only two terms for senators. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, announced Tuesday he supports a maximum of three terms for U.S. ...

Ground broken for $45M center to test self-driving vehicles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor and other officials have broken ground on a $45 million center that will be used to test self-driving vehicles. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and officials with Ohio State University and the Transportation Research Center participated in the groundbreaking ...

Spears, Smith to write ‘Castor and Patience’ for Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write "Castor and Patience," a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited. The company said Tuesday that ...

State: Man pleads guilty to theft of $3M in grain proceeds

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — State officials say a man accused of stealing more than $3 million in proceeds from grain he sold on behalf of northern Ohio farmers has pleaded guilty to theft and other charges. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Attorney General's Office say 79-year-old ...

Man pleads guilty to cheating NFL players in charity fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Ohio man has admitted defrauding NFL players out of money meant for charities. Thirty-nine-year-old Camario Richardson, of Maple Heights, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud in federal court in Kansas City. Prosecutors say Richardson told the players he ...

Governor names new director of mental health services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has named a new director for the state agency that oversees mental health services. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) recently named Dr. Mark Hurst to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Hurst will start his new ...

Library that eliminated late fees says borrowers return more

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A library in Ohio that eliminated late fees says fewer borrowed materials are becoming overdue and patrons are returning more borrowed materials even though revenue from late fees are down some. The Dayton Metro Library decided to eliminate late fees for overdue books ...

13-year-old boy goes missing while swimming in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old has gone missing while swimming in Lake Erie off a Cleveland beach and crews continue to search for him. The search continued Sunday for the boy who Cleveland police say disappeared beneath waves while swimming off of Edgewater Beach around 8:30 ...