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Federal judges to decide next steps in Ohio US House races

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel in Ohio says it will decide by Tuesday whether to temporarily block the results of U.S. House races in Ohio that have gone foward under an unresolved congressional map. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of ...

Closing arguments conducted in Ohio doctor’s murder trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Closing arguments in the trial of an Ohio doctor charged in multiple hospital deaths were conducted Monday, with a prosecutor telling jurors that regardless of how close a patient is to death, it's illegal to speed up the process. An attorney for Dr. William Husel told ...

Ohio collecting surplus helmets, vests for Ukraine defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday the state will collect hundreds of donated helmets, protective vests and other surplus police equipment for the civilian defense of Ukraine. Distribution of the equipment will be coordinated by the Fund to Aid Ukraine, a nonprofit ...

Ohio GOP Senate hopeful: Middle class doesn’t pay fair share

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Gibbons, a leading Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, said at a media event last fall that middle-class Americans don't pay "any kind of a fair share" of income taxes. "The top 20% of earners in the United States pay 82% of federal income tax — and, if you do ...

Ohio Right to Life backs JD Vance for open US Senate seat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican JD Vance received the coveted endorsement Thursday of Ohio's oldest and largest anti-abortion group, Ohio Right to Life. The announcement could distinguish the venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" with GOP primary voters in the crowded race to ...

Cleveland seeks to expunge 4K minor marijuana convictions

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials have asked city judges to expunge 4,000 minor misdemeanor marijuana convictions, joining other U.S. cities, counties and states that have made similar moves. City officials filed motions with the Cleveland Municipal Court on Wednesday to expunge the ...

Motion to disqualify judge filed in doctor’s murder trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The weekslong trial of an Ohio doctor charged in multiple hospital deaths hit a bump in the road this week after a motion was filed seeking to disqualify the judge overseeing the case. Dr. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for 14 patients in the ...

Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs retires abruptly, blames fight over maps

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs announced his sudden retirement on Wednesday, declaring himself a casualty of "the circus" over Ohio's still-unresolved congressional map. The six-term congressman from Amish Country exits a primary race in northeast Ohio that, under new ...

FACT FOCUS: Josh Mandel Senate campaign ad scrutinized

As early primary voting began in the Midwestern battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday, social media users questioned the authenticity of a photo used in a campaign ad by U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel. In the ad, the former state treasurer invokes Martin Luther King Jr. and his own time as a ...

Ohio legislation eases state regulation of some streams

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulation of streams that flow temporarily after rainfall would be restricted under proposed Ohio legislation months in the works. Construction companies, the mining industry and other business groups say removing so-called ephemeral streams from regulation would ...

Ohio GOP lawmakers push sexual orientation discussion ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio educators would be banned from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, under newly introduced Republican legislation that mirrors a recently passed Florida law dubbed "Don't Say Gay" by critics. The Ohio legislation ...

Hundreds line streets at funeral of fallen Marine

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city turned out in force Tuesday for the funeral of a U.S. Marine officer who died last month during a NATO training exercise in Norway and was known for his infectious smile and commitment to serve. Capt. Ross Reynolds' casket was ...

GOP leaders: No contempt in 4th set of Ohio legislative maps

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's two most powerful legislators told the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday that they should not be held in contempt for leading the charge to push through a fourth set of GOP-drawn legislative maps to meet a court-imposed deadline. In a filing by Republican Attorney ...

Judge blocks Air Force discipline over vaccine objections

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the military from disciplining a dozen U.S. Air Force officers who are asking for religious exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. The officers, mostly from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, along with a handful of ...

Cruz endorses Josh Mandel in Ohio’s crowded Senate primary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel on Monday in the heated Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat, a potentially critical campaign boost just as early voting is set to begin in the Midwestern battleground. Cruz's decision could be ...

EXPLAINER: Why disputed maps won’t stop Ohio’s May 3 primary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite the uncertainty raised over the date of Ohio's primary election, the state is ready to move forward with early voting Tuesday for a likely May 3 contest with statewide and congressional races, but not legislative ones. The partial primary is scheduled to go ...

3 face charges after death of officer hit during I-75 chase

BLUFFTON, Ohio (AP) — One man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and two more face other counts following the death of a police officer struck and killed by a fleeing car on an Ohio interstate during a high-speed chase through multiple counties, authorities said. Authorities said ...

Body of Marine killed in NATO crash in Norway returned to US

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The body of a Marine officer killed last month during a NATO training exercise in Norway was returned Saturday to his home in Massachusetts. A plane carrying the remains of Capt. Ross Reynolds landed at Logan International Airport in Boston, where it was met by his ...

Nurse aide at Ohio Veterans Home accused of sexual assault

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A nurse's aide at the Ohio Veterans Home has been accused of sexually assaulting one of its residents and taking sexually explicit photographs of others at the care center. David Valentine, 28, of Norwalk was charged with rape on Thursday and is due in court next week. ...

Appeals court upholds $25M judgment against Oberlin College

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has upheld a $25 million judgment for a business that successfully claimed it was libeled by Oberlin College in the aftermath of a shoplifting incident that roiled the historic liberal arts school and music conservatory's campus outside Cleveland. The ...