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Backhoe collides with car driven by Ohio congresswoman

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio congresswoman says she'll be back at work after the car she was driving was hit by a backhoe. The office of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur says the accident happened Wednesday afternoon as the congresswoman was driving in a construction zone in Toledo. Her chief of staff ...

Ohio investigates new reports of possible vaping illness

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say they're investigating 11 additional reports of Ohioans who vape who experienced severe breathing illnesses. The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday also said three previous illnesses under investigation were likely caused by vaping. The agency ...

Source: OxyContin maker seeks to resolve all lawsuits

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A settlement being pursued by the maker of OxyContin aims to resolve all claims against the company filed in both state and federal court. The proposal also provides a formula for dividing settlement money ...

Federal charges accuse man of Jewish center video threat

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man has been charged with threatening a Jewish community center in a video police say shows him shooting a rifle, federal authorities announced Thursday. Police in New Middletown in northeastern Ohio arrested 20-year-old James Reardon on Aug. 16 after police say he ...

Authorities: Man dies after falling from cliff in Ohio park

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says an Ohio man has died in a fall off the edge of a cliff in Hocking Hills State Park. Department spokeswoman Maureen Kocot said in a release that 22-year-old Alexander Colson was hiking Saturday on an overlook trail at Old Man's ...

Probe: guards, gang members smuggled drugs into jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors say guards at the troubled county jail in Cleveland worked with gang members to sell drugs to inmates. State prosecutors on Wednesday charged two corrections officers and one gang member with running a criminal enterprise inside the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'guh) ...

Ohio governor: Opioid lawsuit takeover a ‘serious mistake’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says allowing the state to take over dozens of pending lawsuits filed by cities and counties against opioid manufacturers and distributers is a "serious mistake." The Republican governor said Wednesday the legal process should go through the court ...

Serial killer pleads guilty in 2 slayings

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who claims he has killed more than 90 women across the country pleaded guilty Friday to killing two women in Cincinnati in the 1980s. Samuel Little appeared via Skype from the California state prison where he's serving multiple life ...

Accusers in Ohio State doctor scandal top 300

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over decades-old alleged sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the growing number of accusers has topped 300. Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group's size in the same ...

Prison worker jailed over alleged hit list

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio corrections employee has been charged with aggravated menacing after allegedly telling other employees he had a hit list of corrections officers he would shoot. Twenty-one-year-old Chace Dobbs of Springfield, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Madison ...

Ohio officials investigate 6 reports of vaping illness

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say they're investigating reports of six Ohioans who vape who experienced breathing illnesses. The Ohio Department of Health on Friday asked healthcare providers to report all suspected cases of serious pulmonary illness where the cause is unclear and ...

District hears backlash after student pointed employee’s gun

MARENGO, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio school district that allows certain employees to be armed says one has been removed from the concealed-carry program after leaving her loaded handgun unsecured in her office, where her grandson, a first-grader, reportedly pointed it at another student. No ...

Ohio State University seeks to trademark the word ‘The’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application ...

Private services planned for Ohio shooter, sister he killed

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The parents of the Dayton gunman and the sister he shot and killed will be holding private memorial services. A funeral home in their hometown of Bellbrook posted obituaries for 24-year-old Connor Betts and his 22-year-old sister, Megan. There were no details on when the ...

State aids local law enforcement with marijuana testing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says a new program will help local law enforcement differentiate between legal hemp and illegal marijuana. The state's recent hemp legalization means law enforcement must quantify the amount of THC in suspected marijuana in order to prosecute ...

Backers tout program helping drivers get licenses reinstated

By JULIE CARR SMYTH The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of a program that waived or reduced reinstatement fees for Ohio residents with suspended driver's licenses said Wednesday that nearly 77,000 people benefited from the program during a trial period. A report by the ...

Official: Ohio database of driver photos hasn’t been misused

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Amid concern about the use of facial-recognition capabilities, Ohio's attorney general says the state database of driver's license and law enforcement photos hasn't been used improperly for mass surveillance or broad dragnets. Even so, Republican Attorney General Dave ...

Dad’s dying breath came in son’s arms after Ohio shooting

By ROBERT BUMSTED Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dion Green was ready for some fun with his family after he spent the last few months repairing his home that was ravaged by one of the tornadoes that devastated the Dayton, Ohio region. He said the weekend was supposed to be their time ...

Trump faces protests as he visits Dayton, El Paso

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Protesters greeted President Donald Trump's arrival in Dayton Wednesday, blaming his incendiary rhetoric for inflaming political and racial tensions in the country, as he visited survivors of last weekend's mass shootings ...

Ohio makes Lake Erie Islands trail 12th state water trail

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — The director of Ohio's Department of Natural Resources has designated the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail as Ohio's 12th state water trail. A department release says the trail consists of five separate sections totaling more than 50 miles around North Bass, Middle Bass ...