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Haiti gang leader threatens to kill kidnapped missionaries

By EVENS SANON, MATÍAS DELACROIX and PIERRE-RICHARD LUXAMA Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that police say is holding 17 members of a kidnapped missionary group is seen in a video released Thursday saying he will kill them if he doesn't get ...

Senate approves bill upholding gun sales amid emergencies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio governments would be prohibited from stopping sales of guns or ammunition during a public emergency, under legislation approved by the GOP-controlled Senate Wednesday. The bill is one of several General Assembly proposals meant to restrict governments' powers as ...

Texts detail how Ohio regulator gave FirstEnergy inside help

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly surfaced texts between then-FirstEnergy Corp. executives detail a series of favors delivered to the company by Ohio's top utility regulator, a man under scrutiny in an ongoing federal corruption ...

Ohio woman charged in 2002 shaken baby case to be freed

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who has spent nearly two decades in prison on charges of killing a baby in her care could be released as soon as Thursday after being exonerated by new evidence, in what's known as a "shaken baby syndrome" ...

Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

By DÁNICA COTO and PIERRE-RICHARD LUXAMA Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Efforts to win the return of 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group and a local driver stretched into a fourth day Wednesday, with a violent gang demanding $1 million ransom per person. The group ...

Ohio man, 83, faces new murder trial after serving 45 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Cleveland on Tuesday ordered a new trial for an 83-year-old Ohio man who had previously spent 45 years in prison in the murder of his wife. The visiting Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case against Isiah Andrews. Andrews ...

Police: Deputy shoots man who stabbed 2 people, killing 1

VICKERY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff's deputy shot a man Tuesday who stabbed two people, killing one of them and severely injuring the other, at a turnpike plaza, authorities said. Police responded in the evening to the Erie Islands Service Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike for reports of two ...

Ohio legislation would make assaulting referees a crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Assaulting an Ohio referee would become a crime punishable by a fine and community service hours, under pending legislation in the General Assembly. The bill would make an assault on referees before, during or after a sporting event, or in retaliation for their ...

Federal trial underway in aviation espionage case

CINCINNATI (AP) — The trial of a Chinese national charged with trying to steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies is underway in federal court in Cincinnati. The government alleges that beginning in December 2013, Yanjun Xu recruited experts who worked at ...

Court: Ohio regulators erred in OK’ing FirstEnergy affiliate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's utility regulators should not have approved an Akron-based FirstEnergy affiliate to help consumers shop for electricity. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the high court's decision Thursday means the Public Utilities ...

Democrats push for action on sexual assault lawsuit bills

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Democrats are calling for action on legislation that would remove time limits restricting when sexual assault victims could file lawsuits against their perpetrator. The lawmakers are also urging that hearings be held on a ...

Ohio House speaker rebukes lawmaker over anti-vaxx bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Ohio House has publicly rebuked a fellow GOP lawmaker over the lawmaker's attempts to push a hardline anti-vaccination bill. At issue is now-defunct legislation that would have banned employers from requiring that workers receive vaccines ...

Work starting on 13,000-acre solar farm in northern Indiana

KNOX, Ind. (AP) — An Israeli company has started work to build a solar energy farm that's planned to cover some 13,000 acres (5,261 hectares) across two northern Indiana counties when completed. Executives of Doral Renewables took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday with Indiana Gov. ...

Most Republicans vying for US Senate in Ohio are vaccinated

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Most of the Republican candidates for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat said Thursday that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. A question about their shots was posed to GOP contenders for the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman during a candidate ...

A look at Ohio bills aimed at restricting teaching of racism

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of Republican-backed bills in the Ohio House would restrict how the topic of racism is taught in K-12 schools as part of a conservative broadside against a 40-year-old scholarly theory more typically associated with higher ...

Ohio community challenges US Census, retains city status

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio community has succesfuly challenged the results of the 2020 U.S. Census and managed to retain its status of a city. The recent census found that Nelsonville had last 780 people since 2010 and there were 4,612 residents in the Athens County ...

Ohio GOP lawmaker to introduce marijuana legalization bill

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Recreational marijuana would be legalized in Ohio for adults 21 and older under Republican legislation coming in the Ohio House that would levy a 10% sales tax on the product, a lawmaker announced Tuesday. Ohio facilities ...

Ex-school employee gets life sentence for teen sex assaults

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Calling him a "cancer in the community," a judge on Tuesday ordered a former school employee in northern Ohio to spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting several teenage boys. The judge sentenced Ronald Stevens to at least 101 years in prison. ...

Zoo appealing accreditation loss, says visitors unaffected

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it is appealing the loss of its most important accreditation last week but will retain that accreditation during the 30-day appeals process. The decision announced Wednesday by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, considered the ...

International Walk to School Day highlights benefits

Marietta City Schools celebrated International Walk to School Day on Wednesday by connecting the dots between the academic benefits of walking to school and the district’s focus on a growth mindset throughout the community. “One of the larger benefits is the development of independence, ...