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Lawsuit: Thrill ride maker knew of defect before fatal crash

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press The manufacturer of an amusement ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair and left one teenager dead and others with life-changing injuries knew five years earlier about a defect that caused the malfunction, a new lawsuit said. Attorneys for some of the ...

Hospitals: At least 385 treated for storm-related injuries

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Hospitals have reported treating at least 385 people for storm-related injuries in the Ohio area struck by tornadoes and severe weather a week ago. The strongest of at least 18 tornadoes that slammed western Ohio beginning Memorial Day evening had 170 mph winds. Hundreds ...

Former bus driver pleads guilty to child sex abuse

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say a man who met two boys he sexually abused through his volunteer work as a church bus driver has pleaded guilty to a count of sexually abusing a minor under age 12. Forty-nine-year-old Jory Leedy of Franklin pleaded guilty Monday in Cincinnati. U.S. ...

Kayakers looking for missing swimmer find other body

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say kayakers helping search for a swimmer who was swept away in a river in Ohio have found the body of another man. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says the kayakers found the body of a 62-year-old man Monday ...

Sheriff: Woman whose killing linked to death row inmate ID’d

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they've identified a woman whose killing was linked to a man now on death row for other homicides in Ohio. Inmate Shawn Grate was previously convicted of four slayings in northern Ohio's Ashland and Richland counties. Grate had told authorities another of ...

Enbridge offers 2024 finish for Great Lakes tunnel project

By JOHN FLESHER and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Thursday it could have a proposed oil pipeline tunnel built and operating beneath a crucial Great Lakes channel by early 2024, responding to demands from Michigan officials to expedite the ...

Proposal would shield contact info of victims, witnesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in the Ohio budget would shield the telephone numbers of crime victims, witnesses to crimes and people involved in vehicle crashes. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the aim of the legislation is to prevent witness harassment as opposed to concerns ...

Board to rebuke Ohio State doctor by undoing emeritus status

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's full Board of Trustees is set to vote Friday on revoking the emeritus status of a team doctor found to have sexually abused young men throughout his two decades there. Provost Bruce McPheron says the now-deceased doctor, Richard Strauss, would be ...

Man pleads guilty to slaying, placing remains in freezer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to murder, corpse abuse and other charges in the killing and dismemberment of his former girlfriend, whose remains were found in a freezer. Thirty-three-year-old Arturo Novoa entered his pleas Thursday on dozens of felony counts in the ...

Thousands go another day without power, water after twisters

By MITCH STACY Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands in the Dayton area affected by the Memorial Day storms went another day Thursday without power and water, crews worked to clear debris-clogged roads, and police continued to search for a woman who disappeared around the time of ...

Lawyers working to avoid retrial of man just off death row

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for a Jordanian man who spent two decades on Ohio's death row before his conviction was tossed said Thursday that they are trying to work out an agreement to avoid his retrial. Ahmad Fawzi Issa, 49, in jail stripes and ...

Ohio State trustees move to revoke honor for abusive doctor

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee of Ohio State University trustees voted Thursday to revoke the emeritus status of a team doctor found to have sexually abused young men throughout his two decades there. The full board of trustees could vote Friday on ...

Police: 13-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of boy, 14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old boy has been arrested in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was shot near an Ohio school. Columbus police say the younger boy was arrested Tuesday night in front of his attorney's office. He is being charged as a juvenile. The Associated Press ...

ACLU: JPMorgan Chase settles paternal leave class action

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A civil rights group says JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by male employees who say they were denied additional paid parental leave between 2011 and 2017. The American Civil Liberties Union and law firm Outten & ...

Heeded alarms may have limited deaths in Ohio tornadoes

By ANGIE WANG and JOHN MINCHILLO Associated Press CELINA, Ohio (AP) — Strong Memorial Day tornadoes that spun through Ohio and Indiana smashed homes and businesses and sent thousands of people cowering in basements and closets, but just a single death was reported in the aftermath of the ...

Lawmakers consider 2 plans to change Ohio graduation rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are considering competing proposals to change high school graduation requirements again, after already easing rules for students earning diplomas this year and next year. A plan backed by the State Board of Education would let students qualify for ...

EPA accepts grant proposals for runoff prevention projects

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking grant applications for projects intended to reduce runoff of polluted water into the Great Lakes. About $14 million will be divided among roughly 30 projects targeting excess nutrients and storm water, which feed ...

Tornadoes leave trail of destruction across Ohio, Indiana

By ANGIE WANG, JOHN MINCHILLO and KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press BROOKVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or ...

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are ...

Review: Ohio medical marijuana industry growth still slow

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says fewer than one in every three medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio that received a provisional license have also been granted an operating license. State officials say the dispensaries receive extra scrutiny because marijuana is still illegal at the ...