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Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality...

Bengals Cheerleader Alleges Wage Law Violations

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader is accusing the team in a lawsuit of violating federal wage laws. Alexa Brenneman says in the complaint that cheerleaders put in more than 300 hours attending mandatory practices and charity events and performing required...

Bengals Cheerleader Alleges Wage Laws Violations

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader is accusing the team in a lawsuit of violating federal wage laws. Alexa Brenneman says in the complaint that cheerleaders put in more than 300 hours attending mandatory practices and charity events and performing required...

Ohio AG Rejects Voter Access Proposal Petition

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An effort in Ohio that aims to guarantee certain voter protections in the state constitution has hit a snag. The proposed amendment would expand early voting times on weekends and make other changes to election rules. It is supported by a coalition of black...

3 models grace Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

AP Photo/James Macari LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sports Illustrated is marking the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue with three models on the cover. Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge strike a playful pose in the picture topping the magazine’s annual swimsuit...

Kerry faces tough sell in China on NKorea, tension

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, walks to his plane to depart on a flight to Beijing on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea. Kerry is visiting South Korea, China, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates on a seven-day trip. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)...

OH Lawmaker Facing New Counts Yields Chairmanship

CINCINNATI (AP) — The speaker of the state House said Thursday a southwest Ohio lawmaker has agreed to give up his powerful committee chairmanship after a new indictment that alleges he engaged in a pattern of corruption. Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina, said Republican Rep....

‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Waite, who played the father in TV’s hit series “The Waltons,” has died. Waite’s manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday in the Palm Springs area. He was 85. Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch...

Reds’ Bryan Price Settles Into Manager’s Office

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Bryan Price felt a little out of place when he sat down in the manager’s chair at the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training complex on Thursday. The first-time manager is getting used to things. The Reds open spring training on Friday when pitchers...

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Request For AEP Refunds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an appeal seeking $368 million in refunds for American Electric Power customers. In a 5-2 decision Thursday, the high court said the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which represents utility ratepayers, and Industrial Energy...