Judge Strikes Down Oregon Gay Marriage Ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to...

Sitting On Death Row, Inmates Complain About Birds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Inmates on Ohio’s death row are complaining about birds and bird droppings getting into their cells through open windows. Prisoners responding to a survey by a state prison inspection committee are asking for screens on windows to keep the birds out....

Hearing Delayed For Titans’ Lewan In Assault Case

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has delayed the arraignment of Tennessee Titans’ first-round draft pick Taylor Lewan in a Michigan assault case. The judge granted a request by Lewan’s attorneys for more investigation. The new date is June 16. The former Michigan...

Executive Pleads Guilty In Ohio Campaign Probe

CLEVELAND (AP) — The chief financial officer of a northeast Ohio telemarketing firm has agreed to cooperate in a case involving allegations that the company funneled illegal campaign contributions to two candidates. Michael Giorgio of the North Canton-based Suarez Corporation...

Ruling Expected Monday On Oregon Gay Marriage Ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge was expected to make Oregon the latest state to allow gay marriage Monday after state officials refused to defend its constitutional ban in court. Gay couples were poised to tie the knot immediately, but a national group opposed to same-sex...

Report: Birds An Issue In Ohio Death Row Cells

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Inmates on Ohio’s death row are complaining about birds and bird droppings getting into their cells through open windows. Prisoners responding to a survey by a state prison inspection committee are asking for screens on windows to keep the birds out....

Xavier, Ohio, Men’s Hoops Coach Extended 2 Years

CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier University has added two years to men’s basketball coach Chris Mack’s contract. The school announced the new agreement Monday, extending Mack through the 2019-20 season. Other terms weren’t announced. The 44-year-old Xavier graduate is...

Browns WR Gordon Expected To Practice

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are expecting Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon to practice this week as he awaits a possible suspension. Gordon reportedly failed another drug test and is facing a one-year ban. Gordon led the NFL in yards receiving last season despite being...

Manziel Passes First Test With Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel passed his first weekend in the NFL without any problems. The rookie quarterback’s next steps will be much more challenging and competitive. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Manziel had a “positive” experience in Cleveland’s...

Ormet Will Play Off Remaining 42 Workers

HANNIBAL, Ohio (AP) — Ormet Corp. has told the state it will lay off the remaining 42 employees at its aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that the employees remained after the plant in Hannibal ceased operations in October. They will lose their...