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Reds’ Chapman Cleared To Throw Batting Practice

CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 10. Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and and a bone above his left eye when...

Northwest Ohio Mom Convicted In Infant Son’s Death

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Toledo woman has been convicted of killing her 6-month-old son, who died two days after his skull was broken. Jurors on Friday found 26-year-old Amanda Bacon guilty of murder and child endangering. She was cleared of an aggravated murder charge. Bacon...

Officials Resume Search For 2 Missing In Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have resumed the search for two missing men in western Lake Erie, a day after finding the bodies of a woman and a teenage girl off the Ohio shoreline. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as 33-year-old Amy Santus of...

Multiple Mumps Cases Found In Central Ohio School

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio health district is investigating a probable cluster of mumps cases after two cases were reported in one school building, in addition to 25 more cases in the county. A Delaware General Health District spokeswoman said Friday that students who...

Correction: Heroin Deaths-Ohio Story

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story April 17 about heroin overdose deaths in Ohio, The Associated Press erroneously reported the percentage increase in heroin overdose deaths from 2011 to 2012. It was 60 percent, not 37 percent. The story also erroneously reported the title for...

Ohio’s Jobless Rate Dips To 6.1 Percent In March

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in March to 6.1 percent, its lowest level in six years, according to state job figures released Friday. The seasonally adjusted rate last month fell from 6.5 percent in February, the Ohio Department of Job and Family...

Missing Boy May Have Been Killed With Mother

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Dayton believe a missing Ohio boy may have been killed along with his mother in the basement of a house where investigators found “blood evidence,” according to an affidavit. The body of 25-year-old Nichelle McKnight was discovered last...

Ohio School Shooting Victim’s Dad Died From Heroin

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A coroner in Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose in February on the second anniversary of his son’s death. The Geauga (jee-AW’-guh) County coroner confirmed Friday that 48-year-old...

Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 US States Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose...

Ohio Prison Food Vendor Fined $142,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The private food vendor that holds the contract for feeding Ohio’s 50,000 prisoners has repeatedly failed to meet the staffing levels it promised, the state announced Friday as it hit the company with $142,100 in fines. Philadelphia-based Aramark...