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Bengals CB Leon Hall Cleared To Practice

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Leon Hall was cleared to join the Bengals’ first practice of training camp on Thursday, an encouraging sign for one of the NFL’s top defenses. Hall tore his right Achilles tendon midway through last season, the second time he’s...

Arizona Execution Rekindles Death Penalty Debate

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The nation’s third execution in six months to go awry rekindled the debate over the death penalty and handed potentially new evidence to those building a case against lethal injection as cruel and unusual punishment. Joseph Rudolph Wood took nearly...

Insurers Owe More Than $1.2M In Refunds In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama’s health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the...

Biden, In Ohio, Urges Infrastructure, Job Training

CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation’s cities. Biden spoke Thursday at the National Urban League conference in Cincinnati. The conference’s theme is...

Biden Urges Infrastructure, Job Training In Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation’s cities. Biden spoke Thursday to the National Urban League conference in Cincinnati, his second speech to a major civil...

RNC Chairman Appears At Ohio Urban League Meeting

CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus assured participants at a civil rights organization conference Thursday that the GOP is making a serious, determined effort to build ties with minority voters. At a National Urban League meeting in...

How States Fared On Unemployment Benefit Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week, a sign that the economy is building strength. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. The fewest people sought benefits...

Priebus Speaks To Urban League Meeting In Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Republican Party chairman has assured participants at a civil rights organization conference that the GOP is making a serious effort to build ties with minority voters. Reince (RYNS’) Priebus (pree-BUHS’) tells the National Urban League meeting...

Lab Finds No Risk From Bacteria At Ohio Bakery

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An independent lab has found that bacteria discovered at a commercial bakery in northeast Ohio poses no risk to public health. Production at the Schwebel Baking Co. facility in Youngstown was stopped Tuesday after environmental sampling conducted by the...

AP Source: Gordon To Meet With League Aug. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. Gordon was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated after speeding...