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Defense Attorneys Say Businessman Made Mistake

CLEVELAND (AP) — Defense attorneys told jurors during closing arguments Thursday that a telemarketing millionaire made a mistake but did not willingly break the law when he funneled campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians. Federal prosecutors argued that...

FBI Arrests 28 In Alleged Cleveland Drug Ring

CLEVELAND (AP) — The FBI has arrested 28 people in Cleveland charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine shipped from Chicago, Texas and Toledo. The individuals were named in a 107-count federal indictment filed earlier this month and unsealed Thursday. The arrests included the...

A Look At Convicted Politicians Who Try Comebacks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Not all politicians convicted of crimes leave politics for good. This week, ex-Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci decided to run for mayor again, despite a corruption conviction and 4 1/2 years spent in prison. A look at high-profile politicians who...

Patrol: 3 Dead In Central Ohio Single-car Crash

ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says three people are dead after a car struck a tree in central Ohio. The patrol’s Granville post in Licking County said it was still trying to reach relatives following the early Thursday afternoon crash and had few details....

Ohio Official’s Vetting Of Law Firms Undocumented

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s selection process for hiring outside law firms has gone essentially undocumented, an Associated Press review has found. The firms sought lucrative special-counsel assignments in the area of securities fraud, and...

SW Ohio State Lawmaker, 67, Dies Unexpectedly

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state lawmaker who represented southwest Ohio has died unexpectedly during the Legislature’s summer recess. State Rep. Terry Blair, a third-term Republican from Montgomery County, was running for re-election this fall. House Speaker William...

Ohio Family Settles Lawsuit Over Taser Death

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a Cincinnati father of eight who died after being shocked in the chest with a Taser stun gun has settled a federal lawsuit against police. North College Hill police were responding to calls about a fight and shots fired at a basketball game on June...

Prosecutor: Ohio Man Knew Donations Were Illegal

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal prosecutor in Cleveland has told jurors that a telemarketing millionaire funneled campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians knowing it was illegal. Ben Suarez is accused of using employees and relatives to donate $100,000 each to...

German-Americans Picking Sides In World Cup Match

CINCINNATI (AP) — Chants of “USA!” dominate as World Cup fans pour into a downtown square in Cincinnati to watch the U.S.-Germany soccer game eagerly anticipated in a city with a deep German heritage. While the vast majority are wearing U.S. soccer shirts with a few...

Ohio AG’s Vetting Of Law Firms Undocumented

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Associated Press review finds that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s selection process for hiring outside securities-fraud litigators has gone essentially undocumented. In state bid documents, DeWine laid out a process for appointing a committee...