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Cleveland officer killed during carjacking memorialized

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The twin sister of slain Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek said at his funeral Tuesday she knew as children her brother wanted to be a cop as they played with their first set of walkie talkies using call signs "Peanut Butter" and ...

Bone in SUV is from Ohio mom missing since 2002 with 2 kids

AURORA, Ind. (AP) — DNA testing has confirmed that a bone found in an SUV pulled last fall from the Ohio River in Indiana is from an Ohio woman who vanished in 2002 along with her two young children, authorities said Tuesday. Dearborn County Coroner Cameron McCreary learned Friday the bone ...

In omicron outbreak, US governors lose appetite for mandates

By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Governors took sweeping actions during earlier surges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many closed schools and ordered businesses shut down. They issued mask mandates, vaccine requirements and even quarantines in some places for people who ...

Video shows cop shoot without warning at man firing into air

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Ohio released body camera footage Thursday showing an officer firing multiple rounds through a wooden privacy fence without warning at someone shooting gunfire into the air on the other side. James Williams, 46, of Canton, was ...

Schools sticking with in-person learning scramble for subs

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Principals, superintendents and counselors are filling in as substitutes in classrooms as the surge in coronavirus infections further strains schools that already had been struggling with staffing shortages. In Cincinnati, dozens of ...

Ransom freed some missionary hostages in Haiti, workers say

By PETER SMITH Associated Press An unidentified person paid a ransom that freed three missionaries kidnapped by a gang in Haiti under an agreement that was supposed to have led to the release of all 15 remaining captives early last month, workers for their Ohio-based organization have ...

Democrats running for Ohio governor pick their running mates

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio Democrats seeking their party's nomination in bids to end Republican dominance of the governor's office announced their running mates Wednesday, one a veteran state lawmaker and the other a community leader who's largely unknown ...

New GM electric truck faces competition and skeptical buyers

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The competition among U.S. automakers for a still-small pool of consumers seeking electric vehicles is quickly intensifying. General Motors, normally the top-selling U.S. automaker, officially unveiled the Chevrolet Silverado ...

Man accused of sexually abusing 6 boys gets 94 years

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to sexually battery after being accused of abusing six boys has been sentenced to a minimum of 94 years in prison. Allen County Judge Jeffery Reed called the case against Jeremy Kindle of Elida an "abomination" while sentencing him on ...

Ohio company will pay nearly $250K for Michigan fish kill

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A paper mill in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has agreed to pay nearly $250,000 to settle an investigation of a fish kill in the Escanaba River, state regulators said. A "catastrophic pipe failure" at the Verso Corp. site in Escanaba resulted in a discharge of partially ...

Church agency: Captive missionaries made daring escape

By PETER SMITH Associated Press Berlin, OH (AP) — Captive missionaries in Haiti found freedom last week by making a daring overnight escape, eluding their kidnappers and walking for miles over difficult, moonlit terrain with an infant and other children in tow, according to the agency they ...

Ohio man gets 21 years to life in slaying of 2 teenagers

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of murdering two teenagers inside his detached garage more than two years ago has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison. Victor Santana, 65, of Dayton was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Court on convictions of murder and felonious ...

More Ohio hospitals postpone surgeries as COVID cases rise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Additional Ohio hospitals are announcing the postponement of elective surgeries as COVID-19 cases continue to fill up hospital beds in the state. The decisions are in line with the crisis highlighted by Gov. Mike DeWine last week when he ordered more than 1,000 members ...

GM CEO says making ventilators changed the company culture

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — The CEO of General Motors said Thursday that the automaker learned valuable lessons last year when it stepped in to boost emergency production of ventilators to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients. The company was able to help a small West ...

Ohio protesters injured last year recount violence by police

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three people injured during last year's racial injustice and police brutality protests in Ohio's capital city described unprovoked harassment and assaults by police that led in some cases to lasting injuries. Their comments on ...

Ohio congressional candidate subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Trump aide and congressional candidate in Ohio says he has been subpoenaed by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. In a statement issued late Thursday, Republican Max Miller said he will defend his rights in what he describes ...

GM venture picks Michigan for 3rd US-based EV battery plant

By TOM KRISHER and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and a joint-venture partner plan to build an electric vehicle battery factory in Lansing, Michigan, their third such factory in the U.S. The companies' plans were revealed Friday in documents posted on the city's ...

Leader of House minority caucus to step down at year’s end

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio House's Democratic caucus says she's stepping down at the end of the year. Rep. Emilia Sykes, an Akron Democrat, has held the minority leader position for three years. She said Wednesday she's considering future options, including elected office. ...

Ohio redistricting fight: Was favoring one party allowed?

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legal arguments for and against Ohio's new maps of state legislative districts centered Wednesday on whether it was okay for a powerful new redistricting commission to disregard constitutional language that required at least an ...

Ohio House OKs bill on babies born alive after abortion

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance when a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt would face criminal penalties under legislation that cleared the Republican-run Ohio House ...