Hopewell-Loudon School bus in crash

BASCOM — A Hopewell-Loudon School bus was involved in an accident this morning on Ohio 18. The accident involved a pickup truck and school bus No. 7, which transports students from the Nickie Lane, Angela Drive area. H-L Superintendent Nicole Jiran, who went to the scene of...

Cleveland Mayor Gives Police Department A “B”

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor of Cleveland is giving his police department a grade of “B” and says he welcomes a federal investigation into alleged use of excessive force. Mayor Frank Jackson says he is not interested in covering up departmental faults or promoting its...

State Says Fewer Ohio Teens Abusing Painkillers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says fewer Ohio teens are abusing prescription painkillers and using heroin as efforts to address such abuse appear to be working. The Ohio Department of Health’s 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds that about 13 percent of students...

Colder Winter Pushing Up Ohio Natural Gas Prices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s largest natural gas utility is blaming the colder-than-normal winter for higher bills about to be paid by residential customers on budget payment plans. Columbus-based Columbia Gas of Ohio says the typical customer will pay $87 a month right...

P&G Says Cincinnati HQ Security Tightened

CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble Co. says it has tightened security at its Cincinnati headquarters after a breach this week that allowed an eye-catching protest by Greenpeace. Lisa Popyk (PAHP’-ik), a spokeswoman for the world’s largest consumer products...

Questions Over “Jesus” Prayer At Ohio City Council

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — A chaplain’s prayer invoking the name of Jesus to open council meetings in a northeast Ohio city is stirring debate over separation of church and state. For years it was traditional to begin Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Falls council meetings...

L Brands Feb. Sales Metric Tops Street’s View

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — L Brands, the owner of Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works and other retailers, said Thursday that its February sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent, topping Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters...

Kroger’s Profit Tops Wall Street Expectations

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger reported a better-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter Thursday as the nation’s largest supermarket operator saw a key sales figure rise. The Cincinnati-based company, which also operates Ralphs and Fry’s, has fared better than its peers...

Ohio Museum: Sculpture May Be Idol Stolen In India

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum says an 11th-century statue under investigation by federal authorities may have been stolen before the facility purchased it. The Toledo Museum of Art says it saw no signs of trouble when it bought the small bronze statue of a Hindu deity in...

Ohio Slave Labor Trial In Federal Court Nears End

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio is close to beginning deliberations in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child. Closing arguments are slated to begin Thursday before jurors get the case in a Youngstown federal...