L Brands Key March Sales Figure Falls 1 Percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — L Brands Inc. said Thursday that a key sales figure fell in March compared with a year ago, but was still better than what analysts expected. Sales were hurt by the late timing of Easter this year, the owner of the Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body...

Report: GE Could Put 1,000 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

CINCINNATI (AP) — The General Electric Co. reportedly is ready to commit to adding 1,000 or more jobs in the Cincinnati area. An announcement is expected sometime Thursday. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE declined to comment immediately. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) cites unnamed...

How States Fared On Unemployment Benefit Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. Claims fell to their lowest point since May 2007_several months before the Great Recession started later that year. The decrease suggests strong...

Suspects Plead Not Guilty In Grandfather’s Slaying

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man and two other adults charged with aggravated murder and other counts in the slaying of his 84-year-old grandfather have pleaded not guilty. Thirty-year-old Shaun Lawson, 20-year-old Kyle Robinson and 20-year-old Joshua Johnson appeared...

Ohio Officials Probe I-475 Pavement Cracks

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio transportation officials are trying to figure out why large cracks have formed in the recently rebuilt pavement of an interstate highway near Toledo. The Ohio Department of Transportation has taken pavement samples to help determine why several long,...

Ohio Home Health Worker Gets 10 Years In Rape

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former southwestern Ohio home health care worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting that he raped an 82-year-old man who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said 38-year-old Marcus Fox...

Judge Allows Ohio Fracking Lawsuit To Proceed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A couple who sued to try to stop gas drilling around a state-owned lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory in court. A judge ruled that the Guernsey County couple has legal standing to move forward with a lawsuit that seeks to stop hydraulic fracturing —...

Coroner: Elderly Ohio Slaying Victim Was Stabbed

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio coroner says an elderly woman killed during a burglary at her apartment this week was stabbed to death. The coroner in Knox County, northeast of Columbus, said late Wednesday that 80-year-old Marilyn Eversole was fatally stabbed during a...

Ohio Principal Disciplined For Safety Project

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Cleveland high school principal has been disciplined for panicking students and staff during a safety project involving a school-shooter scenario. The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports that several students were screaming and running...

Ohio Man Sentenced To Life In Workplace Slaying

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his former girlfriend at the factory where she worked. The Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutor’s office said 32-year-old Maurice Brown was sentenced Wednesday after...