Prosecutor Agues For Mercy For Condemned Killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The death sentence of a man scheduled to die next month for killing a Cleveland produce vendor in a three-decade old robbery should be commuted to life without parole, a prosecutor said Monday while arguing the defendant is still guilty of the crime. The...

Blast Destroys Vacant Ohio Home, Damages Others

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are investigating an explosion that destroyed a vacant home and affected more than 40 structures in southwest Ohio. The Dayton Fire Department says it’s looking into the cause of the blast that occurred at about 10:15 a.m. Monday. Two people...

Ohio Lawmaker Wants Private Prison Vendor Canned

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state lawmaker says the state prisons department should terminate its contract with a private food service operator after fining the company last week for repeatedly failing to meet promised staffing levels. Democratic state Rep. Matt Lundy said...

Bengals Exercise WR A.J. Green’s Option For 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have exercised a 2015 contract option for receiver A.J. Green, letting them turn their focus to an extension for quarterback Andy Dalton. Green was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was entering the final season on his deal. The...

Main Cleveland Airport Plans $20M In Improvements

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s main airport is planning $20 million in upgrades, including renovations to the ticketing lobby, exterior of the terminal and baggage area. The Plain Dealer reports ( ) that work at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is expected to begin...

Mumps Outbreak Tops 250 Cases In Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has topped 250 cases. That’s more than half of the nation’s 438 reported cases last year. The total as of Monday was 253 cases of the contagious viral illness, with 153 of those linked...

US Rules Against Mexico, Turkey In Steel Dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s administration has sided with American steel producers in an international trade dispute, ruling imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices. Monday’s preliminary decision by the U.S....

Indians Activate DH Jason Giambi

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians, as expected, have activated designated hitter Jason Giambi from the disabled list. Giambi missed Cleveland’s first 18 games with a rib fracture sustained during spring training. He’s in the lineup batting seventh for Monday’s series...

Police Seek Shooter Of Ohio High School Student

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police in western Ohio say they are seeking a 17-year-old Springfield resident in the slaying of a popular high school football player. Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody says the boy attends an alternative school, but that he and 17-year-old Jeff...

Bengals’ Huber Starting To Kick Again

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kevin Huber has gained back the 15 pounds he lost while his jaw was wired shut, forcing him to drink his meals. He no longer wears a neck brace to help a cracked vertebra heal. The Bengals punter is nearly back to normal after recovering from one of the most...