Man sentenced again in Putnam County for killing son

OTTAWA (AP) — An Ohio man who withdrew a guilty plea after serving part of a life sentence for drowning his 1-year-old son was found guilty in a Putnam County jury trial and has been sentenced again. A judge in Ottawa on Monday sentenced Michael Luebrecht to 20 years to life in...

Jury selected in Hancock County murder trial

A jury was selected Monday for the trial of an Arlington man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy in 2016. Brent R. Houdeshell, 29, is charged with murder, an unclassified felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony....

Dennis Kucinich files paperwork to run for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS (AP) — Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich filed paperwork Monday indicating plans to join the race to become Ohio’s next governor. The outspoken liberal Democrat’s filing with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office designated a treasurer...
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Extra: Robot ‘Therapy Duck’ Comforts Kids With Cancer

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer. The social robot is modeled after the duck mascot for the insurance company, Aflac, which paid for its development. A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children...
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Hoops Highlights: Ohio State defeats No. 1 Michigan State

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS — After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country’s top-ranked team. Keita Bates-Diop scored a...

Ohio Bans Sale Of Dozens Of Invasive Plants Under New Rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has banned the sale of more than three dozen invasive plant species under new rules that took effect Sunday. The Columbus Dispatch that the state now prohibits the sale of destructive species including certain types of honeysuckles, autumn olive shrubs...

Failed Atlantic City casino is sold, could reopen in months

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s most spectacular casino flop is getting another chance under new ownership and a new name. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik said Monday morning he has purchased Atlantic City’s former Revel casino hotel from Florida developer...

Kohl’s joins holiday party, dept. stores show staying power

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s put up strong sales numbers throughout November and December, joining other traditional department stores in a much needed holiday rally. Comparable-store and total sales surged 6.9 percent during the critical end-of-year shopping period, Kohl’s...

U.N.: 64 migrants probably died in Mediterranean boat sinking

ROME (AP) — As many as 64 migrants, including a mother whose 3-year-old child desperately clung to her, are feared dead after a traffickers’ overcrowded rubber dinghy from Libya started sinking in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said Monday. The Italian coast guard rescued...

NAACP wants fans at college title game to wave white towels as part of protest

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP wants to see white towels amid the crimson, white, red and black worn by fans to send a message to President Donald Trump during the national college football championship in Atlanta. Atlanta’s NAACP chapter said on its Facebook page that it wants...