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Another delay for ex-deep-sea treasure hunter stuck in jail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The long-running case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter marking his sixth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of missing gold coins has hit yet another roadblock. Research scientist Tommy Thompson has...

 

Doctors question sedative dose used in Oklahoma execution

While medical experts say it's unclear why an Oklahoma inmate began convulsing and vomiting after the first of three drugs used to execute him was administered, all agree the dosage was massive compared with what's standard in surgeries — with one...

 

Video released in police killing of Black man holding phone

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Body camera footage released Wednesday shows Andre Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, emerging from a garage and holding up a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he is fatally shot by a Columbus police officer. About six...

 

5 years and counting: Ex-treasure hunter still stuck in jail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former deep-sea treasure hunter is about to mark his fifth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of 500 missing coins made from gold found in an historic shipwreck. Research scientist Tommy Thompson isn't...

 

U.S. marshal calls his post-shooting remarks 'premature'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. marshal said Friday that his description of the fatal shooting of a Black man by a white sheriff's deputy as justified was premature and based on insufficient information. U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin said he made...

 

Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to settle a crush of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across t...

 

Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across...

 

Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to federal authorities. The FBI said Brian Rini had made false claims twice...

 

Child at center of Ohio mass killing is safe, family says

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A child at the center of a custody dispute that may have set off a gruesome Ohio massacre is safe in state custody, her great-grandfather said Wednesday, before one of the four suspects in the killings appeared in court....

 

Authorities: Custody dispute played role in family's slaying

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities arrested a family of four Tuesday in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody dispute. The announcement marked the...

 

Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the...

 

'Trump slump' in gun sales continues despite control debate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun store owners called it the "Trump slump." Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners. That trend has continued in...

 

Records: Drug distributors push back on proposed Ohio rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that distribute drugs are pushing back on stricter regulation in Ohio, protesting what they call a patchwork approach that could lead to confusion and uncertainty, records show. The state pharmacy board should wait...

 

Federal judge invites states to discuss opioid crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge who's overseeing lawsuits from around the country against the pharmaceutical industry has invited state attorneys general to join discussions and provide input. Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland is overseeing a...

 

Ohio's capital city facing near record-high homicide rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Earlier this month, with homicides at a near-record high in Ohio's capital and biggest city, the Columbus police chief declared a "call for action, and a call for peace" in hopes of reducing the killing. "This holiday season...

 

Ohio high court shields full autopsy reports in slaying of 8

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. The court ruled 4-3 that the Pike County coroner in southern Ohio does not have to...

 

Failing to address harassment allegations can cost employers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When it comes to sexual harassment allegations, no employer wants to find itself in the position an Indiana university was in during the 1990s, when a woman complained to a senior administrator that the school's chancellor...

 

Nevada seeks to use untried execution drugs including opioid

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that...

 

Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate's vein

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state's execution team were unable to find a vein to insert an IV that would administer the lethal...

 

Ohio transfers sick inmate to death house ahead of execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio started final preparations Tuesday for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week. Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill...

 

Doctor approves of ill inmate sitting up during execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Allowing a condemned killer with health problems to partially sit up during his execution next month would be a "reasonable" accommodation, according to a doctor working for Ohio's prison system. Death row inmate Alva...

 

Buy sex, go to school: Anti-trafficking classes target johns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On a recent Saturday, about two dozen men are stuck in a dark auditorium near downtown Columbus for a combination of detention and education. The men — a mix of races, ages and economic status — are in the Franklin County...

 

We carry guns': Armed judges in spotlight after Ohio attack

Columbus, Ohio (AP) — More judges are carrying weapons than most people realize, even though attacks on judges remain rare, surveys and experts say. The question of whether judges should be armed got renewed attention this week after an Ohio judge...

 

Columbus officer who shot 13-year-old boy feared gunfight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The white Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black 13-year-old boy after a suspected robbery last year feared a "gun fight" with the teen, who the officer said pulled a gun from his pants, records show. Columbus police...

 

Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the ci...

 

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