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FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Butler presides over a House session as members of the Ohio House of Representatives vote to remove Rep. Larry Householder as Speaker of the House on at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price. In one corner stands veteran GOP lawmakers like...

Ohio State's Justice Sueing, center, tries to shoot over Illinois State's Abdou Ndiaye, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Illinois State 94-67. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 23 Ohio State routs Illinois State in season opener

Nov. 25, 2020 6:53 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justice Sueing scored 19 points and No. 23 Ohio State scored the first 22 points en route to a 94-67 win over Illinois State on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the game was played before about 100 school officials and media inside 19,100-seat...

Columbus beats New York 3-2 to reach Eastern semifinals

Nov. 21, 2020 6:09 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pedros Santos, Darlington Nagbe and Gyasi Zardes scored and the Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Saturday to advance to the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals. Third-seeded Columbus will play Nov. 29 against the winner of the Tuesday night match between second-seeded...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, a man holds a sign during a protest, in Cleveland. Voters in communities across the country, including Columbus, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Jose and Seattle, approved measures on Election Day toughening civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies, including some that took years to reach the ballot but grew in urgency after global protests over racial injustice and police brutality. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

In cities across US, voters support more police oversight

Nov. 21, 2020 9:02 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in communities across the country approved measures on Election Day toughening civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies, including some that took years to reach the ballot but grew in urgency after global protests over racial injustice and police brutality. The measures...

In this March 2, 2020, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. Cut off from the rest of the planet since February, four environmental field workers are back, re-emerging into a changed society by the coronavirus outbreak. (Naomi Worcester/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nov. 19, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing...

FirstEnergy: Ohio regulator's firm got $4M consulting fee

Nov. 19, 2020 8:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired former FirstEnergy executives improperly paid a firm tied to a future Ohio utility regulator about $4 million early last year to terminate “a purported consulting agreement” that had been in place since 2013, one of the nation's largest electric utilities told...

Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus cheer during Game 1 of the Korean Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's championship round, between Doosan Bears and NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. South Korea says it will tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area and some parts of eastern Gangwon province to try to suppress a coronavirus resurgence there. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Ohio Stadium off limits to family and friends

Nov. 18, 2020 2:34 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Ohio State will prohibit family and friends of players and coaches from attending football games this season because of the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. The school has allowed a few hundred people at the first...

FBI agents remove items from the German Village home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

FBI searches home of Ohio public utility commission chairman

Nov. 16, 2020 1:47 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An FBI spokesperson confirmed Monday that agents conducted a search of a Columbus home owned by the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio earlier in the day. Agents were seen carrying boxes from a home owned by PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo and his wife. The FBI spokesperson...

Ex-Ohio State prof pleads guilty to sharing work with China

Nov. 12, 2020 4:32 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A medical researcher and professor who had been working most recently at Ohio State University pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge stemming from what prosecutors called a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China. Song Guo Zheng, 58, of suburban Hilliard, and his...

FILE - These undated file images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, show, top row from left, George

Relative of 8 slaying victims files wrongful death lawsuit

Nov. 10, 2020 2:44 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who lost several relatives in the killings of eight people in southern Ohio four years ago filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the suspects, saying he wants to be sure none of them receive financial gain from the crime. Tony Rhoden Sr. is seeking unspecified economic...