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FILE -In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

Authorities say fugitive paid cash for long-term hotel stay

Authorities say a treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was paying cash for the Florida hotel room where he and a companion lived for more than a year. The U.S. Marshals Service says fugitive Tommy Thompson and longtime companion ...

Tolls to pay for Brent Spence Bridge improvements

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky announced today that they will pay for improvements to the Brent Spence Bridge using a toll fare that will be charged to drivers. The Kentucky and Ohio state transportation agencies will working together to develop a plan to save ...

Branson AirExpress to fly from Cincinnati-area airport

Branson AirExpress is set this spring to start flights from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to destinations including New Orleans and cities in Missouri and Mexico. Officials on Wednesday announced the addition to the airlines already flying from the airport in Hebron, Kentucky, near Cincinnati. They say the airline operated ...

Dorney Park owner challenging worker safety violations

The owner of a Pennsylvania amusement park is challenging a federal regulator's findings that it failed to protect summertime workers from extreme heat, including a teenager who was burned after collapsing near a deep fryer. The Easton Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1zbSCTB) reports Cedar Fair Entertainment wants an independent federal commission to review ...

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they're buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released Wednesday. The move comes in response to a 2010 petition ...

Dayton airport director resigning for Milwaukee airport job

The Dayton International Airport director is resigning to take the job of aviation director at the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. The city said in a release Tuesday that a nationwide search will be conducted to find a successor for current director Terrence Slaybaugh (SLAY'-bah). Slaybaugh was named airport ...

US Marshals Service: Fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years arrested in Florida

US Marshals Service: Fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years arrested in Florida.

Owners of Ohio mansion destroyed by fire sue insurer

The owners of a southwest Ohio mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey and Maria Decker filed the lawsuit this month in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati ...

Ohio company fined for illegal discharges into Lake Erie

A Cleveland metal plating company has been fined $50,000 for making illegal discharges with high concentrations of metals into Lake Erie. Federal prosecutors say Kelly Plating Co. also agreed to make a $25,000 donation to the Cleveland Foundation that will be used to improve water quality in northeast Ohio. Prosecutors ...

Central Ohio fire destroys barn, kills 2 horses

Fire officials say an early morning fire in central Ohio has destroyed a barn and killed two animals. Plain Township Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp says the barn fire began shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday in New Albany, about 15 miles northeast of Columbus. Rupp says two horses died in ...

Insurance group: Ohioans' rates expected to rise in 2015

An Ohio insurance industry trade association says homeowner and auto insurance costs for most Ohioans are expected to increase this year. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1Cg4bg8 ) a trend report from the Ohio Insurance Institute says the average cost of insuring a home is estimated to be about $830 in ...

Compact Acura model now being built in Ohio

Honda has added an Acura model to the lineup of cars being built at its plant in central Ohio. Honda owns the Acura brand and said last year it would move the assembly of the compact ILX from Greensburg, Indiana. The Honda plant in Marysville, just northwest of Columbus, began ...

Twitter "Town Hall" planned in Ohio on transgender violence

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission wants a discussion on social media about ending violence against transgender people. The Twitter "Town Hall" is set for 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The commission wants to raise awareness of violence against transgender people and have conversations about ways to end it. The commission's ...

Central Ohio pastor accused of having sex with teen girl

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a central Ohio pastor accused of having sex with a 15-year-old parishioner on church property. Police say they arrested 44-year-old Scott Murphy on Monday, and he provided a taped confession. He is senior pastor of the Newark Heights Church of God, east of ...

Ohio court to hear arguments over repeat execution attempt

The Ohio Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in the case of a condemned killer fighting a second attempt to put him to death. The court is weighing arguments by death row inmate Romell Broom that allowing Ohio to try again to execute him amounts to cruel ...

Officers shoot, kill suspected Ohio gang ringleader

The suspected ringleader of a central Ohio gang facing more than 100 years in prison if convicted was shot and killed Tuesday after he opened fire on police, authorities said. Jermonte Fletcher had been a fugitive for more than a year following his indictment in December 2013 on multiple charges ...

Mother charged with contaminating sick son's IV

A West Virginia woman is accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV at a Cincinnati hospital. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted Tuesday in Cincinnati on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. Deters says Fluty ...

Abortion ban at 20 weeks sought in Ohio

Ohio Right to Life announced Tuesday that it is pushing for a ban on all abortions after 20 weeks gestation — a controversial move that could bring a direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.The group expects a bill to be introduced soon ...

This undated photo made available by Daimler shows the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class. In the summer of 2015, the military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making the SUVs under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the seven-seat vehicle at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class was briefly sold in the U.S. but is now sold exclusively in China. (AP Photo/Daimler)

Mercedes selects AM General to make SUVs in the US

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class SUV at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class, which comes with six or seven seats, was briefly sold ...

Sentencing delayed in Amber Alert sex case

Sentencing has been delayed again for a man convicted of taking a girl from southeast Alabama to Tennessee and Ohio for sex. Charles Partin of Clayton had been scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in Montgomery, but U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson delayed it at the request of the defense. This is ...

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