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  • American Financial beats 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:33 PM ET

    CINCINNATI _ American Financial Group Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $19 million. American Financial expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.10 to $5.50 per share. American Financial shares have climbed nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Ohio Valley Banc posts 1Q profit Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 PM ET

    GALLIPOLIS, Ohio _ Ohio Valley Banc Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $3.6 million. Ohio Valley Banc shares have decreased almost 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Ohio Valley Banc, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— Reports about a Senate cafeteria worker who makes so little money he is homeless are prompting calls for change from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers led by the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, released a letter Monday urging the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees Senate services, to provide a preference to contractors that pay...

  • Sarkar named AP's deputy editor for east region Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:03 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Pia Sarkar, a veteran reporter, editor and newsroom leader, has been named deputy editor for the east for The Associated Press, charged with helping to oversee news coverage in 10 states. The appointment was announced Monday by Karen Testa, editor for the news cooperative's east region, which includes New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and...

  • National Interstate misses 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    RICHFIELD, Ohio _ National Interstate Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $7.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share. National Interstate shares have dropped slightly more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— Supermarket operator Kroger said Monday that it ended a 12- year joint venture with British consumer data company Dunnhumby and started its own customer data subsidiary. Like the joint venture, the new subsidiary will help Kroger set prices in stores and decide which shoppers get certain coupons. Kroger said it bought some assets from the joint...

  • *Lynch takes over after protests in Baltimore. *Justice Department is probing use of excessive force. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case.

  • WASHINGTON— House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon. The emerging plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and...

  • Rob Portman is reaching back to a familiar topic in his likely 2016 faceoff with Ohio's former governor: jobs. "Ohio lost over 350,000 jobs on Strickland's watch and his endless excuses will never cover up the fact that Ohio lagged behind 47 other states in job creation. Ohio voters can't let Ted Strickland take them backwards. "

  • AKRON, Ohio— Akron Children's Hospital in northeast Ohio is nearly ready to open a $180 million addition that includes a larger emergency department and a new care unit for critically ill newborns that is equipped to help parents stay close. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the new ER and outpatient surgery center are scheduled to begin taking patients on May 5.

  • AKRON, Ohio— Two Ohio graduate students have invented a device that would allow law enforcement officers to determine how much THC— the active ingredient in marijuana— is in a motorist's system during traffic stops. The Plain Dealer reports that two biomedical engineering graduate students at the University of Akron hope to market their roadside testing...

  • *Lynch takes over after protests in Baltimore. *Justice Department is probing use of excessive force. Besides the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, other questionable encounters between police and black males in recent months have led to unrest in South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio and New York.

  • Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 5:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sherrod Brown of Ohio sent Obama a...

  • Michigan vote tests pothole angst vs. will to raise taxes Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    Mary Jo Walentovic was driving on a Detroit- area interstate in February when a car kicked up a large chunk of road that smashed through her van's windshield, destroying the rearview mirror and an armrest. Fed up, she plans to vote for a 1- cent sales tax increase on Michigan's May 5 ballot that would put an additional $1.2 billion a year into fixing deteriorating...

  • The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Jeni's ice cream hasn't been linked to any illnesses, but the company recalled its...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry. At MacFarlane Farms, feed trucks that come onto the farm have to be...

  • Park National posts 1Q profit Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    NEWARK, Ohio _ Park National Corp. on Friday reported first-quarter profit of $19 million. Park National shares have dropped 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Park National, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK— Abercrombie& Fitch is saying goodbye to the shirtless beefcake models who greeted customers at its doors. "Abercrombie& Fitch has to find its niche. Edgy was it, "said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a retail research firm."

  • WASHINGTON— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington next week comes amid heightened attention in Congress to an Asia-Pacific trade deal that has created a deep rift between President Barack Obama and members of his Democratic Party and whose central feature is liberalized commerce between the U.S. and Japan. Abe's official visit to...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...