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  • 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...

  • First Citizens posts 1Q profit Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    SANDUSKY, Ohio _ First Citizens Banc Corp. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $3.2 million. The bank, based in Sandusky, Ohio, said it had earnings of 29 cents per share. Keywords: First Citizens Banc, Earnings Report.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's computerized background check system has been flawed and unreliable for years, often failing to provide accurate information about convicted felons, according to an investigation by The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV. The fingerprint-based system operated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the office of Attorney General...

  • Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    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...

  • The action follows a similar recall by Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries Monday. A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the agency has no evidence, for now, that the listeria found in Jeni's ice cream and the listeria found in Blue Bell ice cream are connected. "At this time, the FDA does not believe that the finding of listeria in one sample of Jeni's...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all its products from retailers and closing ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination. Columbus, Ohio- based Jeni's says contamination was found in a random sample by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Others are listed in Atlanta; Chicago; Charleston, South...

  • Boehner: OK to swap agency budget boosts for other cuts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he'd welcome a bipartisan move to replace budget cuts to domestic agencies and the Pentagon with cuts elsewhere in the government's almost $4 trillion budget. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., and Sen. When the supercommittee failed, automatic cuts of about $90 billion a year hit many federal programs, though Social...

  • Meridian Bioscience meets 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    CINCINNATI _ Meridian Bioscience Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $10.1 million. Meridian Bioscience expects full-year earnings to be 85 cents to 91 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $193 million to $200 million. Meridian Bioscience shares have risen 17 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Gorman-Rupp misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 AM ET

    MANSFIELD, Ohio _ Gorman-Rupp Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $7.3 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Gorman-Rupp shares have decreased almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LOS ANGELES— More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to...