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  • Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on drug-induced abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts. Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it would have been extremely rare for the high court to grant the state's request to enforce the...

  • CEO of Bob Evans Farms steps down from post Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    NEW ALBANY, Ohio— The CEO of Bob Evans Farms Inc. is stepping down by mutual agreement after more than eight years in the post as the restaurant operator works on improving its performance. Bob Evans Farms said that it has created an interim Office of the CEO while it looks for a permanent replacement as CEO. It named Chief Financial Officer Mark Hood and Mike...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 14- The U.S. The Fed, which meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, first inserted that wording in its post-meeting statements in December 2012, promising then to maintain its highly accommodative monetary stance for a considerable time after its asset purchase program ends and the economic recovery strengthens. Since October, the more hawkish Dallas Fed...

  • Safety agency announces recall of firetrucks Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 5:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. safety regulators say firetruck-maker Sutphen has issued a recall to fix a problem with its aerial ladders. The firetrucks are being recalled because a cable failure could cause the ladder to collapse in use, "increasing the risk of injury to a user," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in a statement Saturday on its website.

  • Incumbent Ohio governor far outraised opponent Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    FitzGerald's highest contributions in the reporting period were two donations of $500, compared with two dozen contributions of more than $10,000 each for Kasich, including $60,000 from the Summit County Republican Party Central Committee. In the treasurer's race, GOP incumbent Josh Mandel raised $184,801 for the current reporting period, and $3.3...

  • Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed. She said she was "enormously disappointed" the White House backed it. Less than three hours before the government was to run out of money, Pelosi...

  • Greenpeace activists take plea deal in P&G protest Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    P&G has said it's working with Greenpeace to eliminate deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, the subject of the March 4 protest. Mark Piepmeier, lead prosecutor on the case, said authorities were told Greenpeace and P&G have been working together "more collaboratively," and prosecutors honored the company's request to offer the plea deal.

  • Nordson beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    WESTLAKE, Ohio _ Nordson Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $72.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.13 per share. Analysts expected $457.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • Dillon to retire from Kroger board Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    CINCINNATI— The Kroger Co. said Thursday that its board chairman and former CEO, David Dillon, will retire at the end of the year after 38 years of service. The supermarket chain operator said Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen will take over as chairman next year. Dillon served as Kroger's chairman from 2004 to 2014 and as chief executive officer from 2003 to 2013. During...

  • Ohio lawmaker gets probation in ethics case Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— A Cincinnati lawmaker who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics law violations after a probe into lobbying by the payday lending industry was sentenced to probation Thursday. Dale Mallory were related to taking Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms.

  • Bill might clarify payments for Ohio racino towns Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Those annual payments are supposed to go to the city of Dayton in southwest Ohio and the Youngstown suburb of Austintown Township. Schiavoni of Boardman of Boardman wasn't pleased by the three-year limit, which hadn't previously been outlined. A statement from Penn National Gaming said it is disappointed in the Senate- approved amendment, calling it a "special...

  • Ohio mayor: Police brass not to blame for problems Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— The mayor on Thursday refused to blame his top safety department officials for what the U.S. Justice Department says is a pattern of police officers using excessive force and violating people's civil rights. Brian Betley, president of the union representing Cleveland police sergeants, lieutenants and captains, said arbitration protects the...

  • Ohio senators pass lethal injection drug bill Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio is weighing changes to its lethal injection law that are meant to restart executions, but the updated law will undoubtedly lead to lawsuits that will make carrying out the next scheduled procedure on Feb. 11 impossible, a prosecutor said Thursday. The Summit County prosecutor's office is not counting on Ronald Phillips' execution happening,...

  • Small business and politics: How did Graves do? Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Small companies were still reeling from the recession in 2011 when Sam Graves became chairman of the House Small Business Committee. "I think he's had a pretty good record," says Todd McCracken, president of the advocacy group National Small Business Association. "His is one of the most active committees in Congress."

  • Ohio lawmakers debate execution drugmaker bill Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Companies providing Ohio with lethal injection drugs would have their names shielded for at least 20 years, under a bill scheduled for a possible vote that lawmakers say is needed to restart executions in the state. Ohio hasn't executed an inmate since January, when Dennis McGuire gasped and snorted for 26 minutes before dying, during a procedure...

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- East Cleveland will wait until after the first quarter of 2015 to decide whether to seek bankruptcy protection, the city's finance director said on Tuesday, noting such a filing is only one of several options under consideration. The assessment was less dire than comments last month by Ohio's state auditor, Dave Yost, who said the small suburb of its...

  • Most of the banks, which include Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, would be held to higher capital requirements than under a similar rule by global regulators, officials said. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said during Tuesday's meeting that JPMorgan Chase& Co would need more than $20 billion of additional capital to comply. JPMorgan spokesman Andrew Gray said...