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Top News & Analysis Ohio

  • "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Don't let the bright eyes and bushy tails fool you. In southern Vermont, Clarence Boston said he hasn't seen such an infestation of pests in the 33 years he has been an orchardist on 60 farms in five states. This year's squirrel boom in parts of Vermont followed two seasons of bountiful acorn and beechnut crops and last year's mild winter.

  • JACKSON CENTER, Ohio-- Thor Industries Inc. said Monday that a search is under way for a new chief financial officer to replace Christian G. Farman, who has resigned to pursue other interests. Shares of Thor rose 84 cents, or 2.3 percent, to end at $36.88. Since trading at a low of $22.25 last December the stock has steadily risen to recently peak at $37.85.

  • WITH HONORS: College savings plans offered through four states earned top marks from Morningstar in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans. PRETTY GOOD: Four other plans earned silver-medal honors from Morningstar. Those 529 plans are sponsored by Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • General Electric and Military Families at Syracuse University are developing a reference guide that employers can use to help them more effectively recruit and mentor veterans.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices compared with last week. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state was $3.62 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. The national average Monday was $3.79, down 3 cents from a week ago.

  • TARRYTOWN, N.Y.-- For the people who want to shut down Entergy Corp.' s nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs, where 17 million people live within 50 miles, this day has been a long time coming. Andrew Cuomo _ who have campaigned against the plant, on the Hudson River in Buchanan, 35 miles north of Manhattan.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio's state watchdog hasn't yet released an investigative report on the investment scandal that engulfed Ohio in 2005 _ and critics want to know why.

  • TOLEDO, Ohio-- Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands, an Associated Press investigation shows.

  • PORTSMOUTH, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is attacking the Obama administration for delaying a decision about whether China is manipulating its currency to gain a trading edge. The GOP presidential nominee says that on his first day in office, he'll brand China a "currency manipulator" and work to end what he calls Beijing's cheating practices on trade.

  • While Virginia escaped the worst of the recession _ unemployment peaked at 7.3 percent _ uneasiness about the future is in the air. For good reason: The state's fortunes are tied to the outcome of the deficit debate on Capitol Hill and its outcome could dramatically alter its economy. Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the CIA, Naval Station Norfolk, Fort A.P.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama is hailing the rebound of the U.S. auto industry, pointing to progress since his administration rescued General Motors and Chrysler. Automakers are large employers in Ohio, one of the pivotal states in the race between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

  • WASHINGTON-- Good luck figuring out whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would cut or raise your taxes if he's elected president. President Barack Obama promises tax reform, too, but precious little detail.

  • The signs will be up through the Nov. 6 election day in the Cleveland and Milwaukee areas and were paid for by an anonymous " Family Foundation," according to a spokesman for Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns the billboards and placed the signs.

  • AKRON, Ohio, Oct 12- A man lured to Ohio by a phony Craigslist job ad testified on Friday that a teenager charged with trying to kill him waited in a car while an accomplice walked into a heavily wooded area with the victim and shot him last November.

  • They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. One of the people also says New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending.

  • SHELBY, N.C.-- North Carolina health officials say an E. coli outbreak is responsible for the illness of 13 people who attended the Cleveland County Fair. State health officials say people from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have reported becoming sick after visiting the fair in Shelby.