Ex-official now regrets bowing to National Rifle Association

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat who helped overturn local assault weapons bans as a state lawmaker and before being ousted as Ohio's attorney general said in a column published Sunday that he "was in the pocket of the National Rifle Association" to protect his political career and now regrets it.

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  • Written by By JULIE CARR SMYTH , Associated Press

Arbitrator reinstates officer fired over police kick video

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Firing was too severe a punishment for an Ohio police officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head, an arbitrator said Monday in a ruling that reinstated the officer.

  • Written by By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS , Associated Press

Ohio Senate race is a window into how NRA uses its influence


WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association pounced when former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, declared at an AFL-CIO event in Cleveland that the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia "happened at a good time."


  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press