Ohio gas prices drop slightly, remain under national average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Drivers around Ohio are seeing lower fuel costs to start the week compared with last week.

The state average was about $2.20 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 11 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and 65 cents cheaper than the price a year ago.

The national average for regular fuel was slightly higher at about $2.22 on Monday, up two pennies from a week earlier. At this time last year, it was $2.93.

The national average has risen a bit in recent weeks as crude costs increased slightly.

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Tis the season: Halloween candy scares mostly hoaxes

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Reports that trick-or-treaters in a Philadelphia suburb found needles stuffed in their Halloween candy turned out to be made up, officials said Friday, the latest in a season of similar hoaxes across the country.

  • Written by KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press

Alabama teen found in Ohio 13 years later asks for privacy

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland teenager who recently discovered he had been taken from his mother's home in Alabama 13 years ago issued a statement Friday asking to be left alone by the media so that he can try to live a "normal" life.

  • Written by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press JAY REEVES, Associated Press

Big spending expected for state legislative races in 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — While the presidential campaign commands the public's attention, political parties and financial contributors are quietly preparing for another less glitzy yet significant set of elections a year from now — battles to determine control of dozens of state legislative chambers.

  • Written by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press