EPA plan seeks cuts in pollution that causes Lake Erie algae

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called for stepped-up efforts Wednesday to reduce nutrient pollution that contributes to algae blooms in Lake Erie but recommended no new federal regulations to accomplish the task.

  • Written by By JOHN FLESHER , AP Environmental Writer

Condemned Ohio killer claims innocence, asks for mercy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer scheduled to die next month should be spared because of uncertainty about the case, including questions about when one of the victims was slain, his attorney told the state's parole board Thursday.

  • Written by By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS , Associated Press

Ohio man who posed as 'scared straight' cop gets prison

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for handcuffing and assaulting students while claiming to be a police officer conducting "scared straight" programs.


Tax benefit boosts Kroger's profit, but outlook disappoints

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger's fourth-quarter profit soared 70 percent, mainly due to a large tax benefit. But its stock dropped 12 percent Thursday after it gave a disappointing earnings outlook as it spends more to compete with Amazon.