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CINCINNATI (AP) - Civil rights attorneys contended Wednesday that the Trump administration tried to rush deportations of Iraqis who faced torture, sexual slavery and even beheadings in their home country. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Cincinnati heard arguments on the federal government's request to lift a judge's order blocking the deportations. American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt told the panel the Detroit judge had faced "signing people's death warrants."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Accusations are escalating in Ohio's Democratic primary for governor over former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's work with an organization sympathetic to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Kucinich lashed out Wednesday against former Gov. Ted Strickland, a supporter of rival candidate Richard Cordray, for "unfounded and inflammatory" attacks. Strickland has criticized Kucinich for accepting a $20,000 speaking fee from a pro-Assad group and demanded he disclose any similar payments.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected requests to reconsider its decision shielding complete autopsy reports in the slayings of eight family members from the public. At issue is the court's December decision that the Pike County coroner doesn't have to release unredacted reports. The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Columbus Dispatch asked the court to reconsider, saying its previous ruling sets a precedent that would allow investigators to shield records on "an impossibly vague standard."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State utility regulators in Ohio could decide soon whether the state's four big electric utilities can proceed with a challenge the could affect whether proceeds from the federal tax cut are returned to customers through lower rates. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio takes up a challenge request Wednesday from American Electric Power, Dayton Power & Light, Duke Energy and FirstEnergy.

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