Law takes effect scrapping cap on alcohol content for beer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers.
A new state law takes effect Wednesday, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer.
Ohio is following the lead of other states in getting rid of its 12 percent cap that has been on the books since just after Prohibition.
Craft brewers have flinched at anything restricting their ability to be creative and make stronger ales.
Legislators say the law levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries looking to locate to the state.
Craft beer is a $22 billion industry in the U.S., and sales were up last year nearly 13 percent over the previous year.

Monaco’s Prince Albert II to visit Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit Ohio State University to learn more about the university’s research and educational programming on sustainability issues.
The university says the ruler of Monaco will be on campus Wednesday. He is scheduled to give a lecture focusing on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water.
University officials say Prince Albert is especially interested in sustainability efforts at Ohio Stadium because of plans to build a new stadium in Monaco in the near future.
Albert established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006 with the aim of helping protect the environment.
The foundation encourages sustainable management of natural resources and supports innovative and ethical solutions in the areas of climate change, water and biodiversity.

Cops: Man killed neighbor after she put kids on school bus

HOLLAND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a man shot and killed one of his neighbors and injured another just after they put their children on a school bus. They say he then set fire to their home and shot himself.
The suspect’s girlfriend told media outlets in Toledo that she saw him shoot the couple Tuesday before he shot himself in the head.
A coroner says a woman was pronounced dead a few hours later. The shooter’s condition wasn’t clear.
Authorities say there had been an ongoing dispute for several months between several neighbors on the street.
The Lucas County sheriff’s office says the couple was found shot near the bus stop in the village of Holland.
The fire apparently was extinguished within an hour of a 911 call about the shooting.

Obama cuts short sentences of 3 federal inmates from Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentences of 111 federal inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, including three from northeast Ohio.
Obama has called for phasing out strict sentences for drug offenses.
The White House says Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences.
Hal Mincy, of Cleveland, was serving a 20-year sentence for possession with the intent to distribute crack. His sentence was commuted to expire in December.
Eddie James Davis, of Bedford, was serving a 20-year sentence for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. His sentence was commuted to expire in December.
James Dillehay, of Akron, was serving a life sentence for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. His sentence was commuted to 30 years.

Ohio seeks help to create habitats for monarch butterflies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group is looking for help creating new habitats for monarch butterflies to bolster the specie’s dwindling population.
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is holding its annual milkweed pod collection campaign that runs for two months starting Thursday.
Seeds will be used to establish new plantings for the butterfly.
The group is asking people to collect milkweed seed pods and drop them off at Soil and Water Conservation District offices located in counties around the state.
Officials say it’s best to pick the pods when they’re dry, gray or brown in color.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed pods. A key reason for the decline in monarch population has been a loss of habitat during the summer breeding season.
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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein heads to Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be making a campaign swing through Ohio.
Stein plans stops in the Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati areas beginning Friday.
The Chicago-born physician and activist is scheduled to visit Capital University near downtown Columbus on Friday afternoon.
She then travels to northeast Ohio, where she and the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, Joseph DeMare, are set to appear at the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Falls Natatorium Friday evening.
On Sunday, Stein has a stop planned near Cincinnati. She’ll rally with supporters at the Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park.
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AP Source: Indians, Athletics agree to trade Coco Crisp

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Coco Crisp is headed back to his first baseball home.
The switch-hitting outfielder is on the verge of returning to the Cleveland Indians, who have agreed in principle to a trade with the Oakland Athletics, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. Major League Baseball still must approve the deal, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The trade would have to be official by Wednesday for the 36-year-old Crisp to be eligible for the postseason. The Indians entered Tuesday leading the AL Central by 4 1/2 games.
Crisp spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Indians, becoming a fan favorite because of his catchy name, hustle and happy-go-lucky attitude. Cleveland traded him following the 2005 season to Boston.
With left fielder Michael Brantley done for the season following surgery and Abraham Almonte ineligible for the playoffs following a PED suspension, the Indians have been looking for outfield depth over the season’s final month — and perhaps into October.
Crisp is batting .234 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games this season for the A’s, who are in last place in the AL West.
He previously played for Indians manager Terry Francona with the Red Sox. Crisp has plenty of playoff experience, appearing in 31 postseason games and one World Series.
A .266 career hitter, Crisp has been with Oakland since 2010.

Tomlin struggles, Indians hand Twins 12th straight loss, 5-4

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin is running out of time, if he hasn’t already.
October is right around the corner, and if he’s going to pitch then — or in any meaningful games down the stretch — Tomlin knows he had better start performing for the Indians.
“I need to figure it out, and figure it out quick,” he said.
Tomlin didn’t get out of the second inning Tuesday night, continuing a run of bad starts for the right-hander, but Cleveland rallied and got another strong outing from its bullpen to beat Minnesota 5-4 and extend the Twins’ losing streak to 12 games.
Francisco Lindor’s double off Alex Wimmers (0-1) snapped a 4-4 tie and helped the Indians maintain their lead over second-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jason Kipnis added a solo shot for Cleveland, which trailed 4-1 in the second after the Twins knocked around Tomlin, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Dan Otero (4-1) pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings, Bryan Shaw worked out of a jam in the seventh and Andrew Miller got five outs for his third save since joining Cleveland.
The Indians also got a spectacular play from reliever Zach McAllister, who blindly swung his left leg behind him to stop a comebacker in the sixth inning.
“I don’t know if that caught him or he caught it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I know he’s going to have a bruise on his calf, but he’ll take it.”
It all bailed out Tomlin, who is 0-5 with an 11.47 ERA in his last six starts and could soon find himself out of Cleveland’s rotation. Francona said he may soon juggle things and Tomlin understands he’s the reason why.
“Whatever move he makes I understand,” Tomlin said. “I’m struggling. I know I’m struggling. I take full ownership in that. It’s my fault. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m anxious to back here tomorrow and try to figure it out. Whatever he has to do, I get it.”
Minnesota’s current slide is the third longest in club history. The Twins, who have lost five one-run games in the stretch, dropped 13 straight in 1961 and a team-record 14 consecutive games in 1982.
Brian Dozier homered for the Twins, winless since Aug. 17. Minnesota pitchers walked eight.
“Too many walks,” Dozier said. “You can’t give stuff away, especially against a good team. This is the big leagues. You can’t give away stuff like that.”
As the playoff race heats up, the Indians found some outfield depth, agreeing on a trade to acquire Coco Crisp from Oakland. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the sides are only awaiting approval from Major League Baseball. The 36-year-old Crisp began his career with Cleveland in 2002.
With runners at first and second in the fifth, Lindor barely missed hitting a three-run homer when his shot caromed high off the wall in left-center. Davis scored easily from second, but Kipnis was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who made a perfect relay.
The Indians had two runners thrown out at third and one at home.
Tomlin was in trouble on his first pitch, with Dozier driving it into the seats for his 31st homer. The Twins made it 2-0 on Miguel Sano’s RBI single.
MCALLISTER’S MAGIC
In the sixth, Minnesota’s Kurt Suzuki hit a smash through the middle behind McAllister, who whipped his leg around to stop the ball. It popped straight up and the right-hander snagged it for the out.
“Just reaction,” said McAllister, whose calf was red and swollen. “There’s nothing more than that. It’s a ball coming back at you and hopefully you either stop it and make the play, or it goes through the middle and it’s probably a base hit. It just worked in my favor tonight.”
TRAINER’S ROOM
Indians: OF Michael Brantley expects to wear a sling for six more weeks as he recovers from his second surgery since November. The former All-Star only played 11 games this season and endured numerous setbacks as he tried to come back from offseason right shoulder surgery. He had an operation on his biceps earlier this month.
UP NEXT
Twins: Pat Dean makes his second start since being recalled Aug. 12. The right-hander lasted just three innings in his previous start, allowing six runs and eight hits in a loss to Toronto.
Indians: Making a run at his second AL Cy Young Award in three seasons, Corey Kluber (14-8) starts the series finale. He hasn’t lost since July 3, going 6-0 in his last nine starts. Kluber led the AL with 16 losses last season.

WVU’s Rushel Shell gets last shot at elusive 1,000-yd season

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer
Coming out of high school, Rushel Shell arrived at Pittsburgh and was labeled as the next Tony Dorsett.
Four years later, Shell gets one last shot at his own name recognition as a senior at West Virginia.
Shell is shouldering the Mountaineers’ rushing responsibilities following the departure of Big 12 rushing leader Wendell Smallwood, and his quest for an elusive 1,000-yard season starts in Saturday’s season opener against Missouri.
“I want to be that guy like I was in high school,” said the 6-foot, 215-pound Shell. “Be the workhorse, getting the ball as many times as they want to give me and barely come off the field.”
That high school, it turns out, is Hopewell High in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the same school that produced Dorsett, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Pitt and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Things haven’t quite turned out what Shell had hoped after racking up 39 straight 100-yard games in high school and becoming Pennsylvania’s all-time leading prep rusher.
He transferred from Pittsburgh despite a productive freshman season in 2012. He gained 788 yards in 2014 at West Virginia despite missing most of two games with a foot injury, then took a back seat last year as Smallwood had the fourth-best rushing season (1,519 yards) in school history.
Shell’s carries dwindled toward the end of 2015. He finished with 708 yards, and his 4.4 yards per carry were two yards shy of Smallwood’s average.
His coaches felt that Shell was overthinking and trying to reinvent himself.
Not so in the practices leading up to this season.
With Smallwood off to the NFL, West Virginia made Shell the featured ball carrier without proven backups but behind a veteran offensive line.
“Right now there’s not much he’s not doing well,” said West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider. “He’s having a great fall camp. He’s getting back to being Rushel — running the ball hard and physical, getting downhill, the type of back that we know he can be.”
Shell, who will get backup help from freshman Kennedy McKoy and junior college transfer Justin Crawford, said he just wants to be more patient when he gets the ball.
He understands that sprinkled around the runs that go nowhere are the possibilities of busting out a long one. He’ll get a challenge from the get-go in Missouri, which returns seven starters on defense and is led by standout end Charles Harris.
“I’m a back that gets better with more carries,” Shell said. “I feel like I’ve always been that way. The more you give me the ball, the better I’m going to get. I feel like that’s one of my strengths. I can wear a defense down. I feel like this year they’re giving me the opportunity.”
The Shell that arrived on campus in Pittsburgh is far different from the one finishing up in Morgantown. He has three children now. Thoughts of 1-year-old son Prince and 4-year-old twin daughters Arionna and Amiyah being 90 miles away with their mother and Shell’s mom next door in Aliquippa and not being able to see them every day is what motivates him.
“It changes the perspective on everything,” Shell said. This season “is definitely for them, the most unique one of my life. One I feel like could be most successful.”
But he’s no Dorsett, and that’s OK with the Mountaineers.
“It’s right there in front of him. I think the kid is very talented,” Seider said. “Stop trying to live up to the hype and expectations of being the record holder of Pennsylvania and the next Tony Dorsett. Just go be Rushel Shell. Go do what got you here. It’s now or never.”

USDA to reopen offices closed after email threats

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.
USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said offices in Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina and Kearneysville, West Virginia, will open Wednesday with additional security enhancements. USDA offices in Hamden, Connecticut, and Leetown, West Virginia, will remain closed while waiting for security improvements or notifications to union officials.
Herrick said earlier Tuesday that the department had received “several anonymous messages” late Monday that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. Offices in six locations in five states were closed Tuesday morning “until further notice.”
Herrick said the threat was one email message sent to multiple employees at all the locations.
“Without getting into detail of the email message, USDA continues to work closely with federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI, to determine whether the threat is credible,” Herrick said.
Herrick said USDA is continuing to work with law enforcement but officials determined the offices could be re-opened with additional security.
The closed facilities include offices for eight USDA agencies, including the Forest Service and the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Among the sites affected was USDA’s sprawling agricultural research center and library in Beltsville, Maryland, where employees were informed of the threat Tuesday morning and sent home. In Fort Collins, Colorado, four buildings at the Natural Resources Research Center — a campus where over 1,000 people work — were closed.
In an email to employees, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA is closing the offices “due to the serious nature of these threats.” He did not characterize the threats, but asked employees to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. He said employees could telework or take authorized leave.
White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security is working with USDA “to ensure the safety of their offices and the personnel that work there.”
The temporary closures may have affected some tourists. In Colorado, the Forest Service’s Canyon Lakes Ranger District tweeted that its information center was closed.
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Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols and Darlene Superville in Washington and Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.