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Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
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The federal government is defending Ohio’s Down syndrome abortion ban in court.

Cleveland is one of seven cities eligible for $71 million in law enforcement grants under a new federal program.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Operation Relentless Pursuit  at a Wednesday press conference in Detroit. In addition to Cleveland and Detroit, eligible cities include Memphis, Baltimore, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Albuquerque.

Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET

The secret court that oversees intelligence collection upbraided the FBI and Justice Department on Tuesday with a highly unusual order for them to re-validate their work.

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A new federal report says in 2018, Ohio was the worst state in the nation when it came to incarcerated youths reporting being forced or coerced into sexual activity.

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about his report on the origins of the FBI's probe into the 2016 Trump campaign's possible ties with Russia.

The 400-plus page report, released Monday, found that the FBI had ample evidence to open its investigation — despite allegations of political bias.

The Justice Department's inspector general released his report on Monday examining authorities' use of their surveillance powers in the Russia investigation.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into early phases of the Russia inquiry for several months following questions raised by President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and others about how it was conducted.

Updated at 5:22 p.m. ET

The Justice Department's internal watchdog determined the FBI had sufficient evidence to open the Russia investigation — but sharply criticized the bureau over its surveillance of a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

In his highly anticipated 400-page report, inspector general Michael Horowitz also says he found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to launch its investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Justice Department says releasing secret grand jury documents from then-special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe to House lawmakers engaged in the impeachment inquiry could discourage future witnesses to presidential abuse from cooperating with grand juries.

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

A judge has blocked the U.S. government's plan to begin executing federal prisoners for the first time in nearly 20 years. U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday halting four executions set to begin next month over concerns about the government's lethal injection method.

Newly appointed U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio Dave DeVillers says he's already met with Cincinnati's police chief and briefly with Hamilton County's prosecutor. He's offering help in the crackdown on violent crime.

City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
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Columbus this week launched its Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention Project, a federal grant-assisted program designed to overcome hurdles in implementing domestic violence-related gun laws.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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The kind of crime that most worried the federal prosecutor for southern Ohio finally happened near the end of his tenure. And it's one he thinks will continue across the United States.

Federal law enforcement officials have unsealed additional fraud charges in an ongoing public corruption investigation. The first wave of charges in the far-reaching probe were announced back in April.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s office charged three people:

Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's effort to expand fast-track deportation regulations for undocumented immigrants without the use of immigration courts.

Updated at 4:02 p.m. ET

Federal prosecutors are charging 11 doctors with unlawfully distributing opioids and other substances, in the second large operation to target "pill mill" operators and health care fraud this year. Two other people also face charges in the sting.

"The alleged conduct resulted in the distribution of more than 17 million pills" in the Appalachian region, the Justice Department said.

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