Ohio Statehouse (Photographer: Dave Gapinski, WEWS)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Senate's leader says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's defeat was a key factor in his decision to block stringent abortion restrictions from taking effect in the battleground state.
GOP Senate President Tom Niehaus told reporters Thursday that a Romney victory was a condition he had set with proponents for advancing the so-called "heartbeat bill."
Niehaus announced earlier this week that he would not schedule a vote on the bill, and inoculated his decision against a planned legislative maneuver by its backers with a procedural move Thursday.
Niehaus said a Romney win would have increased the likelihood of a U.S. Supreme Court lineup favorable to a likely legal challenge to the heartbeat measure, which would ban most abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.
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Authorities say a 52-year-old man died when he fell from a cliff while rappelling in Ohio over the weekend.
Any time a starting pitcher steps into the batter's box before he stands on the mound, he's in pretty good shape. Mike Leake enjoyed that luxury Tuesday night.