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Ohio newspaper settles federal suit after staffers detained

March 5, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The federal government has settled a lawsuit filed by an Ohio newspaper after a reporter and a photographer were detained and had cameras confiscated outside a military tank plant.

Court documents filed Thursday say the settlement calls for the government to pay $18,000 to The Blade newspaper in Toledo. The government did not acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement.

The lawsuit was filed last April in Toledo by the newspaper and two staffers. It says the journalists were detained by military police for about an hour in Lima (LY’-muh) and their constitutional rights were violated.

Military police told the journalists that photography of the tank plant was prohibited.

As part of the settlement, the newspaper agreed not to publish photos of the plant taken the day the journalists were detained.

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