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Grandparents in the pandemic: a lost year, but now some hope

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — No sleepovers with popcorn and Disney movies. No dance recitals or holiday pageants, let alone any Grandparents' Day for visiting the kids' classrooms. No hugs. The first 12 months of the pandemic represent a lost year for many in the ...

Cops’ posts to private Facebook group show hostility, hate

By CLAUDIA LAUER and THALIA BEATY Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs that took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, who ...

FirstEnergy refusing to return subsidy cash to customers

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio electric company under scrutiny for its role in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery and corruption scheme has told state energy regulators that it should not have to refund customers $30 million collected from a ...

Mother charged with murder after toddler ingests fentanyl

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mother has been charged with murder after her 2-year-old son consumed the drug fentanyl. Lauren Ashley Baker told police she "took a shot" of fentanyl Thursday prior to taking a nap with her son. A police report said the boy got into her purse and found the ...

Police contacted after Ohio State’s Liddell receives threats

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer Ohio State officials have reached out to police about threatening and insulting social media messages sophomore E.J. Liddell received following the Buckeyes' NCAA Tournament loss on Friday. Ohio State associate athletic director for communications Dan ...

Schools weighing whether to seat students closer together

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer BOSTON (AP) — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state governments and education officials working to return as many children as possible to the ...

Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio’s push for early census data

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. Now, that coalition is attempting to block the ...

County GOP officials join call for ex-Ohio speaker’s removal

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former Republican speaker of the Ohio House, now under criminal indictment, should be expelled from the Legislature, a group of elected GOP officials said in a letter to the current House leader. It's the second such request ...

Ohio lowers age limit for vaccine to 16 years old and up

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine will be available to anyone in Ohio 16 years and older by the end of the month, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. A significant increase in vaccine supplies expected in the state warrants the ...

Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. It's a heartbreaking reality that experts acknowledged was always likely to ...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio's top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of the companies whose fortunes would ...

Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio’s push for early census data

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. Now, that coalition is attempting to block the ...

Scientists: Climate-whipped winds pose Great Lakes hazards

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Powerful gusts linked to global warming are damaging water quality and creating a hazard for fish in Lake Erie and perhaps elsewhere in the Great Lakes, according to researchers. Extremely high winds occasionally churn up ...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio's top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of the companies whose fortunes would ...

Ohio communities reel from stunning child deaths

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Two separate missing children cases, then two stunning deaths reported within five days of each other. Two children thrown from bridges into the same river, still not found as two communities within 40 miles (64 kilometers) of each ...

Man with weapon is fatally shot by police during standoff

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A standoff that began after a man stabbed a relative inside an Ohio home ended when the man charged at police and was fatally shot by at least one officer, authorities said, Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Harrison Township home around 2 ...

GOP-backed effort to rein in DeWine’s pandemic powers passes

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers' latest in a yearlong attempt to rein in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic passed Wednesday in the House and faces a likely veto by the ...

Regulators expand audit to include payment to former chair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's utilities commission on Wednesday expanded an ongoing audit to include examining whether customers funded a $4.3 million payment from FirstEnergy Corp. to an utilities attorney who was subsequently appointed chairman of the commission by Republican Gov. Mike ...

Police: Teen shoots at cops, fatally wounds man in drive-by

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A teenage boy fired shots at police officers and fatally wounded an elderly man during a drive-by shooting at a gas station in Toledo, authorities said. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, as members of the police department's Gang Task Force were ...

Man dies in crash during Ohio police pursuit

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man being chased by Ohio police officers died Wednesday night when he crashed his pickup truck, police said. Thirty-seven-year-old Randy Heater, of Mansfield, was killed in rural Richland County, the Mansfield News Journal reported. He was pronounced dead at the ...