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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 ...