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

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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...

Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone...

Scientists: Climate-whipped winds pose Great Lakes hazards

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Powerful gusts linked to global warming are damaging water quality and creating a hazard for fish in Lake Erie and...

Schools weighing whether to seat students closer together

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BOSTON — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state...

OxyContin maker Purdue proposes $10B plan to exit bankruptcy

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Purdue Pharma, which helped revolutionize the prescription painkiller business with its drug OxyContin, is proposing a $10 billion plan to emerge from bankruptcy that...

Anxiety, confusion, terror: giving birth during a pandemic

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NEW YORK — Pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn in the middle of a pandemic has brought on high anxiety, ever-shifting hospital protocols...

Voter outreach led to big drop in rejected mail ballots

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ATLANTA — The coronavirus pandemic triggered an unprecedented surge in mailed ballots last year, raising concerns that a flood of first-time absentee voters would...

Neil Clark, lobbyist named in $60M Ohio bribery probe, dies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A longtime Ohio lobbyist who had pleaded not guilty in a sweeping federal bribery investigation died Tuesday, a former U.S. attorney...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio’s top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3...

‘It’s exhausting.’ A year of distance learning wears thin

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AMERICUS, Ga. — At first, many schools announced it would last only a couple weeks. A year later, the unplanned experiment with distance learning...