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The state at midnight. All times EDT.

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AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages pleads guilty, then describes shooting each victim, telling a military judge there is "not a good reason in this world" for why he did it. The Ohio native entered the pleas to avoid a death sentence. By Gene Johnson.

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OHIO STATE PRESIDENT

COLUMBUS — Retiring Ohio State University President Gordon Gee attempts to make his departure personal, citing everything from his age to his 7-month-old twin granddaughters to a California girlfriend as reasons for his abrupt departure next month. He continues to downplay furor over remarks first reported by The Associated Press jabbing Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference, comments taken seriously enough by trustees that they threatened to fire him for further verbal transgressions. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

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UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS-SPORTS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As he leaves the University of North Carolina after nearly five years as chancellor, Holden Thorp is done with big-time college sports and said many school leaders just don't have the training to handle a major athletics program. It's a message that may resonate at institutions that have lately faced scandals tied to athletics. By Aaron Beard.

XGR--OHIO BUDGET

COLUMBUS — A state budget that revamps Republican Gov. John Kasich's school funding proposal and restores his small-business tax plan passes a GOP-led Ohio Senate panel, after Democratic attempts to boost money for school safety and local governments were sidelined. By Ann Sanner.

INDIANS-PEREZ

CLEVELAND — Drug agents are investigating a narcotics delivery to the home of Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez, authorities say. No charges have been filed. By Thomas J. Sheeran.

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KOMEN-3-DAYS CANCELED

DALLAS — Susan G. Komen for the Cure is canceling half of its three-day charity walks next year — including Cleveland's — because of a drop in participation levels, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer organization says. By Jamie Stengle.

CHILD'S BODY FOUND

HILLSBORO — A southwest Ohio judge sets bond at $100,000 each for a Richmond, Ky., couple charged in connection with the discovery last week of a 1-year-old boy's body in woods near Hillsboro.

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CREATIONISM CURRICULUM

SPRINGBORO — A school board in southwest Ohio keeps alive a proposal to add creationism to the curriculum, despite an outcry from some parents and civil rights groups.

Also:

— MISSING WOMEN FOUND-JAIL — CLEVELAND — The Ohio man jailed on charges he held three women captive and raped them over a decade in his Cleveland house is no longer seen as a suicide risk, jail officials say. By Thomas J. Sheeran.

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— GAY MARRIAGE-OHIO — COLUMBUS — A group seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage says it's aiming to put the issue before voters in 2014, though other groups that discussed the effort say they didn't agree to particular timing for a ballot measure.

— COPPER THEFTS-POWER STATIONS — CLEVELAND — A federal indictment accuses seven men of arranging or carrying out copper thefts at about two dozen electrical substations in northeast Ohio.

— OHIO HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL — COLUMBUS — A Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board subcommittee accepts a recommendation to hire Daniel Libeskind of New York as the artist for the Holocaust memorial planned for the Ohio Statehouse grounds.

— MOTHER-CHILD DEATHS — CINCINNATI — An Ohio woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the bathtub drowning deaths of her two children has been granted conditional release from a mental treatment facility.

— OHIO VOTING — COLUMBUS — Democratic state lawmakers are questioning a review by local county election boards into instances of voter suppression in Ohio during the 2012 presidential election.

— MAIL CARRIER SENTENCED — KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge in Knoxville has sentenced a former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier who now lives in Columbia Station, Ohio, on his guilty plea to stealing cash and gift cards from letters.

— EPA-METHANE LEAKS — WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General plans to investigate what actions are being taken to reduce methane leaks from natural gas pipelines.

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