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CINCINNATI — Ohio's Republican U.S. senator is demanding to know if any disciplinary action has been taken against IRS employees at the agency's Cincinnati office for targeting conservative groups. By Amanda Lee Myers.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service official who led the unit that targeted tea party groups and publicly disclosed the activity has been replaced, making her the third top IRS official moved aside since the episode was revealed two weeks ago. Lois Lerner was put on administrative leave on Thursday, said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and two congressional aides. By Alan Fram and Stephen Ohlemacher.
CINCINNATI — An Ohio school district proposal to add creationism to a hot-topics list deemed appropriate for classroom discussion is drawing opposition from some parents and a civil rights group. The Springboro Board of Education has taken comments on the proposal. Some parents urged the board to abandon the plan, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to the board, saying the policy would violate the separation of church and state. By Lisa Cornwell.
COLUMBUS — Attorney General Mike DeWine joins students to release balloons honoring Ohio's 690 missing children and urges the public not to give up hope that those who disappeared might be found.
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NEW YORK — Household products giant Procter & Gamble Co. is hoping its former CEO can work his magic once again. The Cincinnati company said late Thursday that former CEO A.G. Lafley, a 33-year industry veteran, is returning its top post. The surprise move comes as the world's largest consumer-products maker tries to spur growth in the face of stiff global competition. By Mae Anderson.
The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as Scouts. Dismayed conservatives are already looking at alternative youth groups as they predict a mass exodus from the BSA. Gay-rights supporters vowed Friday to maintain pressure on the Scouts to end the still-in-place ban on gay adults serving as leaders. By David Crary.
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CLEVELAND — A man who put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house says he's not endorsing a group of restaurants offering him free burgers for life. The restaurant where Charles Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a burger named in his honor. Then more than a dozen area eateries decided a larger tribute was due.
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— SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DATA — COLUMBUS — Ohio schools that reportedly had errors in certain enrollment data have gotten state approval of plans to fix the issues. The state auditor had flagged the errors in a February report. He was looking into a practice whereby schools attempted to improve performance ratings by altering attendance data.
— BODIES IN TOWNHOME — AKRON — Bond of $1 million each has been set for two men charged with killing four young people whose bodies were found in a townhome in northeast Ohio last month.
— GORILLA BABY-OHIO — COLUMBUS — A baby gorilla has been born to first-time parents at an Ohio zoo. The healthy 5-pound male gorilla arrived Thursday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, joining 16 other gorillas there. AP Photos CD103.
— DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER-THEFT — DAYTON — A former business administrator of a center for developmentally disabled adults in southwest Ohio has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $400,000 from the facility.
— POLLUTED LAKE — ST. MARYS — Advisories are back up at Ohio's largest inland lake warning some visitors to stay out of the water because of high levels of toxic algae.
— OHIO CASINOS-UNIONS — TOLEDO — Casino employees in Toledo have voted to unionize, joining two other Ohio casinos that have taken steps to organize. Workers at the Hollywood Casino Toledo could begin negotiating their first contract within the next month.
— BRIDGE SAFETY — HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — A newspaper's analysis has found that almost 100 bridges in the northern Kentucky-Cincinnati region need attention due to age or defects.
— DUBOIS-ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER — DUBOIS, Pa. — An Ohio newspaper executive has returned to his home state of Pennsylvania to become associate publisher of The Courier-Express in DuBois. The appointment of Devin Hamilton by Community Media Group was announced in a statement Friday by publisher Joseph Piccirillo.
— POLICE OFFICER-CHILD NEGLECT — PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.
— MISSING GIRL-MICHIGAN — MONROE, Mich. — Investigators say the number of tips is dwindling in the kidnapping and slaying of a 5-year-old Michigan girl who disappeared four years ago and was found buried near a Michigan river.