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COLUMBUS — Ohio's elections chief says a first-of-its-kind statewide review found instances of voter fraud during the 2012 presidential election, but no epidemic in the battleground state. By Julie Carr Smyth.
EARNS-PROCTER & GAMBLE-CEO
NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble is bringing back former CEO A.G. Lafley, a 33-year industry veteran, to its top post in a surprise move as the world's largest consumer goods maker tries to improve its results globally. Lafley, 65, replaces CEO Bob McDonald, effective immediately. McDonald, who will retire June 30 after a transition period, served as CEO since 2009. Lafley, who is also taking the president and chairman titles, previously held the role from 2000 to 2009. By Mae Anderson.
GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders — a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors. The result was welcomed by many gay-rights groups, which joined in the call for an end to the ban on gay adults. "I'm so proud of how far we've come, but until there's a place for everyone in Scouting, my work will continue," said Jennifer Tyrrell, who's ouster as a Cub Scout den leader in Ohio because she is lesbian launched a national protest movement. By David Crary and Nomaan Merchant.
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WASHINGTON — Moving quickly to stem a raging controversy, the new acting head of the Internal Revenue Service started cleaning house Thursday by replacing the supervisor who oversaw agents involved in targeting tea party groups. A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was placed on administrative leave, according to congressional sources. By Stephen Ohlemacher.
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CINCINNATI — A court orders the state transportation department to pay $4 million to the family of an eastern Ohio woman killed on a state highway in 2008 when a tree fell on her car while she was driving with her 5-year-old son. By Amanda Lee Myers.
MUSIC-ROLLING STONES EXHIBIT
CLEVELAND — Over the years, curators at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum have occasionally had trouble coaxing reluctant stars to help put together major exhibitions. Not so with members of The Rolling Stones, who made time in their packed anniversary schedule to help. "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction," opening Friday and running through March 2014, covers two floors at the museum and contains scores of personal items. By Tom Withers.
PASADENA, Calif. — Surrounded by engineers, NASA chief Charles Bolden inspected a prototype spacecraft engine that could power an audacious mission to lasso an asteroid and tow it closer to Earth for astronauts to explore. Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and Glenn Research Center in Ohio are developing a thruster that relies on ion propulsion — which fires beams of electrically charged atoms to propel a spacecraft — instead of conventional chemical fuel. By Alicia Chang.
MISSING WOMEN FOUND
CLEVELAND — The man who famously put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for years in a Cleveland house will get free McDonald's for the next year, a company spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Local franchisees in Charles Ramsey's neighborhood have offered him free food at their restaurants, said Heidi Barker, a spokeswoman for Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's Corp.
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— MISSING WOMEN FOUND-TIPS — CLEVELAND — Police investigators returned to the Cleveland neighborhood where three women were held captive in a house for a decade hoping to get tips on unsolved missing-person cases.
OHIO JOBS AGENCY-DEMOCRATS
COLUMBUS — Democrats in the Ohio House propose changes they say will make the state's private nonprofit job creation office more accountable to the public, including public audits and web tracking of the agency's finances. By Julie Carr Smyth.
— OHIO CITIES-POPULATION —DAYTON — Most large and medium-sized cities in Ohio lost population over the past two years, as many cities across the country saw gains, according to new U.S. Census numbers out this week.
— AMISH ATTACKS — CLEVELAND — Amish imprisoned in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have been granted a religious freedom exemption from a requirement to attend high school equivalency classes behind bars.
—CREATIONISM CURRICULUM — SPRINGBORO — A civil rights group is asking a southwest Ohio school district to abandon proposed policies that teach creationism in the classroom. The Springboro School Board is considering whether to include creationism in its curriculum.
— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO — COLUMBUS — A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and certain uses of hemp has cleared Ohio's ballot board. The panel's approval Thursday sends the issue into its signature-gathering phase, with a 2014 vote most likely.
— ROCKY RIVER FISH KILL — CLEVELAND — A Strongsville company and the owner's wife have pleaded guilty for their roles in the dumping of liquid cyanide into a storm drain, resulting in the death of almost 31,000 fish in an Ohio river last year.
— HEROIN TRAFFICKING-CHARGES —CINCINNATI — Authorities have broken up an alleged heroin trafficking scheme involving 18 people, who are accused of delivering the drug from Dayton to Portsmouth in southern Ohio.
— KEYCORP-CFO — CLEVELAND — KeyCorp has named Donald R. Kimble as its new chief financial officer. The parent of KeyBank, which is based in Cleveland, announced earlier this month that Jeffrey Weeden planned to retire from the role.