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The Latest: WCC postpones conference fall competition

Aug. 13, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the...

Police: Teen handling gun shoots, kills 2-year-old nephew

Aug. 13, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio have charged a 14-year-old in the shooting death of his 2-year-old nephew, according to media reports. Police responded to a home in Columbus on Wednesday night where they said the teen told them he was babysitting the toddler and his 1-year-old niece when the gun he...

File-Moments after announcing the possible extension of Ohio voting until June 2, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose answers a reporter's question at a coronavirus news conference Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Ohio Statehouse. Congress’ failure so far to pass another round of coronavirus aid leaves state and local officials on their own to deal with the soaring costs of holding a presidential election amid a deadly pandemic.  LaRose has said he would seek approval to pay postage for absentee ballot applications and returned ballots if he had more money. (Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Elections chief urges but won't require masks for Ohio vote

Aug. 12, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health and safety guidelines that Ohio's elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend, but do not mandate, mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall — a nod to voter freedoms in a closely divided battleground state. In a...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 11, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: What will it take to reduce violence in Akron? Akron Beacon Journal Aug. 9 A week ago, gunfire interrupted the evening on Fifth Avenue in Akron. Multiple shots hit two residences, leaving two adults wounded and a 20-month-old baby boy...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio governor's positive, then false, results on COVID-19 tests threw fuel on the fire for skeptics about pandemic precautions and critics of the often-aggressive policies the governor championed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio governor's conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

Aug. 9, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio governor's positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies. “I'm sure the internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can't believe any test,' ” Mike...

Chef Darnell Ferguson is the star of this Alabama eatery

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — At age 33, Chef Darnell Ferguson is a rising star among television chefs. But, even more important to him, he’s a chef in his own right who oversees culinary operations at his three restaurants – including Superhero Chefs, which opened in April of 2019 in downtown...

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

Aug. 8, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump. The governor and first lady, Fran DeWine, were tested at Ohio State...

Woman, 64, dies after being hit by stray bullet in apartment

Aug. 8, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman died after she was struck by a stray bullet in her south Columbus apartment, police said. Columbus police said they were alerted shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday that multiple gunshots had been fired and then were told that a person in an apartment building was hit. Ellen...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....