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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 6 pm, OH

December 27, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Ohio. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Columbus bureau at 614-885-2727 or APColumbus@ap.org. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

XGR--VETO SHOWDOWN

COLUMBUS _ Statehouse Republicans in Ohio came up a single vote shy Thursday of reversing a same-party governor’s veto and imposing one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The outcome marked a victory for outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich, a prospective 2020 presidential contender who has vetoed the so-called heartbeat bill twice in as many years. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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_ XGR--VETO SHOWDOWN-THE LATEST.

BRIEFS:

_ POLICE OFFICER-RACIAL SLUR: A white officer in Cincinnati has had his police powers suspended for allegedly using a racial slur while trying to arrest a black woman at a nightclub last weekend.

_ HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-CITIES LAWSUIT: The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by several cities, including Columbus and Cincinnati, for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

_ HOTEL POOL DROWNING: Police say the death of a 26-year-old man who drowned at a hotel pool near Cleveland doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

_ ROBBERY-COFFEE AND SHOWER: Police near Uniontown in northeastern Ohio say a couple broke into a home, washed their clothes, took a shower and made some coffee before the homeowner’s relative confronted the pair.

_ PREMATURE HIPPO-1: The Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating another milestone for its famous premature baby hippo, Fiona, after she reached 1,000 pounds. With photo.

_ CRASH KILLS MAIL CARRIER: The State Highway Patrol says a Wadsworth-area mail carrier was killed on his route when a minivan hit the back of his U.S. Postal Service truck as he pulled into traffic and he was partly thrown from the vehicle.

_ HOUSE FIRE-TODDLER DIES: A 2-year-old boy who was rescued from a fire in Bedford that killed his father has died.

_ PAIR ARRESTED-ROADSIDE BODY: A man and woman are jailed in Colorado in connection with the slaying of a 45-year-old Toledo man whose body was found near a roadside in southern Michigan.

_ HOLIDAY TRAFFIC DEATHS-OHIO: The State Highway Patrol says nine people were killed in traffic crashes around Ohio during the Christmas weekend.

_ FLIGHT DISTURBANCE-ARREST: A Canadian man is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly interfering with crew members and attendants while on a flight from Ohio to Los Angeles.

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SPORTS:

YE--MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the third time. In 2018, he continued to excel on the court, opened the “I Promise” school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further used his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to “shut up and dribble.” By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 965 words, photos.

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