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

November 29, 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. Kantele Franko will be on the desk at 7:30 a.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

NEW YORK — The expansive court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born addicted to the drugs. Attorneys representing the children and their guardians want their claims separated from the federal case in Cleveland that involves hundreds of local governments and other entities such as hospitals. They told a skeptical panel of judges in New York on Thursday that they have different legal issues, a need for faster relief because the babies need services in the first years of their lives. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 730 words, photo.

With:

— OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS-THE LATEST

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No one disputes James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year, killing a woman and injuring dozens more. The only question, jurors were told Thursday, is why did he do it? During opening statements at his murder trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys painted two starkly different pictures. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 515 words, photos.

EARNS-ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

NEW YORK — Abercrombie & Fitch more than doubled its third-quarter profit as it cut costs, topping almost all expectations across the board. Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. soared 24 percent in early trading. SENT: 230 words.

BRIEFS:

— FATAL STABBING-EX-JUDGE: A former Cleveland-area judge and state lawmaker has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges in his ex-wife’s stabbing death earlier this month.

— OHIO FAMILY KILLED: The third of four family members charged with killing eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in a southern Ohio court, as her adult sons did previously.

— SHOOTING DEATHS-TEEN BOYS: Akron police investigating the shootings of two teenagers say it appears one boy accidentally shot the other and then killed himself. They initially said both teens died.

— CHILDREN SHOT-OHIO: A man accused of shooting into a home and injuring a 22-month-old girl and a 9-year-old girl has been charged with felonious assault in Hamilton.

— HAITIAN-ASYLUM: The U.S. government has agreed to release a Haitian man who was granted asylum but has been in custody for two years because of appeals and who is jailed in Ohio.

— EVENT FEE FIGHT: Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is opposing a proposed 5 percent fee on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales in Columbus as debate over the proposal continues.

— XGR--SEX CRIMES-TIME LIMITS: Some Democratic state lawmakers want Ohio to eliminate time limits on when people can be charged with or sued over rape or attempted rape.

— XGR--STRANGULATION-FELONY: The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would make strangulation and suffocation of partners and family members a felony.

— STUN GUN-STUDENT: A northeast Ohio sheriff’s office is investigating a school resource officer’s use of a stun gun on a 17-year-old male student during an argument between him and an administrator at the Wayne County Schools Career Center.

— MAYORAL AIDES SUSPENDED: Two top officials for the mayor of Cleveland have been suspended for bypassing airport security at the city-owned airport.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BRONCOS-BENGALS PREVIEW

CINCINNATI — Jeff Driskel’s teammates rave about his athletic moves in practice. Everybody will get to see for themselves on Sunday when the Bengals’ backup quarterback makes his first NFL start against the Broncos in a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions as the final month of the season approaches. By Joe Kay. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FBC--T25-BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

The winner of Saturday’s Big Ten championship between No. 21 Northwestern and No. 6 Ohio State will be crowned the conference champion and establish the league’s postseason pecking order, but Big Ten officials will spend the pregame festivities watching scoreboards to see if the Buckeyes get enough help to claim one of the four precious playoff spots with a win. SENT: 385 words.

Also:

— BKN--JAZZ-CAVALIERS TRADE: The Cleveland Cavaliers have finalized their trade with Utah and sent Kyle Korver to the Jazz.

— FBN--BENGALS-SMITH: The Bengals put offensive tackle Jake Fisher on injured reserve with a back injury Thursday and brought back Andre Smith for his third stint in Cincinnati.

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