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Astronauts finish robot arm repair

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up months of repair work Friday on the International Space Station‘s big robot arm. The Canadian-built, 58-foot robot arm had both of its aging mechanical hands replaced on spacewalks in October and January. NASA astronaut Mark ...

A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire. Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. ...

Ruling opens possibility for transgender teen

CINCINNATI — A transgender Ohio teen’s grandparents have been granted custody and will be allowed to decide whether the 17-year-old can pursue hormone therapy at a hospital after he’s evaluated by a psychologist not affiliated with the hospital, a judge in Cincinnati ruled Friday. Judge ...

STATE BRIEFING

Girl fatally shot inside car AKRON — Authorities say a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern Ohio has been arrested. Police say 31-year-old Darnell Bitting was arrested around 4 p.m. Saturday in Akron ...

Range will revisit public participation

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The South Range school board is revisiting its policy regarding public comments at meetings. The board began enforcing the policy requiring a 10-day notice for public comment on non-agenda items at meetings, with approval of administration, in July 2015 after controversial ...

WVU limits activities of 16 fraternities

West Virginia University has halted social activities and recruiting by 16 fraternities, saying it will review and strengthen oversight following ongoing problems with drinking, hazing, drugs and sexual assaults. Under the moratorium announced Wednesday evening, WVU said only the ...

Fired officer who refused to shoot settles lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia announced the settlement with the city of Weirton on Monday. In the lawsuit, Stephen ...

Still time to register for Salem talent show

SALEM — Some performance slots remain open for the fourth annual Salem’s Got Talent dinner and show set for 5:30 p.m. March 10 at the Salem Memorial Building. A fundraiser to help maintain operations at the historic Salem structure on East State Street, the talent show already has seven ...

Hancock school board fills coaching positions

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Nine coaching positions for Oak Glen spring sports were filled Monday by the Hancock County Board of Education. Hired were baseball assistants Eric Hayden and Mark Shenton; girls track assistants Diane Wells and Ryan Wells; non-paid baseball assistants Mark ...

Cincinnati shaken by racism in schools

CINCINNATI — Some schools have been plagued this winter by outbreaks of racism in and around a city that’s been revitalized in recent years following racial violence. From a middle-school teacher’s warning to a black student that he could get lynched to derogatory chants by students at ...