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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 1230pm, OH

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Ohio at 12:30 p.m. All times EST.

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TOP STORIES:

CHEERLEADER LIBEL LAWSUIT

CINCINNATI — From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision in a defamation lawsuit by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with her former high school student. The Internet giants recently filed briefs in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP photos OHCIN101-OHCIN102 by 1 p.m.

DYING BIRDS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — For more than a decade, people walking along Great Lakes beaches have come upon a heartrending sight: dozens, or even hundreds, of dead loons, gulls and other waterfowl — victims of food poisoning that paralyzed their muscles and eventually caused them to drown. Scientists have long known the primary cause is Type E botulism. They have ideas, but no proof, about how the toxin works its way up the food chain. By John Flesher. SENT: 830 words, AP photos MIMUS501, FLHO101.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-INSURANCE BROKERS

MIAMI — When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government's hotline and tried to finish the application. But the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn't get the commission or be listed as the follow-up contact if his client needed help again later. The Wichita Falls, Texas, insurance agent is one of many brokers around the country finding frustration as they try to help customers navigate the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces while earning the commissions they've long built their businesses around. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1,185 words, AP photos OHPL101-103.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRAFFIC CAMERAS LAWSUIT

TOLEDO — A lawsuit challenging how Ohio's fourth-largest city hands out citations and fines to drivers caught speeding and running red lights on camera could impact other cities around the state with traffic cameras. SENT: 400 words.

BIKE RIDE THANK YOU

ATHENS — After a Florida doctor saved his knee, Brent Hayes of southwestern Ohio came up with a unique way to thank him. He took a 1,100-mile bike ride. SENT: 240 words.

PEARL HARBOR-PRESERVATION

AKRON — Louella Large holds her index finger and thumb about two inches apart. That's how much space is devoted in school books to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, she says. By Rick Armon, Akron Beacon Journal. AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,220 words, photos planned.

BRIEFS SENT:

— AIRPORT BOARD SPENDING — CINCINNATI — A newspaper analysis has found that the governing board of an airport serving Ohio and Kentucky spent more than $102,000 over five years on food and alcohol served after meetings, an average of $1,750 a month in taxpayer dollars.

— BOATING SAFETY-OHIO — COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded more than $300,000 to support 22 community boating safety education programs across the state next year.

— AIR FORCE MUSEUM-EXPANSION — DAYTON — A new wing planned for the National Museum of the United States Air Force in southwest Ohio will allow visitors to walk into a full-size replica of a space shuttle.

— CABLE BILLS-RATES — COLUMBUS — The state's Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time for Ohioans to closely examine their cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.

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