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WASHINGTON (AP) - General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for buyers is crucial for GM as it pivots from internal combustion engines in favor of building cars powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. The layoffs and plant closings could imperil GM's push to keep the credit.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans turned in 45,000 pounds of prescription drugs this fall during an effort to get rid of old and expiring medication. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says Ohio had the fifth-highest amount among all states during the latest National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A brewing standoff between legislative Republicans in Ohio and their same-party governor over some big-ticket policy issues has been averted _ perhaps permanently. Proposals Republican Gov. John Kasich opposes that restricted abortions early in pregnancy and rescinded gun owners' "duty to retreat" appeared poised for action when lawmakers returned after the election. A Medicaid expansion he's fiercely defended also faced a looming threat. By week's end, action on all three seemed unlikely.

POWELL, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says a 6-year-old giraffe has died, four days after a cesarean section was unable to save her calf. A zoo release says the Masai giraffe, Cami, collapsed Saturday morning and was unable to rise. She died soon afterward. Initial bloodwork suggests acute kidney failure, but a full necropsy will be conducted

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