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The number of Ohioans who have asked for an absentee ballot ahead of the November presidential election is closing in on 1 million.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says more than 957,000 absentee ballot applications were received as of Friday. That's 35,000 more than at this point in the 2012 election.

Almost 15,000 of the requests for an absentee ballot are from military and overseas voters.

Residents in the swing state can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

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President Barack Obama has added a Cleveland-area rally to his Ohio campaign swing this month.

Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign says Obama will lead a "get out the early vote" rally Oct. 14. More details will be announced later.

Early voting in Ohio begins Oct. 12.

The Ohio Democratic Party announced earlier that Obama is headlining the state party's fundraising dinner Oct. 13 in Columbus.

The Ohio leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

The petition was filed last month on behalf of Samuel Mullet Sr. and two of the 15 followers sentenced in the case. They're challenging the constitutionality of the federal hate crimes law and how a kidnapping allegation was used to stiffen Mullet's sentence.

Prosecutors said some victims of the 2011 attacks were restrained as others cut their hair and beards, which have spiritual significance in the Amish faith.

Ohio says it plans to carry out at least three executions next year with a new three-drug combination.

Thomas Madden with the Ohio attorney general's office says the state will use the drugs midazolam, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

Madden told Columbus federal Judge Edmund Sargus on Monday that a new execution policy will be announced at the end of the week. The Associated Press was the only media outlet present at the court hearing.

LeBron James has given Hillary Clinton an assist.

The NBA superstar, who helped end Cleveland's championship drought earlier this summer by winning a title with the Cavaliers, is backing Clinton for president. James believes Clinton can do more to help at-risk kids like he once was, saying she's the only candidate who "truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty."

A group calling for an independent investigation after an Ohio officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy while investigating a reported armed robbery is returning to downtown Columbus to protest.

The group says it will hold a demonstration Monday afternoon outside City Hall.

Dozens of demonstrators packed city council chambers a week ago. They shouted down the council president and brought the meeting to a halt.

A suburban Cincinnati school district has closed schools after a woman reported being grabbed around the neck by a male dressed as a clown who she said made a threat against students.

Reading Community City School District officials referred to the threat in a Facebook posting announcing district schools would be closed Friday. School officials said they take all threats seriously and were concerned about the number of students who walk to school in the early morning.

Ohio's elections chief is expressing confidence in the security of the swing state's voting equipment and its voter registration database.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's says there's been no attempt to breach the state's registration system.

His remarks to reporters Thursday come a day after the FBI's director told Congress there have been additional "attempted intrusions" in voter registration databases beyond what was previously known.

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University of Dayton police officers are working to make itself more visible around campus.

The department announced several measures to increase its visible presence around campus.

That includes officers working their beats with red and blue lights on top of their cruisers continually lit. They won't flash unless they're responding to a call.

Chief Rodney Chatman says the illuminated lights alert students and would-be criminals that officers are nearby. He says he wants students to be able to see the lights.

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City councilmen are taking public comment on how Columbus police might implement body cameras in their work.

Wednesday evening's public hearing on the issue was scheduled before last week's fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Tyre King, though that case is expected to come up during discussion.

Police say Tyre was repeatedly shot last Wednesday night after he ran from an officer investigating a reported armed robbery and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. No one else was hurt.

Tyre was black. The veteran officer who shot him is white.

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