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COLUMBUS | The Republican running for Ohio governor is racking up small cash donations as he fights his opponent’s efforts to portray him as a Wall Street insider.

John Kasich - a former Lehman Brothers managing director - has gathered almost twice as much as Democratic incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland from donors giving $250 or less. That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of the contributions so far in the race.

Campaign finance reports show the former congressman has raised slightly more than $2 million from small donations, compared with the more than $1 million Mr. Strickland has gathered.

The gubernatorial contenders were to report Thursday how much money they had on hand in the final days before the Nov. 2 election.

FDA

Heart risk exists with HIV drugs

The Food and Drug Administration is warning HIV patients not to combine two widely used antiviral drugs because they can cause dangerous heart rhythms.

The agency says the combination of Roche’s Invirase and Abbott Laboratories’ Norvir can trigger irregular heartbeats, leading to fainting, lightheadedness and even death. The FDA is requiring the companies to add information about the risk to their drugs’ warning labels and to distribute pamphlets to patients.

Patients with HIV generally cycle through combinations of medicines to control the virus, which attacks the immune system.

The FDA approved Invirase in 1995 to lower HIV levels in the blood. It is often combined with Norvir to improve its effectiveness.

DEFENSE

Radical cleric Pentagon guest

A Pentagon official says radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki lunched there as part of a program to reach out to moderate Muslims in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Mr. al-Awlaki is on the U.S. capture-or-kill list and on the government’s list of wanted terror suspects.

Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said al-Awlaki was invited to the luncheon in the months after the attacks. He said the invitation was part of an informal program to gain a better understanding of Islam.

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