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Some 21 possible E. coli cases probed by state

RALEIGH | North Carolina officials are investigating up to 21 possible cases of E. coli affecting people in six counties, with four children still hospitalized because of the ailment.

State Epidemiologist Megan Davies said Thursday that nine cases have been confirmed, and 12 more are being evaluated.

Most of the cases come from Wake County, which has seven confirmed and four suspected ones. Sampson County has six, and there is one each in Durham, Johnston, Franklin and Cleveland counties.

Eight of the nine confirmed cases were people who attended the state fair, but Miss Davies said investigators don’t know yet how many of the suspected cases were at the event.

She said it’s not clear what else the confirmed cases had in common besides attending the fair in its early days.

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Ex-teacher convicted in student sex case

LEBANON | A former Ohio high school teacher has been found guilty of having sex with teenage boys at her home.

Stacy Schuler, 33, was convicted Thursday of sexual battery. She could face decades in prison.

She was accused of having sex with five Mason High School students, some football players, at her Springboro home in 2010. She had been a teacher and athletic trainer at the school north of Cincinnati since 2000 and resigned in February after being charged.

Earlier this week, five former students testified they had sexual encounters with Schuler at her Springboro home.

She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Her lawyers argued she had medical and psychological issues and didn’t remember the alleged incidents. They also said the students took advantage of her.

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