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Firelands Community Hospital, now known as Firelands Regional Medical Center, reached the agreement after years of litigation. The women filed a class-action lawsuit complaining about how the Sandusky hospital disposed of the fetuses.

Court records show a former Firelands employee placed 88 fetuses into jars from 1988 to 1996. She worked with a pathologist to use them for teaching purposes. She told the hospital she kept the fetuses in jars instead of disposing of them for personal religious reasons.

An attorney representing the women said they’re happy with the settlement. The hospital declined to comment immediately.

CALIFORNIA

Police chief defends cops’ search for son’s iPhone

BERKELEY — The police chief of the California college town of Berkeley is defending using 10 officers - some on overtime - to search for his teenage son’s stolen iPhone.

Police Chief Michael Meehan told the Oakland Tribune on Wednesday no preferential treatment was given when the officers, including three detectives and a sergeant, searched for the phone, which was taken from a school locker in January.

Chief Meehan said field supervisors decide how many officers to put on a case and he’s confident the search was properly handled.

The police chief also came under scrutiny in March after ordering an officer to a reporter’s home to ask for changes to an online story about a community meeting criticizing the alleged slow police response to an elderly man’s beating death. Chief Meehan apologized.

ARKANSAS

Judge orders new trial in lotto ticket suit

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas judge Thursday ordered a new trial over who can claim a $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket prize, a little more than three weeks after ruling a woman who said she bought the ticket but mistakenly discarded it was entitled to the money.

White County Circuit Judge Thomas Hughes had ruled May 1 that Sharon Duncan should get the prize money, not two other women involved in the case. Judge Hughes ordered the new trial in a one-paragraph ruling that did not elaborate on his reasoning.

“After reviewing the actions of counsel appearing in this case, the court file and the record, this court, as authorized by the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure, orders a new trial to be held on all claims in this case,” Judge Hughes said in the order. A call to Judge Hughes’ office was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Sharon Jones, a customer at the store, initially claimed the prize winnings from the “Diamond Dazzler” ticket that Ms. Duncan said she purchased at a convenience store in Beebe, about 35 miles northeast of Little Rock.

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