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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:25

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on May 10. Following her 2013 appointment by President Barack Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC chair, the first woman to head the agency. A Democrat, she is currently serving a sec...

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$1.27 million settlement approved for family of teen killed at Ohio State Fair

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:20

A financial settlement of $1.27 million has been approved to settle claims by the family of 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell.

Jarrell was killed in July 2017 when the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart.

The settlement, which according to court records is only partial, involves Jarrell’s family, Amusements of America, the operator of the Fire Ball, and Comspeq and Soil Consultants, two companies that inspected the ride before the July 26 crash.

Attorneys for Jarrell’s family say they are “continuing the case against KMG (the Fire Ball’s manufacturer) and other potential defendants.”

The exact amount of the settlement is $1,271,195.40. It includes $19,168.98 in funeral expenses, $317,798.85 in attorney’s fees, and $63,438.98 for expenses relating to the legal case. The remaining $870,788.59 would go to Jarrell’s parents.

"At the time of his untimely death, Tyler Jarrell was 18 years old,” the settlement papers read. “He was a senior at Franklin Heights High School, where he was a 4-year member of the NJROTC. He was also a 4-year member of the Active Quarter Master Explorers with the Columbus Division of Police, and he had just enlisted July 21, 2017, with the U.S. Marine Corps and would have begun his service this year."

"Tyler had an extremely bright future....(he) was an amazing young man- he was what every parent hopes and dreams their child will be."

The settlement required the approval of a Franklin County Probate Court Judge, who signed off on the proposal Wednesday.

The Fire Ball crash injured seven others, four of them critically.

On Tuesday, a Licking County Court approved a settlement for Jennifer Lambert. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and is currently at an intermediate care facility.

Lambert's attorney says “it is unknown whether she will ever be self-supporting.”

Under her settlement, Lambert is set to receive $1,103,953.31 out of a total $1,769,703.40.

Categories: Ohio News

Gov. John Kasich orders flags lowered in honor of Barbara Bush

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Governor John Kasich has ordered flags at public buildings and grounds in Ohio flown at half-staff in honor of the late first lady Barbara Bush.

Governor Kasich's resolution on Wednesday ordered the flags lowered until Bush's burial.

A family spokesman said Bush died Tuesday at age 92. She was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of President George W. Bush.

Kasich's order said the flags would be lowered in honor of Bush's life and service. She was one of two first ladies who had a child who was elected president.

The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

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A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews

Krebs on Security - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:08

In 2016, KrebsOnSecurity exposed a network of phony Web sites and fake online reviews that funneled those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction toward rehab centers that were secretly affiliated with the Church of Scientology. Not long after the story ran, that network of bogus reviews disappeared from the Web. Over the past few months, however, the same prolific purveyor of these phantom sites and reviews appears to be back at it again, enlisting the help of Internet users and paying people $25-$35 for each fake listing.

Sometime in March 2018, ads began appearing on Craigslist promoting part-time “social media assistant” jobs, in which interested applicants are directed to sign up for positions at seorehabs[dot]com. This site promotes itself as “leaders in addiction recovery consulting,” explaining that assistants can earn a minimum of $25 just for creating individual Google for Business listings tied to a few dozen generic-sounding addiction recovery center names, such as “Integra Addiction Center,” and “First Exit Recovery.”

The listing on Craigslist.com advertising jobs for creating fake online businesses tied to addiction rehabilitation centers.

Applicants who sign up are given detailed instructions on how to step through Google’s anti-abuse process for creating listings, which include receiving a postcard via snail mail from Google that contains a PIN which needs to be entered at Google’s site before a listing can be created.

Assistants are cautioned not to create more than two listings per street address, but otherwise to use any U.S.-based street address and to leave blank the phone number and Web site for the new business listing.

A screen shot from Seorehabs’ instructions for those hired to create rehab center listings.

In my story Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers, I showed how a labyrinthine network of fake online reviews that steered Internet searches toward rehab centers funded by Scientology adherents was set up by TopSeek Inc., which bills itself as a collection of “local marketing experts.” According to LinkedIn, TopSeek is owned by John Harvey, an individual (or alias) who lists his address variously as Sacramento, Calif. and Hawaii.

Although the current Web site registration records from registrar giant Godaddy obscure the information for the current owner of seorehabs[dot]com, a historic WHOIS search via Domaintools shows the site was also registered by John Harvey and TopSeek in 2015. Mr. Harvey did not respond to requests for comment. [Full disclosure: Domaintools previously was an advertiser on KrebsOnSecurity].

TopSeek’s Web site says it works with several clients, but most especially Narconon International — an organization that promotes the rather unorthodox theories of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard regarding substance abuse treatment and addiction.

As described in Narconon’s Wikipedia entry, Narconon facilities are known not only for attempting to win over new converts to Scientology, but also for treating all substance abuse addictions with a rather bizarre cocktail consisting mainly of vitamins and long hours in extremely hot saunas. Their Wiki entry documents multiple cases of accidental deaths at Narconon facilities, where some addicts reportedly died from overdoses of vitamins or neglect.

A LUCRATIVE RACKET

Bryan Seely, a security expert who has written extensively about the use of fake search listings to conduct online bait-and-switch scams, said the purpose of sites like those that Seorehabs pays people to create is to funnel calls to a handful of switchboards that then sell the leads to rehab centers that have agreed to pay for them. Many rehab facilities will pay hundreds of dollars for leads that may ultimately lead to a new patient. After all, Seely said, some facilities can then turn around and bill insurance providers for thousands of dollars per patient.

Perhaps best known for a stunt in which he used fake Google Maps listings to intercept calls destined for the FBI and U.S. Secret Service, Seely has learned a thing or two about this industry: Until 2011, he worked for an SEO firm that helped to develop and spread some of the same fake online reviews that he is now helping to clean up.

“Mr. Harvey and TopSeek are crowdsourcing the data input for these fake rehab centers,” Seely said. “The phone numbers all go to just a few dedicated call centers, and it’s not hard to see why. The money is good in this game. He sells a call for $50-$100 at a minimum, and the call center then tries to sell that lead to a treatment facility that has agreed to buy leads. Each lead can be worth $5,000 to $10,000 for a patient who has good health insurance and signs up.”

This graph illustrates what happens when someone calls one of these Seorehabs listings. Source: Bryan Seely.

Many of the listings created by Seorehab assistants are tied to fake Google Maps entries that include phony reviews for bogus treatment centers. In the event those listings get suspended by Google, Seorehab offers detailed instructions on how assistants can delete and re-submit listings.

Assistants also can earn extra money writing fake, glowing reviews of the treatment centers:

Below are some of the plainly bogus reviews and listings created in the last month that pimp the various treatment center names and Web sites provided by Seorehabs. It is not difficult to find dozens of other examples of people who claim to have been at multiple Seorehab-promoted centers scattered across the country. For example, “Gloria Gonzalez” supposedly has been treated at no fewer than seven Seorehab-marketed detox locations in five states, penning each review just in the last month:

A reviewer using the name “Tedi Spicer” also promoted at least seven separate rehab centers across the United States in the past month. Getting treated at so many far-flung facilities in just the few months that the domains for these supposed rehab centers have been online would be an impressive feat:

Bring up any of the Web sites for these supposed rehab listings and you’ll notice they all include the same boilerplate text and graphic design. Aside from combing listings created by the reviewers paid to promote the sites, we can find other Seorehab listings just by searching the Web for chunks of text on the sites. Doing so reveals a long list (this is likely far from comprehensive) of domain names registered in the past few months that were all created with hidden registration details and registered via Godaddy.

Seely said he spent a few hours this week calling dozens of phone numbers tied to these rehab centers promoted by TopSeek, and created a spreadsheet documenting his work and results here (Google Sheets).

Seely said while he would never advocate such activity, TopSeek’s fake listings could end up costing Mr. Harvey plenty of money if someone figured out a way to either mass-report the listings as fraudulent or automate calls to the handful of hotlines tied to the listings.

“It would kill his business until he changes all the phone numbers tied to these fake listings, but if he had to do that he’d have to pay people to rebuild all the directories that link to these sites,” he said.

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT FAKE ONLINE REVIEWS

Before doing business with a company you found online, don’t just pick the company that comes up at the top of search results on Google or any other search engine. Unfortunately, that generally guarantees little more than the company is good at marketing.

Take the time to research the companies you wish to hire before booking them for jobs or services — especially when it comes to big, expensive, and potentially risky services like drug rehab or moving companies. By the way, if you’re looking for a legitimate rehab facility, you could do worse than to start at rehabs.com, a legitimate rehab search engine.

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of verifying that the organization’s physical address, phone number and Web address shown in the search result match that of the landing page. If the phone numbers are different, use the contact number listed on the linked site.

Take the time to learn about the organization’s reputation online and in social media; if it has none (other than a Google Maps listing with all glowing, 5-star reviews), it’s probably fake. Search the Web for any public records tied to the business’ listed physical address, including articles of incorporation from the local secretary of state office online.

A search of the company’s domain name registration records can give you an idea of how long its Web site has been in business, as well as additional details about the the organization (although the ability to do this may soon be a thing of the past).

Seely said one surefire way to avoid these marketing shell games is to ask a simple question of the person who answers the phone in the online listing.

“Ask anyone on the phone what company they’re with,” Seely said. “Have them tell you, take their information and then call them back. If they aren’t forthcoming about who they are, they’re most likely a scam.”

In 2016, Seely published a book on Amazon about the thriving and insanely lucrative underground business of fake online reviews. He’s agreed to let KrebsOnSecurity republish the entire e-book, which is available for free at this link (PDF).

“This is literally the worst book ever written about Google Maps fraud,” Seely said. “It’s also the best. Is it still a niche if I’m the only one here? The more people who read it, the better.”

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Sweden’s SAQ LF Transmitter to be On the Air on May 1

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:07

Low-frequency World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will transmit from Sweden on May 1 as participation in the European Route of Industrial Heritage’s “Work It Out” observance.

“As part of the event, we plan for the first SAQ transmission since 2016,” said Lars Kalland, SM6NM. The transmitter start-up will begin at 0930 UTC, with the transmission to follow on 17.2 kHz CW at 1000 UTC.

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Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:04

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority. It is the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers.

"This is too much," said Luis Oscar Rivera, a 42-year-old computer technician who just got normal power back at his house less than two months ago. "It's like the first day of Maria all over again."

Several large power outages have hit Puerto Rico in recent months, but Wednesday was the first time since the Category 4 storm struck on Sept. 20 that the U.S. territory has experienced a full island-wide blackout. It snarled traffic across the island, interrupted classes and work and forced dozens of businesses to temporarily close, including the island's largest mall and popular tourist attractions like a 16th-century fort in the historic part of Puerto Rico's capital.

Backup generators roared to life at the island's largest public hospital and at its main international airport, where officials reported no cancellations or delays. Meanwhile, the power company said its own customer service center was out of service and asked people to go online or use the phone.

Power company spokeswoman Yohari Molina told The Associated Press that crews were investigating what caused the blackout, saying she had no other details.

Officials said restoring power to hospitals, airports, banking centers and water pumping systems was their priority. Following that would be businesses and then homes.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island. She said all emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn stadium are functioning and that tower lights and additional security will be placed at the stadium's parking lot.

Angel Figueroa, president of a union that represents power company workers in Puerto Rico, told reporters that it appears a failure caused the entire electrical grid to shut down to protect itself. He said the union is investigating why a breaker at a main power station in the island's southern region did not function when the outage occurred. He noted it was the same problem that caused a 2016 power outage that affected the entire island.

Rivera said he worries that such serious power outages are still occurring as the new Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1, approaches.

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now," he said.

Federal officials who testified before Congress last week said they expect to have a plan by June on how to strengthen and stabilize the island's power grid, noting that up to 75 percent of distribution lines were damaged by high winds and flooding. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the federal power restoration efforts, said they hope to have the entire island fully energized by May. Some 40,000 power customers still remain without normal electrical service as a result of the hurricane.

The new blackout occurred as Puerto Rico legislators debate a bill that would privatize the island's power company, which is $14 billion in debt and relies on infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.

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Former Dublin jewelry store owner facing theft charges involving dozens of customers

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:56

DUBLIN, Ohio -- A former Dublin business owner was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury this week.

Charles "Mike" Hush, 64, was indicted by the grand jury on 36 counts of theft and one count of engaging in corrupt activity as a result of an investigation that began in 2016.

“This longtime Dublin jewelry store owner took the jewelry and/or the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry from 36 victims with the estimated value of the jewelry being in excess of $300,000," Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

Police began looking into theft accusations involving The Jewelry Refinery, a business formerly located in downtown Dublin.

Multiple victims told police Hush took their jewelry on consignment, and either failed to pay them the proceeds from the sale or would not return their jewelry. The Jewelry Refinery went out of business in 2016.

The victims range in age between approximately 25 to 86 years old.

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Ohio Supreme Court upholds death penalty constitutionality

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the state's three-decades-old death penalty law, rejecting a challenge that argued juries and not judges should impose death sentences.

The court ruled against the contention by lawyers for a convicted killer that the 1981 law is unconstitutional because judges, not juries, impose death sentences in contrast to the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial.

The court said in a unanimous ruling that the law is constitutional because juries in Ohio first determine whether an offender is guilty beyond reasonable doubt of aggravated murder. Juries then decide whether aggravated circumstances such as a killing committed during a rape or robbery outweigh factors that could lead to a lesser sentence, such as a defendant's background or substance abuse, according to Wednesday's ruling.

That process adheres to the 6th Amendment, said Justice Patrick Fischer, writing for the court.

At issue before the court were arguments brought by attorneys for ex-death row inmate Maurice Mason. Those lawyers said a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring Florida's death penalty law unconstitutional based on the same jury principle should apply in Ohio.

In that ruling, the court said the 6th Amendment requires a jury, not a judge, to determine each fact needed to sentence someone to death, according to Kort Gatterdam, a Columbus attorney representing Mason.

In Ohio, juries' death sentence verdicts are only recommendations, and judges still need to make their own, independent conclusions about the specific factors in a case that require a death sentence, Gatterdam said in a filing with the court last year.

As in Florida, judges in Ohio "are required to make additional factual findings that the jury did not make before any defendant can be sentenced to death," Gatterdam said. A message was left with Gatterdam on Wednesday seeking comment on the ruling.

But the state Supreme Court disagreed, saying Ohio's law differs from the Florida law because juries in Ohio must find an offender guilty of an aggravating circumstance.

"Ohio's scheme differs from Florida's because Ohio requires the jury to make this specific and critical finding," Fischer said.

In Ohio, if juries recommend capital punishment, judges impose the sentence. Ohio judges can reject death sentences but can't impose them if juries don't recommend them.

After the 2016 ruling, Florida stopped all executions for months. In response, the state Legislature passed a new law requiring death sentences to have a unanimous jury vote.

Mason, 54, was sentenced to die for raping and killing a woman in Marion County in 1993. Authorities say he raped 19-year-old Robin Dennis, pistol whipped her and repeatedly hit her head with a board with nails in it.

Dennis gave Mason a ride to his house because her husband planned to trade his gun for Mason's television, according to court records.

A federal appeals court overturned Mason's death sentence on the basis of poor legal assistance, but he remains imprisoned. He's challenging a new sentencing hearing.

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Thousands without power in parts of west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:21

COLUMBUS -- More than 9,000 American Electric Power customers were without power in west Columbus on Wednesday.

Parts of Upper Arlington, Grandview and the university area lost power.

An equipment failure is believed to have caused the outages, according to AEP Ohio. They expect power to be restored to those areas by 12:30 p.m.

The Columbus Division of Police is directing traffic at the following intersections:

  • King Avenue & Olentangy River Road
  • W. 5th Avenue and Olentangy River Road
  • Lane Avenue and Kenny Road

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Resources:

View current outages via the AEP Ohio Outage Map >>

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Ohio Dept. of Education reports log-in issue with statewide tests

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:45

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Education has reported a log-in issue in its statewide tests scheduled to happen Wednesday.

The state website shows this alert affecting AIR, the vendor distributing the tests:

Test Delivery System (TDS) Login Issue

AIR is currently experiencing a problem with the login system for accessing the assessments. We are actively working to resolve this issue. A portal announcement will be made once this has been fixed and the assessments are available.

Students actively testing are not impacted by this issue.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

Columbus City Schools tells 10TV the district is impacted.

"This is the first outage of this kind that we experienced with the state system," a spokesperson said. "We have not 'cancelled' testing but will look to reschedule, if needed. It’s important to remember that there is a window for state testing - it doesn’t just have to be on one single day - and our schools can adjust schedules as needed, if this outage is prolonged today."

We were informed this morning by AIR (Ohio’s testing vendor) of a problem with its login system for accessing tests. AIR is actively working to resolve the issue. Districts will be notified when assessments are available. #OhioEd pic.twitter.com/2fhbUyc4gW

— OH Dept of Education (@OHEducation) April 18, 2018

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for the latest on this developing story.

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International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:26

“Girls Can Do ICT!” is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to “create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field,” the ITU said. International Girls in...

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Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine, praised for "nerves of steel"

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:51

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) -- A Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet apparently blew an engine, got hit by shrapnel and lost a window, is being praised for her "nerves of steel" in helping to prevent a far worse tragedy after the catastrophe killed one passenger and left seven others hurt. Tammie Jo Shults was at the controls of the Dallas-bound Flight 1380 when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, said her husband, Dean Shults.

The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left New York with 149 people board was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The pilot took the plane into a rapid descent as passengers using oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling braced for impact.

Shults was among the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. military, according to friends and the alumni group at Shults' alma mater, MidAmerica Nazarene.

Shults was a 1983 graduate of the university in Olathe, Kansas, where she earned degrees in biology and agribusiness, said Carol Best, a university spokeswoman told The Kansas City Star.

Passenger Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas, lauded Shults and her crew for their professionalism.

"She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I'm going to send her a Christmas card - I'm going to tell you that - with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome," Tumlinson said. "The lady, the crew, everything, everybody was immaculate. They were so professional in what they did to get us on the ground."

Shults' brother-in-law, Gary Shults, said her husband also is a Southwest pilot and told him she had made the emergency landing.

"She's a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack," said Gary Shults, a dentist in San Antonio. "My brother says she's the best pilot he knows. She's a very caring, giving person who takes care of lots of people."

Passengers said she walked through the aisle and talked with them to make sure they were OK after the plane touched down.

"The pilot, Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly," passenger Amanda Bourman wrote on Instagram.

U.S. transportation Secretary Elaine Chao extended her sympathies to the loved ones of the passenger who died, Jennifer Riordan, of New Mexico, and praised the pilot, crew and others who were on board.

"I commend the pilots who safely landed the aircraft, and the crew and fellow passengers who provided support and care for the injured, preventing what could have been far worse," Chao said in a statement.

Travelers said fellow passengers dragged Riordan back in as the sudden decompression of the cabin pulled her part way through the smashed window.

National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in an accident involving a U.S. airline since 2009.

Categories: Ohio News

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on April 21

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:43

The ARRL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (EC) will meet on Friday, April 21, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

In addition to reports from the President and the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, the EC will hear from General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, who will address FCC and regulatory issues. The EC wi...

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President Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:24

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago.

The sketch depicts a white male in his 30s or 40s and carries a description of him as "lean but fit." Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, told ABC's "The View" on Tuesday that it's the man who menaced her and her young daughter and warned her in 2011 to stay quiet about a 2006 tryst with Trump.

In an early morning tweet from his Palm Beach estate, President Trump said: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" It appeared to be the first time President Trump tweeted directly about the porn actress.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti shot back on Twitter, noting a recent FBI raid on President Trump's personal attorney's office, saying it uncovered "EXISTING documents and recordings showing con job after con job pulled on REAL people and very REAL American citizens (who didn't know it)."

He added that President Trump was a "completely unhinged, undisciplined opponent who is prone to shooting himself in the foot."

Avenatti has increased a $100,000 reward to $131,000 for information leading to the man's identification. The figure could be a reference to the $130,000 that Daniels says she received from President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen just before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence. Daniels is seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

The case took on new significance last week when FBI agents raided Cohen's office, looking for information on topics including the payment to Daniels.

President Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time recently, saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and didn't know where Cohen had gotten the money. The White House has consistently said President Trump denies the affair.

After Daniels first alleged on CBS' "60 Minutes" several weeks ago that she had been threatened, a lawyer for Cohen demanded that she publicly apologize to Cohen for suggesting he was involved. Daniels responded by filing a revised federal lawsuit accusing Cohen of defamation.

Categories: Ohio News

Dublin resident injured, Bowling Green student killed in northwest Ohio crash

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:37

Bowling Green, Ohio – The Wood County Sheriff say two Bowling Green student teachers were heading to school for work when they were involved in a crash that happened Wednesday morning north of Fostoria.

22-year-old Brianna Redd, of Dublin, was driving south on State Route 199 when she hit a vehicle traveling northbound. First responders transported Redd to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital where she is expected to recover from her injuries.

Redd's passenger 27-year-old Shawn Brennan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Wood County Sheriff Office.

Bowling Green University President Dr. Rodney K. Rogers notified the University of the loss of one of its students sharing a Facebook Post.

Authorities said the driver of the other vehicle 42-year-old Sarah Hottenstein was extracted from her vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Presidents, first ladies praise Barbara Bush's dedication

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:27

HOUSTON (AP) — Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy.

President Donald Trump said among Mrs. Bush's greatest achievements "was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well."

.@FLOTUS Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/4OW72iddQx

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018

Former President Barack Obama said he and former first lady Michelle Obama will "always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we're even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit."

Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/MhTVYCL9Nj

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2018

Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at age 92, family spokesman Jim McGrath said. She had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at home in Houston.

A funeral is planned Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, which Mrs. Bush and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended. Mrs. Bush will lie in repose Friday at the church for members of the public who want to pay respects. Saturday's service will be by invitation only, according to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter called Mrs. Bush the "matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation's progress."

George H.W. Bush was at his wife's side when she died and had held her hand all day Tuesday, according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the former president's office in Houston.

Their son, former President George W. Bush, said his family's "souls are settled because we know hers was."

"Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions," he said. "To us, she was so much more."

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US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:21

CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The highly unusual, secret visit comes as the enemy nations prepare for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim within the next couple of months.

The officials spoke about Pompeo's trip on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The Washington Post, which first reported Pompeo's meeting with Kim, said it took place over Easter weekend — just over two weeks ago, shortly after the CIA chief was nominated to become secretary of state.

Trump, currently at his Florida resort hosting Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit with Kim. He said five locations were under consideration for the meeting, which is slated to take place by early June.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Kim have not spoken directly.

Kim's offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many when it was announced that he had accepted. U.S. officials have indicated over the past two weeks that North Korea's government has communicated directly with Washington that it is ready to discuss its nuclear weapons program.

It would be the first ever summit between U.S. and North Korea during more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War. North Korea's nukes and capability to deliver them by ballistic missile pose a growing threat to the U.S. mainland.

The U.S. and North Korea do not have formal diplomatic relations, complicating the arrangements for contacts between the two governments. It is not unprecedented for U.S. intelligence officials to serve as a conduit for communication with Pyongyang.

In 2014, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper secretly visited North Korea to bring back two American detainees.

At his confirmation hearing last week to become the top U.S. diplomat, Pompeo played down expectations for a breakthrough deal on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons at the planned Trump-Kim summit, but said it could lay the groundwork for a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization.

"I'm optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation and will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America and the world so desperately need," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

After a year of escalating tensions, when North Korea conducted nuclear and long-range missile tests that drew world condemnation, Kim has pivoted to international outreach.

The young leader met China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing in late March, Kim's first trip abroad since taking power six years ago. He is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone between the rival Koreas on April 27.

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Ohio school bus driver fired after young student left on alone bus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:10

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A substitute school bus driver in southwestern Ohio has been fired after a sleeping child was left unattended on a bus.

School officials in Mason tell WXIX-TV that the driver failed to do a mandatory check of the bus, leaving the young child behind. The student attends the Mason Early Childhood Center.

Officials say they immediately apologized to the child's family and notified police and Child Protective Services.

The district is putting new procedures in place to notify parents when a child does not show up to school.

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