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Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 14:12

DOON, Iowa — A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil from at least one of 31 tankers into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies, officials said.

BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams said no one was injured when the cars derailed around 4:30 a.m. Friday just south of Doon in Lyon County.

Officials at the scene aren't sure whether floodwater from the swollen Little Rock River caused the cars to leave the tracks. The river rose rapidly Wednesday after 5 to 7 inches of rain fell Wednesday and a further downpour on Thursday.

A broadening sheen of oil spread near several of the tankers, which had piled up across the track and earthen berm, some submerged in the water.

News of the spill was enough to prompt officials in Rock Valley, a small city about 5 miles southwest of the derailment, to shut off all the city's drinking water wells. The water towers also will be drained as a precaution, said Rock Valley public information officer Travis Olson. In the meantime, the city is getting its water from the nearby Rock Valley Rural Water system, which Olson said is not in danger of being contaminated by the spill.

The city, with a population of nearly 3,400, will stay on the rural water system until testing by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirms the safety of the city's drinking water, Olson said.

"I don't know how long that will be," he said. "It sounds like the cleanup is going to take a while."

Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how many of the cars were leaking. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep said the oil was being carried downstream into the Rock River a few hundred yards west of the derailment.

No information was immediately available on how much oil each of the tankers was carrying. Cleanup crews were dispatched to the site.

Vander Stoep said four homes near the site have been evacuated.

The Rock River has already carried some oil to Rock Valley, said Ken Hessenius with the Iowa Natural Resources Department. State crews are trying to determine how fast the oil was travelling south. The Rock River joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

The task difficulty is compounded by the spreading floodwater, he said.

"The river, instead of being 100 yards wide, is now maybe a half-mile wide" in spots, Hessenius said.

"Our first major concerns are public water supplies," he said, adding that several towns that draw water from shallow wells near the Rock River have been alerted about possible contamination.

Doon is about 40 miles southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where several rain-swollen rivers overflowed Thursday. The National Weather Service has forecast flooding in the area into the weekend.

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Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:59

STAMFORD, Conn. — An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis.

Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez dropped the sculpture at the company's Stamford headquarters. Police arrested Alvarez on a minor charge of obstructing free passage. A city worker removed the spoon with a payloader and it was hauled to a police evidence holding area.

Several state and local governments are suing Purdue Pharma for allegedly using deceptive marketing to boost sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin, deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. The company has been blamed for helping fuel addiction and opioid overdose deaths.

Purdue Pharma denies the allegations in the lawsuits.

"We share the protesters' concern about the opioid crisis, and respect their right to peacefully express themselves," the company said in a statement Friday in response to the sculpture. "Purdue is committed to working collaboratively with those affected by this public health crisis on meaningful solutions to help stem the tide of opioid-related overdose deaths."

Opioid overdose deaths rose to about 46,000 in the U.S. for the 12-month period that ended in October 2017, up about 15 percent from October 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Esposito, of Westwood, Massachusetts, and his family have struggled with his brother's 14-year opioid addiction. He said his brother, Danny, who has been clean for the past four months, has nearly died and has been in and out of jail.

He said the idea for the 4-foot-high sculpture, which includes a depiction of burned heroin on the spoon, came from his mother screaming several years ago that she found another bent spoon used by his brother. Spoons are used to "cook" the drugs into liquid form before putting them into syringes.

"The spoon has always been an albatross for my family," Esposito said. "It's kind of an emotional symbol, a dark symbol for me.

"This is just a movement for accountability," he said. "Percocet and OxyContin are still all over the streets. Nothing's changed. People are still dying. ... It's also a calling for the federal government to step in and do something."

The placement of the giant spoon at Purdue Pharma kicked off an exhibit on the opioid crisis that opened Friday at Alvarez's gallery in Stamford.

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9,000 barrels of aging bourbon crash to ground after warehouse collapses

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:46

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of bourbon barrels were piled in a massive heap Friday after a large section of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country.

About 9,000 barrels filled with aging bourbon were affected by the warehouse collapse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, said Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding. No injuries were reported following the late-morning collapse, he said.

Barton bourbon is owned by Sazerac, a New Orleans-based spirits company. Spokeswoman Amy Preske said the company was assessing the damage and declined further comment.

The distillery is near a waterway, and officials were checking on whether any whiskey had spilled into it. The structure has a 12-foot (3.6-meter) basement that would help contain spills, said Joe Prewitt, the local emergency management director.

The warehouse stored about 20,000 barrels, and about half the structure with the rest of the barrels was still standing, Spalding said.

Bardstown fire chief Billy Mattingly said crews had been working on the warehouse earlier in the week.

No one was in the building when it collapsed, Spalding said.

The Barton distillery, established in 1879, includes 29 storage warehouses and 22 other buildings, according to its website.

Bourbon ages for years in charred new oak barrels, where it acquires its color and flavor.

Bardstown is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Louisville.

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Cops: Girl believed abducted by gunman who shot grandfather

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:37

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Authorities in Kansas City are searching for a girl they believe was abducted by a gunman who shot her grandfather, reports CBS affiliate KCTV. An Amber Alert has been issued in Kansas and Missouri for 15-year-old Brajean Sledge. Police responded to the report of a shooting Thursday at a Kansas City home, where they found Sledge's 60-year-old grandfather shot and wounded.

He was taken to an area hospital and is in serious but stable condition, the station reports.

Police say they believe the suspect, between 18 and 20 years old, may be with Sledge. He is considered armed and dangerous and Sledge is believed to be in danger, Kansas City police officer Jake Becchina told the station.

The two were last seen traveling northbound in a 2017 Kia Forte. Police say they located the vehicle abandoned Thursday in south Kansas City. Investigators were canvassing the area and processing the car for evidence.

Sledge goes by several different names, including Brajean Sweeten, Bre-Shawn, Brayshawn, and Rayshawn, the station reports. She was last seen wearing a white V-neck T-shirt and black pants, and her hair is black with a blond weave, police say. Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.

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Central Ohio parents learn about gaming disorders in children

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Parents in central Ohio are learning what the new mental health classification of gaming disorders could mean.

The World Health Organization announced that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. It is a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing young players.

Local colleges point to thousands of studies where universities nationwide completed a part of the research leading up to the designation.

“As with any addiction, it doesn't just harm the individual,” said Iowa State Professor Douglas Gentile.

Gentile has completed numerous studies on children and gaming. He called the action of the World Health Organization a victory for science. Now, a person can be diagnosed as addicted to gaming. Gentile said the move aligns with his ongoing studies that began in the 1990’s.

"Even back then, parents were saying their kids were addicted to games and I thought that can't be right. I started studying back then. I set out to disprove it, but the more I tried to disprove it, the more I couldn't."

Gentile said it could mean better help and therapy for children who have crossed the line. He explained the new classification could open the door for insurance companies to cover gaming addiction treatment.

“Once we recognize some kids might have a real problem with the way they're gaming, then we might recognize the symptoms earlier and get them help sooner before it becomes such a big problem,” Gentile said.

Warning signs he said parents can watch for include a shift in your child’s performance at school, depression, social phobias or ADHD. He said he found them to often be comorbid.

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Face the State with Scott Light | June 24, 2018

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:08

This week on Face The State with Scott Light:

Crisis at the border - Governor John Kasich made his stance on the immigration battle known. Our panelists look at the governor's remarks and a group of women finding common ground to reunite families.

Ohio's Economy - More than half a million jobs have come to Ohio's private sector, but some people are still struggling to make rent. We look at the state of Ohio's economy and the progress made across the state.

Guests this week:

  • Rea Hederman - Executive Director of the Economic Research Center at Buckeye Institute
  • Sandy Theis - Democratic strategist and veteran journalist
  • Jessie Balmert - The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Toys 'R' Us will close all its stores for good on June 29

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:04

Attention Toys “R” Us kids: You only have seven days left to shop at the iconic toy store.

According to social media post, Toys “R” Us will close all stores on June 29.

The company announced it would shut down all of its US stores in March after filing for bankruptcy.

Toys “R” Us stores are continuing with their liquidation sales on everything with items priced down between 50 and 70 percent.

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Columbus bank robbery suspect gives ID, easily tracked by police

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police say a quick-thinking bank teller in Ohio convinced a suspected robber to hand over his own license.

Authorities say the man walked into a Huntington Bank in Columbus on June 4 and gave the teller a note saying he was armed and demanding money.

The teller gave the man a stack of cash, but then he demanded more money from the electronic cash recycle machine in the bank's lobby.

Police say the teller told the man the machine needed a driver's license to dispense cash, so the man handed his own license over.

The license led police to the 51-year-old man who was arrested June 15 and charged with aggravated robbery and threatening with a deadly weapon.

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80-year-old man on bicycle struck and killed by truck in Fairfield County

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:18

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio -- An 80-year-old man is dead in a crash where a pickup truck struck him while riding a bicycle.

According to The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Oliver Seikel, 80, was riding his bike Friday morning westbound on Carroll Eastern Road.

Troopers said Seikel failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a Ford F-150 at a State Route 158 intersection in Greenfield Township.

The collision knocked Seikel off the bike where he was then taken by first responders to Grant Medical Center.

OSHP said Seikel later died from his injuries and the driver of the truck was not injured.

This crash remains under investigation.

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Crying girl in iconic image was never separated from mother, ICE says

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:07

The picture of a Honduran girl crying as she and her mother are detained in Texas has grabbed worldwide attention and come to symbolize the intense debate about separating children from their parents. Time magazine put the young girl on this week's cover, but the Border Patrol agent involved in the dramatic scene says the photo might be a little misleading. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to CBS News the mother and daughter are being housed together at a facility in Texas and her immigration proceedings are ongoing.

"We were patrolling the border. It was after 10 o'clock at night," Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News' David Begnaud. He was the first to encounter Sandra Sanchez and her daughter after they allegedly crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas illegally.

"We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her...So we can properly search the mother," Ruiz said. "So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her 'Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?' and she said, 'Yes. She's tired and thirsty. It's 11 o'clock at night.'"

Getty photographer John Moore joined Ruiz for a nearly nine-hour ride along on the border. He was just feet away from Sanchez and her daughter.

July 2 issue of Time (TIME)

"When I took this picture, I knew it would be important. I had no way of knowing that it would touch people quite on the level that it has," Moore said. "I asked her how long she'd been traveling, and she gave me this very weary look, and she said she'd been on the road with her daughter for a month…. Imagine doing that with children. It's almost impossible to imagine, actually."

Moore's image is now on the cover of Time magazine next to a picture of President Trump.

"They're using it to symbolize a policy and that was not the case in this picture," Ruiz said. "It took less than two minutes. As soon as the search was finished, she immediately picked the girl up, and the girl immediately stopped crying."

Moore says Ruiz and other agents acted professionally that night. But he is happy with the cover and the response to the image.

"Oftentimes, immigration is talked about in terms of statistics, and when you put a human face and humanize an issue, you make people feel. And when you make people feel, they have compassion. And if I've done just a little bit of that, then that's OK," Moore said.

Ruiz said he and his fellow agents represent more than just the Border Patrol logo.

"We are also fathers, we are also sons, we are also have families, and we do care, and we do our jobs, and we treat these people as humanely and as best as we possibly can," Ruiz said.

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Supreme Court decides police generally need a warrant to track cell phones

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:25

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects' movements by collecting information about where they've used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age.

The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain cellphone tower records, an important tool in criminal investigations.

Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court's four liberals, said cellphone location information "is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled." Roberts wrote that "an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements" as they are captured by cellphone towers.

Roberts said the court's decision is limited to cellphone tracking information and does not affect other business records, including those held by banks.

He also wrote that police still can respond to an emergency and obtain records without a warrant.

Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch each wrote dissenting opinions. Kennedy wrote that the court's "new and uncharted course will inhibit law enforcement" and "keep defendants and judges guessing for years to come."

The court ruled in the case of Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced to 116 years in prison for his role in a string of robberies of Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in Michigan and Ohio. Cell tower records that investigators got without a warrant bolstered the case against Carpenter.

Investigators obtained the cell tower records with a court order that requires a lower standard than the "probable cause" needed to obtain a warrant. "Probable cause" requires strong evidence that a person has committed a crime.

The judge at Carpenter's trial refused to suppress the records, finding no warrant was needed, and a federal appeals court agreed. The Trump administration said the lower court decisions should be upheld.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing Carpenter, said a warrant would provide protection against unjustified government snooping.

The administration relied in part on a 1979 Supreme Court decision that treated phone records differently than the conversation in a phone call, for which a warrant generally is required.

"The government's position fails to contend with the seismic shifts in digital technology that made possible the tracking of not only Carpenter's location but also everyone else's, not for a short period but for years and years," Roberts wrote.

The earlier case involved a single home telephone and the court said then that people had no expectation of privacy in the records of calls made and kept by the phone company.

"The government's position fails to contend with the seismic shifts in digital technology that made possible the tracking of not only Carpenter's location but also everyone else's, not for a short period but for years and years," Roberts wrote.

The court decided the 1979 case before the digital age, and even the law on which prosecutors relied to obtain an order for Carpenter's records dates from 1986, when few people had cellphones.

The Supreme Court in recent years has acknowledged technology's effects on privacy. In 2014, the court held unanimously that police must generally get a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Other items people carry with them may be looked at without a warrant, after an arrest.

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Delaware County Prosecutor indicts former OSU Buckeye Kirk Barton

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:49

DELAWARE COUNTY - Former Ohio State Buckeye Kirk Barton, 33 has been indicted by the Delaware County Prosecutor following an incident with a Delaware County Sheriff deputy on June 1 at the Bogey Inn.

Barton is now charged with one count of assault, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of obstructing official business - a fifth-degree felony.

Carl O'Brien with the Delaware County Prosecutor said, "The owner of the Bogey requested an intoxicated male patron be escorted out of the establishment. The patron became uncooperative and slammed Deputy Andrew Lee's arm in the door of a taxi as Deputy Lee attempted to secure safe transport for Mr. Barton."

Deputy Lee sustained bruising to his arm and a cut on his elbow.

An arraignment date has not been yet been set.

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3 hospitalized following house explosion in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:32

Columbus - The Columbus Division of Police and Columbus Division of Fire are on the scene of a reported house explosion in east Columbus.

Police confirm they are closing the area near Atcheson Street and North 20th Street in east Columbus.

Fire crews on scene told 10TV three people were taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Authorities are searching for more victims.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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Ohio judge accidentally shoots himself at shooting range

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:10

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio judge accidentally shot himself at a shooting range.

Toledo Police say Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Michael Goulding was injured Thursday afternoon while going through a firearms qualification course at the Scott Park shooting range.

Goulding was trying to holster the gun when it fired, striking him in the leg.

A range officer applied first aid while the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene.

Goulding has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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Trump tweet: GOP should stop wasting time on immigration

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 05:58

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday told his fellow Republicans in Congress to "stop wasting their time" on immigration legislation until after the November elections. GOP leaders said they'd press on anyway, but his comments further damaged their attempt to win over wavering lawmakers for a measure already facing likely defeat.

A little more than four months before the congressional elections, Trump also took a new shot at Democratic lawmakers, accusing them of spreading "phony stories of sadness and grief" about young immigrants separated from parents by his "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings.

Trump's tweet on immigration legislation was the latest example of his abrupt reversals on issues, to the dismay of Republicans who crave his backing as a seal of approval for conservative voters. Just Tuesday, he met privately with GOP lawmakers and told them he supported the immigration legislation and would have their backs in November.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November," he tweeted. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"

Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018

Trump's history of turnabouts has made it harder for congressional leaders to win over other lawmakers for the immigration bill. The measure would grant young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children a chance for citizenship — a move many Republicans worry would enrage conservative voters who'd view it as amnesty.

Despite Trump's stance, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the chamber would press ahead on legislation next week. Differences between conservative and moderate Republicans delayed a vote initially planned for Thursday.

The bill would also require the government to separate fewer migrant children from parents when they are detained and finance Trump's proposed wall with Mexico.

"I think it's important that the House be able to show we can take the action," said McCarthy, R-Calif.

"We're not giving up," said No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise, R-La.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said he "absolutely" would continue the immigration push.

"I don't think it will affect the mood of members who got very close yesterday and want to continue," he said.

In a private meeting late Thursday, party leaders said they would add provisions to the bill in hopes of rounding up the support they need.

Trump's comments come amid an international outcry over the separation of migrant families at the southern border. Trump asserted Thursday that Congress could provide the "only real solution" to the crisis.

The last ditch effort on immigration ahead of the midterm elections was meant to help vulnerable Republicans this fall.

A measure backed by conservative lawmakers failed Thursday. Hours later Republican leaders postponed final voting on what was billed as a compromise immigration package until next week as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.

Lawmakers said two new provisions would be added to the bill in hopes of winning votes. One would require employers to use an online system to verify the citizenship of their workers, which could attract conservatives.

The other would make it easier for employers to retain migrant workers, which could bolster support from Republicans from agricultural regions. Legislation on those issues had been promised for July, but skeptical lawmakers wanted it sooner.

Calling Democrats "obstructionists" and accusing them of not caring about border security, Trump tweeted Friday that voters need to elect more Republicans.

"Even if we get 100% Republican votes in the Senate, we need 10 Democrat votes to get a much needed Immigration Bill," he said.

Despite the president's prediction of a "Red wave" this fall, Republicans are facing an uphill battle this November as they seek to hold control of the House and Senate. Headwinds from the controversy-embracing president and a wave of retirements in the House have put the GOP majority at risk there.

Democrats face a more challenging map to retaking control in the Senate, with the GOP eyeing pick-ups of seats in states Trump carried in 2016.

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Blue Angels return to Ohio this weekend for Dayton Air Show

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 05:47

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels are set to soar over Ohio this weekend for this year's Dayton Air Show.

The Dayton Daily News reports the fighter jet team is headlining the event, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.

It marks the return of military demonstration teams after performances were scrapped the past two years. Last year, the Thunderbirds canceled their show after a jet slid off a runway at Dayton International Airport and crashed, injuring the pilot. The Blue Angels canceled in 2016 after a crash killed a pilot during a practice show in Tennessee.

This year's show will also feature stunt planes, the U.S. Army Golden Knights skydiving team and a re-enactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Boy, 7, reunited with migrant mom after she sues feds

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 05:28

A 7-year-old boy and his migrant mother who were separated have been reunited after she sued in federal court and the Justice Department agreed to release him.

They were reunited at about 2:30 a.m. Friday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland, hours after a Justice Department lawyer told a U.S. District Court judge the child would be released.

The mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, had filed for political asylum after crossing the border with her son, Darwin, following a trek from Guatemala. She said she started crying when the two were reunited and that she's never going to be away from him again.

Darwin said he was content and happy with the reunion.

The mother and son were to travel to Texas, where they will live while her asylum claim is being decided.

This, as immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border faced deeper chaos following President Trump's reversal of a policy separating immigrant children from parents.

A senior Trump administration official told CBS News about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border under the government's "zero tolerance" policy have been reunited since that policy began in May. It was unclear how many of the children were still being detained with their families or remain in the U.S.

In the Texas border city of McAllen, federal prosecutors unexpectedly did not pursue charges against 17 immigrants. One said "there was no prosecution sought" in light of Mr. Trump's executive order ending the practice of separating families.

The administration also says it's exploring a plan to use U.S. military bases to house up to 20,000 detained immigrant children.

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Several OVI checkpoints planned tonight in Logan County

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol will hold two OVI checkpoints tonight in Logan County to combat impaired driving.

The checkpoints will be on State Route 366, Main Street in Village of Russells Point and South Main Street in Bellefontaine in Logang County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, will conduct the OVI checkpoints between 7 p.m. and midnight.

The checkpoints will be held in conjunction with increase patrols and aggressive combat impaired driver-related injury and fatal crashes.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Why are the locations and times of a sobriety checkpoint released?

Guidelines issued by the NHTSA instruct law enforcement to “aggressively” publicize the locations.

The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to not only to deter impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, but also to assure the protection of constitutional rights for both police and the public.

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:38

On Wednesday, June 20 Spaceweather.com reported the sudden emergence of sunspot AR2715. The sunspot number on that day shot up to 54, and it was 53 the next day. Average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (June 14-20) was 25.7, up from 4 the previous week. Average daily solar flux rose from 69.4 to 74. Solar flux was 82.1 on June 20.

We have not seen numbers such as this since last Sept...

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After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:21

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl.

Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

Tributes have come in from around the world, including from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and from Google, which posted an image in the shape of a heart on its New Zealand homepage along with the message "Congratulations!"

Ardern posted an Instagram message on Friday thanking "our wonderful midwife Libby."

"Not only is she incredible at what she does, this morning she made me macaroni and cheese because she heard me mention a wee craving yesterday," Ardern wrote.

Ardern has not yet made a public appearance since giving birth or announced a name for the girl. She'd earlier said the quest to come up with a name had been going "terribly."

Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford spent Thursday night with Ardern at the hospital. He plans to become the primary caregiver for the child when Ardern returns to work following a leave of six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has taken over as the acting prime minister.

The last leader to give birth while holding office was late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 gave birth to Bakhtawar. The daughter this week congratulated Ardern on social media, noting that Ardern's baby was born on Benazir Bhutto's birthday. Bhutto, who would have turned 65, was assassinated in 2007.

Speaking to media from the town of Nelson, Ardern's parents Ross and Laurell Ardern said the baby had been very active during the night and had kept their daughter awake. Laurell Ardern said she'd been poring over photos.

"The baby was looking up at Jacinda and it looked like she was in awe of her and I couldn't get over how alert it was just after being born," she said. "So, I'm dying to see it and hold her and just see what's she's like."

Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who worried a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it.'

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said the birth and the way the country had greeted it would be seen as inspirational by advocates for gender equality and women's empowerment.

"This is a sign of our maturity as a country and its acceptance that combining career and family is a choice which women are free to make," Clark wrote in an email. "Let's also celebrate Clarke as a modern man who is happy to be the full time parent of a young child."

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