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Medical experts look at how white noise could impact the brain

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:38

WEST COLUMBUS - Many parents have turned to white noise to help soothe their baby to sleep. Adults who suffer from Tinnitus can also use ambient sounds to help mask ringing in the ears.

White noise machines can serve several purposes. However, a new report is causing some to have second thoughts about using them.

A new review published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology scrutinizes the possible unintended consequences of white noise. The doctors involved found using the machines long-term could change the brain's pathway.

"It is a good review, because it cautions people to think about the fact that there are other things you can do and they may take more time and energy than just getting a white noise generator but they'll get you further, faster," said Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor and Director of The Ohio State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic when asked about the published review. "White noise might seem like a short-term solution, but not long-term help."

The report detailed the brain’s ability to rewire itself anatomically and neurochemically on the basis of incoming information. The researchers said that repeated exposure to white noise could cause the brain to age faster.

The Jama review read, in part:
"We argue that white noise exposure, a commonly recommended therapy for patients with tinnitus, engages these plastic processes in a way that induces maladaptive changes in the brain that degrade neurological health and compromise cognition.

Observations The pathophysiologic mechanisms commonly associated with hearing loss and tinnitus reflect cortical dedifferentiation and widespread loss of inhibitory tone throughout the central auditory pathway. Importantly, these same changes are also induced by exposure to unstructured noise, even at nontraumatic levels in the adult nervous system. Not by coincidence, the same changes appear in age-related decline of central auditory function, suggesting that both tinnitus and white noise accelerate the aging of the brain.

Conclusions and Relevance Noise exposure therapies offer a seductive short-term solution for relief but, in the long term, undermine the functional and structural integrity of the central auditory system and the brain more generally. Sound therapies using unstructured, random (“white”) noise should be avoided as a treatment for tinnitus. Alternative therapeutics that drive positive, adaptive plastic changes are discussed."

"The brain needs downtime from auditory information. We can't be constantly bombarding it," said Whitelaw. "I think we're on the brink of a new era of figuring out how all that stimulation may impact us. May impact our auditory system, may impact our brains."

Whitelaw has directed some patients suffering from Tinnitus to cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments involving noise habituation.

"There are things we can do to treat Tinnitus," said Whitelaw. "But many people become desperate so they go online and look at Dr. Google and say 'hey I'm going to buy a white noise generator or "T-Be-Gone" or some other kind of supplement,' but their time and money can be better spent if they start with a visit to an audiologist."

Local mom and certified sleep consultant Amy Douglas attributes the need for sleep as the reason many families to use the machines. "Is your child getting good, quality, sound sleep now? Are they able to learn or are they missing out on those opportunities? Those are some of the questions I ask parents before we talk about white noise," said Douglas. She said she also makes sure sound levels stay at or below 50 decibels.

Douglas uses a white noise machine to help her 4- and 5-year old sons to sleep. She said it prevents them from waking up as she makes noises downstairs. Douglas said she put thought into which machine to use, ensuring it was quiet enough and simple to use. She said she also made sure her children had no health problem preventing them from sleep before introducing the device.

"Don't just run out and buy something because it sounds good," said Whitelaw. "I would encourage people to approach all of this with caution. Just because something sounds good doesn't mean it is good. I hate to see people waste time and money."

You can read the review on white noise by clicking here.

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Crestline police chief resigns to "maintain honor, dignity of position"

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:28

CRESTLINE -- Crestline police chief Joseph Butler resigned Monday morning after serving the city for 18 years.

Butler, who recently came under fire for videoing conversations with people while off duty, had been placed on leave. There was a scheduled village council meeting set for Monday evening.

Butler's resignation letter, which he called "involuntary" in the first line, said in part: "in light of the current state of the village administration and its treatment of me as chief of police, I feel compelled to resign in order to at least try to maintain the honor and dignity of my position and that of the good people of the village of Crestline."

Butler recorded then-Mayor Allen Moore telling a story of racial strife in the 70s, when he used the "N" word multiple times. Moore said he was telling the story the way it was told to him, but subsequently resigned.

Village Administrator John Rostash said Mayor Joy Miley accepted the resignation at about 11:35 a.m. Monday. Interim Chief Jeff Shook will continue to fulfill the duties of police chief while the search for a permanent replacement continues.

When placed on leave, Butler was alleged to have: maintained unclear department policies that he kept in a book not readily available to officers, not kept an inventory of evidence stored within the police department, not provided proper access to the security system within village hall,
not had a proper training regime for new hires, not adequately trained officers how to use a temporary holding facility, kept an arsenal of automatic weapons not readily available to officers, stored fully automatic weapons in a detached garage at his home, stored evidence in an unsecured location, failed to adhere to federal overtime laws when paying officers, used temporary holding cells for personal storage and improperly used his body camera and other recording devices.

Butler's honesty was brought into question in the letter, saying he "lied to the mayor and village solicitor" on various occasions. The letter claims Butler failed to place a Crestline officer on the local METRICH drug task force, kept the newest department cruiser for his own personal use and failed to place shotguns in all cruisers at the mayor's request.

The letter also accuses Butler of taking several items from the police department, including the personnel files of several former and current officers and dispatchers.

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WATCH: Urban Meyer press conference | Ohio State vs. Michigan week

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:14

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday morning from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer discussed last Saturday's overtime win over Maryland -- but much of the focus was on the upcoming matchup against That Team Up North.

Ohio State takes on Michigan in "The Game" Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The winner will face Northwestern in the Big Ten title game and keep their hopes alive for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Watch the press conference in the video player below:

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Former Columbus police sergeant pleads guilty in child porn case

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 08:07

COLUMBUS -- A former public information officer with the Columbus Division of Police pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Monday.

Dean Worthington pleaded guilty to four charges involving the downloading and uploading of child pornography to his personal cell phone and to a Tumblr blog. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the social networking website provided a tip to law enforcement after Worthington uploaded an image of child pornography in March.

Monday, in front of Franklin County Common Pleas court judge Mark Serrott, Worthington entered his guilty plea and Serrott found him guilty of all four counts he was facing. Serrott said Worthington will face up to 19 years in jail and a $40,000 fine.

There will be a pre-sentence investigation and Worthington will be sentenced on Jan. 10, 2019. If he is sent to prison, Worthington also will face five years of probation upon release.

Worthington is now labeled a Tier 2 sex offender and will have to register every 180 days for the next 25 years.

Worthington pleaded guilty to one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, one count of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor – both second-degree felonies – and two counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

He was relieved of his assignment in July but remained on the force until submitting his resignation in October.

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Girl, 2, run over in YMCA parking lot after leaving mom

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 07:31

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) — A toddler was run over and killed in a YMCA parking lot after wandering away from her mother.

The incident occurred on Saturday at the Haverford Area YMCA.

The 2-year-old walked away and sat down in a parking space, and a motorist pulled in and didn't see her. She was rushed to Lankenau Hospital but couldn't be saved.

The girl's name hasn't been released, and police say no charges have been filed against the driver, who remained at the scene.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports some YMCA members wrote on Facebook that the parking lot isn't big enough for the number of people who use it and is partly to blame.

The facility's CEO says nothing like Saturday's tragedy has ever happened there.

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Pamela Anderson calls Australian PM’s comments ‘smutty’

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pamela Anderson is criticizing Australia’s prime minister for making “smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.”

Appearing on Australia’s “60 Minutes” this month, the “Baywatch” star urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Australia. The Australian citizen claimed asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations that were later dropped.

Morrison turned down the request. But the prime minister added he had “plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort out the issue with Pamela.” A government official called the remark “lighthearted.”

Anderson posted a letter on Saturday in which she called Morrison’s remarks “disappointing.”

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Christmas comes early for Pickerington boy battling cancer

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:35

PICKERINGTON - The Sycamore Creek Elementary School community was busy putting up lights on Sunday. A firetruck totally decked out in Christmas lights rolled down the street. People sang Christmas carols and Santa himself made a trip from the North Pole.

It was part of a big celebration to bring Christmas to a Pickerington boy a little early.

Deany Bandavanis is battling a rare brain cancer called DIPG. The seven-year-old boy is fighting to see the holiday, so his mother wanted to bring him Christmas early.

Deany's friends, family, and teachers, plus firefighters and police officers made sure the boy got the chance to celebrate. Celebrations that normally take weeks to plan, came together in just 24 hours.

"He's one of our heroes here. Just very outgoing and has this contagious personality and always smiling and happy," said Racquelle Major-Holland, the assistant principal at Sycamore Creek Elementary.

When Deany's family pulled up to see how their community rallied around the young boy, they were amazed.

"More than we ever thought it was going to be. It was amazing," said his mother, Ashley. "It feels awesome because I know he is leaving his mark on the world."

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Police say woman fatally shot as husband was cleaning gun

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:35

Police say an upstate New York woman was killed in an apparent accident when a shot discharged as her husband was cleaning his gun.

New York state police say 34-year-old Ashley Rosenbrock was shot Thursday night in her home in Corinth. She was pronounced dead at Saratoga Hospital.

Police said Saturday that Rosenbrock's 35-year-old husband, Eric Rosenbrock, was "performing maintenance" on his legally owned handgun when it went off.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that Eric Rosenbrock is a science teacher in the Lake George school district and the father of three young children with his wife. The couple had an 18-month-old daughter who died from an infection five years ago.

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Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally.

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

"It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. I've been fully briefed on it, there's no reason for me to hear it," Trump said in the interview with "Fox News Sunday." ''I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it."

On Saturday, Trump said his administration will "be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday." He said the report will include "who did it." It was unclear if the report would be made public.

American intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Others familiar with the case caution that while it's likely the crown prince was involved in the death, there continue to be questions about what role he played.

Trump noted to "Fox News Sunday" that the crown prince has repeatedly denied being involved in the killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"Will anybody really know?" Trump asked. "At the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good."

A Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee said that so far, there is no "smoking gun" linking the crown prince to the killing. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, who has received a confidential intelligence briefing on the matter, told ABC that "it's hard to imagine" that the crown prince didn't know about the killing, but he said, "I don't know that we absolutely know that yet."

He said that Congress will await the Trump administration's report in the next two days and that the U.S. will need to be clear about the ramifications of sanctions, given Saudi Arabia's strategic role in the Middle East.

For his part, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said the crown prince has been a "wrecking ball" in the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

"I hate to say that because I had a lot of hope for him being the reformer that Saudi Arabia needs, but that ship has sailed as far as Lindsey Graham's concerned," the South Carolina Republican told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I have no intention of working with him ever again," said Graham, who is in line to be the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Intelligence officials have been providing information to Trump for weeks about the death, and he was briefed again by phone Saturday by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he flew to California. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders provided no details of his call but said the president has confidence in the CIA.

"The United States government is determined to hold all those responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable," the State Department said in a statement. "Recent reports indicating that the U.S. government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate. There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi."

The statement added: "The U.S. government has taken decisive measures against the individuals responsible, including visa and sanctions actions. We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable who planned, led and were connected to the murder. And, we will do that while maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia."

Before his call on Air Force One, Trump told reporters that when it came to the crown prince, "as of this moment we were told that he did not play a role. We're going to have to find out what they have to say." That echoed remarks by national security adviser John Bolton, who said earlier this week that people who have listened to an audio recording of the killing do not think it implicates the crown prince.

Germany's foreign minister on Monday said Berlin had banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because they are believed to be connected to Khashoggi's killing. Heiko Maas told reporters in Brussels on Monday that Germany issued the ban for the 26-nation zone in close coordination with France, which is part of the Schengen area, and Britain, which is not. He said the 18 Saudis are "allegedly connected to this crime" but gave no further information and didn't release their names.

Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups."

But he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers. Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Mideast agenda.

But members of Congress are pushing Trump for a tougher response to the killing. The administration this past week penalized 17 Saudi officials for their alleged role in the killing, but American lawmakers have called on the administration to curtail arms sales to Saudi Arabia or take other harsher punitive measures.

Turkish and Saudi authorities say Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was killed inside the consulate by a team from the kingdom after he went there to get marriage documents.

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Nissan chairman to be dismissed for misconduct

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:31

Nissan Motor Co.'s high-flying chairman Carlos Ghosn is to be dismissed after the company said an internal investigation found he under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other "significant misconduct."

The Japanese broadcaster NHK said Ghosn was arrested Monday after he voluntarily submitted to questioning by Tokyo prosecutors. The prosecutors office did not confirm that.

The Yokohama-based company, one of the world's largest automakers, said the violations were discovered during an investigation over several months that was instigated by a whistleblower. Ghosn, 64, also allegedly engaged in personal use of company assets, it said.

Nissan said it was providing information to the prosecutors and cooperating with their investigation. The allegations also concern a Nissan representative director, Greg Kelly, it said.

Together, the two under-reported their income by a combined 5 billion yen ($44 million), Japan's Kyodo News service reported.

Nissan's CEO Hiroto Saikawa planned to propose to its board that Ghosn and Kelly both be removed from their posts, the company said in a statement.

"Nissan deeply apologizes for causing great concern to our shareholders and stakeholders. We will continue our work to identify our governance and compliance issues, and to take appropriate measures," it said.

The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi group is among the biggest auto alliances in the world, selling about 10 million vehicles a year. Before joining Renault, Ghosn worked for Michelin North America.

Shares in Renault SA of France plunged 14 percent early Monday. The news of Ghosn's troubles broke after Japanese markets had closed for the day.

The allegations are a serious blow at a time when Nissan and Mitsubishi Motor Co. are still overcoming scandals over their quality testing reporting.

Ghosn is credited with helping engineer a remarkable turnaround at Nissan over the past two decades, resuscitating the Japanese automaker from near bankruptcy after he was sent in by Renault.

He served as Nissan's chief executive from 2001 until April 2017, becoming chief executive of Renault in 2005, leading the two major automakers simultaneously. In 2016, Ghosn became Mitsubishi Motors' chairman.

For the past two decades, he has maintained an unusually high profile in a nation where foreign chief executives of major Japanese companies are still relatively rare.

Ghosn has appeared on magazine covers dressed in kimono, vowing to renew the Nissan brand. He was widely praised in Japanese industry circles for delivering sorely needed cost cuts and introducing greater efficiency at a time when Nissan needed a fresh start.

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Men convicted of Kansas bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:28

A federal judge is due to hear arguments about whether to allow victim impact statements from Somali immigrants at the sentencing hearing for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex where the immigrants live.

The hearing is scheduled to take place Monday before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita.

Attorneys for Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen contend that the immigrants aren't victims because no one was hurt. Prosecutors say the defendants are trying to de-personalize their crimes and that federal law guarantees every victim the right to be heard at sentencing.

The defendants were convicted of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiring to violate civil rights. Wright was also convicted of lying to the FBI.

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Dallas woman who went to Mexico for plastic surgery now in hospice

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:23

A Dallas real estate agent who traveled to a clinic in Mexico in October for several plastic surgery procedures and returned to the U.S. on life support with brain damage was moved to hospice care late Friday night, according to a statement on her sister's Facebook page.

The statement from Laura Avila's sister, Angie Avila, addressed to "family and friends" said, "Based on the recommendation of Laura's physicians, and after hours of agony and consideration, our family moved Laura to a more comfortable facility late last night. Laura is peacefully resting and her fate is in the hands of God. Visitation is limited to immediate family and very close friends. We appreciate your understanding and respect towards our wishes. Thank you for keeping Laura in your prayers and for all of your continued love & support."

The page includes a link to a GoFundMe campaign Angie set up in Laura's behalf. As of 2 a.m. EST Monday, the page said more than half of the $150,000 had been raised.

Enrique Cruz, Avila's fiance, said he was at the Rino Center in Ciudad Juarez when his healthy fiancee went in for a nose job and breast implant replacement. Some eight hours later, doctors said there was a problem.

"The only thing that they told me was that they had to take her to the hospital because that, the anesthesia wasn't wearing off and they did not know why," Cruz told CBS News' Anna Werner last week.

Angie said doctors at the Mexican hospital where her sister was transferred told them the Rino Center put the anesthesia in the wrong place in Laura's spine and that her brain swelled, her kidneys failed and she went into cardiac arrest.

"I just said to myself, 'This isn't happening. This can't happen,"' Angie said. "Because of the brain damage she suffered, she'll never be our Laura again."

The family said in a separate statement Sunday that, "Laura was mistreated by doctors in Mexico who were more interested in luring American consumers to their country for the income generated from the promise of discounted medical services than in providing proper patient care." That statement was released by Avila family attorney Larry Friedman.

Cruz said he researched the clinic and found positive reviews online. Angie said they have family in Mexico and, while growing up, often crossed the border to visit from El Paso.

"It sounds crazy to say, 'Oh they went to another country,' but to us, you know, it's home. It's familiar," Angie said.

A 2017 study estimated nearly 1.5 million Americans were expected to travel outside the U.S. for medical care. In Mexico, procedures can cost anywhere between 40 and 65 percent less than in the U.S. Laura's family estimates her procedures were somewhere around $8,500.

"People are seeking alternatives," said Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders. "The oversight in countries like Mexico isn't up to the same standards as it is on the United States."

"Laura would not want her tragic experience to pass in vain," the Avila family statement said. "Americans seeking bargain medical services outside the U.S. should carefully examine the services offered, the credentials and experience of the medical providers, the risks involved, the chances of success and weigh those factors against the amount of money saved by crossing the boarders treatment. If her experience saves one life, then all that she has been through will have been worthwhile."

Avila's family said they want the Rino Center to be held responsible.

"As long as my heart is beating, I will make sure they pay for what they did and this can't happen to anybody else," Angie said.

The family didn't mention if Avila had been taken off life support as of Sunday night.

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Sentencing set for man after guilty plea in family killings

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:19

A Colorado man is set to be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters and dumping their bodies on an oil work site.

Christopher Watts pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 to three charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Shanann Watts, and their young daughters. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of murdering a child, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Prosecutors have said they agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for Watts' guilty plea, after seeking approval from Shanann Watts' family. First-degree murder charges in Colorado require a minimum sentence of life without a chance at parole for adults.

Watts will have an opportunity to make a statement during the hearing Monday in Weld County, but it's not clear if he will speak. Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases.

Prosecutors have said Shanann Watts' family members may decide to speak during the sentencing hearing.

Judge Marcelo Kopcow also ruled Thursday that Christopher Watts' parents are considered victims of the crime because they are the girls' grandparents. Victims are allowed to give a statement or provide written comments during sentencing hearings in Colorado.

A friend asked police to check on Shanann Watts on Aug. 13 when she could not reach her and grew concerned that the 34-year-old who was pregnant with a third child missed a doctor's appointment. Local police initially handled the search and soon sought support from Colorado investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Meanwhile, Christopher Watts spoke to local television reporters from the front porch of the family's home in Frederick; a small town on the plains north of Denver where drilling rigs and oil wells surround booming subdivisions. Watts pleaded for his family to return home, telling reporters their house felt empty without four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste watching cartoons or running to greet him at the door.

Within days, the 33-year-old was arrested and charged with killing his family.

According to court records, Watts admitted to police that he killed his wife. Watts told investigators that he strangled her in "a rage" when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation.

Prosecutors have since called Watts' account "a flat-out lie."

Authorities have not released autopsy reports or any information about how the mother and daughters died. Prosecutors have said the reports would be released after Christopher Watts' sentencing.

The girls' bodies were found submerged in an oil tank, on property owned by the company Christopher Watts worked for until his arrest. Shanann Watts' body was found buried nearby in a shallow grave.

Police also learned that Christopher Watts was having an affair with a co-worker. Watts had denied that before being arrested.

The killings captured the attention of media across the country and became the focus of true crime blogs and online video channels, aided by dozens of family photos and videos that Shanann Watts shared on social media showing the smiling couple spending time with their children and each other.

Courts records, though, showed the couple's lifestyle caused financial strain at times. They filed for bankruptcy in June 2015, six months after Christopher Watts was hired as an operator for the large oil and gas driller Anadarko Petroleum at an annual salary of about $61,500. At the time, Shanann Watts was working in a children's hospital call center for $18 per hour.

They reported total earnings of $90,000 in 2014 but $70,000 in unsecured claims along with a mortgage of nearly $3,000. The claims included thousands of dollars in credit card debt, some student loans and medical bills.

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A few honorary Oscars firsts at this year's Governors Awards

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 03:40
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg teased Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall about the beginnings of their relationship, actress Cicely Tyson brought more than a few people to tears while proudly clutching her Oscar and publicist Marvin Levy sang a few lines from "Hamilton" to an audience that included Lin-Manuel Miranda at a lively Governors Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The event honoring the careers of film industry legends Tyson, Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin brought some of Hollywood's biggest names — Oprah, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood among them — to the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the heart of Hollywood to reminisce, laugh and schmooze without the pressure, as Hanks said, of "being nervous about who is going to win."

The Governors Awards celebrate the careers of a few entertainment veterans who have not yet won an Academy Award by bestowing them with an honorary Oscar statuette. Recipients are voted on by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For the 93-year-old Tyson, it was a half lifetime coming. It had been 45 years since her first and only nomination, for "Sounder" in 1972.

"This is a culmination of all those years of haves and have nots," Tyson said, noting that she'll be turning 94 next month.

The private, untelevised dinner gala at the Hollywood & Highland complex has also become an important stop on the campaign trail to the Academy Awards for some of the year's awards hopefuls, making the event one of the most star-studded of the season. In a spin around the room, you can see Nicole Kidman chatting with "First Man" director Damien Chazelle, Disney CEO Bob Iger leaving his seat next to Ford to meet Lady Gaga, "Eighth Grade" director Bo Burnham and "Roma" director Alfonso Cuaron deep in conversation, Hanks and Rita Wilson stopping to greet Melissa McCarthy, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt saying hello to Hilary Swank, the cast of "Black Panther" posing for a photo with Marvel chief Kevin Feige and Lin-Manuel Miranda hanging out with the "Crazy Rich Asians" cast and, later, Jonah Hill.

But all turned their full attention to the stage and the titans being honored when the time came. For while the event may be in its 10th year, and the honorary Oscar itself in its 60th, there was still room for a few firsts. Levy became the first member of the public relations branch of the film academy to win an honorary Oscar, while Kennedy became the first woman to win the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial award — an honor that she shared with her husband and partner Marshall.

The Thalberg award is given to creative producers in recognition of their high-quality body of work, and is infrequently given out. The last Thalberg award recipient was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010.

"I'm incredibly honored to be the first woman to receive this award," Kennedy said to a standing ovation. "I'm not the first to deserve it and I'm 100 percent sure I won't be the last."

Spielberg told the audience about hiring Kennedy to be his secretary years ago, but quickly realized that she had more to offer than just taking notes.

"The breaker of glass ceilings wherever she sets her sights," Spielberg said of Kennedy, who now runs Lucasfilm. "She went from taking notes to taking over."

The director did, however, make his Amblin Entertainment co-founders blush by telling a story about discovering that the two were in a relationship when he caught them "making out on my couch." Kennedy and Marshall have been married now for 32 years and have two daughters.

All the honorees accepted their awards with graciousness and little bit of humor.

Schifrin, who composed the themes to "Mission: Impossible" and "Dirty Harry," had to have a little humor in accepting his award from Eastwood. Eastwood, who said he couldn't read the teleprompter, called Schifrin up to the stage early because he wanted to ask him some questions.

On stage, Schifrin and Eastwood talked about jazz and how many movies they'd worked on together.

"You're sabotaging my speech," Schifrin said in good humor when Eastwood lingered. But Schifrin took hold of his moment of glory after going home from the Oscars empty handed six times in his long career.

"Receiving this honorary Oscar is the culmination of a dream," Schifrin, 86, said. "It is mission accomplished."

And Levy, who has been Spielberg's publicist for over 40 years, since "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" said his job has always been a little hard for people outside the business to understand. "At least now they know I got an Oscar for it," he laughed.

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Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 03:29

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines.

Up to 400 people fanned out Sunday to search the ash and rubble where homes once stood before flames roared through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities, killing at least 77 people in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.

Wearing white coveralls, hard hats and masks, teams of volunteers and search and rescue crews poked through the smoky debris for fragments of bone before rains can wash them away or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste. The so-called Camp Fire has destroyed more than 10,500 homes.

A team of 10 volunteers, accompanied by a cadaver dog, went from house to house in the charred landscape. They scrutinized the rubble in five-minute sweeps, using sticks to move aside debris and focused on vehicles, bathtubs and what was left of mattresses.

When no remains were found, they spray-painted a large, orange "0'' near the house and moved on.

Robert Panak, a volunteer on a team from Napa County, said he tried to picture the house before it burned and think where people might have hidden. His morning search was fruitless, but he wasn't deterred.

"I just think about the positives, bringing relief to the families, closure," Panak said.

Sheriff Kory Honea said it was within the "realm of possibility" that officials would never know the exact death toll from the blaze. He also questioned whether the search for remains could be completed by midweek when rain is forecast.

"As much as I wish that we could get through all of this before the rains come, I don't know if that's possible," Honea said.

About 1,000 names remain on a list of people unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began in Butte County about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of San Francisco, authorities said.

Authorities don't believe all those on the list are missing and the roster dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they weren't missing.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 50 people gathered at a memorial for the victims at First Christian Church in Chico, where a banner on the altar read, "We will rise from the ashes."

People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first firefighters, rescuers and search teams: "We ask for continued strength as they are growing weary right now."

Paul Stavish, who retired three months ago from a Silicon Valley computer job and moved to Paradise, placed a battery-powered votive candle on the altar as a woman played piano and sang "Amazing Grace."

Stavish, his wife and three dogs managed to escape the fire, but the house is gone. He said he was thinking of the dead and also mourning the warm, tight-knit community.

"This is not just a few houses getting burned," he said. "The whole town is gone."

Hundreds of search and recovery personnel are involved in the effort, going to homes where they received tips that someone might have died.

But they are also doing a more comprehensive, "door-to-door" and "car-to-car" search of areas, said Joe Moses, a commander with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, who is helping oversee the search and rescue effort.

The search area is huge, Moses said, with many structures that need to be checked.

The fire also burned many places to the ground, creating a landscape unique to many search-and- rescue personnel, he said.

"Here we're looking for very small parts and pieces, and so we have to be very diligent and systematic in how we do your searches," he said Friday.

The death count only grew by one Sunday and firefighters managed to expand containment to 65 percent of the 234 square mile (606 sq. kilometers) burn zone.

Rain was forecast for midweek in the Paradise area. The National Weather Service said the area could get 20 mph (32 kph) sustained winds and 40 mph (64 kph) gusts, which could make it hard for crews to keep making progress against the blaze.

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Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 03:24

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel avoided early elections after a key coalition partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government said on Monday that he would not withdraw his party, keeping the coalition intact despite a crisis triggered by a violent flare-up with Gaza militants.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said his hard-line, pro-settler Jewish Home party would give Netanyahu another chance to address the security challenges facing Israel, listing off threats from Gaza and Lebanon, among others, which he wanted dealt with more firmly.

"I tell the prime minister here: we are withdrawing right now all of our political demands and will stand to help you in this great mission of getting Israel to win again," he said.

"If the government would really start leading toward the right path, acting like a real right-wing government, it's worth trying," he added. "The ball is in the prime minister's court."

Bennett had earlier threatened to resign and his about-face eased the most serious coalition crisis Israel's government has faced since it was formed in 2015. He acknowledged that the turnaround could hurt him politically, but said he felt it was in the country's interests to give Netanyahu one last chance.

While the move put off early elections for now, it keeps the governing coalition on shaky ground with only a slim 61-seat majority in Israel's 120-seat parliament.

The sudden coalition crisis was triggered by a botched undercover Israeli raid in Gaza last week that led to the most violent fighting between Israel and Gaza militants since a 2014 war.

Israel's hard-line Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who had demanded a far stronger response to the massive wave of rocket fire, resigned in protest of a cease-fire that ended the fighting. Bennett threatened to bolt the government if he wasn't named defense minister, a post Netanyahu said Sunday he was taking over himself.

Netanyahu has come under heavy criticism for agreeing to the cease-fire, especially from within his own political base and in the working-class, rocket-battered towns in southern Israel that are typically strongholds of his Likud Party.

But in an impassioned speech Sunday announcing his new role as defense minister, Netanyahu sought to brandish his security credentials in the face of the criticism while pinning blame on his coalition partners for trying to force early elections during a sensitive time for Israel's security.

He repeated the claim Monday, saying it would be "irresponsible" to dissolve the government and call early elections amid a tense security situation.

Netanyahu would have entered any campaign weakened by the recent Gaza flare-up but heartened by the lack of any real challenger to his leadership.

Most opinion polls, including those after the crisis began, show Netanyahu easily securing re-election, which would grant him a place in Israeli history as the country's longest serving leader.

According to polls, the political map would not change much from the current one, where one of Israel's most hard-line governments faces a fragmented opposition unable to pose a serious challenge.

But Netanyahu may find a challenge to his rule from other corners, including a potential corruption indictment that could knock him out of contention.

Police have recommended he be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two cases and have questioned him at length on another. The country has been eagerly awaiting the attorney general's decision on whether to press charges.

Netanyahu has angrily dismissed the accusations against him, characterizing them as part of a media-orchestrated witch-hunt that is obsessed with removing him from office.

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Democratic revolution in Albany leaves North Country leaders on sidelines

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
The mid-term election this month brought a massive shift in political power in Albany, with Democrats gaining a solid 40-seat majority in the state Senate. Republicans are left with just 23 seats. That change could spell trouble for the North Country and much of Upstate New York, regions heavily dependent on taxpayer dollars for investments and infrastructure and overwhelmingly represented by Republican lawmakers, who lost a huge amount of power and influence.
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100+ places to explore North Country history

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
Every town has a story to tell - many stories in fact. Historical societies, houses and sites, museums, battlegrounds, etc., all have their staff - often volunteers - who keep those stories alive. And sometimes people of singular focus collect artifacts on a particular topic that crowd them out of the house. Historical institutions large and tiny dot the North Country and any one of them will reward the visitor with something they didn't know or something they'd never seen. It's kind of a treasure hunt.
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Absentee ballot count continues in NY22 House race

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
ROME, N.Y. (AP) Democrat Anthony Brindisi has expanded his lead over incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney as an absentee ballot count continues in a tight congressional race in central New York.
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Mystery man brings holiday cheer to Walmart shoppers

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
DERBY, Vt. (AP) A mystery man is providing cheer to Walmart shoppers in Vermont.
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