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Man gets 7 ½ years in machete attack at Kentucky college

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Cincinnati man charged in a 2017 machete attack on the campus of Kentucky's Transylvania University has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 21-year-old Mitchell William Adkins apologized for his actions when he was sentenced in the Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday.

In April 2017, Adkins walked into a coffee shop at the Lexington school armed with a machete and knives. Witnesses said he asked people about their political affiliations; then he attacked. Two victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Adkins had a history of complaining about the treatment of conservatives on the college campus.

He pleaded guilty in November to assault, terroristic threatening and menacing. Adkins will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence.

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N. Carolina teacher, MLB player's daughter dies after drill

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 08:49

HERTFORD, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a fifth-grade teacher who was also the daughter of baseball star Jim "Catfish" Hunter died after falling ill during a school fire drill.

Perquimans County Schools assistant superintendent James Bunch tells The Virginian-Pilotthat 45-year-old Kim Hunter Daugherty died Thursday morning of an undisclosed medical emergency at Hertford Grammar School.

Daugherty had taught for 20 years and was the daughter of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who played for the Oakland Athletics and was on five World Series-winning teams.

The newspaper reports Daugherty was the first girl in Perquimans County to play on the previously all-boy Little League teams.

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Gift from Brees: Football for helping set NFL passing record

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 08:40

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Drew Brees became the NFL's career leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record and blocked while he threw.

His solution was an exhaustive process than involved the production of about 175 unique commemorative footballs and the enlisting Saints front office and public relations staff to help track down 99 receivers, 56 offensive linemen, 11 head or assistant coaches from his 18 pro seasons as well as others instrumental in his success.

They began receiving their custom-made footballs this week, which pleased Brees because he wanted it done before Christmas.

"Naturally you start thinking, 'OK, well, a lot of people have caught those balls," Brees said. "So let's get a list of all the pass catchers and the number of catches and the number of yards and let's put together a game ball for them and put those statistics on there for them, so they know that they have a piece of this and they were an important part of it.'"

That's how the effort started. But Brees soon realized he couldn't just limit it to receivers.

"It's not just about the receivers. It's about the guys blocking.' So it's like, 'All right, let's find every offensive lineman that's ever started a game.' So we did that," Brees said. "Then I started thinking about coaches. Then I started thinking about other people as well. So it was actually a long list. But I just wanted to do that for them."

Even current Saints players, such as veteran tight end Ben Watson, received the balls at their homes — not the mail room or locker room at Saints headquarters.

"It's him. It's surprising but it's not surprising at the same time that he would give a special thanks to the guys that helped him along the way," Watson said. "Obviously, this is his accomplishment. But him being the leader that he is, he loves to defer praise to other people."

Watson said he was "Just thankful to be able to play with him and be able to contribute to the greatness that he's achieved."

Recipients included rookie receiver Tre'Quan Smith, who caught the 62-yard touchdown pass in Week 5 against Washington on which Brees surpassed the 71,940 yards passing of previous record-holder Peyton Manning.

Smith said Brees' gesture "shows what kind of guy he is, and you want to be around somebody like that, who shows appreciation."

The package with ball included a typed letter signed by Brees. Receivers, linemen, coaches and other "contributors" each got different variations of the letter, depending on the nature of their roles in the record.

The balls sent to retired players included the number of passes they caught from Brees and the total yardage of those catches. For example, the ball sent to Saints career receiving leader Marques Colston specifically recognized his 705 receptions for 9,709 yards.

For current players, Brees didn't include such stats, which grown since Manning's old mark was eclipsed in October.

Brees said he was gratified by text messages he'd received. Brandin Cooks sent him a video from the locker room at the headquarters of the former Saints receiver's current team, the Los Angeles Rams.

Former Chargers fullback Fred McCrary sent a video of himself holding his ball in a barber shop, boisterously bragging that he's "famous today."

Brees said he'd also received a text Friday from former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Recipients that Brees considered "contributors" included Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who repaired the quarterback's heavily damaged throwing shoulder in 2006, as well as independent throwing coach Tom House, Saints owner Gayle Benson and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

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Democrat Sherrod Brown, mulling 2020, sets online town hall

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 08:17

CLEVELAND - Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator plans an online town hall Sunday as he considers running for president in 2020.

Sherrod Brown of Cleveland is coming off a decisive re-election victory in November that helped bring him national attention as a potential national candidate. Brown says his message is on "the dignity of work" and fighting for workers without compromising progressive values.

He also says his Ohio victory shows that approach works. That's because it came on an otherwise dismal day for Democrats in statewide and congressional elections in a state Republican Donald Trump carried handily in 2016.

Brown is one of dozens of Democrats who are considered possible 2020 candidates.

His Facebook town hall is aimed at people nationwide and is set for Sunday at 4 p.m. EST.

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President Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 07:56

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who's facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end.

President Trump tweets that Zinke "accomplished much during his tenure" and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post requires Senate confirmation.

Zinke, a former Republican congressman from Montana, is leaving weeks before Democrats take control of the House, a shift in power that promised to intensify probes into his conduct.

Zinke played a leading part in Trump's efforts to roll back environmental regulations and promote domestic energy development.

His departure comes amid a staff shake-up as President Trump heads into his third year in office. The president on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as chief of staff.

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Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 15, 2018

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 06:37

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have a large backyard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Periods of rain across central Ohio this afternoon. Rain could be heavy at times, with some embedded rumbles of thunder from time to time. Keep walks short & sweet today. Rain will be off and on throughout the remainder of the day and tonight.

Saturday's rainfall and the few spotty showers leftover for Sunday morning will keep the paws & fur wet, but drier weather will soon move back in for Sunday afternoon. Temperature-wise, we'll see highs in the mid to upper 40's. Save your longer walks for the afternoon and evening.

Considering how we're going into mid-December, the weather will be fairly pleasant to start the week. Temperatures will hover around 40 for highs, with mostly sunny skies for the first half of the week. Another disturbance will come through on Thursday and Friday, with more wet paws and colder weather for the weekend.

With more winter weather expected later next week, it's important to put your cold weather safety plan into use.

Know the signs before you subject you and your pet to the cold weather. Many dogs love the cold & snowy weather but there are also many breeds that aren't built to be outside for prolonged amounts of time.

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Soggy start to the weekend. Keep those paws dry.
  • Keep an eye out for some rain/snow late next week.
  • Put good use to your cold weather pet safety plan.

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and Facebook at Ross10tv. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.

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Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 05:51

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team's ascendance into an international powerhouse.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah's capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.

With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee's new blueprint for the Games.

It's almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.

USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said Denver and Salt Lake City both presented strong cases, but that the board determined Utah was the better choice due in part to the existing venues, their proximity to each other, the city's experience hosting the games and widespread community and political support. She said it minimizes the risk.

"It is critical to ensure that we have the ability to create an incredible experience for athletes while at the same time managing sustainability and fiscal responsibility," Hirshland said. "It was clear to us when we were there and in what they presented that Salt Lake City very much understands the practical realities of hosting a Games, but also wants and supports what they represent."

The city's selection set off celebration at the mayor's office where local leaders who worked on the plan gathered. Since 2012, Utah has said it's ready and willing to host another Olympics.

One key hurdle for Salt Lake City will be erasing memories of the bidding scandal that marred the buildup to 2002 and resulted in several IOC members losing their positions for taking bribes.

Mitt Romney was brought in to steer the games through the scandal. The newly elected U.S. Senator for Utah told The Associated Press after the announcement that a series of processes put in place by the IOC will ensure no bribery scandal happens again.

Romney said Salt Lake City should have a great chance at winning the bid from the IOC because it has shown it can host the games without losing money. Salt Lake City ended up with a surplus after the 2002 Games, money he used to help maintain venues it will use again if it's awarded the Olympics.

"We learned how to produce the Games for the same cost as the revenue that came in," Romney said. "We will not put a glitzy show like Sochi or Beijing, that are reported to have cost as much $50 billion. We will show the world that you can produce an Olympics without having the government writing the checks."

In many parts of the United States, however, the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City are remembered not for the bribery scandal but for a different reason.

After never surpassing 13 medals at a Winter Games, the U.S. used home-turf advantage, an influx of new sports and the emotion of the recent Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks to capture 34 over three weeks in Utah.

In the aftermath, Park City and other mountain towns near Salt Lake City preserved and improved upon many of the venues, and continued hosting key international events. The freestyle world championships will be held in Park City in February.

Utah organizers say they could host the games for $1.35 billion, some $50 billion less than it cost in Russia for the 2014 Sochi Games, which are the most expensive games ever and stood out as a glaring warning signal that the IOC needed to streamline its bloated Olympic structure.

The exorbitant costs have changed the dynamic of Olympic bidding. In 2002, cities were trying to bribe IOC officials to award them the Olympics. These days, the IOC finds itself wanting for bidders.

The IOC normally awards Olympics seven years before they're scheduled, though that calendar has been in flux because so many cities have dropped out.

Last year, the IOC handed out the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at the same time because there were only two cities left in what began as a much bigger contest for 2024. Paris will host 2024, Los Angeles will host 2028, and if Salt Lake wins 2030, it would mark the first time since the IOC began staggering the Games two years apart, in 1994, that the same country has hosted back-to-back.

At this time, Salt Lake could be considered a favorite in a 2030 contest that hasn't really taken shape yet.

Hirshland said the USOC has the luxury of time to refine Salt Lake City's bid.

In fact, Salt Lake could still be a favorite for 2026 had it been allowed to go that route. Recently, voters in Calgary rejected that city's attempt to host, leaving Stockholm and a joint bid from Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy as the only two remaining candidates. A bid from Utah was considered, but putting it in front of the Los Angeles Olympics provided too many hurdles on the marketing side.

Rob Cohen, chair of Denver's Olympic bid committee, called it disappointing that Colorado lost out on the chance to bid but said the process prepared the city as it looks for other chances to showcase the city on the world stage.

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For 76-year-old Joe Biden, age a factor as he mulls 2020 run

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 05:41

As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.

The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be the biggest hurdle to launching another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, especially in an era when many in the party yearn for a new generation of leadership. He would be the oldest person to ever be elected president.

Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate. One option that has been floated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who at 46 has become the subject of intense 2020 speculation after nearly beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. Representatives for Biden and O'Rourke declined to comment for this story.

At a town hall Friday in El Paso, Texas, O'Rourke said he hadn't made a decision about whether to seek the presidency.

The question of age has roiled Democratic politics since the midterms. At 78, Rep. Nancy Pelosi is on her way to regaining the House speaker's gavel — but only after she agreed with mostly younger lawmakers to serve in the position for no more than four years. Other potential presidential contenders, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, 69, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 77, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 76, face the prospect of competing against Democrats who are decades younger.

The younger set of the 2020 class includes Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota along with Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and Obama housing secretary Julian Castro. They're all in their 40s and 50s.

Iowa Democratic activist Dale Todd, who was an early backer of Barack Obama in 2007, said he has misgivings about potential candidates in their 70s, despite their experience.

"Can you mobilize younger voters with older candidates? Bernie showed us that you can, but can you effectively mobilize a winning coalition with an older candidate? That is our conundrum, and I would suggest you probably can't," said Todd, who has lent early advice to Booker. "We want freshness coupled with experience; we also want energy and passion in our candidates."

Ronald Reagan was 73 when he won the White House a second time, making him the oldest person to win a presidential election. Donald Trump was 70 when he won the presidency in 2016.

Biden is expected to decide in January or February whether to seek the White House. He has done little to tamp down talk that his answer may be yes.

He touts his age as a sign of experience, pointing to 36 years in the Senate, eight years as vice president and a career deeply enmeshed in domestic, international and military policy. At an event in Montana this month, Biden described himself as "the most qualified person in the country to be president."

"The issues we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life," he said.

Speaking Thursday at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Biden spoke of a promise he made to his dying son that he wouldn't withdraw from the world.

And yet, Biden has also said he could not re-enter the grueling race for the presidency unless he feels his family, still dealing with Beau Biden's 2015 death, is fully on board.

The Utah event was expected to be Biden's last public appearance of the year. He'll spend the coming weeks deliberating with family over his next steps, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. They requested anonymity because Biden is still weighing his options.

Despite questions about age, it's hard to argue Biden is short on energy or passion.

In the span of just 24 hours this month, he jetted from an appearance in San Francisco back to his home in Delaware and back to California again. In the days leading up to the midterms, he followed a robust schedule intended in part to test his stamina for a national campaign. In late October, he was in three states — Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri — over the course of one day.

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Teacher fleeing Camp Fire grabbed her cats and students' college application essays

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 05:03

CHICO, California — It's been a month since high school teacher Virginia Partain escaped from Paradise, California. She had just renovated her home after her husband died five years ago.

Now, nothing's left.

"Kind of at a loss as to what happens next," she said.

When the fire swallowed her town, the only things she grabbed besides her cats were her students' college application essays.

Vice principal helping students after wildfire previously survived attack in Iraq

"There's a part of us that we're always the teacher and they had to get their essays done to get into college," Partain said.

Paradise High School is still standing, but there's no power or water and no one's allowed back.

Partain has taught English for more than 20 years and helps seniors with their college essays. But she hadn't seen most of her students until they came together for the first time since the fire.

Their temporary classroom is a former LensCrafters at the mall in nearby Chico. With more than 95 percent of Paradise destroyed, students have been displaced around the country.

"We just want to bring a sense of healing back to our community," Partain said.

Each reunion with a student brought comfort and pain. One of Partain's students is 17-year-old Harmony Von Stockhausen, a senior who wants to become a physician's assistant.

"I'm actually really excited to be back at school. I'm glad that we at least have this and it's bringing all the students together," she said.

Her essay is one of those that Partain saved.

"I know that I go to school tomorrow, and I teach the kids and I bring them hope, that it's gonna be okay, that we'll make it through this," Partain said.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help students from Paradise High School.

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Homeless man helps Secret Santa give out $100 bills to strangers

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 04:33

Phoenix, AZ - A lot of people ignore the homeless, but folks rushing past Moses Elder might regret their haste. This week, all people had to do was pay him some attention and he would pay them back with $100.

Moses' mission was financed by Secret Santa, the same anonymous, wealthy businessman who every year goes around the country handing out $100 bills to random strangers.

This holiday season, in addition to his normal giving, he came to Phoenix and recruited a most unlikely homeless elf. He gave Moses about $3,000 with the instruction to give it away to whomever he saw fit.

"I think this will be a joyful experience for him. You know, it's a myth that the homeless just take. From my experience, the people with the least give the most of what they have," the Secret Santa said.

CBS News saw that, too. Danny McCoy put change in his cup, even though he has seven kids, and until this moment, had no idea how he was going to buy Christmas presents.

"I'm eternally grateful for what he did," Danny said.

That's the kind of relief Moses brought to so many. Most of those he blessed were strangers, but not all. He gave one man from church $400. He gave a homeless mother of five $500.

"Remember, people appreciate you with your kind, giving heart that you take care of your kids the way you do," he told her.

Of course, in the end, Secret Santa also gave Moses some money to keep for himself.

"This here is a new beginning for me," Moses said. But he said that reward pales to the joy he received from helping others.

"Today we changed a lot of people's lives. But I believe my life was changed the most," he said.

He said even when you're homeless, it feels so much better to give than to receive.

"You know, kindness is a bridge between all people and so if you're ever down, and you want to lift yourself up, go do something kind for somebody," the Secret Santa said.

It will make you feel like way more than 100 bucks.

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Man reported missing in Delaware found safe

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 01:56

DELAWARE, Ohio - Police in Delaware, Ohio issued a statewide Missing Adult Alert for 86-year-old Clyde Cantrell.

Cantrell suffers from Dementia. He left his home on Muirwood Drive Thursday evening and hasn't returned.

Delaware Police confirm Cantrell has been found safe.

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Federal judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:04

WASHINGTON- A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that last year's tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under "Obamacare" by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote.

Supporters of the law immediately said they would appeal. "Today's misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans," said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading a coalition of states defending the ACA.

The White House applauded O'Connor's ruling, but said the law remains in place while appeals proceed. President Donald Trump tweeted that Congress should pass a new law.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!" Trump tweeted. "Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions."

However, Congress is unlikely to act while the case remains in the courts. Numerous high-ranking Republican lawmakers have said they did not intend to also strike down popular provisions such as protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions when they repealed the ACA's fines for people who can afford coverage but remain uninsured.

Still, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become House speaker in January, vowed to fight what she called an "absurd ruling." She said the House "will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process to uphold the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions and reject Republicans' effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place."

Legal expert Timothy Jost, a supporter of the health law, said O'Connor's ruling would have repercussions for nearly all Americans if it stands. If the entire health law is invalidated, popular provisions that benefit Medicare beneficiaries and people with employer coverage would also be scrapped. That could include the section that allows parents to keep young adult children on their coverage until age 26.

About 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote. Currently, about 10 million have subsidized private insurance through the health law's insurance markets, while an estimated 12 million low-income people are covered through its Medicaid expansion.

Saturday is the sign-up deadline for 2019 private plans through HealthCare.gov. Meanwhile, a number of states are expected to move forward with Medicaid expansion after Democratic victories in the midterm elections.

If the case were to reach the Supreme Court it would mark the third time the justices consider a challenge to fundamental provisions of the law. "Obamacare" opponents lost both the first two cases.

The five justices who upheld the health law in 2012 in the first major case - Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's four liberals - are all still serving.

Since then public opinion on the ACA has shifted from mostly negative to generally favorable.

Preserving the law's protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions proved to be a strong argument for Democrats in the midterm elections. Republicans who tried to undermine those safeguards during their failed effort to repeal the health law last year were forced on the defensive and went on record saying they, too, want to make sure people with health problems can get coverage.

Democrats set to take control of the House in January are talking about passing legislation that enshrines protections for pre-existing conditions. It's unclear what form that would take, or if the Republican-majority Senate would go along and Trump would sign it.

The GOP-led states who brought the lawsuit asked O'Connor to toss out the entire law after Congress repealed the "individual mandate" penalty for going without coverage. The conservative judge had previously ruled against other Obama-era policies.

The Trump administration weighed in, saying the government would no longer defend some core components of the ACA, but that others could remain, including Medicaid expansion, subsidies for private insurance and health insurance markets.

Along with the requirement to have health insurance, the administration said the parts of the law that should go included:

- The requirement that insurers must take all applicants for comprehensive coverage regardless of prior health history, including pre-existing conditions. That includes a prohibition on insurers writing policies that exclude a particular condition - for example, a recurrence of breast cancer.

- The prohibition on insurers charging higher premiums to people with health problems.

The health insurance industry says doing away with consumer protections will destabilize a market that seems to be finding its footing, with modest premium increases and more plan choices next year.

The American Medical Association called O'Connor's ruling an "unfortunate step backward for our health system that is contrary to overwhelming public sentiment to preserve pre-existing condition protections."

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Mother of Masonique Saunders says daughter told her Julius Tate did not have a gun night he was killed

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 20:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Danielle Williams sits in her living room.

Inspirational messages hang on the wall. A half-decorated Christmas tree is to her left. Her mind though, is far from the joys of the holiday season.

"I'd just like to know what actually took place," she said. "I don't know, really. It's hard and I'm emotional."

She's the mother of 16-year-old Masonique Saunders who was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated robbery and the murder of her 16-year-old boyfriend, Julius Tate.

A memorial marks the spot where police said Saunders was with Tate near the corner of North Champion Avenue and Mt. Vernon Avenue on December 7, when Tate allegedly held up an undercover officer at gunpoint and was shot and killed by police.

Williams said her daughter should not be charged with murder.

"I don't think that's right," she said. "They shouldn't be able to do that unless they actually physically murdered them. Unless they actually pulled the trigger and shot him. But, she didn't."

Ohio Revised Code 2903.02 says a person can be charged with murder if they cause the death of another as a proximate result of the offender's committing or attempting to commit an offense of violence that is a felony of the first or second degree.

Williams questioned why it took police six days to arrest her daughter. She believes it is because Saunders was willing to testify against Columbus Police and was going to tell a different story about what happened that night. Williams said her daughter told her after the incident that Tate did not have a gun.

"She said he didn't [have a gun]," Williams said.

Police said they recovered a weapon at the shooting scene.

Williams acknowledges her daughter's criminal history and the charges from assault to drug abuse and from theft to aggravated riot. She wants people not to jump to conclusions about her daughter's alleged involvement the night Tate died.

"You can't judge her for her past and you can't put something on her that she really didn't do," Williams said.

She said Saunders was in the process of turning her life around and was going to school and dreamed of one day being an attorney or a doctor.

"And she restored her membership back with the church again and I was so happy to see that and without my daughter I don't know what to do," Williams said. "I just want answers and I want her to be free."

She says Julius Tate lived with her and her daughter for the better part of the last year and that Saunders and Tate dated for two years.

Photo of Julius Tate Jr. provided by his family to 10TV.

Now she's worried her biggest fear will soon come true.

"I don't want them to try to charge her as an adult for something she didn't do," she said.

Williams says she'll continue to be by her daughter's side and will not give up.

"No, because I'm going to fight this case," she said. "I am going to get to the bottom of this."

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Federal judge strikes down Affordable Care Act, rules it unconstitutional

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 19:29

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional due to a recent change in federal tax law.

The move, coming on the eve of the deadline to sign up for coverage for 2019, leaves 20 million Americans' health coverage in limbo.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth is almost guaranteed to go to the Supreme Court.

President Trump applauded the decision on Twitter Friday night, writing that he had "predicted all along" that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. "Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" Mr. Trump wrote.

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Cow steals spotlight at student's graduation photo shoot

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:05

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

The Columbia Missourian reports that senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano brought the 3-year-old cow, named Amelia, to campus on Thursday to join his commencement photo shoot.

Montalbano worked with cattle throughout his undergraduate studies with the university's Foremost Dairy Research Center.

Montalbano initially presented the idea to Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies. Spain referred Montalbano to the university's operations department, which ultimately approved the request.

Spain says it's not the first time a student has asked him to bring a cow to campus. But it was still a rare sight to unsuspecting bystanders.

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Farm tied to romaine E. coli outbreak recalling cauliflower, other lettuces

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:55

Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. in Santa Maria, California is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower because as it may be contaminated with E. coli.

They were all harvested on November 27 through 30.

Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. released as statement saying, "Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. feels a strong commitment to its customers and has worked for years to provide a safe and healthy food supply. Out of an abundance of caution, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. is initiating this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA."

The company said in a press release that none of the products had tested positive for E. coli and no illnesses had been reported. It said it had notified its effected customers.

The new recall came on the same day when U.S. health officials announced that Adam Bros. Farming was a possible source for an E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce. But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce.

The Food and Drug Administration said 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce. That's seven more cases than previously reported, but regulators said they are fairly confident that the lettuce which first triggered the outbreak has been removed from the market.

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Trump picks Mulvaney to be next chief of staff

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search for a new chief of staff that had been inching forward with the feel of an unfolding reality TV show.

Trump tweeted that Mulvaney "will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction."

"Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump posted. "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!"

Though deemed an "acting" attorney general, Mulvaney's term will be open-ended, according to a senior White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. The position does not require confirmation.

Mulvaney, who will be Trump's third chief of staff, will now take on his third job in the administration; he is the head of the Office of Management and had simultaneously led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A former Tea Party congressman, was among a faction on the hard right that bullied GOP leaders into a 2013 government shutdown confrontation by insisting on lacing a must-pass spending bill with provisions designed to cripple President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

The appointment of the affable, fast-talking South Carolinian came just hours after another candidate for the post, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, took himself out of contention for the job. Christie cited family reasons in a statement saying that he was asking Trump to remove him from consideration. He had met with Trump on Thursday to discuss the job, according to a person familiar with the meeting who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Christie's departure is the latest twist in a search triggered when Trump's preferred candidate to replace Kelly bowed out.

Trump said Thursday that he was weighing five possibilities. Among the others he considered: his 2016 deputy campaign manager David Bossie, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Trump senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had also been the subject of speculation, signaled his lack of interest. A person familiar with the matter said Kushner believed that he could serve the president best in his current role. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. The names of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and even White House communications director Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had also been floated.

The president's hunt for a new chief reverted to square one last weekend when Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, took himself out of the running and decided that he would instead leave the White House. The announcement surprised even senior staffers who believed that Ayers' ascension was a done deal.

Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, served for six months before leaving in July 2017.

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Inspired by neighborhood leader, city workers use lunch hour to clear crash debris

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:22

Concerned neighbors have pulled together to clean up their streets, which inspired some city workers to do the same.

Lisa Boggs has lived on the Hilltop long enough to nearly pay off her mortgage.

"We have a lot of good people in our neighborhood, a lot of caring people," she said.

For decades, she has been active in the fight for a safer, cleaner community.

"It's about the vibe, the vibe of the place. Just the soul of the neighborhood. If we clean this place up, I think everybody will feel better about where they live, criminals will see that others care, and they won't be setting up shop in our neighborhood,” she said.

Boggs admitted it sometimes feels like a losing battle.

"It hurts. It hurts your heart when you care so much and you look around and say, ‘Does anybody else care? Does anybody?’ It hurts. I was so discouraged the other day, I called my (City of Columbus) refuse guys out on Georgesville Road and almost cried to them. I'm overwhelmed,” she said.

It was debris from a car accident at the corner of Sullivant and Ogden that pushed her to the brink.

"It's the tow truck's responsibility to clean up the accident, the bumpers, the headlights," said Anthony Fannin, Refuse Collection supervisor for the City of Columbus. "They didn't do that. So, Lisa was concerned. She gave us a call. Myself, my manager, Jim Spencer, my Assistant Manager, Julie Gillilan, and another supervisor, Patrick Gardner, we just decided to go out yesterday, get in the car and go out and clean it up during our lunch break."

When asked what inspired them, Fannin said it was people like Boggs that do things on their time.

"I felt like somebody cared, that people do care," Boggs said.

She said the gesture was the boost she needed to keep fighting.

"Thank you, thank you. You made my Christmas. It was almost like a Christmas present. It meant the world to me,” she said. “It might be one little corner, but it's the world to me.”

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Pike County sheriff accused of misconduct in office

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:02

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio – Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader is accused of misconduct in office, according to paperwork filed in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.

The motion, filed by Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk, requested the court to appoint a special prosecuting attorney.

Junk made the request for a special prosecutor because he is the legal counsel for the sheriff’s office.

The accusation was filed in a complaint sent to the Ohio auditor’s office, which released this statement:

The Ohio Auditor’s office received a complaint about a Pike County matter and has opened an investigation. In addition, the Pike County prosecutor has named an attorney from the Ohio Auditor’s Office’s Public Integrity Assurance Team as special prosecutor in this matter. Because we have an open investigation, it is the auditor’s office policy to provide no further comment.

10TV has reached out to Reader for comment.

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"Adulting" classes teach millennials basic skills like sewing, cooking and changing a tire

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:49

Millennials who feel they lack some basic life skills can now take "adulting" classes, which are expanding across the country. The classes teach life skills like cooking, budgeting and time management, CBS New York reports, and young adults are signing up for lessons in person and online.

Rachel Flehinger co-founded the aptly named Adulting School in Portland, Maine. This month, she is launching online classes geared toward millennials who want to learn how to sew on a button, understand modern art or even deal with love.

The course curriculum on love will include "how to have a relationship, how to talk to someone, conflict resolution — how not to fight," Flehinger said. It will even offer guidance on how to tell someone you love them.

Elena Toumaras, 29, is currently learning an adult skill she was never taught before – cooking. Toumaras is attending a cooking class in Queens to help fill a gap in her life skill knowledge.

"I was so used to -- when living at home -- my mom always cooking," she said. "Doing simple things now that I'm on my own, I'm struggling with it."

Experts say millennials are behind on these skills because many haven't left childhood homes. The U.S. Census Bureau said in 2015, 34 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 still lived with a parent. That's compared to just 26 percent in 2005.

"It's more common than living with roommates and more common than living with a spouse," said demographer Jonathan Vespa.

Young adults are also marrying and having kids later – ultimately learning basic, yet crucial, life skills later on, too.

A Kentucky high school is trying to prevent these late-in-life knowledge gaps by having students take an "adulting" class while still in their teens. Bullitt Central High School designated one day as "Adulting Day," when seniors could spend time learning practical skills rather than math, science and history, WAVE reports.

While some people don't learn how to "adult" until well into their adulthood, it's better late than never, said Kim Calichio, who teaches cooking classes. "I'm always surprised about people not knowing what I think are the simple things as far as knife skills or flavors that go together," Calichio said.

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