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Sandy Hook school receives threat on shooting anniversary

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:29

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School students have been sent home for the day after a bomb threat forced an evacuation on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Newtown police say the threat was made at about 9 a.m. Friday and the school was evacuated. Lt. Aaron Bahamonde says there's a heightened level of anxiety in town on the anniversary and the school superintendent decided to cancel remaining classes.

It's unclear whether the threat was related to the bomb threats made nationwide Thursday.

The school where the shooting happened on Dec. 14, 2012, was knocked down and a new building was constructed at the same site.

Moments of silence were observed in Newtown and other places Friday morning in memory of the victims.

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Royal couples reveal their 2018 Christmas cards

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:17

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealed their holiday card on Friday, which features a never-before-seen photo from their wedding. In the black and white photo, Harry and Meghan have their backs to the camera as they watch fireworks at Frogmore House.

Kensington Palace wrote in the Instagram caption, "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May. The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year." Meghan wears her second dress from her wedding day, a white Stella McCartney halter gown, in the photo. Meghan changed into the dress for a private reception.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May. The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate shared their Christmas card photo as well. It features them with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The family poses in casual clothes against a tree on the grounds of Anmer Hall in the photo, taken by Matt Porteous.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.

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Recently, it was announced that Harry and Meghan, now pregnant, will move to the suburbs ahead of the anticipated birth of their first child. Officials said that Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the grounds of Windsor Estate, early next year.

Harry and Meghan, who married in a chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds, are expecting their first child in the spring.

Harry and Meghan have been living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace since announcing their engagement last year. The move means they will be farther away from William and Kate.

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Survey: Some would rebrand Santa Claus as female or gender neutral

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:55

A new survey says some people would rebrand Santa Claus as either gender neutral or female.

The survey, conducted by Graphics Springs, asked 400 people for suggestions on how to make Santa more modern. A selection of responses was then voted on by 4,000 people in the United States and the United Kingdom.

About 10 percent of said Santa should be a woman and roughly 17 percent said Santa should be gender neutral.

Additionally, 18 percent said Santa should have new hair, 20 percent said he should have tattoos, 18 percent said he should wear skinny jeans and 17 percent said he should have a hoverboard.

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Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:49

WASHINGTON — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday.

The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were carried out in 2018, the fourth consecutive year in which there have been fewer than 30 executions nationwide.

Since the death penalty was re-instated in the United States in 1976, the number of executions peaked in 1999 with 98. They were at their lowest in 2016 with 20, according to center statistics. Americans' support for the death penalty similarly peaked in the 1990s and has declined since, according to public opinion polls by Gallup. A 2018 Gallup poll showed 56 percent of Americans supported the death penalty for a person convicted or murder.

Executions in 2018 were clustered in eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. About half of all the executions in 2018 took place in Texas, which carried out 13 death sentences. Tennessee was second with three. Alabama, Florida and Georgia each had two while Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota each carried out one.

Florida's execution Thursday of Jose Antonio Jimenez for fatally beating and stabbing a woman during a burglary was the most recent. According to a list maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center, there are no other executions scheduled this year.

Nebraska, Tennessee and South Dakota were the three states that resumed executions this year. Nebraska's execution of Carey Dean Moore was the state's first execution in more than 20 years. It was also the first time any state has used the drug fentanyl in an execution. This year marked the first time in nearly nine years that Tennessee carried out an execution. South Dakota ended a six-year stretch without executions when it executed Rodney Berget, who was convicted of killing a corrections officer during a prison escape attempt.

Tennessee's executions came at the end of a systematic challenge to lethal injection there while executions in Nebraska and South Dakota involved inmates who gave up challenges to their execution, said Death Penalty Information Center executive director Robert Dunham. The center doesn't take a side in the debate over the death penalty, Dunham said, but has criticized the way states carry out the death penalty, singling out problems with bias and secrecy, among others.

All the inmates executed in 2018 were men, and all but two of the executions were carried out by lethal injection, according to a center database.

Two Tennessee inmates, David Miller and Edmund Zagorski, chose to die by electric chair because of concerns about pain associated with the state's lethal injection procedure. Both unsuccessfully argued to courts that Tennessee's lethal injection procedure, which uses the drug midazolam, results in a prolonged and torturous death. Before this year, the last time a state used the electric chair to execute an inmate was 2013.

The report says that 41 new death sentences have been imposed so far this year, the fourth straight year with fewer than 50 new death sentences.

And while three states resumed executions this year, Washington became the 20th state to abolish the death penalty in October, when its Supreme Court said capital punishment in the state was "imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner."

The report notes two death row inmates were freed in 2018: California inmate Vicente Benavides and Florida inmate Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin. Benavides, who was on death row for nearly 25 years after being convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter, was freed after California's highest court ruled that false medical testimony was presented at his trial. Aguirre-Jarquin, who spent 14 years behind bars for the murder of his two neighbors, was freed after evidence showed that the daughter of one of the victims confessed to the murders and her blood was at the scene.

Seventeen inmates currently have execution dates set for 2019, according to center records.

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'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:23

JOHANNESBURG — They call her the "young miracle." A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center just six days after birth is now recovered from the virus.

Congo's health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.

The ministry late Thursday tweeted a photo of the infant, swaddled and with tiny mouth open in yawn or squall, surrounded by caregivers who watched over her 24 hours a day for weeks.

The baby's mother, who had Ebola, died in childbirth, the ministry said.

The infant was discharged from the treatment center in Beni on Wednesday. "She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt," the ministry said.

Experts have reported worryingly high numbers of children with Ebola in this outbreak, which Congo's health ministry says now has 515 cases, 467 of them confirmed, including 255 confirmed deaths.

The tiny survivor is named Benedicte. In video footage shared by UNICEF, she is shown in an isolated treatment area, cradled in the arms of health workers in protective gear or cuddled by Ebola survivors, called "nounous," who can go without certain gear such as masks. The survivors are crucial with their reassuring presence, the health ministry said.

"This is my first child," her father, Thomas, says. "I truly don't want to lose her. She is my hope." He gazes at his daughter through the clear protective plastic.

Children now account for more than one-third of all cases in this outbreak, UNICEF said earlier this week. One in 10 Ebola cases is in a child under 5 years old, it said, and children who contract the hemorrhagic fever are at greater risk of dying than adults.

While Ebola typically infects adults, as they are most likely to be exposed to the lethal virus, children have been known in some instances to catch the disease when they act as caregivers.

Few cases of Ebola in babies have historically been reported, but experts suspect transmission might happen via breast milk or close contact with infected parents. Ebola is typically spread by infected bodily fluids.

The World Health Organization also has noted that health centers have been identified as a source of Ebola transmission in this outbreak, with injections of medications "a notable cause."

So far, more than 400 children have been left orphaned or unaccompanied in this outbreak as patients can spend weeks in treatment centers, UNICEF said. A kindergarten has opened next to one treatment center in Beni "to assist the youngest children whose parents are isolated" there, it said.

Health expert have said this Ebola outbreak, the 10th in Congo, is like no other as they face the threat of attack from armed groups and resistance from a wary population in a region that had never faced an Ebola outbreak before. Tracking suspected contacts of Ebola victims remains a challenge in areas controlled by rebels.

The latest WHO assessment, released Thursday, simply calls the circumstances "unforgiving."

And now, Congo is set to hold a presidential election on Dec. 23, with unrest already brewing.

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Stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including staph, study finds

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:22

The stethoscope is one of the most important and perhaps the most recognizable of all tools used by health care professionals. But new research finds they are often crawling with bacteria, including some germs that can cause serious infections.

The study, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, found that Staphylococcus, the bacteria responsible for staph infections, was found in abundance on many stethoscopes, with more than half of the devices having confirmed contamination with the bacteria.

Other bacteria that can lead to health care-associated infections, including Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter, were also found on many of the stethoscopes, though in small quantities.

For the study, researchers used molecular sequencing to analyze stethoscopes in use in an intensive care unit (ICU), including 20 traditional reusable stethoscopes being carried by physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists, and 20 single-patient-use disposable stethoscopes used in patient rooms. They compared these to 10 unused single-use disposable stethoscopes as a control.

All 40 of the stethoscopes in use in the ICU were significantly contaminated with a rich and diverse community of bacteria, the researchers said.

However, it is unknown if the stethoscopes ever made patients sick.

The researchers also found that cleaning stethoscopes using a hydrogen peroxide wipe, alcohol swabs, or bleach wipes reduced the amount of bacteria but did not totally eliminate it.

"This study underscores the importance of adhering to rigorous infection control procedures, including fully adhering to CDC-recommended decontamination procedures between patients, or using single-patient-use stethoscopes kept in each patient's room," senior study author Ronald Collman, MD, a professor of medicine, pulmonary, allergy and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, said in a statement.

Collman said future research should focus on improving cleaning methods and studying bacteria on other medical devices used on multiple patients.

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Auditor recommends changes to how state funds online schools

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As lawmakers consider changing how Ohio funds online charter schools, the state auditor recommends they consider models factoring in student performance or testing.

Ohio's traditional school funding is enrollment-based, but e-school funding in recent years has been calculated using documented student participation. In a report released Thursday, Republican Auditor Dave Yost's office says virtual schools and their information systems weren't equipped for that.

The massive Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is among e-schools that closed after Ohio found they didn't have participation data to justify their funding and moved to recoup some.

Yost is now recommending clarifying how e-schools are evaluated for funding and having lawmakers review a manual that guides that process.

Democrats criticize Yost for taking political donations from ECOT's founder and not pushing more accountability for it sooner.

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Regulators: $2.1M more needed for marijuana legal fees

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State regulators are seeking $2.1 million in additional money to cover legal costs tied to medical marijuana lawsuits against Ohio's Department of Commerce.

The department is one of three state agencies overseeing Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program.

A department senior official told the state's Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee in Columbus on Thursday that the agency needs the extra money to cover legal costs from lawsuits that were brought by companies denied medical marijuana cultivators' licenses.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the department official, Mark Hamlin, told the committee that the $1 million budgeted for the legal costs wasn't enough. He says the department has requested a loan from the state emergency fund for the additional $2.1 million.

That request would have to be approved by the state Controlling Board.

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Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:40

STARKE, Fla. — A man convicted of the fatal stabbing and beating death of a woman in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago was executed Thursday night in Florida.

Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was sentenced to death for the 1992 killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal earlier Thursday.

The execution took about 15 minutes to complete and Jimenez had no last words to say. As the three-drug protocol was performed, Jimenez appeared to take numerous rapid, deep breaths and occasionally moved his head.

Minas' nephew, Alan Pattee, said in a written statement that his family believes justice was done.

"Mr. Jimenez has shown no remorse or repentance for his crime. My aunt was innocent and loving, and a faithful sister to my father," the statement said. "His execution will allow closure to a painful memory of the vicious murder Mr. Jimenez was responsible for."

Court records show that on Oct. 2, 1992, Minas found Jimenez in her second-floor apartment. During his trial, neighbors said they heard her screaming, and they tried to enter, but someone inside had locked the door.

Prosecutors at the trial said a fingerprint found on the inside of the apartment's front door matched Jimenez' print. Also, the building's custodian said he saw Jimenez jump from a balcony of Minas' second-floor apartment.

The defense argued that Jimenez didn't stab or kill Minas, and that all of the evidence against him was circumstantial.

Authorities say Jimenez was a cocaine addict who was burglarizing Minas' apartment when she came home and surprised him. Investigators said Minas, a longtime employee of the Miami-Dade Court Clerk's office, was stabbed eight times

After a weeklong trial, Jimenez was found guilty and subsequently sentenced to death.

After his arrest, Jimenez also was convicted of a prior burglary and second-degree murder in the 1990 death of another woman in Miami Beach.

Over the years, he filed various appeals. In an appeal filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week, Jimenez and his attorneys said detectives who investigated the case gave "false or, at best, misleading testimony." Also, they said, several key police reports were lost.

Additionally, his attorneys filed a motion asking the court to issue a stay of execution and consider whether Florida's lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The lawyers pointed to the February execution of Eric Branch using the same drugs in which experts later concluded he felt significant pain, including screaming out the word "murderers!" several times as he thrashed about on the gurney.

The justices denied Jimenez's appeals and request for a stay of execution Thursday night.

In July, Gov. Rick Scott signed Jimenez's death warrant and scheduled the execution for August.

But the Florida Supreme Court issued a stay to consider a number of Jimenez's claims, including that he was denied access to public records, that the Florida drug protocol can cause him harm and that it was cruel for him to be executed after 23 years on death row. In October, the court denied all those claims and lifted the stay.

According to corrections officials, there have been 28 executions since Scott took office in 2011.

That's the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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City wrapping up work in the Short North just in time for holiday haul

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 01:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of the most iconic neighborhoods in the City of Columbus, the Short North, has seen a lot of change over the last year.

The most obvious change for visitors so far has come in the form of new businesses and orange barrels popping up like wildflowers.

But the city tells 10TV some of the latest changes in the Short North were much needed and they are just about complete.

The improvements made to the High Street Corridor, from the Columbus Convention Center to the south end of the University District, have mainly impacted pedestrian safety.

Now, those improvements are wrapping up, just in time for a major shopping haul, according to the Columbus Department of Public Service.

The completion comes as a relief to area businesses and residents.

“We’re very excited that the construction season is wrapping up here for 2018, just in time for the holidays,” said Betsy Pandora, executive director for the Short North Alliance. “You know, folks that maybe haven’t had an opportunity to come down to the Short North in a while, we’re really excited to see them back.”

Getting to this point has been a long road for the businesses and construction crews alike.

“Our sidewalks were buckling and there were really a lot of lighting and safety issues, so community members came together over a number of years to provide feedback to the city on things that could make for the neighborhood to be safer and to help beautify the neighborhood and the city began making those investments last year and continued that this year in the Short North,” Pandora said.

In an effort to improve safety and walkability in the neighborhood, the city repaved and widened the sidewalks.

Crews extended curbs, protecting parked cars and helping pedestrians cross the street in less time, and the city also laid out brighter crosswalk markings and planted trees that would not block the lighting.

“A lot of the major work is done,” said James Young, with the City of Columbus department of public service. “So now it’s going to be more rolling work, like planting shrubs or grasses or what not and taking down the rest of the overhead wiring.”

But the work hasn't been without challenges.

“We’ve lost at least 20 days to rain this year so it’s been a real challenge to get all the work done and get it ready for winter,” Young said.

The area felt it, according to Pandora.

“This has been an a-typical year and I think it’s been challenging for people to weather that much construction,” she said.

Ninety percent of the business community in the Short North is locally owned or headquartered, while 75 percent are extremely small, Pandora said. That fact alone can make things challenging when major construction digs in.

“We really had to do a lot of education to the city as to how they could create a supportive environment for small businesses to exist with that level of construction,” Pandora said.

While area goers may still see roadblocks, the city’s work is just about through, according to Young.

“There’s still private work going on in the area and that’s been one of the struggles with the projects,” Young said.

Much of what people see now is work commissioned by the businesses and building owners themselves.

At this time, the city is prepping for the next phase of the High Street Streetscape, from 2nd Ave to 9th Ave in January.

But the improvements made thus far give Short North advocates hope for an even brighter future.

“We really want to see everybody come back down and support small businesses for the holiday season. Construction like that is challenging and people certainly need support now,” Pandora said.

Pandora also told 10TV that the district is running a shopping incentive through the month of December.

Shoppers can pick up a sticker at participating businesses in the Short North. After collecting five, they can redeem a $50 parking meter gift card at Le Meridian, the Joseph Hotel.

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"Heartbeat Bill" passes Ohio House; Gov. Kasich says he plans to veto

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:35

The Ohio House of Representatives has voted 53-32 to approve House Bill 258. It comprises Senate amendments to a highly restrictive anti-abortion bill despite indications it has little chance of passage this year. The vote came just before 1:20 a.m. Thursday morning.

The GOP-controlled Ohio Senate by an 18-13 vote Wednesday passed House Bill 258, nicknamed the "heartbeat bill." The measure bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected at 12 weeks. The original proposed bill wanted to ban abortions at six weeks of conception.

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich has promised to veto the bill as he did with a similar measure in 2016. He has 10 days to veto the bill.

If Gov. Kasich vetoes the bill, lawmakers would be forced to return over holiday break for an override vote to try and get the law to pass before the session ends for the year.

Ohio Right to Life, the state's oldest and largest anti-abortion group, remains neutral on the bill due to concerns over its constitutionality.

Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, who takes office in January, has said he would sign such a bill if it crossed his desk.

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Nancy Wilson, Ohio native Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:19

LOS ANGELES — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to "Little Green Apples" and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough "Guess Who I Saw Today" and the 1964 hit "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz.

She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a "song stylist."

"The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s," she told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. "I just never considered myself a jazz singer. I do not do runs and — you know. I take a lyric and make it mine. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric."

Wilson's dozens of albums included a celebrated collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, "Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley," a small group setting which understandably could be called jazz; "Broadway — My Way"; "Lush Life"; and "The Nancy Wilson Show!" a best-selling concert recording. "How Glad I Am" brought her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance, and she later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for the intimate "R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" and in 2007 for "Turned to Blue," a showcase for the relaxed, confident swing she mastered later in life. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a "Jazz Masters Fellowship" in 2004 for lifetime achievement.

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including "Hawaii Five-O," ''Police Story," the Robert Townshend spoof "Meteor Man" and years hosting NPR's "Jazz Profiles" series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

Wilson was married twice — to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She had three children.

Born in Chillcote, Ohio, the eldest of six children of an iron foundry worker and a maid, Wilson sang in church as a girl and by age 4 had decided on her profession. She was in high school when she won a talent contest sponsored by a local TV station and was given her own program. After briefly attending Central State College, she toured Ohio with the Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band and met such jazz artists as Adderley, who encouraged her to move to New York.

She soon had a regular gig at The Blue Morocco, and got in touch with Adderley's manager, John Levy.

"He set up a session to record a demo," Wilson later observed during an interview for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. "Ray Bryant and I went in and recorded 'Guess Who I Saw Today,' 'Sometimes I'm Happy,' and two other songs. We sent them to Capitol and within five days the phone rang. Within six weeks I had all the things I wanted."

Her first album, "Like in Love!", came out in 1959, and she had her greatest commercial success over the following decade despite contending at times with the latest sounds. Gamely, she covered Beatles songs ("And I Love Her" became "And I Love Him"), Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Son of a Preacher Man," on which she strained to mimic Aretha Franklin's fiery gospel style. She was so outside the contemporary music scene an interviewer once stumped her by asking about Cream, the million-selling rock trio featuring Eric Clapton.

"It took me years to know what that question was about. Remember, I was constantly working or I was traveling to perform. The '60s for me were about work," she told JazzWax in 2010.

In the 1970s and after, she continued to record regularly and perform worldwide, at home in nightclubs, concert halls and open-air settings, singing at jazz festivals from Newport to Tokyo. She officially stopped touring with a show at Ohio University in September 2011, but had been thinking of stepping back for years. When she turned 70, in 2007, she was guest of honor at a Carnegie Hall gala. The show ended with Wilson performing such favorites as "Never, Never Will I Marry," ''I Can't Make You Love Me" and the Gershwin classic "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

"After 55 years of doing what I do professionally, I have a right to ask how long? I'm trying to retire, people," she said with a laugh before leaving the stage to a standing ovation.

In accordance with Wilson's wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. A celebration of her life will be held most likely in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her son, Kacy Dennis; daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton; sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren.

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Homes evacuated in Lancaster due to gas leak

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:08

LANCASTER, Ohio - Several homes in Lancaster have been evacuated because of a gas leak Thursday night.

The leak is in the area of 5th Avenue and Maple Street.

The Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster Municipal Gas are on the scene working to locate and fix the leak.

The Red Cross is on the scene to assist those who had to evacuate.

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Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:31

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today.

He says he's seriously considering his options and letting his advisers monitor the daily troubles Trump is facing, including talk of impeachment.

"If you're going to run as a Republican you have to have a sense that if you get into primaries you can win. Right now, probably couldn't win," he told the AP. "But that's today. It's ever changing."

Primary challenges against incumbent presidents are rare but not unprecedented. The last time it happened was in 1992, when Republican Pat Buchanan unsuccessfully challenged President George H.W. Bush. Twelve years earlier, Democrat Ted Kennedy mounted a challenge to President Jimmy Carter.

Kasich, leaving office after eight years because of term limits, has previously made two presidential runs. Should he enter the Republican fray in 2020, it would put in play his electorally critical home state, which Kasich won resoundingly in the 2016 primary against Trump and others.

Kasich didn't address recent developments such as Wednesday's sentencing of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal Trump's alleged sexual affairs.

Kasich said he's been told there's money around the country for a run but acknowledged that fundraising would be a factor.

"If you're not around the hoop, you can't get a rebound," Kasich said. "So we're hanging around the hoop, and we're very serious about this. How would we not be?"

"It's not like I wouldn't do it," he said of a potential run. "You can't be afraid to do it."

Trump said in a Fox-TV interview Thursday that he hopes Kasich or retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake mount a primary challenge.

Kasich's political adviser John Weaver responded: "Be careful what you wish for."

Kasich was the last primary challenger left in the GOP race when he stepped down in 2016, even though he only won his home state of Ohio. But he has been a consistent critic of Trump since then, dinging the president on everything from tax cuts that weren't paid for to the immigration policy of family separation.

Asked if Trump has done anything he agrees with, Kasich said border control, lower taxes, and higher financial contributions from European allies are all needed. But the president has set too negative a tone when he's not wrong, with an overall "dismal" record, Kasich said.

"Tariffs are a bad idea. Debt is a bad idea. Family separation is a bad idea. Demonizing immigrants is a bad idea. And breaking down our alliances is bad too," Kasich said.

The Ohio Democratic Party chairman, no fan of many of Kasich's actions as governor, said Thursday that he admired Kasich's willingness to take on Trump.

"For the sake of the country, I do think having someone, one person in that party, willing to actually speak out, is something that's a good thing," chairman David Pepper said.

Dressed in slacks, a pullover and casual shoes, Kasich spoke for about 30 minutes at the governor's residence in suburban Bexley, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from his downtown Columbus offices. Unlike previous governors, Kasich chose not to live in the residence, keeping his home in another Columbus suburb.

Kasich said he's not worried about defending his anti-Trump positions to the Republican National Committee in the event of another run, saying he goes "right to the folks."

Though Republicans control nearly all statewide offices in Ohio, Kasich has faced problems with his own party here. He backed expansion of Medicaid over party members, and also unsuccessfully pushed for taxes on the oil and gas industry because of booming revenue from natural gas fracking.

Just this month, Republican state lawmakers have pushed a strict abortion ban Kasich previously vetoed and a gun bill leaving out a Kasich-backed measure that would allow gun rights to be temporarily stripped from people who show warning signs of violence.

The governor called those actions a political consideration by fellow Ohio Republicans he had no plans to fight over.

He also said he didn't want to be known as a critic of Trump, but rather as a national voice for every person mattering, and every person thinking about their impact on the world.

"These things matter to me a great deal, in that we can all live a life a little bigger than ourselves," Kasich said.

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Dog found abandoned in Mansfield dumpster

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:12

Officials in Richland County are asking the public for information about the owner of a dog who was found in a dumpster in Mansfield.

The Humane Society of Richland County said the dog was found by Good Samaritans. The daughter of one of those people named the dog Hopi-Dopi.

In an update posted Thursday, the humane society said Hopi has a skin infection, double ear infection, intestinal parasites and a mammary tumor.

Hopi is on antibiotics and she also got treatment for her ears.

She will be spayed and have her tumor removed and biopsied.

If anyone has any information about the dog or its owners, contact the humane society at (419) 774-4795.

If you would like to donate to her care you can do so at www.adoptourstrays.com.

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Girl charged with murder in connection to fatal officer-involved shooting of 16-year-old

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A 16-year-old girl has been charged with murder in connection to the death of 16-year-old Julius Tate Jr., who was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer.

Masonique Saunders was arrested on Dec. 13 on charges of robbery and murder because police said she played a role in the commission of the felony robbery that resulted in the death of Tate.

Police said Julius Tate had committed at least two previous armed robberies and, on the night he was killed, held up an undercover officer.

Police said they responded to an ad on a social media sale site to exchange an item for cash Dec. 7.

Police did not know the identity of the person posting the sale ad, so undercover SWAT officers responded to the ad and set up a meeting.

Police said 16-year-old Julius Tate Jr. arrived at the meeting place Friday evening and pointed a gun at a SWAT officer in plain clothes. The teen was shot and killed by another officer.

Police said they recovered a weapon at the shooting scene.

Tate’s family said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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OSU study: Roundabouts could be key to stopping distracted driving

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A study by the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University has found roundabouts prevent distracted driving.

The university research group studied driver response and behaviors and found no fatalities within Ohio roundabouts.

“Focusing on roundabouts, we saw no fatalities at all within roundabouts as contrasted to a more conventional cross intersection,” said Executive Director of Risk Institute Phil Renaud. “There’s plenty of signage that requires people to yield and pay attention as they approach the roundabout.”

Researchers have determined that driving crashes are five-to-10 times more likely to be fatal than severe in a rear-end or lane-change head-on crash.

Researchers also determined distracted driving caused 18 percent of overall Ohio crash fatalities and 16 percent of serious injuries in Ohio.

“We’ve got to do something to get ahead of this,” Renaud said. “Our phones are becoming fixtures, things that we incorporate and use... Our phones are becoming just a way of life.”

Phase two of the study is slated to begin in 2019, which will focus on distracted drivers outside the state of Ohio.

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Trump says Mexico will pay for wall; Mexican president says he didn't talk wall funding

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30

After a phone conversation with the Mexican president Wednesday, President Trump asserted the next day that Mexico would pay for a border wall, a promise he often made on the campaign trail. The Mexican president, however, denied that the two discussed wall funding during their call, which was about immigration.

"I often stated, 'One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.' This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!" Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning, suggesting that the money saved by the newly negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement would be tantamount to Mexico paying for a border wall between the two countries.

Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador discussed illegal migration from Central America to the United States, as waves of immigrants seeking asylum approach the southern border. Lopez Obrador said Thursday morning that the topic of funding for a border wall was not discussed "in any conversation."

"It was a respectful and friendly conversation," Lopez Obrador said, according to Reuters. Mexico has previously bristled at the idea that it would be responsible for the funding of a border wall, which has been a point of contention between the two countries.

Trump's preoccupation with the wall has been evident during a domestic fight with Congress over wall funding in government appropriations measures that face a deadline in the next two weeks. Trump is requesting $5 billion for the wall, but Democrats will only commit to $1.6 billion. At a combative Oval Office meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday, Trump said that he would bear responsibility for shutting down the government if he does not get sufficient funding for the wall.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," the president said, speaking to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not gonna blame you for it. The last time you shut it down it didn't work. I will take the mantle of shutting down. And I'm gonna shut it down for border security."

The funding for agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the State Department runs out on Dec. 21, days before Christmas.

"The president has the White House, he has the Senate, he has the House of Representatives, all in Republican control," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said after the meeting on Wednesday. "He has the power to keep government open. Instead, he has admitted in this meeting that he will take responsibility, the Trump shutdown is something that can be avoided."

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Ohio House passes portion of Reagan Tokes Act

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:14

The Ohio House has passed a portion of the Reagan Tokes Act Thursday following its passage through the House committee the day before.

#BREAKING - an amended version of SB 201 - a portion of the #ReaganTokes act has just passed the Ohio House. @10TV #10TV

— Bennett Haeberle (@bhaeberle) December 13, 2018

Senate Bill 201 would drastically change how violent felons are sentenced in Ohio.

It passed out of the House criminal justice committee by a 10 to 0 vote Wednesday in an amended version.

The bill would allow judges to sentence criminals convicted of violent crimes or level 1 or 2 felonies to a range of years in prison rather than a determined sentence.

The legislation is named after Reagan Tokes, the Ohio State student who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 2017 by a convicted sex offender , Brian Golsby, who had been released from prison months before her death.

Despite wearing a GPS ankle monitor during Tokes murder and other crimes, records reviewed by 10 Investigates show that Golsby and other offenders are not always closely monitored by the state’s parole system.

Prior to his release from prison in the fall of 2016, Golsby misbehaved while behind bars, garnering dozens of sanctions. But current Ohio law would not allow prison officials to keep Golsby behind bars. Golsby was convicted of Tokes’ death in April and is currently serving out a life sentence.

Some of the amendments to SB 201 that passed favorably by the criminal justice committee Wednesday included:

- Removing 3rd degree felonies from the list of criminals who could receive indeterminate sentences.

- And instead of require the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to create a statewide GPS program and database, the new language in SB 201 calls for DRC to create a feasibility study to return to lawmaker by June 30, 2019.

- Another amendment also makes recommendations that DRC work to reduce the number of offenders who are released from prison homeless – as Golsby was – but does not require it.

The bill now moves back to the Senate for a final vote before heading to Gov. John Kasich's desk.

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Authorities: Bomb threats emailed across US appear to be hoax

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:31

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.

The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice."

The Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.

In central Ohio, Reynoldsburg police confirmed the school district received an email asking for Bitcoin and said there was an explosive device in their place of business.

Capital University evacuated one building after receiving a threat Thursday. No other details about the threat were released.

CPD's Homeland Security Section has been informed of a nationwide email threat being distributed.
The originator threatens to blow up buildings if Bit Coins aren't paid out. This is a generic email being sent out.
Call us with any threat: CPD: 911/614-645-4545 pic.twitter.com/axzB1G3zUt

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) December 13, 2018

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