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Michigan boy raising money for a gravestone for best friend

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:15

DETROIT (AP) — A 12-year-old Michigan boy is working odd jobs to raise money for a special Christmas gift: a gravestone for his best friend.

Kaleb Klakulak and Kenneth "K.J." Gross had been friends since second grade before K.J. died in May of congestive heart failure after years of chemotherapy to fight leukemia, The Detroit News reported .

K.J. was buried in a family plot at Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery. But K.J.'s mom couldn't afford a grave marker, so Kaleb has been raking leaves, collecting bottles and soliciting PayPal donations on social media to help raise $2,500. He's raised $900 so far and given the money to K.J.'s mother, LaSondra "San" Singleton.

"I love Ms. San," Kaleb said. "I was sad she couldn't afford it. I wanted people to be able to find (K.J.'s grave) when they went to see him."

Kaleb's mom, Kristy Hall, helped him get started with the fundraising effort.

"I really think this is a great thing for Kaleb to focus on and help him with his healing as well as K.J.'s mom, who misses her baby and has to visit an unmarked grave," Hall wrote in a Facebook post about Kaleb's goal.

Singleton said she's overwhelmed by Kaleb's actions and love for her son, even after his death. She said the boys "were kindred spirits; they were like brothers."

"It just speaks volumes to the type of people that they are, and it speaks to the type of person that K.J. was — he impacted people to where they want to do this for him," Singleton said.

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Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye draw crowds during Art Basel Miami

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:04

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Royalty, Real Housewives and the fathers of two Kardashian babies were among the celebs that fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous parties toasting the world's best artists during Art Basel.

Less than 24 hours after announcing she was splitting from her husband, Cardi B was spotted Wednesday night partying at 24/7 ultra-club E11EVEN MIAMI, sporting long, rainbow streaked hair and a skin-tight black dress she grabbed the microphone and sang along When the DJ played her hits, including "Bodak Yellow" and "Drippin," which features her ex, Offset.

G-Eazy and Travis Scott gave also gave separate performances at the all-night club over the weekend. Neither Kylie Jenner nor Kanye West were with Scott when he performed on top of the DJ booth and asked the crowd to put away their cell phones so they could enjoy the moment.

And at the private upstairs club at Casa Tua, Basel regular Leonardo DiCaprio hung out with U2's Bono at a late-night karaoke party where Paris Hilton and Serena Williams danced to Beyonce's "Formation" and socialite/singer Caroline Vreeland performed Amy Winehouse' song "Rehab."

Downstairs at the exclusive Italian restaurant, Princess Eugenie hosted an intimate seated dinner for the London-based art gallery Hauser & Wirth where she serves as director.

On Thursday night, Jennifer Lopez was spotted getting cozy with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at Prime 112 restaurant. And over at the former Versace Mansion, Creed 2 star Tessa Thompson hosted a party to announce the finalists of Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series' annual arts competition. Guests included BlacKkKlansman actress Laura Harrier, model Teyana Taylor and former NBA athlete Kevin Garnett. The girls did a quick photo shoot in Donatella Versace's former quarters.

Art Basel Miami Beach, the prestigious extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, didn't officially open until Thursday, but the fair has become so popular that it's spawned dozens of others around Miami along with star-studded parties days in advance.

One of the biggest draws of the week was at the RC Cola Factory in Wynwood, where rappers Kanye West and Lil Wayne gave surprise performances to honor late rapper XXXTentacion for the posthumous release of his album Skin. Kanye brought down the house as he performed their new song "One Minute" with the late rapper who was gunned down in South Florida this year.

Lil Wayne performed again at an intimate party for Republic Record's at the Confidante Hotel, telling the crowd he hoped they were having so much fun during the over the top week of parties that they "don't make it back to where you're from because you just don't want to leave here."

On Saturday night, Pharrell teamed up with American Express Platinum for a private beachside concert.

One of the things he loves most about Art Basel is the way it brings "the curious youth here to see what it is you can do when you grow older if you continue to hone in on art in the way that you love it," he said. "I love being in an environment that fosters creativity."

The "Happy" singer's new restaurant, Swan and Bar Bevy, proved to be one of the hottest reservations of the week. Kanye West dined there with Kim Kardashian's bestie Jonathan Cheban. Rocker Lenny Kravitz joined Pharrell one night and Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono were also seen enjoying a quiet dinner together.

In Wynwood, music producer Swizz Beatz' The Dean Collection was again a magnet for big name celebs.

The three day event with Bacardi featured performances by Meek Mill, Fat Joe and A$AP Ferg at night. By day, The Dean Collection gives artists free space to exhibit their work, along with a rare deal that gives 100 percent of sales directly to the artists as part of his No Commission theme. The art aficionado, who is married to Alicia Keys, has talked about his desire to promote starving artists.

Celeb supporters included supermodel Adriana Lima who was an eyeing a piece by artist Jamel Shabazz, saying it had an "old school" feel that she thought would inspire her in her home gym when she's working out.

"I was just talking about how much (Art Basel) has changed. It's became a global thing," said Lima.

Also spotted around town were Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel, Brooke Shields and actress Rosario Dawson.

The late night crowd headed to nightclub Rockwell, which teamed up with 1OAK for a three-night pop-up that included performances by hometown rapper Rick Ross. He brought Meek Mill onstage and the two performed their new song "What's Free."

"Last year this time Meek Mill was in prison. Right now he's got the album of the year," Ross said.

Courvoisier also hosted an after-hours bash in Wynwood to close out the weekend Saturday that featured art installations and a performance by rapper and avid art collector 2 Chainz.

"I get a few pieces here every year for my studio or my homes," he said. "I enjoy discovering new art. I enjoy discovering new artists."

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Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 06:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.

Comey did not identify the Americans but said President Donald Trump, then the Republican candidate, was not among them.

He also told the House Judiciary Committee that, contrary to Trump's claims, he was "not friends in any social sense" with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the Russia investigation. Trump has repeatedly portrayed the men as exceptionally close as part of a long-running effort to undermine the investigation and paint the lead figures in the probe as united against him.

"I admire the heck out of the man, but I don't know his phone number, I've never been to his house, I don't know his children's names," said Comey, who added that he had "never hugged or kissed the man" despite the president's insistence otherwise.

"A relief to my wife," he deadpanned.

The committee released a transcript of the interview on Saturday, just 24 hours after privately grilling the fired FBI chief about investigative decisions related to Hillary Clinton's email server and Trump's campaign and potential ties to Russia. Comey largely dodged questions connected to the current Mueller-led probe, including whether his May 2017 firing by Trump constituted obstruction of justice.

The Republican-led committee interviewed Comey as part of its investigation into FBI actions in 2016, a year when the bureau — in the heat of the presidential campaign — recommended against charges for Clinton and opened an investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The questioning largely centered on well-covered territory from a Justice Department inspector general report, Comey's own book and interviews and hours of public testimony on Capitol Hill. But the former FBI chief also used the occasion to take aim at Trump's frequent barbs at the criminal justice system, saying "we have become numb to lying and attacks on the rule of law by the president," as well as Trump's contention that it should be a crime for subjects to "flip" and cooperate with investigators.

"It's a shocking suggestion coming from any senior official, no less the president. It's a critical and legitimate part of the entire justice system in the United States," Comey said.

In offering some details of the investigation's origins, Comey said it started in July 2016 with a look at "four Americans who had some connection to Mr. Trump" during that summer and whether they were tied to "the Russian interference effort." The campaign itself, he said, was not investigation at that time.

He did not identify the Americans, though Mueller's investigation has made clear that by that time, there had already been outreach from Russian intermediaries to Trump associates — including a 2015 encounter revealed for the first time in a court filing Friday. Also by that time Democratic email accounts had been hacked by Russian intelligence and a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had been told that Russians had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

That October, the FBI obtained a secret search warrant to monitor the communications of a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, on suspicions he was acting as a foreign agent — something he has denied.

Multiple Trump associates, including Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, have pleaded guilty to lying about their interactions with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition period. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's foreign dealings, including to an associate the U.S. says has ties to Russian intelligence, has also attracted law enforcement scrutiny.

Comey reiterated to lawmakers that it was the 2016 Papadopoulos encounter with a Russian intermediary in London that ignited the Russia investigation, rather than — as some Republicans have maintained — Democratic-funded opposition research compiled by a former British spy.

"It was weeks or months later that the so-called Steele dossier came to our attention," Comey said.

He said that by the time of his firing, the FBI had not come to a conclusion about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia's efforts to sway the election.

And he insisted that the FBI would recover from the president's attacks on the bureau.

"The FBI will be fine. It will snap back, as will the rest of our institutions," Comey said. "There will be short-term damage, which worries me a great deal, but in the long run, no politician, no president can, in a lasting way, damage those institutions."

Besides the questioning on Russia, Republicans lawmakers pressed Comey on the FBI's handling of an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email server. Comey's July 2016 announcement that Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" but did not deserve criminal charges infuriated Republicans who contended that someone less powerful and well-connected would have faced prosecution.

Under questioning from Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, Comey reiterated that the FBI and Justice Department didn't have a prosecutable case against Clinton because they couldn't prove she willfully violated the law by setting up the server.

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Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 06:50

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.

Dr. Denis Mukwege spoke Sunday at a news conference with Nadia Murad of Iraq, with whom he shared the 9-million Swedish kronor ($1 million) prize. Mukwege was honored for his work helping sexually abused women at the hospital he founded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Murad, a Yazidi, won for her advocacy for sex abuse victims after being kidnapped and raped by Islamic State militants.

Mukwege says "what we see during armed conflicts is that women's bodies become battlefields and this cannot be acceptable during our time." He says "we cannot only denounce it, we now need to act."

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Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 06:30

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states and poised to hit particular hard in portions of North Carolina and Virginia.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that residents in the some parts of the state should be ready for a lengthy fight with the storm, which was beginning to dump sleet and snow across its western mountain areas Saturday night.

"We're preparing for days of impact, not hours," Cooper said, urging caution. "This weekend isn't the time to head out to see the winter wonderland. Stay safe where you are. Getting out on dangerous roads could put your life at risk."

Officials have warned residents to prepare emergency kits and staff off roads in impacted areas.

"Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts," said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

The National Weather Service said a "prolonged period of snow" began late Saturday and would last until Monday in the region, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia. Forecasters have said some mountain areas of North Carolina could get up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow or more.

Heavy rains also were expected elsewhere in other parts of the South, creating possible floods in coastal areas.

North Carolina's largest electric utility, Duke Energy, has said more there could more than 500,000 power outages.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country, said American Airlines would reduce its operations starting Saturday evening and scattered cancellations are expected through Monday morning. Travelers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Cancellations were reported on flights from as far as the Midwest.

Signs of a pending monster snow fall were prevalent. Traffic crews treated roads ahead of the storm. Amtrak has canceled or modified some routes because of the storm. And many hardware stores sold out of ice melt.

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Kid Rock pays off more than $80,000 Walmart customers' layaway bills

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 06:05

Kid Rock is spreading Christmas cheer by paying off the layaway balances of about 350 customers at a Nashville Walmart.

Kid Rock says he was inspired by a similar act by Tyler Perry, who paid off all the layaways at two Walmart stores on Thursday.

Thanking Perry for the great idea, Kid Rock said on Twitter Friday that he paid off all of the layaway accounts at his local Walmart in Nashville. "Great idea! I followed your lead," Kid Rock tweeted.

@tylerperry Great idea! I followed your lead and paid off the layaway at my local Walmart in Nashville. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!

— Kid Rock (@KidRock) December 7, 2018

The store's manager said Kid Rock gave approximately $81,000 to pay off the layaway accounts.

Layaway customers will receive a note to let them know "their neighbor, Kid Rock," paid off their account.

The Walmart posted on its Facebook page:

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Plant a tree: Milan's ambitious plans to be cleaner, greener

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 05:47

MILAN (AP) — If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution.

But Milan now wants to shift its color palette toward green.

The city has ambitious plans to plant 3 million new trees by 2030 — a move that experts say could offer relief from the city's muggy, sometimes tropical weather.

Some ad-hoc projects have already contributed to environmental improvements. Architect Stefano Boeri's striking Vertical Forest residential towers, completed in 2014 near the Garibaldi train station, aims to improve not only air quality but the quality of life for Milan residents.

Boeri created a small island of greenery in the heart of Milan, his pair of high-rises brimming from every balcony with shrubs and trees that absorb carbon dioxide and PM10 particles, a pollutant with links to respiratory ailments and cancer.

"I think the theme of forestation is one of the big challenges that we have today. It is one of the most effective ways we have to fight climate change, because it is like fighting the enemy on its own field," Boeri said. "It is effective and it is also democratic, because everyone can plant trees."

The U.N. climate summit taking place now in Poland has urged cities and regions to help achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement on curbing global warming, which include limiting the increase in the planet's temperature to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century.

Also, the World Economic Forum's global agenda council has put extending the tree canopy among its top urban initiatives, recognizing that small-scale changes can have a major impact on urban areas, including helping to lower city temperatures, creating more comfortable microclimates and mitigating air pollution.

Milan officials estimate the program to boost the number of trees by 30 percent in the broader metropolitan area will absorb an additional 5 million tons of carbon dioxide a year — four-fifths of the total produced by Milan — and reduce harmful PM10 small particulates by 3,000 tons over a decade. Significantly, it would also reduce temperatures in the city by 2 degrees Celsius, they say.

Boeri said the current green canopy of the Lombardy region's capital is just 7 percent of the urban area. That's well below northern European cities like Germany's Frankfurt at 21.5 percent or Amsterdam at nearly 21 percent. It's closer to Paris at nearly 9 percent, according to the World Economic Forum's Green View Index — and the French capital itself has been battling for years to fighting rising air pollution.

By 2030, Milan hopes to increase that green canopy number to between 17 and 20 percent.

Damiano Di Simine, the scientific coordinator in Lombardy for the environmental group Legambiente, said potentially the biggest impact of the green Milan project will be to lower temperatures in a city where the nighttime temperature can be 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than in the surrounding area. City statistics show that Milan endures 35 tropical nights a year.

Because the city lies close to the Alps, Milan gets very little wind to clear the pollutants that become blocked in by temperature inversions, where a layer of cool air is trapped by a layer of warmer air.

"The lack of wind also accentuates the urban heating," Di Simine said. "It means the discomfort from thermic inversions is terrible, because the climate is very stationary. Planting trees will help this."

The project to make Milan greener includes an ambitious plan to transform a disused freight railway network into a series of seven parks, with 25,000 new trees every year. It also includes planting greenery on 10 million square meters (108 million sq. feet) of flat rooftops and planting trees in 2,300 school courtyards.

Other new green spaces already inaugurated include Boeri's Library of Trees, near the Vertical forest, which includes 450 trees and 90,000 plants on nearly 10 hectares (24 acres), including a children's playground and a dog park. The Fondazione Feltrinelli also plans to create a park of 3,300 square meters (35,520 sq. feet) with plantain, magnolia, cherry and pear trees near its new headquarters.

The Vertical Forest has attracted more than 20 species of birds, which Boeri said they did not expect. And the shade provided by the 800 trees, 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants mean that residents rarely have to put on air conditioning, even during the peak of Milan's clammy summers. The Vertical Forest's total greenery has the capacity to absorb 30 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, Boeri said.

"There are also other advantages that are less measurable but I believe that the presence of green and trees has a very important effect on health and psychological state of mind, as it has been proved," said Boeri.

The architect is taking the award-winning concept to other cities, including Paris, Nanjing in China and the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

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Police searching for men who stole airsoft guns from garage

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 05:03

BEXLEY, Ohio-- Police are searching for two men who stole airsoft guns from the garage of a residence near Fair Avenue and South Cassingham Road.

On Wednesday, around 2:25 a.m., two men entered the garage through an unlocked door.

The two then took the airsoft guns that were in the garage.

Both of the suspects were caught on security cameras the the homeowner installed.

In the audio that was obtained from the video, one of the men refers to other as "Nick."

Neither of the suspects made it into the residence through the connecting door.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to their website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip.

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Software engineer found dead in Google's NYC offices

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 04:22

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters.

Scott Krulcik was found unconscious on the sixth floor of the company's offices in Chelsea at about 9 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Service workers.

Police say there were no signs of trauma and the death does not appear to be suspicious. The city medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

Krulcik's Linkedin page says he began working at Google in August after serving as an intern in the summer of 2017.

He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University last spring with a degree in computer science.

Google representatives did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

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2 dead, 2 injured after car flees from traffic stop, crashes into house

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 02:18

COLUMBUS-- Two people are dead and two more are injured after a car crashed into a house, according to officials.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning in east Columbus.

The vehicle was first stopped by a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy on Winchester Pike. The driver then drove away onto South James Road.

Police followed the vehicle until it crashed into a house.

The injured victims were transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital with minor injuries.

The area of the crash on South James Road near Dover Road is closed.

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

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Family looking for answers after Columbus SWAT officer shoots & kills 16-year-old armed robbery suspect

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 20:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Friends and family held a candlelight vigil Saturday night for 16- year old Julius Tate Jr. at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and North Champion Avenue.

It is the same place where the teen was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer after investigators said he tried to rob a SWAT officer in plain clothes at gunpoint.

Jamita Malone tearfully told 10TV, “We’re standing on my son’s blood.”

Malone says she is angry that more than 24 hours after the shooting, she has not heard a word from police.

“The police shot my son, and no one contacted me. And I'm out here like, where is my son?”

Columbus police robbery detectives said the meeting between Tate Jr. and SWAT officers was not a random coincidence.

Sgt. Dave Harrington said Tate Jr. is a suspect in two recent armed robberies.

Both victims responded to a social media sale site but when they showed up to exchange the item for cash, the victim’s were robbed at gunpoint.

“The second victim had been pistol-whipped in front of her children,” said Sgt. Harrington.

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.

“They're pulling up knowing, more likely than not, someone is going to stick a pistol in their face, or a firearm in their face, and rob them, and that's an extremely dangerous situation,” said Harrington.

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.

Malone is not accepting the official police explanation of why her child is dead.

“They can say all this on the news, well, the police said this, and it's a statement,” said Malone shaking her head. “Where's my son…you all killed my son.”

Police said they recovered a weapon at the shooting scene.

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Person killed after being hit by vehicle in southeast Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 20:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is dead after being hit by a vehicle in southeast Columbus, according to police.

Columbus police said the crash happened around 10 p.m. in the area of Ebright Road and Winchester Pike, near Madison Township.

The southbound lanes of Ebright Road are closed in the area of the crash.

Police said the driver stayed at the scene.

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Comey: Russia investigation initially looked at 4 Americans

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 19:33

WASHINGTON — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.

Comey did not identify the Americans but said President Donald Trump, then the Republican candidate, was not among them.

He also told the House Judiciary Committee that, contrary to Trump's claims, he was "not friends in any social sense" with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the Russia investigation. Trump has repeatedly portrayed the men as close as part of a long-running effort to undermine the investigation and paint the lead figures in the probe as united against him.

"I admire the heck out of the man, but I don't know his phone number, I've never been to his house, I don't know his children's names," said Comey, who added that he had "never hugged or kissed the man" despite the president's insistence otherwise.

"A relief to my wife," he deadpanned.

The committee released a transcript of the interview on Saturday, just 24 hours after privately grilling the fired FBI chief about investigative decisions related to Hillary Clinton's email server and Trump's campaign and potential ties to Russia. The Russia investigation is now being run by Mueller, and Comey largely dodged questions connected to that probe — including whether his May 2017 firing by Trump constituted obstruction of justice.

The Republican-led committee interviewed Comey as part of its investigation into FBI actions in 2016, a year when the bureau — in the heat of the presidential campaign — recommended against charges for Clinton and opened an investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The questioning largely centered on well-covered territory from a Justice Department inspector general report, Comey's own book and interviews and hours of public testimony on Capitol Hill. But the former FBI chief also used the occasion to take aim at Trump's public barbs at the criminal justice system, saying "we have become numb to lying and attacks on the rule of law by the president," and Trump's suggestion that it should be a crime for subjects to "flip" and cooperate with investigators.

"It's a shocking suggestion coming from any senior official, no less the president. It's a critical and legitimate part of the entire justice system in the United States," Comey said.

In offering some details of the investigation's origins, Comey said it had started in July 2016 with a look at "four Americans who had some connection to Mr. Trump during the summer of 2016" and whether they were tied to "the Russian interference effort."

He did not identify the Americans, though Mueller's investigation has made clear that by that time, there had already been outreach from Russian intermediaries to Trump associates — including a 2015 encounter revealed for the first time in a court filing Friday. Also by that time Democratic email accounts had been hacked by Russian intelligence and a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had been told that Russians had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

Multiple Trump associates, including Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, have pleaded guilty to lying about their interactions with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition period.

Comey reiterated that it was a 2016 Papadopoulos encounter with a Russian intermediary in London that started the Russia investigation, rather than — as some Republicans have maintained — Democratic-funded opposition research compiled by a former British spy. That research is known informally as the "Steele dossier."

"It was weeks or months later that the so-called Steele dossier came to our attention," Comey said.

He said that by the time of his firing, the FBI had not come to a conclusion about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia's efforts to sway the presidential election.

And insisted that the FBI would recover from the president's steady attacks on the bureau.

"The FBI will be fine. It will snap back, as will the rest of our institutions," Comey said. "There will be short-term damage, which worries me a great deal, but in the long run, no politician, no president can, in a lasting way, damage those institutions."

Besides the questioning on Russia, Republicans lawmakers repeatedly pressed Comey on the FBI's handling of an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email server. Comey's July 2016 announcement that Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" but did not deserve criminal charges infuriated Republicans who contended that someone less powerful and well-connected would have faced prosecution.

Under questioning from Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, Comey reiterated that the FBI and Justice Department didn't have a prosecutable case against Clinton because they couldn't prove she willfully violated the law by setting up the server.

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Remembering Chris Bradley: Columbus Blue Jackets honor Chris before game

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 17:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets honored Chris Bradley before their game on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets held a moment of silence for Chris who passed away this week after a battle with leukemia.

Since 2006, Chris provided in-game updates for fans at Nationwide Arena.

Chris has also worked with the Blue Jackets as part of The Big 10TV Toy Drive.

Tonight, we remember our friend, local meteorologist @Chris10TV. pic.twitter.com/KyLRxmzNVI

— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 9, 2018

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Escaped Ohio child killer on U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted List

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 14:07

Lester Eubanks was recently added to the U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted list.

He has been on the run for more than 40 years.

Federal authorities said Eubanks was attempting to rape a 14-year old Mansfield girl, Mary Ellen Deener, when he shot and beat her to death in 1965.

He escaped in 1973 when he walked away from his handlers at a shopping center in Columbus when he was allowed to shop unescorted as a reward for good behavior.

The U.S. Marshals said Eubanks could be using the alias Victor Young and he has a mole under his left eye.

Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“While the Eubanks’ case is designated as a cold case, I want to assure the public our investigation into his whereabouts is very active,” said U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Anderson. “I have total confidence in our deputies and our law enforcement partners who are determine to make sure Eubanks’ last days are spent in a prison cell where justice intended it.”

Eubanks is 75 years old and is 5-feet 11-inches tall.

He has black hair, brown eyes and weighed 175 pounds when he disappeared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.

A poster with information about Eubanks is available here.

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Heisman Trophy: Stock soared for 1st-time starting QBs

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:16

NEW YORK — Tua Tagovailoa rolled across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a black scooter with a little Alabama sticker on the front, his sprained left ankle in a gray plastic boot, safely propped up as he pushed off with his right foot.

The Crimson Tide quarterback and fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State were on Wall Street on Friday to ring the closing bell on a day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 558 points.

Stock for the three first-year starters has been soaring this season. A year ago they were second on their team's depth chart. On Saturday, one of them will win the Heisman Trophy.

Tagovailoa picked up where he left off in the second half of last season's national championship game victory against Georgia to lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide back to the playoff as a sophomore.

Haskins, a third-year sophomore, stepped in after the departure of a four-year starter and smashed Ohio State and Big Ten passing records.

Murray, a fourth-year junior, replaced last season's Heisman winner and had an even better season than his predecessor. Murray waited the longest to finally take over a team, transferring from Texas A&M after a rocky freshman season, taking a redshirt year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and then backing up Baker Mayfield in 2017.

"I think sitting down and watching is kind of important," Murray said. "I know Dwayne got to sit and watch. Tua obviously got to sit and watch. I think it just helps you with your growth and maturing on and off the field. I think that's a big part."

For the 16th time in the last 19 years, a quarterback will win college football's most coveted individual award and that should not be a surprise this season. This has been the year of the quarterback, with FBS records for completion percentage, yards per pass and yards passing per game all within range as bowl season arrives. For the first time since 2008, when Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy and Florida's Tim Tebow were the Heisman finalists, only quarterbacks were invited to New York for the trophy presentation.

That season, the Heisman finalists combined to pass for 9,726 yards and 100 touchdowns, completing 70.9 percent of their passes at 9.1 yards per attempt. This season's finalists, each still with at least one more game, have passed for 11,986 yards and 124 touchdowns, completing 69.7 percent of their passes at 10.6 yards per attempt.

There is also a good chance that for just the second time in the 83-year history of the Heisman, the top-five vote-getters will be quarterbacks, too. West Virginia's Will Grier and Washington State's Gardner Minshew II were the other contenders, but neither drew enough support to earn a trip to New York. In 2001, when Nebraska's Eric Crouch won the Heisman, the top six in the voting were quarterbacks.

During a 30-minute interview session with reporters at the Stock Exchange, Tagovailoa was asked a lot about his health. He sprained his ankle in the Southeastern Conference championship game last week and said he expects to be fine for the playoff, when No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Oklahoma and Murray in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. Alabama trainer Jeff Allen is traveling with Tagovailoa on the awards circuit this week.

"Life throws problems at you sometime and it's how you deal with it," Tagovailoa said. "Just trying to get better."

Murray fielded numerous questions about his future in baseball. He was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics in June and has already signed $4.66 million contract. This will be his one and only season as a college starting quarterback.

"My future's already kind of been decided as of right now," Murray said. Asked if he could see himself trying to play both sports, Murray said: "I would love to do be able to do both if that was possible. I don't know how possible that is."

The question Haskins will face is whether to return to college for another season or enter the NFL draft. He could be a first-round pick.

"After the bowl game I'll sit down with my family and talk about it," Haskins said. The sixth-ranked Buckeyes face No. 9 Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in what will be coach Urban Meyer's last game before retirement.

Tagovailoa spent most of the season as the Heisman front-runner, but Murray kept bailing out Oklahoma's faulty defense and gaining ground in the race. It seems Murray might have taken the lead last weekend, when Tagovailoa threw two interceptions against Georgia and could not finish the game.

"If I win it that's awesome," Tagovailoa said. "If not, it's not the end of the world."

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Dog found waiting for owners to return after California wildfire

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:31

PITTSBURG, Calif. (WTHR) - A dog left behind in the Camp Fire was found alive, waiting for his owners to return to their burned home.

Rescue organization K9 Paw Print Rescue wrote in a Facebook post that Madison's owners were unable to return home when the fire started, hoping and praying their dog would be okay.

Shayla Sullivan volunteers with K9 Paw Print Rescue and helped locate the family's other dog, Miguel, then tried to lure Madison back to the property with food and water.

After speaking with one of the owners, Sullivan decided to leave an article of the owner's clothing on the property, as well.

"I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her to keep Madison's hope alive until his people could return," Sullivan wrote.

When the owners returned to what was left of their home earlier this week, Madison was right there waiting for them.

The Camp Fire killed a total of 85 people and destroyed 18,804 structures.

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135 hurt, 1,000 detained during protests in France

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

PARIS - France's interior minister says the protest violence in Paris is "under control" despite scattered tensions but is calling it "totally unacceptable."

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner says 135 people were injured in the protests Saturday, including 17 police officers. He says "exceptional" security measures allowed nearly police to put nearly 1,000 people in custody.

Casataner estimated there were 10,000 yellow vest protesters in Paris on Saturday, among some 125,000 protesters around the country.

Protesters smashed store windows and set fires around Paris and clashed with police, who fired tear gas throughout the day in the French capital.

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Giraffe dies at the Columbus Zoo four days after c-section, death of her calf

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:18

POWELL, OH – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced a Masai giraffe has died four days after a Cesarean section.

Cami collapsed at approximately 1 a.m. and was unable to rise, according to the zoo. The veterinary team immobilized her to assess her condition and provide fluids, but she passed a short time later.

The zoo says that initial bloodwork suggested acute kidney failure, but a full necropsy will be conducted with pathology results expected in approximately six weeks.

Cesarean sections in giraffes are extremely rare and typically conducted as a last resort during a difficult delivery due to the high risks involved in putting giraffes under anesthesia and successful recovery. There are only three documented reports of a giraffe dam surviving a Cesarean section, none of which occurred in North America.

Cami began to exhibit signs of labor around 3 p.m. on December 4 in a behind-the-scenes area of the Heart of Africa region at the Columbus Zoo. As Cami’s labor progressed, zoo officials say it became evident that the calf was presenting rear hooves first. Giraffe calves are typically born front hooves first, and it is extremely rare for calves to survive after being born rear hooves first.

In order to do everything possible to save both mom and baby, the decision was made to intervene. The zoo’s animal care team, as well as a large animal surgeon from The Ohio State University, attempted to manually extract the calf from Cami without success. They then performed an emergency Cesarean section. After the calf was removed, the veterinary team found that the calf had serious congenital defects and thus would not have survived even if it had been born front hooves first.

Cami, a 6-year-old female Masai giraffe, came to the Columbus Zoo in 2013 from the Nashville Zoo. Father, Enzi, is the 8-year-old breeding male Masai giraffe, and he arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2013 after first being at The Wilds and the Toledo Zoo, where he was born. The pairing of Enzi with Cami was based on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for giraffes.

The loss of Cami and her calf follows the loss of another Masai giraffe, Zuri’s calf, Ubumwe, who sadly passed away on the morning of November 17. Ubumwe was born on October 30, 2018, and along with Zuri, was monitored around the clock by the animal care team. While regular wellness checks conducted by the animal health team had previously shown that she was growing and developing appropriately, Ubumwe’s behavior and appearance began to change on November 16, and her health suddenly deteriorated. The zoo’s team of animal care professionals responded quickly, and aggressive treatment and diagnostics, including a CT, were performed to rule out potential causes of her gastrointestinal discomfort. Specialists from The Ohio State University were also available to conduct a comprehensive abdominal ultrasound and review the CT images. Despite intensive overnight care and some improvement in her clinical appearance, Ubumwe unfortunately passed away at approximately 8:30 a.m. At this time, the definitive cause of her death is still unknown until a full pathology report is received. However, there is no indication that the cause of Ubumwe’s passing was related to Cami’s health challenges after her difficult delivery and subsequent Cesarean section, or the passing of her calf, who had severe congenital defects. Zuri has returned to the herd and is doing well.

Nineteen giraffes had previously been born at the Columbus Zoo over the course of its history before the arrivals of Cami’s and Zuri’s late calves. The two most recent giraffe births are the first to have occurred in the Heart of Africa region since its opening in 2014. Giraffes typically have a gestation period of around 15 months and will give birth to the calf while standing up. Newborn calves can weigh anywhere from 100-150 pounds and are, on average, around 6 feet tall. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquarium, the mortality rate for giraffe calves in human care is about 25 percent while the mortality rate for giraffe calves in their native range is over 50 percent. Scientists also estimate that only a quarter of giraffe calves reach adulthood in their native ranges due to a variety of threats.

“Our devoted team is truly devastated but continues to be lifted by the outpouring of concern and support we have received from giraffe lovers from around the world. The Columbus Zoo’s animal care experts made heroic efforts to try and save Cami and the calves. Every individual animal in our care is extremely important not only to us, but to their species, and as giraffe populations are declining rapidly in their native ranges, it is up to all of us to help protect them. Working to help vulnerable species like giraffes comes with both triumphant and heartbreaking moments, and even during this sad time, I am proud of the Columbus Zoo’s work on behalf of animals in our care as well as our continued commitment to the conservation of giraffes in Africa,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf.

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Ryan Day names Brian Hartline Ohio State's permanent wide receivers coach

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Hartline has been elevated to permanent wide receivers coach by Ohio State head coach Ryan Day after serving in an interim capacity this season.

Hartline was a quality control coach for the team throughout 2017 and then was named interim receivers coach in July of this year.

A 2009 Ohio State University graduate, Hartline played seven seasons in the National Football League.

“Brian is a terrific young coach and mentor to our players and I am thrilled he is on our staff permanently now,” Day, who takes over as Ohio State head coach Jan. 2, said. “Brian was displaying outstanding leadership qualities when he was a quality control coach, and his efforts coaching the wide receivers this season are a huge reason we are Big Ten champions and headed to the Rose Bowl.”

Ohio State’s receiver unit caught 291 passes this season for 4,211 yards and 43 touchdowns -- totals that alone break the school single-season marks of 287 receptions (set in 2017), 3,707 yards (2014) and 42 touchdowns (2014).

This year’s wide receiver room also became the first in school history to have four players with at least 1,000 career receiving yards. Entering the Rose Bowl, Campbell has 1,697 career receiving yards, Hill has 1,642, McLaurin has 1,219 and Dixon has 1,119.

Hartline played for the Scarlet and Gray from 2005 through 2008 and was a part of four Big Ten championship teams. He also played an integral role in Ohio State reaching consecutive BCS National Championship games in 2006 and 2007.

Hartline graduated from Ohio State in spring 2009 with his degree in communications. He and his wife, Kara, have a young son, Brayden.

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