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Will Central Ohio have a White Christmas?

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:48

Christmas is almost upon us and we're getting a lot of questions regarding our chances to see a white Christmas. A white Christmas by the National Weather Service(NWS) standards require 1" of snow or more on the ground on Christmas morning.

Image courtesy: NOAA

Our most recent white Christmas was last year(1" snow depth) and we've had 3 total since 2000. On average, we see a white Christmas about 25% of the time. ​So yes, there is a chance but based on climatology, it's not as high as what many are probably hoping. That is also the case for this year based on the latest forecast guidance.

The Climate Prediction Center(CPC) temperature forecast for December 20 through the 26 leads slightly above average for Ohio.

The precipitation forecast is similar, with a slightly above average tilt over the time period. Based on this, I believe that chances for a white Christmas are low as of now.

This is a broad assumption considering the lack of information that is currently available. As we get within 7-10 days, models will begin to hint at potential storm systems moving through the area, which could then lead to rain/snow based on how temperatures pan out. Once we are within a week, models will begin to come in line and we'll have more information and confidence on whether or not we'll see a white Christmas for the second year in a row. In the meantime, keep it here with 10TV for the latest.

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Capital University building evacuated after bomb threat

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A building a Capital University was evacuated after a reported bomb threat in one of their buildings.

The university made this announcement on their Twitter page.

CapAlert: There has been a bomb threat at Yochum Hall. Please evacuate Yochum Hall until further notice.

— Capital University (@Capital_U) December 13, 2018

No other information was immediately available.

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High schooler gives classmate with special needs surprise Christmas gift

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:37

Friends at an Arizona high school are inspiring others after a surprise gift giving was caught on camera.

Matthew Sabetta is a Maricopa High School student who has Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder that includes characteristics like health issues and developmental delays.

Senior Jacob Marr met Sabetta at school and learned he loves cement trucks, so he got him a Tonka Truck for Christmas.

Sabetta was shocked and overjoyed. His parents said he brings the truck everywhere now.

"It was a big surprise,” Sabetta said. “I got happy tears, it was my lucky day.”

Marr said Sabetta makes everyone’s day, so he figured he could make his day at least once.

The principal of Maricopa High said he has 2,400 students, and the friendship between the two teens showed great things can happen when students care about each other.

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Ohio State players: Urban Meyer won't let go until the end

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't easing out of the job just yet, not as long as there's one more game to win.

Buckeyes players said this week that Meyer has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for every practice and is fully engaged in preparations for the Rose Bowl. As usual, he's still sweating the small stuff. That kind of intensity made him one of the greatest college coaches of all time, but it also hastened his exit from the game.

Meyer announced Dec. 5 he would step down after the Jan. 1 game and hand the keys to the program to offensive coordinator Ryan Day. Debilitating headaches caused by a cyst in Meyer's brain worsened throughout the season, and he said he needs to step away from the high-stress job. His season started with a three-game suspension over mismanagement of now-fired assistant Zach Smith, who had been accused of domestic abuse.

By all accounts, he hasn't taken his foot off the gas yet, even if he seems to be enjoying himself more than usual.

"Usually coach Meyer is really tough on us, but it brings the best out of us," running back Mike Weber said. "But lately it is good to just see him smile and joke around and everything is not always about football. You get to enjoy him kind of like a father figure, just enjoy having normal conversations and see a different side of him."

"Seeing a smile on his face brings a smile to your face," receiver Johnnie Dixon said, "because you see nothing but joy and know he's at peace right now."

Despite emerging with an 11-1 record, a second-consecutive Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl berth and No. 6 ranking, this season was a rough one for the seventh-year Ohio State coach.

It began with a three-game suspension. When he got back, he lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to a season-ending injury and the defense struggled, leading to a loss at Purdue on Oct. 20 that ultimately kept the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff.

Meyer seemed in pain at times on the sideline. During one game in early October, he dropped to a knee because of a severe headache and was treated by medical staff.

All of that, he acknowledged, contributed to his decision to retire but remain in Columbus and stay connected in some capacity to Ohio State. He said he won't coach again.

"I don't think that it has dampened any spirits," offensive tackle Isaiah Prince said. "I think it is a little emotional because coach Meyer has done a lot for us, especially me. I am forever grateful for him, but I think a lot of us have the attitude to just go out with a bang and send coach Meyer out the right way."

The Buckeyes face No. 9 Washington, the PAC 12 champion, in Pasadena.

"(He's) still driving, still pushing us," defensive tackle Robert Landers said. "You mess up, he's gonna tell you about it, so nothing has changed. I feel that's a part of what coach Meyer is. He's naturally a competitor. Stepping out is one of the hardest things he's had to do and while he's still here in the facility, he's not gonna change. It's in his nature. He couldn't help it if he wanted to."

Players said the "win one for coach" talk is intensifying.

"When one of your toughest soldiers is calling it quits, we need to go out with a bang," Dixon said. "It means a lot to us and a lot to him — all the work we've put in together. It's a good thing to leave him with something that would mean a lot to him, which is another win."


As expected, junior defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones said he's foregoing his senior year to enter the NFL draft. Several Ohio State players will decide whether to leave early for the draft, but they are waiting until after the Rose Bowl to make any announcement.

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is among them. The Heisman Trophy finalist broke scores of single-season passing records in his first year as a starter. If he leaves, which he is expected to do, he's projected to be a first-round pick.

Others include Weber, safety Jordan Fuller, linebacker Malik Harrison and receiver K.J. Hill.

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CPD: Couple stole from elderly woman recovering from surgery

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:16

The Columbus Division of Police is attempting to find a man and woman who allegedly stole from an elderly woman they were assisting while she recovered from surgery.

Thirty-seven-year-old Amanda Clark and 35-year-old Cammeron Watson are accused of acquiring debits cards from the woman. They used the cards repeatedly from March through September 2018.

The pair also made numerous cash withdrawals from ATMs at several locations in the area of E. Main St. and Hamilton Rd.

Four felony warrants have been filed for both Clark and Watson, three for forgery and one for receiving stolen property.

Clark is described as white female, 5 feet 5 inches, 120-140 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Watson is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch, 190-210 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of either Clark or Watson is asked to contact Det. M. Perry in CPD’s Fraud/Forgery Unit at 614-645-2407 or mperry@columbuspolice.org.

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MADD teams up with Uber to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:07

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of people killed by a drunk driver has increased 35 percent in the past five years. Now, MADD is teaming up with Uber to launch a campaign to convince people to ride, not drive, after drinking.

At her home in Powell, surrounded by three children who are filled with excitement inspired by Santa, Deanna Russo said the holiday season is bittersweet.

"The pain is very real, especially at Christmas," Russo said.

Twenty years ago, her sister, Karen, was killed in Buffalo, New York, when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow line and collided with the vehicle Karen was riding in. She was 18.

Russo said she got a phone call in the middle of the night to go to the hospital.

"A police investigator walked in and said there was an accident, and Karen didn't make it,” she said.

Russo said the drunk driver who killed sister her had a blood alcohol level of .14.

A holiday ornament displaying Karen's photo dangles on the Christmas tree alongside the ornaments crafted by the nieces and nephew who never got to meet their aunt.

Statistics suggest before the holiday season is over, more than one Ohio family will understand Deanna Russo's pain.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said last year during the Christmas holiday, nine people were killed on the roads. Three of those deadly crashes were OVI-related.

It continued through the New Year, where OSHP reported five fatal crashes that ended six lives. Troopers said two of those crashes were OVI-related.

During the entire holiday week in 2017, Ohio troopers made nearly 300 OVI arrests.

Troopers caution drunk drivers are on the roads at all times of the day, every day of the week. In 2017, OSHP arrested more than 400 drunk drivers between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Russo said after 20 years, she is left with the reality that the crash that ended her sister's life was completely preventable. This holiday season, Russo is urging everyone to arrange a safe ride home before they head out to festive celebrations.

"Drunk driving is not something that you should think about when you're at the party, or at the bar, and you've had two, or three, or four, because by then, it's too late," she said.

For more information on the campaign between MADD and Uber, click here.

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Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:04

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine were mobbed by loved ones in a teary reunion, then they thanked the crews that got them out.

The three walked out of an ambulance at a fire hall in Whitesville to the screams of relatives for a brief reunion Wednesday night before being taken to a hospital.

Cody Beverly told news outlets the four-day experience inside Elk Run Coal's Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek "was terrible."

"I'm with my family now. I'm fine," he said.

Beverly later told NBC News "this is the biggest lesson I've ever learned in my life. This is a life-changing experience for me."

Randall Williams, whose daughter, Kayla Williams, was among the rescued, said she had gone into the mine in search of copper.

People in the region do "whatever they can do to make money if they ain't got a job," Randall Williams told CBS News.

Reports of people entering abandoned mines in search of copper to sell are not uncommon.

Two weeks ago, crews abandoned their search at another mine for a missing man suspected of stealing copper. Two other men who were arrested indicated the third man had gone inside a mine, but the search was called off after a search team encountered unsafe conditions.

Abandoned coal mines contain toxic levels of gas, and roof falls, flooding and other dangers may exist. The latest search effort had prompted Gov. Jim Justice to issue a plea for people to stay away from abandoned mines.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office had identified those rescued as Beverly, 21, of Dorothy; Kayla Williams, 25, of Artie; and Erica Treadway, 31, of Pax. They had been missing since Saturday. A fourth person, Eddie Williams, 43, of Artie, walked out of the mine Monday. An abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding was found near the mine's entrance.

Williams' aunt, Sandra Scarbro of Clear Creek, told The Register-Herald of Beckley, "We got our Christmas miracle. All we really know is she's alive, and we're so thankful that she's out and that they're all out. We appreciate everybody in the community, the governor and rescuers, everything everybody has done."

Crews had used fans to move fresh air into the mine while pumps cleared some standing water inside the mine, but the water levels remained too high and hampered search efforts.

"My shoes were soaked, and I couldn't get my feet warm," Treadway said as she was being placed on an ambulance stretcher.

According to the state mine safety office, coal has not been mined at the underground location for two years.

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Video released from OSU bus crash which injured multiple hospital employees

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

The Ohio State University released video of a bus crash from Nov. 23 which injured approximately 20 Wexner Medical Center employees.

According to the university, the bus was transporting medical center staff from the Carmack Road parking area to the medical center when a tow truck ran a red light and struck them on the side.

The video shows the bus traveling east on John H. Herrick Drive approaching Olentangy River Road when a tow truck ran a red light and struck them on the side.

Several passengers can be seen falling on the floor of the bus. Those injured were taken to the emergency department at the hospital.

Columbus police are investigating the incident.

Below is the university’s full statement:

The safety and well-being of our staff and faculty are of utmost importance. We are saddened to share that earlier today a tow truck ran a red light and struck the side of a University bus that was transporting Medical Center staff members from the Carmack Road parking area to the Medical Center for their shifts. Approximately 20 of our colleagues on the bus were injured and taken to our Emergency Department. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening. A few of our staff members were more seriously injured and continue to be monitored. They remain in our thoughts during this difficult time.

During this holiday of giving thanks, we are extremely grateful that this accident was not even more serious and for the quick thinking and skills of the bus driver. Our staff members who are working over this holiday weekend are sacrificing time with their own friends and families to care for the critically ill in our hospitals, and we are sorry for this very upsetting situation and especially for those who were injured. Please know that we will do everything we can to make sure they receive the very best care and treatment and know that they are valued members of our team.

Currently, the Columbus Police Department (CPD) is investigating the accident. As soon as their investigation is complete, we will share an update. I would like to personally thank Dr. Andy Thomas, Mark Conselyea, Jackie Buck and the many other team members who were on the scene and at the hospital helping since this accident occurred.

Cc: Michael V. Drake, MD
President, The Ohio State University

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Homeless man's dogs standby at hospital door while he is treated

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:01

BRAZIL (WTHR) — A woman who says she is a nurse at a hospital in Brazil has posted a picture quickly going viral.

It shows four dogs standing at the hospital door, waiting for their owner.

According to the post he is a local man who is homeless and has the dogs as companions.

The woman says the man had even told him he had stopped eating so he could give the little bit of food he had to the dogs.

Cris says the way the dogs waited for him, you could see how much they love each other.

She ends by saying, "Oh, if everyone was like this... if there was no evil, mistreatment."

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Canal Winchester coach placed on leave, accused of alleged misconduct

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:09

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio - A Canal Winchester coach has been placed on leave following allegations of misconduct.

The Canal Winchester School District received information about allegations of inappropriate conduct involving a coach in the district.

According to a Canal Winchester spokesperson, the coach was immediately placed on leave pending the results of the investigation and is not a teacher in the district.

The school district released the following statement:

"The safety of our students is our first priority, and the district has made all required reports, will cooperate fully with law enforcement, and has begun its own investigation. We take the allegations seriously and will see this investigation to its full and complete conclusion. Because this is an ongoing legal investigation, and to comply with state and federal student privacy laws, we cannot provide further comment at this time. "

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Assistant Superintendent Kiya Hunt khunt@cwls.us.

This incident remains under investigation.

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Police: Teen kills himself at Indiana school during confrontation

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:42

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A teenage suspect killed himself inside an eastern Indiana middle school when he was confronted by police during a shooting Thursday morning, investigators said.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling said no other students or staff were injured during the shooting at Dennis Middle School in Richmond, which is near the Indiana-Ohio state line about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Indianapolis.

"Local police had received information and they reacted on that very swiftly, and I think because of their swift reaction and also the swift reaction at the school that no student injuries happened," Bowling said.

Bowling didn't detail what information was given to police, but he said officers are investigating at the school and another site.

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— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) December 13, 2018

Bowling said gunshots were fired during the incident, but he couldn't immediately confirm how many shots were fired or by whom. He said he also couldn't yet confirm whether the suspect was a student at the school or his age.

All students and staffers were safe following the shooting, said Bridget Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for Richmond Community Schools. She told the Palladium-Item that the suspect was the only person injured in the shooting.

Students from the school were being bused to Richmond High School for parents to pick them up.

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Seattle high schools find later start time improves academic performance

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:29

SEATTLE — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times.

Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also reported less daytime sleepiness, and grades improved.

The Seattle School District changed from a 7:50 a.m. start time to 8:45 a.m. in the fall of 2016 for high schools and most middle schools, joining dozens of other U.S. school districts adopting later starts to help sleep-deprived teens.

Teenagers' nightly sleep has decreased and most adolescents don't get the recommended nine hours. One culprit: Light from devices that many teens use to chat, post and scroll long after dark.

Franklin High School senior Hazel Ostrowski, who took part in the study, said sleeping later makes it easier to pay attention during class but she still struggles sometimes.

"I'll wake up so tired I wish I could go back to sleep. At night, I'll be on my phone and I just want to stay up," she said.

Researchers worked with science teachers at two high schools to find out if students got more sleep after the change or simply stayed up later. Over two years, they recruited 178 sophomores to wear wristwatch-like monitors for two weeks to track activity and light exposure. Results were published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

The scientists compared sleep habits of sophomores in spring 2016, before the change, to sleep habits of sophomores from spring 2017, after later start times went into effect.

Some measures held steady. Naps and weekend sleep schedules didn't change. On school nights, only a few students stayed up later, not enough to greatly budge the average.

What changed was wakeup time, with morning activity starting about 45 minutes later on school days. Combined with a slight shift to later bedtimes for a few, the average sleep duration increased by 34 minutes.

Put another way, morning wake-up time shifted from 6:24 a.m. to 7:08 a.m. Falling asleep shifted only a tad, from 11:27 p.m. to 11:38 p.m.

"Given all the pressures keeping our teenagers awake in the evening — screen time, social media — this is a great thing to see," said Horacio de la Iglesia, a University of Washington biology professor who led the study.

Digging deeper, researchers analyzed schoolwide data on first-period punctuality and attendance. Of the two high schools, the one in a more affluent area showed no difference year to year. But the school in a poorer area had less tardiness and fewer absences after the change, a hint that later start times could help with socioeconomic learning gaps, the researchers said.

Exam scores and other grades in the science classes increased year to year by a small margin, but the authors acknowledge that teachers' views on the later start time could have unconsciously boosted the grades they gave.

Most U.S. middle and high schools start before 8:30 a.m., contrary to an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation, said University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom, who studies the issue.

School districts resist, she said, because later start times disrupt bus schedules and sports practices, and rob parents of afternoon teenage babysitters to watch younger kids.

Prior studies relied on students recalling how much they slept. This was the largest to use a stronger measure, the wearable monitor, she said.

Bringing the research into classrooms made it a learning experience for students, Wahlstrom said, "a brilliant way to do it."

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Nationwide Children's Hospital helps teen recover after accident

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:22

Coby Seyfang is a senior at Miami Trace High School. He loves playing soccer and tennis and has even acted in his school's musicals. But everything changed one night this past August.

"One night I was in the car, on my way home from soccer practice," he remembers. "I don't even know what happened, but somehow I got into a wreck. By myself, thankfully. There was no one in the car, and there wasn't another car involved. But I just hit a tree and then flew across the road."

Coby spent 26 days in the hospital before transitioning to in-patient rehab at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"When we went to Children's," his mother Heather recalls, "he was basically laying in bed, not completely aware, only able to really move one leg and just starting to move an arm."

With the help of his doctors, therapists and nurses, Coby started making progress right away. "It was amazing to see how quickly they were sitting him up," his mother remembers. "We're gonna stand him up. We're gonna do, having him help dress. Putting on clothes every day. Brushing teeth. It was amazing I guess to watch how much they did with him."

Coby is now back home, and is doing outpatient therapy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He still has a long way to go, but his doctors and therapists are hopeful.

"I would like to thank everyone who has, like, prayed for me and supported me," says Coby, "because without them, I wouldn't be able to be where I am right now."

This holiday season, over 100,000 patients will visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Those patients will be cared for, regardless of their ability to pay for their care.

You can donate to help families in need by calling 614-469-10TV or donate online by clicking here.

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Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:22

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jackson's induction comes after her third time as nominee and many saw it as overdue, given her prowess as a hitmaker with "All For You," ''That's the Way Love Goes," ''Nasty," ''Together Again" and "What Have You Done For Me Lately."

Her career has suffered from the fallout after the infamous 2004 Super Bowl appearance where her bare breast was briefly exposed. Jackson became eligible for the rock hall in 2007 and wasn't nominated until 2016.

The Roots' Questlove, in a social media post earlier this year, said her exclusion had been "highly criminal." He cited the influence of her 1986 album "Control," which he said set off the New Jack Swing trend.

"This was no one's kid sister," he wrote.

It will be Nicks' second induction into the rock hall, since she's already there as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She launched a solo career in 1981 with her duet with the late Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Other hits followed, including "Edge of Seventeen," ''Stand Back" and "I Will Run to You."

Def Leppard earned more than half a million votes from fans, which are incorporated into more than 1,000 ballots from artists, historians, industry professionals and past winners in deciding who gets honored. The British heavy metal band with a pop sheen were huge sellers in the 1980s on the back of songs like "Photograph" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

Frontman Joe Elliott said he was initially ambivalent toward the honor until Jon Bon Jovi suggested it would change his life.

"When I look at the list of who's in, it's just obvious you'd want to be in that club, isn't it?" he told Billboard earlier this year. "When you think that every band that means anything in the world, starting from the Beatles and the Stones and any artist that influenced them — your Chuck Berrys, your Little Richards, etc., etc. — then of course you want to be in. Why wouldn't you?"

Def Leppard, Nicks and Roxy Music were voted in during their first years as nominees. Other 2019 nominees who didn't make the cut included LL Cool J, Devo, Rage Against the Machine, MC5, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk.

There's some question about whether Radiohead will shrug its collective shoulder as a nominee. The English band seemed like generic grunge rockers on their initial hit "Creep," but with the album "OK Computer" and beyond have become consistent sonic pioneers. Among its rock hall class, Radiohead has the most impact on the current music scene.

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood said "I don't care" when asked about the rock hall. Bandmate Ed O'Brien said, "culturally, I don't understand it. I think it might be a quintessentially American thing."

The Cure and frontman Robert Smith resist their initial label as goth rockers, champions of fans who like black makeup, black clothes and darkly romantic songs. They have a durable catalog of hits, including "Friday I'm in Love," ''Boys Don't Cry," ''Pictures of You" and "Let's Go to Bed."

Roxy Music came out of the 1970s progressive rock scene and had hits with "Love is the Drug" and "More Than This." Dapper member Bryan Ferry had a successful solo career and Brian Eno has been an influential producer.

The heyday of British rockers the Zombies' career was the 1960s, with big sellers "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season."

The hall will announce ticket sales for March's ceremony next month. HBO and SiriusXM will carry the event.

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As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:46

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office.

Both Michael Cohen and American Media Inc. now say they made hush money payments to a porn star and a Playboy Playmate for the purposes of helping his 2016 White House bid, an apparent campaign finance violation.

The women alleged affairs with Trump, and federal prosecutors say the payments were made at Trump's direction.

The admissions by Cohen and AMI conflict with Trump's own evolving explanations. Since the spring, Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to saying they would have been private transactions that weren't illegal.

Though prosecutors have implicated Trump in a crime, they haven't directly accused him of one, and it's not clear that they could bring charges against a sitting president even if they want to because of Justice Department protocol.

Nonetheless, Trump's changing explanations have clouded the public understanding of what occurred and are running head-on into facts agreed to by prosecutors, AMI and Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other crimes and was sentenced on Wednesday.

"You now have a second defendant or group of defendants saying that these payments were made for the primary purpose of influencing the election, and that it was done in coordination with Trump and his campaign," said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.

Trump's first explanation of the payment that would eventually help lead Cohen to a three-year prison sentence came at 35,000 feet over West Virginia.

Returning to Washington on Air Force One, Trump on April 6 for the first time answered questions about the reports of $130,000 in hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, issuing a blanket denial to reporters while saying they would "have to ask Michael Cohen."

Three days later, the FBI raided Cohen's office, seizing records on topics including the payment to Daniels. Furious, Trump called the raid a "disgrace" and said the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office. He also tweeted that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

The raid was overseen by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and arose from a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference. At the time, Cohen said he took out a personal line of credit on his home to pay Daniels days before the 2016 election without Trump's knowledge.

Later that month in a free-wheeling "Fox & Friends" interview, Trump acknowledged that Cohen represented him in the "crazy Stormy Daniels deal."

In May, Trump and his attorneys began saying Cohen received a monthly retainer from which he made payments for nondisclosure agreements like the one with Daniels. In a series of tweets, Trump said those agreements are "very common among celebrities and people of wealth" and "this was a private agreement."

People familiar with the investigation say Cohen secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal two months before the election. On the tape, Cohen is heard saying that he needed to start a company "for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David," a possible reference to David Pecker, Trump's friend and president of AMI.

When Cohen began to discuss financing, Trump interrupted him and asked, "What financing?"

"We'll have to pay," Cohen responded.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that AMI acknowledged making one of those payments "in concert" with the Trump campaign to protect him from a story that could have hurt his candidacy. The company avoided prosecution under a deal with prosecutors.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to Daniels and McDougal to influence the election. That next day, Trump argued that making the payments wasn't a crime and that the matter was a civil dispute, then took a swipe at his former employee.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" he tweeted.

Earlier this week, Trump compared his situation to one involving President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. The Federal Election Commission, which typically handles smaller campaign finance violations, where the actions aren't willful, with civil penalties that are typically fines, docked the Obama campaign $375,000 for regulatory civil violations. The fines stemmed from the campaign's failure to report a batch of contributions, totaling nearly $1.9 million, on time in the final days of the campaign.

But legal analysts said the accusations against Trump could amount to a felony because they revolve around an alleged conspiracy to conceal payments from campaign contribution reports - and from voters. It's unclear what federal prosecutors in New York will decide to do if they conclude that there is evidence that Trump himself committed a crime.

The Justice Department, in opinions issued by its Office of Legal Counsel, has said a sitting president cannot be indicted because a criminal case would interfere with the duties of the commander in chief. Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, and with Mueller's office, would presumably be bound by that legal guidance unless the Justice Department were to nullify the opinions.

Politically, Trump's shifting claims could harm his credibility with voters, but legally they may not make much of a difference.

"It's not clear to me that he's made any false statements in legal documents that could open him to liability for perjury," Hasen said.

For the payments themselves to be a crime rather than a civil infraction, prosecutors would need to show that Trump knew that what he was doing was wrong when he directed Cohen to pay the women and that he did so with the goal of benefiting his campaign.

Trump has not yet laid out a detailed defense, though he could conceivably argue that the payments were made not for the purposes of advancing his campaign but rather to prevent sex stories from emerging that would be personally humiliating to him and harm his marriage.

That argument was advanced by former Sen. John Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, in a similar campaign finance case that went to trial. But that may be tougher for Trump than it was for Edwards given the proximity of the president's payment to the election — timing that, on its face, suggests a link between the money and his political ambitions.

Still, the cases aren't always easy, as proven by the 2012 trial of Edwards. Jurors acquitted Edwards on one charge of accepting illegal campaign contributions, but couldn't reach a verdict on the five remaining counts including conspiracy and making false statements. Prosecutors elected not to retry Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and a candidate for president in 2004 and 2008.

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Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:18

NEW YORK — Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening.

"I'm not sure if you've heard, but I've been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for officially validating my hope credentials," Obama said during his remarks.

The organization's president, Kerry Kennedy, presented the award, which celebrates leaders "who have demonstrated a commitment to social change." Past recipients include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and Robert De Niro.

"If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same. It's easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a fool's game," Obama said.

"When our leaders are content on making up whatever facts they want, a lot of people have begun to doubt the notion of common ground," Obama said. "Bobby Kennedy's life reminds us to reject such cynicism."

Also honored with Ripple of Hope Awards were New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav and Humana CEO Bruce Broussard. Speakers included actors Alec Baldwin, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard and journalist Tom Brokaw.

This year also marks the 50 anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's campaign for the White House.

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Officer dies in crash during chase in southern Indiana

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:14

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — Authorities say a 33-year-old police officer has died after crashing while chasing a man who allegedly fled a traffic stop in southern Indiana.

State police say Charlestown Officer Benton Bertram tried to stop a car for a traffic violation Wednesday night near the Clark County community and the driver fled into Scott County. During the chase, the officer's vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the front yard of a home.

Police say Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later found the car and arrested the suspected driver, 35-year-old Benjamin Eads of Freedom. Eads faces preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement causing death and auto theft. Court records don't list a lawyer for Eads.

Bertram was a 9-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.

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Judge appoints classified info officer in terrorism case

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:49

DAYTON, Ohio — A judge has appointed a classified information security officer in the case of an Ohio man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with an Islamic State-affiliated group.

Defendant Naser Almadaoji pleaded not guilty Nov. 8 to a federal charge of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The government has accused the Iraqi-born U.S. citizen of arranging to move through Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, where he intended to train with a group called ISIS Wilayat Khorasan.

Federal Judge Walter Rice on Wednesday appointed the officer, a frequent occurrence in terrorism-related cases. Rice also set the trial for Sept. 16, 2019.

The government has said Almadaoji unsuccessfully tried to join a terrorist group after traveling to Egypt and Jordan in February.

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Former Ohio officer convicted in sex case involving teen sentenced

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:36

HAMILTON, Ohio — A former Ohio police officer found guilty of soliciting sex from a teenage girl while he was an officer has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

A Butler County judge sentenced former Colerain Township police officer Robert Brinkman on Wednesday and ordered him to register as a sex offender. The 31-year-old Liberty Township man pleaded guilty in October to charges of importuning and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities say Monroe police were contacted in July by a mother about messages her 13-year-old daughter received via Snapchat in which Brinkman requested the teen send him sexual or revealing photos.

Brinkman apologized Wednesday to the girl's family and his ex-wife for his "poor decision."

Defense attorney Brad Kraemer said Brinkman has alcohol abuse problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:59

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass Thursday at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing nine people and injuring dozens, officials said.

The 6:30 a.m. train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was checking the tracks at the capital's small Marsandiz station, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan told reporters after inspecting the site. The high-speed train, which the Anadolu Agency said was carrying 206 passengers, usually passes through that station without stopping.

At least two cars derailed, hitting the station's overpass, which then collapsed onto the train. Three engine drivers and six passengers were killed in the crash, Turhan said. One passenger died after being hospitalized while the others were killed at the scene.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 84 other people had sought medical help after the crash.

Television footage showed emergency services working to rescue passengers from wrangled cars and debris. Hurriyet newspaper said sniffer dogs assisted efforts to find survivors. Turhan said later no one else was believed to be trapped.

It wasn't immediately clear if a signaling problem caused the crash. Authorities detained three state railway employees over suspected negligence and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a thorough investigation.

Passenger Ayse Ozyurt told the IHA news agency that the accident occurred 12 minutes after the train left the main station and that it had not yet gained its maximum speed.

"The train was not fast at that time yet," she said. "Suddenly, there was a frightening breakage ... and the train was off the rail."

Konya, about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of Ankara, is home to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting thousands of pilgrims and tourists. The crash occurred during an annual week of remembrance for Rumi, when many travel to Konya to watch Whirling Dervishes, members of a Sufi sect, perform.

Turkey has had a raft of train crashes this year.

In July, 24 people were killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey after torrential rains caused a section of the tracks to collapse. Last month, 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Turkey's central province of Sivas.

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