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Man threatened to kill newspaper staff over Trump editorials

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:51

BOSTON (AP) — A California man upset about The Boston Globe's coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media was arrested Thursday for threatening to travel to the newspaper's offices and kill journalists, whom he called the "enemy of the people," federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say 68-year-old Robert Chain's threatening phone calls to the Globe's newsroom started immediately after the Globe appealed to newspapers across the country to condemn what it called a "dirty war against the free press."

The day the editorials were published , Chain, of Encino, told a Globe staffer that he was going to shoot employees in the head at 4 o'clock, according to court documents. That threat prompted a police response and increased security at the newspaper's offices.

After the editorials ran, authorities say Chain said he would continue threatening the Globe, The New York Times and "other fake news" as long as they continue their "treasonous and seditious acts" in attacking Trump.

Several times, he called Globe employees the "enemy of the people," a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past.

It was not immediately clear if Chain has an attorney. A person listed as a relative of Chain didn't immediately return a phone message.

Prosecutors say he's expected to appear in Los Angeles' federal court Thursday and be transferred to Boston at a later date. He's charged with making threatening communications in interstate commerce, which calls for up to five years in prison.

Jane Bowman, a spokeswoman for the Globe, said the newspaper is grateful for law enforcement's efforts to protect its staffers and track down the source of the threats.

"While it was unsettling for many of our staffers to be threatened in such a way, nobody - really, nobody - let it get in the way of the important work of this institution," she said in an email.

Federal officials pledged to continue to go after anyone who puts others in fear of their lives.

"In a time of increasing political polarization, and amid the increasing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must police their own political rhetoric. Or we will," said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

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Experts drop kids' age limit for rear-facing car seats

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:07

The American Academy of Pediatrics used to recommend rear-facing seats for children until at least age 2. Now, the organization is updating its guidelines and wants parents to keep their children in rear-facing seats until they reach the seat's maximum height and weight limit — even if they're older than 2. Under the new guidelines, most kids would keep using rear-facing seats until they're about 4 years old.

"It's really important to keep them rear-facing as long as possible," said Natasha Young, who is mother to 5-month-old Soleil and a certified technician for the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide.

"Even if their children's legs are longer than the car seat, they can easily fold their legs up into the car seat and it's actually much safer for their legs," she said.

Young, who teaches other parents how to properly install a car seat, said it's vital to keep young children in a rear-facing seat "because it helps to protect them in the incident of a crash."

"It keeps their head and their neck safe," she said.

Young said that when it comes to rear-facing seats, parents often make the mistake of turning their kids around too soon.

"A lot of times they like to see their child, entertain their child, especially if their child might be a little more fussy," she said.

She said a little fussiness is better than putting a child at risk of being injured in a crash.

The new policy also recommends that older kids stay in forward-facing safety seats and booster seats until they reach the maximum height and weight recommended by the manufacturer.

"The most dangerous thing that U.S. children do as part of daily life is ride in a car," writes Benjamin Hoffman, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention Executive Committee. "Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older."

The organization says using the correct car safety seat or booster seat can help decrease a child's risk of death or serious injury by over 70 percent.

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London mayor who OK'd Trump baby blimp to get own balloon

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:06

LONDON — Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan have been given permission to fly a giant balloon over London that depicts him dressed in a bikini.

Organizer Yanny Bruere has raised more than 58,000 pounds ($75,000) through the Crowdfunder website for the 29-foot blimp as part of a campaign to oust Khan from his post.

Khan angered some people in the British capital and elsewhere last month when he allowed a balloon caricaturing Donald Trump as an angry baby to float above the city while the U.S. president was in England.

Bruere cited rising crime and "defending free speech" as factors in his anti-Khan campaign.

A City Hall spokeswoman says the balloon has permission to fly Saturday over Parliament Square.

The balloon was a reference to a "Beach body ready" ad that Khan banned in 2016.

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Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:58
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has told Congress he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January, citing budgetary constraints.

Trump informed House and Senate leaders in a letter sent Thursday.

Trump says in the letter that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion, on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian government employees.

He cites the costs and says: "We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases." Trump says he's determined that for 2019 "both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero."
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Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:57

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday.

Athletic director Bill Beekman said the university "cooperated fully with the inquiry" and welcomes the NCAA's conclusion. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA's vice president for enforcement, Jonathan Duncan.

Nassar, 55, pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. Victims included U.S. Olympians who trained at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. He has been sentenced to decades in prison in three separate cases involving assault and child pornography.

Duncan's letter said, "It does not appear there is a need for further inquiry," according to Michigan State.

"While we agree with the NCAA that we did not commit a violation, that does not diminish our commitment to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes. That pledge permeates everything we do as part of a larger university commitment to making MSU a safer campus," Beekman said in a statement.

Michigan State has denied that anyone covered up Nassar's crimes. But former athletes say various campus staff downplayed or disregarded their complaints about him.

The university in May reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were assaulted by Nassar.

Former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, a longtime Nassar ally, appeared in court Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. Authorities say two teens complained to her back in 1997.

Defense attorney Mary Chartier said Klages will fight the charges.

Separately, the university said the NCAA found no violations in how the football and basketball teams responded to assault allegations against players.

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Police: Grandmother charged with child's hot car death

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:55

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say they charged a 64-year-old woman with the death of her grandson in a hot car after discovering inconsistencies in her story that she collapsed from a medical issue.

Greenville County Sheriff's spokesman Ryan Flood said 18-month-old Joe Avery James Lockaby was left in the car at least four hours outside Janik Nix's Greenville home May 31.

Nix's mother told WHNS-TV shortly after her son's death that Nix put the boy in the car, but collapsed from a medical problem when returning to the house to get her keys.

Flood said in an email to The Associated Press that investigators found inconsistences, but didn't give details.

Janik Nix is charged with homicide by child abuse. She remains in jail, and it wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.

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Trump stands by warning of 'violence' if Dems win midterms

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged evangelical leaders this week to get out the vote ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and warned of "violence" by opponents if they fail.

Trump made the dire warning at a White House dinner Monday evening attended by dozens of conservative Christian pastors, ministers and supporters of his administration.

Trump was stressing the stakes in November when he warned that, if Democrats win, they "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently," according to attendees and audio of his closed-door remarks obtained by media outlets, including The New York Times. He specifically mentioned self-described antifa, or anti-fascist groups, describing them as "violent people."

Asked Wednesday what he meant, Trump told reporters, "I just hope there won't be violence."

"If you look at what happens ... there's a lot of unnecessary violence all over the world, but also in this country. And I don't want to see it," Trump said.

At the dinner, Trump talked up his administration's efforts to bolster conservative Christian causes and urged those gathered to get their "people" to vote, warning the efforts could quickly be undone.

"I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote," Trump said, according to the Times. "Because if they don't — it's Nov. 6 — if they don't vote we're going to have a miserable two years and we're going to have, frankly, a very hard period of time because then it just gets to be one election — you're one election away from losing everything you've got."

Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott, an early Trump supporter who attended the dinner, said he interpreted the comments differently than the media has portrayed them.

"It wasn't any kind of dire warning," Scott said, "... except the things that we've been working on as a body of voters will be reversed and overturned."

"What he was saying," Scott continued, is that "there are some violent people ... but it wasn't that we've got to worry about murder on the streets and chaos and anarchy ... just that the things we've worked for will be overturned."

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and another attendee, said he, too, interpreted Trump's message as a warning not to be complacent.

While Trump did make a reference to antifa, Perkins told CNN, "I don't think anybody in the room suggested that there was going to be violence across the nation."

"I did not interpret him to say that the outcome of the election is going to lead (to) violence in the streets, and violence in the churches," he told CNN.

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Mom's use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids' learning

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:45

CHICAGO — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants.

About 1 in 7 affected children required special classroom services for problems including developmental delays and speech or language difficulties, compared with about 1 in 10 children not exposed to opioids before birth, the study found.

The study highlights the "absolutely critical" importance of early detection and intervention, before these children reach school age, to give them a better chance of academic success, said Dr. Nathalie Maitre, a developmental specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "It really confirms what those of us who do neurodevelopment follow-up of these children are seeing."

The study involved about 7,200 children aged 3 to 8 enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program. Nearly 2,000 of them were born with what doctors call "neonatal abstinence syndrome." It's a collection of symptoms caused by withdrawal from their pregnant mother's use of opioid drugs like prescription painkillers, heroin or fentanyl. The drugs can pass through the placenta into the developing nervous system.

Tremors, hard-to-soothe crying, diarrhea and difficulty feeding and sleeping are among signs that infants are going through withdrawal.

In Tennessee, hard hit by the nation's opioid epidemic, the rate of affected infants soared from less than one per 1,000 hospital births in 1999 to 13 per 1,000 births in 2015.

Whether the study results would apply elsewhere is uncertain but in Tennessee, most children born with withdrawal symptoms are enrolled in that state's Medicaid program. Also in Tennessee, a syndrome diagnosis qualifies kids to receive early intervention services.

Maitre, who wasn't involved in the study, said she suspects the research may underestimate the magnitude of the problem because it only captures kids who haven't slipped through the cracks.

The only previous comparable study was in Australia, published last year, showing that affected children had worse academic test scores in seventh grade than other kids.

The new study looked at how many kids were referred for possible learning disabilities and received school-based services for related difficulties. It did not examine academic performance.

Results were released Thursday by the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers said taking into account other factors that could affect children's development — including birth weight and mothers' education and tobacco use — didn't change the results.

Study co-author Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University said it makes sense that opioid use in pregnancy could affect children's later development. Some studies have found brain differences in affected children including in a region involved in certain types of learning.

But Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill, the lead author and a researcher with Tennessee's health department, said these children "are definitely not doomed. There are great programs and services that exist to help these children and their families. We just have to make sure they get plugged in."

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Kent State orders grad to stop promoting open-carry rally

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:23

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A university in Ohio has told a recent graduate to stop advertising an open-carry gun rally on campus because she doesn't have permission to hold the event.

Kaitlin Bennett drew widespread attention in May when she posted photos of herself walking on the Kent State University campus with an AR-10 slung over her shoulder and carrying a mortar board with the words "Come and take it."

The Record-Courier reports Bennett planned to hold the rally Sept. 29.

Kent State said Wednesday it has told Bennett the event doesn't comply with university policy because it's not sponsored by a student organization or university department.

Bennett posted on Twitter that she plans to hold the rally and the university doesn't have the right to stop gun owners from "legally gathering" on campus.

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Six Flags announces new, record-breaking roller coaster

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:48

Six Flags Great America announced it's getting a new, record-breaking roller coaster.

The amusement park said the Maxx Force roller coaster will open in 2019 at its Illinois park and it will break three records.

“In the category of record-breaking, one-of-a-kind rides and attractions, Six Flags reigns supreme,” said Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi in a statement. “We continue to build upon our arsenal of world-class thrills and Maxx Force is in a class all by itself, launching riders from 0 to 78 miles per hour in under two seconds. We cannot wait for our guests to experience this high-intensity ride.”

At 175 feet above the ground, it will also feature the highest double inversion in the world as well as the fastest inversion. Riders will "cork roll" at 60 miles per hour.

The Maxx Force will be Six Flags Great America's 17th roller coaster.

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3 Columbus Zoo polar bears will move to other zoos this fall

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:46

POWELL -- Nuniq, Neva and Amelia Gray -- the only polar bear cubs born at a North American zoological facility in 2016 -- are scheduled to move from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this fall.

Females Amelia Gray and her half-sister, Neva, will both move to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The announcement of Neva’s twin brother Nuniq’s new home will be made soon.

All three bears are weaned, which means they're accustomed to food other than their mother's milk. 650-pound Nuniq now outweighs his mother, Aurora. Moving the young bears to other facilities allows for the opportunity for a male polar bear to meet the females, Aurora and Anana.

“Since the Polar Frontier region opened in 2010, the Columbus Zoo’s polar bear program has been very successful--even resulting in the birth of four cubs, starting with Nora in 2015, who now resides at Utah’s Hogle Zoo," said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. "We are proud of the knowledge and expertise our animal care team has contributed to the zoological community about polar bears and other threatened wildlife, and we remain committed to efforts to protect these species, whose numbers are declining in their native ranges."

The dates when Nuniq, Neva and Amelia Gray will make their first public appearance at their new homes have not yet been announced. They will be introduced to their new animal care teams while still in Ohio, and their Columbus Zoo care team will also travel with them to help facilitate her transitions.

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Sheriff searching for illegal dumping duo at wildlife preserve in Hocking County

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:28

Authorities in Hocking County are looking to find two people captured on video illegally dumping items at a wildlife preserve area.

The Hocking County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Division of Wildlife is asking for the public's help in identifying a man and woman seen in the video.

The sheriff's office says the incident took place in July off Sand Run Road.

Video shows the pair illegally dumping televisions, tires and other various items.

Investigators ask if you have information on the identity of the two individuals, please contact the Hocking County Sheriff's Office at 740-385-2131.

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Jailed woman who leaked US secrets thanks Trump for tweet

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 07:13


ATLANTA — A former government contractor who leaked a classified report on Russian hacking is thanking President Donald Trump for tweeting about her case.

In a Thursday telephone interview from a Georgia jail, Reality Winner told "CBS This Morning" that Trump's tweet was a "breath of fresh air" and it made her laugh. Trump tweeted Aug. 24 that Winner's crime is "small potatoes" compared with "what Hillary Clinton did."

Prosecutors have said Winner once wrote in a notebook of her desire to "burn the White House down."

She has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for mailing the classified material to a news outlet. Prosecutors say it's the longest sentence ever for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media.

Asked whether she regretted the leak, she replied: "Yes, deeply."

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Video shows cop-suspect trackside scuffle before train kills man

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 06:06

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dozens of people attended a vigil Wednesday night for a man killed by a train a year ago, and the man's family released Metro security video of what the man's mother claims shows an officer throwing her son onto the tracks right in front of a train, reports CBS Los Angeles. The man died when he was run over by the train.

The struggle between 23-year-old Cesar Rodriguez and a Long Beach police officer on a Metro Rail platform was caught by security cameras on a Blue Line train.

Rodriguez's sister says it took months for them to get the video.

"When we seen that video, it was like, a lot of the questions that we had as a family, we were able to get those answered," said Evelia Granados.

But the Long Beach Police Department says Rodriguez accidentally fell back during the scuffle with the officer.

CBS L.A. was there the night rescue crews responded.

The family says Rodriguez was pinned between the train and platform for 20 minutes. He later died at a hospital.

"He (the officer) has family. He is able to go back to his family. My brother didn't make it back home," said Granados.

Police say Rodriguez was being stopped on suspicion of not paying his fare and drugs were found on him. At that point, they say, he tried to run from officers. Then the fight between one officer and Rodriguez occurred.

The family's attorney, Arnoldo Casillas, says the officer never should have tackled him so close to the tracks. "It's an example of just a complete disregard of safety," Casillas told CBS L.A.

The Long Beach Police Department says the officer is still employed with them but they can't comment beyond that due to pending litigation.

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CDC: At least 1 killed in salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 05:52

NEW YORK -- The Centers for Disease Control says one person has died and several others have been hospitalized by kosher chicken infected with salmonella, CBS New York reports. The New York State Department of Health found several of the patients had eaten Empire Kosher brand chicken, the CDC said.

According to the agency's report, a total of 17 cases of salmonella had been reported in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia from September of 2017 to June of this year. Eight of those patients were hospitalized and one person in New York died from the illness.

However, health officials are still investigating. The outbreak was found in "samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken," a CDC release states.

"CDC is not advising that people avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher brand chicken," the agency's website added.

Although there has not been a recall issued, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert for raw chicken products produced by Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc.

Health officials say consumers should wash their hands thoroughly before handling raw chicken and cook poultry to an internal temperature of 165°F before eating.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within one to three days of infection.

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Prince Harry, Meghan join Lin-Manuel Miranda at 'Hamilton'

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 05:45

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry sang and joked with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the stage of "Hamilton," after he and his wife Meghan joined audiences for a gala charity performance of the smash-hit musical in London's West End.

The royal couple sat in the royal circle at Victoria Palace Theater during the performance, and afterward they joined Miranda, the show's creator, on stage to thank the cast and crew.

Harry received enthusiastic cheers from the cast and audience as he sang the opening words to "You'll Be Back," a ballad about the "break-up" between Britain and America performed in the musical by the actor playing his sixth great-grandfather, King George III.

Speaking about the character of the king, Miranda said he envisioned it during his honeymoon then quipped: "Smash cut to 2018 I'm sitting next to his sixth great-grandson."

He added it was "fun and surreal" to have Harry there because "you don't often get a direct descendent" of the characters to watch the show.

The royal couple, who had already seen the show, was hosting Wednesday's gala performance to raise money for Harry's charity Sentebale, which supports children affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

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Victim's family calls ex-cop's 15-year sentence too short

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 05:26

A Texas jury gave a white former police officer too lenient of a punishment when sentencing him to 15 years for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager who was in a car leaving a house party, the victim's family members said.

Roy Oliver fired into the car filled with teens the night of the April 2017 party in suburban Dallas, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

"He can actually see life again after 15 years and that's not enough because Jordan can't see life again," Edwards' stepmother, Charmaine Edwards, said of Oliver after he was sentenced Wednesday night.

She praised the work of prosecutors as well as the jury's decision to convict Oliver of murder on Tuesday. But she wanted that same jury to send Oliver to prison for a longer period.

Daryl Washington, an attorney for Edwards' father, said the sentence could have been longer but still sends a message.

"We know that there are parents all over this country who would love to see the person who took the life of their kid spend the next 15 years in prison," Washington said.

Prosecutors had asked for a minimum of 60 years in prison.

The murder conviction was extremely rare for a shooting involving an on-duty officer. Oliver's defense team said it had already begun the process of appealing. His attorneys said he would be eligible for parole after 7 ½ years, but they also said they were concerned about his safety in prison and that authorities will take extra precautions to protect him.

Oliver was a police officer in the community of Balch Springs when he and his partner responded to reports of underage drinking at the party. Oliver fired into a car carrying Edwards and his friends, later saying he feared the vehicle was moving toward and endangering his partner. Edwards, who was in the front passenger seat, was shot.

The jury deliberated late into the night before settling on a prison sentence, which also included a $10,000 fine. Earlier, they heard from Oliver's mother, Linda, who said he was a good man and a devoted father and asked jurors for a five-year sentence, saying her young grandson needs his father's support.

"He needs his father's love. He needs his father's income. He needs his father's guidance," she said.

Oliver's wife also testified, saying in Spanish through an interpreter that she was concerned about their 3-year-old son, who is autistic. But the ex-officer's half sister took the stand against him, saying she felt compelled to do so after listening to testimony during the trial and that she hoped he "gets what he deserves."

Earlier Wednesday, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson called Oliver a "killer in blue" and told jurors they could send a message that bad officers will not be tolerated.

Police initially said the vehicle backed up toward officers "in an aggressive manner," but later admitted that bodycam video showed the vehicle was moving forward as officers approached. Oliver's partner told jurors he didn't believe his life was ever in danger.

Investigators said no guns were found in the vehicle. Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department days after the shooting.

The jury, which featured two black members out of 12 jurors and two alternates, acquitted Oliver on two lesser charges of aggravated assault stemming from the shooting.

It's extremely rare for police officers to be tried and convicted of murder for shootings that occurred while they are on duty. Only six non-federal police officers have been convicted of murder in such cases — and four of those convictions were overturned — since 2005, according to data compiled by criminologist and Bowling Green State University professor Phil Stinson.

Edwards' father has also filed a civil lawsuit in connection to the shooting. The jury's decision is not just about Jordan Edwards, but all other black men and women who have been killed and not received justice, said Washington, the attorney for the teen's father.

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Michigan Amber Alert issued for 3 children father considered armed and dangerous

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 04:56

An Amber Alert has been issued for three Michigan children who are said to have been taken by their father after he allegedly assaulted their mother.

Michigan State Police was contacted by the Sturgis Police Department regarding the Amber Alert at 12:16 a.m. After allegedly being assaulted in the 100 block of Pioneer Street in Sturgis, the mother of the three fled the residence to a gas station to call 911.

Fernando Mendoza Cruz, 37, fled with the children. He is said to be armed with a handgun

Police are searching for him and the following children:

  • Aldo Cruz, 2, who lasat was seen wearing a blue T-shirt and a diaper
  • Matteo Nieves, 4, who last was seen wearing red shorts and a blue T-shirt
  • Chelsey Lopez, 5, who last was seen wearing a pink T-shirt and blue pajama pants.

Cruz is said to be traveling in a maroon 2009 Chevy Traverse. The Sturgis Police Department is currently pinging his phone.

Anyone who has any information should call 911 or the Sturgis Police Department at 269-651-3231.

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Officials hold groundbreaking for expansion of Akron-Canton airport

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 04:49

Officials have held a ceremonial groundbreaking at an Ohio airport for construction of a long-awaited expansion project.

Akron-Canton Airport President Rick McQueen said at this week's ceremony that the current gate area is outdated and unable to meet the needs of today's air travelers for modern amenities. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the $34 million expansion project will include charging stations for smartphones, a sit-down restaurant and fast-food options such as Cinnabon and Arby's, a business lounge, a mothers' room, a kids play area and more overall space for passengers.

The new gate area also will feature bridges so passengers won't have to step outside to board or leave a plane.

The project being done in phases is the final part of a 10-year plan to modernize the regional airport.

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Utility to close coal power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 04:39

An Ohio-based energy company is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy Solutions said Wednesday it plans to shut down its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport.

The company says it can't compete in the regional wholesale markets that are managed by PJM Interconnection.

FES Generation Companies and Chief Nuclear Officer Donald Moul said in a statement the decision was difficult. Moul added that coal and nuclear power plants are losing out to cheaper energy sources like electricity and natural gas.

FirstEnergy announced earlier this year it would shut down its three nuclear plants.

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