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17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:13

JOHANNESBURG — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris.

Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on the outskirts of Maputo, and a search was underway. The garbage in the poor, densely populated area where the disaster happened rose to the height of a three-story building, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa.

Twelve people died, Lusa reported. Radio Mocambique put the death toll at 17. Half a dozen homes were destroyed and some residents in the area fled for fear of another collapse.

"The mountains of garbage collapsed on the houses and many families were still inside these residences," Fatima Belchoir, a national disaster official, told Lusa. Authorities are trying to help people who lost their homes, she said.

The Hulene garbage dump is the largest such facility in Maputo. People often comb through the garbage, searching for food and items to sell.

Health workers have long raised concerns about the impact of the fumes, flies and other hazards of the dump on the surrounding community. Municipal officials have previously discussed the closure of the dump.

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Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:22

LOS ANGELES — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.

The Black Eyed Peas singer's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA's annual showcase.

A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after Fergie finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on "the dawn's early light."

Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 ½-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event or a patriotic song.

Golden State All-Star Draymond Green captured the mood — and became an instant GIF — when he was shown open-mouthed on the scoreboard and the television broadcast in apparent confusion over the unique vocal stylings. Green then chuckled to himself after realizing he was on TV.

Even Draymond was laughing pic.twitter.com/R8itTpUAD8

— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) February 19, 2018

After a forceful finish, Fergie finally got big cheers when she shouted, "Let's play some basketball!"

The Grammy Award-winning singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, is from nearby Hacienda Heights, California.

Famed basketball commentator Charles Barkley joked that he "needed a cigarette" after Fergie's performance during the TNT halftime show.

Former Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal leaped to Fergie's defense, saying: "Fergie, I love you. It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone."

Others on social media weren't as kind, with criticism of the performance outpacing the positive reviews.

The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of arguably the most famous national anthem in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago.

Marvin Gaye's touching rhythm-and-blues version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1983 game was initially criticized, but has since gained widespread acceptance as a groundbreaking musical performance.

Instead, Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.

Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018

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Police search for robbery suspect of Dollar General in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 06:35

COLUMBUS - Police are looking for a suspect that robbed a Dollar General store in east Columbus.

Police say on February 18, 2018, the suspect went inside the Dollar General in the 1300 block of East Main Street and displayed a gun to an employee and demanded money.

According to police, the employee gave the suspect an unknown amount of money and he left the store on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20's approximately 6' feet tall weighing 200 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Robbery Unit at 614-645-4665.

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Here's why you should prepare your taxes now

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 06:10

Taxes may be inevitable, but taxpayers have some wiggle room with when they file their returns. This year, the IRS opened its filing window in late January and won't close it until April 17.

Even so, many Americans tend to wait until the last minute to file, with one in seven taxpayers holding off until the last week to send their returns to the IRS. But there are some risks with waiting until the last minute.

First off, who needs to file a return? Not everyone is required to do so: if you're single and your income last year was below $10,400 or married with a total income of less than $20,800 (which is the sum of the personal exemption and the standard deduction), then you'll have zero taxable income to report. That means there's no requirement to file a tax return.

For everyone else, you're required by law to file a federal income tax return. But even if you're not required to file a federal tax return, you may still be required to file a state tax return. Some states require their residents to pay tax on every dollar of income, which means any amount of earned income will require you to file a state tax return.

Below are reasons to start preparing your tax returns now and filing as soon as possible.

Protection against fraud

Perhaps the best reason to quickly prepare and file your taxes is to protect yourself from tax ID fraud. It's one of the fastest growing crimes, and it occurs when your Social Security number is used by another person to fraudulently file a tax return with a request for a tax refund.

At least one tax scam is on the rise. The IRS says potential victims of a computer scam has soared from a few hundred to "several thousand in just days." Like many other scams, the crooks are using data stolen from tax preparers' computers -- including Social Security numbers, dependent data and even bank account information -- to file refund claims on behalf of the victimized taxpayers.

Most taxpayers only find out about the fraud when they try to e-file their return. Instead of receiving confirmation of a properly filed return and tax refund, they learn their return has been rejected because a tax return using their personal information has already been filed.

One way to protect against fraud? File your taxes as soon as possible, according to the IRS. This helps because if a scammer tries to file a fraudulent return after you've already filed, the fake return is likely to be rejected.

Protection against errors

Another reason to prepare your tax return early is to catch errors in your tax forms such as forms W-2 and 1099s. Take a taxpayer who rolled over her 401(k) account to an IRA in 2017. If this was done correctly, the gross distribution will be reported in box 1 of the form 1099 R, and the taxable portion in box 2a should be reported as zero.

Yet plan administrators sometimes include the amount reported as the gross distribution in box 1 as the taxable amount in box 2a. This may be because they didn't have the information to confirm the transfer was a direct rollover. It could also be that they simply made a mistake.

But if the taxpayer doesn't catch this early and request a correction, wrong information will be transmitted to the IRS when she files. After a year or two has passed, the taxpayer will receive a letter from the IRS stating that she failed to report the distribution as taxable income and that she owes more taxes.

A simpler solution: start preparing your taxes early in the filing season, giving yourself plenty of time to catch errors and correct any tax forms before filing. In short, a stitch in time saves nine.

Getting your refund faster

The sooner you file your tax return, the sooner you'll get your refund. To receive it in as little as 10 days, file your tax return electronically and elect to have your refund automatically deposited into your bank account.

But if you expect to owe additional tax on your 2017 tax return, there's also a good reason to prepare your tax return sooner than later. Knowing as soon as possible what will owe the IRS will give you time to prepare your finances for that payment. The deadline for sending the balance of the 2017 taxes owed to the IRS is April 17, 2018.

While you can request an extension and delay your filing until October 15th, 2018, you cannot delay making paying what you owe. Preparing a draft tax return can help give you a good estimate of what you owe now will, providing you with time to raise the cash to pay the taxman.

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Marion police arrest 2 teens after reports of shots fired

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:45

MARION, Ohio - Marion police have arrested two men after responding to reports of shots fired on Sunday.

It happened at 5:28 p.m. in the 200 block of Superior Street, according to police.

Witnesses report that two black men with dreadlocks shot in the direction of a group of people. Witnesses reported that the two men had been arguing with the group prior to the shooting.

Nobody was injured from the altercation.

Officers later arrested two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, and booked them at the Marion Juvenile Justice Center for Felonious Assault.

Police did not release suspect names because they are juveniles.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Any person with information about the shooting should call the Marion Police Department at 740-387-2525.

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Kate Middleton sparks controversy over BAFTA dress

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:21

LONDON - Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton sparked controversy on social media over her choice of dress for the British Academy Film Awards.

The dress code for the event was all black, as a symbol for the ‘Time’s Up’ movement against gender inequality and sexual harassment. But when Kate hit the red carpet with husband Prince William, the seven-month pregnant royal was wearing a green dress with a black sash.

Some speculate Kate may have chosen to wear a different color because the royal family is usually expected to avoid taking political positions in public, and that the black sash may have been a nod to the movement.

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President Trump takes on Oprah after "60 Minutes" airs

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:20

President Trump tweeted criticism of a "60 Minutes" panel discussion moderated by Oprah Winfrey that was broadcast Sunday night, slamming her questions to the politically divided group and expressing the hope that she runs against him in 2020.

After 11 p.m. ET Sunday, the president took to Twitter:

Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018

Winfrey was revisiting a panel of pro- and anti-Trump voters in Grand Rapids, Michigan she spoke with last fall.

She asked them about the president's tax plan, passed at the end of the year, and about his reported reference to "sh*thole countries."

"Who here believes that he made the comment about, quote, 'sh*thole countries?"' she asked the group.

And after pointing out that "polls are showing that respect for the United States is eroding around the world," Winfrey asked, "Do you care what the world thinks of the United States?"

She also inquired about whether panel members think President Trump is fit for office.

"There have been some members of Congress, including Republicans, questioning his stability and fitness for office. What do you think of that, and do you believe he has the temperament to be president?"

Talk about Winfrey as a presidential candidate was recently reignited by her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe awards in January for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She is the first black woman to receive the honor.

Winfrey delivered a forceful speech about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement, prompting three ovations from the crowd. By the address ended, viewers and the press were speculating about whether this was the beginning of a 2020 presidential bid.

But she told "60 Minutes" last week, "I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit," adding, "It's not in my DNA."

After Winfrey's Globes speech, the president said he doesn't think she'll run in 2020, but he'd win if she did.

"Can you beat Oprah?" a reporter asked.

"I'd beat Oprah," the president said. "Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well. ... I like Oprah. I don't think she's going to run. I don't think she's going to run."

The president also noted he has appeared on her show.

President Trump has praised Oprah on Twitter in the past.

#FlashbackFriday Trump family- final week of @Oprah's show- @Oprah is terrific! http://t.co/d9oUC5jN3a

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2013

By the way, where is @Oprah? Good question. 4 years ago she strongly supported Obama--now she is silent. Anyway, who cares, I adore Oprah.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2012

And when he first considered running for president in 2000, he mentioned that Winfrey would be an ideal running mate.

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Four people shot, including 6-year-old, outside San Antonio Steakhouse

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 03:41

SAN ANTONIO -- Police were seeking a suspect after a 6-year-old boy and three adults were shot in the parking lot of a popular San Antonio steakhouse.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says two of the adults' injuries are life-threatening. The boy was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.

McManus says all four victims are related and the adults are in their 20s.

According to police, the shooting occurred 8:40 p.m. Sunday as the group waited outside the Texas Roadhouse, near Ingram Park Mall.

McManus said, "We do not believe that this shooting was random."

CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS-TV reports investigators think it was a family violence situation.

Police say the masked suspect opened fire about 15 feet from the front of the restaurant, emptying the magazine.

KENS says a semi-automatic handgun was used and one round penetrated the restaurant's wall.

The station adds that the suspect fled and neither the suspect nor any of the victims entered the restaurant.

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Some offices closed, services limited on Presidents Day

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 02:55

COLUMBUS - Presidents Day is today, and there will be some closures and service limitations around Columbus.

List of closures and services that will be affected:

  • No mail delivery
  • No trash pickup in Columbus
  • Most banks and government offices will be closed
  • Columbus parking meters will be free
  • Free admission to the Columbus Zoo, but you will have to pay for parking

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Airbnb rentals boom in Columbus prompting council to consider change

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 02:39

COLUMBUS — Visitors to Columbus are choosing a lodging option that has nothing to do with hotels more often. Airbnb reports they are seeing a 254% increase in local bookings this year over last year.

“One time I baked a birthday cake for someone that was coming in for their birthday,” said Columbus Airbnb host Michael Coleman. “We like to personalize and make people feel at home when they stay with us.”

Coleman said that comfort added to cost savings is why so many guests choose the newer option for accommodations. Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows people to rent out their property or rooms to guests.

“When we first started it there were only a handful of homes in the neighborhood doing it,” he said. “Now it's like everyone throughout Old Towne East has an Airbnb that they're renting out.” Coleman said since he began listing his basement apartment unit on the site he has made an additional $5,000 to $15,000 per year. Suddenly he said he has noticed the number of properties around him jump up. So has the company.

The site currently lists more than 800,000 properties. Airbnb holds about 3% commission from each of the host’s bookings and a larger percentage of its guests. Now the City of Columbus may impose taxes or fees and add a citywide registration. Coleman said that change follows a trend of numerous developers around the city building or renovating spaces specifically to rent out through the website.

“You can look at that 2 ways. You have people like me who live in the space that they host from,” said Coleman. “Then you have people who own a lot of rental properties that aren't renting out their space, but they're Airbnb-ing because they don't have long-term renters available. And then you have real estate developers that are specifically developing properties to be Airbnb properties.”

City council members said residents first raised concerns, saying what had been quiet residential areas were suddenly seeing many new people coming and going from a home used as a short-term rental. Many short-term rental hosts are not paying taxes and fees like hotels and motels. The city is now developing regulations around short-term rentals.

Coleman said as more residents across Central Ohio consider hosting, he advises the extra income is nice but does come at a price. He said often his plans are adjusted so that he can personally greet guests. Some level of research and guest follow-up is required with each booking to ensure his property will be respected. He said he has had some guests throw loud parties. While he has not had damage to his home, Coleman admitted that can happen. He also said cleaning and preparing the apartment for visitors can create extra work acting as an innkeeper.

“It is more like a chambermaid actually sometimes the way we have to turn it around so quickly when we're booked back to back,” said Coleman. But ultimately he called the extra income worth it.

“We’ve been able to do some extra traveling and live with more comfort.”

A locally formed group called Columbus Host Alliance, formed by property owners, continues work on this issue.

City Council is expected to have more details on a citywide proposal in March.

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Gahanna community mourns the loss of Lincoln High School teacher

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:32

GAHANNA -- As dusk fell at Gahanna’s Friendship Park, more than 100 students and staff members gathered to honor Gahanna Lincoln High School teacher Andrew Hoying.

“He was just a great guy,” Gahanna parent Anita Bosaw said.

“Very personable, all of the kids loved him and he did a lot for this school.”

The Gahanna-Jefferson school district notified students and staff of Hoying’s death Friday. The district will also have mental health counselors available.

An investigation by the Columbus Division of Police concluded Hoying died by suicide.

“It’s been really tough,” Bosaw said.

“It’s a subject you have to deal with at this age, I mean it’s a very real problem.”

Hoying taught personal finance and business classes at Lincoln High School. He previously taught at the high school level in the South-Western City Schools.

If you or a loved one is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Be aware of possible warning signs of suicide:

  • Talking about suicide, death, dying, or the afterlife.
  • Feeling sad, bored, hopeless, or depressed.
  • Making verbal threats such as, “You’d be better off without me,” “I won’t be a problem for you much longer,” or “Maybe I won’t be around.”
  • Change in personality, such as becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression.
  • Showing little interest in the future.
  • Making major changes in the looks or not taking care of him/herself (if usually neat, might look sloppy).
  • Acting in rash, hostile ways; often expressing rage.
  • Giving or throwing away favorite belongings.
*Information courtesy of Mental Health America of Licking County

The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention: http://www.yellowribbon.org/
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DNA could prove shipwrecked bones belonged to pirate "Black Sam"

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:04

YARMOUTH, Mass. — Researchers are set to discuss their efforts to determine whether human bones recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy.

The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, says it also will publicly display the bones for the first time and showcase what they believe to be Bellamy's pistol Monday.

The objects were encased in a hardened mass of sand and stone pulled from the Whydah Gally (WIH'-duh GAH'-lee) shipwreck several years ago.

The museum has enlisted forensic scientists to compare DNA from the bones to a sample given by one of Bellamy's living descendants.

The Whydah went down in stormy seas in 1717, killing most of its crew and leaving its treasure on the ocean floor. The wreck was discovered in 1984.

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Columbus food truck stolen, gutted by thieves

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:39

Gone in the middle of the night.

Columbus Police and a food truck owner are trying to find the people who gutted Travis Hyde's family business.

Last Monday the owner of the Sweet T's Southern Style Food Truck got a call saying his truck was gone.

He typically parked it at a food fort -- a commissary where other food trucks are typically safely parked.

When he arrived to the area, he saw a portion of an 8-foot fence ripped down, and generators from his truck crushed.

" ... Just befuddled as to what could have possibly happened. Just nothing you'd expect to ever have to see that your family business was just driven away," Hyde said.

The truck has been found, but it was recovered empty -- missing car parts and kitchen parts.

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Communities in eastern, southern Ohio dealing with flooding

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:07

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Authorities say heavy rains have swollen creeks and the Ohio River in eastern and southern Ohio and have caused some flooding.

The Steubenville Herald Star reports roadways, including State Route 7 that follows the Ohio River, have been closed in some spots.

A National Weather Service hydrologist says the Ohio River has exceeded its flood stage by several feet in Jefferson County after rain began falling mid-week.

The Daily Jeffersonian reports Wills Creek in Cambridge has overflowed its banks spilling water onto roads.

The Marietta Times reports volunteers helped Marietta shop owners move goods to higher ground Saturday in anticipation of the Ohio River exceeding its flood stage of 40 feet. Streets throughout downtown Marietta have been closed because of flooding.

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Franklin County to distribute bags that deactivate prescription drugs

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:42

COLUMBUS — Franklin County is distributing bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the state's opioid epidemic.

The effort is an alternative to flushing pills or mixing them in coffee grounds or cat litter.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Franklin County's Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health board is spending $20,000 to buy 5,000 bags.

The Franklin County and Columbus public health departments will distribute the bags during training sessions on using naloxone, a drug used to revive overdose victims.

The bags can neutralize up to 45 pills, six patches or six ounces of liquid.

A record 4,050 Ohioans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a number expected to rise sharply once 2017 figures are complete.

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Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:42

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt.

Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Earnhardt was behind the wheel of No. 3 when he won his only Daytona 500 in 1998, and when he was killed in an accident on the final lap of the race three years later.

Dillon's victory, in the 60th running of "The Great American Race," came 17 years to the day of Earnhardt's fatal crash.

Dillon wasn't a factor in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet until the final lap in overtime when he got a push from Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. that helped him get to leader Aric Almirola. Dillon spun Almirola then whizzed on by to give Childress, his grandfather, another iconic victory in the beloved No. 3.

"My grandfather has done everything for me and everybody knows it," Dillon said. "There's a lot of pressure on me to perform because I've had a little bit of everything. But I like that pressure, the same with the No. 3, there's a lot of pressure behind it, but I'm willing to take it and go with it."

As for the aggressive move that wrecked Almirola? Dillon was doing what has to be done to win at Daytona.

"We just had a run and I stayed on the gas. It's what it is when you're at Daytona," he said. "It is so awesome to take the 3 car back to victory lane, 20 years ago. This one's for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those Senior fans. I love you guys. We're going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year."

Childress was overjoyed.

"I just, the emotions just flowing, to be able to win, with the 3 car, having it in the winner's circle, my grandson, 20 years after Dale won in '98, so special," Childress said.

The final scoring tower showed the No. 3 on top, then the No. 43 — two of the most seminal numbers in NASCAR.

Wallace, the first black driver in the Daytona 500 field since 1969, finished second in a 1-2 finish for Chevrolet and Childress' engine program. Wallace drives the No. 43 car for Richard Petty and sobbed in his post-race news conference after his mother came to the front of the room to give him a hug. The two had a long embrace in which she told Wallace repeatedly "you finally did it."

After another moment with his sister, Wallace sat at the dais sobbing into a towel. His finish is the highest for a black driver since Wendell Scott was 13th in 1966.

"Pull it together, bud, pull it together. You just finished second," he told himself.

Wallace, from Mobile, Alabama, received a telephone call from Hank Aaron before the race and Lewis Hamilton, the four-time Formula One world champion and only black driver in that series, tweeted his support to Wallace.

Denny Hamlin, the 2016 winner, finished third in a Toyota.

Ryan Blaney, who led a race-high 118 laps, faded to seventh after giving the win away in regulation. He wrecked Kurt Busch, the defending race winner, trying to reclaim his lead and the contact damaged Blaney's Ford. It spoiled what should have been a Team Penske party — car owner Roger Penske had three contenders, all considered favorites Sunday — but all came up empty. Brad Keselowski wrecked early in the race racing for the lead and although Joey Logano finished fourth, it wasn't the victory Penske expected from one of his drivers.

The day was also a bust for Danica Patrick, who made the Daytona 500 her final NASCAR race. With new boyfriend NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers cheering her on, Patrick was collected in an accident and finished 35th.

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Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Pres. Trump

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:04

PARKLAND, Fla. — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive.

"You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"How dare you," he added.

Hogg was responding to Trump's tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn't passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI's failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau's focus on Russia's role in the 2016 election.

Trump was at his Florida estate Sunday but did not mention the attack in a series of tweets. After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president would hold a "listening session" with unspecified students on Wednesday and meet with state and local security officials Thursday.

Florida politicians, meanwhile, scrambled to produce legislation in response to the Feb. 14 attack that killed 17 people. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, is being held without bail in the Broward County Jail, accused of 17 counts of first-degree murder.

In a TV interview, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio embraced a Democratic bill in the Florida legislature to allow courts to temporarily prevent people from having guns if they are determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, attended a prayer vigil at the First Church Coral Springs, a few blocks from the shooting site. He is expected to announce a legislative package with GOP leaders of the legislature this week.

Emma Gonzalez, another student who survived the attack, cited Trump, Rubio and Scott by name in a warning to politicians who are supported by the National Rifle Association.

"Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet," she said on "Meet the Press."

The students' pointed comments are the latest signs of increased pressure for gun control after the massacre.

The students have vowed to become the face of a movement for tighter firearm regulations and plan to visit the state capitol in Tallahassee this week to demand immediate action. They are also calling for anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities March 24.

Organizers behind the Women's March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute, nationwide walkout by teachers and students on March 14. The Network for Public Education, an advocacy organization for public schools, announced a day of walkouts, sit-ins and other events on school campuses April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead.

Not every student at the Florida school was calling for more gun control. James Ciaramello, a freshman in the school's JROTC program, on Friday paused at a memorial in a park in front of a photo of one victim, 15-year-old Peter Wang, another JROTC student who was killed after holding open a door so others could escape.

"He's just messed up," Ciaramello said of Cruz, who was also in JROTC. "I mean, tighter gun control, it's not gonna help. There's always a way around it."

School and government records obtained Sunday show Cruz was diagnosed as developmentally delayed at age 3 and had disciplinary issues dating to middle school. In February 2014, while in 8th grade, Cruz was transferred to a special school for children with emotional and behavioral issues. He stayed there until 10th grade, when he was transferred to Stoneman Douglas. A month after arriving, Cruz was written up for using profanity. Last year, Cruz was expelled.

On Sept. 28, 2016, an investigator from the Florida Department of Children and Families visited Cruz and his mother, Lynda Cruz, after he posted video on Snapchat showing him cutting himself. The report showed that Cruz had written a racial epithet against African-Americans and a Nazi symbol on his book bag, which his mother had forced him to erase. The investigator said Cruz was suffering from depression and on medication and had told Lynda Cruz he planned to buy a gun, but she couldn't determine why.

She said he had been depressed after breaking up with a girlfriend who had been cheating on him, the investigator said. A school counselor told the investigator that Lynda Cruz had always tried to help her son and followed through on his therapy and medication, but the counselor was concerned about the youth's desire to buy a gun.

A crisis counselor told the DCF investigator he had visited the school and that he did not believe Cruz was a danger to himself or others. The case was closed, with the investigator concluding that Cruz was receiving help from his mother and counselors, and "no other referrals or services were needed."

After Lynda Cruz died in November, Cruz moved into the home of a teenage friend. The friend's parents told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper they had no idea the extent of Cruz's issues.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know," Kimberly Snead told the newspaper in an interview published Sunday. "We didn't see this side of him."

James Snead added: "Everything everybody seems to know, we didn't know. It's as simple as that."

The Sneads said Cruz seemed unable to do even simple tasks like laundry or use the microwave.

He kept the AR-15 he allegedly used in the massacre locked in a gun safe with a few other firearms. James Snead thought he had the only key to the cabinet but says Cruz must have had another key. The family kept their own rifles, bought after a burglary a few years ago, in a separate locked cabinet.

They told Cruz he needed to ask permission to take out the guns. He had asked only twice since November. They said "yes" once and "no" once.

On Wednesday morning, Cruz told them he didn't need a ride to school: "It's Valentine's Day and I don't go to school on Valentine's Day," he said.

Cruz sent their son a few texts that day. In one, he asked what classroom the boy was in. He said he was going to see a movie.

Later he texted he had "something important" he wanted to tell the teen. Then he wrote: "Nothing man."

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Judge: Administrators not liable for Ohio school shooting

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:12

CLEVELAND — Five former administrators at a northeastern Ohio school district where three high school students were fatally shot and a fourth permanently disabled are not liable for the shootings six years ago, a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims ruled Thursday.

The administrators, including the district's superintendent, were the last remaining defendants in a lawsuit filed after student T.J. Lane opened fire in the Chardon High School cafeteria while waiting to catch a bus to an alternative school on Feb. 27, 2012. The students, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, 16-year-old Russell King Jr. and 17-year-old Demetrius Hewlin, were killed. Seventeen-year-old Nick Walczak was permanently disabled.

A lawsuit filed on the second anniversary of the shootings by Walczak and the estates of the three slain students claimed that Chardon schools, the school board and the five administrators failed to provide security that could have prevented the shootings while Lake Academy Alternative School, where Lane was a student, didn't properly evaluate the risks he posed.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell dropped the schools and school board from the lawsuit in November 2014, but left some claims against the administrators intact. None of the administrators still work for the Chardon schools.

An attorney for the administrators declined to comment about the ruling. An attorney for the estates of the slain students didn't return a message seeking comment. It's unclear whether an appeal is planned.

Lane pleaded guilty in 2013 to three counts of aggravated murder and was sentenced to three life sentences. It's never been made clear why Lane shot the students.

A Juvenile Court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent and allowed his case to be tried in adult court but noted there was evidence Lane suffered from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. At sentencing in March 2013, Lane wore a t-shirt with the word "KILLER" scrawled across it, swore and made obscene gestures.

O'Donnell in dismissing the remaining claims against the administrators — superintendent Joseph Bergant II, operations manager Dana Stearns, high school principal Andrew Fetchik and assistant principals Drew Trimble and Michael Sedlak — wrote: "According to the School Employees, there is no evidence they had any knowledge Lane intended to bring a gun to school or that he intended to shoot and kill other students."

Attorneys argued they weren't aware that Lane had behavioral issues or violent tendencies.

O'Donnell's ruling said local police had not criticized the Chardon schools' security plan, including the district's lack of a school resource officer and that a Chardon police officer walked through the high school twice a day.

The estates of Parmertor, King and Hewlin settled a lawsuit filed against Lane's family in May 2014, with each receiving about $890,000.

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No. 22 Michigan tops No. 8 Ohio St 74-62, helps other rival

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 13:46

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jordan Poole went on a scoring tear, sending Michigan's seniors out with a win in their last home game.

The freshman guard came off the bench and scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to help the 22nd-ranked Wolverines take the lead, and they never trailed in the second half of a 74-62 win over No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday.

"We're starting where they're ending," Poole said. "Them going out on a great note, especially against a Top 10 rivalry team, it's awesome."

The Wolverines (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) beat a rival and helped out another one, giving No. 2 Michigan State a one-game lead atop the conference standings with two games left in the regular season.

Michigan coach John Beilein said the win makes up "a little bit" for a one-point loss to No. 6 Purdue as his team aims to improve its seeding for the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

"It certainly helps the resume," Beilein said.

The Wolverines have won three straight for the first time since ending a seven-game streak on Jan. 6.

"We're playing the right way at the right time," Beilein said.

Michigan's Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17 points, Zavier Simpson had 13 and Moe Wagner added 12.

The Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) have fallen out of first place by losing consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season.

"If this beats us down, shame on us," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said.

Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop had his second straight lackluster game, missing 12 of 17 shots and scoring 17 points.

"I'm not worried about him," Holtmann insisted.

Jae'Sean Tate had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes, whose last lead was 18-17 midway through the first half.


Ohio State: Bates-Diop is in a shooting slump. He made as many shots (two) as he had turnovers in the first half against Michigan and finished with just five baskets on 17 attempts. Bates was 4 of 11 and scored 10 points in the last loss to Penn State and has missed more than half his shots in three straight games. The redshirt junior forward did score a career-high 35 points two weeks ago against Illinois and is averaging nearly 20 points a game.

"Teams are being really physical and crawling into his space and bodying him up on drives," Holtmann said. "He's got to do a better job of adjusting to that."

Michigan: Poole's play is encouraging for a team with its leading scorers averaging just 10 to 14 points a game in the Big Ten. He scored in double digits in three of his first seven games, including a 19-point performance against Indiana, but had 10 or more points in just four of the next 19 games. Poole hadn't scored more than eight points in his previous eight games and was averaging 4.6 points during the low-scoring stretch.

"We're trying to find what the best way is for him to score," Beilein said. "I love that he's got that swag."


Austin Hatch was included in Michigan's pregame and postgame ceremonies to honor its seniors.

"I was ready to cry," Beilein said.

The former player survived two deadly plane crashes, killing members of his family, after committing in high school to play for the Wolverines. Hatch, who is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was on the team his freshman year and later was a student assistant before leaving the program to focus on academics.

"I'm extremely grateful and I've done my very best to show my appreciation by how I approach everything here," Hatch told the crowd.


Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams fouled out with four points after scoring just two points against Penn State in his return from a three-game suspension for violating team rules.

"He's probably a little bit rusty," Holtmann said.


Ohio State guard Andrew Dakich, who graduated from Michigan, was booed when he checked into the game in the first half and every time he had the ball. He missed all three of his shots against his former teammates and was scoreless with one turnover in 22 minutes. Dakich is averaging three points, two assists and 18 minutes a game after not averaging a point or more than 5 minutes a game in any of his three seasons with the Wolverines.


Ohio State: Closes the regular season at home Tuesday night against Rutgers and Friday night at Indiana.

Michigan: Goes into Big Ten tournament after two road games on Wednesday night against Penn State and Saturday at Maryland.

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Pres. Trump vents frustration over Russia probe, rails against FBI

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:47

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Venting his fury over the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump on Sunday asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling, insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign and said "they are laughing their asses off in Moscow."

In a rapid-fire series of tweets from his Palm Beach estate, the president unloaded over the Russia investigation, days after an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with a plot to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

Russia was clearly top of mind for the president, while the nearby town of Parkland, Florida, continues to mourn a school shooting that left 17 dead. Trump's schedule for the week, released Sunday, includes a "listening session" with high school students and teachers, though the White House did not immediately provide any information on who would be attending Wednesday's meeting. Students who survived the shooting have focused their anger on the president, urging him and other elected officials to do something about gun violence.

Trump focused Sunday on the fact that the Russian effort began in 2014, before he announced his White House run. He said the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff — calling him "Liddle' Adam Schiff, the leakin' monster of no control" — "is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election."

Trump appeared to be referring to an interview Schiff did with NBC in which the lawmaker said the previous administration should have set up a "more forceful deterrent" against cyberattacks after the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures.

President Barack Obama in late 2016 defended his administration's response to the Russian meddling, also saying he had confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin that September, telling him to "cut it out."

Trump has not been seen in public since he arrived at his Florida club late Friday, after a visit to the community shattered by the shooting. That evening, he met with first responders, medical personnel and some victims. He skipped his usual stop at his nearby golf course Saturday, but planned to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Sunday at Mar-a-Lago to discuss legislative priorities.

Trump used the Florida shooting to criticize the FBI, saying in a tweet late Saturday that the bureau "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect and arguing that agents are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign."

Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

"Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" he said.

The FBI received a tip last month that the man now charged in the school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack. But the agency said Friday that agents failed to investigate.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, called that tweet an "absurd statement" on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

He said the "FBI apparently made a terrible mistake, and people should be held accountable. But we need leadership out of the executive. This is a great opportunity for commonsense steps that can be taken just in the area of background checks.'"

In his Russia-related posts Sunday, Trump asserted that he "never said Russia did not meddle in the election," and added: "The Russian 'hoax' was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!"

The president has repeatedly expressed skepticism over the Russian election meddling. In November, he said he believed the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that there had been meddling. But Trump also said he believed Putin was sincere when he said Russia didn't interfere.

Trump also argued Sunday that the ongoing investigations are just what the Russians want, saying: "Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!"

If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

On Saturday, Trump undercut his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, after he said evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 American election is beyond dispute.

Trump tweeted that McMaster left out some details: "General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!"

General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

Trump was continuing his efforts to pin Russian collusion on the Democrats and their nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election," Trump tweeted Sunday. "But wasn't I a great candidate?"

Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election. But wasn’t I a great candidate?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said it wasn't time to draw such conclusions.

"It's hard to say that this didn't affect the outcome. It was an exceptionally close election," Coons said. "I'll remind you one candidate won the popular vote. The other candidate won the electoral vote. But it's not yet clear whether the Russians succeeded in actually changing votes."

Trump also raged against law enforcement over an Obama-era payment to Iran. He tweeted that he's "never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!"

Never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

The Obama administration transferred the money to Iran in 2016, using non-U.S. currency. The administration said it was the settlement of a decades-old arbitration claim between the countries. An initial payment was delivered the same day Tehran agreed to release four American prisoners.

The Obama administration eventually acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. Congressional Republicans decried the payment as ransom, which the Obama administration denied.

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