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President Trump address to UN overshadowed by messy domestic politics

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 08:27

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump aims to use his address to the United Nations to tout his rapprochement with North Korea and slam Iran, but his international agenda is being overshadowed by domestic political troubles.

White House aides had cast Trump's visit to New York in triumphal terms: an opportunity to assert American sovereignty before the multinational body. He was set to be unapologetic about his decisions to engage with the erstwhile pariah North Korea, remove the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord and object to U.N. aid programs he believes are contrary to American interests. But he is finding himself forced to confront the salacious and embarrassing as he participates in the U.N. General Assembly.

"Will be speaking at the United Nations this morning," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "Our country is much stronger and much richer than it was when I took office less than two years ago. We are also MUCH safer!"

Trump is to address the General Assembly on Tuesday morning and to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the topic of counterproliferation on Wednesday. The four days of choreographed foreign affairs were to stand in contrast to a presidency largely defined by disorder.

Appearances on the global stage tend to elevate the stature of presidents both abroad and at home. But even before his arrival for the annual bonanza of world leaders and diplomats, the desired image was muddied by confusion in Washington.

The fate of his second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was cast into fresh doubt over the weekend amid a second allegation of sexual misconduct, which Kavanaugh denies.

Drama also swirled Monday around the status of his deputy attorney general. Rod Rosenstein was reported last week to have floated the idea of secretly recording Trump last year and to have raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. The man overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and a frequent target of Trump's ire offered to resign and fully expected Monday to be fired. He received a stay of punishment at least until Thursday when he is to meet with Trump at the White House.

With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the U.N., led by a new trade deal with South Korea, struggled to break through and disappointed White House aides. A similar fate may await Trump when he speaks to the General Assembly.

A year ago, Trump stood at the international rostrum and derided the North Korean leader as "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea."

"It was a different world," Trump said Monday of his one-time moniker for the North Korean leader. "That was a dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time."

Trump praised Kim as "very open" and "terrific," despite the sluggish pace of progress toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered a personal message to Trump from Kim after their inter-Korean talks last week in Pyongyang.

"You are the only person who can solve this problem," Moon said to Trump, relaying Kim's words.

The president said the location for a second summit with Kim is still to be determined, but officials have said Trump is holding out hope it could take place on American soil. Such a move would present a complex political and logistical challenge for the North Korean leader. Trump has often fondly invoked the Singapore summit, a made-for-TV event that attracted the world's media attention and largely received positive marks from cable pundits — reviews that were not repeated for his summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki the following month.

Trump and Moon on Monday signed a new version of the U.S.-South Korean trade agreement, marking one of Trump's first successes in his effort to renegotiate economic deals on more favorable terms for the U.S. Trump labeled it a "very big deal" and said the new agreement makes significant improvements to reduce the trade deficit between the countries and create opportunities to export American products to South Korea.

In both venues, U.S. officials say, Trump is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday to offer a contrast between the path of negotiation chosen by North Korea and that of Iran. Trump earlier this year bucked allies and removed the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, citing Iran's malign influence in the region and support for groups like Hezbollah. The next round of tough sanctions on Iran is set to go into effect in November.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in New York to attend U.N. meetings. U.S. officials said Trump is not seeking a meeting with him but is not opposed to talking if Iran requests a session.

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Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez becomes US citizen

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 08:20

SEATTLE — Mariners teammates stood and applauded and "God Bless America" played on speakers when Felix Hernandez entered Seattle's clubhouse after becoming a U.S. citizen.

A native of Venezuela, the 32-year-old pitcher passed his citizenship interview Monday and was among 74 people from 36 countries who became naturalized U.S. citizens during a ceremony in downtown Seattle.

"This country has given me everything," Hernandez said. "It's a dream come true. It means a lot. We've been here a long time. I wanted to do it."

Strife in Venezuela is among the reasons Hernandez desired U.S. citizenship. He wants to bring his parents to the U.S. more easily.

"The situation in Venezuela is real bad now," Hernandez said. "It's tough. There are people who can't get any food. It's crazy."

His wife, Sandra, became a U.S. citizen a month ago, but Hernandez didn't pass his test that day. Hernandez said she gave him a hard time about it.

"I didn't study," he said. "I think I only got one question right."

Hernandez said he had no problems in his second attempt.

"It's 100 questions, but they ask you 10 and you have to pass six," Hernandez said. "I was prepared for this one."

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, nicknamed King Felix, is in his 14th season with the Mariners. A group of fans known as The King's Court have sat in the left-field corner for years counting and yelling during each of his strikeouts. Hernandez is a six-time All-Star who became the team's career strikeouts leader in 2016.

He is 168-127, including 8-13 this year.

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Ohio BMV experiencing system issues, asks customers to call ahead

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:48

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says customers should call their agencies before visiting.

The Ohio BMV says it is experiencing a system problem that could slow down transactions.

The bureau is working to fix the problem.

You can find contact information for the BMV here.

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

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Police: Virginia man said he poured gas, set fire to disabled wife

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:31

NORFOLK, Va. — A judge wants a grand jury to consider the case of a man who told police he poured gasoline on his disabled wife and set her on fire.

Fifty-eight-year-old Delano Grangruth is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 61-year-old Kathleen White-Grangruth.

The Virginian-Pilot reported on Monday's hearing. Norfolk police Detective Bill Cogswell testified that Grangruth initially denied knowing about the April 17 fire. The detective said he confessed after hours of questioning that he had attacked her in a drunken rage after they argued for days about money.

The woman's charred body was found in a chair over a candle. A caregiver said she suffered from dementia and schizophrenia and needed a wheelchair after hip surgery.

Grangruth told reporters in April that he's "not a monster."

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Dave Matthews Band announces tour stop in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Dave Matthews Band is coming to Columbus as part of its 10-city arena tour.

The legendary band will kick off the tour at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 27.

Tickets go on sale for the concert at 9 a.m. October 5 at the Schottenstein Center box office and ticketmaster.

For members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association, an online presale has begun already and ends at 3 p.m.

Dave Matthews Band - Fall 2018 North American Tour

11/27 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

11/29 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

11/30 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

12/2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

12/4 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena

12/5 Albany, NY Times Union Center

12/7 Boston, MA TD Garden

12/8 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

12/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

12/13 Washington, DC CapitalOne Arena

12/14 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

12/15 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

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Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 06:00

DALLAS (AP) — The firing of a white Dallas police officer who is charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer said.

Robert Rogers, who represents the former officer, Amber Guyger, said Monday night that Police Chief U. Renee Hall "bowed to pressure from anti-police groups and took action before all of the facts had been gathered and due process was afforded."

"That's not the way our system of justice should work," Rogers said in his first statement since the shooting.

He called the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead "a tragic mistake" and said "words can never express our sorrow for the pain suffered by those who knew and loved" Jean. Rogers added that Guyger "is completely devastated by what happened."

Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She was arrested three days later and is currently out on bond.

Guyger's firing came the same day that Jean was being buried in his Caribbean homeland, St. Lucia. Hall dismissed the four-year veteran of the force during a hearing Monday, according to the Police Department.

A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter." Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, "adverse conduct" is often cited in the officer's termination.

Mitchell said adverse conduct is "conduct which adversely affects the (morale) or efficiency of the Department or which has a tendency to adversely affect, lower, destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or officer."

The Jean family's attorneys, along with protesters, had been calling for Guyger to be fired since the shooting. In a statement, the attorneys said the termination is an initial victory.

"However, we are committed to seeing through the next steps of the process of a proper murder indictment, conviction and appropriate sentencing," they said in the statement.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide a more serious charge than manslaughter.

During a conference call with Jean's parents and their lawyers on Sunday, Hall reported she intended to fire Guyger and explained the delay in the action, according to the family's attorneys in their statement.

Days before the firing, Hall said in a statement that she had not taken action against Guyger because she did not want to interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation.

There are conflicting narratives over what led up to the shooting.

Guyger told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex where she lived.

She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer's account.

Guyger said she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them. The affidavit said she then drew her weapon and fired twice.

She called 911. Asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.

But according to an affidavit for a search warrant Jean "confronted the officer at the door."

After the shooting, Guyger's blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall. Authorities have not released results.

Merritt has called into question Guyger's narrative. The lawyer has said that two independent witnesses have told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting.

He said one witness reported hearing a woman's voice saying, "Let me in! Let me in!"

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he agrees with the decision to fire Guyger.

"The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust," Rawlings said in a statement.

Guyger graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2008, according to an official at the Arlington Independent School District. She also attended Tarrant County College, according to an official there, although it is not clear when she went to the school.

Guyger also attended the University of Texas at Arlington in fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, said university spokeswoman Sana Syed. Guyger's intended major was criminology and criminal justice, Syed said.

Dallas police say Guyger was hired in November 2013 and state law enforcement records show she was appointed as a peace officer in May 2014.

Sgt. Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Guyger more recently worked on a team tasked with arresting some of the city's most violent offenders. He said the association — Dallas' largest police employee organization — will be paying Guyger's legal fees.

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Pope acknowledges abuse scandals outrage, drive people away

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 05:51

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.

Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of a devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-up in Germany.

Francis told a gathering of young people in Estonia, considered one of the least religious countries in the world, that he knew many young people felt the church had nothing to offer them and simply doesn't understand their problems today.

"They are outraged by sexual and economic scandals that do not meet with clear condemnation, by our unpreparedness to really appreciate the lives and sensibilities of the young, and simply by the passive role we assign them," he told a gathering of Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox young people in the Kaarli Lutheran Church in the capital Tallinn.

He said the Catholic Church wants to respond to those complaints transparently and honestly.

"We ourselves need to be converted," he said. "We have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off."

It was a very public admission of the church's failures in confronting sex abuse scandals, which have roared back to the headlines recently with revelations of abuse and cover-up in the U.S., Chilean and now German church. The German bishops conference on Tuesday was releasing a report that found that some 3,677 people — more than half of them 13 or younger and nearly a third of them altar boys — were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014.

The report, compiled by university researchers, found evidence that some files were manipulated or destroyed, many cases were not brought to justice, and that sometimes abusers were simply moved to other dioceses without the congregations being informed about their past, according to the results that leaked earlier in the German press.

The abuse scandal, which erupted in Ireland in the 1990s and subsequently Australia and the U.S., now threatens Francis' own papacy since a former Vatican ambassador accused him of rehabilitating an American cardinal who slept with seminarians. In addition, Francis badly botched a case of cover-up in Chile for which he has tried to make amends.

Francis has declined to respond to the accusations he himself covered for the U.S. cardinal, but the Vatican is expected to soon.

Francis' visit to Tallinn marked the last stop in a four-day pilgrimage that also took him to Lithuania and Latvia. He aimed to encourage the Christian faith in the Baltics, which saw five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism, as well as the World War II-era occupation by Nazi Germany.

Upon arrival Tuesday, Francis praised Estonia's social and economic transformation in the quarter century since the Soviet collapse. But he warned that a certain "existential ennui" can set in when societies lose their cultural roots and put their faith in technological progress alone.

"One of the evident effects of technocratic societies is a loss of meaning in life and the joy of living," he said. Interpersonal and intergenerational bonds can be lost, depriving young generations of foundations to build a common future, he said.

Estonia is considered both one of the most tech-advanced countries in Europe and one of the least religious societies in the world. More than half of Estonia's 1.3 million people profess no religious affiliation. The Lutheran and Russian Orthodox churches count the most followers of those who do, while 6,000 people are Catholics.

In her welcoming speech, President Kersti Kaljulaid acknowledged that rapid changes taking place amid robust economic growth — something particularly visible in the Baltic nations — shouldn't mean the "vulnerable among us" are neglected.

She presented Francis with a special digital ID card giving foreigners access to dozens of digital services in the Baltic country ranging from medical services to signing legal contracts and filing taxes.

The government says over 37,000 people from dozens of countries have currently been registered as "e-residents" in Estonia.

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Body of missing swimmer from Ohio found off NC coast

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 05:32

DUCK, N.C. — Authorities say the body of an Ohio man who disappeared last weekend while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean has been found.

The town of Duck said the body of 35-year-old Kyler Miles of Miamisburg, Ohio, was found around 4:12 a.m. Monday.

Last Saturday, Duck Surf Rescue, Duck Fire and Police and Dare County EMS units were dispatched in response to a call of a swimmer in distress at a beach access. Emergency personnel couldn't find the swimmer and officials launched an air and water search.

Local emergency personnel provided aerial support to swimmers, and they were relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard before the search was suspended Saturday afternoon.

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"Operation Clear Track” targets railroad safety in central Ohio

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 05:32

Law enforcement agencies across Ohio will take part in "Operation Clear Track." In fact, more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments are teaming up with Amtrak for the operation.

Officers will be stationed at targeted railroad crossings to hand out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians. They will also issue warnings and citations for any violations they may see.

The Union County Sheriff's Office will be set up at the following locations from 10 am to 1 pm:

  • State Route 347 and Storms Road (Raymond, Ohio)
  • Converse and Warner Road (Plain City, Ohio)

Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

"Operation Clear Track" will be the largest single law enforcement railroad safety operation ever attempted in the U.S.

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Easton Town Center hosting holiday hiring fair

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 05:01

More than 50 retailers and restaurants will be taking part in Easton’s holiday hiring fair today.

Businesses will be looking to hire seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Easton Town Center Community Room across from Aubelo’s in Easton’s North District.

See below for the complete schedule and hiring needs:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

American Girl: Retail and Restaurant

Aveda: Part-Time Advisor and Part-Time Holiday Advisor

Crate & Barrel: Part-Time Sales and Part-Time Merchandising

Easton Guest Services: Guest Services Representatives

Easton Security: Security Officer

Fusian: Part-Time Customer Service Team Members

The Gap: Part-Time Season Sales Associates; Part-Time Merchandise Specialist; Part-Time Stock Associates

Henri Bendel: Full-Time Sales Lead; Part-Time Sales Associate

Hot Chicken Takeover: Crew Members

Kids Foot Locker: Store Manager, Assistant Managers and Part-Time Associate

L.L.Bean: Part-Time Seasonal Employees

Macy’s: Sales positions

Michael Kors: Part-Time Sales Associate; Full-Time Sales Specialist

Microsoft: Product Advisor

Panera: Cashier/Café Line and Managers

Pottery Barn: Part-Time Stock Help and Part-Time Sales Associates

Red Giraffe Designs: Sales Associates

Rusty Bucket Tavern: Server, Hosts, Line Cooks, Busser and Dishwashers

Ted’s Montana Grill: Line Cooks for nights and weekends

Victoria’s Secret: Visual, Selling and Support Associates

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

AMC Theatres: Crew, Cook, Server, Busser

The Art of Shaving: Barber

Banana Republic: Part-Time Sales Associates, Shipment Processors, Customer Service

bd Mongolian Gril: Grill Chef

Buckle: Part-Time Wardrobe Specialist; Part-Time Sales Support; Management Trainee

Cheryl’s: Seasonal Sales Associates and Key Holders for all day parts

Easton Guest Services: Guest Services Representatives

Easton Security: Security Officer

Fossil: Part-Time Sales Associates; Assistant Management

J Alexander’s: Host, Server, Server Assistant, Bartenders, Line Cooks, Prep Cooks, Dishwashers

La Senza: Seasonal Sales Associates

La-z-Boy Furniture & Home Décor: Sales/Design Associates

McCormick & Schmick’s: Line Cook, Bus, Bar, Host, Cocktail, Server, Dish, Pantry

New York & CO.: Sales Associates and Visual Associates

Nordstrom: Sales, Logistics, Restaurant/eBar

Pandora: Customer Sales Lead (Supervisor/Keyholder); Part-Time Sales Associate

Paper Source: Full-Time and Part-Time Management; Part-Time Customer Service Associate

Pink: Visual, Selling, and Support Associates

Tesla: Customer Experience Specialists

Tommy Bahama: Full-Time Floor Supervisor and Part-Time Sales Associates

Torrid: Part-Time Sales Associates; Part-Time/Full-Time Management

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Ann Taylor: Part-Time Sales Associate

Anthropologie: Part-Time Sales Associate

Bath & Body Works: Seasonal Sales Associates

The Blowout Bar: Part-Time and Full-Time Hair Stylists; Part-Time and Full-Time Front Desk Associates

Dakota Watch: Part-Time Holiday Employees (nights and weekends)

Field & Stream/Dicks Sporting Goods: Operations & Maintenance Associates; Apparel Sales Associates; Cashier; Firearms & Archery Sales Associates

Forever 21: Part-Time Store Associate, Stock Associate, and Visual Associate

Hilton, Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott: various positions at the three onsite Easton hotels

Kay Jewelers: Management, Full-Time Jewelry Consultant, Part-Time Jewelry Consultant, Seasonal, Office

Lululemon: Night/Weekend Associates

Melt Bar & Grilled: Servers, Hosts, Dishwashers, Line Cooks

Mitchell’s Ocean Club: Guest Services and Line Cooks

Occasionally Yours: Seasonal, Management, Part-Time

Pies & Pints: back of house (dish, prep, line cook) and front of house (serving host)

Scout & Molly’s: Key Holder and Assistant Manager

Sunglass Hut: Part-Time Associates and Full-Time Assistant Manager

Sunglass Hut at Macy’s: Part-Time and Seasonal Sales Associates

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SoCal murder suspect may be linked to Houston disappearances

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:22

Authorities say a man arrested Monday after an assault in Santa Monica is also behind a string of violent attacks in this coastal city and downtown Los Angeles, and may be connected to a crime spree that started in Texas. There have been seven violent attacks in less than three weeks, including four in Santa Monica, and CBS Los Angeles learned Monday night of the disappearance of two people from Houston who may be connected to the suspect.

Ramon Escobar, 47, is a person of interest in the disappearance of Rogelio Escobar and Dina Escobar — his uncle and aunt, Houston police said.

Both went missing in late August and foul play is suspected in their disappearances, according to the Houston Police Department.

The most recent attack was Monday. The victim suffered head injuries in an assault just before 7 a.m., according to Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

He was hospitalized with blunt force trauma after being treated at the scene.

Police later searched the area and arrested Escobar.

He was booked on suspicion of murder in connection with attacks in L.A. on September 16 and was being held without bail, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.

It was unclear if Escobar is connected to the fatal beating of a man under the Santa Monica Pier last week. The victim, Steve Cruze Jr., was initially described by authorities as homeless, but Cruze's family told reporters that wasn't the case.

Cruze's murder followed the deaths of two homeless men who were beaten and robbed in downtown Los Angeles early on Sept. 16. Their names haven't been released. A third victim, also a homeless man, was hospitalized in critical condition with severe head trauma. Police said a baseball bat was used in those beatings.

The LAPD says investigators believe Escobar carried out them out. Police later released surveillance video of a man suspected in those attacks, who they say was Escobar.

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After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:19

Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven't flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution.

She will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence's heavy rains and seeing if the luck finally runs out on her home built on Front Street in 1737.

"We thought this might be coming. We just left everything up above the floor just like from the hurricane. I'm nervous. Can't you see me shaking?" she said, stretching her arms out.

The Sampit is one of five rivers that reach the Atlantic Ocean in and near Georgetown on the South Carolina coast. And Hurricane Florence — which started with record rainfall in North Carolina — is expected to cause record flooding downriver in Georgetown County as its final act. So much water is coming that it is backing up other rivers that aren't even flooding.

The county has recommended almost 8,000 people leave their homes — more than 10 percent of the population. Officials expect floodwaters to top several bridges, nearly cutting Georgetown County in two and leaving only one highway out during the expected crest early Thursday.

The deluge has made its way so slowly down the Lumber, Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers that the state last week released detailed maps on where it expects flooding. Upstream in Horry County, the floodwaters have invaded close to 1,000 homes near Conway as the Waccamaw River was slowly making its way to a crest a full 4 feet (1.2 meters) over its record level set just two years ago after Hurricane Matthew.

But in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said it was time to start concentrating on recovery. "Florence is gone but the storm's devastation is still with us," Cooper said at a news conference.

About 400 roads across North Carolina remained closed due to the storm that's claimed at least 46 lives since slamming into the coast Sept. 14. Crews have reopened the major highways closed in the storm. Interstate 95 was reopened to all traffic Sunday night for the first time since the floods, and Cooper said Monday that a previously closed portion of Interstate 40 had reopened sooner than expected.

Power outages and the number of people in shelters also were declining. Around 5,000 people were without power, down from a peak of about 800,000, and about 2,200 people were in shelters, compared with a high of around 20,000, the governor said.

In Washington, lawmakers considered almost $1.7 billion in new money for disaster relief and recovery. And the economic research firm Moody's Analytics estimated that Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, one of the 10 costliest U.S. hurricanes. The worst disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, cost $192.2 billion in today's dollars. Last year's Hurricane Harvey cost $133.5 billion.

Down in Georgetown County, it is a disaster nearly two weeks in the making. Georgetown County spent days under hurricane warnings before Hurricane Florence made landfall about 110 miles (175 kilometers) up the coast near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

The worst of the storm stayed well north, causing only minor flooding in Georgetown and some downed limbs.

"We had a hurricane party," Gantt said. "Now I don't know what to do."

Several blocks up Front Street, the main business district was busy, but with people leaving. All along the sidewalk were piles of artwork, antiques, and boxes as owners emptied out their inventory to take to higher ground.

Tomlinson department store sent an empty truck normally used to stock stores and employees rushed to fill it with everything. The store has never flooded, but predictions call for up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water by Thursday. "The anticipation has been nerve-wracking. Though, I'm glad we had the time to do this," said district manager Kevin Plexico.

Georgetown was positioning ambulances and firetrucks in the busy, tourist section along the beaches in case the floods cut off the U.S. Highway 17 bridges as expected. National Guard troops were prepared to float more equipment across the river if needed. Exhausted emergency officials said they have lived nothing but Florence for more than two weeks.

"The work has been done," Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber said. "We just need to pray."

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Singer Gary Numan's tour bus involved in fatal crash

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 03:38

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a tour bus carrying British singer Gary Numan struck and killed a 91-year-old man in Cleveland.

Authorities say Numan's tour bus was making a right turn when it struck the victim as he walked in a crosswalk Monday afternoon. Authorities haven't released the victim's identity.

Numan said on Twitter that he and his team "are all devastated by the fatal accident."

The singer had been scheduled to perform Monday night at the House of Blues Cleveland, which cancelled the show.

Numan filled stadiums with Tubeway Army in the 1980s. He now lives in California and recent songs include "Love Hurt Bleed" and "My Name Is Ruin."

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Doctors: Ohio governor rivals DeWine, Cordray in good health

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 03:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Their doctors say both major-party candidates for Ohio governor are in good health.

Letters from the physicians of Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray were produced at the request of The Associated Press. The two candidates are locked in a close, expensive race this fall to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who's term-limited.

DeWine would be the oldest man elected governor in Ohio, turning 72 a few days before inauguration day in January. Cordray, the former federal consumer watchdog, made a veiled reference to DeWine's age when calling out the older candidate's "42 years in politics" in last week's debate at the University of Dayton.

However, DeWine's doctor, Kevin Sharrett of Xenia, said DeWine "maintains a very healthy lifestyle" and is in "very good" health. Sharrett made no suggestion there are ongoing issues related to DeWine's collapse in 2014 at a speaking engagement in Cincinnati; the attorney general's office at the time attributed the incident to illness.

"Mike exercises regularly, spends time with his family, and regularly attends his church — all of which help him manage his stress levels," Sharrett wrote. "Additionally, Mike has never smoked and does not drink alcohol."

Cordray's doctor, David M. Kennedy of Steward Health Care in Austintown, said the candidate is in "excellent health." Kennedy said Cordray experiences seasonal allergies and uses a CPAP to control nighttime sleep apnea.

"He takes no medications, but does use a daily multi vitamin," Kennedy wrote. "He is a well-developed, well-nourished, middle-aged male in no acute distress."

Both doctors said DeWine and Cordray, respectively, would have no need for activity restrictions if elected.

The AP requested on July 27 that the two candidates' campaigns produced doctors' letters containing information on their overall health by Aug. 31. DeWine met the deadline, while Cordray missed it by almost a month. His campaign, which produced its letter Friday, said Cordray was having trouble finding time to get to the doctor.

An AP review of historical information found that DeWine would be the oldest governor in state history and Cordray would be the 10th oldest. Kasich was 58 when he took office in 2011.

The two oldest Ohio governors took office at age 70: William Allen in 1874, who, like DeWine, was a former congressman and U.S. senator; and Civil War hero Andrew Lintner Harris, known as the farmer-statesman, in 1906. The average life expectancy for white males in 1900 was about 47 years, compared to almost 79 years in 2015.

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Instagram co-founders stepping down from Facebook

Channel 10 news - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 03:25

The co-founders of Instagram said Monday they had stepped down from Facebook, which acquired the photo-sharing app in 2012. CEO Kevin Systrom said in a statement on Instagram's website that he and Chief Technical Officer Mike Krieger are "planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again."

"We've grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion," Systrom's statement said. "We're now ready for our next chapter."

In a statement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom and Krieger "extraordinary product leaders."

"I've learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it. I wish them all the best and I'm looking forward to seeing what they build next."

The news was first reported by The New York Times.

Founded in 2010 by Stanford University graduates Systrom and Krieger, Instagram has grown from a photo-sharing service into a popular photo app used by more than 1 billion people each month, according to CNET.

Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, one month before the company went public. Since then, it has been considered one of the social media network's most successful acquisitions.

Facebook has been mired in controversy since the 2016 elections. U.S. intelligence agencies have said that Russian actors used Facebook and Instagram to wage a campaign of disinformation in the election. In February, the Department of Justice issued indictments against 13 Russian nationals of breaking U.S. laws to interfere in the 2016 election.

And earlier this year, Zuckerberg was forced to testify before Congress after admitting data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the presidential campaigns of President Trump and Ted Cruz, had stolen data from as many as 87 million Facebook users.

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the founder of WhatsApp, the global messaging service Facebook acquired in 2014, Jan Koum, said he was leaving the company. According to reports at the time, Korum expressed concern over Facebook's "attempts to use its personal data and weaken [WhatsApp's] encryption."

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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TV pilot produced by Channing Tatum looking for extras in Cleveland

Channel 10 news - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 23:45

Get ready for your close up.

A potential pilot shot in Cleveland for a TV show produced by Channing Tatum is in need of 500 extras.

According to WOIO, the show called "College" is a young adult series focusing on the dramas of life on college campus. It will be filmed in Cleveland from Sept. 29 through Oct. 14.

The extras are needed for several campus and beach-themed party scenes.

No previous acting experience is required, but all participants must be 18 years or older.

Anyone interested in the gig must submit a recent photo, contact information, and availability to collegeextras2018@gmail.com.

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Columbus passes rules for mobility devices, scooters

Channel 10 news - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:09

They've been called different things: Convenient, a nuisance, an eye sore, a transportation dream.

Monday, Columbus City Council established new rules when it comes to scooters around the city.

"The legislation attempts to legislate E-bikes as well as E-scooters," Tom Bennett said as he addressed council.

Bennett owns Orbit City Bikes. He sells E-bikes. He says the attention around scooters has caused council to inadvertently roll E-bikes into that equation.

"I don't think there's a problem with the scooters, properly regulated," he said. "Just everything got put to a head because of the scooter companies."

He says that's not fair for E-bikes, because they should be classified with bicycles.

The legislation passed Monday evening, and it's set to take effect in about 30 days, pending Mayor Andrew Ginther's signature. At that time, scooters will have to be ridden on the streets, or bike paths, at 35 miles per hour or less. They also cannot be parked on a sidewalk if it gets in the way of foot traffic.

City Council member Emmanuel Remy says if scooters are in the way, people should call the number on the scooter to have the business come and move them, which has a timetable of two hours.

"I think sometimes with new technology there is a learning curve and so we've established a guideline for them to follow," Remy said.

Monday's vote comes after extensive research and looking at other municipalities to see what worked and what didn't when it comes to scooters.

"It's a beginning," Frank Williams said. "It's a beginning. I think it's a good start."

Williams is an administrator with the city's Division of Infrastructure Management. He says it's about balancing common sense and growing technology.

"They told me don't worry about it," Bennett said. "But, it's in the law now, so someone commuting could really get stopped and given a ticket for being on a 45 mph road."

The city says it is willing to revisit this issue down the road.

"We're more than willing to look at individual types of devices," Remy said. "To see if we've got it right."

Another factor is House Bill 250, which is making its way through the State House, that deals with the classification of certain vehicles. If passed, Council member Remy and Williams say it's possible the issue will have to be revisited.

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Kavanaugh says he won't let 'false accusations' push him out

Channel 10 news - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 18:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview Monday that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life.

Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum" after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denied he was "at any such party." He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone."

Kavanaugh said it's possible he may have met Ford at some time, but he said they were not friends and did not travel in the same social circles. He said he did not remember being at a party with her.

"I was not at the party described," Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh was asked if there was any chance Ford misunderstood an exchange between them.

"I have never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr. Ford," Kavanaugh said. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise."

The second woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a Yale dormitory party, putting his penis in her face and causing her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

Kavanaugh said Monday, "I never did any such thing."

"If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus," Kavanaugh said.

It's rare for nominees to the Supreme Court to give interviews. Russell Wheeler, an expert on the judicial selection process at the Brookings Institution, said he is unaware of a similar media interview by a Supreme Court nominee in the past 100 years.

But there's nothing ordinary about the stakes and circumstances of Kavanaugh's nomination, with Republicans fighting to get him on the court by the end of September and cement a conservative-leaning court for years to come.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say they are determined to get Kavanaugh on the court, calling the allegations against him false and politically motivated. Kavanaugh was defiant as well.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process," Kavanaugh said.

Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Kavanaugh confirmed. They want the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh and look into the allegations against him.

Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In the Fox interview Kavanaugh got a taste of the personal questions he'll face from senators. MacCallum asked him how long he was a virgin in college, after he volunteered that he never had sex in high school.

"Many years after. I'll leave it at that," Kavanaugh said.

Ashley Kavanaugh was asked whether she wondered if her husband was telling the truth about the allegations against him. "No, I know Brett. I've known him for 17 years," she said, adding: "I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett."

Kavanaugh appeared to get emotional at the end of the interview. He said Trump called him in the afternoon to show his support.

"I know he's going to stand by me," Kavanaugh said.

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