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Burglary suspect on the loose following garage break-ins in Delaware County

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:30

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio - Authorities are searching for a suspect following three to four garage break-ins on Carters Corner Road, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents in the area received an alert to be on the lookout for the suspect. The sheriff’s office says the male suspect was wearing a black hoodie. Deputies searched on the ground and in the air, using drones and a helicopter.

The sheriff's office tells 10TV one of the homeowners came out and fired at the suspect's vehicle.

The sheriff's office said they are no longer searching the area but are still taking tips and are investigating the case.

The last known area he was seen at was State Route 521 west of I-71. Anyone with information should call the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 740-833-2800.

The sheriff’s office said they located a person of interest but after initial questioning, it is believed he is not connected to the burglaries.

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Columbus Blue Jackets trade hockey sticks for paint brushes

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:32

They have talent on the ice. And apparently in the art room too.

Twelve Columbus Blue Jackets players took time out of their season to paint some holiday cheer.

It’s part of the “Lady Jackets Holiday Auction” where money raised from the sale of the artwork will go to charities in central Ohio.

Players such as Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Sergei Bobrovsky, Nick Foligno, Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington, Boone Jenner, Seth Jones, Markus Nutivaara, Artemi Panarin, Lukas Sedlak and Alexander Wennberg seemed to enjoy showing off their holiday handiwork, which will be on display at Blue Jackets home games December 11, 13, and 15. The framed photos are also being auctioned online.

Fans can also text “CBJAUCTION” to 52182 to participate.

The Lady Jackets are the wives and girlfriends of players, coaches and team personnel who work together on various projects throughout the year to support local youth health and wellness organizations.

They also produced 12-card holiday sets that are replicas of the artwork by the Blue Jackets players. The sets cost $25 each and will be sold exclusively at the Blue Jackets Foundation kiosk located near sections 110-111 on the main concourse.

The limited-edition cards will be sold at home games on Dec. 13 and 15, or while supplies last.

Some of the cards feature the players' native language wishing people a happy holiday season.

Highlights of other auction packages include the following:

  • Wine tasting dinner with Cam & Natalie Atkinson at The Wine Bistro in Upper Arlington
  • Private skills clinic for a squirt or pee wee hockey team at Nationwide Arena under the direction of the Jackets’ assistant coaches and featuring an appearance by Head Coach John Tortorella
  • A chance to play golf, tennis and pickleball with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen
  • Pre-game broadcast experience with FOX Sports Ohio’s Jody Shelley and Jeff Rimer
  • VIP game experience featuring pregame dinner in Lexus Lounge and a postgame meet & greet with defensemen David Savard & Markus Nutivaara where winner will receive a game-used stick from each player
  • Foligno Heritage Jerseys Collection: Blue Jackets jersey signed by Nick Foligno; Minnesota Wild jersey signed by Marcus Foligno; retro Buffalo Sabres jersey signed by Mike Foligno
  • Road trip package courtesy of the team trainers includes two tickets to road games at Las Vegas (Feb. 9) and Nashville (Mar. 30), gift cards towards airfare and spending money, and assorted CBJ apparel
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‘Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour’ coming to Columbus in July

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Schottenstein Center announced Tuesday that JoJo Siwa will make a stop in Columbus as part of her “Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour” on July 31.

Siwa gained popularity as a YouTube personality, singer and dancer, and through her presence on social media. She works with Nick Cannon on Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle Shorties” and also appeared on the network’s series, “School of Rock.” She performed at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards and won two awards for Favorite Viral Music Artist in 2017 and Musical YouTube Creator in 2018.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets on Thursday, Dec. 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 14.

This stop is part of the 28 additional dates that have been added to her tour. For a full list of cities, click here.

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Michelle Obama extends tour, adds Ohio stop as sales for 'Becoming' top 3 million

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:46

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales for Michelle Obama's memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019.

"Becoming," published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time.

Live Nation and Crown Publishing announced Tuesday that Obama will have 21 events next year, six of them in Europe. She has been appearing at such arenas as New York City's Barclays Center and Chicago's United Center, with guest interviewers including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.

Her tour now includes a stop in Cleveland, Ohio at the Keybank State Theatre in March and is scheduled to end May 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Get ticket information and a complete list of tour dates here.

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4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:48

NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence.

The group, which Time calls the "guardians," includes slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper's offices in June; Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has been arrested; and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been detained in Myanmar for nearly a year.

"They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world — as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018 — who risk all to tell the story of our time," editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay.

Time selected them "for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and speaking out."

Khashoggi was killed two months ago when the Washington Post columnist, who had lived in the U.S., visited Saudi Arabia's consulate in Turkey for paperwork so he could get married. He had been critical of the Saudi regime.

Reesa is an award-winning Philippine journalist who, along with the online news service she heads, has been sued for tax evasion. Her website has been critical of the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and she claims the charges are politically motivated.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for nearly a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed by a gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper in June.

Since 1927, Time has selected individuals or groups to appear on its covers for the end-of-the-year feature. This was the first time someone named was no longer alive. Those chosen this year will appear in four different cover photos.

President Donald Trump, who was chosen Person of the Year in 2016, was second runner-up.

"His ultimate impact may be determined as much by the resistance he engenders as by the goals he pursues," the magazine said.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller was third runner-up.

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Shaquille O'Neal bringing Shaq's Fun House to Super Bowl

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:46

ATLANTA (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal has been to enough parties before Super Bowls to know that he can do much better.

“I’ve been to a million Super Bowl parties the past 15 years, and they’re all boring,” O’Neal said. “So this is Atlanta, I’m bringing the party to Atlanta. I wanted to do something big, so I called my friends.”

He’s bringing “Shaq’s Fun House” to Atlanta on Feb. 1 with a little bit of everything, from the Migos, a Waffle House pop-up diner and a Ferris wheel to even Cirque Du Soleil featuring a special appearance by the NBA Hall of Famer himself.

“I’m doing rehearsals now, and it’s going to be epic,” O’Neal said of his part in “Mystère.”

“It’s going to be talked about, and hopefully people pull out their phones and it goes viral because that’s my favorite show, ‘Mystere’ by Cirque Du Soleil. I know I was a great athlete, but these guys are some of the finest athletes in the world. Every time I’m in Vegas for the past several years I always hit up a show.”

O’Neal brought his Fun House experience to Florida during Miami Music Week in March, and he wanted to outdo that. For music, he’s tapped rap trio Migos, DJ Tiesto, Lil Jon, T-Pain, plus Grammy-award winning producer and DJ Diplo. O’Neal also will perform a set as DJ Diesel. The Fun House also will feature a carnival midway and food from Atlanta restaurants.

“There’s two things that bring people closer together despite what’s going on in the country,” O’Neal said. “That’s sports and music, and I happen to dominate in both. So when I was putting this together I was saying, ’OK, I want part music festival. I want a carnival. I want a circus, and I want to do it on a nice, big platform, and I want to have fun doing it.”

O’Neal said he learned approximately a thousand people couldn’t get into his Miami party, which was secret invite only earlier this year. That’s why this party will be held at Live! At Battery Park at SunTrust Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public for this party starting Thursday morning beginning at $249.99, with VIP tickets for $999 for access to a fast entrance and other VIP areas.

“We’re going to have a good time,” O’Neal said.

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Moonves scandal looms over CBS shareholder meeting

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:58

NEW YORK (AP) — With a $120 million severance package on the line, an investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom over the network's annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday.

But CBS officials are unlikely to say more beyond seeking to reassure shareholders that the board is "on top of that, don't worry, when we have sufficient information we will disclose this," said Porter Bibb, a former media executive now with the advisory firm Mediatech Capital Partners. He said the scandal is likely to be mentioned "only peripherally."

Shareholder meetings are typically limited to normal annual meeting duties, Bibb said. Among other things, shareholders will vote on 11 board members, six of whom came aboard in a reshuffling after the scandal broke.

The bigger task will come behind the scenes in the weeks to come. The newly revamped board has until the end of January to decide whether Moonves receives his payout. It will also have to chart a path for CBS to recover from the scandal.

Moonves was ousted in September after The New Yorker published allegations from 12 women who said he subjected them to mistreatment that included forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted. The network launched an investigation with two outside law firms that is due to be complete by Jan. 31.

The New York Times said a draft report on that investigation found Moonves committed "multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct." Citing the report, the Times said he deleted numerous text messages and was "evasive and untruthful at times." The investigators issued a statement saying their work was still in progress, and a lawyer for Moonves denied any wrongdoing.

Moonves had been one of the most admired powerbrokers in the entertainment industry. He was hailed for turning around the fortunes of CBS when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995, as he churned out such hits as "Two and a Half Men" and "Survivor." He was also one of the highest-paid executives in the nation, making about $70 million in each of the past two years.

The official agenda for Tuesday's meeting had glowing praise for Moonves' 2017 performance, his last full year as CEO. The board lauded Moonves for positioning CBS "for the digital future," growing its direct-to-consumer streaming business and lessening its dependence on traditional advertising.

It also described a management style that seems awkwardly at odds with the emerging allegations of his attempted interference in the sexual-misconduct investigation. The agenda document lauded Moonves for his successes in "management development and human resources," including developing "diversity and inclusion programs."

Dan Eaton, an expert on severance issues and a professor at San Diego State University, said that given the reported findings of the investigation, there's pressure on the board to deny Moonves his $120 million severance. Any other outcome would likely provoke a backlash, he said. Under the terms of his employment contract, Moonves is entitled to the payout only if the investigation finds he was terminated without cause.

Though Moonves could challenge a denial in arbitration, "does he really want to prolong these steamy allegations in the public mind?" Eaton said. "The longer this drags on, the greater a percentage of his obituary will be devoted to this, and not to his impressive professional accomplishments."

The Moonves scandal aside, the board will have a longer-term challenge determining the company's future. Expected to be at the meeting is Shari Redstone, who controls both CBS and Viacom with his father, Sumner Redstone, through holding firm National Amusements.

Shari Redstone has long advocated for a combination of CBS and Viacom. CBS opposes that because it is financially stronger than Viacom. As part of the agreement that led to Moonves' ouster and the board reshuffling, she agreed not to push for a combination for two years. That doesn't mean a surrogate couldn't take her place, however. So the board will have to decide if this is the best move for CBS.

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5 missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:52

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have been halted.

The five were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that collided last Thursday with an F/A-18 Hornet during regular training. The warplanes crashed into the sea south of Japan’s Shikoku island.

Two crew members in the F/A-18 were recovered after the accident, but one died. The U.S. Marines said the survivor was in stable condition when rescued.

The search, joined by Japanese and Australian forces, was halted Tuesday, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, the Marines said in a statement.

It said the identities of the five people declared dead will be released after their next of kin are notified.

The Marines earlier identified the dead pilot of the F/A-18 as Capt. Jahmar Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida.

The crew members of the refueling aircraft were based at Iwakuni air station near Hiroshima as part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, whose call sign is Sumo.

“All of us in the Sumo family are extremely saddened following the announcement of the conclusion of search and rescue operation,” the squadron’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. Mitchell T. Maury, said in the statement. “We know this difficult decision was made after all resources were exhausted in the vigorous search for the Marines.”

“Our thoughts are heavy and our prayers are with all family and friends of all five aircrew,” Maury said.

The Marines statement said it has not been confirmed whether the two planes were involved in aerial refueling when the collision occurred.

The crash is the latest in a series of recent accidents involving U.S. military forces deployed in and near Japan.

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

Two years ago, a MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft Osprey crashed during a night-time refueling exercise off the southern island of Okinawa, injuring two crew members.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan under a security pact.

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Jury to resume deliberations on white nationalist's sentence

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:25

A Virginia jury is set to resume deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally.

Jurors spent just under two hours Monday considering a sentence for James Alex Fields Jr. They are scheduled to return Tuesday morning.

The 21-year-old Fields of Maumee, Ohio, faces up to life in prison after being convicted last week on first-degree murder and other charges.

On Monday, the jury heard emotional testimony from the mother of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and activist who was killed. Jurors also heard from several people who suffered severe injuries.

A psychologist testifying for the defense said Fields has a long history of mental health issues, including bipolar disorder.

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Police issue warrants after man's body found under concrete

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:23

Police have charged three people with murder in connection to the death of a California man found buried under 20 pounds of concrete in Ohio.

Cleveland.com reports police issued warrants for the three people, who range in age from 22 to 26, Saturday. A fourth person was arrested on an aggravated murder charge in March and pleaded not guilty.

The men are accused of shooting 41-year-old Nicholas Rowe, also known as Joshua Luckey, and burying him the backyard of a vacant home in Cleveland.

Rowe's body was found in November 2015.

Court records show an associate of Rowe's used a tracking device on the man's phone and found his car with blood inside.

Police later found Rowe's body after the associate reported seeing a gun in the backyard.

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8-year-old girl dresses up as Michelle Obama for 'Cultural Heroes Day'

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:18

An 8-year-old got the attention of former first lady Michelle Obama after choosing to dress up as her for a school project.

Michelle Obama at Princeton was the Ella-Lorraine's choice for 'Cultural Heroes Day' at her school.

The girl's mother, who also attended Princeton, posted the photo on Facebook.

"Michelle is a power house in her own right. Celebrating strong women and role models, here!" wrote Karlyn Johnson Brown in the post.

“We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving,” says her father, Eugene Brown. Plus, “we make sure she knows about those who have gone before and have passed on.” pic.twitter.com/FRqwWr3ORN

— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) December 7, 2018

In an interview with MAKERS, Ella-Lorraine's father, Eugene Brown, said, "We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving."

Michelle Obama saw MAKERS' tweet with the article and re-tweeted it.

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Finding a White House chief of staff turns into a scramble

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain.

President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief of staff after his first choice to replace John Kelly bailed at the last minute and several other potential successors signaled they weren't interested in the job.

Back to square one, Trump is mulling over a list of at least four potential candidates after Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, took himself out of the running Sunday and decided that he would instead be leaving the White House. The announcement surprised even senior staffers who believed that Ayers' ascension was a done deal.

Trump is now soliciting input on a list of candidates that is said to include Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. And allies are pitching Trump on even more contenders.

But as quickly as names were being floated, candidates appeared to be pulling themselves from consideration, underscoring the challenges of working for a mercurial president who has acknowledged that he likes to surround himself with chaos and despises any suggestion he's being managed.

"In the best of times, it is relentless," said Chris Whipple, an expert on chiefs of staff and author of "The Gatekeepers," a book on the subject. "It's 24/7. It's thankless. You get all of the blame and none of the credit for everything that happens. And that's in the best of times. We are not in the best of times."

Trump's administration has set records for staff turnover, and the president has often struggled to attract experienced political professionals, a challenge that has grown more difficult with the upcoming threat of costly Democratic oversight investigations and an uncertain political environment.

Those who take high-level positions in the White House at this time open themselves up to potential legal exposure and pricey lawyer bills, said David B. Cohen, a political science professor at The University of Akron who co-wrote a book on chiefs of staff.

Meadows said Monday he had not discussed the role with the president, but one congressional Republican said Meadows has told others he wants the job.

"It's not been anything that I've been out advocating for," Meadows told Fox News, but he added that "my life changed" after Ayers decided to pull out of the job.

Meanwhile, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a potential contender, said he was "entirely focused" on his current position. A person familiar with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly made clear he, too, is happy in his current post.

While some of the reactions may be strategic posturing, there is also ample reason for any aspiring chief of staff to give pause to the notion of taking the job.

Trump has already burned through two chiefs of staff — a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a retired Marine four-star general — subjecting them to regular humiliation and ridicule.

Former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's departure from the White House was unceremoniously announced by tweet. Nearly 18 months later, Trump stepped on an orderly succession plan for Kelly, making a surprise Saturday announcement on the White House lawn that the retired general would be leaving by year's end.

Ayers' ascension and Kelly's departure looked like a done deal Friday night, according to multiple people in and close to the administration, with an announcement planned for Monday. Trump and Ayers had discussed the job for months, and the president had already been steering inquiries to the Pence staffer rather than Kelly. These people, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.

But Trump jumped the gun Saturday, and Ayers re-evaluated his decision. While a White House official said Ayers' decision was driven by a desire to return to Georgia to be closer to his family, people familiar with his thinking said he was also worried about scrutiny of his former political consulting business. He and Trump also could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service. Ayers wanted to serve on an interim basis; Trump wanted a two-year commitment.

Trump was stung by Ayers' decision to back out, according to people close to him. The embarrassment comes at a pivotal time for Trump, as he prepares for re-election while facing an expected onslaught of investigations from Democrats who will take control of the House and amid the ongoing Russia probe.

When Trump appoints a replacement for Kelly, he will set a record for most chiefs of staff within the first 24 months of an administration, according to an analysis by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution.

Yet Trump once mocked his predecessor for chief of staff turnover.

"3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President: Part of the reason why @BarackObama can't manage to pass his agenda," Trump wrote in a 2012 tweet.

Trump had said Saturday that he would be announcing Kelly's replacement in the next day or two. But with Ayers no longer waiting in the wings, there is fear that Trump may not have someone in place in time for Kelly's departure or that he will pick the first person who comes to mind as he tries to counter perceptions that no one wants the position.

Two Republicans close to the White House said Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, who were among Ayers' top backers, were still trying to have an outsized hand in the restarted process, telling the president that the two of them, as family, would be the only ones Trump could count on to stay the course in the coming months. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Trump has also told confidants that he is eager to bring on someone he gets along with as his third chief of staff. While he still had a measure of respect for Kelly, the men's personal relationship had long been frosty. This time, Trump has told allies, he wants someone he can chat with — trading gossip and complaining about media coverage — as well as someone more attuned politically.

Meanwhile, the list of names floated for the job continued to grow, including mentions by people close to the administration of former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker — even White House communications director Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Many of them weren't being taken seriously, but the breadth of the list highlighted the uncertainty in Trump's political orbit over the job hunt.

Trump has also told people around him that he misses the more freewheeling feel of the Oval Office under Priebus and would not let his new chief of staff set the kinds of limits he allowed Kelly to impose.

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Rat found in vending machine at Florida high school

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:55

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Florida high school found an unwelcome surprise in a vending machine: a rat climbing the rows of packaged snacks and drinks.

Video of the rat shot by an 11th-grader quickly spread on social media among students at Atlantic Community High school in Delray Beach.

In the video aired by news station WPTV, the brown rat appears as large as a snack-size bag of chips.

A Palm Beach County Schools statement says the vending machine was quickly locked Tuesday to keep students from using it.

The district says the vending machine company was alerted and an exterminator was called to the school.

Student Kael Williams said the incident was particularly disgusting because students eat from that machine throughout the day.

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New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:51

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

The measures come ahead of a planned national referendum on recreational marijuana use. The government has pledged to hold the referendum some time over the next two years, but has not yet set a date or finalized the wording.

The new law allows patients much broader access to medical marijuana, which was previously highly restricted. But most patients will have to wait a year until a new set of regulations, licensing rules and quality standards are put in place.

The law will also allow medical marijuana products to be manufactured in New Zealand for both domestic and overseas markets.

Health Minister Dr. David Clark said in a statement the new law will help ease suffering.

"This will be particularly welcome as another option for people who live with chronic pain," he said.

He said the 25,000 people who are in palliative care with terminal illnesses didn't have time to wait for the new scheme, and so the law provided a legal defense for them to use illegal marijuana.

"People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain," Clark said.

But the opposition's health spokesman, Dr. Shane Reti, said the new law is "lazy and dangerous" because it doesn't provide details of the planned medical marijuana scheme, and would also allow some people to start smoking pot in public.

"We support medicinal cannabis but strongly oppose the smoking of loose-leaf cannabis in public," Reti said. "Smoked loose-leaf is not a medicine."

Reti said the new law amounted to decriminalizing marijuana by stealth.

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Family finds ecstasy pill in 4-year-old's fast food burger

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:47

Three people were arrested after an ecstasy pill was found in a fast food burger intended for a child.

Police went to the Sonic restaurant in Taylor to investigate the report that the pill was found in the wrapper around a burger meant for a 4-year-old boy.

Officers ended up arresting three employees - one for possession of marijuana and another for having four warrants out for his arrest. They also took restaurant manager Tanisha Dancer into custody for a felony theft warrant.

At the jail, police say one of the correctional officers searched Dancer and found three more ecstasy pills hidden in her clothing.

Police say the boy's 11-year-old sibling discovered the drugs in the burger.

"She actually asked her parents, 'Is this candy?'," said Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck. "Of course when they came to the police department, they were very upset and we understand why."

Police are still investigating how that pill got into the food wrapper. They also said they do not believe there is any safety risk to customers after the arrests.

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Wade, James embrace final chance to compete on court

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:47

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade will be spending a lot of time in Los Angeles while he settles into retirement next year. He already has a house here, and his wife's acting career would undoubtedly benefit from more time in Hollywood.

LeBron James is a newly minted Southern Californian himself, and he's already hatching schemes to occupy his former teammate, longtime rival and permanent friend.

"I told him, 'No one likes to work out by themselves,'" James said with a grin. "So he can come to Staples. He can come to the practice facility anytime he wants to get workouts in. He can come help me with the young guys as well. He'll be around a lot more personally for me, so I'll love that."

Wade still has 56 regular-season games left in his self-declared final NBA season with the Miami Heat, but he passed a major milestone in that procession when he lined up against James for the final time Monday night in the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-105 victory.

The result wasn't the most important part of the night to either man. They were wrapped up in the pure thrill — in the chance to face off for the final time in two incredible basketball careers that have been chronologically parallel, frequently intersecting and always momentous.

"I knew that at some point in the game, it was going to hit me that this was the last time we were competing against each other," Wade said. "It hit me right away, once that buzzer sounded and we got the opportunity on the court to just look at each other and be like, 'Man, this has been fun. This has been one hell of a ride, and we've enjoyed it together.'"

James put up 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Wade scored all 15 of his points in the second half to go with 10 assists and five boards.

But the best moments arrived late when James and Wade finally guarded each other, playing one last one-on-one game for keeps.

Defense won out on both ends, probably because they know each other well enough to take away their strengths. They funneled each other to drive to their more uncomfortable sides, and James forced Wade to attempt a 27-foot turnaround, fadeaway 3-pointer that missed badly with 7.2 seconds left.

Wade was more open when he missed a 3 that would have put the Heat ahead with 22.5 seconds left.

"I needed that one," Wade said with a grimace. "I wanted it so bad. I think I wanted it too much. It would have definitely been memorable. But this is my last time playing against this guy, you know? This is the holy grail in the NBA. Unless we figure this thing out and we go to the Finals, this is the holy grail for me. The competition of playing against the game's greatest player. Playing it in LA. I thanked him for bringing us to this stage for our last hurrah on this stage. It gets no better than this."

Barring a change of Wade's retirement plans or that incredibly unlikely NBA Finals matchup, they'll never face each other in a real game — and the Lakers' victory put James ahead of Wade 16-15 in their head-to-head matchups over their career.

James marveled at the symmetry in this final showdown, but both players said their times together meant a whole lot more than their times in opposing uniforms.

James and Wade won two NBA championships and four straight Eastern Conference titles together in Miami, along with their Olympic gold medals from Beijing.

"The game is going to take care of itself, but just the fact that we were on the floor doing what we love to do, that's what's more important," James said. "Wins and losses are going to happen throughout the course of the season and throughout the course of your career, but those moments right there, you can't ever get back."

James and Wade swapped jerseys after the final buzzer, their bittersweet emotions overshadowed by the excitement of the moment and the possibilities of the future.

"It's the end of a storybook," James said. "One of the best movies you could ever see. It's too hard to put into words. Thank God they're staying the night. We get to have dinner (later). I know he has more games, but that's the last one for us."

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Man takes ailing dog on cross-country road trip for one last adventure

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:45

Paul Heroux and his dog have been inseparable since she was just eight weeks old. The mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Mura even campaigned together.

They visit retirement homes, schools and ride in parades. The 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog has the run of city hall.

"She's my best friend and she's been with me at the best and worst parts of my life," Heroux said.

That worst part happened last September when Mura was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Heroux said he would be surprised if she made it a year. So to make their last months together happy, he decided to take Mura on a road trip — all 8,500 miles, just the two of them.

For two weeks, they drove to Vancouver Island to meet her breeder, then Seattle, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon. At Yellowstone, Mura perked up at the sight of bison and elk.

Along the way, his posts on Facebook went viral.

"She was just happy to go anywhere we were going because she was going with me," Heroux said.

He couldn't give his dying friend the gift of more time. But what he has given her was the next best thing: time with him.

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Verizon buyout offer: 10,000 workers to leave company with up to 60 weeks pay

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:42

Verizon Communications on Monday said 10,400 employees are taking a voluntary buyout, the latest example of corporate downsizing as big companies shift from old lines of business to new opportunities while the economy is still strong.

A total of 44,000 Verizon workers were offered the buyouts, which, depending on length of service, could add up to as much as 60 weeks' salary, bonus and benefits, the communications company said in a statement.

Verizon's culling of its labor force comes shortly after General Motors said it would lay off tens of thousands of workers in a shift to making more SUVs and fewer sedans.

Some observers say the job cuts at GM, Verizon and other big companies is an early warning of a possible economic slowdown ahead, with one tally predicting U.S. companies will cut nearly 495,000 jobs this year.

Verizon employees who volunteered for the buyouts were told Monday whether they'd been accepted and whether their employment would conclude this month or in March 2019 or June 2019, the company said.

The reductions represent nearly 7 percent of Verizon's total workforce, which came to 152,300 at the end of the third quarter. Verizon first announced the restructuring in September as part of a pricey push into 5G network service.

In a letter to employees, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg wrote: "For those who were accepted, the coming weeks and months will be a transition. For the entire V Team, there will be opportunities to work differently as we prepare for the great things to come at Verizon."

Wall Street seemingly did not think much of the cuts, with shares of Verizon down almost 1 percent Monday.

The reductions come amid a four-year, $10 billion cost-cutting program that former CEO Lowell McAdam unveiled last year.

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Police: 13-year-old boy fired at student, then boarded bus

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:41

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff's office in South Carolina says a 13-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder for firing a gun at another middle schooler.

News outlets report the Richland County Sheriff's Department says the teen stole the gun from a family member. Authorities say the Hand Middle School student then fired at a fellow student Dec. 3 at a Columbia apartment complex before boarding a school bus while unarmed. No one was wounded.

A sheriff's office statement says deputies later removed the teen from the bus. It says the boy's mother later found the gun at her home and surrendered it to authorities.

Authorities haven't released the identity of the teen, who also is charged with burglary and petty larceny.

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Google CEO faces House grilling on breach, China censorship

Channel 10 news - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google's CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.

CEO Sundar Pichai's appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments' manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections. Pichai's no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.

Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences, meeting with some two dozen Republicans and indicating he also planned to meet with Democrats. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

In October, Google announced it was shutting down its long-shunned Plus social network following its disclosure of a flaw discovered in March that could have exposed some personal information of as many as 500,000 people. The company deliberately avoided disclosing the privacy lapse at the time, in part to avoid drawing regulators' scrutiny and damaging its reputation, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing anonymous individuals and documents.

Lawmakers want Google to explain its failure to reveal the breach.

On Monday, the company said it was accelerating its plans to shutter Plus after discovering a privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5 million users last month. The service will now go dark in April instead of August, as previously announced.

"We work hard to ensure the integrity of our products, and we've put a number of checks and balances in place to ensure they continue to live up to our standards," Pichai said in his opening statement prepared for Tuesday's hearing.

Lawmakers are also concerned by recent reports that Google is poised to re-enter China with a search engine generating censored results to comply with the demands of that country's Communist government.

President Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging the results of its dominant search engine to suppress conservative viewpoints and highlight coverage from media that he says distribute "fake news." That's another area of potential questions to Pichai by committee members.

The company has denied any political bias, and there's no evidence of an anti-conservative tilt. Pichai said in his written testimony that "I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way. To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests."

Google has good reason to communicate with lawmakers and policymakers, and to seek to weigh in on thorny issues. Trump and some lawmakers have raised the possibility of asking regulators to investigate whether Google — which handles nearly two of every three online searches in the U.S. — has abused its clout as a major gateway to the internet to stifle competition.

And momentum is building in Congress for legislation to put stricter limits and privacy protections around the big tech companies' collection of data. With the Democrats having captured control of the House in the midterm elections, and poised to take over as the majority running the Judiciary Committee next month, tougher legislation could be in the offing.

Pichai, a former engineer, took the helm of Google in 2015 in a major restructuring that made Google a division of conglomerate Alphabet Inc. — whose businesses include Waymo, a self-driving technology development company. Bolstering the dominance of its search engine, Google's Android operating system runs most of the world's smartphones, and its other services — including Gmail, YouTube, online ads and the Chrome web browser — are widely used.

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