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Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:35

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.

And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.

A formal announcement was planned for later Wednesday. The official, who was not authorized to speak public ahead of the announcement, said those who want to take advantage of the pardons will have to apply.

Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include so-called recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society's changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.

Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize marijuana.

Tom Clarke, an illegal pot dealer for three decades, was among the first to make a legal sale in Canada when his store opened at midnight local time in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. He made his first sale to his dad and a lineup of about 50 to 100 people waited outside his shop.

"This is awesome. I've been waiting my whole life for this. I served my dad," Clarke said. "I am so happy to be living in Canada right now instead of south of the border."

Clarke, whose middle name is Herb, has been called THC for years by his friends. His dad, Don, said he was thrilled he was among the first customers of legal pot.

"It's been a long time coming. We've only been discussing this for 50 years. It's better late than never," he said.

In nearby St. John's, Newfoundland, hundreds of customers were lined up around the block at the private store on Water Street, the main commercial drag in the provincial capital, by the time the clock struck midnight. A festive atmosphere broke out, with some customers lighting up on the sidewalk and motorists honking their horns in support as they drove by the crowd.

Ian Power, who was first in line, said he plans to frame his purchase.

The stores are among at least 111 legal pot shops expected to open across the nation of 37 million people on Wednesday, with many more to come, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces.

Canadians also can order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their homes by mail.

Alberta and Quebec have set the minimum age for purchase at 18, while others have made it 19.

No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores until next spring.

Ryan Bose, 48, a Lyft driver in Toronto, said it's about time.

"Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever," he said.

A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government. Some are operating government-run stores, some are allowing private retailers, some both.

Canada's national approach has allowed for unfettered industry banking, inter-province shipments of cannabis and billions of dollars in investment — a sharp contrast with national prohibition in the United States.

Nine U.S. states have legalized recreational use of pot, and more than 30 have approved medical marijuana. California, the largest legal market in the U.S., earlier this month became the first state with a law mandating expungement of criminal convictions for marijuana-related offenses that no are longer illegal.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said it's time for the U.S. government to follow Canada's lead.

"Now that our neighbor to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for Oregon and other states across the country," he said in a statement.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution.

As Canada welcomes legalization, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some U.S. states when legalization arrived.

Trevor Fencott, chief executive of Fire and Flower, said his company has 15 Alberta stores staffed and ready to sell marijuana, but the province has supplied only enough product to open three of them Wednesday.

"We're aware of some of the kinks or growing pains that come with creating an industry out of whole cloth in 24 months," Fencott said.

Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor plan to open their pot shop in Labrador City in Newfoundland and Labrador at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday — 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake.

"We are just ecstatic," she said.

She doesn't expect to make much money off the pot itself, noting Newfoundland's 8 percent cap on retail pot profits. She hopes to make money from pipes, bongs and marijuana paraphernalia.

"There's no money in the product itself," she said. "You got to sell $250,000 worth of product in order to make $20,000. That's not even paying someone's salary."

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$667 million: Winning numbers announced for Mega Millions jackpot

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:17

The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday night's drawing has grown to the largest in the game's history, a whopping $667 million. According to Mega Millions, it's the third-highest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The estimated cash value, if you're lucky enough to match all six numbers, is $380 million. The winning numbers were drawn at 11 p.m.

The jackpot has ballooned upward because nobody has won the jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in Santa Clara County, California, split a $543 million prize.

Mega Millions winning numbers
  • 3, 45, 49, 61, 69, Mega Ball 9

If the winner chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years. The cash option is usually favored by nearly all winners.

Mega Millions says the previous record jackpot was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.

If there is no jackpot winner in tonight's Mega Millions drawing, the estimated annuity value for the Friday, Oct. 19 drawing will roll to $868 million, with an estimated cash value of $495 million.

How to play Mega Millions

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If nobody matches all Mega Millions numbers Tuesday

If no jackpot winner emerges from Tuesday night's drawing, the estimated annuity value for Friday, Oct. 19's drawing will increase to $868 million, with an estimated cash value of $495 million.

Powerball jackpot Wednesday

The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night will be a cool $345 million, with a cash value of $199 million.

The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.

Odds of winning

The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

Who buys lotto tickets?

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. Massachusetts residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending almost $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.

Categories: Ohio News

18-year-old dead after Licking County crash

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:21

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio - An 18-year-old man is dead after a crash in Licking County according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP said the crash happened just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of Northridge Road and Concord Road in Liberty Township.

Eighteen-year-old Ronald Waters Jr., of Alexandria, Ohio, was riding in a car being driven southeast on Concord Road.

OSHP said the driver of the car Waters was in did not stop at a stop sign and hit a vehicle traveling northbound on Northridge Road.

Waters was pronounced dead at Licking Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the car and the two people in the vehicle that was hit were taken to Mount Carmel East for treatment of their injuries.

Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts, according to OSHP.

Troopers are still investigating the crash.

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Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the situation to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

"I think we have to find out what happened first," he said. "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent. I don't like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned."

Trump spoke Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Monday with King Salman. He said both deny any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi, who entered their country's consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago and hasn't been seen since.

In Turkey earlier Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the Associated Press that police investigators searching the Saudi Consulate had found evidence that Khashoggi was killed there.

The president said that his own comment Monday about possible "rogue killers" behind Khashoggi's disappearance was informed by his "feeling" from his conversation with Salman, and that the King did not use the term.

Also Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the king and crown prince in Riyadh and said later the kingdom had made a "serious commitment" to hold senior leaders and officials accountable if implicated in Khashoggi's death.

Trump said he hopes the Saudis' own investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance will be concluded in "less than a week."

In the meantime, international leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance. Trump has resisted any action, pointing to huge U.S. weapons deals pending with Saudi Arabia and saying that sanctions could hurt end up hurting the American economy.

He said it was too early to say whether he endorsed other countries' actions. "I have to find out what happened," he said. But his complaint about "guilty until proven innocent" and comparison to the Kavanaugh situation suggested he was giving the Saudis more leeway than other U.S. allies.

Trump said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's trip to attend a Saudi investment conference is still on, but that it could be canceled by Friday depending on what the investigation finds.

In that case, he said, "I think we'll also be guided by what other countries are doing."

Categories: Ohio News

New information on the woman found dead in Upper Arlington park

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:31

We're learning more about the young woman found burned in an Upper Arlington park.

Twenty-three-year-old Bobbie Renee Simpson was discovered in Burbank Park Sunday morning after someone reported a fire there.

Simpson had been picked up three times for soliciting. Her address is listed as “streets of Columbus”. Friends say she stayed around the west side.

Her family is very upset and don’t understand how and why she ended up in the park.

“She fell in the wrong crowds but at the same time she still had good hearts about everything,” said her father, Bob Simpson. “She was a beautiful young lady whatever she did, she didn’t deserve this.”

The Upper Arlington Police Department is asking for your help. They're asking anyone who has seen Simpson recently or has information to call 614-583-5160.

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Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:06

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern.

At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016.

CDC officials say they haven't found the cause. Some possible suspects, such as polio and West Nile virus, have been ruled out. Another kind of virus is suspected, but it's been found in only some of the cases.

"This is a mystery so far," the CDC's Dr. Nancy Messonnier said in a call Tuesday with reporters.

About 90 percent of the cases are children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness.

It is "a pretty dramatic disease," but fortunately most kids recover, Messonnier said.

Health officials call the condition acute flaccid myelitis. The CDC would not release a list of the states reporting probable or confirmed cases. But some states have previously announced clusters, including Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, New York and Washington.

The cases in 2014 and 2016 were partly attributed to particular strains of respiratory germs called enteroviruses, which spread the most in the summer and fall.

Most people infected with enteroviruses suffer only minor symptoms like cough and runny nose. And though enteroviruses have been detected in some paralysis cases, it hasn't been found in others, CDC officials say.

Lacking an established cause, health officials confirm cases through a review of brain scans and symptoms.

About 120 confirmed cases were reported in 2014. Another 149 were reported in 2016. In 2015 and 2017, the counts of reported illnesses were far lower.

The cases this year seem to be spread across much of the country, as were the earlier two waves. But mysteriously no other country has reported the emerging every-two-years pattern seen in the U.S., Messonnier said.

Categories: Ohio News

129 guns found in home of S. Carolina police ambush suspect

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:48

Authorities say nearly 130 guns were found inside the South Carolina home of a man charged with killing a police officer and wounding six others earlier this month.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday that it appeared only three of the 129 guns were fired at officers on Oct. 3 — a pistol and two military assault rifles.

Lott says 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins set his house up to ambush law enforcement officers and said it was fortunate more officers weren't hurt or killed. He didn't go into specifics.

Hopkins was hurt, but authorities haven't said how he was injured or how he was captured.

Lott says Hopkins shot at officers coming to question his 28-year-old son about a child sex assault case.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio haunted house suspends actors for mock rapes

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:24

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Complaints from visitors about being pushed onto a mattress where actors simulated raping them at an "edgy" haunted house in northeast Ohio has led to the suspension of the actors involved.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Akron Fright Fest owner Jeremy Caudill says he was "shocked and appalled" when he learned Monday what had happened over the weekend at his haunted house in Summit County's Springfield Township.

Some visitors complained to the newspaper they were injured by actors who shoved them. Two customers said they were pushed onto a mattress where actors simulated rape.

Caudill says he's still determining what happened and promises additional security and monitoring going forward.

Fright Fest is advertised as a hands-on experience with actors getting physical and swearing amid "risque scenes."

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Trump calls Stormy Daniels "Horseface" in tweet

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insulting the physical appearance of porn actress Stormy Daniels, calling her "Horseface" in a tweet about a recent legal ruling.

A federal judge dismissed Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump.

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and sued him in April. The defamation lawsuit came after Trump tweeted about a composite sketch of a man Daniels says threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair. He called it a "total con job."

The judge on Monday said Trump's tweet was a "hyperbolic statement" protected under the First Amendment.

“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018

Trump tweeted: "Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer."

Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti called Trump's comments "outrageous."

Trump has a history of derogatory comments about women's appearances.

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Chillicothe High School and Middle School being dismissed for security sweep

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:23

CHILLICOTHE -- Chillicothe High School and Middle School are being dismissed for a security sweep.

Chillicothe police are on the scene.

The Chillicothe City School District Facebook page put out a message stating:

Parents and Guardians of students at CMS and CHS, please be aware that we dismissed at 11:35 a.m.: your students safety is our number one priority! The Chillicothe High School and MIddle School was dismissed early to allow the Chillicothe Police Department and CCSD Staff to perform a security sweep of the complex. Please know that your child is safe and there is no threat. The safety of your child(ren) is ALWAYS our priority; and the decision to release early has been made in tandem with the Chillicothe Police Department. If you normally pick up your son or daughter, please wait until 12:10 p.m. to allow the buses to clear. If you have any questions please contact 740-775-4250 our district office.

Chillicothe Police said they received a call from the school at 9:51 a.m.

Stay with 10TV and as this story develops.

Categories: Ohio News

Nick Bosa to focus on NFL, intends to withdraw from Ohio State

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:50

Ohio State issued a statement saying All-American defensive end Nick Bosa intends to withdraw from school in order to focus on his rehabilitation and training for the NFL.

Bosa was sidelined after he sustained a core muscle injury against TCU. He had surgery September 20 but no timetable was set for his return.

“I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program. He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach.”

In three starts this season, Bosa had six tackles-for-loss and four sacks. He was leading the team in tackles with 14 at the time of his injury.

Bosa played in 30 games for the Buckeyes.

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Circleville man charged with attempted kidnapping of pre-teen juvenile

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:44

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio- A man has been arrested for attempted kidnapping and felonious assault according to the Circleville Police Department.

William Patrick Weaver was identified as the suspect in the attempted kidnapping of a pre-teen juvenile.

On October 15, 2018 around 5:18 p.m. authorities received a 911 call regarding an attempted abduction that took place within the 400 and 500 blocks of E. Mound St.

Information was reported that an adult male attempted to take the child by grabbing and restraining the child. The man placed his hand over the child’s mouth as the child struggled to get away from the man.

The man fled from the scene in a black truck that had some identifiable markings on the hood, according to police.

Police said citizens helped the investigation by sharing the incident over social media. People called in tips to the police department regarding the location of the suspect and his vehicle.

Officers followed up and found Weaver at his residence and he was arrested. He was taken to the Pickaway County Jail.

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Melania Trump spokesperson: Boycott rapper T.I. over racy video

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:15

ATLANTA (AP) — A Melania Trump spokeswoman is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady stripping in the oval office.

WXIA-TV reports that Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, tweeted Saturday asking how the video was acceptable.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, tweeted Friday "Dear 45, I ain't Kanye" before sharing the video. The woman is wearing a jacket that reads "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" Trump wore a jacket with that wording on her way to visit migrant children in Texas. She said recently in an interview with ABC News that she wore the jacket to troll reporters.

Those tweets follow T.I. posting on Instagram that he was done working with rapper Kanye West, who is a President Donald Trump supporter.

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Cherokee Nation calls Elizabeth Warren's DNA test "inappropriate and wrong"

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:07

Massachusetts senator and possible presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren released results of a DNA test she says proves she has some Native American heritage. President Trump has mocked Warren's ancestry claims and derisively referred to her as Pocahontas.

The Cherokee Nation has criticized Warren's announcement, saying her use of a DNA test is "useless" for determining tribal citizenship and that using a DNA test to determine connection to any tribal nation is "inappropriate and wrong."

Warren released a campaign-style video that tries to directly address questions about her heritage. It's a controversy that has dogged Warren since she first ran for the Senate six years ago, and this new push is just the latest sign she's already actively preparing to run for president in 2020, reports CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe.

Still, President Trump didn't back down from his attacks on Warren Monday, saying, "What's the percentage -- one one thousandth?"

Warren enlisted a Stanford University DNA researcher for the test who in her video said, "The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree."

Cherokee Nation responds to release of Senator Warren’s DNA test.

— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) October 15, 2018

The report suggests Warren has just a trace of Native American heritage, but she first publicly identified as Native American in the 1980s. The controversy has made Warren an irresistible target for the president, who repeatedly has called her Pocahontas.

The biographical video comes after Warren said she would look at running for president, setting her up as an early 2020 opponent for the president, who is already practicing for a match-up.

In July, the president said, "We will say I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian."

Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018

Warren wants the president to make good on that bet, tweeting he should "send the check" to charity. But Mr. Trump imposed some conditions Monday.

"I'll only do it if I can test her personally, and that will not be something I will enjoy doing either," he said.

Warren criticized the president's response with a storm of 28 tweets Monday, calling him "a bully that scares easy."

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Facebook says it will ban voting misinformation ahead of midterms

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:46

Facebook is cracking down on the spread of false information in the final weeks before the midterm elections. The world's largest social network says it will ban fake content designed to suppress voter turnout. The announcement comes just two weeks after Facebook says hackers compromised 29 million accounts and stole users' personal data, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

Scandals involving misinformation and data misuse over the past few months have forced Facebook into all-out damage control. This latest policy change addresses one of Facebook's most sensitive challenges – defining false information and removing it.

In May, CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to prevent election interference on Facebook.

"This is an important election year. Not only the big U.S. midterms that are coming up, but there are major elections around the world," he said. "In 2016, we were slow to identify Russian interference….We didn't expect these coordinated information operation and large networks of fake accounts that we're now aware of."

To help reduce the spread of disinformation, Facebook in 2016 began prohibiting misrepresentations about the dates, locations, times and qualifications for casting a ballot.

On Monday, the company announced an expanded policy to include statements about whether a ballot will be counted and misleading posts about how to vote including false claims that voters can cast their ballots using text messaging. That hoax circulated on social media during the 2016 election with ads instructing users to text their candidate's name to a five-digit number.

While Facebook has traditionally shied away from banning misinformation, CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nick Thompson says this new policy marks a significant step for the company.

"They've seen a pattern of a lot of false statements about voting, so they've decided to take this extra step," Thompson said. "The stakes are now high. They said they will delete false information. But now they have to define false information and that's not easy."

On Capitol Hill last month, lawmakers threatened greater scrutiny – and even regulation – if Facebook and other social networks failed to gain greater control of their services.

"The era of the Wild West in social media is coming to an end," Sen. Mark Warner said. "I believe Congress is going to have to act."

Thompson says the midterm elections will be a significant moment for Facebook.

"If they can get through the midterms without people manipulating American democracy through the platform, it will show that they took on the problem and they handled it. But if there's another disaster – if the election gets manipulated through Facebook – it's going to just deepen the problems they already have," he said.

Facebook says it uses real people, including third-party fact checkers, to review content that is flagged as potentially involving voter suppression. The company says it's also set up dedicated reporting channels for state election authorities to do the same.

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Mattis disputes he's leaving post, says Trump with him "100 percent"

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:06

President Trump's top military chief James Mattis is responding to the president's suggestion on "60 Minutes" that he could leave the administration amid ongoing concerns of chaos in the White House. During an overseas flight to Vietnam, Mattis responded to the CBS interview, saying, "I'm on his team."

"We have never talked about me leaving. And as you can see right here, we are on our way, we just continue doing our job," Mattis told reporters Tuesday. The defense secretary's comments come after Mr. Trump told CBS' Lesley Stahl that there were "some people" in his administration that he's "not thrilled with." Asked by Stahl if Mattis was going to be leaving, Mr. Trump replied: "Well, I don't know. He hasn't told me that."

"I have a very good relationship with him. I had lunch with him two days ago. I have a very good relationship with him. It could be that he is. I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth," Mr. Trump said of the retired Marine Corps general. "But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That's Washington."

Mr. Trump dismissed reports of chaos in the White House as "fake news," but said, "I'm changing things around. And I'm entitled to. I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal. They'll come into the administration, they'll be phenomenal."

Mattis said that he had not tuned into the interview when it aired on Sunday, but had read about the president's comments in the newspaper. The former general sidestepped reporters' questions if he was indeed a registered Democrat, telling those on board that he's "never registered for any political party" in his career.

"My portfolio is bipartisan by its very basis and that is the protection of the United States, that's what President Trump has told me to do, and I eagerly carry that out," he said, adding, "So that's where I stand. That defines me."

According to Mattis, during a phone call as the president was en route to Florida to tour damage sustained from Hurricane Michael, their first conversation since the "60 Minutes" interview, the president later expressed to Mattis: "I'm with you 100 percent."

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Amber alert for Wisconsin 13-year-old girl after parents found killed in home

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00

BARRON, Wisc. -- The FBI is taking over the search for a missing Wisconsin teenager whose parents were found dead in the family's home. An amber alert is in effect for 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Police believe she may have been kidnapped at gunpoint. Police say around 1 a.m. Monday they received a mostly inaudible 911 call with someone calling for help, reports CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz. Soon after, sheriff's deputies discovered the bodies of James and Denise Closs.

Police in Miami say there was a possible sighting of Jayme there Monday in a black Ford Explorer with a Wisconsin plate. They are asking anyone with information to call 911.

"When we can find a 13-year-old girl safe, that's our focus," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. On Monday he said there are no leads in the disappearance of Jayme and the deaths of her parents.

"I've been doing this for over 20 years and it's a crime scene like I've seen before, but it's one you rarely see," Fitzgerald said.

Investigators were in and out of the Closs family home Monday, removing evidence. Police say Jayme is not a suspect. The sheriff says a gun was involved in the killings of Jayme's parents but wouldn't confirm they were shot to death.

"It's scary. You don't know what to expect anymore no matter where you are at," neighbor Joan Smrekar said.

People in the small rural town are anxious for Jayme's safe return.

"We all have kids," Barron resident Paula Frisinger said. "We hope they find her."

On Facebook, Jayme's mother shared frequent pictures of her daughter. Last year, in a post for Jayme's birthday she wrote, Jayme is "growing up to be the sweetest and most kind hearted girl... Love you to the moon and back."

"I'm hoping and praying with God's help and the community that we all rally around each other and help find this girl and bring her home," one parent from Jayme's school said.

The sheriff said they are using infrared technology and drones to help in the search.

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Warren accuses Trump of "creepy" comments about her DNA test

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:22

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested President Donald Trump's comment about him personally administering a DNA test to her to prove her Native American heritage is "creepy."

She tweeted that the president makes "creepy physical threats" about women who scare him, including her.

"He's trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself," the Massachusetts Democrat responded on Twitter on Monday after Trump made the comment during an appearance in Georgia. "It may soothe his ego - but it won't work."

Warren, who is seen as a potential 2020 challenger to Trump, appears to have taken a page out of his political playbook, striking back almost instantly at the president who continues to ridicule her claim of Native American ancestry. Trump relishes a good fight, those close to him have said, and will hit back twice as hard when he's been attacked.

A sharp critic of Trump, Warren wasted little time going after him on Monday.

She opened the day by releasing DNA test results that provide some evidence of a Native American in her lineage, though the ancestor probably lived six to 10 generations ago, according to the analysis. Trump has ridiculed her as "Pocahontas" over the ancestry claim.

In July, the president offered to donate $1 million to her favorite charity if a DNA test proved her Native American bloodline.

On Monday, he first denied ever making such a promise, then said later that "I'll only do it if I can test her personally."

"That will not be something I enjoy doing either," he added.

Warren tweeted that Trump is a "cowardly elitist" and she "won't sit quietly for Trump's racism" so she took the test.

"I took this test and released the results for anyone who cares to see because I've got nothing to hide. What are YOU hiding, @realDonaldTrump?" she wrote. "Release your tax returns - or the Democratic-led House will do it for you soon enough. Tick-tock, Mr President."

Warren was referring to the Nov. 6 election, when Democrats hope to regain control of the House, which would put them in position to examine and possibly publicly release Trump's returns.

Trump has bucked decades of precedent by refusing to release his income tax returns during the 2016 presidential election, as well as after taking office.

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Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots at cusp of combined $1 billion

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:38

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Did someone say $1 billion in jackpots?

The combined Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots for drawings Tuesday and Wednesday nights total $999.

The fourth-biggest grand prize in U.S. lottery history will be on the line Tuesday night when the numbers are drawn for the Mega Millions game's estimated $654 million jackpot. It's the second-largest in Mega Millions history.

It got that enormous because no one's won the jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in Santa Clara County, Calif., split a $543 million prize.

The $654 million would be the payout if a winner selects for the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by nearly all winners, is $372 million.

The odds of matching all six numbers and becoming instantly wealthy are incredibly small-- one in 302.5 million.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night will be a cool $345 million, with a cash value of $199 million.

The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Ex-Baylor frat president could avoid jail time in sex assault case

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:30

A former fraternity president at Baylor University in Texas who was indicted on felony sexual assault charges could avoid jail time and registering as a sex offender after taking a plea deal Monday. Jacob Walter Anderson, 24, pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful restraint, a third-degree felony. A female Baylor student accused Anderson of raping her during a party held by Anderson's former fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

Under the plea deal, Anderson would face three years of deferred probation, pay a $400 fine and be required to undergo counseling.

A lawyer for the accuser and her family called it "a sweetheart deal" and said he couldn't understand why it was offered.

"I don't get it. I just don't get," attorney Vic Feazell told CBS News. "It sends a really bad message at this time to women who are thinking about reporting sexual abuse from the past."

He added, "He's a good-looking young man, he's from a very wealthy Dallas family, he's from a fraternity. So what? That doesn't give him a free pass."

After a pre-sentence investigation, which will take about six weeks, a judge will make a final determination on Anderson's sentence. If the judge rejects the deal, the case could go to trial.

Anderson's attorneys could not immediately be reached by CBS News.

The McLennan County District Attorney's office did not return requests for comment. But District Attorney Abel Reyna defended the deal in a statement to CBS affiliate KWTX in Waco.

"The McLennan County District Attorney's office is known throughout the state for our aggressive prosecution of sexual assault cases, to say otherwise is simply absurd," he said.

"Let us remind everyone that our oath is to seek justice. In pursuit of that ideal, we must evaluate each case alone on its own merit..This office stands by the plea offered and believes we have achieved the best result possible with the evidence at hand."

The statement also said that law enforcement could not find evidence to support early claims that the woman was drugged.

The accuser said Anderson assaulted her during a Phi Delta Theta party in 2015. According to an arrest affidavit cited by KWTX, she said she became "disoriented and very confused" after sipping a drink, and Anderson then led her outside to a secluded area and forced her to the ground. She said she was unable to breathe and lost consciousness at some point during the assault, and woke up lying in her own vomit. The affidavit redacted details about the alleged assault.

Anderson was expelled from Baylor after a university investigation.

Several students at the private Christian school in Waco, most of them football players, have been accused or convicted of sexual assault since 2012. An independent investigation in 2016 said the school did not properly handle assault accusations, which led to the removal of its president Ken Starr, who was the special prosecutor who investigated President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. An NCAA investigation into the school concluded this month and alleged institutional failures in handling accusations.

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