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Video released from OSU bus crash which injured multiple hospital employees

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:16

The Ohio State University released video of a bus crash from Nov. 23 which injured approximately 20 Wexner Medical Center employees.

According to the university, the bus was transporting medical center staff from the Carmack Road parking area to the medical center when a tow truck ran a red light and struck them on the side.

The video shows the bus traveling east on John H. Herrick Drive approaching Olentangy River Road when a tow truck ran a red light and struck them on the side.

Several passengers can be seen falling on the floor of the bus. Those injured were taken to the emergency department at the hospital.

Columbus police are investigating the incident.

Below is the university’s full statement:

The safety and well-being of our staff and faculty are of utmost importance. We are saddened to share that earlier today a tow truck ran a red light and struck the side of a University bus that was transporting Medical Center staff members from the Carmack Road parking area to the Medical Center for their shifts. Approximately 20 of our colleagues on the bus were injured and taken to our Emergency Department. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening. A few of our staff members were more seriously injured and continue to be monitored. They remain in our thoughts during this difficult time.

During this holiday of giving thanks, we are extremely grateful that this accident was not even more serious and for the quick thinking and skills of the bus driver. Our staff members who are working over this holiday weekend are sacrificing time with their own friends and families to care for the critically ill in our hospitals, and we are sorry for this very upsetting situation and especially for those who were injured. Please know that we will do everything we can to make sure they receive the very best care and treatment and know that they are valued members of our team.

Currently, the Columbus Police Department (CPD) is investigating the accident. As soon as their investigation is complete, we will share an update. I would like to personally thank Dr. Andy Thomas, Mark Conselyea, Jackie Buck and the many other team members who were on the scene and at the hospital helping since this accident occurred.

Cc: Michael V. Drake, MD
President, The Ohio State University

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Homeless man's dogs standby at hospital door while he is treated

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:01

BRAZIL (WTHR) — A woman who says she is a nurse at a hospital in Brazil has posted a picture quickly going viral.

It shows four dogs standing at the hospital door, waiting for their owner.

According to the post he is a local man who is homeless and has the dogs as companions.

The woman says the man had even told him he had stopped eating so he could give the little bit of food he had to the dogs.

Cris says the way the dogs waited for him, you could see how much they love each other.

She ends by saying, "Oh, if everyone was like this... if there was no evil, mistreatment."

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Canal Winchester coach placed on leave, accused of alleged misconduct

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:09

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio - A Canal Winchester coach has been placed on leave following allegations of misconduct.

The Canal Winchester School District received information about allegations of inappropriate conduct involving a coach in the district.

According to a Canal Winchester spokesperson, the coach was immediately placed on leave pending the results of the investigation and is not a teacher in the district.

The school district released the following statement:

"The safety of our students is our first priority, and the district has made all required reports, will cooperate fully with law enforcement, and has begun its own investigation. We take the allegations seriously and will see this investigation to its full and complete conclusion. Because this is an ongoing legal investigation, and to comply with state and federal student privacy laws, we cannot provide further comment at this time. "

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Assistant Superintendent Kiya Hunt

This incident remains under investigation.

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Police: Teen kills himself at Indiana school during confrontation

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:42

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A teenage suspect killed himself inside an eastern Indiana middle school when he was confronted by police during a shooting Thursday morning, investigators said.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling said no other students or staff were injured during the shooting at Dennis Middle School in Richmond, which is near the Indiana-Ohio state line about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Indianapolis.

"Local police had received information and they reacted on that very swiftly, and I think because of their swift reaction and also the swift reaction at the school that no student injuries happened," Bowling said.

Bowling didn't detail what information was given to police, but he said officers are investigating at the school and another site.

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— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) December 13, 2018

Bowling said gunshots were fired during the incident, but he couldn't immediately confirm how many shots were fired or by whom. He said he also couldn't yet confirm whether the suspect was a student at the school or his age.

All students and staffers were safe following the shooting, said Bridget Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for Richmond Community Schools. She told the Palladium-Item that the suspect was the only person injured in the shooting.

Students from the school were being bused to Richmond High School for parents to pick them up.

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Seattle high schools find later start time improves academic performance

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:29

SEATTLE — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times.

Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also reported less daytime sleepiness, and grades improved.

The Seattle School District changed from a 7:50 a.m. start time to 8:45 a.m. in the fall of 2016 for high schools and most middle schools, joining dozens of other U.S. school districts adopting later starts to help sleep-deprived teens.

Teenagers' nightly sleep has decreased and most adolescents don't get the recommended nine hours. One culprit: Light from devices that many teens use to chat, post and scroll long after dark.

Franklin High School senior Hazel Ostrowski, who took part in the study, said sleeping later makes it easier to pay attention during class but she still struggles sometimes.

"I'll wake up so tired I wish I could go back to sleep. At night, I'll be on my phone and I just want to stay up," she said.

Researchers worked with science teachers at two high schools to find out if students got more sleep after the change or simply stayed up later. Over two years, they recruited 178 sophomores to wear wristwatch-like monitors for two weeks to track activity and light exposure. Results were published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

The scientists compared sleep habits of sophomores in spring 2016, before the change, to sleep habits of sophomores from spring 2017, after later start times went into effect.

Some measures held steady. Naps and weekend sleep schedules didn't change. On school nights, only a few students stayed up later, not enough to greatly budge the average.

What changed was wakeup time, with morning activity starting about 45 minutes later on school days. Combined with a slight shift to later bedtimes for a few, the average sleep duration increased by 34 minutes.

Put another way, morning wake-up time shifted from 6:24 a.m. to 7:08 a.m. Falling asleep shifted only a tad, from 11:27 p.m. to 11:38 p.m.

"Given all the pressures keeping our teenagers awake in the evening — screen time, social media — this is a great thing to see," said Horacio de la Iglesia, a University of Washington biology professor who led the study.

Digging deeper, researchers analyzed schoolwide data on first-period punctuality and attendance. Of the two high schools, the one in a more affluent area showed no difference year to year. But the school in a poorer area had less tardiness and fewer absences after the change, a hint that later start times could help with socioeconomic learning gaps, the researchers said.

Exam scores and other grades in the science classes increased year to year by a small margin, but the authors acknowledge that teachers' views on the later start time could have unconsciously boosted the grades they gave.

Most U.S. middle and high schools start before 8:30 a.m., contrary to an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation, said University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom, who studies the issue.

School districts resist, she said, because later start times disrupt bus schedules and sports practices, and rob parents of afternoon teenage babysitters to watch younger kids.

Prior studies relied on students recalling how much they slept. This was the largest to use a stronger measure, the wearable monitor, she said.

Bringing the research into classrooms made it a learning experience for students, Wahlstrom said, "a brilliant way to do it."

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Nationwide Children's Hospital helps teen recover after accident

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:22

Coby Seyfang is a senior at Miami Trace High School. He loves playing soccer and tennis and has even acted in his school's musicals. But everything changed one night this past August.

"One night I was in the car, on my way home from soccer practice," he remembers. "I don't even know what happened, but somehow I got into a wreck. By myself, thankfully. There was no one in the car, and there wasn't another car involved. But I just hit a tree and then flew across the road."

Coby spent 26 days in the hospital before transitioning to in-patient rehab at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"When we went to Children's," his mother Heather recalls, "he was basically laying in bed, not completely aware, only able to really move one leg and just starting to move an arm."

With the help of his doctors, therapists and nurses, Coby started making progress right away. "It was amazing to see how quickly they were sitting him up," his mother remembers. "We're gonna stand him up. We're gonna do, having him help dress. Putting on clothes every day. Brushing teeth. It was amazing I guess to watch how much they did with him."

Coby is now back home, and is doing outpatient therapy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He still has a long way to go, but his doctors and therapists are hopeful.

"I would like to thank everyone who has, like, prayed for me and supported me," says Coby, "because without them, I wouldn't be able to be where I am right now."

This holiday season, over 100,000 patients will visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Those patients will be cared for, regardless of their ability to pay for their care.

You can donate to help families in need by calling 614-469-10TV or donate online by clicking here.

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Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:22

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jackson's induction comes after her third time as nominee and many saw it as overdue, given her prowess as a hitmaker with "All For You," ''That's the Way Love Goes," ''Nasty," ''Together Again" and "What Have You Done For Me Lately."

Her career has suffered from the fallout after the infamous 2004 Super Bowl appearance where her bare breast was briefly exposed. Jackson became eligible for the rock hall in 2007 and wasn't nominated until 2016.

The Roots' Questlove, in a social media post earlier this year, said her exclusion had been "highly criminal." He cited the influence of her 1986 album "Control," which he said set off the New Jack Swing trend.

"This was no one's kid sister," he wrote.

It will be Nicks' second induction into the rock hall, since she's already there as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She launched a solo career in 1981 with her duet with the late Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Other hits followed, including "Edge of Seventeen," ''Stand Back" and "I Will Run to You."

Def Leppard earned more than half a million votes from fans, which are incorporated into more than 1,000 ballots from artists, historians, industry professionals and past winners in deciding who gets honored. The British heavy metal band with a pop sheen were huge sellers in the 1980s on the back of songs like "Photograph" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

Frontman Joe Elliott said he was initially ambivalent toward the honor until Jon Bon Jovi suggested it would change his life.

"When I look at the list of who's in, it's just obvious you'd want to be in that club, isn't it?" he told Billboard earlier this year. "When you think that every band that means anything in the world, starting from the Beatles and the Stones and any artist that influenced them — your Chuck Berrys, your Little Richards, etc., etc. — then of course you want to be in. Why wouldn't you?"

Def Leppard, Nicks and Roxy Music were voted in during their first years as nominees. Other 2019 nominees who didn't make the cut included LL Cool J, Devo, Rage Against the Machine, MC5, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk.

There's some question about whether Radiohead will shrug its collective shoulder as a nominee. The English band seemed like generic grunge rockers on their initial hit "Creep," but with the album "OK Computer" and beyond have become consistent sonic pioneers. Among its rock hall class, Radiohead has the most impact on the current music scene.

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood said "I don't care" when asked about the rock hall. Bandmate Ed O'Brien said, "culturally, I don't understand it. I think it might be a quintessentially American thing."

The Cure and frontman Robert Smith resist their initial label as goth rockers, champions of fans who like black makeup, black clothes and darkly romantic songs. They have a durable catalog of hits, including "Friday I'm in Love," ''Boys Don't Cry," ''Pictures of You" and "Let's Go to Bed."

Roxy Music came out of the 1970s progressive rock scene and had hits with "Love is the Drug" and "More Than This." Dapper member Bryan Ferry had a successful solo career and Brian Eno has been an influential producer.

The heyday of British rockers the Zombies' career was the 1960s, with big sellers "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season."

The hall will announce ticket sales for March's ceremony next month. HBO and SiriusXM will carry the event.

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As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:46

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office.

Both Michael Cohen and American Media Inc. now say they made hush money payments to a porn star and a Playboy Playmate for the purposes of helping his 2016 White House bid, an apparent campaign finance violation.

The women alleged affairs with Trump, and federal prosecutors say the payments were made at Trump's direction.

The admissions by Cohen and AMI conflict with Trump's own evolving explanations. Since the spring, Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to saying they would have been private transactions that weren't illegal.

Though prosecutors have implicated Trump in a crime, they haven't directly accused him of one, and it's not clear that they could bring charges against a sitting president even if they want to because of Justice Department protocol.

Nonetheless, Trump's changing explanations have clouded the public understanding of what occurred and are running head-on into facts agreed to by prosecutors, AMI and Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other crimes and was sentenced on Wednesday.

"You now have a second defendant or group of defendants saying that these payments were made for the primary purpose of influencing the election, and that it was done in coordination with Trump and his campaign," said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.

Trump's first explanation of the payment that would eventually help lead Cohen to a three-year prison sentence came at 35,000 feet over West Virginia.

Returning to Washington on Air Force One, Trump on April 6 for the first time answered questions about the reports of $130,000 in hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, issuing a blanket denial to reporters while saying they would "have to ask Michael Cohen."

Three days later, the FBI raided Cohen's office, seizing records on topics including the payment to Daniels. Furious, Trump called the raid a "disgrace" and said the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office. He also tweeted that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

The raid was overseen by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and arose from a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference. At the time, Cohen said he took out a personal line of credit on his home to pay Daniels days before the 2016 election without Trump's knowledge.

Later that month in a free-wheeling "Fox & Friends" interview, Trump acknowledged that Cohen represented him in the "crazy Stormy Daniels deal."

In May, Trump and his attorneys began saying Cohen received a monthly retainer from which he made payments for nondisclosure agreements like the one with Daniels. In a series of tweets, Trump said those agreements are "very common among celebrities and people of wealth" and "this was a private agreement."

People familiar with the investigation say Cohen secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal two months before the election. On the tape, Cohen is heard saying that he needed to start a company "for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David," a possible reference to David Pecker, Trump's friend and president of AMI.

When Cohen began to discuss financing, Trump interrupted him and asked, "What financing?"

"We'll have to pay," Cohen responded.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that AMI acknowledged making one of those payments "in concert" with the Trump campaign to protect him from a story that could have hurt his candidacy. The company avoided prosecution under a deal with prosecutors.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to Daniels and McDougal to influence the election. That next day, Trump argued that making the payments wasn't a crime and that the matter was a civil dispute, then took a swipe at his former employee.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" he tweeted.

Earlier this week, Trump compared his situation to one involving President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. The Federal Election Commission, which typically handles smaller campaign finance violations, where the actions aren't willful, with civil penalties that are typically fines, docked the Obama campaign $375,000 for regulatory civil violations. The fines stemmed from the campaign's failure to report a batch of contributions, totaling nearly $1.9 million, on time in the final days of the campaign.

But legal analysts said the accusations against Trump could amount to a felony because they revolve around an alleged conspiracy to conceal payments from campaign contribution reports - and from voters. It's unclear what federal prosecutors in New York will decide to do if they conclude that there is evidence that Trump himself committed a crime.

The Justice Department, in opinions issued by its Office of Legal Counsel, has said a sitting president cannot be indicted because a criminal case would interfere with the duties of the commander in chief. Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, and with Mueller's office, would presumably be bound by that legal guidance unless the Justice Department were to nullify the opinions.

Politically, Trump's shifting claims could harm his credibility with voters, but legally they may not make much of a difference.

"It's not clear to me that he's made any false statements in legal documents that could open him to liability for perjury," Hasen said.

For the payments themselves to be a crime rather than a civil infraction, prosecutors would need to show that Trump knew that what he was doing was wrong when he directed Cohen to pay the women and that he did so with the goal of benefiting his campaign.

Trump has not yet laid out a detailed defense, though he could conceivably argue that the payments were made not for the purposes of advancing his campaign but rather to prevent sex stories from emerging that would be personally humiliating to him and harm his marriage.

That argument was advanced by former Sen. John Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, in a similar campaign finance case that went to trial. But that may be tougher for Trump than it was for Edwards given the proximity of the president's payment to the election — timing that, on its face, suggests a link between the money and his political ambitions.

Still, the cases aren't always easy, as proven by the 2012 trial of Edwards. Jurors acquitted Edwards on one charge of accepting illegal campaign contributions, but couldn't reach a verdict on the five remaining counts including conspiracy and making false statements. Prosecutors elected not to retry Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and a candidate for president in 2004 and 2008.

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Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:18

NEW YORK — Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening.

"I'm not sure if you've heard, but I've been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for officially validating my hope credentials," Obama said during his remarks.

The organization's president, Kerry Kennedy, presented the award, which celebrates leaders "who have demonstrated a commitment to social change." Past recipients include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and Robert De Niro.

"If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same. It's easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a fool's game," Obama said.

"When our leaders are content on making up whatever facts they want, a lot of people have begun to doubt the notion of common ground," Obama said. "Bobby Kennedy's life reminds us to reject such cynicism."

Also honored with Ripple of Hope Awards were New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav and Humana CEO Bruce Broussard. Speakers included actors Alec Baldwin, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard and journalist Tom Brokaw.

This year also marks the 50 anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's campaign for the White House.

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Officer dies in crash during chase in southern Indiana

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:14

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — Authorities say a 33-year-old police officer has died after crashing while chasing a man who allegedly fled a traffic stop in southern Indiana.

State police say Charlestown Officer Benton Bertram tried to stop a car for a traffic violation Wednesday night near the Clark County community and the driver fled into Scott County. During the chase, the officer's vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the front yard of a home.

Police say Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later found the car and arrested the suspected driver, 35-year-old Benjamin Eads of Freedom. Eads faces preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement causing death and auto theft. Court records don't list a lawyer for Eads.

Bertram was a 9-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.

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Judge appoints classified info officer in terrorism case

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:49

DAYTON, Ohio — A judge has appointed a classified information security officer in the case of an Ohio man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with an Islamic State-affiliated group.

Defendant Naser Almadaoji pleaded not guilty Nov. 8 to a federal charge of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The government has accused the Iraqi-born U.S. citizen of arranging to move through Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, where he intended to train with a group called ISIS Wilayat Khorasan.

Federal Judge Walter Rice on Wednesday appointed the officer, a frequent occurrence in terrorism-related cases. Rice also set the trial for Sept. 16, 2019.

The government has said Almadaoji unsuccessfully tried to join a terrorist group after traveling to Egypt and Jordan in February.

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Former Ohio officer convicted in sex case involving teen sentenced

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:36

HAMILTON, Ohio — A former Ohio police officer found guilty of soliciting sex from a teenage girl while he was an officer has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

A Butler County judge sentenced former Colerain Township police officer Robert Brinkman on Wednesday and ordered him to register as a sex offender. The 31-year-old Liberty Township man pleaded guilty in October to charges of importuning and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities say Monroe police were contacted in July by a mother about messages her 13-year-old daughter received via Snapchat in which Brinkman requested the teen send him sexual or revealing photos.

Brinkman apologized Wednesday to the girl's family and his ex-wife for his "poor decision."

Defense attorney Brad Kraemer said Brinkman has alcohol abuse problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:59

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass Thursday at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing nine people and injuring dozens, officials said.

The 6:30 a.m. train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was checking the tracks at the capital's small Marsandiz station, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan told reporters after inspecting the site. The high-speed train, which the Anadolu Agency said was carrying 206 passengers, usually passes through that station without stopping.

At least two cars derailed, hitting the station's overpass, which then collapsed onto the train. Three engine drivers and six passengers were killed in the crash, Turhan said. One passenger died after being hospitalized while the others were killed at the scene.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 84 other people had sought medical help after the crash.

Television footage showed emergency services working to rescue passengers from wrangled cars and debris. Hurriyet newspaper said sniffer dogs assisted efforts to find survivors. Turhan said later no one else was believed to be trapped.

It wasn't immediately clear if a signaling problem caused the crash. Authorities detained three state railway employees over suspected negligence and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a thorough investigation.

Passenger Ayse Ozyurt told the IHA news agency that the accident occurred 12 minutes after the train left the main station and that it had not yet gained its maximum speed.

"The train was not fast at that time yet," she said. "Suddenly, there was a frightening breakage ... and the train was off the rail."

Konya, about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of Ankara, is home to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting thousands of pilgrims and tourists. The crash occurred during an annual week of remembrance for Rumi, when many travel to Konya to watch Whirling Dervishes, members of a Sufi sect, perform.

Turkey has had a raft of train crashes this year.

In July, 24 people were killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey after torrential rains caused a section of the tracks to collapse. Last month, 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Turkey's central province of Sivas.

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Report finds nearly half of U.S. adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:55

Research from and Cornell University shows 113 million adults in the U.S., or 45 percent, have had an immediate family member incarcerated for at least one night, and minorities are disproportionately affected. One in seven adults have had a family member locked up for more than a year. The U.S. continues to incarcerate more people than any other country in the world — nearly 6.5 million adults have a family member currently in jail or prison.

"Look across our country, you'd see a trending pattern that lock up too many folks for non-violent offenses," said advocate Carlton Miller. "We are sending folks back to jail for technical violations, on parole, on probation, and as a result, those individuals are sent back to prison and they're being sent to prison for longer sentences."

The report finds incarceration rates are far higher for minorities. Black Americans are 50 percent more likely than white Americans to have a family member who is incarcerated.

Nearly 54 percent of incarcerated parents were primary breadwinners for their families. The report defines "immediate family member" as a parent, child, sibling, partner or spouse.

"The emotional toll that it takes on families, the financial toll, it's devastating and it's causing families to lose much of their income," Miller said.

Fines and fees starting with bail can be the first of many expenses families face, including court fees, expenses to visit prison and the overall loss of income. But once someone leaves prison, financial hardships continue.

"The evidence shows that within 72 hours of an individual leaving prison, that is a critical period," Miller said. "They need to have an ability to find housing, secure a job, have a game plan so that when they get out, they can be able to take care of their children, be able to be the breadwinners for their families and often provide an opportunity to better their communities."

The toll for families extends beyond finances. The report also finds incarceration can lead to family separations, increased risk of health issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as a lack of support for those struggling with substance abuse.

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Army veteran saves 5-year-old girl with leukemia with bone marrow donation

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:52

Mike Laureano served eight years in the Army National Guard, with a tour in Iraq from 2009 to 2010, but he didn't stop saving lives when he returned home. In 2014, he was walking to class at Wilmington University when he stumbled upon a Be The Match sign-up table and the organization piqued his interest.

"They told me exactly what the organization did, how they assisted individuals who have blood disorders and may be in need of bone marrow or blood platelet donations, and just how easy it was to sign up," he told CBS News. "So, that's what I did. I signed up right on the spot. It was just a cheek swab and I went on my way to class."

Laureano says, in the back of his mind, he always hoped he would match someone. However, he knew that the chances of doing so were slim because his mother had been on the registry for 25 years without a match.

Yet almost a year to the day after he signed up, Mike got the call.

"I actually missed the call the first time," he recalled. "So they left me a voicemail and said, 'Hey, this is Lee from Be The Match. I'm just calling because you signed up at our donor registration about a year ago. You are a potential match for a little girl with leukemia. If you'd like to move forward and get more information, give us a call back. Here's my number.'"

And that's exactly what he did.

"At the time, she was only 4 or 5. And immediately, through my head, I was like, 'Oh my God,'" he told CBS News. "I had a niece who was a little bit older and I'm like, she hasn't really lived at this point. She hasn't been able to grow up, you know, go on adventures. So, anything I could do really."

Mike went in for additional testing and learned he was a perfect match. So, a few months later, he was back in the hospital in Delaware, donating bone marrow for a little girl he had never met, more than 2,000 miles away in Utah.

My thought process behind it was, you know, because of how low the chances were to match with somebody, that it just had to be," he told CBS News of the serendipity that he believes brought him and little Adriana Aviles together.

"You could be the potential cure and the potential match for someone across the world," he says. "And you never know. For me personally, we are expecting our first child and, now that I'm going to have my own child, I can only think I would do anything for them to have a healthy life."

Thousands of miles away, Adriana's mother – who also would have done anything to give her child a healthy life – was itching to thank Laureano in person. However, donors and recipients aren't permitted to have any contact for at least a year after the surgery. Then, if both parties agree, the organization will share names. And as soon as that happened, she reached out in full force.

"It was about 5 in the morning," recalled Laureano. "I remember clearly because I woke up. I looked at my phone and I had a bazillion messages from this woman I didn't know, saying, 'Hey, if this is you, this is the little girl you saved.'"

They arranged a reunion for Mike and Adriana. And the little girl broke into tears of gratitude before her hero even arrived.

"She may not know exactly what cancer is, but she knows that she was sick and she knows that, without this surgery, without the donation, she may not be here," says Laureano.

It's a heartwarming example of an American helping out a total stranger, and in doing so, inspiring millions more. Mike's act of generosity has now gone viral and Be The Match has started using a custom registration link to track all the people who have been so inspired by Mike and Adriana's story that they too have signed up for the bone marrow registry. As of the date of this article publishing, that number is nearly 1,100.

"I think everyone always thinks of what mark they're going to leave, you know, when they pass," says Laureano. "And I think just being able to truly make an impact – not only in Adriana's life, but... the amount of individuals who have signed up to be donors and go on the registry – it's breathtaking."

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Del Monte recalls more than 60,000 cases of Fiesta Corn due to contamination

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:45

Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers. They say the canned goods could be under-processed and could lead to life-threatening illness if eaten.

The products affected are 15.25 ounce cans with UPC label: 24000 02770.

The "Best if Used By" dates stamped on the bottom will be one of the following:

  • August 14, 2021
  • August 15, 2021
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Apple announces plan to build $1 billion campus in Texas

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:42

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple says it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.

The company statement early Thursday says it also plans to establish locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, with more than 1,000 employees at each.

The tech giant based in Cupertino, California, says the new campus in Austin will start with 5,000 employees and provide jobs covering engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales and customer support. It will be less than a mile from existing Apple facilities.

Austin already is home to more than 6,000 Apple employees, representing the largest population of its workers outside of its headquarters.

"Apple has been a vital part of the Austin community for a quarter century, and we are thrilled that they are deepening their investment in our people and the city we love," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler in the statement.

The company also announced plans to expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado over the next three years.

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Ohio's first medical marijuana dispensary approved to open

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:42

State regulators have given the green light to the first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio.

Officials announced Wednesday CY+, located in the village of Wintersville, is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation.

Wintersville is located about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Steubenville.

The dispensary will not be able to sell medical marijuana until their products are tested at state-certified testing labs.

None of the five labs that have provisional medical marijuana licenses in the state have been approved to start testing.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Hocking College's lab will have its final inspection Dec. 18.

If it passes, lab director Jonathan Cachat says there could be a small amount of marijuana buds for sale by the year's end.

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Holiday tradition goes beyond bringing cheer to patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For many at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the holidays can be a tough time. Staff there want to help those patients both heal and enjoy the magic that the season brings.

One of the ways workers in the inpatient rehabilitation unit do that is by making Christmas cookies with a few of the patients, like Jana, who enjoys baking in her spare time at home.

“I’m really determined to learn how to do some of the [exercises] and so I can do more on my own, I guess,” Jana said. “I like to learn.”

Patients come to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital inpatient rehabilitation unit to work on the skills needed to get back to their everyday lives.

In occupational therapy, patients often work with their hands on fine motor skills, according to a therapist with the hospital.

Making cookies is a great way to do that because it requires using the hands and strengthening the fine motor skills they work on. Baking cookies proved to do just that for Jana.

“I was a little tired before but doing this is more fun and I think I have a break after this so that will be good,” she said.

Most patients spend about two to four weeks in the unit.

This holiday season, over 100,000 patients will visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Those patients will be cared for, regardless of their ability to pay for their care.

You can donate to help families in need by calling 614-469-10TV or donate online by clicking here.

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3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 19:24

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.

The three were located Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal's Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek, the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said in a statement.

The statement didn't indicate their conditions. It said crews were working to bring them to the surface for transportation to a hospital.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office had identified them as Kayla Williams, 25, of Artie; Erica Treadway, 31, of Pax; and Cody Beverly, 21, of Dorothy. They'd been missing since Saturday. An abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding was found near the mine entrance.

On Monday night, 43-year-old Eddie Williams of Artie walked out of the mine.

It's unknown whether Kayla and Eddie Williams are related. It's also unclear why they were at the mine or what condition they were in.

Crews had used fans to move fresh air into the mine while pumps cleared some standing water inside the mine but the water levels remained too high and hampered search efforts.

According to the mine safety office, coal has not been mined at the underground location for two years.

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