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Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:01

LOS ANGELES — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The video shows the man crossing a railing last week and sneaking up on two hippos, Rosie and Mara. He smacks Rosie on the rear and her mother lifts her head as the man runs off and raises his arms in gesture of victory.

Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock tells the Los Angeles Times that any unauthorized interaction with an animal is unsafe for the animal and potentially unsafe for the person.

Spurlock says state law prohibits entering zoo enclosures. The zoo has posted a "No Trespassing" sign on the exhibit for the first time.

Police told the newspaper they're investigating the case as trespassing because the hippo didn't appear to be injured.

Could you ever be this bold to slap a #hippo butt? #STLA#whodidthat #ikyfl #couldyou #daredevil #zoomchallenge pic.twitter.com/AC934unLax

— SomethingToLaughAt (@SomeToLaughAt) August 7, 2018

Categories: Ohio News

J.C. Penney hosting hiring event to fill 800 jobs in Columbus

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:58

J.C. Penney is looking to hire approximately 800 people to fill a variety of positions in Columbus.

The company is hosting a hiring event Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at the JC Penney Distribution Center at 5555 Scarborough Blvd.

According to a press release, management will be hosting in-person interviews and making employment offers to candidates on-the-spot.

Job opportunities include positions in the general warehouse, shipping, receiving, order filling, packing and bin replenishment.

People are encouraged to apply online at jcpcareers.com prior to the event.

Categories: Ohio News

Police investigating after boy left on daycare bus in northwest Columbus

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A young child was left on a daycare bus outside a movie theater in northwest Columbus, according to police.

Officers were called to 2570 Bethel Road Tuesday afternoon when someone heard a boy crying on a bus from The Learning Center outside the Carriage Place movie theater.

When officers arrived, the boy was off the bus and being checked by paramedics.

Officers on the scene tell 10TV they are taking an incident report and the boy is expected to be OK.

It is unclear if there will be any charges filed in this incident.

10TV has reached out to The Learning Center for a comment. We have not heard back.

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Two 17-year-olds turn themselves in, admit to defacing Lancaster mural

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:22

LANCASTER -- According to a police report from the Lancaster police department, a pair of 17-year-old boys turned themselves in, admitting to defacing a mural with racist and homophobic words and images.

The report states that one of the boys turned himself in Monday evening and the other did shortly thereafter. Charges are being forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor.

The mural, designed to promote harmony and togetherness in Lancaster, is located underneath a bridge near a grocery store.

The artwork is only three months old and was painted and designed by Lancaster artist, Remo Remoquillo.

"It was shocking!", said Peggy Mahler, secretary for the Fairfield Heritage Trail Association, who played a big role in making sure the mural was painted.

City workers spent Monday morning cleaning the mural. It was cleaned and power washed by early afternoon.

Mahler says the important message is that artwork is replaceable, but hatred is not welcomed in Lancaster.

"It can always be fixed. But the attitudes need some improvement," she said.

Categories: Ohio News

Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:29

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.

Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. Moore had been sentenced to death for killing two cab drivers in Omaha in 1979. He was the first inmate to be lethally injected in Nebraska, which last carried out an execution in 1997, using the electric chair.

Witnesses said that there appeared to be no complications in the execution process, which also was the first time a state used four drugs in combination.

At one point while on the gurney, Moore turned his head and mouthed several words to his family, including "I love you."

In his final written statement , Moore admitted: "I am guilty." But he said there are others on Nebraska's death row who he believes are innocent and he said they should be released.

"How might you feel if your loved one was innocent and on death row?" Moore asked.

Moore's execution comes a little more than three years after Nebraska lawmakers abolished the death penalty, only to have it reinstated the following year through a citizen ballot drive partially financed by Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The governor, a wealthy former businessman, has said he was fulfilling the wishes of voters in the conservative state.

The Nebraska drug protocol called for an initial IV dose of diazepam, commonly known as Valium, to render the inmate unconscious, followed by the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, then cisatracurium besylate to induce paralysis and stop the inmate from breathing and potassium chloride to stop the heart. After each injection, prison officials sent saline through the IV to flush out any residue and ensure all the drugs had entered the inmate's system.

Diazepam and cisatracurium also had never been used in executions before.

According to prosecutors, Moore was 21 when he fatally shot Reuel Van Ness during a robbery with his younger brother, and used the money to buy drugs and pornography. Moore fatally shot Maynard Helgeland by himself five days later, saying he wanted to prove he could take a man's life by himself. Moore was arrested a week later. He was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, while his 14-year-old brother was convicted of second-degree murder.

In his statement, Moore also apologized to his brother, who was with him during the 1979 robbery and murder of Van Ness.

"I should (have) led him in the right way to go instead of bringing him down, way down," Moore said of his brother.

Moore had faced execution dates set by the Nebraska Supreme Court seven times since he was convicted, but each was delayed because of legal challenges and questions over whether previous lethal injection drugs were purchased legally. For some relatives of Moore's victims, that was far too long — and they hope his name and crimes will finally vanish from headlines.

"We're sick of hearing about Carey Dean Moore," Steve Helgeland, one of Maynard Helgeland's three children, said ahead of the execution.

Helgeland said the numerous delays in executing Moore had left him ambivalent about whether his father's killer dies by lethal injection or spends the rest of his life in prison. Helgeland said he plans to be present at the prison for the execution to honor his father's memory, but that he won't witness it.

"There was a point in my life when I probably would have pulled the switch myself, but 39 years has a way of dissipating your anger," he said.

A Germany-based drugmaker tried to halt the execution last week, filing a lawsuit that alleged the state had illegally procured at least one of the company's drugs. The company, Fresenius Kabi, argued that allowing the execution to go forward would harm its reputation and business relationships.

But a federal judge sided with state attorneys , who argued that the public's interest in carrying out a lawful execution outweighed the company's concerns. The judge also noted that Moore had stopped fighting the state's efforts to execute him.

A federal appeals court upheld that ruling Monday, and Fresenius Kabi decided not to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Categories: Ohio News

$10M multi-level eSports stadium planned for Planet Oasis

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:17

DELAWARE COUNTY -- Artificial intelligence, 8k projection and virtual reality are among the attractions planned for an eSports stadium at Planet Oasis.

Blue Horseshoe Ventures, Ltd. announced the $10M project on Monday. A 30,000 square-foot multi-level, multi-use arena is expected to be built.

"When the community sees what we have planned and the entertainment resources involved, let's just say eSports will make Columbus a destination for fans, millennials, gamers and their families," said Jeffrey Schoonover, who is spearheading the project. "This is truly the next generation in emerging sports and entertainment. We are creating an attraction that offers a unique experience, but most importantly, we want to create a home for the gaming community in the midwest."

They plan to host competitive gaming with a competition stage, giant LED wall and a network TV-quality production studio.

In June, developers announced a plan for a $2B entertainment park at the intersection of I-71 and SR 36/37 in Delaware County.

Categories: Ohio News

Victory Fridges installed in Cleveland bars awaiting Browns first regular season win

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:28

Loyal Browns fans, your moment might be closer than you think.

Bud Light is the first to jump on board and reward the fans that have stuck by a team that has won just one regular season game in the last two seasons.

Though it’s been a long, hard road for the Browns – and, really, their fans – the marketing team at Anheuser-Busch via twitter that victory fridges will be installed at some bars in the Cleveland area.

The tweet states “You’ve stood by us through it all. We love you for it, and so does @budlight. These special fridges will unlock celebratory beers when we get our first regular season ‘W’. #victoryfridge”

So if you can’t be in the stadium – and let’s face it, there are plenty of good seats still available according to Stubhub.com, camp out at a select Cleveland bar … and wait for your moment.

Categories: Ohio News

Zach Smith never told Urban Meyer about 2013 DUI arrest, attorney says

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:23

Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public, was arrested for suspected drunken driving in 2013 but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Documents obtained by The Toledo Blade showed Smith was stopped for speeding in Dublin in the early hours of Feb. 23, 2013. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and declining to take a blood-alcohol test.

In April 2013, Smith pleaded guilty to an amended charge of failure to control and paid a $375 fine.

“Zach’s case was quickly reduced based upon the lack of evidence that he was noticeably impaired,” Smith's attorney Brad Koffel said in a statement.

Koffel said Smith attended a 72-hour alcohol intervention program and no follow-up counseling was recommended.

Smith’s attorney also said his client never told Urban Meyer about the arrest.

"Much like his 2018 criminal trespass case filed against him by his ex-wife, Zach chose to deal with it on his own and not involve the university or athletic department,” Koffel said.

Smith was fired on July 23. The university is investigating coach Urban Meyer's handling of the domestic abuse allegations against Smith. Smith has never been criminally charged.

Categories: Ohio News

Girls fight back, throw hot coffee on man trying to abduct them

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:04

MILLINGTON, Mich. — Police say girls threw hot coffee and fought to stop a man who was trying to abduct them.

The girls, who range in age from 11 to 14, were leaving a convenience store in Millington, Michigan, on Monday night when they told police 22-year-old Bruce Hipkins grabbed the youngest around the head and said she was coming with him.

The three other girls threw hot coffee on Hipkins and kicked and hit him until he let the girl go.

"My sister's friend just kept hitting, kicking, and scratching him and I just kept hitting him too," 11-year-old Allison Eickhoff told CBS affiliate WNEM-TV.

Then police say he grabbed another girl by her hair and the others renewed their attack until he released their friend.

According to WNEM-TV, police confirmed Hipkins has developmental disabilities.

While shaken up, Allison said she's glad she fought for her life.

"I'm mad but I want him to get the help he needs," Eickhoff said.

Hipkins has been charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and other charges. His bond has been set at $250,000.

Categories: Ohio News

Omarosa reveals audio of Trump campaign aides allegedly discussing potential fallout of N-word

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:24

President Trump says former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newmanlied when she called him a racist who has said the N-word on tape. The president tweeted Monday night, "I don't have that word in my vocabulary and never have. She made it up." But a new recording, obtained by CBS News overnight, seems to back up Omarosa's story that several Trump advisers discussed an alleged tape during the 2016 campaign.

Trump campaign advisers denied on Monday that any conversations took place. CBS News has not been able to verify the authenticity of the recording - though it appears to confirm Omarosa's claims that Trump campaign officials were aware of a tape in which then-candidate Trump uses a racial slur, and they talked about how to handle it.

During her whirlwind book tour, former White House aide Omarosa claimed to have heard tape of President Trump using the N-word during his time on "The Apprentice."

In her new book, "Unhinged," Omarosa claims the Trump campaign was aware of the existence of the tape. She describes an October 2016 phone conversation with Lynne Patton, then-assistant to Eric Trump, spokesperson Katrina Pierson and campaign communications director Jason Miller in which they discuss how to deal with the potential fallout from its release.

"I am trying to find at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it," Pierson is heard saying.

Patton then described a conversation she had with then-candidate Trump about making the slur.

Patton: "I said, 'Well, sir, can you think of anytime where this happened?' And he said, 'no.'"

Omarosa: "Well, that is not true."

Patton: "He goes, how do you think I should handle it and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about. And he said, well, why don't you just go ahead and put it to bed."

Pierson: "He said. No, he said it. He is embarrassed by it."

Appearing on Fox News Monday night before the release of the audio, Pierson denied the call ever took place saying, "No, Ed (Henry). That did not happen. Sounds like she is writing a script for a movie."

The White House and Trump campaign have not provided responses to this new development and neither have Pierson or Patton, who denied the existence of the call in a tweet Monday night and called Omarosa's book a "work of fiction." It should be pointed out that during the time of the call, the participants said they had not actually heard the tape.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus Police looking for missing 12-year-old girl

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 05:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police is searching for a high risk missing 12-year-old girl.

Shantell R Taylor was last seen Monday around 7 p.m. in the area of South 18th Street and East Kossuth Street in southeast Columbus.

Taylor is 5'2", 138 pounds with brown eyes and black hair with a short afro.

She was last seen wearing a lime green t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact the Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

Categories: Ohio News

Highway bridge collapses in Italy, cars plunge 260 feet

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 05:16

MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway between Italy and France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 262 feet into a heap of rubble below.

Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state TV that some 20 vehicles had been involved in the collapse. She said two people had been pulled alive from vehicles in the rubble that fell into an industrial area below the bridge and were being transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Italian media reported deaths in the tragedy, but Maria Luisa Catalano, a police official in Genoa, said authorities were focused on rescue efforts and did not yet know the number of victims or injured.

The private broadcaster Sky TG24 said a 200-meter (over 650-foot) section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone. Firefighters told The Associated Press they were worried about gas lines exploding in the area from the collapse.

Photos published by ANSA on its website showed a huge gulf between two sections of the bridge.

Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh God! Oh, God!" Other images showed a green truck that had stopped just short of the gaping hole in the bridge. The tires of a tractor trailor could be seen in the rubble.

Italy's transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, called the collapse "an enormous tragedy."

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said some 200 firefighters were responding to the accident.

"We are following minute by minute the situation of the bridge collapse in Genoa," Salvini said on Twitter.

The disaster occurred on a highway that connects Italy to France and other vacation resorts on the eve of a major Italian holiday on Wednesday, Ferragosto. Traffic would have been heavier than usual as many Italians traveled to beaches or mountains.

The Morandi Bridge is a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 highway that goes toward France and the A7 highway that continues north toward Milan. Inaugurated in 1967, it is 90 meters (295 feet) high, just over a kilometer (.6 miles) long, with the longest section between supports measuring 200 meters (over 650 feet).

ANSA said authorities suspected that a structural weakness caused the collapse on Tuesday.

Categories: Ohio News

Report warns of significant rise in mosquito "disease danger days" in U.S.

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:57

As global temperatures continue to rise, the number of mosquito "disease danger days" is increasing across much of the United States, representing a greater risk for transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, according to a new report.

Among the many consequences of climate change is a shift in the pattern, incidence and location of insect-borne diseases, including those spread by the bites of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. These diseases pose a significant public health risk and can have deadly consequences, warns the report published by Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science.

While a variety of mosquitoes are found throughout the U.S., the researchers focused on two species: Culex and Aedes (encompassing both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). These mosquitoes both transmit West Nile virus while Aedes mosquitoes also transmit other dangerous viruses, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and Yellow Fever.

To determine the role temperature is playing in disease transmission from mosquitoes, researchers from Climate Central analyzed the number of days each year in the spring, summer and fall with an average temperature between 61 degrees and 93 degrees Fahrenheit from 1970 to 2017. This temperature is considered the range for transmission of the diseases spread by Aedes and Culex mosquitoes.

Out of the 244 cities the researchers analyzed, 94 percent are seeing an increase in the number of "disease danger days," or days indicating a heightened risk for disease transmission.

The top 10 cities with the biggest change in the number of disease danger days since 1970 include:

  1. Reno, NV
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Santa Maria, CA
  4. Las Cruces, NM
  5. El Paso, TX
  6. Tucson, AZ
  7. Helena, MT
  8. Erie, PA
  9. Fresno, CA​
  10. Bluefield, VA

Health impacts of climate change

This is not the first report to warn about the about the impact of climate change on diseases caused by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas (also called vectors).

In a 2017 report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, an organization representing 500,000 clinical practitioners aimed at taking action against climate change, Dr. Nitin Damle, the former president of the American College of Physicians, shared that over the past five years, his practice has seen a significant rise in tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease and other infections.

"Those blacklegged ticks, the carriers of Lyme disease, thrive in warm, muggy weather," Damle wrote. "In my home state of Rhode Island, where winters have gotten warmer and shorter, these tiny, sesame seed-sized insects have more time to bite humans and spread Lyme disease. Tick season used to be relegated to summer; it now spans spring and autumn. And this isn't limited to the typical tick hotspot states."

Another 2017 report, entitled The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, also warns that seasonal patterns and warming are expected to not only lead to earlier seasonal tick activity but may also speed up mosquito biting rates, accelerate the mosquito life cycle and decrease the time needed for an infected mosquito to transmit West Nile Virus.

And earlier this year, the CDC reported that the number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites has tripled in the United States over the last 13 years, though the report also does not specifically mention climate change or global warming as factors.

How to protect yourself from vector-borne diseases

Along with tackling the causes of global warming to mitigate its health consequences, experts are calling on government officials to take steps to reduce the spread of illnesses by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Researchers say state and local officials should build and sustain public health programs that test for and track vector-borne diseases, train vector control staff appropriately, and educate the public on how best to prevent bites and control the spread of germs by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas in their communities.

On a daily basis, everyone can help keep their families safe by:

  • Using an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Treating outdoor gear, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks.
  • Taking steps to control ticks and fleas on pets.
  • Taking steps to control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas inside and outside your home, including using screens on windows and air conditioning when available. Once a week, empty out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.
Categories: Ohio News

Cincinnati officer shoots, kills dog attacking other dog

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:46

Cincinnati police say an officer shot and killed a dog that attacked another dog in a park.

WCPO-TV reports the incident happened Monday evening in Eden Park. Lt. Steve Saunders says the dog, which wasn't on a leash, attacked a dog that was walking with its owner. Police say the officer shot the attacking dog after trying to use a Taser to slow it down.

No people were injured during the incident.

Police say both owners are cooperating with the investigation.

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Ohio Museum seeks to buy president's life insurance application

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:34

The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Ohio has launched an online fundraiser to buy a life insurance policy application filed by the former president more than five years before his assassination.

The Repository in Canton reports the museum is seeking $4,750 through GoFundMe to purchase the document for its permanent collection.

McKinley's handwritten application for a $50,000 life insurance policy is dated July 30, 1896. It contains information about the ages and deaths of his grandparents, as well as his claim that he never consumed alcohol or took tobacco or other drugs in excess.

The museum in Canton has collected more than $1,800 since the fundraiser was launched in late July. It will have to seek other funds if it doesn't meet the goal by Aug. 15.

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Firefighter dies battling massive fire in Northern California, officials say

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:20

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season.

Meanwhile, a firefighter died Monday battling a massive blaze in Northern California -- the sixth fatality in a matter of weeks.

State fire officials didn't immediately provide details of the death, which occurred north of San Francisco where the largest fire in recorded state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has been burning since July 27.

Mendocino Complex Fatality 8.13.18 #mendocinocomplex @MendoSheriff @MendocinoNF @LakeCoSheriffCA @GlennCountyOES @CAL_FIRE pic.twitter.com/ZipRF0vhzV

— CAL FIRE Mendocino (@CALFIRE_MEU) August 14, 2018

CBS Sacramento reports that the firefighter was the first recorded fatality from the Mendocino Complex. Two other firefighters had previously been injured fighting the fire.

Two other wildfires in Northern California have claimed five other firefighters and six other lives.

In Montana, Glacier's Sprague Creek campground was closed and evacuated, a day after a fast-moving fire triggered the evacuation of dozens of guests from the historic Lake McDonald Lodge late Sunday night.

Park officials said in a statement that structures on the north end of Lake McDonald were lost, but they did not provide details on the number and type. The fire grew to between 2 and 4 square miles by Monday afternoon.

"It just completely exploded. Yesterday we were watching it grow all day, and now it's so smoky you can't see anything," said Kyersten Siebenaler with Glacier Outfitters, which rents boats in Apgar, a small community at the south end of the lake.

The outfitting company was trying to help tourists who evacuated find places to stay on the east side of the park, where it was not as smoky, Siebenaler said.

A second campground, a motel and private residences inside the park's boundary also were evacuated. A 30-mile stretch of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed to traffic. The road, with breathtaking views of the park's mountainous interior, is a major draw for tourists.

Triple-digit temperatures across parts of the state -- paired with lightning from passing thunderstorms -- set the stage for several new large fires to take hold in Montana in recent days.

Among them was a 3-square-mile fire that triggered an evacuation order for residents of 15 houses southwest of the town of Ennis, Montana. The fire was burning in challenging mountain terrain with a mix of pine, fir and spruce trees, said fire information spokesman Dave Sabo.

Montana had a slow start to this year's fire season following a record-setting 2017 in which more than 2,400 square miles burned. This year's fires so far have charred a combined 30 square miles of the state.

Deadly wildfire burns Northern California

In Colorado, a wildfire in the southwestern portion of the state ignited by lightning July 29 had burned across 34 square miles by Monday.

Wildfires flare up regularly at many of the large national parks that dot the U.S. West, often burning in densely-forested, backcountry areas where their effects are limited. This year's blazes threaten to have a magnified impact coming at the height of the summer tourist season.

More than 400,000 visitors last month passed through the west entrance of Glacier, near McDonald Lake. That was almost half the park's total. August is typically just as busy, and a protracted shutdown of part of the park could hurt the tourist-driven local economy.

"We're hoping this is short-lived," said Danny McIntosh, marketing manager for Glacier Park Collection by Pursuit, which operates Motel Lake McDonald. McIntosh said all of the guests in the motel's 28 rooms were relocated to other accommodations run by the company.

Yosemite was scheduled to reopen Tuesday after being largely closed since July 25 because of smoke from fires in remote areas that choked the scenic Yosemite Valley.

The closure caused upheaval for thousands of tourists whose summer trips were cancelled. Visitors were warned to expect limited hours and services as the park returns to normal.

The fire burning in Glacier was one of several started in the park by lightning on Saturday evening. Windy, dry conditions on Sunday caused the blaze to spread rapidly, in full view of tourists and people who live and work around Lake McDonald, a 9-mile body of water ringed by steep-sided mountains.

Two planes from Canada were brought in to help battle the blaze, but officials said high winds prevented their pilots from flying close enough to the fire to be effective.

The lake was partially closed to boaters while the planes were scooping up water to drop on the fire, Siebenaler said.

Crews were expected to stay on scene through the night to protect houses and other structures from the flames.

It's the second year in a row that wildfires prompted evacuations around Lake McDonald. A blaze in the area last year destroyed the Sperry Chalet, an iconic backcountry lodge built in 1914. Work recently started on rebuilding the chalet. It was not immediately known if construction had to be halted due to the fires.

Taylor Creasey of Whitefish said she and a friend drove up to the lodge Sunday afternoon after they heard about the fire, the Missoulian newspaper reported. She posted a video on Facebook of huge plumes of smoke hanging over burning ridges around the lake.

"We didn't expect to see anything that crazy," Creasey said Monday. "It was so cold there, but at the same time really hot - you could feel the heat radiating across the lake. It was windy and cold and hot all at the same time."

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Judge sets bail for adults arrested at New Mexico compound

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:10

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities' suspicions that the group was training children to use firearms for an anti-government mission.

Judge Sarah Backus set a $20,000 bond for each defendant and ordered that the two men and three women wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys, not consume alcohol and have no firearms.

Police raided the property — a squalid makeshift living compound near the Colorado state line — more than a week ago in response a report of children living in filth, severe hunger and dangers including a leaky propone tank. Five adults were arrested and 11 children were placed in state custody.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj provided some of the children with firearms training — including tactical skills such as "speed loading" guns and firing while in motion. Aside from some rifles, handguns and ammunition, authorities say they found books on being effective in combat and building untraceable assault-style rifles.

Defense attorneys argued that prosecutors were unfairly painting their clients as armed militants as the rifles and handguns found on the property are common guns that can be bought at retail stores and their clients made no aggressive efforts to defend their compound as authorities closed in to serve search warrants earlier this month.

"There was no gun battle, there was no resistance," said Tom Clark, the attorney representing Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.

Clark said his client had permits to carry his weapons and no criminal record — accusing prosecutors of holding adults at the compound to an unusual standard because of their race and Muslim faith.

"They are black and they are Muslim," Clark said. "If these were white people of Christian faith who owned guns, it's not a big deal. ... But they look different and they worship different than the rest of us."

Prosecutors denied any discriminatory treatment based on religious background or race, and warned that the defendants came to New Mexico with their children on a violent and dangerous mission.

"This was not a camping trip and this was not a simple homestead of the kind that many people do in New Mexico," said Deputy District Attorney Timothy Hasson.

Judge Backus said prosecutors failed to articulate any specific threats or plan against the community, despite providing concerning information.

"What I've heard here today is troubling, definitely. Troubling facts about numerous children in far from ideal circumstances and individuals who are living in a very unconventional way," Backus said.

Despite the release terms, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj is likely to remain in jail pending a warrant for his arrest in Georgia on accusations that he abducted his own son, Abdul-ghani, from the boy's mother in December and fled to New Mexico. The four other defendants — Jany Leveille, Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj — may be released on house arrest as soon as Tuesday.

Family members say the remains of a boy found at the compound last week are those of Wahhaj's disabled son, though state medical examiners have not yet identified the body conclusively. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe testified Monday that the remains of a young boy were found inside tunnels that had been dug from inside the compound to an opening 100 feet (30 meters) away.

Testimony from an FBI agent shed some new light on the fate of the disabled child Abdul-ghani.

Agent Travis Taylor described interviews with two children from the compound, ages 13 and 15, after they were taken into protective custody by the state.

The 15-year-old described attempts to cast demonic spirits from Abdul-ghani's body through a ritual that involved reading passages from the Quran while Siraj Ibn Wahhaj held a hand on the boy's forehead, and that Abdul-ghani apparently died after one of the sessions, Taylor said.

He said the children were told that Abdul-ghani would be resurrected as Jesus and "would instruct others on the property about what corrupt institutions to get rid of," in reference to financial and government institutions that might include schools.

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Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:58

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career, cruising past Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner who returned to the tour this year after the birth of her first child, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova. She'll face eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's second round.

"You've got to be able to go back-to-back," said Williams, a two-time Cincinnati champion. "I don't get byes anymore right now. I'm OK with it."

Williams lost to Johanna Konta 6-1, 6-0 in San Jose, California, before withdrawing from last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Tenth-seeded Novak Djokovic regrouped after blowing a 3-0 second-set lead to get past Steve Johnson, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The reigning Wimbledon champion failed to convert eight match points before he finally put Johnson away.

Wild card Stan Wawrinka, working his way back from two left knee surgeries, advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman.

In Monday's final match, unseeded Alize Cornet stunned 11th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.

Earlier Monday, Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.

Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago. But he had a hard time adjusting to the Cincinnati courts.

"The start of the match was not good," he said. "It was a pretty bad first set. After that, it was a little better."

Federer, seeded second, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn't played here since winning in 2015. In 2016, he had a knee injury, and in 2017 he had back problems.

"Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me," said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. "I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn't a chance. I'm glad to be back."

Even with the top-ranked Nadal missing, Federer liked the strength of this field, especially with Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic having recovered from injuries.

"That's why you have such a good, exciting draw," Federer said before Murray's match was over. "It's a pity Rafa isn't playing. He would have added massively to that part of the draw."

Grigor Dmitrov, the defending champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal's absence.

"When Rafa is missing, he's missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans," he said. "All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing with him and playing with him. I would be the last person to say I wouldn't want to play with him."

Monday's first full day of main-draw competition opened with 13th-seeded Madison Keys holding off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round. Wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, also came from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a lower left leg injury. Advancing were Annett Kontaveit, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko, wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova, and qualifiers Rebecca Peterson, Ajia Tomjanovic, Viktoria Kuzmova.

On the men's side, Sam Querrey ground out a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) win over fellow American and ninth-seeded John Isner. Querrey gained an edge with a mini-break on the fifth point of the second tiebreaker when Isner sailed a forehand wide of the backhand sideline. Querry closed out the 2-hour, 7-minute match with an ace that survived a challenge by Isner.

Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, and 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta topped Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Other winners were Leonardo Mayer, Jeremy Chardy, Benoit Paire, Peter Gojowczyk, Denis Shapovalov and qualifier Bradley Klahn.

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Pedestrians injured in crash outside parliament in London

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:24

LONDON (AP) — A motorist crashed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, heightening tensions in a city that has seen four vehicle-based terror attacks in less than 18 months.

Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Armed police swooped into the area, arresting the driver and cordoning off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government. Police appealed to the public to stay away, and the Westminster Tube station was closed.

Images from Sky News and social media showed a man in a puffy black jacket who was surrounded by police and led away in handcuffs from a silver car.

Eyewitnesses described the car as being driven at high speed before hitting carriers. Several suggested it was deliberate.

"The car drove at speed into the barriers outside the House of Lords. There was a loud bang from the collision and a bit of smoke," Ewelina Ochab told The Associated Press. "The driver did not get out. The guards started screaming to people to move away."

Jason Williams, 45, from Kennington, also saw a car moving at high speed.

"It looked deliberate. It didn't look like an accident," he said. "How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang."

The area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people. Masood abandoned his car and then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside Parliament.

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How to find and delete where Google knows you've been

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:16

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location.

Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address, a numeric designation that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times.

To prevent further trackingFor any device:

Fire up your browser and go to myactivity.google.com . Sign into Google if you haven't already. On the upper left drop-down menu, go to "Activity Controls." Turn off both "Web & App Activity" and "Location History." That should prevent precise location markers from being stored to your Google account.

Google will warn you that some of its services won't work as well with these settings off. In particular, neither the Google Assistant, a digital concierge, nor the Google Home smart speaker will be particularly useful.

On iOS:

If you use Google Maps, adjust your location setting to "While Using" the app; this will prevent the app from accessing your location when it's not active. Go to Settings - Privacy - Location Services and from there select Google Maps to make the adjustment.

In the Safari web browser, consider using a search engine other than Google. Under Settings - Safari - Search Engine, you can find other options like Bing or DuckDuckGo. You can turn location off while browsing by going to Settings - Privacy - Location Services - Safari Websites, and turn this to "Never." (This still won't prevent advertisers from knowing your rough location based on IP address on any website.)

You can also turn Location Services off to the device almost completely from Settings - Privacy - Location Services. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps will still work, but they won't know where you are on the map and won't be able to give you directions. Emergency responders will still be able to find you if the need arises.

On Android:

Under the main settings icon click on "Security & location." Scroll down to the "Privacy" heading. Tap "Location." You can toggle it off for the entire device.

Use "App-level permissions" to turn off access to various apps. Unlike the iPhone, there is no setting for "While Using." You cannot turn off Google Play services, which supplies your location to other apps if you leave that service on.

Sign in as a "guest" on your Android device by swiping down from top and tapping the downward-facing caret, then again on the torso icon. Be aware of which services you sign in on, like Chrome.

You can also change search engines even in Chrome.

To delete past location trackingFor any device:

On the page myactivity.google.com , look for any entry that has a location pin icon beside the word "details." Clicking on that pops up a window that includes a link that sometimes says "From your current location." Clicking on it will open Google Maps, which will display where you were at the time.

You can delete it from this popup by clicking on the navigation icon with the three stacked dots and then "Delete."

Some items will be grouped in unexpected places, such as topic names, google.com, Search, or Maps. You have to delete them item by item. You can wholesale delete all items in date ranges or by service, but will end up taking out more than just location markers.

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