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Emmy Rossum exiting 'Shameless' after upcoming 9th season

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:43

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy Rossum is saying goodbye to "Shameless" after the show's upcoming ninth season.

In an emotional Facebook post Thursday, Rossum said playing her complex character was a "gift" and called the past eight years the best of her life.

Showtime Networks programming chief Gary Levine said the network was saddened by Rossum's decision to leave and praised her work as Fiona, daughter to William H. Macy's dysfunctional patriarch, Frank.

In 2016, Rossum reportedly sought pay parity with fellow series star Macy.

Executive producer John Wells said work is underway on a season finale aimed at giving Rossum and her character a worthy send-off.

As the series continues, Wells said, the door will remain open for Rossum's Fiona to visit or return home.

The ninth season of "Shameless" debuts Sept. 9.

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State and local lawmakers call for creation of 'Office of Drug Policy'

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Several Ohio mayors and lawmakers from central Ohio are expressing their support for the creation of a new state office designed to connect state and local agencies in the fight against drugs.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, would create the Office of Drug Policy.

Brown says the cabinet would offer a coordinated effort in best practices in drug prevention and treatment for lawmakers, officers, social workers and others in the fight against drugs.

“It seems like the state has not done enough to help these local efforts,” Rep. Brown said.

The legislation, modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayors Alliance, will:

  • Coordinate anti-drug efforts from across state and local governments.
  • Act as a source of information on innovative new programs communities are adopting and better publishing best practices.
  • Help to facilitate cooperation between local governments.
  • Seek new sources of funds, through private and public means, for drug prevention and treatment.
  • Review existing agency rules to remove barriers to treatment.
  • Establish a telephone hotline for community leaders to be able to contact with questions and information.
  • Require quarterly public reports of opioid addiction progress and challenges to the General Assembly.
  • Require the Governor to appoint a Director of Drug Policy to oversee the new department.

In 2011, The Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team was created by an executive order from Governor John Kasich. Brown feels the new cabinet would offer a more stable opportunity to enact change related to both opioids and the next drug to sweep state and local communities.

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Police investigating whether prominent Pelotonia rider faked cancer

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Pelotonia is one of the biggest charity bike rides in the country, and it's based in Columbus. In 10 years, more than 25,000 riders have raised more than $170,000,000 for cancer research.

Columbus Police and the Ohio Attorney General's Office are investigating whether one of those riders faked cancer.

"Last week a few of the rider's friends reached out to us and said they wanted to have a meeting," said Pelotonia COO Miguel Perez. "We met with them, and they shared their suspicions and allegations that this rider has been misrepresenting his story of having had cancer. Also, that thought that may perhaps have been keeping some of his fundraising dollars for his personal use."

The rider, whom 10TV is not identifying because he hasn't been charged, was the focus of a Pelotonia marketing video in 2011.

"He's someone that gave people hope. A lot of people started following him, and sharing his story and using him as their hero."

Pelotonia says in 2015, people came to them with suspicions about this rider and the validity of his story.

Perez says at the time there were rumors, but no evidence, of fraud.

"It was at the discretion of the board and legal counsel to let's pull back featuring [this] person in any stories. Let's pull back this video that everybody has talked about."

Perez says at the time, Pelotonia did not report the concerns to any investigators.

He points out that donations made to a rider's profile on the organization's website go directly to Pelotonia, and the James Cancer Hospital.

But many riders hold other fundraisers to meet their goal.

"What we don't know, is as people are out there raising through garage sales, bake sales, third-party dollars. We have no way of knowing that all those dollars are coming here."

Those are the dollars the rider is accused of pocketing.

"You can imagine there are a lot of people that feel very betrayed. As do we, as an organization. This is very upsetting, as this is very personal to so many of us."

According to a Columbus Police report, a witness tells police that when confronted by friends, the rider "confessed to not having cancer and using the money given to him for living expenses."

The witness told police the rider is now seeking psychiatric help.

10TV received a statement from a family who says they were misled by the rider.

Sue Van Wassenhove says: "My family and I are devastated...that someone we thought was a family friend has turned out to be a fraud. Our family, like many others targeted by this man, was exploited at the most vulnerable time of our lives. Family and friends donated directly to this man thinking they were benefiting my husband's memory. That did not happen."

Statement from Doug Ulman, Pelotonia President & CEO:

We are aware of allegations that a Pelotonia rider may have misrepresented himself as a cancer patient and survivor. It is understandable that members of our community are very upset by this. We, too, find the allegations deeply troubling, and that’s why we are doing everything we can to determine the facts. The Pelotonia organization heard rumors that this individual was misrepresenting himself as a cancer patient and survivor in 2015.

With only a rumor to work with, and no evidence, Pelotonia consulted with legal counsel and our board of directors and decided, out of an abundance of caution, to discontinue referencing or using promotional materials that featured this individual.

Rumors have surfaced since that time, but we did not and do not have solid information to substantiate claims that this individual was not a cancer survivor.

As a cancer survivor myself, I find it disheartening and unimaginable that someone would misrepresent himself in this way, and so I am loath to accuse anyone of faking cancer survivorship without very convincing evidence.

More recently, people very close to this individual who believed in his cancer survivorship and have firsthand knowledge of this individual’s activities, came forward to allege that not only has he never had cancer, but also that he may have kept some cash donations for his own use. They only recently came to believe this, feel betrayed and are heartbroken over it, as are we. We acted immediately on these new allegations and have referred the matter to the Charitable Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Pelotonia will take any and all appropriate actions, as we continue to learn the facts.

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Arbitrator sends Colin Kaepernick's grievance against NFL to trial

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:27

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice.

Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture Thursday of a ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank.

The former 49ers quarterback argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.

Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

Kaepernick contends the owners violated their collective bargaining agreement with players by conspiring to keep him off of teams.

The case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick.

A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests.

Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven't resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem.

Owners approved a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the sideline during the national anthem, allowing them to stay off the field if they wish. But the league and union put that on hold after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as conduct potentially detrimental to the team — putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.

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Powell, Dublin, New Albany police investigating series of garage & car break-ins

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:55

Police in three Columbus suburbs say they're linking a series of thefts from locked and unlocked vehicles and open garages.

Investigators say they believe the crimes are the work of one or two people, and brothers from New Albany are facing criminal charges and eluding law enforcement.

The New Albany Police Department says it's investigating a series of at least eight thefts in ten days in the month of August.

Police say thieves are targeting garages with the door left open and swiping items left inside unlocked vehicles. Vehicles, both locked and unlocked, are also being broken into at public places in the area, including the New Albany Country Club and Bevelhymer Park.

In The Preserve neighborhood, Kelly, who asked 10TV not to use her last name, said neighbors do a good job looking out for each other.

"We have someone on the street who walks their dog really late at night, and if their garage doors are open, they'll text us or they'll ring the doorbell," Kelly said.

New Albany Police Sergeant Curtis Baker is urging everyone to keep a sharp eye out after the recent series of thefts.

Investigators said they do have a suspect in the crime spree.

Franklin County Municipal Court records show 29-year-old Bradley Green is facing a felony warrant for receiving stolen property and identity theft. New Albany police said Green was caught on surveillance camera using a credit card reported stolen by one of the victims. Police in Powell said Green's brother, 36-year-old Brian Green, is facing a felony burglary warrant and is considered a person of interest in two recent thefts.

In Dublin, police have filed charges against both men.

Investigators said, for now, the Green brothers have eluded law enforcement but Sgt. Baker is urging people to take extra precautions to protect their property.

  • Don’t keep valuables in plain view in your vehicle.
  • Lock vehicle doors.
  • Don’t leave garage door openers in vehicles left outside your home.
  • Set home alarms if you have them.
  • Lock home doors and windows.
  • Don’t leave garage doors open.
  • Sgt. Baker also urged drivers to stow valuables away in a trunk before leaving home.

"Don't wait until you get to your location, leave them on your front seat, because that presents an opportunity for criminals," Sgt Baker said.

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Gameday shuttle service to Ohio Stadium starts Saturday

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:43

Columbus, OH -- With the start of a new season, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is looking to take some of the stress out of gameday.

The 'Bus it to the Buckeyes' express service kicks off Saturday, Sept. 1 for The Ohio State University home football game against Oregon State.


The shuttle service starts at 9 a.m. Return service begins after the third quarter and continues for two hours after the game ends. Pick-up and drop-off will be in the same spot.

COTA has partnered with the Ohio Expo Center to provide Park & Ride service between the Expo Center at 17th Avenue and I-71, and 17th Avenue and Neil Avenue–approximately one block from Ohio Stadium.

Parking for the game is south of 17th Avenue, and buses will arrive approximately every 5-10 minutes. The cost to park at the Expo Center is $5. Roundtrip express fare to Ohio Stadium is $5.50 for adults and $2 for children. Children up to 12 years of age and under 48” ride free (limit three children per family).

Fans may take the football service bus without parking at the Expo Center for the same roundtrip fee of $5.50 per adult. Fans parking RV’s at the Expo Center are also invited to take the express bus.

Fans can park for free and board express football service at COTA’s Crosswoods Park & Ride, 7460 Huntington Park Dr., which will also operate three hours before and two hours after each home football game. Roundtrip express fare to Ohio Stadium is $5.50 per adult and $2 per child.

Regular COTA service to the campus area is also available on a variety of lines. One-way fare is $2. Cash only accepted on the bus.

For more information, please visit or call (614) 228-1776.

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Columbus woman killed in single-vehicle crash in Delaware County

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:31

DELAWARE, Ohio -- A Columbus woman was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle crash in Scioto Township.

The Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says 46-year-old Bridey S. Thompson drove her vehicle off the right side of US 36, near milepost 6. She then struck several trees and overturned the vehicle.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Delaware County Coroner.

OSHP says alcohol use is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

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Report: Ohio State trustee resigns after Urban Meyer suspension; wanted harsher punishment

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State has confirmed that a university trustee resigned soon after the board suspended head football coach Urban Meyer.

According to a New York Times report, Jeffrey Wadsworth was the ″lone voice″ advocating for a harsher punishment of Meyer.

Wadsworth told the Times, ″I didn’t feel that I’d seen high-integrity behavior.”

″Most people were concerned about whether it was a several-game suspension or not,″ Wadsworth said. ″To me, there was something altogether wrong about reducing it to a couple of games.″

Statement from The Ohio State University

"The president and the board of trustees had a frank and comprehensive discussion last week. A wide variety of perspectives were expressed in reaching a consensus. Mr. Wadsworth has been an exceptionally valuable member of the board. His service to the university is deeply appreciated, and we wish him the very best."

Ohio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games last week for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance. Athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended without pay for two weeks.

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Man threatened to kill newspaper staff over Trump editorials

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:51

BOSTON (AP) — A California man upset about The Boston Globe's coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media was arrested Thursday for threatening to travel to the newspaper's offices and kill journalists, whom he called the "enemy of the people," federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say 68-year-old Robert Chain's threatening phone calls to the Globe's newsroom started immediately after the Globe appealed to newspapers across the country to condemn what it called a "dirty war against the free press."

The day the editorials were published , Chain, of Encino, told a Globe staffer that he was going to shoot employees in the head at 4 o'clock, according to court documents. That threat prompted a police response and increased security at the newspaper's offices.

After the editorials ran, authorities say Chain said he would continue threatening the Globe, The New York Times and "other fake news" as long as they continue their "treasonous and seditious acts" in attacking Trump.

Several times, he called Globe employees the "enemy of the people," a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past.

It was not immediately clear if Chain has an attorney. A person listed as a relative of Chain didn't immediately return a phone message.

Prosecutors say he's expected to appear in Los Angeles' federal court Thursday and be transferred to Boston at a later date. He's charged with making threatening communications in interstate commerce, which calls for up to five years in prison.

Jane Bowman, a spokeswoman for the Globe, said the newspaper is grateful for law enforcement's efforts to protect its staffers and track down the source of the threats.

"While it was unsettling for many of our staffers to be threatened in such a way, nobody - really, nobody - let it get in the way of the important work of this institution," she said in an email.

Federal officials pledged to continue to go after anyone who puts others in fear of their lives.

"In a time of increasing political polarization, and amid the increasing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must police their own political rhetoric. Or we will," said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

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Experts drop kids' age limit for rear-facing car seats

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:07

The American Academy of Pediatrics used to recommend rear-facing seats for children until at least age 2. Now, the organization is updating its guidelines and wants parents to keep their children in rear-facing seats until they reach the seat's maximum height and weight limit — even if they're older than 2. Under the new guidelines, most kids would keep using rear-facing seats until they're about 4 years old.

"It's really important to keep them rear-facing as long as possible," said Natasha Young, who is mother to 5-month-old Soleil and a certified technician for the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide.

"Even if their children's legs are longer than the car seat, they can easily fold their legs up into the car seat and it's actually much safer for their legs," she said.

Young, who teaches other parents how to properly install a car seat, said it's vital to keep young children in a rear-facing seat "because it helps to protect them in the incident of a crash."

"It keeps their head and their neck safe," she said.

Young said that when it comes to rear-facing seats, parents often make the mistake of turning their kids around too soon.

"A lot of times they like to see their child, entertain their child, especially if their child might be a little more fussy," she said.

She said a little fussiness is better than putting a child at risk of being injured in a crash.

The new policy also recommends that older kids stay in forward-facing safety seats and booster seats until they reach the maximum height and weight recommended by the manufacturer.

"The most dangerous thing that U.S. children do as part of daily life is ride in a car," writes Benjamin Hoffman, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention Executive Committee. "Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older."

The organization says using the correct car safety seat or booster seat can help decrease a child's risk of death or serious injury by over 70 percent.

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London mayor who OK'd Trump baby blimp to get own balloon

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:06

LONDON — Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan have been given permission to fly a giant balloon over London that depicts him dressed in a bikini.

Organizer Yanny Bruere has raised more than 58,000 pounds ($75,000) through the Crowdfunder website for the 29-foot blimp as part of a campaign to oust Khan from his post.

Khan angered some people in the British capital and elsewhere last month when he allowed a balloon caricaturing Donald Trump as an angry baby to float above the city while the U.S. president was in England.

Bruere cited rising crime and "defending free speech" as factors in his anti-Khan campaign.

A City Hall spokeswoman says the balloon has permission to fly Saturday over Parliament Square.

The balloon was a reference to a "Beach body ready" ad that Khan banned in 2016.

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Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:58
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has told Congress he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January, citing budgetary constraints.

Trump informed House and Senate leaders in a letter sent Thursday.

Trump says in the letter that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion, on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian government employees.

He cites the costs and says: "We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases." Trump says he's determined that for 2019 "both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero."
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Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:57

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday.

Athletic director Bill Beekman said the university "cooperated fully with the inquiry" and welcomes the NCAA's conclusion. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA's vice president for enforcement, Jonathan Duncan.

Nassar, 55, pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. Victims included U.S. Olympians who trained at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. He has been sentenced to decades in prison in three separate cases involving assault and child pornography.

Duncan's letter said, "It does not appear there is a need for further inquiry," according to Michigan State.

"While we agree with the NCAA that we did not commit a violation, that does not diminish our commitment to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes. That pledge permeates everything we do as part of a larger university commitment to making MSU a safer campus," Beekman said in a statement.

Michigan State has denied that anyone covered up Nassar's crimes. But former athletes say various campus staff downplayed or disregarded their complaints about him.

The university in May reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were assaulted by Nassar.

Former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, a longtime Nassar ally, appeared in court Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. Authorities say two teens complained to her back in 1997.

Defense attorney Mary Chartier said Klages will fight the charges.

Separately, the university said the NCAA found no violations in how the football and basketball teams responded to assault allegations against players.

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Police: Grandmother charged with child's hot car death

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:55

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say they charged a 64-year-old woman with the death of her grandson in a hot car after discovering inconsistencies in her story that she collapsed from a medical issue.

Greenville County Sheriff's spokesman Ryan Flood said 18-month-old Joe Avery James Lockaby was left in the car at least four hours outside Janik Nix's Greenville home May 31.

Nix's mother told WHNS-TV shortly after her son's death that Nix put the boy in the car, but collapsed from a medical problem when returning to the house to get her keys.

Flood said in an email to The Associated Press that investigators found inconsistences, but didn't give details.

Janik Nix is charged with homicide by child abuse. She remains in jail, and it wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.

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Trump stands by warning of 'violence' if Dems win midterms

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged evangelical leaders this week to get out the vote ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and warned of "violence" by opponents if they fail.

Trump made the dire warning at a White House dinner Monday evening attended by dozens of conservative Christian pastors, ministers and supporters of his administration.

Trump was stressing the stakes in November when he warned that, if Democrats win, they "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently," according to attendees and audio of his closed-door remarks obtained by media outlets, including The New York Times. He specifically mentioned self-described antifa, or anti-fascist groups, describing them as "violent people."

Asked Wednesday what he meant, Trump told reporters, "I just hope there won't be violence."

"If you look at what happens ... there's a lot of unnecessary violence all over the world, but also in this country. And I don't want to see it," Trump said.

At the dinner, Trump talked up his administration's efforts to bolster conservative Christian causes and urged those gathered to get their "people" to vote, warning the efforts could quickly be undone.

"I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote," Trump said, according to the Times. "Because if they don't — it's Nov. 6 — if they don't vote we're going to have a miserable two years and we're going to have, frankly, a very hard period of time because then it just gets to be one election — you're one election away from losing everything you've got."

Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott, an early Trump supporter who attended the dinner, said he interpreted the comments differently than the media has portrayed them.

"It wasn't any kind of dire warning," Scott said, "... except the things that we've been working on as a body of voters will be reversed and overturned."

"What he was saying," Scott continued, is that "there are some violent people ... but it wasn't that we've got to worry about murder on the streets and chaos and anarchy ... just that the things we've worked for will be overturned."

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and another attendee, said he, too, interpreted Trump's message as a warning not to be complacent.

While Trump did make a reference to antifa, Perkins told CNN, "I don't think anybody in the room suggested that there was going to be violence across the nation."

"I did not interpret him to say that the outcome of the election is going to lead (to) violence in the streets, and violence in the churches," he told CNN.

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Mom's use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids' learning

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:45

CHICAGO — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants.

About 1 in 7 affected children required special classroom services for problems including developmental delays and speech or language difficulties, compared with about 1 in 10 children not exposed to opioids before birth, the study found.

The study highlights the "absolutely critical" importance of early detection and intervention, before these children reach school age, to give them a better chance of academic success, said Dr. Nathalie Maitre, a developmental specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "It really confirms what those of us who do neurodevelopment follow-up of these children are seeing."

The study involved about 7,200 children aged 3 to 8 enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program. Nearly 2,000 of them were born with what doctors call "neonatal abstinence syndrome." It's a collection of symptoms caused by withdrawal from their pregnant mother's use of opioid drugs like prescription painkillers, heroin or fentanyl. The drugs can pass through the placenta into the developing nervous system.

Tremors, hard-to-soothe crying, diarrhea and difficulty feeding and sleeping are among signs that infants are going through withdrawal.

In Tennessee, hard hit by the nation's opioid epidemic, the rate of affected infants soared from less than one per 1,000 hospital births in 1999 to 13 per 1,000 births in 2015.

Whether the study results would apply elsewhere is uncertain but in Tennessee, most children born with withdrawal symptoms are enrolled in that state's Medicaid program. Also in Tennessee, a syndrome diagnosis qualifies kids to receive early intervention services.

Maitre, who wasn't involved in the study, said she suspects the research may underestimate the magnitude of the problem because it only captures kids who haven't slipped through the cracks.

The only previous comparable study was in Australia, published last year, showing that affected children had worse academic test scores in seventh grade than other kids.

The new study looked at how many kids were referred for possible learning disabilities and received school-based services for related difficulties. It did not examine academic performance.

Results were released Thursday by the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers said taking into account other factors that could affect children's development — including birth weight and mothers' education and tobacco use — didn't change the results.

Study co-author Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University said it makes sense that opioid use in pregnancy could affect children's later development. Some studies have found brain differences in affected children including in a region involved in certain types of learning.

But Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill, the lead author and a researcher with Tennessee's health department, said these children "are definitely not doomed. There are great programs and services that exist to help these children and their families. We just have to make sure they get plugged in."

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Kent State orders grad to stop promoting open-carry rally

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:23

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A university in Ohio has told a recent graduate to stop advertising an open-carry gun rally on campus because she doesn't have permission to hold the event.

Kaitlin Bennett drew widespread attention in May when she posted photos of herself walking on the Kent State University campus with an AR-10 slung over her shoulder and carrying a mortar board with the words "Come and take it."

The Record-Courier reports Bennett planned to hold the rally Sept. 29.

Kent State said Wednesday it has told Bennett the event doesn't comply with university policy because it's not sponsored by a student organization or university department.

Bennett posted on Twitter that she plans to hold the rally and the university doesn't have the right to stop gun owners from "legally gathering" on campus.

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Six Flags announces new, record-breaking roller coaster

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:48

Six Flags Great America announced it's getting a new, record-breaking roller coaster.

The amusement park said the Maxx Force roller coaster will open in 2019 at its Illinois park and it will break three records.

“In the category of record-breaking, one-of-a-kind rides and attractions, Six Flags reigns supreme,” said Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi in a statement. “We continue to build upon our arsenal of world-class thrills and Maxx Force is in a class all by itself, launching riders from 0 to 78 miles per hour in under two seconds. We cannot wait for our guests to experience this high-intensity ride.”

At 175 feet above the ground, it will also feature the highest double inversion in the world as well as the fastest inversion. Riders will "cork roll" at 60 miles per hour.

The Maxx Force will be Six Flags Great America's 17th roller coaster.

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3 Columbus Zoo polar bears will move to other zoos this fall

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:46

POWELL -- Nuniq, Neva and Amelia Gray -- the only polar bear cubs born at a North American zoological facility in 2016 -- are scheduled to move from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this fall.

Females Amelia Gray and her half-sister, Neva, will both move to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The announcement of Neva’s twin brother Nuniq’s new home will be made soon.

All three bears are weaned, which means they're accustomed to food other than their mother's milk. 650-pound Nuniq now outweighs his mother, Aurora. Moving the young bears to other facilities allows for the opportunity for a male polar bear to meet the females, Aurora and Anana.

“Since the Polar Frontier region opened in 2010, the Columbus Zoo’s polar bear program has been very successful--even resulting in the birth of four cubs, starting with Nora in 2015, who now resides at Utah’s Hogle Zoo," said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. "We are proud of the knowledge and expertise our animal care team has contributed to the zoological community about polar bears and other threatened wildlife, and we remain committed to efforts to protect these species, whose numbers are declining in their native ranges."

The dates when Nuniq, Neva and Amelia Gray will make their first public appearance at their new homes have not yet been announced. They will be introduced to their new animal care teams while still in Ohio, and their Columbus Zoo care team will also travel with them to help facilitate her transitions.

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Sheriff searching for illegal dumping duo at wildlife preserve in Hocking County

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:28

Authorities in Hocking County are looking to find two people captured on video illegally dumping items at a wildlife preserve area.

The Hocking County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Division of Wildlife is asking for the public's help in identifying a man and woman seen in the video.

The sheriff's office says the incident took place in July off Sand Run Road.

Video shows the pair illegally dumping televisions, tires and other various items.

Investigators ask if you have information on the identity of the two individuals, please contact the Hocking County Sheriff's Office at 740-385-2131.

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