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CDC warns people in U.S. not to eat romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:16

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising that consumers in the United States not eat any romaine lettuce due to an outbreak of E. coli.

Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.

“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” The CDC said.

The CDC says to wash to sanitize drawers and shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. The CDC offers these five steps to cleaning your refrigerator.

Additionally, the CDC is advising restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce.

For more information from the CDC, click here.

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Cavaliers, J.R. Smith parting ways amid stormy season

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:26

CLEVELAND (AP) — Disgruntled Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith has gotten his wish: He is parting ways with Cleveland.

The Cavaliers announced Tuesday that Smith "will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future."

Smith requested a trade earlier this season. The 33-year-old has been dismayed with his role and the team's direction in the first season since LeBron James left for the second time as a free agent.

Smith's departure is the latest upheaval in a stormy season for Cleveland, which is league-worst 2-13. Coach Tyronn Lue was fired last month and All-Star forward Kevin Love is sidelined indefinitely following foot surgery.

Smith came to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Knicks in 2015. While his play has been inconsistent, Smith was a major contributor on Cleveland's 2016 championship team.

The Cavs wished Smith and his family well and thanked him for his contributions.

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Trump says U.S. will stand by Saudis, despite CIA's conclusion about Khashoggi killing

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump called the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a "horrible crime" that the U.S. does not condone, but said Saudi Arabia is a "great ally" and canceling billions in arms sales would only benefit China and Russia, which would be glad to step in and make the sales.

Trump's decision, announced in a statement released just before he left for the long Thanksgiving weekend in Florida, will disappoint and anger critics who have called for a much firmer rebuke to the kingdom and especially bin Salman.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that he ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. Others familiar with the case caution that while it's likely that the crown prince had a role in the death there continue to be questions about the degree to which he was involved.

The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. Others familiar with the case caution that while it's likely the crown prince had a role, there continue to be questions about the degree to which he was involved.

Trump said Tuesday in his statement that the king of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince "vigorously deny" any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Khashoggi.

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump said.

"That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran."

He said the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of the United States. "America First!" he wrote.

Trump said he knows some members of Congress will disagree with his decision. He said he would listen to their ideas, but only if they are focused on U.S. national security.

Late last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that calls for suspending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia; sanctions on people who block humanitarian access in Yemen or support the Houthi rebels, and mandatory sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's death.

France's top diplomat said Monday that his country was mulling sanctions against Saudi Arabia. And Germany on Monday announced that it has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because of their suspected connections to the killing. German officials, who earlier banned new weapons exports to Riyadh, also said they were halting previously approved arms exports.

Some foreign policy experts have not only recommended tougher punitive measures against Saudi Arabia, but have advocated for a complete reset on relations with Riyadh.

Emile Nakhleh, a former member of CIA's senior intelligence service, said that since the crown prince assumed power three years ago, he has turned his country into a "strongman autocracy" that can't be trusted.

"His ruthless power grab, repression of potential challengers within his family, and crackdown on all opposition to his policies and projects inside and outside of Saudi Arabia have put American-Saudi relations at risk," Nakhleh wrote in an op-ed article Monday in the online intelligence newsletter The Cipher Brief. "He feels empowered to crush his potential rivals within the ruling family by his close relationship to President Trump and Jared Kushner."

Kushner, the president's son-in-law, has worked with the crown prince on various issues, including on how to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump has used the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table.

Trump's poultry pardon means the two turkeys — a 39-pound bird named Peas and a 41-pounder named Carrots — will get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm. Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota. First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a light-hearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird.

Trump was traveling to his Florida estate later Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

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OSU Marching Band heads to NYC for 1st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performance

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:49

The Ohio State Marching Band is set to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in the school's history.

This morning, band members left Ohio Stadium and began their journey to New York City.

WATCH: OSU Marching Band performances

OSU Marching Band Member Kenneth Dungan told 10TV he's excited for this "Once in a lifetime experience."

But this week is more than just a trip to NYC. It's also "Beat Michigan Week."

"I think performing in front of millions of people is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity but coming back and performing in the rivalry game is something I'll never take for granted," Dungan said.

A double-dose of excitement: an opportunity to play before a big crowd in the Big Apple and to play a packed stadium in "The Game."

The Best Damn Band In The Land will also be holding a Skull Session this week while in New York. The performance is set for Wednesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St.

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Small rescue dog helps Ohio police department, community

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:15

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A pint-sized pup adopted by a northern Ohio police department is having a positive impact on officers and the community.

Marblehead Police Chief Casey Joy tells WTVG-TV that he was inspired to adopt a dog from Petfinder after seeing stories about animals displaced by Hurricane Florence. Joy fell in love with a 4-month-old Chihuahua mix named Zorro.

Zorro rides along with Joy on patrols in a special police K-9 vest made by a resident. Police say the tiny dog has made a big difference in the village. They say he helps relieve officers' stress and cheers up the public too.

Zorro lives with Joy and a seizure-detecting dog that helps the chief's son. Zorro will visit nursing homes, hospitals and hospice facilities as a therapy dog when he's finished training.

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Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 06:02

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — People lined up in the rain in Massachusetts Tuesday morning to be among the first customers at the state's first two legal pot shops, more than two years after voters approved of recreational marijuana for adults.

The state's first commercial pot shops opened in Leicester and Northampton.

Items for sale in the modern and spacious stores include various strains of marijuana flower, pre-rolled joints and edibles such as brownies and chocolate bars.

Cannabis is sold legally in six Western states.

The first customer at the Leicester store was Stephen Mandile, an Iraq War veteran who has been using medical marijuana to treat his post-traumatic stress, a traumatic brain injury and chronic pain.

Customers were shuttled to Cultivate, the Leicester store, from a remote parking lot about a mile away as police kept a visible but low-key presence outside. Customers perused offerings kept behind counters and under glass.

Kenny Boisvert, a 33-year-old Blackstone resident, was pleasantly surprised by his purchasing experience.

"It's a very nice place. It's way more than I expected," he said as he waited to pick up the flower and edibles he had bought. "My thoughts are if Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the country, opens up recreational shops, I can see the whole country doing it, just for the revenue."

The rollout of legal pot sales has been slow in Massachusetts, with regulators saying they wanted to make sure it was done safely and without some of the supply issues other states have faced.

Several more stores could open in the coming months.

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Remains of soldier killed in Korean War identified as Ohio man

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 05:34

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say the remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified as those of an Ohio man.

A Defense Department agency says Monday that remains accounted for in August are those of Army Pfc. Leo Duquette.

Military officials say the 19-year-old Toledo soldier served in the 24th Division and fought against North Korean forces in July 1950 near Choch'iwon, South Korea. He was reported missing in action July 11, 1950, and declared dead in December 1953.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says in a statement that the remains of 164 Americans were found near that battleground in October 1950. Duquette's remains were buried when they couldn't be matched, but disinterred in 2017 for re-analysis.

Scientists used DNA analysis to identify the remains as Duquette's.

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Former Cleveland-area judge is suspect in former wife's fatal stabbing

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 05:16

A former Cleveland-area judge who spent nine months in prison for beating his wife at the time is now a suspect in her stabbing death over the weekend and is likely to be charged, authorities said Monday.

Police said in court documents the ex-judge who also served in the state legislature was fleeing the scene of a homicide in which he was the suspect when he slammed his SUV into a patrol cruiser.

Lance Mason was charged Monday with felonious assault in the crash, but he has not been charged in his former wife's death.

Police in Shaker Heights, a Cleveland suburb, said Monday that additional charges will be brought against Mason in connection with the death of his former wife.

Mason was taken into custody after officers found Aisha Fraser dead on Saturday, according to police in Shaker Heights, a Cleveland suburb. Messages seeking comment were left with an attorney who has represented Mason in the past.

In a 911 call, Mason's sister described how he was covered in blood and pacing inside his home. "He stabbed her and he said she's dead," Lynn Mason told a dispatcher.

Both Mason and a police officer responding to a reported domestic dispute were injured when Mason's SUV hit the cruiser near the scene of the fatal stabbing, police said.

Mason ran from the crash, but was taken into custody, police told He was being held without bond.

The Ohio Supreme Court last year indefinitely suspended Mason's law license after he was sentenced to prison for assaulting Fraser inside a car while their two young daughters sat in the back seat.

Authorities say the couple was separated at the time in 2014 and that Mason repeatedly struck and bit his wife. He pleaded guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence.

Mason was a judge at the time of his arrest and had been on the bench six years. Before that, he was elected to both the Ohio House and Senate.

Mason was hired last year by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to work in the city's minority business development office.

Jackson said he fired Mason after he was taken into custody Saturday. The mayor on Monday defended his decision to hire Mason despite his past problems.

Officials said Fraser worked in Shaker Heights Schools for 16 years and most recently taught at Woodbury Elementary School. Several hundred people gathered at the school Monday night for a vigil, WKYC-TV reported.

Shaker Heights Superintendent Stephen Wilkins said in a statement that Fraser was a devoted mother and a committed teacher.

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Gunman fatally shoots woman at Catholic store in Missouri

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 05:16

Police in suburban St. Louis on Monday were searching Monday for a gunman who went into a religious supply store, sexually assaulted at least one woman and shot a woman in the head. Police said the shooting victim later died at a hospital.

The shooting happened about 3:15 p.m. at a Catholic Supply of St. Louis store in western St. Louis County, near the town of Ballwin. Police were looking for a man about 5-foot-7 with a heavy build, and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The gunman walked into the store and sexually assaulted at least one woman — police spokesman Shaun McGuire said he couldn't confirm media reports that more than one woman was assaulted.

It wasn't clear why the store was targeted and McGuire didn't know if its religious affiliation was a factor.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy at Catholic Supply," St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said on Twitter.

McGuire said that the woman who died did not know the suspect.

"Obviously, that adds to the intensity of our search," McGuire said.

The shooting happened at a strip mall in an affluent area of suburban St. Louis along Manchester Road, one of the most congested roadways in the region. McGuire said the heavy volume of traffic only made finding the suspect more difficult.

"Obviously someone could blend in pretty easily," he said.

Catholic Supply of St. Louis Inc. operates three stores specializing in church supplies for parishes as well as Catholics. The company's website says it also publishes national supply catalogs.

Ballwin is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

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Gunman in California mass shooting showed warning signs

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 04:33

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — At first, the outlines of the mass shooter's 28 years appeared unremarkable.

Ian David Long enlisted in the Marines out of high school and married at 19. Within five years, he was honorably discharged, divorced and in college.

As the picture sharpened, troubling details emerged — the kinds of clues that, in hindsight, make people wonder out loud whether the impulse that led Long to kill 12 people at a country music bar had been forming in plain sight.

Neighbors avoided him. He made them uncomfortable, and then there were the fits of aggressive yelling and property destruction at the home Long shared with his mom. One of his high school coaches says he scared her.

Others who interacted with Long at different stops — high school classmates, Marines in his regiment, professors — struggled to recall much about him. Meanwhile, family who did know him and investigators who are learning his story aren't talking publicly.

One thing that has leaked out: During the Nov. 7 massacre at the Borderline Bar & Grill, Long posted on social media about whether people would think he was insane.

Authorities haven't settled on a theory of why Long opened fire, then killed himself. Reconstructing a motive may take weeks, or much longer.

"We may never know what was in his head," said Tricia Benson, who grew up and still lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks. "We may never know what that darkness was."

Long's desire to join the Marines dated at least to high school.

It was a life goal that helped rescue him from consequences when, a decade ago, Long allegedly assaulted a track coach.

One day at practice, Dominique Colell was asking who owned a lost a cellphone. Long said it was his. When she didn't immediately hand it over, she said, he grabbed her rear and midsection.

Another time, Long mimicked shooting her in the head.

"I literally feared for myself around him," said Colell, who no longer coaches at Newbury Park High School.

She wanted to kick Long off the team. Another coach argued the black mark could jeopardize his goal of joining the military. Long, a sprinter, was allowed to stay.

Neither the school nor its district has responded to requests for comment.

A third coach, Evie Cluke, recalled profanity-laced tirades that forced people to back away.

"The warning signs were there," Cluke said.

In a calm moment, she asked Long why he wanted to enlist.

"When you hear somebody say they want to be in the military because they want to kill people in the name of our country, that's chilling," Cluke said.

Long's family had a military pedigree. His grandfather was a Naval Academy graduate who served 30 years and retired with the rank of commander.

Long enlisted a few months after high school graduation. It was 2008.

Stationed in Hawaii, Long became a machine gunner. Two weeks before he returned from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, he legally separated from his wife of two years.

Authorities with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department have publicly speculated that, like many veterans, Long suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

No such diagnosis has been confirmed. A spokeswoman for the Department of Veterans Affairs said Long wasn't enrolled in health care there.

The theory that something fundamental about Long changed in the Marines does not persuade Thomas Burke, who served in Long's regiment and is now a pastor. Though the two did not know each other, Burke said he has spoken recently with their mutual friends.

"Really what this was more about was his own loneliness and isolation," Burke said.

Long left the service in 2013 and enrolled at California State University, Northridge. During three years at the school about a half-hour drive from Thousand Oaks, he took classes that lead to becoming a physical trainer or rehab specialist.

Students in the school's physical therapy club did not recall Long. Campus police have no record of him. Professors said they have no helpful insights.

"An unremarkable student in good standing," Konstantinos Vrongistinos, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, wrote in email.

For reasons that remain unclear, Long dropped out after three years.

Around that time, his Facebook posts alienated at least one high school acquaintance.

Raven Chavanne ran track with Long. She was turned off by his personality, but like many high school classmates, they were connected online.

Chavanne said she unfriended Long around 2016 because she didn't like what he was writing — though she couldn't remember the details.

"I was like, 'Who is this guy posting this? Oh, it's Ian,'" said Chavanne.

What Long did over the past two years is largely a public mystery.

In April, one particularly alarming uproar on the Longs' property prompted an intervention.

"It sounded to me like the man was out of his head," said Tom Hanson, a next-door neighbor who called 911.

Deputies summoned a mental health specialist, who interviewed Long. A 72-hour involuntary psychiatric commitment requires an "imminent" threat of harm, and the specialist concluded his behavior wasn't extreme enough.

The standard can be tough to meet, said Marisa Randazzo, who has interviewed five mass shooters as the former chief research psychologist for the U.S. Secret Service. "We don't want laws that somebody can be taken in because of something they said over Thanksgiving dinner," she said.

Hanson, the neighbor on a quiet block in a city often ranked as one of California's safest, said he sympathized with Long's mother.

"I think she was all the time overwhelmed by this guy," Hanson said. "You never knew when he was going to go off."

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Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 03:44

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum. The regulations, which will remain in place for three months absent a court order, could potentially make it harder for thousands of people who enter the U.S. to avoid deportation.

"Individuals are entitled to asylum if they cross between ports of entry," said Baher Azmy, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights. "It couldn't be clearer."

In recent years, tens of thousands of immigrants each year have shown up in the Arizona desert or on the north bank of the Rio Grande in Texas, surrendered to immigration agents and requested asylum. The Department of Homeland Security estimates around 70,000 people a year claim asylum between official ports of entry.

Trump has argued that the recent caravans are a threat to national security.

Around 3,000 people from the first of the caravans have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, California. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that it closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the San Ysidro crossing. It has also installed movable, wire-topped barriers, apparently to stop a potential mass rush of people.

As of Monday, 107 people detained between official crossings have sought asylum since Trump's order went into effect, according to DHS, which oversees Customs and Border Protection. Officials didn't say whether those people's cases were still progressing through other avenues left to them after the proclamation.

DHS has said it wants asylum seekers at the southern border to appear at an official border crossing. But many border crossings such as San Ysidro already have long wait times. People are often forced to wait in shelters or outdoor camps on the Mexican side, sometimes for weeks.

ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said that some people seeking asylum cross between official ports because "they're in real danger," either in their countries of origin or in Mexico.

"We don't condone people entering between ports of entry, but Congress has made the decision that if they do, they still need to be allowed to apply for asylum," he said.

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Columbus woman killed during shootout three days after her 20th birthday

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 20:56

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - A Columbus woman is dead after she was hit by a bullet when two other people shot at each other, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said 20-year-old Ja’Kharia Morgan was riding in a car when the driver stopped on Myrtle Avenue near Perdue Avenue early in the morning of November 14.

Major Steven Tucker with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the driver got out, had an altercation with someone outside of the car, and at least two people started shooting.

Morgan is believed to have stayed in the car and Tucker said it appears she was ducking to avoid the bullets when she was shot.

Morgan, who turned 20 three days before the shooting, was pronounced dead at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Tucker said the person who was driving the car Morgan was in is not believed to be the one who shot her.

The relationship between the driver and Morgan is unclear, Tucker said.

No one has been arrested but Tucker said they are continuing to conduct interviews.

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Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year.

That's according to The Washington Post, which reports the emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants.

The White House didn't immediately respond to questions Monday, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn't dispute the report.

Peter Mirijanian says, "While transitioning into government... Ms. Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family." He says no classified information was transmitted and the emails have been "retained" in conformity with records' laws.

President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server, labeling her "Crooked Hillary" and saying she belonged in jail.

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Residents of Whitehall apartment fire believe outlets may be to blame

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:20

Residents of Villages at Eden Crossing Apartments who were driven from their homes because of a fast-moving fire on Friday are now living in a motel off East Broad Street that they say lacks modern amenities.

"The accommodation doesn't have a kitchen, a refrigerator, no stove so I'm having to spend 60 to 70 dollars every night to feed my family, " said Justaina Caslin.

The fire displaced 30 residents and many now believe the fire may be electrical. Fire investigators have not announced a cause.

"Ours sparked three months ago in the kitchen and they marked it complete but it wasn't because when we plugged it up it was sparking," said James Barnes.

"About four months ago we had an issue in our daughter's room cause we put a light bulb in and it blew out," said Tennielle Young.

Many of the people who lived here lost everything. They are scrambling to find a new place to live.

With Thanksgiving just three days away, they say they are blessed they are alive. They wish the apartment complex would give them more time to find a new home before they must leave this motel by Wednesday,

"You can prepare a dinner and sit down with your family on Thanksgiving I can't do that because I have nowhere to go," said Caslin.

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Suspect in Rhoden family massacre back jailed in Ohio

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:15

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A suspect in the 2016 slaying of eight family members is back in Ohio, after being arrested in Kentucky.

Butler County jail records in southwest Ohio show George "Billy" Wagner III was booked in at 5:45 a.m. Monday. He was arrested Nov. 13 after being found in a horse trailer in Lexington. Wagner, 47, waived his rights to an extradition hearing.

He's among four members of his family charged with aggravated murder and other counts for the shooting deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family in a rural Ohio community.

One of Wagner's sons, who also is charged, had a daughter with Hanna Rhoden, one of the slaying victims.

Authorities have suggested a custody dispute over the girl as a possible motive for the killings.

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Mall, store hours for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:41

COLUMBUS - Thanksgiving and Black Friday is upon us. We have you covered with the times and locations of when and where stores are open.

Hours for central Ohio grocery stores on Thanksgiving

Retail Shopping on Thanksgiving:

Polaris Mall: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Macy's: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tanger Outlet: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day through 10 p.m. on Black Friday

Tuttle Mall: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Black Friday Hours:

Easton Mall: Check out this website to see when your favorite stores are open Thanksgiving Weekend

Polaris Mall: 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunbury: 12 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Jeffersonville: 6 p.m. from Thanksgiving Day – 10 p.m.

Tuttle Crossing Mall: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Walmart: 6 p.m. – Friday evening

Target: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thanksgiving & reopen at 7 a.m. on Black Friday

Best Buy: 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, close at 1 a.m. Friday and reopen at 8 a.m. (some locations may vary)

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Hours for central Ohio grocery stores on Thanksgiving

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:41

COLUMBUS - Here is a list of the stores that will be open on Thanksgiving for any last minute trips for your dinner.

Mall, store hours for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

Grocery Shopping On Thanksgiving:

Giant Eagle: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. & back to regular hours the next day. Varies by location

Kroger: 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Meijer: 24 hours & back to regular hours the next day

Whole Foods: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. & back to regular hours the next day

Trader Joes: Closed All Day & back to regular hours the next day

Aldi: Closed All Day & back to regular hours the next day

Walmart: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. / varies by location & back to regular hours the next day

Costco: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sam Club: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Columbus city attorney takes steps to shut down 2 drug houses

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:05

The Columbus city attorney's office takes another step toward getting rid of nuisance properties, shutting down two Clintonville homes.

The homes are nearby each other on Garden and Weisheimer Roads.

Police have responded several times to both for connected drug activity, counterfeit money and people with warrants.

The Garden Road home will be sold to a company that rehabs problem properties.

The Weisheimer house is boarded up and the city was granted permission to remove the vehicles on that property.

A permanent injunction hearing will be held March 19.

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Michigan's Higdon stokes hype, predicts win over Ohio State

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Michigan running back Karan Higdon pondered the question for a moment, smirked and glanced up at tight end Zach Gentry next to him. Then Higdon leaned forward to the microphone and predicted a Michigan victory over Ohio State.

It was the shot heard across the Midwest on Monday as the hype machine chugged to life for the 115th edition of The Game. The annual clash between the rivals is being played Saturday at Ohio Stadium, where Higdon just assured himself an even frostier welcome than usual.

There is a precedent for such prognostication, of course, albeit a generation ago.

Higdon's coach, Jim Harbaugh, famously predicted a win over Ohio State as a player in 1986 and then backed it up, leading the Wolverines to a 26-24 win in Columbus.

Harbaugh, who hasn't been able to beat Ohio State in his first three tries as Michigan coach, insists he doesn't remember much about that prediction now. He had nothing but positive stuff to say about Ohio State on Monday. His counterpart, Urban Meyer, likewise kept talking about "respect" for Michigan and the rivalry, and said he would never engage in trash talk.

If the two coaches were trying to keep the lid on the hype and bad blood, Higdon pried it off.

The question went like this: "Would you go as far as Jim Harbaugh did and guarantee that Michigan will beat Ohio State?"

Higdon thought about for it a couple seconds.

"Yeah, I do," said the senior from Sarasota, Florida . "That's how I feel. I believe firmly in my brothers, my team, this coaching staff. And as a captain, I'll take a stand. Why not?"

Maybe Higdon watched video of Ohio State's game on Saturday.

The Buckeyes allowed Maryland, behind a backup quarterback, to roll for 535 total yards and 51 points. Ohio State eked out a win only because Terrapins quarterback Tyrrelle Pigrome misfired on a 2-point conversion try in overtime. Final score: 52-51.

Meyer said there have been some "uncomfortable and direct" conversations with coaches about the sorry state of the defense, but there isn't time this week for a bunch of finger-pointing.

"We watched (the video) with the defense," he said. "It was just not good."

Fortunately for Meyer, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is directing the second-most prolific offense in the country. On Saturday, Haskins and Co. will run into the nation's best defense, though Wolverines defensive end Chase Winovich is injured and may or may not be available. Don't ask Harbaugh to be clear about it, either. He's not going to help.

As usual in this game, the stakes are high. The Big Ten East and a chance to play in the conference championship game hang in the balance. If Michigan wins out, it will be in the College Football Playoff. Another win over Michigan and a possible conference championship would help make everything sunnier for Ohio State after a season of inconsistency, underachieving and off-the-field problems.

Other Michigan players might not be predicting victory but there is confidence in Ann Arbor.

"It's not just our coach, we're also winless, too, against this opponent," said Tyree Kinnel, a sophomore safety from Huber Heights, Ohio. "We know that. Now we're here for this week, and it's a game we have all been waiting for. Now, we have the opportunity in our hands to go change it, and we feel very confident about that."

Ohio State finds itself in an unfamiliar position of coming into a game as the underdog amid talk that it just might not have the firepower this time to take down Michigan.

"We don't talk about those things," Meyer insisted. "It's really about the game. We have a saying around here that the most prepared team will win the game. It's not who's favored and who's not. I didn't know that, and I don't imagine our team really does, I guess. If they (do), they're looking at the wrong stuff."

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