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How to track runners at the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 16:05

Tracking is available for all those participating in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and OhioHealth Capital City Quarter Marathon.

The OhioHealth Participant Tracking will show you where the runner or walker is on the course, their pace and estimated finish time.

Searching will be enabled on the Wednesday before race day.

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Cap City Half Spectator Viewing Guide

OHIOHEALTH SPECTATOR & SIGN MAKING ZONES

OhioHealth will sponsor five sign-making zones that will help you motivate your favorite runners and walkers.

Downtown: Spring St. just west of N. High St., Goodale and Park streets, Long and N. High streets
All three Downtown locations are a short walk from the Start and Finish line and offer prime viewing to see runners and walkers on both the Half and Quarter marathon routes.

Arena District: Vine Street and Neil Avenue
At about the 12-mile mark on the Half Marathon course and just past the 5-mile mark on the Quarter Marathon just north of Huntington Park

Ohio State University: Neil Avenue and Annie & John Glenn Avenue
At about the 7.5-mile mark and about a block north of the Oval in the heart of The Ohio State University campus

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OTHER VIEWING LOCATIONS

In addition to the OhioHealth Spectator & Sign Making Zones, check out these prime viewing spots:

Start Line and Finish Line
The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will feature a combined Start and Finish Line in 2018. The Start and Finish Line will be located on S. High Street near E. Town Street just southwest of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party making for a prime viewing location.

Rich and Fourth streets, Broad and Fourth streets
After the Start, take a short walk to Rich and Fourth street to see Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon participants at the 3-mile mark or to Broad and Fourth streets to see Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon participants at about the 3.5-mile mark.

High and Vine streets
Watch Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon participants run past the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Afterward, walk over to the North Market for a snack before picking up Half and Quarter fields at Vine and Town streets

German Village: Third and Reindard streets
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus will host a “Polka Party” featuring live music just past the 2-mile mark in the heart of German Village.

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2018 Course Maps: Half marathon, quarter marathon & 5K

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 15:58

Course maps for the 2018 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon:

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1 hospitalized after crash in east Columbus

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 15:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A person was hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash near East 5th Avenue and Joyce Avenue in east Columbus on Friday.

Police said the crash happened around 3:45 p.m.

The crash involved a semi-truck and another vehicle, which ended up stuck under the trailer the semi was carrying.

The injured person was taken to Grant Medical Center.

The intersection was closed as of around 5:30 p.m.

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Lawmakers: ODRC decision to not track convicted rapist with GPS "unacceptable"

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 15:29

COLUMBUS (WBNS) -- Two state lawmakers say they are "shocked" and "appalled" by the findings of a 10 Investigates special report that uncovered why the state of Ohio decided not to place a GPS ankle monitor on convicted rapist Anthony Pardon, despite an order from a Georgia judge.

Anthony Pardon was arrested in February on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder for the death of 24-year old Rachael Anderson, who Columbus police say was tortured and died in Columbus apartment.

Pardon has pleaded not guilty, but his arrest underscores another failure on the part of the state's parole system to closely watch the most violent offenders - an issue that 10 Investigates has been covering for more than a year. He has a lengthy criminal history that includes two convictions of rape in Ohio.

Prior to moving to Georgia in 2006, Pardon spent 25 years in prison in Ohio on charges of attempted murder and rape.

Pardon, who most recently spent the past nine years in a Georgia prison on charges of forgery and failing to register as a sex offender, returned to Ohio last summer to serve out his probation as part of an interstate compact agreement between the states.

A Georgia judge had ordered Pardon to serve 20 years on probation and two "wear an ankle monitor and pay for all expenses." But that never happened.

Documents uncovered by 10 Investigates show that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction told Georgia officials they could not comply with that request because the state was "unclear on the length" and noted there was an "expense issue."

ODRC officials have not responded to repeated requests by 10 Investigates for clarity on this matter.

"It's unacceptable. We should be paying to protect our public. If he is being transferred up here, we as taxpayers should pay for that. If he has funds to pay us back, great. But not having one because of cost is not acceptable," Rep. Jim Hughes, R - District 24, during an interview Friday morning.

Rep. Kristin Boggs, D - District 18, told 10 Investigates: "That is incredibly troublesome to me."

State representatives Kristin Boggs and Jim Hughes are primary sponsors of the Reagan Tokes Act, which seeks to fix problems with ex-offenders on GPS.

The bill is named after the Ohio State student who was kidnapped, raped and fatally shot by Brian Golsby, a convicted sex offender who was on GPS but not closely monitored.

The two murders are eerily similar, which is why these two lawmakers are troubled by 10 Investigates' findings.

When asked if this was another failure on the part of the state's parole system, Boggs said: "Absolutely."

Hughes added: "There's no other way to explain it."

Bogg said: "It's indefensible that we would have recommendations from another state that we failed to comply with."

10 Investigates also placed a call with the Georgia judge this week. His secretary said he likely was unaware that his order had not been followed and that he probably would not comment. We have not heard back.

DRC has not responded to our questions about Pardon's supervision. A department spokeswoman has only said that Pardon was on probation through the Adult Parole Authority as part of the interstate compact agreement. There's been no response to 10 Investigates' emails requesting comment this week.

"They need to explain themselves in terms of what happened with this," Hughes said. "Being silent on this is not acceptable."

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Judge orders house arrest for Bill Cosby

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:48

A judge is confining Bill Cosby to his suburban Philadelphia home until the comedian is sentenced on sexual assault charges.

Cosby must also wear a GPS monitoring device under the order issued Friday by Judge Steven O'Neill.

The judge had suggested Thursday after Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault that he would be allowed to move around Montgomery County, where his home is located.

The modified order says can leave his house only to meet with his lawyers or to get medical treatment but must get permission before doing so.

O'Neill said he issued Friday's order to "clarify" the restrictions.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail after his conviction on charges that he drugged and molest a woman in 2004. He maintains his innocence.

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Kucinich to return $20K to pro-Syrian government group

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:10

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, said he plans to return a $20,000 speaking fee he received last year from a group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The former congressman announced his decision in a letter sent Thursday to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, which was placed in a tough spot by the payment after having endorsed Kucinich for governor.

Kucinich had come under mounting political pressure after news reports revealed that the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees that paid for the speech was the parent organization to the pro-Assad Syrian Solidarity Movement.

Kucinich said that he was unaware of the connection when he took the umbrella group's money.

"The organization did not identify itself as having any interest other than human rights and never specifically mentioned to me their interest in or position regarding the Syrian regime," he wrote. "If they had, I would have declined their offer, because anyone who stands for peace must be able to remain above the appearance of influence."

Kucinich had initially omitted the speaking fee from his required financial disclosure filing. He wrote that was "unintentional" and said he promptly fixed the error when asked by the Ohio Ethics Commission.

He reiterated that the speech he delivered at the European Centre for the Study of Extremism in London last year was "on the topic of resolving the conflict in Syria."

The U.S. and its allies attacked Syrian government chemical weapons stores earlier this month that intelligence agencies say have been used on Assad's own people.

Kucinich also previously went to Syria for what he has described as peace missions during which he met with Assad.

Kucinich said those meetings, along with an interview he conducted on Fox News, have all been aimed at advancing peace in the region.

"I am not nor have I ever been an apologist for anyone," he wrote. "In a lifetime as a public servant I have never carried water for any interest, foreign or domestic. A look at the interview I conducted on Fox News with President Assad should dispel that notion."

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Ohio State student sexually assaulted by intruder

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:38

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police are searching for a suspect after an Ohio State student reported she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man.

The man entered her residence around 6 a.m. Friday morning at the University Village Apartments at 291 Olentangy River Road.

The student reported that the man took her laptop and phone.

The woman was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for the assault.

The suspect is described as being 18 to 25 years old and is around 5'7" to 5'9" tall with a thin build.

Police said he was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

The Columbus Police Special Victims Bureau is handling the investigation and if you have any information regarding this incident, please call 614-645-4624.

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Face the State with Scott Light | April 29, 2018

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:41

This week on Face The State with Scott Light:

  • Gun law changes - Governor John Kasich signed an executive order tightening gun background checks. We take a look at the impact it could have and how Ohioans are reacting.
  • Replacing Pat Tiberi - Conflicting views about who should replace Rep. Tiberi in Congress. Candidates have gotten big endorsements, but the people of Ohio will make the final decision.


Guests this week:

  • Molly O'Shaughnessy -Prinipal with EMC Research
  • Tracy Maxwell Heard - Former Minority House Leader
  • Michael Hartley - Republican strategist and president of Swing State Strategies
  • Jai Chabria - Former confidante to Gov. Kasich

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LIVE UPDATES: Central Ohio Traffic Blog

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:30

Traffic updates around Columbus, Ohio. What to expect for your commute.

Monday, April 30

4:00 a.m.
Good morning! We have a quiet but chilly start to the week on tap. No current reported accidents but watch for overnight construction:
Ramp from SR-315SB to I-70EB CLOSED. Take SR-315SB to I-670EB to I-71SB to I-70EB.
Left lanes of I-70EB CLOSED b/w SR-315 & I-71.

Friday, April 27

Check back for the latest updates

10:55 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: The southbound lanes of I-71 are closed south of SR-104 due to a crash. As of 10:45 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the scene would be cleared soon.

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Pregnant Ohio woman shot in March dies after giving birth

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:40

DAYTON, Ohio — A pregnant Ohio woman shot multiple times last month during an apparent ambush outside of her home has died after giving birth.

The Springfield News-Sun reports 25-year-old Lindzie Wilson, of Springfield, gave birth Saturday and died Tuesday at a Dayton hospital. She was shot March 1.

Springfield police say she had been kept on life support after the shooting to allow for the baby's delivery. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office says her death was caused by a gunshot to the head.

No arrests have been made in the slaying. Wilson's family and friends have made a plea to the community to help find her killer.

Wilson is the second pregnant woman from Springfield who has been shot and then died after giving birth in the last two months.

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Florida school shooting suspect Cruz due back in court

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:36

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for a hearing designed to get the death penalty case moving forward.

The hearing Friday afternoon is expected to deal with several procedural issues, possibly including the setting of an initial trial date.

Cruz's public defender also is likely to ask to waive Florida's speedy trial rule. The rule generally requires that a felony defendant go to trial within 175 days of arrest unless it's waived.

The 19-year-old Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

His lawyer says Cruz would plead guilty if guaranteed a sentence of life without parole, but prosecutors seek the death penalty.

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Trump, Merkel cordial, but no apparent movement on Iran

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:30

WASHINGTON — This time, there were fewer hugs.

President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday for a visit of less than three hours. He greeted Merkel outside the West Wing with a handshake and a kiss on each cheek, a traditional welcome but far short of the bountiful display of personal warmth that was seen earlier in the week when he played host to French President Emmanuel Macron for a lavish three-day state visit.

President Trump held a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday:

Trump, in brief remarks alongside Merkel in the Oval Office, called her an "extraordinary woman," congratulated her on her recent re-election and disputed any idea that their rapport was frosty.

"We have a really great relationship. We actually have had a great relationship from the beginning," Trump said.

Though her visit will be short on pomp, Merkel's message was similar to Macron's — that America and Europe need to bury the hatchet on key issues, from global trade to international security.

In a joint press conference Friday afternoon, it was apparent that despite the back-to-back visits, Trump's divisions with Europe are still substantial.

Trump is widely expected to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord next month, despite pleas from Macron earlier this week and Merkel Friday. Merkel used her meeting with Trump to try to paper over the differences, calling the Obama-era agreement a "first step" toward curtailing and containing Iran's regional ambitions and suggesting openness to a side agreement.

Trump has said he was open to new negotiations with Iran, but has not said whether he would heed European calls for the U.S. to stay in the deal, which aims to restrict Iran's nuclear efforts, while those talks are underway. His decision is expected by May 12.

On trade, Merkel said there was little progress on seeking permanent exemptions for the EU from Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. "The decision lies with the president," she said.

Trump implicitly scolded Germany for not meeting its defense spending obligations to NATO, saying, it is "essential that our NATO allies increase their financial contribution," to the pact.

Merkel said Germany's latest budget will take defense spending to 1.3 percent of GDP. She acknowledged that's far short of the 2 percent goal but said Germany is still aiming for that over time.

In the hours before Merkel's arrival at the White House, Trump himself took note of their limited schedule, which was to include a 30-minute Oval Office meeting, followed by a working lunch and joint news conference.

"Look forward to meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany today," Trump tweeted. "So much to discuss, so little time! It will be good for both of our great countries!"

While Macron and Trump went to great lengths to display their affection through hearty handshakes, hugs — and, at times, air kisses — the president has not displayed the same chemistry with Merkel. In their first White House meeting last spring, Trump seemed to ignore photographers' prompts to give Merkel the traditional photo-op handshake. And the German chancellor looked on unhappily when Trump upbraided NATO nations last summer for not spending enough on defense as he stood in NATO'S gleaming new Brussels headquarters.

This time, the two exchanged a handshake in the Oval Office.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to Trump, said that the president's relationships with Merkel and Macron don't need to be compared.

"France and Germany are great allies. I think every leader is different, every relationship is different," Conway said at the White House. "We're very happy that Chancellor Merkel is making another trip here."

While Macron has been positioning himself as Europe's "Trump whisperer" and conduit to an American president who seems intent on upending U.S. relationships with allies, Merkel maintains her strength as the head of the largest economy in Europe. And if this visit produces a similar lack of bonhomie, that might just be fine with Merkel, who has little to gain at home by being overly friendly with Trump, according to German political analyst Jan Techau.

"For Merkel, it's quite important domestically not to be seen to be getting too close to Trump," said Techau, a senior fellow at think tank The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Anti-American sentiment has been growing again in Germany since Trump's election, with mainstream media regularly portraying the U.S. president as a threat to the world.

The Macron state visit had been long planned, while Merkel's more informal working visit was added to the schedule so her trip to Washington would be the first outside Europe since her election victory. Two deadlines loom large.

The first is Trump's demand for an overhaul by May 12 of the international nuclear deal with Iran — an agreement that Germany, like France, worked hard to secure and believes should remain in place.

Although Germany is unlikely to accept a wholesale rewrite of the deal, Berlin has indicated that it is prepared to consider add-ons that would crack down on Tehran's ballistic missile program and curb Iranian efforts to strengthen its strategic role in the Middle East. Earlier this week, Macron made clear that France would not follow the U.S. lead if Trump decides to withdraw from the agreement.

Macron later told French reporters that he has no "inside information" on Trump's decision on the Iran deal but noted that it's clear the U.S. president "is not very much eager to defend it."

The second deadline concerns the extension of new U.S. tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum, which some fear could trigger a global wave of protectionism that would deeply harm a trading nation such as Germany.

Though German officials have signaled that their goals for the visit are modest, Berlin last week announced plans to step up defense spending, a long-standing demand in Washington. While Germany is still likely to miss the goal of devoting 2 percent of its gross domestic product to defense that's expected of NATO members, the move could be taken as a sign that Berlin has gotten the message.

Some German officials have been quietly playing with the idea of buying U.S.-made F-35 jets replace the country's aging fleet of Tornado planes. The hope is that this would show Berlin's willingness to act on military spending while also improving the U.S. trade balance with Germany.

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Franklin County Dog Shelter offers half-price adoption fees for adult dogs

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Franklin County Dog Shelter is offering half-price adoptions on all adult dogs with the warmer weather ahead.

Starting Friday, a new furry friend could be yours for $73.

The shelter says all dogs are fixed, up to date on shots and microchipped. The Adoption Center currently has more than 70 dogs looking for a new home.

View all the dogs available for adoption at the shelter.

Spring into love with half-price adoption fees! Starting today, you can adopt a furry friend for $73! A small price to pay for the endless love our dogs will give you! We have many different breeds and ages of dogs and one is sure to be the one for you! https://t.co/QZvxoiJ2xF pic.twitter.com/4hShghjs5R

— FC Dog Shelter & AC (@FranklinCoDog) April 27, 2018

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North Columbus massage parlor shut down amid human trafficking accusations

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is shutting down a north Columbus massage parlor amid accusations of human trafficking.

Early Friday afternoon, law enforcement, armed with a court-ordered nuisance abatement, began boarding up East Wind Massage at 6815 Flags Center Drive.

Court complaints obtained by 10TV reveal police first received a tip from a concerned citizen last June. The tipster told authorities they observed a woman tending to a small garden outside the business. The caller said the woman was scantily dressed and wearing fishnet stockings. The same tipster reported observing a woman working at the front desk of the massage parlor wearing only a red bra.

The Columbus Division of Police said between February 6, 2016, and October 31, 2017, investigators discovered 13 online posts “referencing availability of sexual conduct in exchange for money” at the massage parlor. Police said they took action in December and sent nuisance abatement warning letters to the corporation. The investigation escalated in March when the complaint indicates undercover officers paid cash for a massage. Investigators reported the female employees performed sexual activity.

10TV has learned the Human Trafficking Coalition and the Salvation Army are on site because of concerns by law enforcement that some of the women employed at East Wind could be victims of human trafficking.

“We hope today’s court order sends a strong message to other operators in the city who may be engaging in illicit activity that this is the first case of its kind, but it may not be the last,” Klein said in a statement.

The hearing for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief is scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 4.

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Feds targeting doctors for illegal opioid prescriptions

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Federal prosecutors are scoring victories against doctors in the opioid crisis.

A Cincinnati physician convicted of illegally distributing oxycodone pills was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. News outlets report 61-year-old Alan Arnold Godofsky also must pay a $500,000 fine.

Godofsky was convicted of illegally distributing drugs through the Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management clinic in Georgetown, Kentucky. Testimony showed he conducted only minimal exams before prescribing large quantities of pills. Clinic owner Ernest William Singleton also was convicted, and three other doctors pleaded guilty.

Meanwhile, Dr. John Pellegrini of Huntington, West Virginia, faces up to 20 years after pleading guilty to money laundering. Pellegrini worked at the Hope Clinic in Beckley, where prosecutors say he admitted getting bonuses after writing illegitimate prescriptions without patient exams.

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Medical helicopter crash in Wisconsin kills 3, sheriff says

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:23

HAZELHURST, Wis. -- Authorities say three people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office confirmed the three fatalities on Friday. Chief Deputy Dan Hess said the crash involved an Ascension Wisconsin Spirit helicopter, but he said he doesn't know if the three victims were all Ascension employees.

A spokesman for the FAA told CBS affiliate WSAW that the helicopter departed Madison en route to Woodruff and crashed about 12 miles south of its destination.

The last contact with the helicopter was Thursday night. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office said Friday that the helicopter was later located in Hazelhurst, a small town about 150 miles northwest of Green Bay.

Authorities say the last known contact with the helicopter was at 10:55 p.m. Thursday. Dispatchers received a call that the chopper was missing 25 minutes later. At least eight agencies were involved in the search.

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Restaurants calm customers, say their romaine is safe

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 08:17

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Restaurants' advice to their customers? Romaine calm.

The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria. As of this week, at least 84 people in 19 states have gotten sick, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Growers in Yuma typically plant romaine lettuce between September and January. During the peak of the harvest season, which runs from mid-November until the beginning of April, the Yuma region supplies most of the romaine sold in the U.S. The outbreak came as the harvest of romaine was already near its end.

At many restaurants around the country, romaine is still on the menu. Both family-run operations and big chains say they've checked with suppliers and are confident their romaine comes from places that aren't affected by E. coli. If they're not sure, they're replacing romaine with iceberg and other lettuce varieties.

"We've got a lot of people asking where we get our lettuce from," said Armando Ayala, the manager of Cavatore, an Italian restaurant in Houston. Cavatore offers three dinner salads — including a Caesar made tableside — with lettuce from California and local farms in Texas.

As it turns out, a lot of romaine comes from California, which grows 74 percent of the nation's lettuce, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even Salad and Go, a chain with 12 restaurants in Arizona, gets its lettuce from California.

Just Salad, which has 28 locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Chicago, says it saw a spike in business this week after a social media blitz to assure customers that its romaine comes from Salinas, California. Supply chain manager Janani Lee said Just Salad already carried five other types of lettuce, but it recently added iceberg for people who were still concerned.

Katie Calabrese and her friend, Amanda Larsen, both threw out romaine at home, but it didn't stop their salad cravings. On Thursday, they were waiting in a long line at a Sweetgreen restaurant in Philadelphia.

"I'm definitely making non-romaine choices," said Calabrese.

"I eat kale," Larsen said.

The CDC first announced a multistate outbreak of E. coli on April 10. By the end of last week, it was advising customers, grocers and restaurants not to eat whole heads of romaine or salad mixes that might contain romaine unless they knew they weren't grown in Yuma.

The government is still investigating this outbreak. But generally, E. coli is spread through human or animal feces, contaminated water or improper handling.

Salads UP, which has two restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin, says it didn't have to get rid of much romaine, since it gets deliveries almost daily. For now, it has replaced romaine with iceberg, says Salads UP co-founder Robert Mayer.

"Customers don't mind the temporary solution, and in general they appreciate that we are taking precautionary steps," he said.

Burrito chain Chipotle also temporarily stopped serving romaine last weekend, but its California-sourced romaine was back on the menu by Monday.

McDonald's, Wendy's and Chick-fil-A say none of the romaine in their U.S. stores comes from Yuma. But Chick-fil-A says it's making some salads with other lettuces or not offering them at all because of a shortage of romaine.

Frog Holler, a produce wholesaler that distributes to restaurants in Michigan, says all of its romaine comes from California. But many customers weren't ordering it because of the scare. Iceberg orders increased slightly. Others would only take romaine with an official statement that it was safe, said Brittany Savela, an office assistant.

Then, for about a week, Frog Holler had to scramble when its own suppliers stopped shipping romaine.

"We just couldn't get our hands on it anymore," she said. But things are now returning to normal.

It could be difficult for farmers to make up for any shortfalls in romaine at this point in the season, since planting schedules have already been set.

On Thursday at the fifth-generation EG Richter Family Farm in Puyallup, Washington, workers were planting the first romaine crop of the season, which will be harvested around June 1. Tim Richter and his son Timothy grow romaine, red leaf, and green leaf lettuce along with other crops. They sell most of their lettuce to big grocery chains.

They hope the E. coli issue is cleared up soon and that people recognize the problem doesn't affect all romaine lettuce. The Richters say they use conventional fertilizers — not manure — and irrigate with well water to help keep their crops safe.

"The biggest testament is that we eat it," Timothy Richter said.

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Facebook gives parents control on when kids can use app

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 08:11

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding a "sleep" mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it.

The company says parents can now specify the times kids aren't allowed on — either as a one-time restriction or something recurring, such as after 9 p.m. every school night.

Facebook launched the messaging app aimed at kids under 13 in December. It comes with a bevy of parental controls and no ads. But some child development experts have called for Facebook to pull it, saying it should not be making apps for kids.

It's just the latest example of a tech company offering some concession to critics who say they should tread carefully — or not at all, when it comes to hawking their wares to kids.

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Coroner identifies body found in landfill as missing Mount Gilead 14-year-old

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:17

The Lucas County Coroner’s Office says the body found in a Crawford County landfill on Tuesday is that of 14-year-old Skylar Bentley of Mount Gilead.

Skylar was reported missing by his parents on Monday morning. They told investigators they'd last seen the boy when he went to bed Sunday night.

A search of security video at Mt. Gilead Middle School revealed an important, but puzzling, development. Investigators say at around 5:15 a.m. Monday, Skylar was seen climbing into a dumpster behind the school.

"The video shows he's by himself, there's no one else around. He walks up to the dumpster, opens the lid, kind of jumps up on to the side of it, and just kind of slides down in. That's it. There's no one else around, the lid never opens back up, he never re-emerges," said Mt. Gilead Police Chief Brian Zerman.

Three hours later, the video shows a garbage truck emptying the dumpster, taking its contents to the Crawford County landfill, where Tuesday afternoon, the body of a white male was discovered.

The coroner positively identified the body found as Skylar on Friday.

"There are a lot of questions we're just not going to have answers to. The why is the big one," Zerman said. "You want to find that closure for the family. You want to help them the best you can."

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Trump declares in tweet: 'KOREAN WAR TO END'

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 06:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted "KOREAN WAR TO END" Friday after a historic meeting between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea.

Trump responded to the meeting of North Korea's Kim Jong Un with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in South Korea. They pledged in a joint statement to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons — but didn't identify any specific new measures to achieve that.

Trump is expected to meet with Kim in late May or June.

He tweeted: "KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!"​

KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018


In a separate tweet sent minutes earlier, Trump said "good things are happening, but only time will tell."

Trump later offered credit to China, tweeting: "Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea. Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!"

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