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Google tracks your movements -- like it or not

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:49

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to a location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a "timeline" that maps out your daily movements.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects - such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company will let you "pause" a setting called Location History.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you've been. Google's support page on the subject states: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."

That isn't true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like "chocolate chip cookies," or "kids science kits," pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude - accurate to the square foot - and save it to your Google account.

Location, location, location

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google's Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Storing location data in violation of a user's preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer's lab confirmed the AP's findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.

"If you're going to allow users to turn off something called 'Location History,' then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off," Mayer said. "That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have."

Google says it is being perfectly clear.

"There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people's experience, including: Location History, Web, and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services," a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. "We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time."

To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company says, users can turn off another setting, one that does not specifically reference location information. Called "Web and App Activity" and enabled by default, that setting stores a variety of information from Google apps and websites to your Google account.

When paused, it will prevent activity on any device from being saved to your account. But leaving "Web & App Activity" on and turning "Location History" off only prevents Google from adding your movements to the "timeline," its visualization of your daily travels. It does not stop Google's collection of other location markers.

You can delete these location markers by hand, but it's a painstaking process since you have to select them individually, unless you want to delete all of your stored activity.

You can see the stored location markers on a page in your Google account at, although they're typically scattered under several different headers, many of which are unrelated to location.

Tracking you for profit

To demonstrate how powerful these other markers can be, the AP created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar, who carried an Android phone with Location history off, and shared a record of his Google account.

The map includes Acar's train commute on two trips to New York and visits to The High Line park, Chelsea Market, Hell's Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem. To protect his privacy, The AP didn't plot the most telling and frequent marker -- his home address.

Huge tech companies are under increasing scrutiny over their data practices, following a series of privacy scandals at Facebook and new data-privacy rules recently adopted by the European Union. Last year, the business news site Quartz found that Google was tracking Android users by collecting the addresses of nearby cellphone towers even if all location services were off. Google changed the practice and insisted it never recorded the data anyway.

Critics say Google's insistence on tracking its users' locations stems from its drive to boost advertising revenue.

"They build advertising information out of data," said Peter Lenz, the senior geospatial analyst at Dstillery, a rival advertising technology company. "More data for them presumably means more profit."

The AP learned of the issue from K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley who studies the commuting patterns of volunteers in order to help urban planners. She noticed that her Android phone prompted her to rate a shopping trip to Kohl's, even though she had turned Location History off.

"So how did Google Maps know where I was?" she asked in a blog post.

The AP wasn't able to recreate Shankari's experience exactly. But its attempts to do so revealed Google's tracking. The findings disturbed her.

"I am not opposed to background location tracking in principle," she said. "It just really bothers me that it is not explicitly stated."

Google offers a more accurate description of how Location History actually works in a place you'd only see if you turn it off - a popup that appears when you "pause" Location History on your Google account webpage . There the company notes that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps."

Google offers additional information in a popup that appears if you re-activate the "Web & App Activity" setting - an uncommon action for many users, since this setting is on by default. That popup states that, when active, the setting "saves the things you do on Google sites, apps, and services ... and associated information, like location."

Warnings when you're about to turn Location History off via Android and iPhone device settings are more difficult to interpret. On Android, the popup explains that "places you go with your devices will stop being added to your Location History map." On the iPhone, it simply reads, "None of your Google apps will be able to store location data in Location History."

The iPhone text is technically true if potentially misleading. With Location History off, Google Maps and other apps store your whereabouts in a section of your account called "My Activity," not "Location History."


Since 2014, Google has let advertisers track the effectiveness of online ads at driving foot traffic, a feature that Google has said relies on user location histories.

The company is pushing further into such location-aware tracking to drive ad revenue, which rose 20 percent last year to $95.4 billion. At a Google Marketing Live summit in July, Google executives unveiled a new tool called "local campaigns" that dynamically uses ads to boost in-person store visits. It says it can measure how well a campaign drove foot traffic with data pulled from Google users' location histories.

Google also says location records stored in My Activity are used to target ads. Ad buyers can target ads to specific locations - say, a mile radius around a particular landmark - and typically have to pay more to reach this narrower audience.

While disabling "Web & App Activity" will stop Google from storing location markers, it also prevents Google from storing information generated by searches and other activity. That can limit the effectiveness of the Google Assistant, the company's digital concierge.

Sean O'Brien, a Yale Privacy Lab researcher with whom the AP shared its findings, said it is "disingenuous" for Google to continuously record these locations even when users disable Location History. "To me, it's something people should know," he said.

Categories: Ohio News

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is reportedly "gravely ill"

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:42

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Last year, the 76-year-old icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at "some select things."

Categories: Ohio News

State to hold duck blind permit lotteries for hunters

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:49

Ohio's Department of Natural Resources is holding lottery drawings for more than 280 permits to hunters who want to construct a blind for hunting ducks and geese at select state park lakes in the waterfowl hunting season.

Portage Lakes will hold its lottery drawing Thursday. The drawings at 17 other participating state parks will be held Saturday. Applications at participating parks will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration.

Applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2018 Ohio hunting license, an Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant's name and a signed 2018 federal duck stamp.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit. No one can apply or draw for another person.

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Ohio art museum to feature paintings by rocker Mellencamp

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:48

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An Ohio art museum has announced a new exhibition of paintings by rocker John Mellencamp, known for his expressionistic oil portraits and other works.

"John Mellencamp: Expressionist" opens Sept. 20 at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and runs through Nov. 18. It will include portraits and mixed-media pieces.

The show is Mellencamp's second show with the Butler after his 2013-14 exhibition at the museum's Trumbull Branch in suburban Howland.

Mellencamp is known for rock classics including "Small Town," ''Jack and Diane" and "Pink Houses."

The Butler Institute has a reputation for exhibiting artwork by famous actors and musicians, with recent displays by Bob Dylan, Peter Falk, Tony Bennett, Jessica Lange, Ronnie Wood and Kim Novak.

Categories: Ohio News

Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism is unwelcome in the United States gathered in a park outside the White House to protest a white nationalist rally on the anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the end, fewer than two dozen white nationalists showed up.

The events held in both Charlottesville and Washington, largely peaceful though tense at times, were part of a day of speeches, vigils and marches marking a year since one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade. One person was arrested in Washington on Sunday, and four others were arrested in Charlottesville.

In Charlottesville, the mother of the woman killed at last summer's rally visited the site of the attack, saying the country's racial wounds still have not healed. In Washington, a phalanx of police and a maze of metal barriers separated the small group of white nationalists from shouting counterprotesters within view of the White House.

Jason Kessler, the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event, led the Sunday gathering he called a white civil rights rally in Lafayette Square. Kessler said in a permit application that he expected 100 to 400 people to participate, but the actual number was far lower: only around 20.

Kessler's group was dogged by jeering crowds from the moment they emerged from the Foggy Bottom Metro station; they marched about a mile to the White House surrounded by uniformed officers and police vehicles. Behind the barricades, in the northern half of Lafayette Park, thousands of counterprotesters struggled to even catch a clear glimpse of the white nationalist rally.

The counterprotesters had gathered hours earlier in Lafayette Park and nearby Freedom Plaza. Makia Green, who represents the Washington branch of Black Lives Matter, told Sunday's crowd in Freedom Plaza: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work."

After about 90 minutes, the white nationalists were packed into a pair of vans and driven to safety.

President Donald Trump, who further enflamed tensions last year by blaming "both sides" for the violence, wasn't at home this year — he has been at his golf club in New Jersey for more than a week on a working vacation.

Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham credited his forces for successfully avoiding violence and keeping the two sides separated. Newsham called it, "a well-executed plan to safeguard people and property while allowing citizens to express their First Amendment rights."

Earlier in the day in Charlottesville, the mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed during last year's rally, said there's still much healing to be done.

Susan Bro laid flowers at a makeshift memorial at the site of the attack in downtown Charlottesville. With a crowd gathered around her, she thanked them for coming to remember her daughter but also acknowledged the dozens of others injured and the two state troopers killed when a helicopter crashed that day.

"There's so much healing to do," Bro said. "We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this, or we'll be right back here in no time."

Hundreds of neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, in part to protest over the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.

Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters. Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but chaos erupted again when the car barreled into the crowd.

James Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, is charged in state court with murder in Heyer's killing and faces separate hate crime charges in federal court. He pleaded not guilty last month to the federal charges.

The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter crashed, killing Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates.

Among the other anniversary events was a Sunday morning community gathering at a park that drew more than 200 people. The group sang and listened to speakers, among them Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer's who was with her when she was killed.

"She is with me today, too," Commander said.

Law enforcement officials faced blistering criticism after last year's rally for what was perceived as a passive response to the violence that unfolded. A review by a former U.S. attorney found a lack of coordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety.

The anniversary weekend was marked by a much heavier police presence, which also drew criticism from some activists.

Demonstrators on Sunday marched through Charlottesville chanting, "Cops and Klan go hand in hand," and "Will you protect us?"

After the white nationalists departed, police had a tense standoff with about 150 masked anti-fascist, or antifa, protesters who marched through downtown Washington blocking traffic after the white nationalists left. Police shoved back advancing members of the far-left-leaning militant group, and an officer used pepper spray, but no tear gas was deployed.

The city of Charlottesville said four people were arrested in the downtown area. Two arrests stemmed from a confrontation near the Lee statue where a Spotsylvania, Virginia, man stopped to salute, a Charlottesville woman confronted him and a physical altercation took place, officials said.

Police were also investigating the assault of a Charlottesville police officer who was knocked down during a demonstration related to the rally. The officer was knocked to the ground and swarmed after approaching a man whose face was covered, according to police. The officer wasn't hurt, but the investigation is ongoing.

Categories: Ohio News

Florida candidate accused of lying about graduating from a university in Ohio

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:23

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A candidate for the Florida Legislature is being accused of lying about graduating from college and then producing a fake diploma after a website questioned her about it.

Miami University in Ohio told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Florida House candidate Melissa Howard attended the school but never graduated. The school also says the diploma she produced doesn't match those issued in 1994 or 1996, the years she has claimed she graduated, or any year.

The Republican businesswoman is running in the Aug. 28 primary. Her educational background was first questioned last week by the website Florida News Online.

She called the site's accusation false and said she traveled to Ohio last week to get the diploma at her mother's house. After she posted a photo of the diploma, the website briefly took down its story and apologized, but the university then said her claim was false.

"We have no such record of a degree," the university's lawyer, Robin Parker, said in an email to the paper.

Howard's diploma says she graduated with a degree in marketing — Parker says the university has never offered such a degree and that Howard's major was retail. Also, Parker said while the university president's signature is correct, another administrator's signature would not have appeared on the diploma.

Howard did not answer a call Sunday from The Associated Press. Her campaign consultant, Anthony Pedicini, told the newspaper in a text message Saturday that Howard's husband had a "cardiac event" and that she is "focused on her family — not fake news." Her campaign's Facebook page appears to have been removed.

Her opponent, Tommy Gregory, said in a text to the paper, "voters deserve nothing less than truth and integrity from their elected officials. Unfortunately, it seems that Melissa Howard has failed that test."

Categories: Ohio News

Monday's Most Wanted suspect wanted on gun charges

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to locate 25-year-old Don D. Chambers.

Authorities released his photo and charges for 10TV's Monday's Most Wanted.

Chambers is wanted for charges of felonious assault, improper handling of a firearm, and discharge firearm on/near prohibited property.

Deputies say Chambers was last known to be living in north Columbus on Nestling Drive in the 43229 zip code.

Chambers stands approximately 5'9" and 150 lbs.

If you see him, call the Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT team at 614-525-SWAT.

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Back to School: Four steps to ease food allergy anxiety for students

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:05

NORTH COLUMBUS - For children with food allergies, heading to school for the first time can come with significant stress, anxiety, and even danger.

Doctor BJ Lanser, MD, Director of the Pediatric Food Allergy Program at National Jewish Health from National Jewish Health offers 4 tips for parents, including:
• Meet with school staff members early
• Work with an allergist and create a written plan
• Post pictures of your child to the classroom wall with allergy information
• Make and pack safe, allergen-free snacks

Allergic reactions can be life threatening and while they may not impact every child, local moms say the more that all children learn about food sensitivities the more likely tragedies can be prevented.

"I think in the summer and when your kids are little you feel like you have a lot of control because they're at home all day," said Sonya North, a local mom of kids with allergies and founder of the allergy-minded website, "When you go back to school and put your child in a teacher's care all day you lose a little of that control."

She said preparation can ease anxiety. North said she has developed several methods for preventing a reaction for her two children who have allergies. One important strategy is to use the start of the school year as a reminder to refresh prescriptions.

In Central Ohio, you may also notice a child's classmates playing an important role in allergy safety. Often times friends speak up during school parties to advocate for other's food sensitivities.

"I think its really important just to create that village of people. I think often times educating other kids in the classroom-- kids are other kid's greatest advocates," said North. She said she also spreads the word about her website to help other moms create a safe snack list for their child's class.

You can find more details from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on food allergies here.

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11 children, 6 adults injured in three-vehicle crash in Cleveland

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:30

Authorities in Cleveland say 17 people, including 11 children, have been injured in a crash involving three vehicles.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon. Cleveland police say several people were ejected from vehicles.

CBS affiliate in Cleveland WOIO reports a 64-year-old woman driving a 2018 Kia slowed down to make a turn into a church when a driver in a 2008 Dodge hit the Kia. The Kia was then knocked to cross the double yellow line into the path of a 2005 Chevy, resulting in a head on collision.

Officials say all the children were taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and MetroHealth in stable condition.

WOIO reports that three people were confined at University Hospitals. Everyone else involved was treated and released.

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Family seeks help from drone pilots to find missing woman in Colorado

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:19

It's a weekly routine sparked by tragedy -- and fueled by hope. Omar Holguin, along with a few of his closest friends and family members -- and a cadaver dog -- were in Boulder County's Left Hand Canyon on Sunday, searching for his sister, Rita Gutierrez Garcia.

CBS Denver reports that investigators do not believe Gutierrez Garcia is still alive.

"It's obviously hard but, I don't think anything is impossible," Holguin says. "It's been nearly five months since she disappeared."

Gutierrez Garcia was last seen on March 18 behind a bar in Longmont.

In July, Longmont police announced that they believe she is no longer alive and that they have a suspect in the case, 29-year-old Juan Figueroa, but no one has been able to find Rita's remains.

Longmont police believe she could be anywhere from Longmont to Rollins Pass outside of Nederland. That's a lot of area for her family and friends to search.

"It's huge," says Holguin. "I guess we're just going to take it week by week and just cover as much of it as we can."

Now they are hoping to add people with drones to their search party.

Holguin explains why they need drones: "People with drones obviously they cover more ground and more quickly. It will be a lot more helpful than someone walking."

Even with the dog and the drone, searching such a large untamed area is a difficult task. One that Omar hopes can be made easier by someone who knows something about his sister's disappearance speaking up.

"Please come forward. This could have been your sister, mother or daughter," Holguin said.

The Longmont Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Rita's discovery or for information that leads to arresting the suspect.

Rita is 5-foot-7, 140-pounds, with ombré hair and brown eyes. She has several tattoos. She was last seen in March wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and black leggings.

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Baltimore officer seen in viral video repeatedly punching man quits

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:13

A Baltimore police officer has resigned after a video surfaced online showing him repeatedly punching a man and knocking him down over steps on a sidewalk Saturday. The recording lasts about 30 seconds. The city's interim police commissioner said the video "deeply disturbed" him.

The video begins with the officer standing in front of a black man who has his back to a wall. The officer, who is also black, can be seen shoving the man in the chest before the officer starts throwing punches. The man tries to block punches from the officer but doesn't appear to fight back. The man is pushed over some steps by the officer who continues to throw punches, and the video ends with the officer on top of him.

"I'm deeply disturbed by the video that surfaced online," interim Police Commissioner Garry Tuggle said in a statement Saturday. "The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident. Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage."

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith issued an update Sunday saying the officer had quit.

"The officer involved in yesterday's incident is no longer with the Baltimore Police Department. Interim Commissioner Tuggle has accepted his resignation," the statement said, adding that a second officer seen in the video "remains on administrative duties. This remains an active criminal investigation."

Tuggle is asking any witnesses to contact the department's Office of Professional Responsibility at 410-396-2300.

Warren Brown, an attorney for the man who was knocked down, identified his client as Dashawn McGrier. Brown said his client faces charges for allegedly assaulting the officer in June, charges McGrier is contesting in court. Brown said the officer saw McGrier on Saturday and tried to provoke him as a result of their June encounter.

"He is charged with assaulting that officer then, and so here this officer now is like, you know, going after him," Brown said.

Brown said a court date is set for Aug. 22 on the assault charges, and he said video of that encounter between the two men also exists, though he has not seen it. Brown said he has scheduled a Monday news conference to discuss plans for filing a complaint against the officer.

"It is just an act of police brutality that was unwarranted, and it just does nothing for police-community relations," Brown said. "It does nothing to lower crime. My client was not involved in any criminal activity. It's just gratuitous violence that's unnecessary and does no good for the city."

Brown said his client was being treated in a Baltimore hospital. Brown said McGrier "may have suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose, maybe some fractured ribs, and he had difficulty with feeling his left leg, although before I left he did say that he was beginning to get the feel back in his foot, left foot."

In a news release Saturday, Smith said the man was not criminally charged and had been released from custody.

Smith said the Office of Professional Responsibility "immediately" began investigating after learning of the video. The officer, who has been with the agency for more than a year, was then immediately suspended, Smith said.

McGrier's sister, Shantel Allen, told CBS Baltimore, "I was angry. I was crying. I was hurt. The level of force that was used ... was unnecessary."

Former NAACP head Ben Jealous, a Democrat who is running for governor, said the video "shows just how far community-police relations have fallen in Baltimore, as well as the work that must be done in partnership with city officials to restore trust."

"Building trust begins first and foremost by responding swiftly and transparently, which is why I am heartened that the officer has been suspended pending internal review," Jealous said in a statement. "Long term, we need to be investing in our communities and recruiting police officers who have the temperament, tools, and training to keep us safe without resorting to unnecessary violence."

Baltimore entered a federal consent decree last year after federal investigators detailed longstanding patterns of unconstitutional policing, racial profiling and excessive force. A consent decree, filed in federal court and overseen by a monitor, is generally a road map for changes in fundamental police department practices. In Baltimore's case, the agreement mandates changes in the most fundamental aspects of daily police work, including use of force, searches and arrests.

Federal authorities began investigating city police following the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was fatally injure

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Death toll from quake that hit Indonesian island passes 430

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:10

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars.

The national disaster agency said Monday the Aug. 5 quake killed 436 people, most of whom died in collapsing buildings.

It said damage to homes, infrastructure and other property is at least 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million), calling that a temporary figure that will rise as more assessments are made. The agency said rebuilding will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The magnitude 7.0 quake flattened thousands of homes and according to the disaster agency's latest estimate has displaced about 350,000 people.

"The damage and losses are very large," said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

"When all data has been collected later, the amount will be greater. It needs trillions of rupiah (hundreds of millions of dollars) for rehabilitation and reconstruction. It will take time to restore community life and economic development," he said.

Nugroho said damaged roads were hindering access to isolated mountainous areas and helicopters had been deployed by the disaster agency, the military and the search and rescue agency to distribute aid.

Lombok, a popular but less developed tourist destination than neighboring Bali, was hit by three strong quakes in little over a week and has endured more than 500 aftershocks.

A July 29 quake killed 16 people. An aftershock measuring magnitude 5.9 on Thursday caused panic, more damage and more than two dozen injuries.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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Grandma frowns on Browns DE's potty month at training camp

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:41

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive end Carl Nassib needs to work on more than his pass rushing skills in training camp.

His grandma wants him to clean up his language.

Nassib became a breakout star of the first episode this season of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series, which is documenting Cleveland's training camp this summer. In last week's premiere, Nassib, who has earned a reputation for being outspoken during his three seasons with the Browns, delivered a profanity-laced speech on financial advice to his fellow defensive linemen.

During a few scenes shot inside the team's meeting rooms, Nassib stood in front of a white board after writing down a math equation he said can help his teammates save money. Nassib emphasized his points by sprinkling in profanity not fit for family viewing.

On Sunday, Nassib said some of the feedback from his appearance has been alarming.

"I'm a little embarrassed about my swearing," Nassib said sheepishly. "I didn't know I swear that much. My grandmother was upset with me."

Nassib said he was prompted to help his teammates with their finances because he didn't want to see others take advantage of them.

"This offseason, I did a lot of research about finances and stuff like that because I did not study that in college," said Nassib, who was a biology major at Penn State. "I felt like I wanted to share that with my teammates and the younger guys and help them out because it helped me out a lot."

Nassib also wanted to clarify a comment he made during the first "Hard Knocks" when he told teammates that they could double their money getting 10 percent interest per year.

"You have a million dollars and after seven years of getting 10 percent on that money every single year, you're making money off of it, you're going to double it after seven years," Nassib said in the episode. "So you double your money every seven years for forty-two (expletive) years, you get 64 times your original (expletive) money."

The scene left viewers wondering where Nassib could get 10 percent interest.

"I don't think that anybody is even giving 2 percent interest," he said. "The way it was edited made it seem like I said that. I was talking about gains on stocks and other investments."

Nassib also lectured his teammates about spending too much time on Instagram. He warned them if they were on the social media site two hours a day, it would add up to one month every year.

Another amusing scene with Nassib in "Hard Knocks" was when coach Hue Jackson showed Nassib posing with pop superstar Taylor Swift before her recent concert in Cleveland.

Nassib joked with the coach that he had proposed.

So, has he gotten a response?

"Absolutely not," Nassib said. "She's way out of my league. Yeah, she doesn't have time for me."

Jackson said the TV show may have revealed a side of Nassib most fans haven't seen, but it's the guy the Browns know well.

"That is the real Carl Nassib," Jackson said. "There is no doubt about it. Do not let him fool you. That is who he is."

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Family records moment small plane makes emergency landing on California freeway

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:25

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Authorities said a single-engine Cessna 172 made an emergency landing Saturday on Highway 580 near San Leandro, CBS Sacramento reports. The aircraft touched down on the freeway about 6:45 p.m. after the pilot reported a rough-running engine, Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email.

The plane's registered owner is Reno-based Fly Fe LLC. Gregor couldn't say where the plane's trip began, or where it was headed when it made the emergency landing.

There were two people in the plane, CHP Officer James Evan said, and one of them reported a "complaint of pain."

The plane was not damaged, nor were any vehicles on the freeway hit by the plane.

A family driving on the freeway caught the frightening incident on video with their car's dash camera.

You can hear the shock and panic in Eric and Brandi Geer's voices in the video as they watch Cessna land right in front of them on westbound 580 just past the 238 interchange in San Leandro.

The Geers said it looked like the pilot waited for a gap in traffic, then dropped it down near the 164th street exit.

"He was able to hold that plane up until all the cars got out of the way and then he landed it and he immediately went to the side," said Brandi Geers.

She quickly called 911. CHP said they put out the alert to officers at around 6:45 p.m.

Eric Greer was behind the wheel of the family car during the incident. He said he started trying to slow down the traffic behind him as the plane made its way onto the shoulder of the freeway.

"It was fear at first and then adrenaline kicks in," said Eric Greer. "So I was trying to like, 'Hey! Listen up!' So I was swerving around on the freeway."

According to sources at the CHP, the plane took off from Lake Tahoe and was supposed to end its flight at the Hayward Executive Airport less than five miles from where the emergency landing happened.

The pilot reported a problem with the fuel pump and decided to make the emergency landing.

"You hear about it on TV, you see it sometimes and you're like, 'That would never happen!' There are things that happen that are beyond your control, and planes do fall out of the sky," said Brandi Geer.

An investigation is ongoing.

Firefighters & @CHPcastrovalley at the scene of an aircraft emergency landing on WB I-580 near the 164th Ave exit in unincorporated San Leandro. Pilot & passenger are ok, no injuries. No injuries to bystanders or vehicles. No damage to plane or freeway. Cause under investigation

— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) August 12, 2018
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ODOT's new efforts to save pollinators will also reduce costs and improve Ohio roads

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:20

Nationwide, the monarch butterfly population is decreasing but one local department is working to reverse those numbers in a unique way.

Drivers hitting highways around Ohio will soon notice more wild flowers and tall grasses native to the state. It’s all part of the effort by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to save the pollinators and a few bucks.

“Milkweed naturally occurs in Ohio and it's a host plant for the monarch butterfly and it's the only plant the monarch will lay her eggs on and it's the only plant that the caterpillar will eat so it's vital to their survival,” said Joel Hunt, program administrator for highway beautification and pollinator habitats at ODOT.

Over the last two decades, the monarch butterfly population has dipped 80 percent across the United States, Hunt told 10TV. It would take an estimated 1.3 billion new milkweed plants around the country to lift the population back up.

To help the cause, ODOT has planted gardens in large open areas around the state and reduced how much crews mow.

“We'll always mow our safety zone, which is the median, 30ft from the edge of the pavement,” Hunt said. “But what we're doing is we're naturalizing that back side of the right of way and so those 50 or so native pollinator species will naturally re-emerge that have been mowed off for decades.”

In addition to boosting the pollinator population, the effort will also save ODOT money.

“By reducing our mowing, again, we're mowing higher, faster and using less fuel and wear and tear,” Hunt said. “We expect the savings to be millions.”

Those savings, Hunt added, will benefit drivers in the long run.

“What we need to do is be on the center of the roads, fixing potholes, making sure that drains flow and signs are legible,” he said.

Drivers across Ohio, like Lori Berdak Miller, told 10TV the project is one she can appreciate.

“I like to avoid the potholes and the rough highways so it's nice to travel a highway that's smooth and everything,” Berdak Miller said. “And then if you can take advantage of a garden like this on top of it, it makes it even better.”

Hunt told 10TV that ODOT would like to have pollinator habitats created in all 88 counties across the state by the year 2020.
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Hippo attacks leave 2 dead, 1 hurt near Kenyan lake

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 03:15

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippo while taking pictures on the edge of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley, just hours after a local fisherman was mauled to death in the same area, authorities said Sunday.

A second Chinese tourist was injured in the incident Saturday night and received treatment in the local hospital in Naivasha, 56 miles southeast of Nairobi, the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.

A Kenyan fisherman was attacked by another hippo a few miles from where the incident with the Chinese tourists occurred, a police official said.

"The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake," said Rift Valley Head of Criminal investigations Gideon Kibunja.

The deaths brought to six the number people who have been killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha so far this year.

Wildlife service spokesman Paul Udoto said the circumstances are not clear in which the two Chinese were attacked. He said attacks on tourists are rare because they are usually protected by guides.

He said hippos and lone buffalos pose the greatest danger to humans and there have been many attacks in which civilians and even rangers have lost their lives.

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School start dates across central Ohio

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 02:51

It's that time of year again. Students around central Ohio are getting ready to go back to school.

Below you'll find a list of start dates for local school districts:

Bellefontaine City Schools
• August 15

Bexley City Schools
• August 15

Big Walnut
• August 15 (Grades 1-12)

Canal Winchester Local Schools
• August 15 (Grades 1-9)
• August 16 (Grades 10-12)
• August 20 (Preschool)
• August 22 (Kindergarten)

Chillicothe City Schools
• September 4

Circleville City Schools

  • August 15 (Grades 1-12)
  • August 20 (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Columbus City Schools

  • August 23

Columbus Catholic Schools
• August 22

Coshocton City Schools
• August 21

Delaware City Schools
• August 15

Dublin City Schools
• August 15

• August 15

Grandview Heights Schools
• August 15

Groveport Madison Local Schools
• September 4

Hamilton Local Schools
• August 15

Hilliard City Schools
• August 22

Jonathan Alder Local Schools
• August 22

Lancaster City Schools
• August 23 (grades 1-9)
• August 24 (grades 10-12)

Licking Heights Local Schools
• August 15 (grades 1-12)
• August 20 (Kindergarten)

Logan-Hocking schools
• August 23
o Kindergarten-Grade 8
o 9th Grade orientation
• August 24 (Grades 10-12)

London City Schools
• August 15

Madison Plains Local Schools
• August 20 (Grades 1-12)
• August 22 (Kindergarten)

Mansfield City Schools
• August 23

Marysville Exempted Village Local Schools
• August 15
o Grades 1-8 last names A-G
o 9th graders
• August 16
o All High School Students
o Grades 1-8 last names H-O
• August 17
o Grades 1-8 last names P-Z

Marion City Schools
• August 23

Mount Vernon City Schools
• August 16

New Albany Plain Local Schools
• August 16

Newark City Schools
• August 21

Olentangy Local Schools
• August 15

Pickerington Local Schools
• August 15 (Grades 1-12)
• August 21 (Kindergarten)

Reynoldsburg City Schools
• August 16

Southwest Licking Local Schools
• August 21 (grades 1-12)
• August 22 (Kindergarten & Preschool)

South-Western City Schools
• August 22
o Grades 4-12
o Kindergarten-Grade 3 with last names A-G
• August 23
o Kindergarten-Grade 3 with last names H-O
• August 24
o Kindergarten-Grade 3 with last names P-Z

Upper Arlington

• August 14 (Kindergarten-Grade 6, Grade 9)
• August 15 (Grades 7-8, 10-12)

Waverly City Schools
• August 23

Westerville City Schools
• August 16

Worthington City Schools
• August 15

Whitehall City Schools
• August 20 (Grades 1-12)
• August 28 (Kindergarten)

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    Trump allies, security experts alarmed by Omarosa recordings

    Mon, 08/13/2018 - 02:46

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from President Donald Trump's allies and national security experts for secret recordings she made at the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room.

    Manigault Newman said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she surreptitiously recorded a number of conversations in the White House for her own protection. Parts of her conversation with Kelly were played on the air. Critics denounced the recordings as a serious breach of ethics and security.

    "Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the White House chief of staff in the Situation Room?" tweeted Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

    In the recording, which Manigault Newman quotes extensively in her new book, "Unhinged," Kelly can be heard saying that he wants to talk with Manigault Newman about leaving the White House. The Associated Press independently listened to the recording of the conversation.

    "It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you," Kelly is heard saying, citing her use of government vehicles and "money issues and other things" that he compares to offenses that could lead to a court martial in the military.

    "If we make this a friendly departure ... you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation," he tells Manigault Newman, adding: "There are some serious legal issues that have been violated and you're open to some legal action that we hope, we think, we can control."

    Manigault Newman said she viewed the conversation as a "threat" and defended her decision to covertly record it and other White House conversations.

    "If I didn't have these recordings, no one in America would believe me," she said.

    The response from the White House was stinging. "The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security - and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

    The Situation Room is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, where the nation's most consequential foreign policy decisions are made, and staff are not permitted to bring in cellphones or other recording devices.

    "I've never heard of a more serious breach of protocol," said Ned Price, who served as spokesman of the National Security Council in the Obama administration. "Not only is it not typical, something like this is unprecedented."

    Price said there is no one checking staffers for devices at the door, but there is a sign outside the room making clear that electronic devices are prohibited.

    "The Situation Room is the inner-most sanctum of a secure campus," he said, describing the breach as part of a culture of disregarding security protocols in the Trump White House. He also questioned why Kelly would ever choose to have such a meeting there.

    In the book, which will be released Tuesday, Manigault Newman paints a damning picture of Trump, including claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his "The Apprentice" reality series, on which she co-starred.

    Manigault Newman wrote in the book that she had not personally heard the recording. But she told Chuck Todd on Sunday that she later was able to hear a recording of Trump during a trip to Los Angeles.

    "I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here," she said on the show.

    The White House had previously tried to discredit the book, with Sanders calling it "riddled with lies and false accusations." Trump on Saturday labeled Manigault Newman a "lowlife."

    Katrina Pierson, an adviser to Trump's re-election campaign who served as a spokeswoman for his 2016 campaign, said she had never heard Trump use the kind of derogatory language Manigault Newman describes. She said in a statement that she feels "pity for Omarosa as she embarrasses herself by creating salacious lies and distortions just to try to be relevant and enrich herself by selling books at the expense of the truth. 'Unhinged,' indeed."

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also questioned Manigault Newman's credibility in an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

    "The first time I ever heard Omarosa suggest those awful things about this president are in this book," she said, noting Manigault Newman "is somebody who gave a glowing appraisal of Donald Trump the businessman, the star of the 'The Apprentice,' the candidate and, indeed, the president of the United States."

    Manigault Newman had indeed been a staunch defender of the president for years, including pushing back, as the highest-profile African-American in the White House, on accusations that he was racist.

    But Manigault Newman now says she was "used" by Trump, calling him a "con" who "has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities" and is "truly a racist."

    "I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation," she said. "I had a blind spot where it came to Donald Trump."

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    2 men stabbed in Bellefontaine apartment, suspect in custody

    Sun, 08/12/2018 - 19:55

    BELLEFONTAINE — Police in Bellefontaine say two men were stabbed in their apartment and a suspect is in custody.

    The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that one of the men stumbled into a Walmart store early Sunday bleeding profusely. Police followed a trail back to his apartment and found his roommate, who also was critically injured. Both were flown to hospitals.

    Police say a suspect was later found and taken into custody. The three were not identified.

    An investigation is continuing.

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    Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

    Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:48

    ST. LOUIS — Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now, winning the PGA Championship on Sunday with machine-like precision to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles.

    And it still felt — and sounded — like he was playing second billing to Tiger Woods.

    With roars for Woods unheard anywhere this side of Augusta National, Koepka kept his cool and ran off two birdies on the back nine at Bellerive with Adam Scott tied for the lead and Woods one shot behind.

    Koepka closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory, making him only the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.

    "The crowds here, they let you know what's going on," Koepka said with a big grin. "The beginning of the back nine, I could hear all the roars. When Tiger started making his little run, and Scotty made his run, it got loud."

    Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major.

    "I played hard," Woods said. "I made a bit of a run. It looks like I'm going to come up a little short."

    Koepka was responsible for that.

    After wasting one chance to put it away, Koepka ran kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264.

    It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.

    Koepka has won three of the last six majors he played, and two of three this year alone. He joined Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the two U.S. majors that rotate to different courses in the same year.

    The 28-year-old Floridian also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

    Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies. Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have pulled him to within one shot — right after Koepka missed from the same range — and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish alone in third.

    The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods — he last was at Bellerive when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks canceled a World Golf Championship — and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.

    Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming. Earlier in the week, as he was cleaning out his locker after withdrawing with an injury, he thought back to Woods getting into contention at Carnoustie last month at the British Open. "He recognized who that guy was that day," Bjorn said.

    Woods was relentless, pumping fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and charging toward a finish that caused pure pandemonium among one of the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.

    Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.

    Dialed in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.

    That was as good as it got.

    Facing the most important drive of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.

    Woods and Koepka played nine holes of a practice round on Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion knew what he was up against.

    "It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle," Woods said. "What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing the same thing here. ... And when a guy's doing that and hitting it straight, and as good a putter as he is, it's tough to beat."

    Koepka never imagined a year like this. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.

    And now this.

    Koepka joked about working out in a public gym this week with Dustin Johnson and not being recognized. He has been motivated by more serious moments, from being left off the "notable scores" section of TV coverage at tournaments and even last week, when he was not summoned for a TV interview to preview the PGA Championship.

    He now is No. 2 in the world, with a shot at overtaking Johnson in two weeks when the FedEx Cup playoffs start.

    Justin Thomas also had a chance to join Woods as the only back-to-back PGA champions in stroke play, and he was tied for the lead briefly on the front nine when Koepka missed fairways and made two straight bogeys. Thomas turned birdie into bogey at the turn with a three-putt from 5 feet, and he missed a short par putt on the 14th to fall back. He shot 68 and tied for sixth.

    Even with 17 players separated by three shots at one point on the front nine, everyone had to catch Koepka, Woods included.

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