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Supreme Court justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:10

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.

The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons.

The two states were appealing lower court rulings that had blocked them from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women. The money is not used for abortions. Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should not receive any government money because of heavily edited videos that claimed to show the nation's largest abortion provider profiting from sales of fetal tissue for medical research.

Investigations sparked by the videos in several states didn't result in criminal charges.

The dispute at the high court has nothing to do with abortion, as Thomas pointed out in a dissent that was joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. In his first discernible vote on the court, new Justice Brett Kavanaugh declined to join Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch because a fourth vote would have been enough to set the case for arguments. Chief Justice John Roberts also did not vote to hear the case, along with the four more liberal justices.

The issue is who has the right to challenge a state's Medicaid funding decisions, private individuals or only the federal government. The states say that the Medicaid program, a joint venture of federal and state governments to provide health care to poorer Americans, makes clear that only the Secretary of Health and Human Services can intervene, by withholding money from a state.

Most lower federal courts have found that private parties can challenge Medicaid funding decisions in court, although the federal appeals court in St. Louis rejected a similar court challenge and allowed Arkansas to end its contract with Planned Parenthood. A split among federal appeals courts is often a reason for the Supreme Court to step in.

"So what explains the court's refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named 'Planned Parenthood.' That makes the Court's decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion," Thomas wrote.

The dispute over funding for Planned Parenthood stemmed from the July 2015 release by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress of a series of edited videos purportedly depicting Planned Parenthood of America executives talking about the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has said it did not seek any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement of costs.

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Teacher ban on "Large Afros," other styles, hits sour note

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 07:30

CINCINNATI (AP) — A middle-school music teacher has hit a sour note with a letter warning students against having "Mohawks, Large Afros, or other outlandish" hairstyles for an upcoming school concert.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the letter touched off a social media firestorm over the weekend, with commenters saying it was targeting black students. Students were warned they could be sent home and forfeit their grade.

Pleasant Run Middle School apologized in a Tweet sent out Saturday. It said the letter wasn't approved by the school administration and "does not reflect our views at all."

Messages for comment were sent Monday to the teacher and to the superintendent of the Northwest Local School District in suburban Cincinnati.

Vocal Music teacher Steven Reeve's letter states that he's in his first year at the school.

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Justin Timberlake “Man of the Woods Tour” coming to Columbus in March

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 06:15

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Nationwide Arena announced Monday that Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods Tour” is making a stop in Columbus on March 31st.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Wednesday, December 12 while sales for general admission tickets begin Monday, December 17.

JUST(in) ANNOUNCED! Justin Timberlake’s “Man of The Woods” returns to Columbus on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Tickets go on sale 12/17 at 10AM at Ticketmaster & our box office. @jtimberlake #lifeincbus

— Nationwide Arena (@NationwideArena) December 10, 2018

The tour will go to Detroit and Grand Rapids Michigan in 2019, as well as having stops in Las Vegas, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The final tour stop is at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.

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Prosecutors indict Nissan's Ghosn for underreporting pay

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 06:01

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors have charged Nissan Motor Co.'s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another executive and the automaker itself for allegedly violating financial laws by underreporting income.

The charges imposed Monday involve allegations Ghosn's pay was underreported by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015. The prosecutors said earlier that the allegations were the reason for Ghosn's arrest on Nov. 19.

The arrest of an industry icon admired both in Japan and around the world has stunned many and raised concerns over the Japanese automaker and the future of its alliance with Renault SA of France.

The prosecutors issued statements Monday outlining new allegations against Ghosn and Greg Kelly, the other executive. Those are of underreporting another 4 billion yen ($36 million) in 2016-2018. Nissan as a company was not mentioned in the latest allegations, which did not give details about the income thought to have been underreported.

In Japan, a company can be charged with wrongdoing. A court date is still undecided as the prosecutors continue to question Ghosn and Kelly.

The maximum penalty for violating Japan's financial laws, as the prosecutors allege, is 10 years in prison, a 10 million yen ($89,000) fine, or both.

Some kind of action by the prosecutors had been expected because the detention period allowed for the allegations disclosed earlier was to end on Monday.

Nissan Motor Co. confirmed the charges against it in a statement and vowed to strengthen its governance and compliance.

"Nissan takes this situation extremely seriously," it said. "Making false disclosures in annual securities reports greatly harms the integrity of Nissan's public disclosures in the securities markets, and the company expresses its deepest regret."

Kelly, 62, an American, is suspected of having collaborated with Ghosn.

Kelly's attorney in the U.S., Aubrey Harwell, told The Associated Press earlier this month that his client is asserting his innocence. He said insiders at Nissan and outside experts had said the handling of the income reporting was legal.

Ghosn has not commented.

Ghosn was ousted as Nissan chairman and Kelly lost his representative director title following their arrests. They both remain on Nissan's board pending a shareholder's meeting.

Ghosn, 64, was sent to Nissan by its partner Renault SA of France in 1999. He led a dramatic turnaround of the near-bankrupt Japanese automaker. But his star-level compensation drew attention since executives in Japan tend to be paid far less than their international counterparts.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference Monday that Japan-French relations are unshakable despite concerns over the future of Nissan's alliance with Renault after Ghosn' indictment. He said it was crucial for Nissan, Renault and alliance partner Mitsubishi Motor Co., to maintain united and improve their cooperate governance.

"It is important to maintain the alliance, which is a symbol of cooperation between Japan and France," he told a televised news conference Monday, adding that Japan will promote improved corporate governance in line with global standards.

It is typical in the Japanese legal system for there to be little access to comment by suspects. Prosecutors have also said little.

Only Ghosn's attorneys and embassy officials from Lebanon, France and Brazil, where he has citizenship, have been allowed to visit him.

Shin Kukimoto, deputy chief prosecutor at the Tokyo District Prosecutor's Office, declined Monday to say if the suspects were rejecting the allegations. He said Ghosn and Kelly were being detained because they are considered flight risks.

Japan's criminal justice system long has been criticized for detaining people for extended periods to pressure them to confess. The conviction rate for those charged is more than 99 percent.

Kukimoto denied prosecutors were working to force confessions.

"We do not have such a scenario. There is no such thing and we do not force suspects to make confessions to fit the story," Kukimoto said in response to a reporter's question.

Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it had filed criminal complaints against Ghosn, Nissan and Kelly, paving the way for the prosecutors to charge them. A commission official said Monday that Nissan, Ghosn and Kelly were suspected of falsifying reports on millions of dollars' worth of Ghosn's income.

Nissan has said that an internal investigation found three types of misconduct: underreporting income to financial authorities, using investment funds for personal gain and illicit use of company expenses.

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Engagement ring Frank Sinatra presented to his fiancee fetches nearly $1.7 million at auction

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 05:19

The private treasures of Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara were a multi-million dollar hit at auction. Sotheby's reported Friday that the couple's entertainment memorabilia, art, jewelry, books and other personal items sold for $9.2 million -- about twice their pre-sale estimates.

A 20-carat diamond engagement ring that Frank Sinatra presented to his fiancee fetched nearly $1.7 million, surpassing a top $1.5 million estimate.

"Frank tossed a bunch of diamonds on a bed and said, 'Pick the one you want,'" Quig Bruning from Sotheby's said last month, CBS New York reported. "Barbara picked the one she liked, she had it mounted in a ring. Frank gave it to her in a glass of champagne and she said, 'Alright, you pick the finger to put it on.' And that became her engagement ring."

Nine paintings by the legendary crooner also went for more than $850,000, against a high estimate of $120,00.

Also up for sale was a Jewish skullcap with Frank's name embroidered on it. It soared past a high estimate of $500, selling for more than $9,000.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage, California, which counsels victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

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Off-duty firefighter dead in suspected road-rage attack in New York City

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 05:16

An off-duty New York City firefighter was killed in a suspected road rage incident in Brooklyn early Sunday. Investigators said the 33-year-old firefighter suffered head trauma and was found lying next to his damaged car.

The other driver was nowhere to be found.

The FDNY told CBS New York that Faizal Coto was a firefighter for the past three years at Engine 245 in Coney Island.

Sources told CBS New York police have not determined the exact cause of Coto's death, but the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Investigators were seen swarming the eastbound side of the Belt Parkway in Bath Beach near Exit 4 just before 5 a.m. after police said Coto was found on the ground with head injuries next to his 2008 Ford Mustang, adding he was hit with some kind of object. The 911 caller said there was a crash, but when police got to the scene the other driver was already gone.

Police are searching for the person who was behind the wheel of a 2006 gray Infinity G35. It has damage on its driver's side and New York plates bearing JEA 2402, according to the NYPD. That person has been labeled a suspect in Faizal's death, according to CBS New York.

The NYPD said the two cars collided while merging onto the highway. Coto and the suspect pulled over to the shoulder. Investigators said that's when Coto was hit in the head with some kind of object and ended up unconscious and unresponsive with severe injuries.

Coto was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses said detectives were scouring the scene for evidence for hours Sunday.

"I saw it. It looked like a lot of police here. It looked like they were collecting evidence," Bath Beach resident Steven Alengakis said, adding, "I'm really disappointed to hear that something like this happened."

The flag outside Engine 245 was flying at half staff Sunday night as the FDNY community grieves the loss of one of its own.

Coto was also an aspiring rapper and hip hop artist performing under the name FAIYA, according to CBS New York.

The NYPD urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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5 children die in house fire in Youngstown

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 04:14

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (10TV/WKBN) -- 5 children are reported to have died after a house fire overnight in Youngstown.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday at a home on Parkliffe Avenue.

According to CBS affiliate WKBN, firefighters say two children died inside the home, while three were rescued but were taken to a local hospital where they later died.

Firefighters confirm the children's ages as 9, 3, 2 and two 1-year-old twins.

Firefighters say the mother made it out of the home, but was injured. Two firefighters were also injured, with one taken to the hospital.

Firefighters say they do not suspect foul play, but the cause is still under investigation.

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Local newspapers end print run after photographer's shooting

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 04:12

An Ohio newspaper company has said it will no longer publish its local newspapers after the shooting of the newspapers' photographer by a sheriff's deputy who said he mistook a camera tripod for a rifle.

KBA News LLC owner Dale Grimm and his son Andy made the announcement last week, saying photographer Andy Grimm hasn't been able to return to work since the shooting. The company says that is a main reason for ending the print production of the New Carlisle News, Enon Eagle and Tippecanoe Gazette though the newspapers will continue publishing online.

A grand jury last month declined to indict the Clark County sheriff's deputy for shooting Andy Grimm in 2017.

Andy Grimm says the shooting has strained relations between the company and the involved entities.

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Jury to recommend sentence for white nationalist

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 04:10

The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment.

The jury in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr. will reconvene Monday to hear additional evidence and come up with a sentencing recommendation for Judge Richard Moore on murder and other charges.

Fields was convicted Friday in the death of Heather Heyer during the "Unite the Right" rally organized to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Fields also injured dozens when he drove into a crowd of people who showed up to protest against the white nationalists.

The 21-year-old Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, faces 20 years to life in prison on the murder charge.

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FedEx worker killed in accident at Indianapolis airport

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 03:46

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — FedEx says an employee was killed in an accident at Indianapolis International Airport, where it has a large distribution hub.

Information about how the Thursday night accident happened or the person killed weren't immediately released.

Indiana Department of Labor spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland says state workplace safety investigators were notified Friday and were reviewing the accident.

The inspection is expected to be completed within a month.

FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey released a statement offering condolences to the worker's family and that the Memphis, Tennessee-based company was cooperating with investigators.

He referred questions about the accident to airport police, who didn't immediately respond to a request for information.

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Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Islamic State

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 03:44

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks.

The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Entire towns and neighborhoods were reduced to rubble in the fighting.

The government declared Monday a national holiday, and a moment of silence is planned for later in the day. Checkpoints in the capital were decorated with Iraqi flags and balloons, as security forces patrolled the streets playing patriotic music.

As part of the celebrations, authorities plan to reopen parts of Baghdad's fortified Green Zone — home to key government offices and embassies — to the public. The move is billed as an act of transparency following protests against corruption and poor public services.

Addressing a group of Iraqi military officers, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said it was a "proud day for all of us when our brave country defeated the enemies of life, dignity, freedom and peace."

He commended the security forces as well as Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who issued a fatwa, or religious edict, mobilizing volunteers after the armed forces collapsed in the face of the IS onslaught in 2014. Tens of thousands of volunteers joined an array of state-sanctioned militias, many of them backed by Iran.

"That fatwa will be a bright spot in the history of this country and the people, from whom the decisive response started, laying the foundations of the victory," Abdul-Mahdi said.

He called on Iraqis to renounce their differences and to come together for a better future. "The time has come to leave behind all the past mistakes and conspiracies to open the doors of hope for our children for a better future," he said, vowing to rebuilt the demolished areas and help displaced people to return to their homes.

The Islamic State group, which traces its roots back to the insurgency that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, swept into Iraq from neighboring Syria in the summer of 2014. It carved out a self-styled caliphate across a third of both countries, imposing a harsh form of Islamic rule and massacring its opponents. The group abducted thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority and forced them into sexual slavery.

Iraqi forces aided by a U.S.-led coalition eventually drove the group from all the territory it once held in Iraq, including in the climactic battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. IS still holds a small pocket of territory in Syria, near the Iraqi border.

Iraq is still grappling with the legacy of the extremist group's brutal rule.

More than 1.8 million Iraqis remain displaced across the country, and a staggering 8 million require some form of humanitarian aid, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. Those with suspected links to IS have been rejected by their communities, while thousands of children fathered by IS militants — including those born to enslaved Yazidi women — are still unrecognized by the state.

Nearly two-thirds of displaced people say they are unwilling or unable to return home in the next year, with more than half saying their homes were damaged or destroyed, said the aid group.

"If this is what 'victory' looks like, then there is little to celebrate for millions of Iraqis still haunted by the crimes of the IS and the long war to eliminate it," said Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland. "They have largely been forgotten by their own government and the international community."

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Man dead, 2 children critically injured after pursuit leads to crash in Commercial Point

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:40

COMMERCIAL POINT, Ohio - A man is dead and two children are in critical condition after a crash in Commercial Point on Sunday night, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP said there was a call about a reckless driver.

South Bloomfield police saw the vehicle and started pursuing on U.S. 23 along with other agencies.

The driver then continued onto SR-762 before losing control near Cyrus Street on a curve when he was going too fast, troopers said.

He hit a tree, was thrown from the car, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHP said two children in the car, both under the age of 4 years old, were taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in critical condition.

The road is closed in the area.

Investigators have not identified the driver.

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Neighbors display Menorahs in support of those afraid of anti-semitism

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:19

A community is coming together to support those of Jewish faith afraid to display decorations during Hanukkah.

Sally Stamper of Bexley tells 10TV she was moved to ask Facebook readers for help after learning several children in the community have expressed fear of displaying decorations during the Jewish Holiday following the acts of hate at a Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania.

“We’re not afraid to put Christmas trees in our windows and no one should be afraid to put a sign of their religious faith in their window,” Stamper said.

The Facebook post read:
Neighbors, I am reaching out to others in our community who - like me - are not Jewish. I've just learned that more than one child in our community is afraid to have a menorah publicly displayed in their window. They are fearful of violence, after the murders at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh.
I will be purchasing a menorah tomorrow and lighting it in my front window each of the nights of Hanukkah that I am in town. I invite you to do the same.

Stamper says the post quickly gained attention. Readers of all faiths in the “Bexley Buzz” Facebook began asking where they too could purchase a menorah and expressing a desire to stand with those who are afraid.

“Thinking that today, right here in our community, there would be children that would be scared to share their Jewishness really appalled me,” Shirley Nyhan said.

Nyhan of Bexley said she shared the post without hesitation.

Stamper said the post received support from those in the Jewish community like Sara O’Koon.

“For our community to step up and say we believe in you, we’re a part of you, I was just wow’d by it,” O’Koon said.

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More candidates emerge for President Trump's chief of staff

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 19:55

As President Donald Trump ponders picking a new chief of staff, more names are emerging as possible contenders for the job.

People familiar with the discussion at the White House tell The Associated Press that among the people being considered are the White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, and a Republican congressman from North Carolina, Mark Meadows.

Other names in the mix include Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Trump's former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie.

Once thought to be the president's top choice, vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers tweeted Sunday that he's no longer in the running for the position.

Trump says in a tweet that he'll be making a decision "soon."

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Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 17:57

WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals.

"There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence committee. "The bigger pardon question may come down the road as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump."

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, described the details in prosecutors' filings Friday in the case of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as evidence that Trump was "at the center of a massive fraud."

"They would be impeachable offenses," Nadler said.

In the filings, prosecutors in New York for the first time link Trump to a federal crime of illegal payments to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller's office also laid out previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries and suggested the Kremlin aimed early on to influence Trump and his Republican campaign by playing to both his political and personal business interests.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and has compared the investigations to a "witch hunt."

Nadler, D-N.Y., said it was too early to say whether Congress would pursue impeachment proceedings based on the illegal payments alone because lawmakers would need to weigh the gravity of the offense to justify "overturning" the 2016 election. Nadler and other lawmakers said Sunday they would await additional details from Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign to determine the extent of Trump's misconduct.

Regarding the illegal payments, "whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question, but certainly they'd be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office," Nadler said.

Mueller has not said when he will complete a report of any findings, and it isn't clear that any such report would be made available to Congress. That would be up to the attorney general. Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to the post to succeed Jeff Sessions.

Nadler indicated that Democrats, who will control the House in January, will step up their own investigations. He said Congress, the Justice Department and the special counsel need to dig deeper into the allegations, which include questions about whether Trump lied about his business arrangements with Russians and about possible obstruction of justice.

"The new Congress will not try to shield the president," he said. "We will try to get to the bottom of this, in order to serve the American people and to stop this massive conspiracy — this massive fraud on the American people."

Schiff, D-Calif., also stressed a need to wait "until we see the full picture." He has previously indicated his panel would seek to look into the Trump family's business ties with Russia.

"I think we also need to see this as a part of a broader pattern of potential misconduct by the president, and it's that broad pattern, I think, that will lead us to a conclusion about whether it rises to the level to warrant removal from office," Schiff said.

In the legal filings, the Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. But it said Trump told Cohen to make illegal payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

In separate filings, Mueller's team detail how Cohen spoke to a Russian who "claimed to be a 'trusted person' in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign 'political synergy' and 'synergy on a government level.'" Cohen said he never followed up on that meeting. Mueller's team also said former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to them about his contacts with a Russian associate and Trump administration officials, including in 2018.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called the latest filings "relevant" in judging Trump's fitness for office but said lawmakers need more information to render judgment. He also warned the White House about considering a pardon for Manafort, saying such a step could trigger congressional debate about limiting a president's pardon powers.

Such a move would be "a terrible mistake," Rubio said. "Pardons should be used judiciously. They're used for cases with extraordinary circumstances."

Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine and a member of the Senate intelligence committee, cautioned against a rush to impeachment, which he said citizens could interpret as "political revenge and a coup against the president."

"The best way to solve a problem like this, to me, is elections," King said. "I'm a conservative when it comes to impeachment. I think it's a last resort and only when the evidence is clear of a really substantial legal violation. We may get there, but we're not there now."

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut urged Mueller to "show his cards soon" so that Congress can make a determination early next year on whether to act on impeachment.

"Let's be clear: We have reached a new level in the investigation," Murphy said. "It's important for Congress to get all of the underlying facts and data and evidence that the special counsel has."

Nadler spoke on CNN's "State of the Union," Rubio was on CNN and ABC's "This Week," and Schiff appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation." Murphy spoke on ABC, and King was on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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15-year-old boy in critical condition after Reynoldsburg apartment fire

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 17:53

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio - A 15-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after an apartment fire in Reynoldsburg on Sunday.

The fire started around 7 p.m. in the 6500 block of East Livingston Avenue near Baldwin Road.

When firefighters arrived, they could see flames coming from the building.

The teen was found in a second-floor apartment unresponsive according to the Truro Township Fire Department.

The fire department said when he was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital, he was breathing.

The boy's parents were able to get out of the apartment safely.

The fire has since been put out and no firefighters were hurt.

Investigators said the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen but the cause has yet to be determined.

The fire was contained to one unit.

The Red Cross was called to the scene.

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Chargers win 26-21 over Bengals

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 17:42

CARSON, Calif. — Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals — including a team-record 59-yarder — as the Los Angeles Chargers held off the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 on Sunday.

Rivers completed 19 of 29 and threw a touchdown in what was not one of the team's best games. The Chargers (10-3) had 160 yards of offense on their first two drives but had 121 the remainder of the game.

Austin Ekeler rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries with Melvin Gordon missing his second straight game due to a knee injury. Keenan Allen had five receptions for 78 yards.

Joe Mixon had 111 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown for the Bengals (5-8), who have dropped five straight games. Jeff Driskel, who was making his second straight start since Andy Dalton's season-ending thumb injury, was 18 of 27 for 170 yards and a touchdown.

The Chargers got touchdowns on their first two drives. They scored their fourth TD on an opening possession this season when they took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in eight plays, culminating in Allen's 14-yard reception from Rivers. Allen, who has a TD in five straight games, was able to beat Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard on a wheel route.

After Randy Bullock's 47-yard field goal, Los Angeles extended its lead to 14-3 just 9 seconds into the second quarter on Ekeler's 5-yard TD run.

Cincinnati got within two points at 14-12 late in the first half on a field goal by Bullock — after an apparent TD run by Driskel was overturned by replay — and Driskel's 5-yard TD pass to John Ross (the two-point attempt was no good). The Chargers though would take a 17-12 lead into halftime when Badgley made his 59-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

The Chargers led 23-15 late in the fourth quarter when Mixon scored from a yard out. The 2-point attempt, which would have tied the game, failed when Driskel was sacked by Darius Philon.


Driskel appeared to score a touchdown with five minutes remaining in the second quarter on a 1-yard scramble that would have brought the Bengals within four, but replay overturned it saying he was short of the goal line.

In the past, quarterbacks were safe to go head-first and not be considered to be giving himself up, but that was changed this season. The league pointed out in its rules of emphasis that "A quarterback does not have to slide feet first to be considered to be giving himself up. Regardless whether the slide is feet-first or head-first, as long as he gives himself up, he should receive the protections afforded to him as a player in a defenseless posture."

The overturn meant the ball was spotted inches short of the goal line and brought up fourth-and-goal. Bengals guard Alex Redmond was then called for a false start and Cincinnati had to settle for a Bullock 23-yard field goal that cut the Chargers' margin to 14-6.


Badgley, who had the winning field goal last Sunday at Pittsburgh, now has the longest field goal in Chargers' history.

The Chargers attempted a Hail May with a second remaining, which resulted in Rivers being sacked, but Bengals defensive end Jordan Willis was called for a false start, which brought out Badgley.

The former team record was a 57-yarder by Nate Kaeding at Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, 2008.


Bengals: Host Oakland next Sunday before concluding the season with two straight road games.

Chargers: Travel to Kansas City on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the AFC.

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Ex-VP Biden vows to stay involved, but no talk of presidency

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 16:30

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden says he is going to stay engaged for the rest of his life, but he didn't make any indication about whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2020.

Biden made the comments Sunday during an appearance in Vermont that is part of his ongoing tour that is promoting his book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose," which he wrote after the cancer death of his son Beau.

Biden spoke in the hometown of independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is also considering another run for the presidency.

Biden said last week he believes he is the most qualified person to be president.

After saying he'd stay engaged, Biden spoke of his work in academia and of family life.

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Mayfield, Browns send Panthers to fifth straight loss

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:51

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Browns damaged Carolina's playoff hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.

Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a 3-yard scoring run and added a long run — on a similar call — early in the fourth quarter to set up a go-ahead touchdown.

Playing the spoiler role down the stretch, the Browns (5-7-1) improved to 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams, who needed just five games to match former Browns coach Hue Jackson's win total over two-plus seasons.

The Panthers (6-7) suffered a loss that could haunt them for months and will increase the heat on coach Ron Rivera.

Newton passed for 265 yards, but overthrew Jarius Wright on 4th-and-goal at the 3 with 2:35 left. Carolina got the ball back, but Newton, who has been playing with a sore right shoulder, badly missed Devin Funchess and was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left.

Before taking a knee on the final two plays, Mayfield revved up Cleveland's crowd, who counted down the final seconds.

Mayfield finished 18 of 22 for 238 yards, continuing his bounce back after throwing three interceptions in the first half last week at Houston.

Carolina came in just a half-game out of the second wild-card spot in the NFC, but with only three games left, including two against New Orleans, the Panthers are going to need help to make the postseason.

Christian McCaffrey had two TD runs for Carolina and finished with 101 total yards.

Browns rookie Nick Chubb scored on a 1-yard run to give the Browns a 23-20 lead with 13:05 left. The score came one play after Landry took an inside handoff and weaved his way down field. Greg Joseph clanged the extra point off the left upright, keeping the Panthers within three.

Newton drove the Panthers to the 3 before throwing two straight incompletions, ending Carolina's best chance to take the lead.

Mayfield's 51-yard TD pass to Landry tied it 14-all with 8:27 left in the second quarter.

Rolling left out of the pocket to buy some time, Mayfield stepped up and confidently delivered a perfect strike to Landry, who was well covered on the play by safety Eric Reid, his former LSU teammate. As fans celebrated, Landry and several teammates sat down in the end zone's corner and pretended to warm themselves around a camp fire.

Mayfield and Newton were both hot in the first half. Mayfield completed 8 of 10 passes for 176 yards and a TD while Newton was 15 of 20 for 185.

Newton drove the Panthers to a touchdown on their first possession with McCaffrey scoring on a 4-yard run.

Rivera took over defensive play calling from coordinator Eric Washington this week, and Mayfield wasted no time challenging the Panthers.

On Cleveland's first play, Mayfield unloaded a pass that traveled more than 60 yards in the air to wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a 66-yard pickup. Two plays later, Landry scored.


With his first completion, Newton eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for the eighth straight season. He came in needing 1 yard to reach the plateau and surpassed it on a 25-yarder to Curtis Samuel on Carolina's second snap.

Newton joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in history to reach 3,000 yards in each of their first eight seasons.


Mayfield joined Kurt Warner (1999) and Brad Johnson (1996-97) as the only players since 1966 to throw at least one TD pass in each of their first 10 career starts.


Panthers: No significant injuries.

Browns: C JC Tretter barely made it off the field in the third quarter before dropping to his knees. Tretter, who has played several weeks with a severely sprained right ankle, returned to the game.


Panthers: Host New Orleans on Sunday.

Browns: At Denver on Saturday.

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Harbaugh says he's staying at Michigan, not returning to NFL

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:32

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Coach Jim Harbaugh says he is staying at Michigan, responding to speculation he's returning to the NFL.

The former San Francisco 49ers coach tells ESPN he's not going anywhere .

Former Ohio State star receiver and Fox Sports analyst Cris Carter has said Harbaugh is a potential candidate to lead the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.

Harbaugh and the eighth-ranked Wolverines were celebrated Sunday at a banquet. Harbaugh was scheduled to have a news conference following the event.

Michigan won 10 games this season for the third time under Harbaugh but dropped to 0-4 against the rival Buckeyes and fell out of the Big Ten and national championship races.

The Wolverines face No. 10 Florida on Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl.

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