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No nor’easter, but winter storms expected on first day of spring

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Wet and chilly winter weather is expected to strike the eastern U.S. early this week.That’s actually a reprieve for the mid-Atlantic region, which will likely be spared a fourth nor’easter storm, according to ABC News meteorologist Dan Peck.Heavy rain in southern states such as North Carolina and a blast of snow up along the northeast states such as New York will begin overnight on Monday and into Tuesday — officially the first day of spring.Weather forecasts appeared to show that another nor’easter storm was building strength. Those predictions, Peck added, have pulled back on Friday, with the bulk of the storm expected to drift out to sea.Temperatures are still expected to remain “below average,” with cold conditions on both the east and west coasts.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Tripwire may have triggered latest explosion in Austin that injured 2 men: Officials

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Another explosion rocked Austin Sunday night, injuring two people and heightening concerns for investigators who believe the latest blast may have been triggered by a tripwire.Sunday night’s detonation came hours after Austin Police Chief Brian Manley urged the suspect or suspects in the string of bombings to turn themselves in and more than doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest to $115,000.In an interview Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, Manley said Sunday night’s bombing “has a little bit of a different characteristic” from the three previous detonations that killed two people and injured two others.“There was a description that we may be dealing with a tripwire on this explosive and so out of an abundance of caution we’ve locked the neighborhood down to keep everybody safe and we’re going to go in at sun up this morning and begin processing the post-blast scene,” Manley told ABC’s David Muir.The Austin-Travis Country EMS tweeted Sunday night that there was a “critical incident” at Dawn Song Drive in Austin and medics were on their way to treat two males in their 20s with serious injuries.“We do believe, based on what we’ve seen, that this was a bomb,” Manley said at a news conference Sunday night.According to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, the two victims were taken there for treatment and are in good condition.“We are working on the belief that this is related to the other bomb incidents that have happened in our community,” Manley said.A law enforcement source told ABC News it will take some time to determine whether the explosion — at about 8:30 p.m. local time Sunday — is linked to the earlier bombings. Officials will have to wait until daylight to see if the devices were similarly built.Manley said on GMA that the victims in Sunday night’s bombing were both white, while the previous blast victims were black or Hispanic. Race could still be a factor in the bombings, he added.“We’ve said from the beginning that we’re not willing to rule anything out just because when you rule something out you limit your focus,” Manley said. “So this does change the concerns that we had initially although we have still not ruled it out until we understand what the ideology and motive is behind the suspect or suspects.”The three previous bombings this month, over an 11-day period, killed two people and injured two others.Those three bombs were left as packages on doorsteps, while Manley said Sunday’s device was different: It was placed on the side of the road. The victims were injured either while riding their bikes, or pushing them, Manley said.“It is very possible that this device was activated by someone handling or triggering a tripwire,” Manley said, adding that the mechanism used to set off the explosion remained “unconfirmed.”The Austin Police Department on Sunday responded to a so-called “Bomb Hotshot,” according to a tweet. It urged anyone in the “4800 block of Dawn Song Dr.” to avoid the area.Manley issued a “safety alert” in the wake of the bombing, urging people located within a half-mile radius of where the incident occurred to stay indoors until 10 a.m. local time.“Stay inside your home until we have had a chance to deem this neighborhood safe,” Manley said at a news briefing Sunday. “That will not be, at a minimum until daylight, given the darkness and the size of the area that we want to go in and check to make sure again that this neighborhood is safe.”Police also said school buses would not be able to access the Travis Country neighborhood where the explosion took place and said “any tardies or absences due to this situation will be excused.”In the GMA interview, Manley said investigators continue to chase down every lead, but “at this point we don’t have specifics leading us to one suspect.”“That’s why we’re pushing the message out there that we need every tip, every piece of information however inconsequential you may think it is,” Manley said. “If this explosion last night was the result of a bomb that was utilizing tripwire technology, that is showing a different level of skill above what we were already concerned that the suspect or suspects may possess.”Sources told ABC News that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would assist in the probe.“We want to put out the message that we’ve been putting out and that is, not only do not touch any packages or anything that looks like a package, do not even go near it at this time,” Manley said. “Given the darkness, we have not really had an opportunity to really look at this blast site to determine what has happened.”Austin Mayor Steve Adler said it was too early to suggest the timing of last night’s bombing was influenced by the announcement that the reward in the case was being doubled.“I tell you, at this point there’s not enough data to know that,” Adler said on GMA Monday morning. “We’re one of the safest cities in the country now dealing with some pretty horrific events and I think the important message right now is just to tell people if you see anything that is in anyway suspicious just don’t go near it and call 911.”He said investigators will not rest until the individuals behind the attacks are brought to justice.“These are some pretty horrific events that we’re dealing with right now and I know that our community is pretty anxious at this point, but we have some of the best law enforcement folks around dealing with this,” Adler said. “There is an army of federal agents, we have state resources, so we are putting every resource available, this is the highest priority. We’re going to find out who is responsible for this and we’re going to stop it.”Manley said the three previous package bombings “were meant to send a message.”Law enforcement members from all over have taken notice, Manley added.He then said he wanted to tap into the psyche of the bomber or bombers.“We want to understand what brought you to this point,” he said. “And we want to listen to you.”The victims of the earlier bombings include Draylen Mason, 17, an orchestral musician and notable essay winner, and Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old father.Since the explosions occurred, Manley said the Austin Police Department has received help from an estimated 500 federal agents from various departments, 735 suspicious packages had been reported, 236 interviews have been logged, and 435 leads have been checked out.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Powerball jackpot climbs to $625 million as no one wins again

first_imgLPETTET/iStock(NEW YORK) — The largest Powerball jackpot of the year rose to over half a billion dollars on Wednesday. But if you were hoping to take it home, you’ll have to wait another few days. For the 24th time in a row, no one hit the winning numbers on Wednesday night.The drawing on Saturday will be worth $625 million, with a cash payout of $380.6 million.The winning numbers for Wednesday were 10-14-50-53-63 with a Powerball of 21. The jackpot was worth $562.1 million on Wednesday, or a cash payout of $330 million. That is the eight-largest jackpot in Powerball history.There was no big winner again on Wednesday, but one person in South Carolina matched all five balls and chose the Power Play option to take home $2 million. There were winners of $1 million in four states: Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey and South Carolina.The $625 million drawing is the seventh-largest in U.S. lottery history, and the fourth-largest in Powerball history.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Snow Rips Mesa in JUCO Football

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah (October 6, 2018) — The ninth-ranked Snow College football team jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the first half en route to a 42-point victory over Mesa Community College on Saturday. With the 63-21 victory, the Badgers improved to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in WSFL action.The Snow offense racked up 594 yards of total offense, including 371 yards rushing and 223 yards passing. Running back Jaylen Warren was credited with a game-high 147 yards rushing on 18 carries, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Weston Barlow added 99 yards on the ground on just 6 attempts. Quarterback Braxton Kerr completed 11-of-26 attempts for 192 yards passing and two touchdown completions. Keashawn McCoy led all receivers with 81 yards on two receptions, including a 61-yard reception.Defensively, the Badgers were credited with seven tackles for a combined loss of 22 yards. The defense also picked up three fumbles and four interceptions along with seven pass break-ups. Kaahi Neves and Parker Workman led the defense with five tackles each. Neves was also credited with three tackles for a loss, including two sacks on the night.Through six games this season, the Badgers are averaging over 59 points per game, and allowing just 23.5 points per game.Now 2-1 in league play, the Badgers are a game behind both Eastern Arizona and Pima in the WSFL standings. Snow College will now take to the road for back-to-back games in Arizona. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Badgers will travel to Glendale, Ariz., and then on Oct. 27, following a bye week, the team will take on Arizona Western in Yuma, Ariz. Both games can be heard live on KMTI AM 650 and 95.1 FM. Written by October 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local, Uncategorized Snow Rips Mesa in JUCO Footballcenter_img Mike Trainalast_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/25/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLVillanova 76, Boston College 67Virginia 89, Towson 54Iowa 97, NC Central 67Wisconsin 77, E. Illinois 67Illinois 122, NC A&T 60Kentucky 81, Morehead St. 45Michigan St. 83, E. Michigan 67Texas Tech 101, Northwestern St. 58West Virginia 79, S. Dakota St. 71North Carolina 79, Coll. of Charleston 60Houston 89, Lamar 45Arizona St. 94, Rhode Island 88Texas 91, Rio Grande 55San Diego St. 73, UCLA 58Ohio St. 94, Illinois St. 67Rutgers 86, Sacred Heart 63Michigan 96, Bowling Green 82Baylor at Arizona St. (Canceled)Virginia at  Maine (Canceled)Gardner-Webb at Duke (Postponed)S. Dakota St. at Creighton (Canceled)Charlotte at Tennessee (Canceled)N. Iowa at West Virginia (Canceled)E. Washington at Oregon (Postponed)Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by November 26, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/25/20center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Obama’s Oxford Bible

first_imgThe Bible President Obama was sworn in on last Tuesday was printed by the Oxford University Press. It first belonged to Abraham Lincoln, who took the oath of office using it in 1861.The Bible was published in 1853 and was purchased by the Clerk of the Supreme Court. He gave it to Lincoln when the President realised he had no Bible to swear his oath on.The 1,280 page book was bound in velvet with gilt edges. It is frequently on display in the Library of Congress.Four members of Obama’s government are Oxonianslast_img

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Evansville CNA Gets Probation For Slipping Anxiety Meds into Seniors’ Food

first_imgOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA Vanderburgh County nursing aid has been sentenced to more than two years of probation after slipping anxiety medication into the food of senior citizens she was charged with caring for.Gloria Welborn, 52, will serve 820 days of probation and complete 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to three counts of Level 6 felony neglect of a dependent, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Wednesday.Hill’s office investigated and prosecuted Welborn after she was accused of administering clonazepam, an anxiety, panic disorder and seizure medication, to three residents at the Golden LivingCenter – Woodbridge in Evansville. The Schedule IV narcotic had been prescribed to Welborn but administered to three residents of the skilled nursing facility, S.M., J.C. and W.L.As a certified nurse aide, or CNA, Welborn was not authorized to administer any medications to residents. However, she later told an investigator with Hill’s office that she had been “stressed” on July 9, 2017, the day she covertly gave the medication to the residents. S.M., J.C. and W.L. all had behavioral issues because of their medical conditions, and Welborn told investigators her patients were behaving disruptively on the day in question.None of the residents suffered last negative consequences from the drug.Welborn admitted her actions to Evelyn Jones, a licensed practical nurse also working at Golden LivingCenter that day. Jones later told investigators she did not immediately report Welborn’s actions because she thought the CNA was joking, but she reconsidered and informed the director of nursing on July 10. Subsequent blood tests confirmed Jones’ report.Both Welborn and Jones were terminated on July 11. A case against Jones is currently pending in the Vanderburgh Circuit Court for her failure to timely report Welborn’s actions.Like Welborn, Jones is charged with three counts of Level 6 felony neglect of a dependent that places the dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent. She is also charged with two counts of Class A misdemeanor interference with medical services. That case is State of Indiana v. Evelyn Jones, 82C01-1903-F6-002006.Welborn was also charged with three counts of Class A misdemeanor interference with medical services, but all three charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. The OAG recommended the 820-day suspended sentence in April, and Vanderburgh Circuit Judge Richard G. D’Amour entered judgment on Wednesday.Welborn’s felony convictions can be converted to misdemeanors if she successfully completes her probation. The terms of Welborn’s probation include random drug testing and substance abuse treatment.“Yet again, we are working to ensure that professionals in positions of trust are held accountable for their actions,” Hill said in a statement Thursday. “Further, we always appreciate the confidence placed in our office when local prosecutors enlist the services of our attorneys in criminal cases. Collaboration and partnerships are important keys to achieving positive results for Hoosiers.”The case against Welborn is State of Indiana v. Gloria Welborn, 82C01-1902-F6-001065. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Salmonella risk and incorrect labelling behind product recalls

first_imgTesco and convenience store group Nisa Retail are the latest companies to recall bakery products. Tesco has recalled its five-pack of free-from Belgian chocolate wafers due to the possible presence of salmonella, affecting all date codes.Nisa Retail is the latest in a raft of companies to recall products due to incorrect ingredients labelling on packaging.Packs of its Heritage cupcakes product have been recalled due to the undeclared presence of the allergen soya.The price-marked packs of four, which retail at £1, did not state soya on the packaging ingredients list due to a “production error”.The packs affected have a ‘best before’ date of 2 October and a Food Standards Agency (FSA) recall notice warns of the health risk to anyone with an allergy to soya eating these products.Other recent recallsNisa Retail’s recall is the latest in a wave of similar incidents. Last week Northern Ireland bakery Cottage Kitchen, based in Galgorm, Ballymena, recalled its Traybake Selection with dates up to and including 21 September as it contained undeclared walnuts. The product had been distributed to 48 stores in Northern Ireland.Retailer TJX Europe also fell foul of allergen labelling laws last week, recalling its Choco Creation Fruit Mix due to peanut content that was not listed as an ingredient on packaging. It was on sale at TK Maxx and HomeSense stores in June and July this year. Packs with ‘best before’ dates of 19 November 2015 and 18 January 2016 are affected.last_img read more

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Students, staff reflect on accessibility of mental health resources at Saint Mary’s

first_imgInterested in sharing your own experiences about searching for mental health and wellness resources while at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross? The Observer wants to hear from you. Fill out our form here to get in touch.Tags: counselors, Health and Counseling Center, Mental health, [email protected] Editor’s Note: This is the first article in an investigative series on the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health resources available within the tri-campus community. On Oct. 21, Saint Mary’s announced via email that Health and Counseling Center director Elizabeth “Izzy” Fourman would resign in order to take on a position at Notre Dame. While the College has detailed a plan for the Center in the interim between hiring a full-time replacement, many students still feel uncertain about many health and wellness resources on Saint Mary’s campus. Seniors Grace Erving and Jillian Dani are enrolled in the social work courses Research Methods and Statistical Concepts I and II. Through these classes, they have advocated for increased accessibility of mental health resources on campus through a study of online mental health resources and whether those can supplement student mental health needs. Dani said mental health is often stigmatized, which prevents those who suffer from issues with their mental health to feel as though they are able to reach out and seek the resources they so desperately need.“Mental health seems to be stigmatized and tends to lack the proper attention really needed to help individuals,” Dani said. “We felt that even though there are resources available on campus, the idea of there being more options and more flexibility could benefit the students of Saint Mary’s.”In 2019, the College launched “[email protected]’s,” a digital health and wellness provider that can provide students with resources which can help supplement counselor visits. Students can access the program from anywhere with internet access. Erving has looked into the [email protected]’s program in order to assess its potential impact on Saint Mary’s students. She said she found the program to be helpful in providing students with personal resources. “When Jill and I researched online mental health resources, we did find that personal research can be a form of strength for those experiencing mental distress,” Erving said. “So, I would categorize [email protected]’s as a type of program which can connect students to personal resources, but does not provide concrete mental health intervention.” The program works by surveying students and connecting them with specific articles that can help them better navigate the plethora of resources available online, Erving said. “They offer three or four ‘reality checks’ where you can go through and answer questions in a survey to get a feel for areas where you’re thriving or struggling in life,” she said. “Once you complete the reality checks, the program will offer you articles and connection to resources that can further be of use.”Erving said she feels that [email protected]’s is a “step in the right direction,” but feels that the College requires “a leap in the right direction,” not a step. “Mental health is often not prioritized until it’s too late, and having only three counselors available for a school of 1,600 students is unacceptable given the need,” she said. “Saint Mary’s trumpets having small class sizes … so in what way is a 533:1 counselor [to student] ratio acceptable?”Claire Kopischke | The Observer Vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson said in an email that the College, which authorizes the hiring for the Health and Counseling Center, has no plans to hire extra counselors, even though, as Erving stated, the Center employs only three counselors who each conduct 45 to 50 minutes counseling sessions with students. In September, the Observer interviewed Fourman on the state of the Health and Counseling Center. Fourman said in an email that, inevitably, students will often wait up to a few weeks to see a counselor. “Between high utilization and class schedules, it often takes a couple weeks to get in with a counselor,” Fourman said. Johnson said the College has “made adjustments” to make the waiting period between appointments shorter. She said students generally wait 10 days after making an appointment to see a counselor, which is “shorter than the average on a college campus of our size.” Saint Mary’s employs more counselors per 1,000 students than the average college, Fourman said, but female students tend to have a higher need for counselors. “The national average tends to be about one counselor per 1,000 students,” she said. “We have three for 1,500; however, you have to take into account that we are all female and our demographic tends to utilize [counselors] at a higher rate.”Often, Fourman said, sessions are scheduled around the urgency of student need.  “If someone is in urgent need of a counseling appointment, they need to make us aware so we can work them in sooner,” she said. “That said, we are not a crisis center, and if someone is truly in crisis, they need to call 911 or go to the emergency room.” Fourman said there is a session limit of eight counseling sessions per semester for students, but the Health and Counseling Center will make exceptions only if the student has an increased need for more visits. Of the counselors, Fourman said they are a confidential resource, which means information shared with the counselors is protected by federal and state laws and cannot be shared without permission. While the counselors can be a beneficial resource for students, Fourman said there are certain circumstances in which students would be recommended to see an off-campus healthcare provider. “There are a few situations where students would be better served by an off-campus provider,” she said, “whether for specialty care — severe eating disorders, addiction specialists — or if we simply cannot accommodate a need for more frequent or higher acuity sessions.”  Fourman said she recommends students seek out counseling services early, before they are in crisis. “Don’t wait until you are in crisis to seek support,” she said. “If you feel like life is getting out of control, reach out.”All in all, Erving and Dani hope their study will help bring positive and tangible change to the College’s campus.“Jill and I really hope that at the end of this study we can hand our work to the administration, showing them concrete needs of students and what they can do to fix it,” Erving said.  last_img read more

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Penn & Teller Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat (and Then Some)

first_img Related Shows View Comments The legendary magic duo Penn and Teller stopped by The Tonight Show on August 4 to share some laughs and illusions with Jimmy Fallon. The two conclude their Broadway stint at the Marquis Theatre on August 16, and according to Penn Jillette, Las Vegas is more than ready to have them back: “When they name the theater after you and paint your picture 300 feet tall on the side of the hotel, and you tell them you want to go to a different place and do a show for a while, they get angry.” The two then proceeded to pull a bunny out of a hat. Sure, it’s cliché, but with these two, you should already know to expect the unexpected. Check it out below! Penn & Teller Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2015last_img read more