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A toast! To celebrating National Wine Day

WDTN News - 3 hours 14 min ago

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – It’s National Wine Day and celebrate, we will!

Wine has been around for centuries, and there are some health benefits to drinking a glass! Moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. Wine has also been known to reduce “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, and increase “good” cholesterol, known as HDL.

And a glass of wine won’t add to your waist line. According to, a five ounce glass of wine has just 100 calories, and its fat-free and cholesterol free.

So what kind of wine should you choose? If you’re new to the game, we’ve got the tips to make you look like a pro this holiday, including what to drink, and what to serve to make it taste even better! While there’s no time to break down all the varieties, here are eight main strains according to


First up, you’ve got your Riesling blend. It’s a white grape from Germany. (Tell your friends that and sound like a connoisseur.) Pair this glass of heaven with turkey or some Moroccan food.

Pinot Gris

Next is Pinot Gris, another very popular white wine! This comes from France, and it’s semi-sweet which makes it very easy to drink! Have it with a salad and some mild cheeses to let your wine do all the talking.

Sauvignon Blanc

Now if you’re trying to sound super fancy, this is the one you’ll want to order (and again impress your friends). It’s a white variety too with a bit of honeydew and melon flavors mixed with a hint of mint. If that sounds tasty … this is your drink! Try it with some fish and goat cheese to kick your fancy up-a-notch.


Chardonnay is a dry white variety as well! The lemon flavor compliments seafood like crab, shrimp and soft cheeses like triple cream brie.

Pinot Noir

Now to the red wines, and let’s start with a little berry picking! Pinot Noir, a light-to-medium red wine, often tastes like cherry and cranberry, but it can even have a hint of black raspberry cola depending on the region where it came from. Enjoy it with veal, duck and cheeses like gruyere.


Feeling fruity? Zinfandel is full of exotic fruit flavors. The medium-red wine goes well with chicken, Thai food and cheddar cheese.


Syrah tastes of blueberry, plum, tobacco, black pepper and more, but don’t let the complexity of the flavor scare you! It’s a red wine that plays well with lamb, beef, and white cheddar.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine. It tastes of black cherry, baking spices, black currant and cedar. Pair this drink with some smoked meats and aged cheddar to properly enjoy this holiday

Now that you know how to properly pair your wines, go drink up and enjoy National Wine Day!

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Dayton Public Schools offers Summer Food Program

WDTN News - 3 hours 22 min ago

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Public Schools Nutrition Services Department will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children.

Free meals will be served to children 18-years-old or younger, and to mentally or physically disabled adults over 18 who participate in a nonprofit school program.

The program will serve food at several sites in Dayton. See the image below or click here for the list of service locations.


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Nan Whaley raises cash to uncapped fund

WDTN News - 3 hours 36 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign for Dayton mayor that’s not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor.

A notice on Whaley’s campaign website informing potential donors that the mayoral fund is able to accept unlimited contributions was taken down Thursday after the campaign was asked about it by The Associated Press.

Whaley’s gubernatorial campaign says it plans to remedy the potentially confusing situation voluntarily, limiting donations from individuals and political action committees to the annual state limit of $12,000.

It’s the only fund Whaley can operate until the mayor’s race concludes this fall.

She will need to convert the fund into a statewide campaign account by February when fundraising will be legally restricted by state campaign finance rules.

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VIDEO: 6-year-old boy’s Facebook plea to end violence goes viral

WDTN News - 3 hours 48 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 6-year-old St. Louis boy’s plea for an end to violence has been viewed by tens of thousands of people.

Jeffrey Laney’s mother posted the video on her Facebook page last week. It shows Jeffrey pleading for the safety of himself and his family, saying, “I don’t want nothing to happen to all my family, and I’m really serious because I’m really scared to die and I’m really scared for my family to die.”

Nearly 100,000 people had viewed the video by Monday afternoon.

Jeffrey’s mother, Leanndra Cheatham, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Jeffrey was upset after watching her struggle to deal with the shooting death of her 17-year-old cousin. Taylor Simpson died in a drive-by shooting last month in University City, a St. Louis suburb.

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Whirlpool completes expansion at Greenville distribution center

WDTN News - 4 hours 36 min ago

GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — An appliance distribution center in Greenville nearly doubled in size after a major financial investment from its parent company.

Whirlpool Corporation spent $17 million to expand it’s Ohio Factory Distribution Center in Greenville from 372,000 square feet to nearly 650,000 square feet.

The facility handles shipments worldwide for KitchenAid® small appliance.

“We’re excited to expand to accommodate the growing global demand in the small appliance category,” said Ken Hossler, Plant Lead at the Greenville Operations. “Our investment in Greenville further demonstrates our commitment to Ohio’s skilled workforce and reinforces Greenville as the global hub of our small appliance business.”

Greenville Operations manufactures stand mixers, stand mixer attachments and accessories, hand mixers, blenders, aerated beverage machines and cutlery blocks under the KitchenAid brand.

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Tattooed ‘Joker’ accused of pointing gun at traffic

WDTN News - 4 hours 49 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — Police in Florida have managed to arrest the Joker without Batman’s help following reports of a green-haired man with tattoos on his face pointing a gun at traffic.

A Miami-Dade police report says 29-year-old Lawrence Sullivan was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with carrying a concealed firearm. A booking photo shows the word “Joker” and a knife-pierced Batman symbol across Sullivan’s forehead, while tattoos of long, stitched cuts are on each side of his mouth. His green hair matches that of the comic book and movie villain.

Police say officers found a loaded handgun on the self-described “tattoo model.”

Sullivan was being held on $5,000 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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Woman goes on racist rant at Walmart

WDTN News - 5 hours 4 min ago

CENTERON, Ark. (KHBS and KHOG) – A woman shopping in a Wal-Mart in Centeron, Arkansas is the target of racist comments from another shopper.

Eva Hicks was the target of the remarks.

“I encountered this lady that was on my way and I asked her politely you know if I could pass, and I said excuse me, and she was being very hateful, immediately.”

Woman: Get out of here.
Eva Hicks: No I’m not going to get out of here.
Woman: Go back to Mexico.
Eva Hicks: No! No I’m not!
Woman: You’re just going to stand here and argue.
Eva Hicks: No, because this is my country.
Woman: Your country?
Eva Hicks: Yes, this is my country.
Woman: This is not your country?
Eva Hicks: Oh yes it is.
Woman: We don’t want you here
Eva Hicks: Yes it is, I don’t care.
Manager: “That’s not true, we do want you here.”
Woman: We don’t want you here
Eva Hicks: Oh yes it is.
Manager: That’s not true, we do want you here.
Eva Hicks: I don’t care what you want or not.
Manager: We do want you here.
Woman: Leave me alone.
Manager: That’s not true.
Woman: Go. Go.

Hicks said the incident upset her so much because of her love for this area.

“This country has given me so much, so much opportunities for me, for my family, for my kids.  It is a beautiful country. This is a free country.”

During the incident, several bystanders and a store manager stepped in to defend Hicks.

“I felt love, I felt like, yes, I belong here. There is no reason for someone to treat me less, just because my skin is different, just because I have an accent, just because I was born in a different country.”

The unidentified woman also made comments to another woman who was attempting to help.

Hicks said she just wants to put the encounter in the past and wants the best for the other woman.

“I just wish her good, it’s really sad to see somebody like that,” said Hicks.

The assistant manager did ask the woman to leave the store. They also gave this statement saying quote: “We value respect for everyone who visits our stores. We have no tolerance for the language or actions of this customer and are proud to see that our assistant manager responded appropriately by asking her to leave the store.”

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No criminal charges for police after suspect hangs himself

WDTN News - 5 hours 11 min ago

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say no police officers will be charged criminally after a child pornography suspect hanged himself in a holding cell at a northeast Ohio police station.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports an investigation by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office made public Tuesday found no wrongdoing by Elyria police in 47-year-old James Fitzpatrick’s death in March. Fitzpatrick was arrested after police found child pornography during a search of his Elyria home.

Fitzpatrick told detectives the images had probably been “bundled” with other files he’d downloaded.

The sheriff’s office investigation says officers periodically checked on Fitzpatrick in a holding cell and became concerned after seeing him standing at the cell’s toilet for an extended period of time. That’s when officers discovered he had hanged himself by tying his shoelaces to a ceiling vent.

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Ohio watchdog faults Ohio agency for handling of IT contract

WDTN News - 5 hours 15 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state investigation has cleared a now-retired state administrator but found her department violated rules in awarding a state information-technology contract.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer’s finding Thursday.

Meyer cleared Carolyn Chavanne, who was a Department of Administrative Services contract supervisor while also being listed as a registered agent for a contract recipient, UMT Consulting Group. The company told investigators it gave Chavanne’s name in error.

Meyer determined protocols were nonetheless broken in UMT’s deal. The agency has since increased training.

The finding follows a Dispatch investigation that found DAS personnel sometimes thwarted state policy and ignored analysts’ warnings to questionably award millions in no-bid IT contracts back to 2011, often at excessive prices and to firms that employed former department executives.

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Ohio judge rejects motion to dismiss charges against officer

WDTN News - 5 hours 17 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jury selection is underway after an Ohio judge rejected a defense motion to dismiss charges in the retrial of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist.

Attorneys for former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing had filed a motion Wednesday saying comments made in an interview by county prosecutor Joe Deters violated the judge’s gag order and tried to influence and bias prospective jurors.

Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz ruled Thursday that the comments weren’t “egregious” enough to dismiss the case, but she warned prosecutors they could face contempt action.

Tensing testified he feared for his life when Samuel DuBose tried to drive away during a 2015 traffic stop. His first trial on murder and voluntary manslaughter counts ended with a hung jury.

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23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

WDTN News - 5 hours 21 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress’ official budget analysts said Wednesday.

Premiums on average would fall compared with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — a chief goal of many Republicans — but that would be partly because policies would typically provide fewer benefits, said the report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Sen. Dick Durbin says the Republican health care plan, which he called ‘Trumpcare’ will deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and increase their premiums. Durbin called for improvements to the Affordable Care Act, not repeal. (May 24)

In some regions, people with pre-existing medical conditions and others who were seriously ill “would ultimately be unable to purchase” robust coverage at premiums comparable to today’s prices, “if they could purchase at all,” the report said. That was a knock on 11th-hour changes Republicans made in the bill to gain conservatives’ votes by letting states get waivers to boost premiums on the ill and reduce coverage requirements.

The report said older people with lower income would disproportionately lose coverage. Over half of those becoming uninsured, 14 million people, would come from the bill’s $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which provides health coverage to poor and disabled people, over 10 years.

Democrats cited the analysis as further evidence that the GOP effort to repeal Obama’s 2010 law, a staple of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and those of numerous Republican congressional candidates for years, would be destructive. It comes three weeks after the House narrowly passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and serves as a starting point for Senate Republicans trying to craft their own version, which they say will be different.

“The report makes clear that Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., using the nickname Democrats have tried pinning on the bill. Schumer said the legislation would end up “causing costs to skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable for those with pre-existing conditions and many seniors, and kicking millions off of their health insurance.”

Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, assailed the CBO for being inaccurate, with the White House issuing a similar critique.

“The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare’s effect on cost and coverage,” Price said of the agency’s report on Obama’s law, “and they are wrong again.”

Many congressional Republicans took a sharply different tack, emphasizing some of the report’s more positive findings.

“This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. The previous version of the bill reduced shortfalls by $150 billion.

Trump and Republicans celebrated the House’s narrow May 4 passage of the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony after several embarrassing setbacks, even as GOP senators signaled it had little chance of becoming law without significant changes.

In a late compromise, House GOP conservatives and moderates struck a deal that would let states get federal waivers to permit insurers to charge higher premiums to some people in poor health, and to ignore the standard set of benefits required by Obama’s statute.

CBO said states adopting those waivers could destabilize coverage for people with medical problems. The agency estimated that about one-sixth of the population — more than 50 million people — live in states that would make substantial changes under the waivers.

The budget office projected that premiums in those states would be lower for healthy people than under current law because their coverage would be narrower, but did not estimate an amount.

For ill people in those states, “it would become more difficult” for seriously ill people to buy insurance “because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly,” the report said.

Benefits likely to be excluded from required coverage in some states would include maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, the report said. It said consumers’ out-of-pocket costs for those services “could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the (patients) who use those services.”

In states not getting waivers, where it estimated half the country lives, average premiums would be about 4 percent lower in 2026 than under Obama’s law, the report said. For the one-third of the nation where states would modestly reduce coverage requirements, average premiums would be about 20 percent lower, the analysts estimated.

The budget office said average premiums in those states would go down because younger and healthier people would buy coverage and the policies would cover less.

The report said that under Obama’s law, the nation’s health insurance market is expected to remain “stable in most areas” because federal subsidies to millions of consumers largely rise with premiums. Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral.

Without naming the Trump administration, the report said factors encouraging insurers to flee some markets include lack of profits and “substantial uncertainty” about federal actions.

Trump has suggested the IRS won’t enforce penalties against people who don’t buy coverage, as Obama’s individual mandate requires. He has also left uncertain whether the government will continue payments to insurers that let them lower out-of-pocket costs like copayments and deductibles — reductions they are legally required to make.

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Trump pledges to ‘get to the bottom’ of leaks

WDTN News - 5 hours 37 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to “get to the bottom” of leaks of sensitive information.

In a written statement Thursday, Trump called recent leaks “deeply troubling.” He said he is asking the Justice Department and other agencies to “launch a complete review of this matter.”

Trump adds that “if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Trump’s comments come amid anger from Britain over intelligence leaks and a decision by Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week’s bombing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will make it clear to Trump that intelligence shared between law enforcement agencies “must remain secure.”

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Commissioner calls for Confederate statue to be taken down

WDTN News - 5 hours 44 min ago

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Across the south, from Virginia to New Orleans, Orlando and now Gainesville, local governments are voting to remove statues and memorials to the Confederacy.

Alachua’s County Commission voted Tuesday to have a Confederate statue removed from Gainesville and to give it to the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Orlando’s City Council voted to remove a Confederate statue from a city park and have it moved to a cemetery.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller believes it’s time a Confederate statue outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse is removed too.

“It’s divisive. It’s something that people think it’s time for it to come down, just like the ones that came down in New Orleans and the flags we took down in the county center, they feel it’s time for them to come down,” said Miller.

The statue was first dedicated in Tampa in 1911. Miller said people from all over the county have emailed his office asking why it is still standing.

David McCallister, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, believes the statue should remain exactly where it is.

“We are part, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, are part of the diversity of Hillsborough County and deserve to have our culture recognized and our history and heritage recognized just as anybody else would,” said McCallister.

He also believes people who want it removed are trying to erase history.

“It’s a monument to the heroism of the local men that served in the Confederate armies. So, it’s a monument to veterans,” said McCallister.

Commissioner Miller said the monument stands for hatred.

“If it’s history, put it in a museum,” said Miller.

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Woman jumps on vehicle’s hood to stop carjacker

WDTN News - 5 hours 47 min ago

MILWAUKEE, WI (WCMH) — It’s probably not the way you want to stop a carjacking but for one woman, jumping on her vehicle’s hood stopped the would-be thief from succeeding.

“I had the thought in my head. Do I go after my purse or do I stop my car. And the pricetag of my car flashed through my head,” Melissa Smith told WISN, as she recalled the moment she realized her car was being stolen.

On Tuesday, Smith stopped at a gas station near Milwaukee when a man approaches her car while crouched down.

“Didn’t see him til I saw him get into my car, someone was in my car. And my, ‘oh hell this isn’t happening to me today’ moment,” said Smith.

With the man behind the wheel, Smith leaped onto the hood of her vehicle. The thief slammed the brakes of the vehicle twice, but Smith wasn’t going anywhere.

“He was laughing while I was on my car and he was trying to throw me off. So zero remorse,” Smith told WISN.

Eventually, the thief jumped out of the vehicle, but managed to take Smith’s purse, phone and wallet.

Smith admits what she did was dangerous, but said she did what she felt needed to be done to stop the theft. “Which isn’t the smartest and safest thing. But it was my, I went with my instinct. Yeah.”

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Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries

WDTN News - 7 hours 38 min ago

RESNO, Calif. (AP) – A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday.

Professor Douglas Shaw formed his own research firm with others after retiring from the University of California, Davis, where for years he had overseen the school’s strawberry breeding program, developing a heartier and tastier fruit.

Jurors in the federal court decided that he used seeds developed at UC Davis without gaining the university’s permission.

The rift struck fear in some farmers in California, the No. 1 strawberry-growing state, that it would stymie research and cause them to lose their competitive edge. California last year produced 1.6 million tons of strawberries valued at roughly $2 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The university’s strawberry breeding program is now under new leadership, providing farmers and consumers with new generations of the fruit, school officials said.

“This federal jury decision is good news for public strawberry breeders at UC Davis and all strawberry farmers throughout California and the world,” said Helene Dillard, dean of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

After reading the verdicts, Judge Vince Chhabria, who oversaw the trial, scolded both sides, expressing doubt about the sincerity they claimed to have for the strawberry industry.

“If you really care about strawberries, and if you really cared about California’s Strawberry Breeding Program, you would figure out a way… to avoid subjecting them to this custody battle,” he said.

Shaw had first sued UC Davis after he retired, saying that the university unfairly destroyed some of his work and keeps some of his other research locked in a freezer, depriving the world of a better strawberry. He had sought $45 million for lost research. The university countersued.

Shaw, 63, is a giant in the strawberry world, heading the university’s lucrative breeding program for more than two decades alongside plant biologist Kirk Larson. Most of California’s strawberry farmers grow plants developed by Shaw and Larson.

The two men developed 24 new varieties, allowing growers to double the amount of strawberries produced while retaining the fruit’s succulence. They created strawberries that were more pest- and disease-resistant, more durable during long-distance travel and capable of growing during the shorter days of spring and fall.

The partners say their work netted the university $100 million in royalties. How much they themselves made at UC Davis is unclear, but they say they contributed more than $9 million of their own royalties toward the university’s breeding program.

They retired from the university in 2014 because, they said, the school was winding down the program. Working in partnership with growers and nurseries, they launched a business called California Berry Cultivars, based in Watsonville, to develop new strawberry varieties.

Attorney Sharyl Reisman, who represents the professors and the California Berry Cultivars, said that despite the disappointing verdict, her clients wish to find a way to collaborate with the university.

Damages the professors owe in the case will be decided later, the judge said.

A.G. Kawamura, a strawberry farmer, former California agriculture secretary and part owner of the California Berry Cultivars, said the judge’s comments signal a need for much more work to settle the dispute, even after the trial.

“We still believe there’s good reason to hope for a collaborative progress for all parties to move our strawberry industry forward without litigation,” Kawamura said. “We are still committed to being an important part of the California strawberry industry.

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Official says British police will stop sharing info with US after leaks

WDTN News - 7 hours 43 min ago

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – A British official says police in Manchester will stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the U.S. until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the news media.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said there is progress being made on the investigation despite the leaks.

Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester’s police chief announced Thursday, while other British authorities complained bitterly about information leaks blamed on U.S. officials.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the eight suspects detained so far were “significant” arrests and said the searches will take several more days to complete. Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the city since Tuesday and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi’s brother Ismail.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she plans to raise the issue with President Donald Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. She said she plans to “make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure.”

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it is not clear that the paper obtained the photos from U.S. officials.

British police and security services were also upset that Abedi’s name was apparently leaked by U.S. officials and published while police in Britain were withholding his name. The bomber’s name was allegedly released by U.S. officials just as raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya where the bomber’s father lives.

May also said Thursday that progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation and said the national threat level remains critical — meaning another attack may be imminent.

Speaking after a meeting of the government’s crisis committee, May said “the public should remain vigilant.”

As hundreds of British soldiers protected some of the world’s most visited tourist sites in London and elsewhere, police are pressing to uncover the network that is thought to have helped Abedi in the deadly attack. The attacker himself died in the blast Monday night at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police condemned the investigation leaks on behalf of the National Counter-Terrorism Policing units in a statement that suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States, who have traditionally shared intelligence at the highest levels.

“When the trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their family,” the statement said. “This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation.”

On Thursday at 11 a.m., many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims of Monday night’s bombing. Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London’s Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester’s Albert Square.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the bombing victims.

In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast. The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, “including 23 patients currently receiving critical care.”

On the investigation front, Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area south of the city. Officers also raided a property in the city’s Moss Side neighborhood early Thursday and carried out a controlled explosion.

A German magazine, meanwhile, reported that the Manchester concert bomber passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the attack. Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reports that Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn’t on any international watch list.

A German security official told The Associated Press on Thursday the report was accurate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information hadn’t been cleared for public release.

Focus reported that German authorities are now trying to determine whether Abedi had contact with Islamic extremists in Germany before flying to Manchester last week. It says he previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015.

The magazine also reported that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria.

The bomber’s father, Ramadan Abedi insisted in an interview with The Associated Press that Salman had no links to militants, saying “we don’t believe in killing innocents.”

He and another of his sons, Hashim, were taken into custody Wednesday in the Libyan city of Tripoli.

Grande cancelled concerts that were to take place Thursday and Friday in London, and in several other sites in Europe.

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Chris Cornell’s wife writes note: ‘I know that was not you’

WDTN News - 7 hours 46 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Cornell’s widow has penned a letter addressed to the late Soundgarden front man days after he took his own life.

Vicky Cornell writes in the note published online by Billboard that she’s sorry she didn’t “see what happened to you that night.” She added, “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher.” While she says she’s “broken,” Cornell says she “will stand up” for her late husband and take care of their two children.

Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office said the 52-year-old Cornell hanged himself. A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending.

Cornell’s funeral is set for Friday in Los Angeles.

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VIDEO: Teacher surprises student with news he's graduating

WDTN News - 7 hours 50 min ago

GRIFFIN, GA (NBC News) — A high school senior in Georgia got news that brought him to tears, from a teacher who wouldn’t give up on him.

The video shows special education teacher Kimberly Wimbish handing 19-year-old Jamais Howard his graduation cap and gown Friday.

It’s how the young man learned he’s graduating from Griffin High School, south of Atlanta.

Howard just needed a few more credits to get his diploma, but wasn’t able to attend school this semester.

Well, Wimbish figured if he couldn’t come to her, she would go to Howard.

Meeting him near his home to hold classes to help him graduate.

Wimbish says Howard has had some challenges, and she knew his life could go either way. Wimbish says she was just doing her job.

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Facetime cracks a crime: Deputy video-calls stolen cellphone

WDTN News - 8 hours 23 min ago

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A quick-thinking Florida sheriff’s deputy used Facetime to track down a stolen cellphone.

In a Facebook posting, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials said 18-year-old Chandler Ridge Carlyle took the cellphone from an acquaintance during a party last month.

The victim told deputies Carlyle asked to use his phone to call for a ride home, then left with it.

The deputy sent a text message to the phone, but didn’t get a response. He then made a Facetime call. When Carlyle answered the call, the deputy snapped a screenshot. He showed the victim, who identified the person in the photo as the one who took his phone. The deputy then compared the photo to Carlyle’s driver’s license.

He was arrested May 21 and charged with grand theft. Court records don’t list an attorney.

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Tornado warning halts high school graduation ceremony

WDTN News - 8 hours 33 min ago

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – When the tornado warning went into effect, Xenia High School was in the middle of their graduation ceremony at the Nutter Center.

In the middle of the graduation everyone was moved to the main floor, this happened around 8:40 p.m. where hundreds of people were attending the graduation ceremony,.

When the tornado warning went into effect and the sirens sounded everyone moved to safe ground inside a gym and the inner hallways.

Even though they were not told to, some of the people attending graduation left during the tornado warning.

Arynne Hossier a witness at the graduation ceremony tells 2 NEWS that, “They made the announcement so that nobody would panic and freak out too much so they a really good job letting everyone know what was going on to try to keep the panic level at a minimum.”

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