Gun store owner shoots, kills armed robber, police say

Published: Monday, December 26, 2016 @ 6:14 PM
Updated: Monday, December 26, 2016 @ 6:14 PM

Gun Store Owner Shoots and Kills Armed Robber

A gun store owner shot and killed a man attempting to rob his store Monday morning, according to police.

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The owner of Dixie Gun and Pawn in Cobb County was preparing to open the store when two men with ski masks and guns came in, police said. Police said the owner pulled out his gun and fired, hitting one of the gunmen.

The second gunman took off into a nearby Mableton neighborhood, according to police. Police are still searching for that man, and they believe he is armed.

What is the Graham-Cassidy health care bill and what does it mean for you?

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

What You Need To Know About The Graham-Cassidy Heath Care Bill

Update 2:13 p.m. ET -- The Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

Previous post: Next week, the Senate will likely vote on a new health care bill, one, like the others that failed earlier this year, aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, (R-South Carolina), and Dr. Bill Cassidy, (R-Louisiana), would keep a portion of the ACA intact but would restructure the way states get federal funds for health care.

Republicans need 50 votes for the bill to pass. Cassidy told USA Today he believes the legislation has “probably 48 or 49.”

Here’s a look at what’s in the plan.

What do I have to buy?
Under Graham-Cassidy, you do not have to buy health care insurance.

What does my employer have to do?

There will no longer be a penalty on large employers that fail to provide insurance to employees.

The president said he will not sign a bill that ignores those with pre-existing conditions. What does the plan have for those with pre-existing conditions?

States will be able to waive provisions that cap what insurance companies can charge people with pre-existing conditions. However, insurance companies may not deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

States can waive the requirements for certain coverage mandated under the ACA, such as maternity care, mental health services and hospitalization. 

Will I still get a subsidy if I purchase health care insurance on my own?

No. The bill ends in 2020 the subsidies meant to reduce premiums for people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level.

What happens to Medicaid?

The Medicaid program was expanded in 31 states and the District of Columbia under the ACA. Graham-Cassidy would bar any other state from expanding Medicaid. It would also end the expansion in the 31 states and D.C. in 2020. 

Beginning in 2020, Graham-Cassidy would set up states with a “per-capita cap,” meaning states get a fixed amount of money per Medicaid enrollee. States could choose to get federal Medicaid funding as a block grant. 

Those grants could be used for non-disabled adults and children in their Medicaid program. If they choose that option, states would get a fixed amount of federal funding each year – no matter the number of participants in the program.

Other parts of the plan:

  • States could require adult Medicaid recipients to work. The disabled, elderly and pregnant women would be exempt.
  • Anyone can buy a catastrophic insurance plan. Under the ACA, it was only available for those under 30.
  • It would defund Planned Parenthood for a year, then provide money for community health centers.
  • Individuals can contribute more to health savings accounts – from $3,400 to $6,650 for individuals. For families, the amount would increase from $6.750 to $13,300. 
  • Young people can stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26, just as with the Affordable Care Act.
Sources: USA Today; The Associated Press; CNN; The Washington Post

5 things experts say about self-driving cars

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

Successful test of autonomous test on Ohio highways

There’s lots of excitement about self-driving cars and trucks, which are already on American roadways.

But for now, there is a human operator inside, ready to take the wheel of the autonomous car. And experts say it will be as decades before all the cars on the road are truly autonomous cars, meaning the person inside is not controlling the vehicle at all.

Here’s what five experts had to say about autonomous cars and trucks.

Richard Wallace, director of transportation systems analysis, Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor

“It could be 2040. It could be later than that. There is going to be a time when if you want to drive a car yourself there will probably going to be some pretty severe restrictions on when and where you can do that. Because you and I are going to be considered a pretty inadequate driver compared to that artificial intelligence.”

Randy Cole, executive director, Ohio Turnpike

“There are a lot of people who are really beginning to equate this with the advent of the horseless carriage and the emergence of both the telephone and the automotive industries. It’s disruptive. It’s exciting. And it has the potential for great economic benefit and quality of life issues.”

Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at Ohio State University

“You’ve probably heard the statistic that traffic fatalities and incidents are going up. And the vast majority, in fact 94 percent of those (accidents) are caused by human error. So really eliminating that human brain from the equation should come close to creating vision zero - zero traffic accidents and fatalities.”

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David E. Cole, co-founder and chairman of, Ann Arbor

“Companies are saying ‘we’re going to have something here in 2021 or 2019. It’s leading the public to believe it’s really close. The people who think, ‘I’m going to take a trip while sleeping in the back seat,’ that’s probably 20 or 30 years away.”

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Joanna Pinkerton, chief operating officer of the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty

“With our research we do have some of the really ‘out there,’ (things) that you wouldn’t even recognize as a vehicle in its current state. It just looks so different, with tires that instead of being circular they are spherical.”

1-year-old dies after father attempts to treat cough with steamy shower

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:44 PM

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A 1-year-old baby has died in New York after his father attempted to treat a chronic cough by leaving the child in a steamy bathroom. 

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Mordechai Halpern, of Brooklyn, New York, was found unresponsive at his parents’ home on Thursday morning after his mother discovered him alone in a bathroom at the residence.

According to WPIX, Mordechai’s father attempted to cure the boy’s bronchitis early Thursday by giving him a mixture of lemon, sugar and water. When that didn’t work, the father put the baby in a stroller in the bathroom, where he turned on hot shower water, hoping it would act as a humidifier.

The 27-year-old father covered the child with a blanket, left the bathroom and went to sleep, according to the New York Daily News

About an hour and a half later, an alarm set for 5 a.m. woke Mordechai’s mother, who found the child unresponsive.

The boy was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

At the time of death, Mordechai’s body temperature was 108 degrees, the Daily News reported.

Police said there were no visible signs of trauma, WPIX reported.

Sources said police do not believe Mordechai’s father meant to harm him.

The medical examiner will determine his cause of death.

Woman watched dogs attack UPS driver, threatened to shoot him, police say

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

Woman Watched Dogs Attack UPS Driver, Police Say

Five pit bulls trapped a UPS driver on a truck trailer as he bled profusely from their attack, according to a report from Orting Valley Fire and Rescue in Orting, Washington, and it seems that a woman was watching the whole incident while expecting the dogs to kill him.

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“She also threatened the EMT person with bodily harm, used profanity ... and at one point threatened to get her gun and shoot him,” said attorney Chris Davis, of Davis Law Group, representing the UPS driver.

Davis told KIRO Radio the man was filling in for the regular UPS driver last week on this particular route when he walked past a chain linked fence to deliver a package to the home. Davis notes that there were no signs around the property warning about the dogs. After dropping off the package, five dogs approached and attacked him.

“He retreats and ends up jumping onto a flatbed trailer,” Davis said. “Some of the dogs jump up there and attack him, biting his legs. They got a firm grip on his legs ... (the injuries) are gruesome. Multiple lacerations and deep lacerations exposing flesh and bone ... He required numerous stitches. They are terrible, terrible injuries.”

According to an incident report from Orting Valley Fire and Rescue, EMT responders encountered a woman on the property as the attack continued in the background. The woman locked the gate and would not let EMTs onto the property. She said that the UPS driver was trespassing and kicked one of her dogs. She told the medics that the dogs were going to kill the man.

“The EMT man that responded notes that he was screaming for his life,” Davis said. “There was a tremendous loss of blood he could see, even from outside the chain link fence and the dogs were not stopping.”

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said the driver called 911.

When Orting Valley Fire & Rescue arrived at the home, the driver was reportedly cornered by the dogs against a trailer on the property that was about 75 feet inside a locked driveway gate.

While they were driving away, the woman yelled at them, according to the report.

“You are a (expletive) idiot. Now the dogs are going to get out. I’m going to get my gun and shoot you,” she said, according to the report.

Davis said he is considering a civil case against the woman on the property. The animals have been quarantined, which is standard procedure after such a dog attack. Davis said the dogs will at least have a “dangerous dog declaration” issued, but could be euthanized.