Dec 18

For Busse, 100th Win is Great, But State Championship Remains Priority

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Humboldt, Iowa — “The moment I knew I got the pin, I was shocked.”

For him perhaps, but for the on-lookers, parents, coaches and fans, seeing Joey Busse earn his 100th win over Gabriel Rivera last week Thursday, it was probably no surprise.

“I just thought of all the extra work I’ve done over the year” Busse explained in an interview with KHBT. “It finally paid off, it was a huge accomplishment and one of the best feelings I’ve had.

Busse has turned himself into one of the state’s finest young wrestlers, and as a junior, has his sights set high aiming for a state title and more.

I have two big goals, I want to break the school record of 158 wins in a career, and I want to be a state champion” Busse explained.

Getting to that 100 win mark was a huge stepping stone to accomplish those goals” he said.

Busse has been a state qualifier each of the last two seasons, as a freshman at 132, and a sophomore at 138.

He is now currently ranked at #9 in the 145 pound weight class in 2A.

I owe getting this far to the great coaches I have been surrounded by, in season and out of season” Busse gleaned.

My coaches and my parents have taught me to push myself which is so important in this sport. Also, having teammates around me who look to push me everyday has been a huge help.

The junior is off to an elite start in 2017-18 as his sights hone in on a state title. He already has defeated one of the state’s top wrestlers, Kolton Roth of Graettinger-Terril, in Ogden by decision, 9-3.

Roth was a 4th place finisher in 132 in 1A last year at State, and according to has only lost a handful of times.

One thing is certain, Busse never thinks he’s over-matched or undersized. He takes the mat with confidence oozing out of him and with a bulldog attitude like that, anything can happen.

His checklist now has gone down from three to two — and those other two are well within his grasp.

It’s one of the best feelings to know all the people who have gotten to 100 wins. I have been surrounded by this sport my whole life and I’ve watched some of the best wrestlers in Humboldt get to 100 wins and finally getting that feels amazing” he stated.

Now, he wants his game and confidence to take him to the next level.

(Photo via: Facebook/Chelle Busse)

Dec 18

City Council to Discuss Fireworks, Irrigation Meters at Meeting Tonight

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt City Council will meet tonight and discuss various city related items which include the firework ordinance as well as portable irrigation meters.

The council had introduced the portable irrigation meters at a prior meeting.

“The portable meters came about where property’s are using a large amount of water and not entering the sewer system, so [the persons] are paying sewer. The portable meters would allow them to hook up to their outside hose and receive a sewer credit back for that” explained city administrator Travis Goedken.

He says residents provided a lot of feedback to the city on the matter which initially started the movement for the portable water meter.

Goedken said the plan is to have the meters operational by spring.

Fireworks will also be discussed by the council this evening. The state is in their second legal-selling window prior to the New Year’s Holiday.

“Residents reactions from the community made us look at the ordinance we had this summer” Goedken said. “We came up with guidelines to draft an ordinance for [tonight]” Goedken said.

He also did not anticipate the legalization of fireworks to create this much local legislation.

The meeting will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Dec 18

Scoreboard roundup — 12/1617

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:
Portland 93, Charlotte 91
Cleveland 109, Utah 100
N.Y. Knicks 111, Oklahoma City 96
Phoenix 108, Minnesota 106
Houston 115, Milwaukee 111
Miami 90, L.A. Clippers 85
San Antonio 98, Dallas 96
Boston 102, Memphis 93

Edmonton 3, Minnesota 2
OT N.Y. Rangers 3, Boston 2
OT N.Y. Islanders 4, L.A. Kings 3
St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 0
Ottawa 3, Montreal 0
Carolina 2, Columbus 1
OT Philadelphia 2, Dallas 1
OT Washington 3, Anaheim 2
Pittsburgh 4, Arizona 2
Tampa Bay 6, Colorado 5
Nashville 2, Calgary 0

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Dec 18

Prince Harry interviews former President Obama

Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry has conducted an interview with former U.S. President Barack Obama. Kensington Palace announced in a tweet on Sunday morning that the interview will air on BBC Radio 4 when Harry acts as guest editor on Dec. 27.

The interview focuses on Prince Harry and the former president’s shared interest in building platforms for the next generation of young leaders. According to Kensington Palace, the interview includes President Obama’s memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life.

The conversation also includes former President and Michelle Obama’s plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leaders through their work at the Obama Foundation that they have recently set up.

Prince Harry and the Obamas have supported each other on a number of shared initiatives, including the Obamas’ support at the last two Invictus Games and Prince Harry’s appearance at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural summit in Chicago in late October

Prince Harry joined the Obamas at the summit for a discussion panel on which Harry opened up about how he came to understand his role doing public service.

“What happened to my mother put me a step back,” Harry said. “How could someone like her, who did so much … be treated that way?”

Harry went on to say that his time in the military helped him understand the concepts of “service and duty.” He added that he now wants to use his platform to “normalize the discussion of mental health.”

Prince Harry and Michelle Obama also surprised approximately 20 students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school on Chicago’s South Side across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center.

“The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the South Side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world,” Caroline Adler Morales, the former first lady’s communications director, said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Earlier this fall, President Obama joined Prince Harry at the Toronto Invictus Games. In 2016, then-first lady Michelle Obama headlined the opening ceremony at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, with Harry.

The Obamas visited the U.K. for a state visit in 2011 and Prince William, Princess Kate and Harry reciprocated by inviting the president and first lady to Kensington Palace in April 2016, showcasing their enduring friendship.

The Obamas also met Prince George for the first time during a dinner where the Obamas challenged Harry, which resulted in the viral video of the Queen Elizabeth and Harry responding to the Obamas’ tweet.

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Dec 18

Nation’s busiest airport in the dark, more than 1,200 flights grounded

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The nation’s busiest airport is in the dark tonight and leaving as many as 100 planes stuck on the tarmac, stranding thousands and causing a ripple effect grounding at least 1,200 flights, after a power outage possibly caused by a fire.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, suffered a power outage at around 1 p.m. Sunday. Airport personnel, Atlanta Fire and Rescue officials and Georgia Power staff are on the scene to respond and restore service, a spokesman told ABC News.

With the power still out nine hours later, the airport shutdown forced airlines to cancel flights. Delta, which has a large hub operation in Atlanta, said Sunday evening it had already cancelled approximately 900 Sunday flights and another 300 on Monday. Another 48 flights were being diverted to other airports, the airline said.

Hundreds of passengers on inbound flights were stuck on their planes for hours and hours.

Jenny Bloom, who was on a flight from Florida that landed around 2:30 p.m., was still on the plane four hours later.

“[The pilot] came on about a half an hour ago and actually said that he thinks we’re better off here on the plane than going into the terminal because the power is out and nobody can get out,” she told ABC News around 6:30 p.m. “So I think people on the plane are doing fine. I mean people are not upset, they’re staying pretty calm and it’s been fairly quiet. You know, all things considered I think they’re handling this really well.”

Another traveler described the scary scene in the blackout inside the terminals.

“The lights flickered once. That was really scary,” Muhammad Saeed said. “And then they flickered again and they didn’t come back. And it’s been about an hour now and it’s just pitch darkness in the airport.”

Georgia Power said it believes the outage may have been the result of a fire that caused extensive damage in one of the company’s underground electrical facilities. The fire was safely extinguished by fire crews before Georgia Power could enter the area to assess damage and begin repairs, the company said.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said there was no evidence that the fire was deliberately set, but a security sweep was being conducted. Because extra personnel had to be brought onto the airport campus to fight the fire, authorities want to make sure the fire wasn’t set to allow someone access to the airport grounds that wouldn’t normally have it, the mayor said.

Ann Mason, who was traveling to South Bend Indiana, told ABC News she saw smoke coming from one of the terminals and that people were told to evacuae.

“We were in Terminal D and we could see fire trucks all along terminal E and black smoke coming from the back probably from Terminal F,” she said. “Terminal D got so bad that they told us to evacuate for the smoke and either got to Terminal C or to leave the building. I decided to leave the building.”

“We were standing here and getting ready to get our boarding passes and the lights just went out all of a sudden,” David Bergeron said. “They went out and then they went back on and then they went back out again, and that was it. We’ve been here ever since.”

Atlanta police said they were trying to get everyone out of the airport, and were asking others not to come.

“We need everyone to refrain from coming to the airport. We literally have no power and the ETA for having power is very vague,” Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard said.

He said there were no injuries everything has been orderly so far.

Multiple airlines, including Southwest and Delta Airlines, told ABC News they were beginning to deplane passengers by sliding them down airstairs.

Before this move, the FAA confirmed to ABC News there are up to 100 planes stuck on the tarmac.

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center stated there were “80 to 100″ planes” parked on taxiways.

The agency said that flights headed to the airport were grounded “due to the power outage,” but also added that the airport’s tower has power and is capable of operating “normally.”

Delays are still expected to continue with the equipment failure at several terminals, the FAA official added.

The airport tweeted earlier that the outage had “impacted several areas in the airport” and that officials were “working to remedy the situation.”

A representative of Delta Airlines, which uses the airport as a central hub, said “diversions are in progress” for flights that were already in the air and headed to Atlanta.

The airline rep told ABC News that there are jets sitting on the tarmac waiting to taxi to various gates.

Thomas Guzik tweeted that he was being rescued from the sky train by firefighters.

And cartoonist Dave Trumbore also took to Twitter, but has been jovial about the situation.

“This started as a joke but the flight attendants *quite honestly and literally* just said they have no snacks left and have rationed us a half-cup of water each!” he wrote.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport sends jets to 150 domestic destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries.

It is one of the busiest airports in the world, with on average 275,000 passengers passing through its terminals every day and with about 2,500 flights arriving and departing.

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Dec 18

Once-secret, now-closed UFO program confirmed by Pentagon

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government until 2012 ran a program for investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, the Department of Defense confirmed to ABC News.

As first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post, the once-secret program was funded from 2007 to 2012. According to The New York Times, DOD spent $22 million on the program.

“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” the Pentagon told ABC News in a statement. “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the [Department of Defense] to make a change. The [Defense Department] takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”

According to initial reports, the program investigated years of reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the program was funded at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who has expressed interest in investigating unexplained phenomena in outer space.

Reid took to Twitter after The New York Times report was released, saying, “This is about science and national security. If America doesn’t take the lead in answering questions, others will.”

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Dec 18

St. Louis man charged with robbing, then murdering family

St. Louis Police(ST. LOUIS) — Nearly four months after four people — including a 10-year-old boy — were murdered in a St. Louis home, a suspect is under arrest charged with murder and other crimes, police said Sunday.

Ja’Vonne Dupree, 20, was hit with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of robbery, nine counts of armed criminal action, one count of burglary in the 1st degree, one count of stealing a motor vehicle, and one count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, according to a probable cause statement released by the St. Louis County Police Department.

Dupree allegedly broke into a Glasgow Village home on Aug. 24 and stole electronics and clothing before killing Patricia Steward, 56, as well as her sons Joseph Corely, 20, and Terrence Dehart, 10; and Deandre Kelley Jr., 18.

The four all died at the scene from gunshot wounds, police said.

Police allege that in an attempt to cover his tracks, Dupree “picked up multiple shell casings” and then made his getaway by stealing Steward’s car, according to the probable cause statement.

He was taken into custody Friday in Columbia, Missouri, and the case is now in the hands of the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the police said.

ABC News’ attempts to reach the prosecutors’ spokeswoman were not immediately returned and it is unclear if Dupree retained an attorney.

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Dec 18

Mild temperatures head to the Northeast; winds complicate firefighting in California

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Depending on their affinity for the white stuff, residents of upstate and western New York state found themselves in a winter wonderland on Saturday, with nearly 18 inches of lake-effect snow reported in some areas.

Cattaragus County, which borders Pennsylvania in western New York state, received 17.6 inches of snow. Erie County reported 14 inches, and the city of Dunkirk issued a temporary travel advisory so it could keep up with snow removal.

For now, the threat of lake-effect snow has ended.

Looking ahead, a weak disturbance will slide into parts of the interior of the Northeast on Monday, dumping snow onto an area stretching from New York to Maine during the morning hours. It does not appear that this system will result in heavy accumulation.

In fact, some milder weather is heading for the Northeast — potentially into the 50s for New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. But all good things must come to an end: This mild weather will be short-lived.

Turning to the south-central U.S., several rounds of rain are headed toward that region over the next few days. A round of heavy rain was moving through parts of the Gulf Coast Sunday morning. Another round of rain will move into parts of southeast Texas and southern Louisiana on Monday. A more widespread round of rain threatens to arrive on Tuesday, with heavy rain expected from Texas to Arkansas. Locally, over 4 inches of rain is expected over the next few days, and a localized flooding threat can’t be ruled out.

A potent disturbance will arrive in the Northwest and northern Rockies by Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain is expected along the Northwest coast, and widespread mountain snow is expected in the northern Rockies.

This system will reorganize and dominate the weather in the central U.S. by Thursday and Friday, which will be busy travel days. At this time, it is too early to determine the precise location and magnitude of winter weather impacts. However, it does appear that parts of the central U.S. will be impacted by winter weather at the end of this week.

Furthermore, as we head toward Christmas, it appears that the weather pattern will bring higher probabilities of below-average temperatures for much of the U.S. As this pattern sets into place, it looks as if more turbulent and impactful weather will be likely as the holiday weekend approaches.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, firefighters are feverishly battling the Thomas Fire, the third largest fire in California. The 418-square-mile (267,500 acres) blaze has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and is at 40 percent containment.

Strong winds and dry conditions are not helping the firefighting efforts.

Dry Santa Ana winds gusted to 65 mph on Saturday in Montecito, California, on Saturday. Nearly 18,000 structures are threatened in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. New evacuation orders were issued on Saturday for parts of Santa Barbara County, affecting between 20,000 and 25,000 residents. Officials now estimate that full containment will be achieved on Jan. 7.

Sunday’s forecast is very concerning. There’s an “extreme fire danger” warning for most of Southern California’s hillsides and mountains, where winds are expected to gust as high as 55 mph. The dry winds will keep relative humidity as low as 10 percent. This will lead to rapid fire growth and erratic fire behavior.

Parts of Central and Northern California are also at a critical risk for fire danger as well, due to locally strong wind gusts and dry conditions.

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Dec 17

Slain former NBA player’s ex-wife arrested in connection to his murder

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested Friday night in connection to his 2010 murder, authorities said.

Sherra Wright-Robinson, 46, was taken into custody in California’s Riverside County around 8:30 p.m. local time on Friday. She was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on a fugitive warrant for murder, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Further details surrounding her arrest were not immediately available.

She is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court at Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, according to jail records.

Wright-Robinson’s arrest comes more than seven years after her ex-husband’s body was discovered in a field in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. The 34-year-old basketball star, who played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons from 1996 to 2009, was reported missing 10 days prior. Wright was shot multiple times and his body was severely decomposed, according to the Memphis Police Department.

There was a break in the unsolved case last month when police found a gun they say was used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles from Memphis. Then, on Dec. 5, Billy R. Turner was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in connection to Wright’s death.

Turner, 46, is being held on $1 million bond. He has pleaded not guilty.

At a press conference Saturday, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Wright-Robinson has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband. Rallings wouldn’t provide specific details on what led to her arrest, but he said the murder weapon was key.

Rallings also wouldn’t discuss the connection between Wright-Robinson and Turner, but he said investigators were confident they knew each other.

Assistant Chief Deputy D. Scott Wright of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said at the press conference Saturday that they are working with authorities in California to have Wright-Robinson extradited back to Tennessee.

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Dec 17

Scoreboard roundup — 12/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

Miami 104, Charlotte 98
Detroit 104, Indiana 98
3OT Oklahoma City 119, Philadelphia 117
Portland 95, Orlando 88
Washington 100, L.A. Clippers 91
Utah 107, Boston 95
Toronto 120, Brooklyn 87
Memphis 96, Atlanta 94
Chicago 115, Milwaukee 109
OT Denver 117, New Orleans 111
Houston 124, San Antonio 109

New Jersey 5, Dallas 2
OT Carolina 5, Buffalo 4
N.Y. Rangers 4, L.A. Kings 2
Detroit 3, Toronto 1
OT Vancouver 4, San Jose 3

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