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1 person dead after SUV flips on US-67 overnight

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MCDONOUGH COUNTY, Illinois– One person is dead after an SUV flipped “multiple times” overnight on US Route 67 in McDonough County, police say.

The driver of a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling southbound on US-67 on Friday, Oct. 18 just after midnight, according to a statement from the Illinois State Police Department.

The driver drove off the west side of the highway and then over corrected and ran off the east side of US-67, the statement said. The SUV flipped and one person was thrown from the vehicle.

That person was declared dead at the scene.

Charges are pending.

News 8 reached out to ISP, but has yet to hear back with additional information.

2019 Trick or Treat times for the Quad Cities area

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Illinois

Aledo: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Alpha:  Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Andalusia: Thursday, October 31st from 5 to 7 p.m.

Annawan: Thursday, October 31st from 5 to 7 p.m.

Carbon Cliff: WQAD has reached out for information. Please check back.

Coal Valley: Thursday, October 31st, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Colona: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cordova: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dixon: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Scarecrow Festival & Trick or Treat Downtown: Saturday, October 26th

East Moline: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fulton: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Galesburg: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Geneseo: Thursday, October 31st from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hampton: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Milan: WQAD has reached out for information. Please check back. 

  • Milan Trunk or Treat: Thursday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Camden Centre.

Moline: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Morrison: Thursday, October 31st from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

New Windsor: WQAD has reached out for information. Please check back. 

Orion: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Halloween Hustle: Thursday, October 31 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at 407 12th Avenue in the MAC building.

Port Byron: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rapids City: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rock Island: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Fright Night: Thursday, October 24th at Schwiebert Riverfront Park from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Light the Night: Friday, October 25th at World of Life from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Trunk or Treat: 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th at Two Rivers Church

Rock Falls: Thursday, October 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Uptown Trick or Treat: Friday, October 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Silvis: Thursday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Trunk or Treat: Saturday, October 19th at Silvis Public Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sherrard: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Truck or Treat: From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. the Fire Department is hosting a trick or treat at the fire station.  Free hot dogs will be available for kids.  Anyone wanting to open their trunk to dispense extra treats is welcome to come set up at 5 p.m.

Sterling: Thursday, October 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Walnut: WQAD News 8 has reached out for information. Please check back.

Iowa

Bettendorf: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Parade: Saturday, October 26th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • City Hall Trick-or-Treat: Thursday, October 31st from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Burlington: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Safe Trick or Treat: Thursday, October 31st at Burlington Memorial Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Blue Grass: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Buffalo: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Camanche: Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Clinton: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Davenport: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Mall Trick-or-Treat: Sunday, October 27th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Halloween Parade: Saturday, October 26th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dewitt Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Durant: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LeClaire: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Maquoketa: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

McCausland: WQAD has reached out and is verifying information, please check back

  • Halloween Part and Trick or Treat Night: Saturday, October 26 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the McCausland Community Center.  Trick or Treating is from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Muscatine: WQAD has reached out and is verifying information, please check back
Halloween at the Y: Friday, October 25th at the Muscatine Community YMCA from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Trick or Treat at the Market: Saturday, October 26th at Muscatine Area Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tipton: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Walcott: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

This is an incomplete list of Trick-or-Treat times and events in the QC area. Don’t see your city or event? Email us: news@wqad.com

Extinction Rebellion activist climbs Big Ben scaffolding

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(CNN) — A climate protester from the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion has climbed scaffolding around the base of one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, the Big Ben clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.

Videos shared on social media showed the protester unfurling banners reading “No pride on a dead planet” and “Citizens’ Assembly” once on top of the scaffolding.

The man was reportedly wearing a costume and a blond wig resembling Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s distinctive hairstyle.

A climate activist dressed as Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after climbing scaffolding and unfurling banners on the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known by the name of the bell, Big Ben on the twelfth day of demonstrations by the climate change action group Extinction Rebellion, in London, on October 18, 2019. The Extinction Rebellion pressure group has been staging 10 days of colorful but disruptive action across London and other global cities to draw attention to climate change. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

“Tree surgeon Ben Atkinson, 43, has begun a free solo climb of Big Ben and will drop an Extinction Rebellion banner to highlight Government inaction on the Climate and Ecological Emergency,” the group said in a statement.

London’s Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 15:33hrs on Friday, 18 October to reports of a man climbing up scaffolding surrounding Big Ben. Officers remain on scene.”

The activist group has defied a London-wide public order ban issued on Monday by staging protests outside Downing Street and blocking the busy Oxford Circus intersection with a wooden pyramid.

The Metropolitan Police said the crackdown was intended to prevent “ongoing serious disruption to the community.”

Extinction Rebellion decried the ban as an “erosion of democracy” and called for greater attention on the climate crisis.

On Thursday, London commuters dragged Extinction Rebellion protesters off the top of a subway train as clashes broke out between passengers and activists.

Lady Gaga falls off stage while embracing fan at Vegas show

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Lady Gaga may have sung “Edge of Glory” but it was the edge of the stage that proved her undoing during her latest Enigma show in Las Vegas, when she plummeted backward into the crowd.

The singer had invited a fan, Jack, up on stage to dance with her. But as she jumped into his arms, he lost his balance and the pair tumbled off the stage.

Video clips of the incident made the rounds on social media, with hundreds of fans voicing concerns about the star’s wellbeing.

But, helped up by security guards, Gaga was back on her feet immediately, reassuring the audience:

“Everything’s OK,” she said in the aftermath. “The only thing that’s not OK is we need some stairs for the damn stage so I can get back up.”

She went on to console the upset Jack with a hug. “Could you promise me something? Could you forgive yourself right now for what just happened?” she told him, before launching into “Million Reasons” with the fan at her side.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “We love each other so much we fell off the damn stage. We fell into each other’s arms. We’re like Jack and Rose from Titanic.

“I suppose we should have some tea after that.”

Lady Gaga launched her residence at the Park MGM in December with two shows — Enigma and Jazz & Piano.

In 2013, the singer broke her hip, forcing her to curtail her “Born This Way” world tour.

Kurds say Turkey is violating hours-old ‘ceasefire’ in northern Syria

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A Turkish soldier secures the road before an army tank starts moving towards the Syrian border on October 18, 2019 in Ceylanpinar, Turkey. Turkish forces appeared to continue shelling targets in Northern Syria despite yesterday’s announcement, by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, that Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in its assault on Kurdish-held towns near its border. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Clashes continued on the border between Turkey and Syria on Friday, according to eyewitnesses and Kurdish fighters, despite US Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement that he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had brokered a five-day ceasefire there.

Shelling and artillery fire was reported Friday in the border town of Ras al-Ain, one of the targets of Turkey’s week-old offensive against Kurdish fighters, who have long been backed by the United States.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told CNN that shelling by the Turkish military and the Syrian rebel proxies supporting them has hit a number of civilian areas in Ras al-Ain, including a hospital. The SDF says five fighters were killed in the attack.

“SDF are committed to the ceasefire, but from last night until this morning we are seeing shelling on Ras al-Ain by the Turkish military and its mercenaries on SDF and civilian Kurdish targets, and in particular on the Ras al-Ain hospital in the city this morning,” SDF Press Commander Merivan Qamishlo said.

“The situation inside the Ras al-Ain Hospital is catastrophic. Three ambulance vehicles belonging to the Kurdish Red Crescent were prevented from entering and were shot at. The city is completely surrounded by air and ground from the Turkish military,” he added.

The fighting comes just a day after Pence announced that he and Erdogan had agreed to a deal to halt Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria, which was launched after President Donald Trump effectively gave Turkey the go ahead on a phone call with Erdogan earlier this month.

The deal — which does not clearly define the boundaries of the safe zone — appeared to secure Turkey most of its military objectives, forcing America’s one-time allies in the fight against ISIS to cede a vast swath of territory.

European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that the “so-called ceasefire” was a “demand for capitulation of the Kurds.”

Reports of clashes ‘disinformation,’ Erdogan says

The Turkish government has insisted that the agreement is not a ceasefire, but only a “pause” on operations in the region, reflecting Ankara’s views of the status of the Syrian Kurds.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Erdogan said Turkey’s offensive would resume if the US does not deliver on their guarantee to get Syrian Kurdish fighters out of the safe zone area by Tuesday night.

“If America can keep its promise at the end of the 120 hours, the issue of a safe zone will be resolved,” Erdogan said. “But if this promise is not fulfilled, we will continue with the operation with greater resolve than where we left off, the minute after 120 hours has ended.”

Earlier, the Turkish president called reports of clashes “disinformation.”

“Reports of clashes between Turkish forces and YPG/PKK terrorists in the safe zone is nothing but disinformation,” Erdogan said.

But the SDF said Friday that Turkey’s attacks have continued in Ras al-Ain and targeted medical workers, ambulances and medical points. A paramedic died from wounds he sustained in an attack three days ago near Ras al-Ain and three other paramedics are in critical condition, according to the SDF.

Two YPG fighters said the Turkish-backed rebel Free Syrian Army prevented the Kurdish Red Crescent convoy from entering Ras al-Ain to evacuate wounded people over the past few days.

The Kurdish Rojava information center in northern Syria tweeted a video on Friday showing what they describe a convoy of civilians and volunteers, who were stranded outside Ras al-Ain after they came under artillery and AK-47 fire.

“Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital in Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn. Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night,” the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Press Office said in a statement on Twitter.

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

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Juul products are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Juul announced plans to immediately suspend sales of its fruit flavored e-cigarettes ahead of a policy by the Trump administration that is expected to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public’s “lack of trust” in the vaping industry.

The voluntary step is the company’s latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash that blames its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers on electronic cigarettes.

Juul, the best-selling e-cigarette brand in the U.S., has been besieged by scrutiny, including multiple investigations by Congress, federal agencies and several state attorneys general. The company is also being sued by adults and underage Juul users who claim they became addicted to nicotine through the company’s products. And the Trump administration has proposed banning nearly all vaping flavors.

Still, the company’s latest step is unlikely to satisfy its critics.

The flavors affected by Thursday’s announcement — mango, crème, fruit and cucumber — account for less than 10% of Juul’s sales. The flavors had only been sold through Juul’s website, after the company pulled them from stores last November.

Juul will continue selling its most popular flavors, mint and menthol, for now. A spokesman said the company is reviewing its products and has not made “any final decisions.”

Mint and menthol account for most of Juul’s retail sales, according to analysts, and are the most popular flavors among teens.

The San Francisco-based company will also continue to sell its tobacco-flavored vaping pods.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Matthew Myers said that Juul’s decision to keep selling mint and menthol shows “it isn’t serious about preventing youth use.”

“Juul knows that 64% of high school e-cigarette users now use mint or menthol flavors and this number is growing all the time,” Myers said in a statement.

His group and others are urging the Trump administration to follow through on its proposal to ban all vaping flavors except tobacco.

The sales concession comes less than a month after a major shake-up at the privately held firm, in which it pledged to stop advertising and agreed to not lobby against the administration’s proposed flavor ban.

“We must reset the vapor category by earning the trust of society and working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers and stakeholders,” the company’s new CEO, K.C. Crosthwaite, said in a statement. Crosthwaite was named CEO last month. He previously worked as an executive for Marlboro-maker Altria, which is also Juul’s biggest investor.

This week’s move marks a remarkable shift for Juul, which had argued for years that its flavors help adult smokers quit cigarettes.

But the announcement doesn’t necessarily mean the permanent end of Juul’s flavors. Instead, Crosthwaite said the company would defer to the decision of the Food and Drug Administration, which has set a deadline of next May for manufacturers to submit their vaping products for federal review.

Under the agency’s standards, only vaping products that represent a net benefit to public health are supposed to remain on the market.Under the FDA’s standards, only vaping products that represent a benefit to public health are supposed to remain on the market.

If the company can show that its products are less harmful than cigarettes and can help adults switch, they could presumably return. Many experts, however, doubt the company will be able to win the FDA endorsement, given the popularity of Juul among underage users.

Underage vaping has reached epidemic levels, according to health officials. In the latest government survey, more than 1 in 4 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month despite federal law banning sales to those under 18.

While Juul agreed to stop lobbying against a flavor ban, other industry players haven’t. The Vapor Technology Association is launching a national marketing campaign aimed at stopping the White House plan by using the slogan, “I vape, I vote.”

A poll released Thursday shows that Americans narrowly favor banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, although younger adults are more likely to oppose the idea.

Banning flavors is supported by 52% of adults of all ages and opposed by 44%, according to the poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. But 63% of adults ages 18 to 29 oppose banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

The poll involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,205 adults and was conducted Oct. 3-8. The margin of sampling error for all respondents was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

In a separate public health crisis, the federal government is investigating nearly 1,500 cases of lung damage linked to vaping, some of them fatal. Many patients said they vaped THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical, with bootleg devices, but officials have not yet implicated any common product or ingredient.

Correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo Jima discovered as eastern Iowa marine

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps on Thursday corrected the identity of a second man in the iconic photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

After questions were raised by private historians who studied photos and film of the event, it determined that one of the six men who raised the flag was not Pfc. Rene Gagnon, as had long been believed, but Cpl. Harold P. Keller, the Marines said in a statement, noting that Gagnon did help obtain the flag.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shot the iconic photograph atop Mount Suribachi during the 1945 battle between American and Japanese forces on Iwo Jima.

"Regardless of who was in the photograph, each and every Marine who set foot on Iwo Jima, or supported the effort from the sea and air around the island is, and always will be, a part of our Corps' cherished history," the Marines said in the statement.

In 2016, the Marines corrected the identity of another man in the photo after historians raised questions.When asked about the photo, "he would say something like, 'That group raised a flag.'"

NBC News, which broke the news on the Marines' decision, reported that Keller died in 1979 in Grinnell, Iowa. The Marines didn't provide details about Keller, but NBC interviewed his 70-year-old daughter, Kay Maurer, of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Although Maurer said her father kept a framed Rosenthal photo showing 18 Marines on the summit of Mount Suribachi with the flag in the background, he never mentioned his role in the historic event.

"He never spoke about any of this when we were growing up," she said. "We knew he fought in the war. We knew he was wounded in the shoulder at one point. ... But he didn't tell us he helped raise the flag on Mount Suribachi."

Maurer said that when she would ask her father about the photo, "he would say something like, 'That group raised a flag.'"

The Battle of Iwo Jima began on Feb. 19, 1945, and lasted 36 days, with about 70,000 Marines fighting 18,000 Japanese soldiers. More than 6,500 U.S. servicemen died and about 20,000 were wounded in the battle on the tiny island, which is about 660 miles (1,062 kilometers) south of Tokyo and is now officially called Iwo To.

Most of the Japanese soldiers were killed.

The island was seen as vital to the war effort because Japanese fighter planes based there were intercepting American bombers.

Rosenthal shot the photo on Feb. 23, 1945, amid continuing fighting. He didn't get the men's names, but after the photo was celebrated in the U.S., President Franklin Roosevelt told the military to identify the flag raisers.

The Marines identified the men as John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Michael Strank and Franklin Sousley. All were Marines except for Bradley, who was a Navy corpsman.

After two amateur historians raised questions about the identities, a Marine panel in 2016 found that a flag raiser long believed to be Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class John Bradley was actually Pfc. Harold Schultz, of Detroit.

Bradley had helped in an earlier flag-raising on Mount Suribachi, and his role took on greater significance after his son, James Bradley, wrote a best-selling book about the flag raisers, "Flags of Our Fathers," that was later made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

The latest questions were raised by historians Stephen Foley, Dustin Spence and Brent Westemeyer. Their findings were confirmed by a board that was formed by the Marines and was aided by FBI investigators. Foley was also one of the historians who noted the previous mistaken identity.

The Marines noted that Gagnon played a significant role that day. After an initial flag raising, he was responsible for bringing the second, larger flag to the mountaintop, which is the flag depicted in the photo, and returning the first flag for safekeeping.

"Without his efforts, this historical event might not have been captured, let alone even occurred," the Marines said.

The consequences of a warming fall season

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A big change in temperature lies ahead as we end out the workweek.

A fairly substantial area of warmth to the west is making good progress into the Quad Cities. These warmer temperatures will come with more winds out of the south gusting to around 20 mph at times during the afternoon Friday.

While this warmth will be relatively short-lived, prolonged periods of warmth in the fall come with many consequences, some that we may not even realize.

A recent study revealed that since the 1970s, the Quad Cities has seen on average eight more warm fall days each year.

These days are classified as periods having above normal temperatures for the months of September, October and November. If you look at the overall trend, it is definitely rising with time.

October in itself is quite a volatile month for temperatures.

Our average highs move around quite a bit, going from the low 70s early in the month all the way down into the upper 50s by the end of the month. We've also seen some extremes, too.

For example, in 2006 our high temperature soared to a record 95 degrees. That's hot for October! We've also had some cooler high temperatures, too.

Extended periods of warmth in the fall can lead to several different issues, such as extending the same problems we face during the spring and summer months.

For example, mosquitoes and other flying insects are able to survive and breed for longer periods of time due to the warmth. This can lead to more disease transmission between humans and animals.

Suffer from allergies? The extended warmth isn't good news for you, either. It means a longer growing season filled with more pollen and other allergens.

Surprisingly, fall is not the season in which we are seeing the most growth when it comes to warmth.

That change is actually occurring during winters here in Illinois and Iowa, whereas fall is the season that sees the third warmest growth.

- Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

Phone call scammer poses as Henry County sheriff

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HENRY COUNTY, Iowa– The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the community that police will not call people to discuss a warrant after a scammer posed as the sheriff and asked a victim for personal information in exchange for being arrested.

A scammer in Henry County called the victim and said they were Sheriff Rich McNamee with a warrant for their arrest, according to a statement from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

On the phone call, the person was told sheriff’s deputies were on their way to their house and to give up personal information to avoid arrest.

The sheriff’s office emphasized they would not call people regarding a warrant in the statement.

If you feel a call is suspicious, do not give out personal information. To contact the sheriff’s office, call (319) 385-2712.

Trial in Mollie Tibbets killing now pushed to February

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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — The trial for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has again been delayed.

The Daily Iowan reports that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera will now face trial beginning Feb. 4 in Woodbury County. His trial had been set for Nov. 12, but was pushed back to give expert witnesses more time to review new evidence.

Rivera’s attorneys are asking for three witnesses, including an expert in sleep deprivation to discuss its role in interrogation techniques. Another witness will talk about the DNA evidence tested in the case.

Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts, who disappeared while out for a run July 18, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. Officials say she was stabbed to death.

Rivera, a Mexican national, also is accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs.

Ohio's attorney general said Thursday an investigation found that J&J, the world's biggest health products maker, violated state consumer protection laws by not fully disclosing the devices' risks.

Numerous women who had the once-popular, hammock-like devices implanted claim they caused severe pain, bleeding, infections and other complications.

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon surgical products unit reached the settlement with 41 states and the District of Columbia.

"These companies didn't paint a clear picture of the device's medical risks, preventing patients from making well-informed decisions," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement.

The products, also called transvaginal mesh, are a synthetic material surgically implanted through the vagina of women whose pelvic organs have sagged or who suffer from stress urinary incontinence — bladder leakage when they cough, sneeze or lift heavy objects. Such incontinence is estimated to affect 3% to 17% of women and sometimes becomes severe after age 70.

Some of the products are still on the U.S. market, and hundreds of thousands of women have had the devices surgically implanted, according to Yost's office.

An Ethicon spokeswoman noted the settlement doesn't include admission of any misconduct, and said the devices "are considered by many to be the gold standard for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence."

"Ethicon has acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of our transvaginal mesh products," which were launched around the world in 1998, she added.

About 25,000 U.S. women with complications have sued Johnson & Johnson, the company said. Those lawsuits aren't affected by the settlement.

It comes as J&J is swamped with thousands of lawsuits claiming patients were harmed by products including baby powder, opioid painkillers and prescription drugs such as its schizophrenia drug Risperdal.

Headlines about the litigation and big jury verdicts against J&J, including an $8 billion punitive award to a young man who grew breasts while taking Risperdal, have depressed J&J's stock price for nearly a year. Most of the verdicts against J&J have been overturned or are being appealed.

The pelvic mesh deal requires the company to cease its claims that surgical technique can eliminate any risks, as well as to disclose a list of risks, including loss of sexual function, mesh eroding into the vagina and the possible need for corrective surgery.

The settlement covers the District of Columbia and these states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Ethicon said it settled separately with Washington state and has cases pending in California, Kentucky, Mississippi and West Virginia.

J&J shares closed Thursday up $1.00 to $136.17, still well below their 52-week high of $148.99 late last fall.

Two Iowa deputies shot while serving warrant west of Des Moines, say police

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STUART, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded while serving a warrant at an apartment complex in central Iowa.

The gunfire erupted around 10:40 p.m. Thursday in Stuart, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) west of Des Moines.

Iowa Criminal Investigation Division agent Adam DeCamp said early Friday that both Guthrie County deputies and the suspect are being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot injuries at a Des Moines hospital. A third officer was injured — but not shot — while responding.

Names of those involved and more details haven't been released. Associated Press messages left for city and county authorities weren't immediately returned.

Stuart is a city of about 1,700 people that sits along Interstate 80. Natasha Peninger lives in the apartment complex, and she told station KCCI that she "just grabbed my kids and left" when an officer banged on her door and told her to evacuate.

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