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Dancing Gorilla Shows Off ‘Splashdance’ Routine in Dallas Zoo’s Video

“Play is a natural behavior present in a wide array of animals. In fact, the presence of play can signify an animal is content or comfortable, and it is recognized as an indicator for general welfare.”
Zola is one of several gorillas at the Texas zoo. He’s Zola, a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla, and he’s just playing in a plastic pool. 32.740179
-96.815356 “He’s amazing,” someone can he heard saying at the end of the Dallas clip. The Dallas Zoo posted a 30-second video of Zola splashing and spinning around wildly on Tuesday. “Zola’s ‘dancing’ is really just a play behavior (there was no breakdance music playing in the building, we promise),” the zoo wrote in a blog post. In 2011, video of him dancing in a puddle at the Calgary Zoo, where he then lived, was viewed nearly 4 million times. It was shot by zookeeper Ashley Orr. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A splashing gorilla’s sweet dance moves – captured on video at the Dallas Zoo – are prompting comparisons to “Flashdance.”
He’s not a “Maniac,” though his dancing is being likened to that of Jennifer Beals’ character in the 1983 movie.

California Bans State-Funded Travel to 8 States Over ‘Discriminatory’ ‘Anti-LGBTQ’ Laws

Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee were the original states banned by AB 1887, but Becerra added Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas on Thursday, citing what he called new discriminatory legislation enacted against the LGBTQ community in those states. Discrimination has consequences. And of course, anyone can travel to any of the states on the list in a personal capacity. “Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights. Support for the list
The ACLU of Northern California and Rick Zbur with Equality California applauded the state’s decision to widen the ban. Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement Thursday. Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas all recently passed legislation that could prevent LGBT parents from adopting or fostering children and Kentucky passed a religious freedom bill that would allow students to exclude LGBTQ classmates from campus groups. “While the California DOJ works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back,” Becerra said. Xavier Becerra, then a congressman, delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia. I’m adding 4 states to restricted travel list due to recently passed anti-LGBTQ laws pic.twitter.com/ZZKkDLV3Uu
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) June 22, 2017

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-121.494400 “That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”
The law bans state-funded or state-sponsored travel by employees of state agencies and departments as well as members of boards, authorities, and commissions. California has issued a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to four more states that it says have laws discriminating against LGBTQ people. For example, if travel is required to maintain grant funding or licensure, or for auditing and revenue collection purposes. “[I]t is imperative that California continue to denounce those actions publicly and financially.”
There are exceptions to the ban, however. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The travel ban was first put into effect January 1 when state measure AB 1887 became law. When CA said we would not tolerate discrimination against #LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it: https://t.co/0Ee9tJeNJY
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) June 22, 2017

Why the ban? The law says California is “a leader in protecting civil rights and preventing discrimination” and should not support or finance “discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”
The travel ban list also includes states that California believes don’t protect religious freedoms and states that it says use religious freedom as a basis of discrimination. “These discriminatory laws in Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, and other states are completely out of step with the values that make California the vibrant economic powerhouse that it is,” Zbur said.

Glendale Man Gets Prison Sentence of 41 Years to Life in Double Murder of Grandparents

Scheiern had been accused of using the ax to kill his grandmother, 82-year-old Verna Scheiern, on or between June 24 and June 25, 2015, at the home the three shared, the release stated, citing court testimony. William and Verna Scheiern are shown in a photo provided by Calvary Bible Church. He was sentenced Thursday. According the prosecutor, the grandson then used a hammer to kill 77-year-old William Sheiern after he tried to intervene, according to the prosecutor. Nathaniel Scheiern is seen in an undated Facebook photo. A Glendale man who admitted to killing his grandparents has been sentenced to 41 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday. Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern, 36, pleaded no contest to one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder, and also admitted to using an ax in the crime when he appeared in court on April 27, the DA’s office said in a news release. 34.142508
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Glendale Man Accused of Killing Grandparents in 2015 Pleads No Contest
Man Charged With Murder in Death of Grandparents in Glendale Used an Ax: DA
Grandson Arrested on Suspicion of Murder in Elderly Couple’s Deaths in Glendale: Police Glendale police discovered the couple’s decomposing bodies in their Alexander Street home days later, on June 28, after they were called to perform a welfare check at the residence, authorities said at the time. Scheiern was named a person of interest in the double murder before being arrested on July 2, 2015.

Man Found With Cache of Weapons at Sierra Madre Gold Line Station Charged With Six Felonies: DA

“When you have someone walking around with this type of weaponry, this much ammunition the outcome would not have been good no matter what he was going to do,” he said Wednesday, after announcing the arrest. Several weapons and ammunition were found in the duffle bag. (Credit: KTLA)
Deputies searched the bag and found a loaded AR-15 rifle, two loaded 30-round magazines, a loaded .40-caliber handgun with extended magazines, a machete-type knife, a rope and several rounds of live ammunition, according to Sheriff Jim McDonnell. After giving a false name, Goodine told the deputies his identification card was in a duffle bug. KTLA’s Dianne Sanchez contributed to this story. The deputies arrested him following his refusal to identify himself. Inmate records on Friday indicated he was being held on $10,000 bail. “Their proactive actions are commendable and may have saved a lot of lives on the transit system this afternoon or in our communities,” he said. Christopher Harrison Goodine, 28, of Union City, Georgia has been charged with the following: two counts of possession of manufacturing, importing, keeping for sale, giving or receiving a large capacity magazine; two counts possession of a silencer; one count of possession of an assault weapon; and one count of carrying a loaded handgun that was not registered, according to Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office. A man who was arrested after authorities say he was found with a cache of weapons at the Sierra Madre Gold Line Station in Pasadena earlier this week has been charged with six felonies, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Goodine was arrested on weapons-related charges and booked at the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station. McDonnell credited the deputies alert actions in first spotting the suspect for potentially saving lives. 34.147785
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Deputies Arrest Man Seen Urinating at Sierra Madre Gold Line Station, Find Cache of Weapons in His Bag Goodine is scheduled to be arraigned sometime Friday in the Pasadena Branch of L.A. County Superior Court, she said. Christopher Goodine is seen in a booking photo from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. The defendant was initially taken into custody after two Los Angeles County deputies saw him urinating in a planter at the station, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

Library Employees in Parts of the U.S., Including San Francisco, Being Trained to Treat Opioid Overdoses

Kowalski headed back across the park, toward the century-old, cream-colored building where she works. Naloxone kicks opioids off the body’s receptors and can restart regular breathing. Kowalski’s parents used to use heroin. In at least three major cities — Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco — library employees now know, or are set to learn, how to use the drug naloxone, usually known by its brand name Narcan, to help reverse overdoses. Philadelphia Fire and EMS used Narcan last year about 4,200 times, mostly in the Kensington neighborhood, Capt. But when Kowalski turned around, several kids — all library regulars — were standing on the steps watching. “I wish somebody had had Narcan for him,” Knowles said. In recent months, so-called “drug tourists” — people who travel from as far as Detroit and Wisconsin seeking heroin — started showing up in Kensington, which boasts perhaps the purest heroin on the East Coast, library staff and authorities said. One recent morning, a self-described drug addict who prefers methamphetamine and the synthetic drug “spice” camped out near the library. But before all that, Kowalski lived in the turmoil of addiction. But then her library regulars arrived after school. “Where is the ambulance?” a woman begged. But the staff didn’t know how to use it. Police in mid-June increased patrols there and plan to install a mobile command center, which will also offer social services. Then a sound, like a breath. “That’s my rose bush there,” he said one recent day. Philadelphia last year saw about 900 fatal overdoses, up nearly 30% from 2015, municipal tallies show. Squeeze. “She’s just a teen-adult librarian — and saved six people since April. “It is among the worst public health problems we’ve ever seen, and it’s continuing to get worse,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. The fact that it got used the day the first shipment arrived confirmed “we were on the right path,” said Chris Henning, director of community relations for the Denver Central Library. The drug has become a staple for police, fire and medical professionals, who can buy it for $37.50 per dose. Naloxone rapidly reverses the effects of heroin and other opioids. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to get one or two more people that’s going to OD out here today,” he said. An hour later, paramedics carried away a woman who’d overdosed while sitting on a bench, said Davis, the security guard. ‘I might need to take a mental day’
Armed with Narcan, McPherson’s library employees keep an eye out for overdoses. A heroin user gave him Narcan that she’d bought from another user for $2. “You’re under a time limit,” she recalled. As she walked away from him, she felt relief. They’ve been clean for more than 20 years. Kowalski’s first save in the park, back in April, happened when a young woman overdosed on a library bench after school. The branch is near Civic Center Park, a haven for homeless people and a market for street drugs. Knead. Chera Kowalski crouched next to his limp body, a small syringe in her gloved hand. He’d gotten hooked on prescription pills after a leg injury. In the square, once dubbed Needle Park, library volunteer Teddy Hackett uses a grabber to pick up needles in the grass, near benches and in the rose bushes. “We have to figure out quickly the critical steps that people have to take so we can be partners in the solution of this problem,” Julie Todaro, president of the American Library Association, told CNN. Opioid overdoses accounted for 63 percent of the 52,000 fatal cases in 2015 — or about 33,000 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Kowalski dropped the second syringe and put her palm on the man’s sternum. Nearby, a slender woman shot up heroin, then got up and walked away. She reads nonfiction about World War II and zones out on Netflix. Knead. “We want our libraries to be safe for all visitors,” she said. “I understand the things the kids are seeing. Knead. ‘Call Chera’
The day after Kowalski’s naloxone doses revived Jay, more drug users trickled into McPherson Square Park, where sirens whine like white noise. Kensington doesn’t host a civic institution, like a university, or a major company, said Casey O’Donnell, CEO of Impact Services, a Kensington community and economic development nonprofit. Hackett chased him away, the needle still stuck in his arm. She settles into work mode by listening to pop music on her train ride to work. Knead. Seconds ticked. Her mother earned a college degree in her 50s; and her father, a Vietnam veteran, worked steadily as a truck driver until retiring, she said. A city employee had left a dose of Narcan at the library. “They’ve been here for years,” Rosado said of drug users. Standing at the library door, he told the needle collector to find Kowalski. “I understand where they’re coming from and why they’re doing it,” she said of heroin users. Since then, patrons have had to show ID to use the bathroom, she said. Hailed as a miracle remedy, the drug is squirted into the nose or injected into a muscle. The next day, she was back at work. She played games with them and helped them on the computer. The phone rang. It will include how to recognize opioid use — short of seeing someone with a needle — and how to address it. Just hours earlier, the branch had received its very first delivery of Narcan, which library workers sought after a fatal overdose earlier that month at their branch. The city’s health department launched an ad campaign called “Don’t Take the Risk” to remind patients that a drug isn’t completely safe just because a doctor prescribes it. “He’s dying,” said a bystander, piling on as tension mounted around lunchtime one recent weekday. Officials mailed out more than 16,000 copies of the addiction warning. A crowd hovered over the man lying on the grass as his skin turned purple. The heroin and methamphetamine overdose that had gripped the man’s body started to succumb to Kowalski’s double hit of Narcan. A lot of things have to line up perfectly for people to enter recovery long-term.”
Back at the library, Kowalski tried to refocus. … It’s not normal,” she said of her library charges. Before the crackdown, library staff last spring discovered one man in the bathroom with a needle in his arm, Moore recalled. One dose of Narcan revived her: She got up and walked away. “I protect that rose bush.”
Hackett, who beat drug addiction almost 20 years ago, said he once got mad when he saw a man shooting up on a bench in front of the library. “We only gave him one, and he needs another!” she called to a security guard in McPherson Square Park, a tranquil patch of green in one of this city’s roughest neighborhoods. “It’s how fast can I do this.”
Kowalski recognized Jay’s face from the neighborhood. The antidote filled the man’s nostril. By the end of the day, “I felt good again,” Kowalski said. McPherson Square Library, where Kowalski works, has a wide, welcoming staircase punctuated by tall columns. Dashing out of the library, she asked if anyone had called 911. An hour later, it happened: A woman who’d earlier been hanging out with the train operator slumped over on the ground. Residents drop into the McPherson branch with questions about doctor visits and legal matters. Death, held at bay, again. He toppled over and started convulsing.v
“I heard his head hit the floor,” she said. Though standards vary by community, the group is crafting a guide for “the role of the library in stepping in on this opiate addiction,” she said. In the past two years, libraries in Denver, San Francisco, suburban Chicago and Reading, Pennsylvania have become the site of fatal overdoes. Moments later, a former freight train operator who weeks earlier had overdosed twice in one day, sat down on his cardboard blanket and overdosed again. Weeks later, she revived a man who overdosed on fentanyl and fell off a bench in front of the library. The problem got so bad that the library was forced to close for three days last summer because needles clogged its sewer system, said Marion Parkinson, who oversees McPherson and other libraries in North Philadelphia. Across the country, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. “She’s not a paramedic,” the guard, Sterling Davis, said later. ‘We want our libraries to be safe’
When a man overdosed in late February in the bathroom at Denver Central Library, security manager Bob Knowles rushed to his aid. Their training tracks with the disastrous national rise in opioid use and an apparent uptick of overdoses in libraries, which often serve as daytime havens for homeless people and hubs of services in impoverished communities. “I might need to take a mental day tomorrow,” she told Moore afterward. Heroin users camped out in McPherson Square Park and shot up in the library’s bathroom, where nearly a half-dozen people overdosed over the past 18 months, said branch manager and children’s librarian Judith Moore. With help, the man, named Jay, sat up. Davis didn’t flinch. “I got really upset because I know what they were seeing,” she said. Knead. The librarian got to Jay, crouched down, noticed his shallow breathing and discoloration. It also could mean a redevelopment surge in the city has pushed a long-lingering problem out of the shadows, said Elvis Rosado, the education and outreach coordinator at Prevention Point, a local nonprofit that trained Kowalski and more than 25 colleagues to use Narcan. Just minutes earlier, she’d pulled Jay back from the edge. William Dixon said. May set a record: 1,197 needles. (Credit: WPIX)
The purple faded. Security staff, social workers and peer navigators — former drug users who help current ones — all learned to administer the overdose-reversal drug. ‘It’s not normal’
At 33 years old, Kowalski wears oversized sweaters and too-big glasses. Paramedics arrived with oxygen and more meds. Crisis in Philadelphia
Drug overdoses nationwide more than tripled from 1999 to 2015. Coffee shop baristas have been trained to administer it. She chose to work at the McPherson branch because she thought her own experience could help students who flock there after school. Thomas Farley told CNN. Then it came back. Harm-reduction groups and needle exchanges started distributing naloxone two decades ago, and since then, more than 26,000 overdoses have been reversed, the CDC reports. “Ted,” he yelled, “call Chera!”

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2 Drug Counselors Die After Overdosing on Opioids at Addiction Facility in Pennsylvania
Opioid Addiction Is Ravaging Affluent Orange County
25% of All Overdoses Are From Heroin, New Report Shows Staff members at other Denver library branches are now also being trained to deliver the medicine, library officials said, adding that they’ve gotten calls about their regimen from libraries in Seattle, small Colorado mountain towns and parts of Canada. Almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014, according to the CDC. This year’s total could hit about 1,200 fatal overdoses, Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Patrick Trainor said. Children eat meals provided by library staff and play with water rockets in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program. He would live. “God’s got me doing this for a reason,” he said, laughing. Retail pharmacies sell it over the counter. After that, Parkinson set out to get them trained. Squeeze. “I just keep faith and hope that one day they get the chance and the opportunity to get clean. Mayor Jim Kenney formed a task force to tackle the opioid epidemic. Knead. She switched to knuckles. Now, she was helping a patron find the number for the US Treasury Department. The library in October hired monitors to sit near the bathroom, record names on a log and enforce a five-minute time limit. Nothing. Someone had. Nearly half the deaths involved fentanyl, the powerful opioid that killed Prince. In McPherson Square Park, clean-up projects, a new playground and lights have improved the grounds. “For the little kids and the animals.”
He reports his daily needle tallies to Kowalski. When he spots one, Davis, the security guard, tries not to alert the children. The previous one, set last fall, was about 897. Prepping Narcan takes four steps: unscrew the vial, put it in the syringe, screw on the nasal mister, squeeze out the medicine. “We have not seen the worst of it yet.”
Opioids attach themselves to the body’s natural opioid receptors, numbing pain and slowing breathing. “It’s just that they’ve been in abandoned buildings.”
As evidence of addiction has spread, Philadelphia leaders have stepped up to counter it. The increase might reflect the spike in drug use. Knowles, the inaugural hero of his team’s effort to stem the opioid scourge, lost a brother 40 years ago to an overdose. Meantime, a fatal overdose in February at a San Francisco library branch pushed officials there to forge ahead with Narcan training for security officers, social workers and employees who help the homeless, said Michelle Jeffers, a library spokeswoman. “In the absence of those things, the anchors become things like the library,” he said. Kowalski’s heart raced. “It’s unfortunately their normal.”
Now, when a drug user overdoses at or near the McPherson library branch, Kowalski takes a minute to “switch the headset” from librarian to medic, she said. When she got word that recent day that Jay had collapsed in the grass, Kowalski reached into a circulation desk drawer and pulled out a blue zipper pouch containing Narcan and the plastic components required to deliver it. It sits in the Kensington community, where drugs and poverty lace daily life. They can relieve severe pain — but also can spur addiction. She tried to focus. That’s a lot for a librarian.”
Libraries and a public health disaster
Long viewed as guardians of safe spaces for children, library staff members like Kowalski have begun taking on the role of first responder in drug overdoses.

2 Injured in San Pedro Boat Fire: LAFD

Two people and a dog were in the water and were rescued by firefighters, aerial video from Sky 5 showed. The incident was reported about 9:20 a.m. Firefighters haul a boat that was on fire in San Pedro on June 23, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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2 Injured in San Pedro Boat Fire: LAFD

Firefighters haul a boat that was on fire in San Pedro on June 23, 2017. Their conditions were unknown. (Credit: KTLA)

Two people were injured in a boat fire in San Pedro Friday morning, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Los Angeles Port Police and the Long Beach Fire Department also responded to the incident. 33.736062
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Mistrial Declared in Case Against Cincinnati Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Man During Traffic Stop

Convictions rare in police shootings
Tensing was tried at a time of increasingly strained relations between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. University of Cincinnati settles with family
Tensing was fired from his job and arrested after the shooting. Shortly after 2 p.m. ‘Threat to his life and well-being’
In closing arguments, Tensing’s attorney, Stew Mathews, told the jury that Dubose “elected to start that car, put it into gear and take off with Ray Tensing’s arm trapped inside it. Tensing pulled DuBose over because his car didn’t have a front tag and because his back tag was registered to a driver with a suspended license, DuBose’s girlfriend, Mathews said. DuBose’s killing was one in a series of high-profile, officer-involved shootings that sparked nationwide protests over the use of force by police. The University of Cincinnati agreed in January 2016 to pay $4.85 million to the family of DuBose. Ray Tensing is seen in a booking photo released by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. In November, Tensing’s first trial also ended in a mistrial after more than 25 hours of deliberations. In a note, jurors wrote, “We are unable to come to a unanimous decision on either count after thorough deliberation. None was convicted. Mathews said DuBose had motive to drive away from the traffic stop because he lacked a license and carried a felony amount of marijuana in the vehicle. (Credit: DuBose Family)
On Wednesday, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith during an August foot chase, was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide. “They were about to hang him out to dry,” Mathews said, but authorities eventually came down on the pilot’s side because “human factors” were considered. How should we proceed?”
Ghiz told the jurors, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to send you back for a little while longer,” before then reading a charge encouraging them to reconsider their positions and listen to one another as they deliberated. He was the third US law enforcement officer to be tried for shooting a black man in the last week. The school also agreed to set up a memorial to DuBose on campus, invite the family to take part in meetings on police reform, issue a formal apology and provide free undergraduate education to DuBose’s 12 children. Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. Using computer simulations, federal investigators argued that Sullenberger made a bad decision and could have reached nearby airports to land. We cannot proceed coming to a unanimous decision.”
Tensing stared straight ahead with no expression before putting his head down in his hand as the judge declared a mistrial. Friday, Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a second mistrial in the case after receiving a note from the jury. He was released from custody after posting 10% of his $1 million bond. “We are almost evenly split regarding our votes towards a final verdict,” the note read. Tensing, who is white, was fired from his job and arrested after the shooting. An Ohio judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case against former University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing, who fatally shot Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop in July 2015. Samuel DuBose, 43, was shot and killed by former University of Cincinnati campus police officer Raymond Tensing on July 20, 2015 following a traffic stop. “Noncompliance does not equal not guilty,” he said. “We have given this extensive deliberation with opportunity for both sides to express their positions. I submit to you that is a threat to his life and to his well-being.”
Prosecutors broke down body camera video frame-by-frame to rebut Tensing’s assertion that he was being dragged down the street. “Do I disengage and let Sam DuBose drive away or do I kill him?”
Asserting the video did not definitively prove the prosecution’s arguments about whether Tensing was dragged, Mathews reminded the jury of “Sully,” the 2009 movie about airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger who became a hero by making an emergency landing on the Hudson River with no loss of life. He testified he shot DuBose because he feared for his life after his left arm became trapped inside DuBose’s moving car on July 19, 2015. In May, Tulsa police Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Seth Tieger told the jury that Tensing made a tactical error when he reached his left arm inside DuBose’s car and then escalated the problem by firing his weapon. ‘Ray Tensing had a choice’
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Cincinnati Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting, Killing Motorist During Traffic Stop
University of Cincinnati Police Officer Indicted on Murder Charge in Traffic Stop Shooting Tieger agreed with defense attorneys that DuBose did not comply with Tensing’s commands but said that wasn’t justification to shoot. A week ago, Minnesota police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year. Earlier Friday, Ghiz ordered the deadlocked jury to resume deliberations after more than 27 hours in the jury room.

Mother of 4 Possibly Strangled at Compton House While Teen Son Was Home; Boyfriend Arrested: LASD

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-118.195616 following a call of a “medical emergency” at the location, according to a sheriff’s news release. Sheriff’s homicide detectives investigated a mother’s death in Compton on June 23, 2017. Deputies initially detained the boyfriend, saying only in the news release he was considered a “person of interest” in the case. When they arrived, the deputies found a woman unresponsive inside a home. Her family resided in the front house. The case is being investigated as a homicide. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

The boyfriend of a mother of four who was apparently strangled early Friday in the Compton home they shared with their four children has been arrested, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The 15-year-old son was present in the rear home at the time the woman was killed, but it not immediately known if he witnessed what happened. He was later arrested, two detectives at the scene confirmed to KTLA early Friday afternoon. When they went to the rear of the house, they found the unresponsive woman and immediately dialed 911. According to investigators, the property where the woman was found unresponsive had two residences, a front and rear home. No additional information was immediately released. The other children were home at the time, but they were in the front house. The unidentified woman was rushed to a hospital where she later died. According to investigators, the boyfriend walked to the front house and told the woman’s family he wanted to show them something. The victim and boyfriend lived in the rear house with their children, two boys and two girls between the ages of 5 and 15 years old, according to the department. (Credit: Chip Yost / KTLA)
Deputies responded to a residence in the 12800 block of South Stoneacre Avenue just before 2:25 a.m. They assessed the victim and found possible ligature marks on her neck that indicated she had potentially been strangled, the release stated.

Sleep Better During the Summer With the Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus

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Michigan Mother in Search for Lost Necklace Holding Her Baby Son’s Ashes

“We’ve been through a lot in this time, and the ring can be replaced, but my son’s ashes are only valuable to me.”
Another necklace by the same Etsy brand, Localish, was found, but it wasn’t hers, Shears said. Amanda Shears kept the ashes of her late 10-month-old son in a necklace. ‘He was meant to fly’
While Shears had surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, her husband, Halen, kept the necklace and ring in her jacket pocket, which got left in the car when they got home, she wrote. “We always told him to just keep swimming, but really he was meant to fly.” When she wore the necklace, the grieving mother carried her baby close to her heart. (Credit: Amanda Shears)
Now, it’s gone. The couple heard that the ring had been offered for sale online, but the post was deleted
Zealen spent six weeks in the hospital before his death, “and he couldn’t fight anymore,” his mom said. The piece — a set of silver wings folded into a heart — vanished sometime after Shears took it off, along with her wedding band, on June 2, before undergoing surgery in Michigan. “We backtracked, and we figured it fell out while we were at the hospital or it was taken from my car at home,” Shears told CNN. She now hopes a blind appeal, made via Facebook, will help bring it back — “no questions asked.”
“I can’t replace Z, and the necklace is not valuable to anyone except me,” Shears wrote in a post that has been shared more than 27,000 times. Hospital staff said nothing was turned in. The couple filed police reports in Kalamazoo and Niles, Michigan, where they live. The locket holds the ashes of Amanda Shears’ late son, Zealen, who was just 10 months old in 2012 when he succumbed to a heart defect. “It’s my wedding ring of seven years,” Shears said. “He had an amazing fighting spirit and the contagious smile and laugh,” the baby’s online obituary reads. The necklace has been missing since June 2, 2017. Shears didn’t realize the jewelry was missing until June 9, because she hadn’t left the house.

President Trump Says He Does Not, in Fact, Have Tapes of His Conversations With Comey

White House officials had been unable to confirm the existence of a recording device for weeks. And he said, ‘Well then, why did you say this to Mr. But the tweet had serious repercussions for the President: The fired FBI director testified earlier this month that Trump’s message caused him to leak the bombshell content of a memo to the media through a professor at Columbia University. The tapes — and the 18-minute gap that existed in the recordings — led to the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974, which requires tapes like Nixon’s to be preserved as presidential records. Tim O’Brien, a Trump biographer, told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” earlier this month that Trump told him during interviews that he was recording their conversations. The official, along with a Republican who talked to Trump this week, said the President has been amused at all the obsessing over this. Trump tweeted on May 12, in response to a New York Times report about Comey’s dinner with Trump, that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Trump and his top aides have played coy for weeks about the possibility of White House tapes, treating their possible existence like a game show reveal. A senior administration official said Thursday that it became clear Trump had to come clean on his lie about the Comey tapes before the Friday deadline set on him by Congress to hand over any recordings. But that when the former business magnate sat down for a deposition, Trump “essentially” said he used the threat of tapes to “intimidate” him. O’Brien?’ And he essentially said, ‘I wanted to intimidate him,’ ” O’Brien recounted. Multiple government agencies, through interviews and Freedom of Information Act Requests, told CNN no such official recording devices existed. 38.907192
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Trump Confirms He Is Being Investigated Over Comey Firing; Calls It ‘Witch Hunt’ in Tweet White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters earlier this month that she will “try to look under the couches” to determine whether there is a recording system. In hindsight, however, the Republican close to Trump called the episode one of worst things the President has done, with fallout that led to the appointment of a special counsel. “My attorney said, ‘Mr. Trump, do you have a taping system?’ And he said no. The tapes, produced between 1971 and 1973, helped doom the Nixon administration, leading to the president’s resignation over the Watergate scandal. President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he tweeted on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation kick-started by the President himself. Trump said earlier this month that reporters would be disappointed by the answer. Comey, who Trump fired last month, said he had hoped there were recordings of their conversations. Trump has a history of using the prospect of audio recordings to intimidate people close to him. The statement ended speculation about whether the President recorded conversations in the Oval Office. “If he doesn’t regret this, he should,” said the Republican associate, who spoke to Trump this week. “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” Trump tweeted. The most infamous White House recording system existed during President Richard Nixon’s administration. Trump, perhaps attempting to insulate himself from blame, suggested in Thursday’s tweets that some surveillance could be happening, but that he was not aware of any such attempts.