Children’s aunt says she was home when they were suffocated

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A relative of three young children who police say were suffocated by their mother says the woman never appeared to be a danger

Children’s aunt says she was home when they were suffocated

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A relative of three young children who police say were suffocated by their mother says the woman never appeared to be a danger

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

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A bill in the California Legislature would require electric companies to reimburse customers when the utilities turn off power to prevent wildfires

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

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A bill in the California Legislature would require electric companies to reimburse customers when the utilities turn off power to prevent wildfires

Plea change set in African American church fire case

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A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires last spring at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing

Plea change set in African American church fire case

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A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires last spring at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing

Man sues bank after they refused to cash settlement check from discrimination suit

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A Detroit-area bank that suspected fraud and refused to cash checks from a black Air Force veteran says it mishandled the incident and shouldn’t have called police

Man sues bank after they refused to cash settlement check from discrimination suit

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A Detroit-area bank that suspected fraud and refused to cash checks from a black Air Force veteran says it mishandled the incident and shouldn’t have called police

Russian pleads guilty in Virginia to large-scale card fraud

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A Russian national has pleaded guilty to running a website that helped people commit more than $20 million in credit-card fraud

Police find missing 13-year-old girl who ‘willingly’ got into someone’s car and never made it to school

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Pelham Police Department(PELHAM, Ala.) — Authorities in Alabama say they have found a 13-year-old girl, who disappeared on her way to school.

Amberly Nicole Flores left her home in Pelham, Alabama, on Tuesday morning to walk to the school bus stop. But she never made it to school, according to the Pelham Police Department.

On Thursday afternoon, Pelham police said they had found Amberly safe at a home in Huntsville, in northern Alabama, about two hours north of Pelham.

WATCH: Police Chief Pat Cheatwood announces Amberly Flores has been found and is safe.

There is still much we don't know right now. Once we have talked with her, we will release additional details, if warranted.

Thank you to everyone who shared our information!#PelhamPD pic.twitter.com/RP70yeeMyT

— Pelham Police Dept (@PelhamPoliceAL) January 23, 2020

“Right now it’s a feeling I’ve never felt in my life, to know that my daughter is alive,” her mother, Heather Morrison, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. “It’s something I’ll never take for granted again.”

Her mother said she was taken to the hospital and she was being interviewed by police.

It’s still unclear the details of her disappearance.
 
Prior to her being found, the girl’s parents said it was out of character for their daughter to not show up to school.

“She’s very good, a very good girl,” her father, Alfredo Flores, told WBMA. “This is the first time she go to school and not come back.”

Amberly had last been seen wearing a white jacket with blue jeans and carrying a pink backpack near the Green Park South mobile home park.

Surveillance video from the area showed the girl “willingly” get into a dark Mercedes SUV, police said.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday issued an emergency missing child alert for Amberly.

The 13-year-old is described as a Hispanic girl with black hair and brown eyes. She is just over 5-feet tall and weighs around 115 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 911 or the Pelham Police Department at 205-620-6550.

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Police find missing 13-year-old girl who ‘willingly’ got into someone’s car and never made it to school

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Pelham Police Department(PELHAM, Ala.) — Authorities in Alabama say they have found a 13-year-old girl, who disappeared on her way to school.

Amberly Nicole Flores left her home in Pelham, Alabama, on Tuesday morning to walk to the school bus stop. But she never made it to school, according to the Pelham Police Department.

On Thursday afternoon, Pelham police said they had found Amberly safe at a home in Huntsville, in northern Alabama, about two hours north of Pelham.

WATCH: Police Chief Pat Cheatwood announces Amberly Flores has been found and is safe.

There is still much we don't know right now. Once we have talked with her, we will release additional details, if warranted.

Thank you to everyone who shared our information!#PelhamPD pic.twitter.com/RP70yeeMyT

— Pelham Police Dept (@PelhamPoliceAL) January 23, 2020

“Right now it’s a feeling I’ve never felt in my life, to know that my daughter is alive,” her mother, Heather Morrison, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. “It’s something I’ll never take for granted again.”

Her mother said she was taken to the hospital and she was being interviewed by police.

It’s still unclear the details of her disappearance.
 
Prior to her being found, the girl’s parents said it was out of character for their daughter to not show up to school.

“She’s very good, a very good girl,” her father, Alfredo Flores, told WBMA. “This is the first time she go to school and not come back.”

Amberly had last been seen wearing a white jacket with blue jeans and carrying a pink backpack near the Green Park South mobile home park.

Surveillance video from the area showed the girl “willingly” get into a dark Mercedes SUV, police said.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday issued an emergency missing child alert for Amberly.

The 13-year-old is described as a Hispanic girl with black hair and brown eyes. She is just over 5-feet tall and weighs around 115 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 911 or the Pelham Police Department at 205-620-6550.

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Annabella Sciorra testifies in Harvey Weinstein trial

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra took the witness stand on Thursday at Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial and testified in wrenching detail about the night nearly 30 years ago that she said the disgraced Hollywood producer violently raped her at her apartment.

Sciorra’s testimony is the first and among the most highly anticipated at a pivotal moment in the #MeToo movement as Weinstein faces rape and sexual assault charges in New York.

Throughout direct examination by prosecutors, the veteran actress, who grew up in Brooklyn, avoided using the mega-producer’s name — referring to him consistently as “the defendant” and positioning herself on the witness stand so that she was partially facing the jury as Weinstein sat over her right shoulder at the defense table.

In perhaps the most chilling moment of the morning’s testimony, Sciorra rose and scanned the courtroom after being asked to identify Weinstein. She extended her hand in his direction and described what he was wearing: a black jacket, white shirt and white tie.

Weinstein stared at her and nodded his head as if to say hello. She looked right back at him, but ignored the gesture and returned to her seat, her face set in apparent discomfort.

Six women are expected to testify in the trial, and Weinstein is charged with crimes related to two of them. The rest, including Sciorra, are being called in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation.

Actress Ellen Barkin sat in the back row of the gallery throughout Sciorra’s testimony, as did Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who sat in the front row behind his prosecutors.

Emotional testimony

The actress said she first met Weinstein in at a Los Angeles party in 1990 or 1991, and at the end of the night she said he offered her — and she accepted — a ride home to her hotel. Their first encounter was uneventful, she testified. They talked about movies and he told her to send her any good scripts she might come across.

In an effort to help her friend Warren Light and the Naked Angel Theater Company, she sent a script for “The Night We Never Met,” which had been written for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, to Weinstein. The producer asked for a reading, so they hosted one, with Sciorra reading for Parker’s role as Parker could not make the reading.

Weinstein insisted Sciorra play Parker’s part, the actress said, despite Sciorra’s protestations.

“He said he would not produce the movie if I was not in it with Matthew. And I — you know — felt bad about that because it was specifically written about Sarah Jessica Parker, and I felt bad for my friend Warren Light. So, I agreed to go ahead and be in the movie,” Sciorra testified.

The movie was released in the spring of 1993. During the winter of 1993-94, Sciorra was invited to a dinner in New York with Weinstein, actress Uma Thurman and several other individuals. As she got up to leave the dinner around 9:30 p.m., Weinstein offered her a ride to her nearby Gramercy Park apartment.

“I went upstairs and got ready for bed,” she said. “I washed my face brushed my teeth and I put on a nightgown.”

The white cotton nightgown, she said, was her grandmother’s and “had been given to me by my mother’s cousin in Italy, because I didn’t really have anything of my grandmother’s because she died very young.”

Without warning, there was a knock at the door, Sciorra said. She assumed it was a neighbor or the building doorman, so she opened it. Weinstein pushed himself inside and began walking through the apartment. She testified that it appeared he was looking to see if anyone else was in the apartment.

“Then he started to unbutton his shirt and I then realized he thought we were going to be having sex,” she said.

Sciorra testified that she started backing up, thinking she could make it into her bathroom. With tears running from her eyes in the courthouse, she stood up and clasped her hands above her head to describe the way she claimed Weinstein pinned her down on a bed when she could not reach the bathroom.

“I was punching him, I was kicking him, I was just trying to get him away from me,” Sciorra said, crying, but with her hands “locked” by him, she “couldn’t fight any more.”

At a certain point he stopped, she said, and ejaculated on her leg and nightgown, saying he had “perfect timing.” She claimed he then forcibly performed oral sex on her, saying, “This is for you.”

“I didn’t have very much fight left inside of me at that point. I said, ‘No! No!’ But I mean, there was not much I could do at that point — my body shut down. It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake in a way that was very unusual. I didn’t really even know what was happening. It was like a seizure or something,” Sciorra said.

Afterwards, she said, “The defendant left, he walked out.”

Several weeks later, she said she crossed paths with Weinstein in a restaurant.

“I confronted him about what happened in my apartment. I tried to talk to him about what happened. And I told him I woke up and that I had blacked out or fainted, and he said, ‘That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say.’ And then he leaned into me and said, ‘This remains between you and I,'” Sciorra said. “It was very menacing — his eyes were black, and I thought he was going to hit me right there. He was threatening and I was afraid.”

After the alleged attack, Sciorra said she resumed her life “to the best of my ability.” That included a lot of crying, she said, and “what I now know is called dissociative experiences.”

“I spent a lot of time alone, didn’t want to see any people. I didn’t want to talk about what happened. I disappeared,” she said, adding as she choked back tears that she began to drink “a lot” and cut herself also “a lot.”

“I had this wall that was — it was white — and then I began to paint it like a blood red color with tubes of oil paint,” she said. “It was this massive wall. I don’t know what I was thinking. I began to cut myself.”

“I bled from my finger and my hands into this masterpiece, and wherever I would put the blood I would take pieces of gold leaf and mark it,” she said, referring to the spots where she would mingle the blood with the red paint on the wall.

Asked why she did this, she paused, and grew emotional.

“I don’t know,” she replied. “I didn’t feel good.”

Cross-examination

Defense attorney Donna Rotunno cross-examined Sciorra Thursday afternoon. Under her questioning, Sciorra explained why she didn’t call the police about the alleged attack.

“At the time, I didn’t understand that was rape,” she responded.

Sciorra also said under questioning that she had not asked the doorman why he let Weinstein up without announcing him, determined whether there were cameras in the building, determined whether Weinstein signed in downstairs, or complained to the board about someone being let up to her apartment without notice.

“No,” Sciorra said, staring back at Rotunno. “I was devastated.”

In the course of several hours of often tense cross-examination, Rotunno tried repeatedly to impeach Sciorra’s credibility, with virtually no success.

Each time Rotunno appeared to have laid a rhetorical trap for Sciorra, the actress struck back, turning the tables on the line of questioning and forcing Rotunno to move on.

Sciorra was cross-examined about an incident she’s previously described at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, where she says Weinstein turned up before dawn at her hotel room door and knocked.

Referring to the alleged attack at her Grammercy Park apartment, Rotunno asked, sarcastically, “You already know you heard a knock at the door and answered it without seeing the other end, didn’t go well correct?”

“Correct,” Sciorra replied.

“And you open the door?”

“Correct,” Sciorra said, explaining that she opened the door to find Weinstein standing in the hallway in nothing but his underwear.

“He’s standing there, and you say you couldn’t get out of the room … Why didn’t you just close the door?”

Sciorra leaned in for emphasis, focused her eyes on Rotunno and said, sharply, “because he was IN my room.”

Sciorra said he ultimately called hotel security, but by the time they arrived, Weinstein was leaving or had just left.

“Did you make any formal complaint to the hotel?”

“No,” Sciorra shot back, holding her gaze on the defense attorney. “He owns the hotel.”

At another point, Sciorra again seemed to catch Rotunno off guard.

Referring to an event where Sciorra and Weinstein ran into each other after the alleged winter 1993-94 rape, Rotunno asked the witness, “When you saw Harvey Weinstein at the Miramax event, did you say to him, ‘You raped me?”

“Yes I did,” Sciorra replied, stopping Rotunno cold for a moment.

In their final bid to impeach Sciorra’s account, the defense played a video clip of Sciorra appearing on “The David Letterman Show,” where Sciorra participated in a comedy sketch in which she claimed her father raised iguanas in the circus.

When the bit ended, Letterman teased Sciorra about the claim she made in the sketch, and she jokingly replied, “I have a bad reputation where I lie.”

On re-direct, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi seemed to mock the defense’s effort with the Letterman clip.

“The tales you were lying about were about your father raising iguanas in the circus?” Illuzzi asked Sciorra.

“Yes,” the actress replied.

“And this is not a circus?” Illuzzi replied.

“No,” Sciorra solemnly replied.

If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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Annabella Sciorra testifies in Harvey Weinstein trial

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra took the witness stand on Thursday at Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial and testified in wrenching detail about the night nearly 30 years ago that she said the disgraced Hollywood producer violently raped her at her apartment.

Sciorra’s testimony is the first and among the most highly anticipated at a pivotal moment in the #MeToo movement as Weinstein faces rape and sexual assault charges in New York.

Throughout direct examination by prosecutors, the veteran actress, who grew up in Brooklyn, avoided using the mega-producer’s name — referring to him consistently as “the defendant” and positioning herself on the witness stand so that she was partially facing the jury as Weinstein sat over her right shoulder at the defense table.

In perhaps the most chilling moment of the morning’s testimony, Sciorra rose and scanned the courtroom after being asked to identify Weinstein. She extended her hand in his direction and described what he was wearing: a black jacket, white shirt and white tie.

Weinstein stared at her and nodded his head as if to say hello. She looked right back at him, but ignored the gesture and returned to her seat, her face set in apparent discomfort.

Six women are expected to testify in the trial, and Weinstein is charged with crimes related to two of them. The rest, including Sciorra, are being called in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation.

Actress Ellen Barkin sat in the back row of the gallery throughout Sciorra’s testimony, as did Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who sat in the front row behind his prosecutors.

Emotional testimony

The actress said she first met Weinstein in at a Los Angeles party in 1990 or 1991, and at the end of the night she said he offered her — and she accepted — a ride home to her hotel. Their first encounter was uneventful, she testified. They talked about movies and he told her to send her any good scripts she might come across.

In an effort to help her friend Warren Light and the Naked Angel Theater Company, she sent a script for “The Night We Never Met,” which had been written for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, to Weinstein. The producer asked for a reading, so they hosted one, with Sciorra reading for Parker’s role as Parker could not make the reading.

Weinstein insisted Sciorra play Parker’s part, the actress said, despite Sciorra’s protestations.

“He said he would not produce the movie if I was not in it with Matthew. And I — you know — felt bad about that because it was specifically written about Sarah Jessica Parker, and I felt bad for my friend Warren Light. So, I agreed to go ahead and be in the movie,” Sciorra testified.

The movie was released in the spring of 1993. During the winter of 1993-94, Sciorra was invited to a dinner in New York with Weinstein, actress Uma Thurman and several other individuals. As she got up to leave the dinner around 9:30 p.m., Weinstein offered her a ride to her nearby Gramercy Park apartment.

“I went upstairs and got ready for bed,” she said. “I washed my face brushed my teeth and I put on a nightgown.”

The white cotton nightgown, she said, was her grandmother’s and “had been given to me by my mother’s cousin in Italy, because I didn’t really have anything of my grandmother’s because she died very young.”

Without warning, there was a knock at the door, Sciorra said. She assumed it was a neighbor or the building doorman, so she opened it. Weinstein pushed himself inside and began walking through the apartment. She testified that it appeared he was looking to see if anyone else was in the apartment.

“Then he started to unbutton his shirt and I then realized he thought we were going to be having sex,” she said.

Sciorra testified that she started backing up, thinking she could make it into her bathroom. With tears running from her eyes in the courthouse, she stood up and clasped her hands above her head to describe the way she claimed Weinstein pinned her down on a bed when she could not reach the bathroom.

“I was punching him, I was kicking him, I was just trying to get him away from me,” Sciorra said, crying, but with her hands “locked” by him, she “couldn’t fight any more.”

At a certain point he stopped, she said, and ejaculated on her leg and nightgown, saying he had “perfect timing.” She claimed he then forcibly performed oral sex on her, saying, “This is for you.”

“I didn’t have very much fight left inside of me at that point. I said, ‘No! No!’ But I mean, there was not much I could do at that point — my body shut down. It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake in a way that was very unusual. I didn’t really even know what was happening. It was like a seizure or something,” Sciorra said.

Afterwards, she said, “The defendant left, he walked out.”

Several weeks later, she said she crossed paths with Weinstein in a restaurant.

“I confronted him about what happened in my apartment. I tried to talk to him about what happened. And I told him I woke up and that I had blacked out or fainted, and he said, ‘That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say.’ And then he leaned into me and said, ‘This remains between you and I,'” Sciorra said. “It was very menacing — his eyes were black, and I thought he was going to hit me right there. He was threatening and I was afraid.”

After the alleged attack, Sciorra said she resumed her life “to the best of my ability.” That included a lot of crying, she said, and “what I now know is called dissociative experiences.”

“I spent a lot of time alone, didn’t want to see any people. I didn’t want to talk about what happened. I disappeared,” she said, adding as she choked back tears that she began to drink “a lot” and cut herself also “a lot.”

“I had this wall that was — it was white — and then I began to paint it like a blood red color with tubes of oil paint,” she said. “It was this massive wall. I don’t know what I was thinking. I began to cut myself.”

“I bled from my finger and my hands into this masterpiece, and wherever I would put the blood I would take pieces of gold leaf and mark it,” she said, referring to the spots where she would mingle the blood with the red paint on the wall.

Asked why she did this, she paused, and grew emotional.

“I don’t know,” she replied. “I didn’t feel good.”

Cross-examination

Defense attorney Donna Rotunno cross-examined Sciorra Thursday afternoon. Under her questioning, Sciorra explained why she didn’t call the police about the alleged attack.

“At the time, I didn’t understand that was rape,” she responded.

Sciorra also said under questioning that she had not asked the doorman why he let Weinstein up without announcing him, determined whether there were cameras in the building, determined whether Weinstein signed in downstairs, or complained to the board about someone being let up to her apartment without notice.

“No,” Sciorra said, staring back at Rotunno. “I was devastated.”

In the course of several hours of often tense cross-examination, Rotunno tried repeatedly to impeach Sciorra’s credibility, with virtually no success.

Each time Rotunno appeared to have laid a rhetorical trap for Sciorra, the actress struck back, turning the tables on the line of questioning and forcing Rotunno to move on.

Sciorra was cross-examined about an incident she’s previously described at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, where she says Weinstein turned up before dawn at her hotel room door and knocked.

Referring to the alleged attack at her Grammercy Park apartment, Rotunno asked, sarcastically, “You already know you heard a knock at the door and answered it without seeing the other end, didn’t go well correct?”

“Correct,” Sciorra replied.

“And you open the door?”

“Correct,” Sciorra said, explaining that she opened the door to find Weinstein standing in the hallway in nothing but his underwear.

“He’s standing there, and you say you couldn’t get out of the room … Why didn’t you just close the door?”

Sciorra leaned in for emphasis, focused her eyes on Rotunno and said, sharply, “because he was IN my room.”

Sciorra said he ultimately called hotel security, but by the time they arrived, Weinstein was leaving or had just left.

“Did you make any formal complaint to the hotel?”

“No,” Sciorra shot back, holding her gaze on the defense attorney. “He owns the hotel.”

At another point, Sciorra again seemed to catch Rotunno off guard.

Referring to an event where Sciorra and Weinstein ran into each other after the alleged winter 1993-94 rape, Rotunno asked the witness, “When you saw Harvey Weinstein at the Miramax event, did you say to him, ‘You raped me?”

“Yes I did,” Sciorra replied, stopping Rotunno cold for a moment.

In their final bid to impeach Sciorra’s account, the defense played a video clip of Sciorra appearing on “The David Letterman Show,” where Sciorra participated in a comedy sketch in which she claimed her father raised iguanas in the circus.

When the bit ended, Letterman teased Sciorra about the claim she made in the sketch, and she jokingly replied, “I have a bad reputation where I lie.”

On re-direct, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi seemed to mock the defense’s effort with the Letterman clip.

“The tales you were lying about were about your father raising iguanas in the circus?” Illuzzi asked Sciorra.

“Yes,” the actress replied.

“And this is not a circus?” Illuzzi replied.

“No,” Sciorra solemnly replied.

If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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Girl Scout uses YouTube cover of Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ to sell cookies

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CatLane/iStock(WESTERVILLE, Ohio) — Girl Scouts aren’t just knocking on doors any longer to sell cookies — they are getting more creative.

Amory Vargo is well on her way to meeting her goal of selling 2,020 boxes of cookies and earning a free week at Girl Scout camp thanks to her video cover of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” to help sell her cookies.

The 9-year-old from Westerville, Ohio, is about halfway to her goal her mom, Samantha Vargo, told “Good Morning America.”

Amory makes a video to sell cookies each year, she said, but this year’s has been the most successful. It has over 100,000 views on YouTube so far.

“She’s a really creative kid,” Vargo said. “The video allows her to showcase that while selling cookies.

Amory got her start in Girl Scouts as a Daisy and made her way up to being a Brownie. Now, she’s a junior. Her mom said Girl Scouts has been a wonderful experience.

“She’s built friendships with wonderful kids and has had great experiences, like zip lining, she might not have otherwise had. And the service projects, she just can’t get enough.”

Her “Truth Hurts” cover took about two weeks to create, her mom said. Originally. Amory was going to go with “Old Town Road” but couldn’t quite get the lyrics to work.

The Lizzo choice, her mom said, “is really fun and playful. She loved putting her spin on it.”

Amory loves all the positive comments on her video., her mom said. You can track her progress here.

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Girl Scout uses YouTube cover of Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ to sell cookies

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CatLane/iStock(WESTERVILLE, Ohio) — Girl Scouts aren’t just knocking on doors any longer to sell cookies — they are getting more creative.

Amory Vargo is well on her way to meeting her goal of selling 2,020 boxes of cookies and earning a free week at Girl Scout camp thanks to her video cover of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” to help sell her cookies.

The 9-year-old from Westerville, Ohio, is about halfway to her goal her mom, Samantha Vargo, told “Good Morning America.”

Amory makes a video to sell cookies each year, she said, but this year’s has been the most successful. It has over 100,000 views on YouTube so far.

“She’s a really creative kid,” Vargo said. “The video allows her to showcase that while selling cookies.

Amory got her start in Girl Scouts as a Daisy and made her way up to being a Brownie. Now, she’s a junior. Her mom said Girl Scouts has been a wonderful experience.

“She’s built friendships with wonderful kids and has had great experiences, like zip lining, she might not have otherwise had. And the service projects, she just can’t get enough.”

Her “Truth Hurts” cover took about two weeks to create, her mom said. Originally. Amory was going to go with “Old Town Road” but couldn’t quite get the lyrics to work.

The Lizzo choice, her mom said, “is really fun and playful. She loved putting her spin on it.”

Amory loves all the positive comments on her video., her mom said. You can track her progress here.

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Police release horrific details of the 1st mass shooting of the year, identify teen suspect

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

MicroStockHub/iStock(GRANTSVILLE, Utah) — The first mass shooting in the country this year was allegedly carried out by a 16-year-old, who skipped school to kill each of his family members as they returned home, prosecutors said.

Colin Jeffrey “CJ” Haynie is being charged as an adult for killing his mother and his three siblings as well as for the attempted killing of his father, said Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead.

Haynie provided brief details to police when he was taken into custody on Jan. 17 at a local hospital.

Authorities were able to gather details about the incident that shocked the Grantsville, Utah, community through witness interviews and his father’s statements. The murders were the first in the town — where the population is 11,568, according to the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau — in almost 20 years, officials said.

“The defendant stated that he had killed his mother first at about 1 p.m. He then stated that he killed the others as they returned home,” said Broadhead at a press conference on Wednesday.

Consuelo Alejandra Haynie picked up her 12-year-old daughter Maylan from school that day and were gunned down when they walked inside the house. The 52-year-old mom’s son allegedly used a handgun to shoot them in the head, necks and/or upper bodies, Broadhead said.

An hour passed as Colin Haynie sat in their home when 15-year-old Alexis came home from school. Officials said he shot his sister in the head and upper body between 2 p.m. and 5:17 p.m. when 14-year-old Matthew arrived at the house.

Colin Haynie allegedly killed his younger brother execution style with a single bullet to the head, the prosecutor said.

His father was shot in the leg when he returned home around 6:15 p.m. before struggling with his son and ripping the gun out of his hands, prosecutors said.

Colin Haynie told investigators at the hospital that his son allegedly told him that “his mother and other siblings were dead and that his intention was to kill everyone in the house except himself.”

An online fundraiser for the father’s medical costs and funeral expenses surpassed its goal of $100,000 as of Thursday afternoon. Official funeral arrangements have not been announced.

The juvenile suspect has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder and five counts of felony discharge of a firearm in Third District Court in Tooele County.

The maximum penalty for aggravated murder is life in prison without parole.

The investigation is still ongoing, authorities said.

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Police release horrific details of the 1st mass shooting of the year, identify teen suspect

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

MicroStockHub/iStock(GRANTSVILLE, Utah) — The first mass shooting in the country this year was allegedly carried out by a 16-year-old, who skipped school to kill each of his family members as they returned home, prosecutors said.

Colin Jeffrey “CJ” Haynie is being charged as an adult for killing his mother and his three siblings as well as for the attempted killing of his father, said Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead.

Haynie provided brief details to police when he was taken into custody on Jan. 17 at a local hospital.

Authorities were able to gather details about the incident that shocked the Grantsville, Utah, community through witness interviews and his father’s statements. The murders were the first in the town — where the population is 11,568, according to the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau — in almost 20 years, officials said.

“The defendant stated that he had killed his mother first at about 1 p.m. He then stated that he killed the others as they returned home,” said Broadhead at a press conference on Wednesday.

Consuelo Alejandra Haynie picked up her 12-year-old daughter Maylan from school that day and were gunned down when they walked inside the house. The 52-year-old mom’s son allegedly used a handgun to shoot them in the head, necks and/or upper bodies, Broadhead said.

An hour passed as Colin Haynie sat in their home when 15-year-old Alexis came home from school. Officials said he shot his sister in the head and upper body between 2 p.m. and 5:17 p.m. when 14-year-old Matthew arrived at the house.

Colin Haynie allegedly killed his younger brother execution style with a single bullet to the head, the prosecutor said.

His father was shot in the leg when he returned home around 6:15 p.m. before struggling with his son and ripping the gun out of his hands, prosecutors said.

Colin Haynie told investigators at the hospital that his son allegedly told him that “his mother and other siblings were dead and that his intention was to kill everyone in the house except himself.”

An online fundraiser for the father’s medical costs and funeral expenses surpassed its goal of $100,000 as of Thursday afternoon. Official funeral arrangements have not been announced.

The juvenile suspect has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder and five counts of felony discharge of a firearm in Third District Court in Tooele County.

The maximum penalty for aggravated murder is life in prison without parole.

The investigation is still ongoing, authorities said.

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Fotis Dulos violated bond terms by visiting memorial for wife he’s accused of killing

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

WTNH-TV(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — A Connecticut man charged with his estranged wife’s murder was harshly criticized by a judge who said he violated the terms of his $6 million bond by stopping at a makeshift memorial for his presumed-dead spouse and removing items his lawyer said were meant to taunt him.

Fotis Dulos had his work-release privileges revoked and was ordered to remain under strict house arrest after Judge Gary White on Thursday ruled Dulos shouldn’t have visited the memorial, which had been placed near his home by supporters of his wife, Jennifer.

White issued a stern warning to Dulos that if he violates the conditions of his release again, his bond will double to $12 million.

“What he did was stupid. Don’t do it again,” White said during a hearing in Stamford/Norwalk Superior Court.

Under the new conditions of his bond, Dulos is confined to his home in Farmington, Connecticut, and must continue to wear an electronic GPS ankle bracelet. He previously had been permitted to leave his home for work or to shop for groceries.

Richard Colangelo, the Stamford/Norwalk State’s Attorney, filed a motion earlier this week accusing Dulos of breaking the conditions set for his bond.

“This is in violation of the terms of his release,” Colangelo argued in his motion.

Following the court hearing, Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, said the items Dulos removed from the memorial were placed there to taunt his client.

“We have been following various web pages ostensibly devoted to supporters of Jennifer. They are encouraging people to place items outside of his home. I’m not sure what that’s about. It might be harassment in any other context,” Pattis told reporters, as Dulos stood silently next to him outside the courthouse.

“I remind the supporters that Jennifer is missing. She may be presumed dead as far as they’re concerned. We’ve yet to see persuasive evidence of that,” Pattis said.

Dulos was arrested and charged on Jan. 7 with murder, capital murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, the mother of his five children. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, also was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Kent Mahwinney, an attorney and a friend of Fotis Dulos, also has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Jennifer Dulos, 50, went missing May 24 amid the former couple’s contentious custody battle.

Investigators allege Jennifer Dulos was killed inside her own home and garage in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her body was never found.

State police have alleged in court papers that Fotis Dulos was “lying in wait” for Jennifer Dulos at her home and a violent assault took place in the garage, where bloodstains were found.

Authorities allege Jennifer Dulos was killed at her home May 24 between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., after she returned from taking her children to school, according to an arrest warrant.

On the day of her disappearance, surveillance footage showed someone in a hoodie riding a bike toward Jennifer Dulos’ home. The bike was later found in the trash.

Police claim Fotis Dulos bound Jennifer Dulos with zip ties, put her inside her own car and cleaned the garage, according to an arrest warrant.

The medical examiner categorized the incident as “homicide of violence” that would “likely include some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as a bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing,” according to Troconis’ arrest warrant.

During Thursday’s hearing, Pattis waived Fotis Dulos’ right to a probable cause hearing, saying his client seeks a speedy trial.

“We are confident in our odds at trial because we know what we know,” Pattis told reporters after the hearing. “The state is trying to put together a case that Mr. Dulos is responsible for that murder, or for that disappearance, and we take the position there is insufficient evidence to conclude that she’s even dead.”

Pattis said he hopes the trial would begin as early as September, but conceded he’s worried about the public perception of his client.

“But there are 12 good people who we don’t yet know and that will be the jurors in this case,” Pattis said. “When we have the jury and we have an orderly courtroom proceeding by people committed to deciding this case by the rule of law, we are extremely confident in our odds.”

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Fotis Dulos violated bond terms by visiting memorial for wife he’s accused of killing

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

WTNH-TV(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — A Connecticut man charged with his estranged wife’s murder was harshly criticized by a judge who said he violated the terms of his $6 million bond by stopping at a makeshift memorial for his presumed-dead spouse and removing items his lawyer said were meant to taunt him.

Fotis Dulos had his work-release privileges revoked and was ordered to remain under strict house arrest after Judge Gary White on Thursday ruled Dulos shouldn’t have visited the memorial, which had been placed near his home by supporters of his wife, Jennifer.

White issued a stern warning to Dulos that if he violates the conditions of his release again, his bond will double to $12 million.

“What he did was stupid. Don’t do it again,” White said during a hearing in Stamford/Norwalk Superior Court.

Under the new conditions of his bond, Dulos is confined to his home in Farmington, Connecticut, and must continue to wear an electronic GPS ankle bracelet. He previously had been permitted to leave his home for work or to shop for groceries.

Richard Colangelo, the Stamford/Norwalk State’s Attorney, filed a motion earlier this week accusing Dulos of breaking the conditions set for his bond.

“This is in violation of the terms of his release,” Colangelo argued in his motion.

Following the court hearing, Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, said the items Dulos removed from the memorial were placed there to taunt his client.

“We have been following various web pages ostensibly devoted to supporters of Jennifer. They are encouraging people to place items outside of his home. I’m not sure what that’s about. It might be harassment in any other context,” Pattis told reporters, as Dulos stood silently next to him outside the courthouse.

“I remind the supporters that Jennifer is missing. She may be presumed dead as far as they’re concerned. We’ve yet to see persuasive evidence of that,” Pattis said.

Dulos was arrested and charged on Jan. 7 with murder, capital murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, the mother of his five children. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, also was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Kent Mahwinney, an attorney and a friend of Fotis Dulos, also has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Jennifer Dulos, 50, went missing May 24 amid the former couple’s contentious custody battle.

Investigators allege Jennifer Dulos was killed inside her own home and garage in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her body was never found.

State police have alleged in court papers that Fotis Dulos was “lying in wait” for Jennifer Dulos at her home and a violent assault took place in the garage, where bloodstains were found.

Authorities allege Jennifer Dulos was killed at her home May 24 between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., after she returned from taking her children to school, according to an arrest warrant.

On the day of her disappearance, surveillance footage showed someone in a hoodie riding a bike toward Jennifer Dulos’ home. The bike was later found in the trash.

Police claim Fotis Dulos bound Jennifer Dulos with zip ties, put her inside her own car and cleaned the garage, according to an arrest warrant.

The medical examiner categorized the incident as “homicide of violence” that would “likely include some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as a bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing,” according to Troconis’ arrest warrant.

During Thursday’s hearing, Pattis waived Fotis Dulos’ right to a probable cause hearing, saying his client seeks a speedy trial.

“We are confident in our odds at trial because we know what we know,” Pattis told reporters after the hearing. “The state is trying to put together a case that Mr. Dulos is responsible for that murder, or for that disappearance, and we take the position there is insufficient evidence to conclude that she’s even dead.”

Pattis said he hopes the trial would begin as early as September, but conceded he’s worried about the public perception of his client.

“But there are 12 good people who we don’t yet know and that will be the jurors in this case,” Pattis said. “When we have the jury and we have an orderly courtroom proceeding by people committed to deciding this case by the rule of law, we are extremely confident in our odds.”

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Former Wells Fargo CEO fined $17.5M for sales scandal

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Federal regulators have slapped former Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf with a $17.5 million fine for his role in the bank’s sales practices scandal

Former Wells Fargo CEO fined $17.5M for sales scandal

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Federal regulators have slapped former Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf with a $17.5 million fine for his role in the bank’s sales practices scandal

Annabella Sciorra: Harvey Weinstein held me down, raped me

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Actress Annabella Sciorra is confronting Harvey Weinstein at his New York City rape trial

Annabella Sciorra: Harvey Weinstein held me down, raped me

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Actress Annabella Sciorra is confronting Harvey Weinstein at his New York City rape trial

Groups seek items they say could exonerate executed inmate

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Two groups are suing a central Arkansas city and seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate an inmate who was executed nearly three years ago

Groups seek items they say could exonerate executed inmate

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Two groups are suing a central Arkansas city and seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate an inmate who was executed nearly three years ago

New charges filed in case linked to NH couple’s deaths

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

A prosecutor says new charges have been filed against a Utah couple arrested last year in connection with the deaths of a New Hampshire couple found buried at a South Texas beach

New charges filed in case linked to NH couple’s deaths

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A prosecutor says new charges have been filed against a Utah couple arrested last year in connection with the deaths of a New Hampshire couple found buried at a South Texas beach

Husband in missing mom case pleads not guilty to murder

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five who is presumed dead has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges

Husband in missing mom case pleads not guilty to murder

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The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five who is presumed dead has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges

Monarch butterflies in California at critically low level for 2nd year in a row

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

ErikAgar/iStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in California remains at a critically low level, according to a new study.

The total number of monarchs observed this year during The Xerces Society Thanksgiving count was 29,418, according a press release issued Thursday by the nonprofit, which focuses on conserving invertebrates.

While that number is slightly higher than the 2018-2019 count — which saw an all-time low of 27,218 — the organization warned that this year’s numbers “are no better.”

This year’s results came amid a greater survey effort and more volunteers visiting more sites, according to the nonprofit.

“We had hoped that the western monarch population would have rebounded at least modestly, but unfortunately it has not,” Emma Pelton, the Xerces Society’s western monarch lead, said in a statement.

In 1997 there were more than 1.2 million monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast.

Pelton said the silver lining was that the population didn’t shrink any further.

“We can take heart that it’s not too late to act,” she said.

For decades, monarch butterflies in the West have been in decline because of loss of habitat, including destruction of their California wintering sites and loss of milkweed for caterpillars and flowering resources to fuel migration.

At least 21 wintering sites in California have been “significantly damaged or destroyed” by the construction of housing developments and cutting down of trees, according to The Xerces Society.

Monarch butterflies return to the same sites, often the same trees, every fall for wintering.

Climate change has also been a factor in changing the biodiversity in California. Lowering carbon footprints and adopting nature-based climate solutions for pollinators and other wildlife are needed, environmentalists say.

The Xerxes Society urged lawmakers on both a state and federal level to address the issue.

“We must protect all remaining overwintering sites in order to save our monarchs,” Sarina Jepsen, director of the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species and Aquatics Program, said.

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