Chicago woman found dead in hotel’s walk-in freezer

Chicago woman found dead in hotel’s walk-in freezer

A Chicago woman was found dead in a hotel walk-in freezer Sunday, just hours after she was reported missing from a party at the venue, police said. Kenneka Jenkins, 19, was discovered in the freezer at Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, 17 miles southeast of Chicago. She was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m., the Chicago Tribune reported. Her mother, Tereasa Martin, said Jenkins was inebriated when she walked into the…

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Parole denied for prison tailor who helped 2 killers conduct ‘Shawshank’ escape

Parole denied for prison tailor who helped 2 killers conduct ‘Shawshank’ escape

Parole was denied Monday to prison tailor Joyce Mitchell, who provided hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools that two killers used to break out of prison in upstate New York. In a plot reminiscent of “The Shawshank Redemption,” Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped through a manhole outside the walls of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015. Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years, according to a…

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LA gets official go-ahead to host 2028 Olympics

LA gets official go-ahead to host 2028 Olympics

Los Angeles has received its formal go-ahead to host the 2028 Olympics, getting a thumbs-up from the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission. On Wednesday, the full IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles. Los Angeles originally had bid for 2024, but because of the new date, it had to make changes to its host contract. The evaluation commission signed off on those Monday, saying that although details…

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Police: DNA confirms identity of boy encased in concrete

Police: DNA confirms identity of boy encased in concrete

Police say DNA results have positively identified the Kansas boy discovered earlier this month encased in concrete. Wichita police said in a news release Monday that the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center determined that the remains are those of 3-year-old Evan C. Brewer, grandson of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. Police discovered his body on Sept. 2 inside a Wichita house where his mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, had lived. Miller is…

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Boyfriend of slain Fargo woman says they are parents of baby

Boyfriend of slain Fargo woman says they are parents of baby

The boyfriend of slain Fargo woman Savanna Greywind says DNA tests have confirmed that he and Greywind are the parents of a newborn girl found in the apartment of two people charged in the case. Ashton Matheny tells The Forum newspaper that legal custody of the baby hasn’t been awarded, but he believes it will happen soon. He said the baby has been in his care for nearly a week. Neither Matheny nor a family…

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Hurricane Irma: Nearly half of Florida in the dark, Tampa takes pounding

Hurricane Irma: Nearly half of Florida in the dark, Tampa takes pounding

Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages. The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds weakened to 85 mph with additional weakening expected. As of 2 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 25 miles northeast of Tampa and moving north-northwest near 15 mph. Irma continues its slog north along Florida’s…

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Mom charged in toddler’s car seat death to remain in custody

Mom charged in toddler’s car seat death to remain in custody

A New Jersey woman accused of being high on drugs in her car and leaving her 2-year-old daughter unattended for hours in her car seat, where she died, will remain in custody until her trial. A judge issued the ruling Wednesday after rejecting defense requests that bail be set for Deanna Joseph. Joseph’s lawyer says much of the evidence against her is “circumstantial.” But the judge cites Joseph’s extensive criminal record and notes investigators found…

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Irma triggers massive destruction in Barbuda; at least 1 killed, officials say

Irma triggers massive destruction in Barbuda; at least 1 killed, officials say

Hurricane Irma has left unprecedented destruction in its wake Wednesday on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, and has killed at least one person, the prime minister told reporters, calling it “absolute devastation, and this is no hyperbole.” Prime Minister Gaston Browne said during a Facebook Live briefing that about 95 percent of the properties in Barbuda suffered damage from Irma. “Barbuda is barely habitable.” “A significant number of the houses have been totally destroyed,” said…

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Kentucky’s last abortion clinic fights to stay in state

Kentucky’s last abortion clinic fights to stay in state

Kentucky’s lone abortion clinic is fighting to survive. The EMW Women’s Surgical Center is Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic – and if it doesn’t win its legal battle, Kentucky could be the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic in the modern era. The entire legal battle, which began in U.S. District Court Wednesday, is centered on a state law that requires the abortion clinic to have agreements with a hospital and ambulance…

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Sen. Bob Menendez corruption and bribery trial: What to know

Sen. Bob Menendez corruption and bribery trial: What to know

As Congress heads back to Washington, D.C., to tackle more legislative issues, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is facing his own trial – in court. Menendez’s corruption trial began Wednesday in Newark, N.J. He has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of fraud and bribery, and it already got heated between the senator’s defense and the judge. It’s the first time in nine years that a sitting U.S. senator is facing a federal bribery charge. But…

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Restraining order halts removal of Dallas Robert E. Lee statue

Restraining order halts removal of Dallas Robert E. Lee statue

A temporary restraining order Wednesday spared a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from being taken down — just hours after the Dallas City Council signed off on the removal. The vote to remove the Lee statue from its namesake park in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Lawn passed 13-1 at midday Wednesday, with one council member abstaining. Work began an hour later to remove the statue. A crane was moved into place and…

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The Latest: In Oregon, more than 800 square miles burned

The Latest: In Oregon, more than 800 square miles burned

The Latest on Western wildfires (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Oregon forestry officials say the state’s wildfires have scorched at least 822 square miles (2,128 square. kilometers) . That’s an area more than half the size of the state of Rhode Island. Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Jim Gersbach said Wednesday that the estimated cost to fight the fires so far is at least $238.5 million dollars. Oregon wildfires burned 885 square miles (2,292 square…

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Former Manson disciple Van Houten granted parole again

Former Manson disciple Van Houten granted parole again

Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s murderous followers, was granted parole by a California board Wednesday. Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, appeared before a parole panel for the 21st time. The decision now goes through a process of review in which Gov. Jerry Brown may uphold, reverse or modify the decision. He could also…

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‘This is a buzz saw’: Florida braces for Hurricane Irma

‘This is a buzz saw’: Florida braces for Hurricane Irma

Florida residents picked store shelves clean and long lines formed at gas pumps Wednesday as Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 monster with potentially catastrophic winds of 185 mph, steamed toward the Sunshine State and a possible direct hit on the Miami metropolitan area of nearly 6 million people. The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic destroyed homes and flooded streets as it roared through a chain of small islands in the northern Caribbean…

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White nationalist Christopher Cantwell denied bond on felony charges in Charlottesville rally

White nationalist Christopher Cantwell denied bond on felony charges in Charlottesville rally

A judge on Thursday reportedly denied bond for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who was seen crying in a video apparently afraid of getting arrested in connection with the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. The 36-year-old from Keene, New Hampshire, appeared Thursday in court, where Albemarle County Judge William Barkley initially set bond at $25,000, WVIR reported. Prosecutors appealed, and after a separate hearing in the afternoon, another judge reversed the decision, according…

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