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Prosecutor: Kristin Smart killed during attempted rape, suspect’s father helped hide body – KCRA Sacramento

Missing California college student Kristin Smart was killed in 1996 during an attempted rape by a fellow student and the suspect’s father helped hide her body, the San Luis Obispo County district attorney said Wednesday. Prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge against Paul Flores and an accessory after murder charge against his father, Ruben Flores, for helping him conceal Smart’s body, which has never been found, District Attorney Dan Dow said. The two were arrested Tuesday after years of investigations and searches that recently led to evidence connected to Smart’s killing.Smart, 19, of Stockton, was last seen May 25, 1996, while returning to her dorm at California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo after an off-campus party. She was inebriated at t...

Police shut down Summit neighborhood, remove Pentland family amidst protests – WIS10

Skip to content Jonathan Pentland. (Source: Richland County Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has shut down access to a Northeast neighborhood after peaceful protests have turned disruptive. Around 8:20 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the home of Jonathan Pentland after receiving reports that it had been vandalized. Pentland is accused of confronting a Black man who was walking on the sidewalk outside of his home. He has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery. Officials say the family has been removed from the home by law enforcement and transported to another location. Due to the criminal activity, RCSD has closed access to the street where the home resides and surrounding streets except to residents. T...

Greensill: Cameron says he will ‘respond positively’ to MPs’ lobbying inquiry – BBC News

David Cameron has said he will “respond positively” to any requests from MPs for him to give evidence about Greensill Capital. The former prime minister has faced criticism for lobbying on behalf of the finance firm, which recently collapsed. It has sparked a wider row over private companies’ attempts to influence ministers and officials. The government has asked a senior lawyer to conduct a review into the issue and to report by the end of June. But on Wednesday the Commons Treasury committee announced plans for its own probe, with other committees reportedly planning to do the same. A spokesman for Mr Cameron said he would “respond positively” to requests to give evidence “when the terms of reference of each inquiry are clear”. It is not yet clea...

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Orca: Here’s the Star Under the Mask – Variety

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 5 Episode 6 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired April 14 on Fox. Everywhere Mark McGrath goes, people will stop and they’ll see… the Orca. The Sugar Ray singer and former “Extra” host was the latest celebrity to be revealed on “The Masked Singer,” where he had performed as the Orca. McGrath sang “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” by Poison, for his second and final performance. “I think it might be the only competitor in the history of ‘The Masked Singer’ whose costume is way cooler than they are in real life,” McGrath said of his costume. “When I saw the Orca I thought, oh my god, it’s perfect. I’ve got some head room. I thought energy was gonna be my go to. It was never going to be my five-octave vocal range that we know that doesn...

Rockers Kings of Leon to perform on first night of NFL draft – ESPN

8:27 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND — Kings of Leon will help kick off NFL draft activities on a stage close to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month. The Grammy Award-winning band will open the festivities on April 29 with a performance as the draft returns to a more normal state after being held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to being a top-selling act, lead singer Caleb Followill, his brothers Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew Followill are also football fans and have closely followed Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s career since he was a star at Oklahoma. Hall of Fame rock singer Ann Wilson of Heart will sing the national anthem before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell begins calling the names of the league’s ne...

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’ – The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the “forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 20 years ago cannot justify American forces still dying in the nation’s longest war. His plan is to pull out all American forces — numbering 2,500 now — by this Sept. 11, the anniversary of the attacks, which were coordinated from Afghanistan. Soon after Biden made his announcement, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels said the alliance had agreed to withdraw its roughly 7,000 forces from Afghanistan, matching Biden’s decision to begin a final pullout by May 1. The U.S. cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results, Biden said. The drawdown would begin rather than conclude...

Body of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier found, police say no foul play suspected – NBC News

A body recovered Tuesday from the Mississippi River is that of missing Louisiana State University student Kori Gauthier, officials said Wednesday. LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said investigators concluded there was no criminal activity or foul play involved. He cited video footage, cellphone tracking and “other evidence we shared with Kori’s parents that we are not at liberty to disclose publicly out of respect for their privacy.” Gauthier was a freshman at the university in Baton Rouge. Thompson’s department, other law enforcement agencies and volunteers searched exhaustively for the 18-year-old, he said. “This is a difficult conclusion for all of us, but we hope this will bring closure for the Gauthier family,” Thompson said. Baton Rouge Police Chief Mu...

Kim Potter, Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright, Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter – The Wall Street Journal

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.—The former police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the killing that has sparked three nights of protests in this Minneapolis suburb. Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, will stay in jail until her first court appearance Thursday, said Washington County Attorney Peter Orput. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison under Minnesota law. Ms. Potter resigned Tuesday. Police have described the shooting of Mr. Wright as accidental, with Ms. Potter mistaking her gun for a Taser; body-camera footage showed Ms. Potter, 48, shouting the word Taser several times before firing her gun. “Officer Potter abrogated h...

Derek Chauvin defense expert blames heart disease and drug use for George Floyd’s death – The Washington Post

David Fowler, a former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, said he would not have categorized Floyd’s death a homicide, as an autopsy declared, saying there were too many conflicting factors to accurately determine the manner of death. He also suggested Floyd’s exposure to exhaust from a nearby police squad car may have contributed to his death — though he later admitted during cross-examination from the prosecution that he wasn’t sure the vehicle was running. Story continues below advertisement Fowler cited a tumor in Floyd’s lower abdomen that he said could have added to Floyd’s existing high blood pressure and caused a “sudden surge” of adrenaline to his compromised heart. “All of those combined to cause Mr. Floyd’s death,” testified Fowler, who now works as a private cons...

2021 NFL Draft: Mac Jones is a ‘surgeon,’ Kirk Herbstreit says – NBC Sports Bay Area

Sponsored Herbstreit makes compelling case for ‘surgeon’ Mac Jones Sponsored On the same day that 49ers representatives were at Justin Fields’ second pro day, Kirk Herbstreit made a case for what Mac Jones brings to the table.  While coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch observed the Ohio State quarterback throw the ball in person Wednesday, the ESPN college football analyst shared his thoughts with national media on what makes Jones special.  Though the Crimson Tide signal caller might be less athletic than his fellow draft classmates, Jones more than makes up for it in his ability to think on his feet in game situations  “Mac Jones is a surgeon,” Herbstreit said. “Of all these guys, because of the offense he is coming out of, he probably processes as quickly as a...

Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices – NBC News

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, alongside progressive activists pushing to transform the high court. The move intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court after former President Donald Trump and Republicans appointed three conservative justices in four years, including one who was confirmed days before the 2020 election. The Democratic bill is led by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts in the Senate, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, in the House. It is cosponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York. The Supreme Court can be expanded by an act of Congress, but the legislation is highly unlikely to be...

Karen Olivo Won’t Return to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ – The New York Times

Citing recent reports of abusive behavior, including by the powerful producer Scott Rudin, the actress said advocacy matters more than a lucrative role. Karen Olivo, center, as Satine in the Broadway production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times April 14, 2021Updated 8:41 p.m. ET Karen Olivo, a Tony-nominated star of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” said Wednesday that she would not rejoin the show’s cast when Broadway performances resume. She made the announcement in a five-minute Instagram video. “I could easily go back to the show and make a lot of money,” she said, “but I still wouldn’t be able to really control what I was putting out into the world, and what I’m seeing in this space, right now, with our industry, is that everybody is scared, and n...

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