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Principal accused of copying Kutcher speech is suspended

A West Virginia, principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school’s graduating class has been suspended without pay for five days.

The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss was suspended Tuesday at a Wood County Board of Education meeting. DeMoss apologized for heavily basing his May address on Kutcher’s 2013 Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards speech. He has said he should’ve cited his sources, but the ideas were his own.

A Facebook video highlighting the plagiarism spliced the speeches together. DeMoss said the video excluded a disclaimer that multiple sources informed his speech. Kutcher tweeted Saturday that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and cited Oscar Wilde for the quote. He then quipped that “kids and faculty” should cite their sources.

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Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), http://www.newsandsentinel.com

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Wisconsin dad accused of killing infant while being held by mother: report

A 21-year-old Milwaukee man is charged with reckless homicide after police say he punched his 2-month-old son repeatedly in the head while being held in his mother’s arms, ultimately killing the child.

The infant went into respiratory failure and suffered multiple skull fractures, cerebral hemorrhaging and extensive retinal hemorrhaging in the June 5 assault. He was pronounced dead at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin that same evening.

SOUTH CAROLINA MAN WHO KILLED 5 KIDS DOESN’T DESERVE TO DIE, EX-WIFE TELLS JURY

Kenta Evans, 21, the suspect, arrived to the home of Jessica McNeal around 7 a.m. on June 5 to visit the child, Jaquerrion Dancer, who is believed to be his son. An argument ensued.

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Kenta Evans, 21, allegedly killed a 2-month-old boy by punching him in the head “multiple times with closed fists.” (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

The mom rushed into the room where the infant was sleeping, picked up the child and told him to leave, authorities said. He allegedly admitted to police that after trying to pry the child from the mother, he “became frustrated and began punching.”

The baby was rushed to the hospital and was bleeding from the mouth. The infant died around 9 p.m., and the medical examiner. The death was ruled a homicide, the New York Daily News reported.

Officers arrested Evans after they found him hiding in a closet at his mother’s house. In a June 6 interview with police, Evans allegedly admitted the child may have died after being hit “multiple times with closed fists.”

Court documents say Evans told detectives he had repeatedly hit the mother, with many blows also striking the baby.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Louisiana coroner claims first THC-related death, but some experts are skeptical

The coroner of a Louisiana parish is claiming that a 39-year-old woman died from a THC overdose in February.

Dr. Christy Montegut, who has served as St. John the Baptist’s coroner for more than 30 years, announced the supposed THC-related death in toxicology report released late last month, Fox 8 reported. The parish is about 30 miles west of New Orleans.

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FILE: A jar of medical marijuana sits on the counter at Western Oregon Dispensary in Sherwood, Ore.  (AP)

“I’m thinking that this lady must have vaped this THC oil and got a high level in her system and (it) made her stop breathing, like a respiratory failure,” Montegut told The Advocate.

If true, Montegut’s claims would be the first in the U.S. But many experts remain doubtful given that no deaths – attributed solely to THC – have ever been reported despite billions of cannabis products consumed each year.

“We know from really good survey data that Americans use cannabis products billions of times a year, collectively,” said Keith Humphreys, a former adviser at the White House of National Drug Control Policy. “So, that means that if the risk of death was one in a million, we would have a couple thousand cannabis overdose deaths a year.”

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are no reports of teens or adults dying solely from THC — the main ingredient found in cannabis.

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Montegut, however, is standing by her report. She told The Advocate that the woman’s autopsy report “showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death. There was nothing else identified in the toxicology – no other drugs, no alcohol. There was nothing else.”

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Missing Connecticut mother’s estranged husband posts bail

Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of a Connecticut mother of five, Jennifer Dulos, who’s been missing for more than two weeks, posted $500,000 bail on Tuesday in a criminal case tied to her disappearance.

After officials confiscated his passport and fitted Dulos with a location-monitoring device, he walked out of a Connecticut courthouse. He was still wearing an orange prison jumpsuit after having spent more than a week behind bars at the Bridgeport Correctional Center because he’d been unable to make bail.

He refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse.

Fotis Dulos and girlfriend plead not guilty over disappearance of his missing wife, Jennifer

Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, argued Tuesday that his client’s $500,000 bail should be reduced to $100,000. He said the state’s case against Dulos was weak, and expressed doubt that his client would ever be charged with murder.

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Fotis Dulos stands during a hearing at Stamford Superior Court, Tuesday9 in Stamford, Conn. Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos. The mother of five has has been missing since May 24.  (Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo revealed at a court hearing on Tuesday that Fotis Dulos’ DNA was found mixed with his wife’s blood on a kitchen faucet in the New Canaan home she lived in after they separated. He disclosed the evidence to challenge the request to lower bail. Colangelo argued that bond should be raised to $850,000, but the judge kept it at $500,000.

Pattis said his client posted bail using his retirement fund as collateral. After the hearing, Pattis said he believed his client would be “fully exonerated,” adding that he has an alibi. He said that the state “picked this fight and we will win it.”

Fotis Dulos’ next court hearing is set for Aug. 2.

A hearing in the divorce and child custody case was also held on Tuesday before Dulos posted bail. He declined to answer questions during the hearing, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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Fotis Dulos and his legal team including Norm Pattis, left, stand during a hearing at Stamford Superior Court. Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos. The mother of five has has been missing since May 24.  (Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Dulos is under orders not to have contact with the children, who range in age from 8 to 13, while free on bail. A judge did not rule on the custody of the children on Tuesday. They have been staying in New York City with Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, who has been granted temporary custody.

Anne Dranginis, Farber’s attorney, said that arrangement was in the best interest of the children during this “horrendous time in their lives.”

Michael Meehan, the children’s court-appointed guardian, took the stand at the custody hearing and said he spoke with Fotis Dulos the day after his estranged wife disappeared to inquire about an alibi. Dulos indicated he was home the previous day and had meetings in the afternoon, Meehan said.

When asked if he had concerns with the children having contact with their father, Meehan said, “At this point I do.”

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Michelle C. Troconis was arraigned on charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and first-degree hindering prosecution at Norwalk Superior Court in Norwalk, Conn. Monday, June 3.  (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Fotis Dulos’ live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, also pleaded not guilty before Judge John Blawie to hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence on Tuesday. She posted $500,000 bail last week.

Her next court date is July 18.

Following the brief hearing, her attorney Andrew Bowman, lashed out at the media for what he called “unfair and inaccurate” reporting and said that his client is innocent.

Earlier, Pattis told Fox News there are “powerful reasons” to doubt his client was at his wife’s New Canaan home the day she disappeared.

Authorities said Troconis wasn’t in New Canaan the day Jennifer Dulos went missing, according to The Hartford Courant. Troconis told police she has no idea where Dulos could have been, the paper also reported.

Police obtained a search warrant for her now-confiscated telephone.

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(Carrie Luft, on Behalf of the Family and Friends of Jennifer Farber Dulos)

Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen on May 24, when she dropped her children off at their private school in New Canaan.

The case has received national attention and the search for Dulos — entering its 18th day — has stretched from Connecticut to neighboring New York.

Monday marked the sixth consecutive day investigators combed through a trash facility in Hartford. They started last Tuesday, painstakingly searching the football field-size area looking for Dulos. At times, they have brought in cadaver dogs at assist but so far their search has come up empty.

Citing surveillance video and cellphone location evidence, authorities accuse Fotis Dulos and Troconis of dumping clothing, sponges and other items that contained Jennifer Dulos’ blood at multiple locations in Hartford, including the trash facility. Police have said the people in the surveillance video fit the description of Fotis Dulos and Troconis.

Pattis said Tuesday that police haven’t identified the license plate of the vehicle seen on video in Hartford when the items were discarded.

FOTIS DULOS HIRES ALEX JONES’ ATTORNEY TO DEFEND HIM IN DISAPPEARANCE OF HIS WIFE

When asked why Fotis Dulos’ DNA was found mixed with Jennifer Dulos’ blood, Pattis said he did not know.

“He was in the house. Do you know where your DNA is?” he asked a reporter.

Pattis added: “I would ask everyone to put aside the easy narrative here that an angry ex-spouse took matters into his own hands to resolve a custody dispute. That didn’t happen. Having said that, I don’t know what happened.”

In arrest warrants, police wrote that blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts were also found at the missing mother’s home.

The bad blood between the former couple escalated in the weeks leading up to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. Their divorce and custody battle had become increasingly bitter and divisive. According to court documents, more than 400 motions were filed. Jennifer and Fotis Dulos accused each other of ignoring court orders and threatened to hurt one another in front of their five children. There were also threats to kill one another and at times, even the children.

Following Fotis Dulos’ June 3 arrest, an investigation into his background by Fox News revealed a complicated man who kept up appearances as a successful businessman for years when in fact he was drowning in debt. He got his business Fore Group Inc. off the ground with financial support from his father-in-law, who between 2004 and 2016, fronted him nearly $10 million. The funds were largely cut off in 2017, around the same time his marriage to Jennifer Dulos was ending.

After Jennifer Dulos’ father, Hilliard Farber, passed away in 2017, her mother, now the executor of her husband’s estate, sued Fotis Dulos for $500,000 in January 2018. Court documents claimed the Farbers loaned Fotis Dulos the money in 2012 and that he had promised to pay them back but hadn’t done so by June 2017.

While Fotis Dulos has been behind bars, Troconis was spotted on Thursday meeting with detectives at her lawyer Andrew Bowman’s Westport office. A day later she was spotted with investigators at the Farmington home she lived in with Dulos. While it’s not known whether Troconis made a deal with prosecutors, NBC Connecticut’s drone footage showed people searching the yard and the wooded area behind the 10,000 square-foot home.

“The towns of New Canaan, Farmington and Avon have responded to Jennifer’s disappearance with a steady stream of love,” Jennifer Dulos’ friend Carrie Luft said on Tuesday in a statement on behalf of her family and friends. “These gestures of empathy and kinship have helped keep us going.”

“Jennifer’s family, friends, and above all her children are living in limbo — missing her embrace, her lilting laugh, her bedtime backrubs, her gentle strength,” Luft wrote.

“Please know that the children are safe and loved and supported in every respect. But more than anything in the world, they long to know where their mother is.”

Luft asked anyone with information about Jennifer’s disappearance to contact police, pointing to the newly launched website – www.FindJenniferDulos.com – and a dedicated e-mail FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov.

Luft also thanked the forces of the New Canaan and Connecticut State Police “for their ongoing and exhaustive efforts to locate Jennifer.”

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“Thank you also to every single person who has called in a tip,” she added. “Keep the information coming. Please help us find Jennifer.”

Fox News’ Maria Paronich, Tamara Gitt, Lissa Kaplan, Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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South Carolina man who tried to fight for ISIS sentenced to 20 years

A South Carolina man who pleaded guilty to trying to fight for the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Outlets report a federal judge on Monday handed down that sentence for 20-year-old Zakaryia Abdin. It was the maximum possible time.

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Zakaryia Abdin was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for trying to fight for the Islamic State. (Charleston County Detention Center)

Abdin pleaded guilty in August to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He was arrested at Charleston’s airport in 2017 as he tried to board a plane for Jordan. Authorities say Abdin told an agent posing as an Islamic State recruiter he wanted to torture an American.

At age 16, authorities say Abdin talked about robbing a gun store to get weapons to kill soldiers.

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He was arrested, pleaded guilty, and a parole board agreed to his early release after a year.

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August execution set for Florida killer who targeted gay men

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A convicted killer in Florida who authorities say targeted gay men is scheduled to be executed later this summer.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant Tuesday for 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles. The execution is set for Aug. 22 at Florida State Prison.

Records show Bowles was convicted of three murders and sentenced to death for the 1994 slaying of Walter Hinton.

Authorities say Bowles agreed to help Hinton move items from Georgia to Hinton’s Jacksonville home in November 1994. While staying with Hinton, Bowles dropped a concrete block on the other man’s head and then strangled him.

Police say Bowles confessed to the killing after his arrest and professed hatred for homosexuals. Investigators say Bowles also admitted to killing five other men across Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

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Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund

Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money.

Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years. Pointing to rows of empty seats at a House Judiciary Committee hearing room, Stewart said “sick and dying” first responders and their families came to Washington for the hearing, only to face a nearly deserted dais.

The sparse attendance by lawmakers was “an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution,” Stewart said, adding that the “disrespect” shown to first responders now suffering from respiratory ailments and other illnesses “is utterly unacceptable.”

Lawmakers from both parties said they support the bill and were monitoring the hearing amid other congressional business.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., predicted the bill will pass with overwhelming support and said lawmakers meant no disrespect as they moved in and out of the subcommittee hearing, a common occurrence on Capitol Hill.

Stewart was unconvinced.

Pointing to rows of uniformed firefighters and police officers behind him, he said the hearing “should be flipped,” so that first responders were on the dais, with members of Congress “down here” in witness chairs answering their questions.

First and foremost, Stewart said, families want to know, “Why this is so damn hard and takes so damn long?”

The collapse of the World Trade Center in September 2001 sent a cloud of thick dust billowing over Lower Manhattan. Fires burned for weeks. Thousands of construction workers, police officers, firefighters and others spent time working in the soot, often without proper respiratory protection.

In the years since, many have seen their health decline, some with respiratory or digestive-system ailments that appeared almost immediately, others with illnesses that developed as they aged, including cancer.

More than 40,000 people have applied to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which covers illnesses potentially related to being at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the attacks. More than $5 billion in benefits have been awarded out of the $7.4 billion fund, with about 21,000 claims pending.

Stewart and other speakers lamented the fact that nearly 18 years after the attacks, first responders and their families still have no assurance the fund will not run out of money. The Justice Department said in February that the fund is being depleted and that benefit payments are being cut by up to 70 percent.

“The plain fact is that we are expending the available funds more quickly than assumed, and there are many more claims than anticipated,” said Rupa Bhattacharyya, the fund’s special master. A total of 835 awards have been reduced as of May 31, she said.

Stewart called that shameful.

“Your indifference is costing these men and women their most valuable commodity: time,” he told lawmakers. “It’s one thing they’re running out of.”

Firefighters, police and other first responders “did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity and humility,” Stewart added. “Eighteen years later, do yours.”

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat whose district includes the World Trade Center site, said a 70% cut — or any cut — in compensation to victims of 9/11 “is simply intolerable, and Congress must not allow it.”

Just as Americans “stood together as a nation in the days following September 11, 2001, and just as we stood together in 2010 and 2015 to authorize and fund these vital programs, we must now join forces one more time to ensure that the heroes of 9/11 are not abandoned when they need us most,” Nadler said.

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Jury deadlocked over Arizona border activist who allegedly helped illegal immigrants

Jurors were deadlocked Tuesday in the case of an Arizona border activist accused of transporting and harboring migrants while providing them with humanitarian aid.

The case against Scott Daniel Warren, a 36-year-old Arizona State University geography instructor, has aid groups worried as the Trump administration continues to clamp down on illegal immigration.

Federal prosecutors said Warren conspired to transport and harbor two migrants at a property used to provide aid to migrants in Ajo, a town near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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In this 2018  photo, Scott Daniel Warren, who is charged with human smuggling, walks into U.S. District Court in Tucson. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP, File)

Defense attorneys argued that Warren was simply providing water, food and lodging when he was arrested in January 2018. They said Warren could not in good conscience turn away the migrants, who had crossed the desert into the United States.

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He faced up to 20 years in prison.

Warren is one of nine members of No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group that maintains a presence in the deserts of Arizona near the border. Volunteers often leave water, food, clothes and other supplies for migrants.

Thousands of migrants have died crossing the border since the 1990s.

On Monday, jurors in Warren’s case told a federal judge they couldn’t reach a verdict. The judge told them to keep deliberating and set a July 2 date for a status hearing.

Warren is the only No More Deaths member to be charged with felony crimes related to his work. He and other members were targeted earlier this year in separate federal misdemeanor cases after leaving water, canned food and other provisions for migrants hiking through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona.

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The case against Warren has alarmed aid groups, who say their work is being criminalized.

Warren has said his case could set a dangerous precedent by expanding the definition of the crimes of transporting and harboring migrants to include people merely trying to help border-crossers in desperate need of water or other necessities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Murder conviction overturned: North Carolina man released

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A North Carolina man who received a life sentence for murder in 2011 is no longer behind bars.

News outlets report 51-year-old Mark Carver left the Gaston County Jail on Tuesday.

A Superior Court judge last week overturned Carver’s conviction for the 2008 slaying of a 20-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, citing ineffective assistance by Carver’s trial attorneys and questions about DNA evidence.

Carver testified at a hearing in April that he didn’t kill Ira Yarmolenko, the woman whose body was found on the banks of the Catawba River.

Carver must wear an ankle monitor while he’s out of jail.

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell says he plans to appeal the judge’s decision. Carver would get a new trial if the DA’s appeal fails.

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Woman admits scheme to smuggle aircraft parts to Iran

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A New Jersey woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to illegally smuggle aircraft parts to Iran.

Joyce Eliabachus faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to helping smuggle more than $2 million in components. An alleged co-conspirator, Iranian resident Peyman Amiri Larijani, faces conspiracy and money laundering charges.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Newark says the pair used a company run out of Eliabachus’s Morristown home to ship parts through Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to Iran.

They allegedly shipped more than 23,000 parts in 49 shipments between May 2015 and October 2017, without required licenses.

Among the Iranian airlines buying the parts were several that have been officially designated by the U.S. as threats to national security or economic interests.

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