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Uncle accused in girl’s death charged with sexual assault

Prosecutors have filed new sexual assault charges against a Utah man accused in the death of his 5-year-old niece.

Authorities say additional evidence from the state crime lab led to the counts of child rape and sodomy filed Wednesday against 21-year-old Alex Whipple.

Police say he killed Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley on May 25, after his sister let him spend the night at the family home.

She was missing for five days before her body was found in a heavily wooded area. Police have said Whipple gave his lawyer a map of where the body was hidden in exchange for a promise not to pursue the death penalty.

Whipple is also charged with aggravated murder, child kidnapping and other counts.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Mississippi River spillway opening cut by 4/5ths

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Plans for opening a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana have been cut back dramatically because the river is rising more slowly than expected.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to release 20 percent of the water originally planned through the Morganza Spillway. Its opening is scheduled Sunday.

Spokesman Ricky Boyett says crews will release about 30,000 cubic feet per second. That’s enough to fill the Boston Aquarium’s biggest tank in less than one second.

The spillway has been opened twice.

It’s not yet needed for flood control. However, the river is expected to get high enough to overflow the spillway unless some spillway bays are opened.

Water flowing over the top would prevent crews from opening it if the river becomes fast enough to threaten levees.

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‘AK-47 Bandit’ sentenced in Nebraska to 35 years in prison

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A Montana man dubbed the AK-47 bandit and accused of holding up banks in several states over a five-year period has been sentenced in a Nebraska federal court to 35 years in prison.

Richard Gathercole, 41, of Roundup, Montana, received the maximum sentence Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Lincoln, Nebraska, after pleading guilty in March to bank robbery. Gathercole admitted during that plea hearing to using an AK-47 to rob a Nebraska City bank of more than $90,000 in 2014. Gathercole also pleaded guilty to the June 2017 carjacking of a farmer in Kansas that led to his arrest the same day in Lexington, Nebraska. Gathercole was one of the most wanted bank robbers in the nation at the time of his arrest, accused of a string of bank robberies in California, Idaho, Iowa and Washington state from 2012 to 2017.

Before his arrest, the FBI had been looking for years for the man they called the “AK-47 Bandit,” who typically wore a balaclava and carried an assault rifle with a drum magazine during the robberies. Investigators believe Gathercole robbed a string of California banks early in his string of crimes, the first being the robbery on Feb. 29, 2012, of a bank in Chino, California. During the robbery, investigators say Gathercole shot a Chino police officer. The bullet struck the officer’s femoral artery and shattered his femur, ending his law enforcement career.

Prosecutors say that aside from the assault weapon he carried during the robberies, Gathercole showed a pattern of threatening violence during the robberies. He usually threatened to kill bank employees and sometimes would place what appeared to be a bomb near bank employees, warning that it could go off inside the bank. Authorities say Gathercole would sometimes wear a bullet proof vest that was marked “Sheriff” or “Police” during the robberies.

After his arrest, federal agents found homemade bombs, guns and ammunition, sheriff’s badges and patches and a sheriff’s vest in Gathercole’s home.

As part of his plea deal, Gathercole won’t be prosecuted by other jurisdictions for other violent crimes, including shooting at a Kansas state trooper in 2017.

Some of the crimes had passed the five-year federal statute of limitations.

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Dem rivals rebuke Biden for not backing abortion rule repeal

Joe Biden is under fire from his Democratic presidential rivals and women’s rights advocates for his defense of a decades-old prohibition on federal money paying for abortions.

Most Democratic White House hopefuls reflect their party’s latest platform calling for the outright repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which traces back to a compromise made when Biden was a young Delaware senator in the years after the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalized abortion nationwide.

But a Biden campaign spokesman said Wednesday that the former vice president supports the measure, though he “would be open to repealing it” if abortion access is further threatened by restrictive state laws, like those recently passed in Georgia and Alabama.

The hedging prompted intraparty outcry, with top Democrats reaffirming their commitment to abortion rights and scrapping the Hyde Amendment. They generally avoided mentioning Biden by name, but the pushback marked the first significant instance in which virtually the entire crowded 2020 field united to critique Biden, who has emerged as an early Democratic front-runner .

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has campaigned as an unapologetic feminist, tweeted “reproductive rights are human rights, period. They should be nonnegotiable for all Democrats.” On Capitol Hill, California Sen. Kamala Harris told The Associated Press she was “absolutely opposed to the idea that a woman is not going to have an ability to exercise her choice based on how much money she’s got.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, while campaigning in Indiana, told reporters: “This isn’t about the politics, this is about what’s right. The Hyde Amendment should not be the law.”

Other presidential candidates including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Obama administration official Julian Castro also voiced support for ending the Hyde Amendment.

Biden’s abortion views came under scrutiny recently after video emerged of a conversation between him and a South Carolina activist that appeared to suggest he backed the Hyde Amendment’s repeal. His campaign said Biden thought the activist was asking about the so-called Mexico City rule, which prohibits U.S. foreign aid to non-American organizations that provide abortion services.

The campaign said Biden supports ending the Mexico City rule but backs the Hyde Amendment for now. That would change, it said, “if avenues for women to access their protected rights under Roe v. Wade are closed.”

Biden, a Roman Catholic, has long been a supporter of the once-bipartisan Hyde Amendment, which President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. It bars the use of federal funds for abortion other than in cases of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother.

That position aligns the former vice president with the man he’s trying to unseat next year, President Donald Trump. Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Wednesday that “President Trump opposes taxpayer funding of abortions and supports the Hyde Amendment.”

Biden has said in the past he agrees with his church’s opposition to abortion personally but doesn’t think the government should impose his views on others. After the Supreme Court decided the Roe v. Wade case, Biden originally worried the decision “went too far,” though he later became a staunch defender of it.

“I’ve stuck to my middle-of-the-road position on abortion for more than 30 years,” he wrote in his 2007 book “Promises to Keep.” ”I still vote against partial birth abortion and federal funding, and I’d like to make it easier for scared young mothers to choose not to have an abortion, but I will also vote against a constitutional amendment that strips a woman of her right to make her own choice.”

As a party, Democrats didn’t expressly state opposition to the Hyde Amendment until 2016. The Democratic platform that year also introduced a specific mention of Planned Parenthood, as it was adopted amid a rash of Republican-run state legislatures trying to strip Medicaid financing for the women’s health giant whose services include abortion and abortion referrals.

Abortion rights supporters also condemned the Hyde Amendment on Wednesday.

“To support the Hyde Amendment is to block people — particularly women of color and women with low incomes — from accessing safe, legal abortion,” Kelley Robinson, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement. “As abortion access is being restricted and pushed out of reach in states around the country, it is unacceptable for a candidate to support policies that further restrict abortion.”

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Biden’s position “further endangers women and families already facing enormous hurdles and creates two classes of rights for people in this country, which is inherently undemocratic.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, said in an interview Wednesday that she was “very disappointed” in Biden’s position and urged Democratic presidential candidates to “come together” in full support of abortion rights.

“This is why there are going to be a lot of women and others who are going to be asking Biden, ‘Where exactly are you on the issue of a woman’s right to choose?'” Hirono said.

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Barrow reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writers Elana Schor and Zeke Miller in Washington, Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia, Hunter Woodall in Manchester, N.H. , and Nicholas Riccardi in Denver contributed to this report.

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San Francisco to force treatment for mentally ill drug addicts amid criticism plan violates civil rights

Officials in San Francisco decided Tuesday to back a plan allowing the city to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction issues into treatment — but the program is coming under intense criticism in uber-liberal California for what some say is a deprivation of individual civil liberties.

The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 on the proposal for a pilot program after months of debate, which initially would apply to a handful of people, pending legislation at the state level, and then could expand.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and other supporters of the plan — which is known as conservatorship — say it is necessary to help people who are often homeless, addicted to drugs or mentally ill and either have no means or no desire to get off the streets, which the plan’s proponents say makes them a danger to themselves and others.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed says it’s inhumane to let addicts languish on the streets, but homeless advocates say the measure to force mentally ill drug addicts into housing and treatment for up to a year is extreme and a violation of civil rights. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

“This is an important step that will help people on our streets get the treatment they need rather than continuing to cycle in and out of the emergency room, and often the criminal justice system,” Breed said in a statement after the vote. “Conservatorship will allow us to finally break this cycle by providing sustained care, which is why we are also expanding our treatment beds and other resources to address the issues that these individuals face.”

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The pilot program would allow a court to appoint a public conservator for someone who has been involuntarily detained for psychiatric hospitalization at least eight times in a year, with treatments that could last for as long as a year. It also included a proposal by Breed for more money to fund additional beds in treatment centers.

The city has long suffered from exorbitant rent costs, pricing out large swathes of even working professionals, nevermind those living below the poverty line. It also has seen a recent surge in the number of homeless people — some with disturbing behavior tied to drugs, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They shuffle from the streets to jail and psychiatric care, unaware they need steady treatment, sometimes dashing into traffic or screaming at strangers.

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In this March 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco police officers wait while homeless people collect their belongings in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

“What you see on our streets, what you see playing itself out on the street is a crisis,” Breed told KTVU before the vote. “And we have to do something a lot different than we have in the past.”

State Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat, co-authored state legislation that allows the pilot programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego counties. He is working on changing the legislation to expand the number of people affected.

“Too many people are deteriorating and dying on San Francisco’s streets, and we have a moral responsibility to help them,” he said in a statement after the vote. “It’s neither progressive nor compassionate to stand by while people die. We need to offer voluntary services to those in need. But for people incapable of accepting services, we need to consider helping them via conservatorship.”

Only about five people could be forced into treatment in San Francisco under the newly-passed plan, according to Rachael Kagan, spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Health. But Wiener’s new bill could bump that up to 55, which is the number of people who now fit the definition for at least involuntary holds. San Francisco’s health department has identified an additional 48 people on the fringe who have been involuntarily detained six or seven times.

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Supervisor Shamann Walton was the lone “no” vote against the plan, telling the San Francisco Chronicle he was concerned about how it could affect the city’s African-American population and noted police officers are often the ones to initiate temporary psychiatric holds.

“For me it is still troubling to note that, typically, policies that force individuals into a scenario where their freedom is taken, tends to affect black people and people of color disproportionately,” he told the paper.

Critics of the proposal have said that, despite good intentions, conservatorship means stripping people of their rights to make decisions for themselves, which goes against the progressive principals of the city. They also say, practically, it would lead to locking up people in facilities that San Francisco lacks the resources for.

“We are concerned about ensuring that persons receive mental health treatment and services in their communities, in supportive housing, in supportive environments — and not in facilities,” Curt Child, legislative director of Disability Rights California, told the Associated Press. “This is a major civil rights issue in the sense of confining people against their will.”

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San Francisco supervisors vote Tuesday on a pilot program allowing the city to force mentally ill drug addicts into housing and treatment for up to a year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The San Francisco pilot plan appeared to also contradict a message by California Gov. Gavin Newsom over the weekend at the California Democratic Convention, where he boasted that “California’s what happens when rights are respected. When work is rewarded. When nature’s protected. When diversity is celebrated and free markets are fair markets.”

Homeless advocates have also raised concerns over plans that may expand the number of people that fall under expanded conservatorship.

“Pretty disheartening, when you’re talking about a really serious issue, taking away people’s civil liberties,” Jennifer Friedenbach of the Coalition on Homelessness told KPIX-TV. “We want to do something that actually works, that’s not just a fake political move.”

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Last fall, voters in San Francisco backed a plan 60 percent to 40 percent to tax rich companies in order to double the current budget to fight homelessness. Salesforce founder and co-CEO Marc Benioff was a major backer of Proposition C, which imposed a corporate tax on businesses with over $50 million in revenue to fund the city’s homeless facilities and services.

On Tuesday, officials in Southern California revealed that the homeless population Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent over the past year, despite $619 million in government spending to help alleviate the problem. Supervisors in San Diego and Los Angeles counties have not officially considered a plan similar to San Francisco’s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas teacher fired for allegedly tweeting to Trump to ‘remove’ illegal immigrants from her school: report

A Texas high school teacher was fired Tuesday for allegedly urging President Trump in a series of tweets to help remove illegal immigrants from her school, according to a report.

Georgia Clark, who had worked at the Fort Worth Independent School District more than 20 years, reportedly said she thought the tweets were private.

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Georgia Clark, a former teacher at the Fort Worth Independent School District, messaged President Trump in a series of tweets she thought were private. (Fort Worth ISD)

“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico,” Clark allegedly wrote last month from a now-deleted Twitter account. “Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated.”

“Texas will not protect whistle blowers. The Mexicans refuse to honor our flag,” Clark allegedly wrote in another post. One of the tweets included her phone number.

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The tweets caused an uproar in her school, which is 1/3 Hispanic, according to the Washington Post. Eight school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to terminate Clark’s contract. She has two weeks to appeal to the state and remains on leave with pay in the meantime.

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According to a Fort Worth ISD review obtained by The Post, Clark acknowledged that the tweets were hers. The review also indicated that the school district was already investigating Clark for separate allegations that she made remarks about student’s ethnicity or immigration status.

The Post and local papers said they reached out to the lawyer who did not immediately respond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: June 5

On this day, June 4 …
 
2004: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, dies in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Also on this day:

  • 1794: Congress passes the Neutrality Act, which prohibits Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that is at peace with the United States.
  • 1917: About 10 million American men between the ages of 21 and 31 begin registering for the draft in World War I.
  • 1933: The United States goes off the gold standard.
  • 1967: The “Six-Day War” erupts in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launches a series of pre-emptive airfield strikes that destroyed nearly the entire Egyptian air force; Syria, Jordan and Iraq immediately entered the conflict.
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  • 1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is arrested at the scene.
  • 1981: The Centers for Disease Control reports that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they are the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.
  • 2013: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, many of them sleeping women and children, pleads guilty to murder at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to avoid the death penalty; he is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2017: The Justice Department charges 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner, a federal contractor working at a government facility in Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and leaking it to the media.
  • 2017: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar for funding extremism and terrorism.
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Man wins $344M Powerball jackpot after playing fortune cookie numbers

A North Carolina man who says he based his Powerball entry on a fortune cookie he got from his granddaughter now has a fortune to celebrate.

WRAL in Raleigh reports retired retailer Charles W. Jackson Jr. stepped forward at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim last weekend’s $344.6 million jackpot.

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Jackson chose the $223 million lump sum payment and said he would donate some of it to several charities and give $1 million to his brother to make good on a deal they made.

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Charles W. Jackson Jr. is introduced as the winner of Saturday’s $344.6 million Powerball jackpot Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

Jackson initially thought he had won just $50,000 and was heading to Raleigh to collect, but looked again and saw he’d won a lot more.

“I said, ‘Dang, I got them all,'” he said at the news conference.

He also said he had to find the jackpot amount on Google because he doesn’t watch television news. Once he did, he told his wife, “You ain’t going to believe this — I got it all.”

Jackson said he hopes the windfall doesn’t change him.

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He added, “I’m still going to wear my jeans — maybe newer ones.”

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Mother of murdered New York girl pleads for state to block release of daughter’s killer

The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in 1980 is urging a New York parole board to reconsider its decision to release her daughter’s killer next month.

Lois Bohovesky, whose daughter Paula was beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death as she walked home from a library in Pearl River, N.Y., called it an “injustice” for the state to grant parole to Richard LaBarbera, one of the two men convicted in her murder.

“He [LaBarbera] still hasn’t taken responsibility for the murder,” Bohovesky, 87, told Fox News on Tuesday in an exclusive on-camera interview.

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“The medical examiner said he’d never seen so brutal an attack,” she said. “Think about what would happen if they did it again. I’m not sure I can handle that.”

“If Governor Cuomo can do anything, please for God’s sake, reverse the decision,” said Bohovesky.

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Robert McCain, left, and Richard LaBarbera, right.

A parole board of Cuomo appointees informed the family last week that LaBarbera will be released in July – a move that shocked victim advocates, state lawmakers and a town that has never healed from the savage murder of Bohovesky, an aspiring actress, gifted artist and honor student.

Only three states – Maryland, Oklahoma and California – allow governors to reverse a parole board’s decision. But Bohovesky hopes mounting pressure from state lawmakers and the community will force the parole board to reconsider its decision.

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In 1981, a jury convicted LaBarbera and Robert McCain of second-degree murder, and the two men were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison – the toughest sentence possible at that time.

LaBarbera, 66, who was out on parole for a drug-related offense at the time of the killing, has never claimed responsibility for Bohovesky’s death – a common prerequisite before a criminal is released. Neither has McCain, 58, who goes before the same parole board on June 10.

The details of Bohovesky’s murder are brutal.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, 1980, the girl left her part-time job at the Pearl River library and walked through the center of town toward her home on Hunt Street. The teen was within two blocks of her parents’ house when LaBarbera and McCain – both of whom had been drinking at the High Wheeler bar nearby – noticed her crossing an intersection. McCain quickly caught up to Bohovesky and crushed the right side of her skull with a chunk of pavement he grabbed from the ground. He then dragged her behind an abandoned home and sexually assaulted her, while LaBarbera watched, according to police.

Believing that Bohovesky was dead, LaBarbera then tried to sexually assault the child. When she stirred, to his surprise, LaBarbera stabbed her with a knife five times in the back, killing her, police told Fox News.

In its decision, the parole board wrote: “The panel considered the brutality of your instant offense, where you and your co-defendant beat and stabbed your 16-year-old female victim.”

“During your interview, you expressed what appeared to be sincere remorse and your overall record reflects not only low (risk to the community) but maturity over the almost 39 years of incarceration.”

Bohovesky said she doesn’t believe LaBabera is remorseful.

“I don’t think he’s sorry. He’s never accepted responsibility for it so how can he be sorry?” she said. “And McCain keeps yelling that she was not raped. Well, the medical examiner said she was. I wish to God he [the judge] had convicted them of rape because there was no doubt that it happened.”

The outrage over LaBarbera’s reported release extends beyond Pearl River, a quiet hamlet in Rockland County about 30 miles north of New York City. Many New York lawmakers claim the state is determined to lower the prison population and, in doing so, has adopted a system that puts the criminal before the victim.

The decision to release LaBarbera comes after another highly controversial move by the same parole board: the decision to release Judith Clark, a former Weather Underground radical who drove the getaway car in the infamous 1981 Brink’s heist, during which two police officers and a guard were killed. Clark was granted parole in April after serving more than 37 years in a New York prison. In 2016, Cuomo commuted Clark’s 75-years-to-life sentence and made her eligible for parole.

Bohovesky’s call for a reversal of the parole board’s decision was echoed Tuesday by Peter Modafferi, one of the original detectives on the case, and John Murphy, a former longtime Rockland County legislator whose children attended school with Bohovesky at Pearl River High School.

“They were only sorry that they got caught,” said Modafferi, as he described the crime scene and his interrogations of LaBarbera and McCain. “They were cocky about it – arrogant.”

“A town lost its innocence that day,” added Murphy, who founded a non-profit group called, “Petition for Paula,” more than a decade ago. Every two years, the charity collects thousands of signatures to present to the parole board in opposition of the men’s release.

“We cannot have this happen to another child,” he said.

For Bohovesky, the agony of losing her only daughter is as painful now as it was in 1980.

“When Paula died, it wasn’t just leaving a hole – it was leaving a vacuum,” she said.  “It took a long time before I could function. Every fall, when the leaves would turn, I would hit a depression that I’d have to take medication for. And it kept going until January 1, which was her birthday.”

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“Paula was extraordinary. She was only 16. Who knows what she would have become,” Bohovesky said. “The only thing worse would be never to have known her at all.”

Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaCorbin.

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Family of slain Chicago cab driver sues Uber

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The family of a Chicago cab driver who died after being hurt in a fight with a ride-sharing driver is suing Uber.

Fangqui Lu is wanted on a murder warrant in the September death of Anis Tungekar. Authorities say the 64-year-old Tungekar was injured two days before his death by Lu, who worked for Uber. Lu is believed to be in China.

Tungekar’s family seeks $10 million in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Family attorney Michael Gallagher says Uber knowingly allowed a violent individual to operate as one of its drivers. Uber declined comment.

The lawsuit contends Lu fatally kicked Tungekar in the head during a traffic altercation. The incident was captured by a security camera and happened while Lu was being investigated for allegedly beating up a passenger while driving for a different ride-share company.

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