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WeWork says at least 1,600 phone booths in US, Canada offices contaminated with formaldehyde

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WeWork, the office space sharing startup, told employees Monday that they would be closing 2,300 phone booths that are or might be contaminated with formaldehyde in offices across the U.S. and Canada.

WeWork told employees in an internal email obtained by Fox News that it had hired an outside consultant to conduct analysis and tests on a sampling of phone booths across their workspaces after a member complained of “odor and eye irritation.”

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The testing determined that approximately 1,600 phone booths in offices contained elevated levels of formaldehyde “caused by the manufacturer.”

Although WeWork refused to identify the manufacturer at fault, they added that “out of an abundance of caution, we are also taking approximately 700 additional phone booths out of service while we conduct more testing.”

“We are working to remove all potentially impacted phone booths as quickly as possible, and we will share updates about this situation as soon as we’re able,” the email sent to employees said.

The phone booths are used by employees and members to provide a quiet space to make phone calls and spend downtime.

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Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in various building materials. Short-term exposure to elevated levels of the chemical may cause temporary nose, throat, and respiratory system irritation according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to certain types of cancers.

WeWork has faced a cash crunch in recent weeks after abandoning its initial public offering last month amid tepid interest from investors worried about WeWork’s massive losses and corporate governance problems. Co-founder Adam Neumann resigned as CEO as a result of the botched IPO, but still wields influence over the company because his shares carry higher voting power.

WeWork had hoped to raise $3 billion in the IPO, which would have unlocked $6 billion in financing raised by a group of banks to fund its aggressive growth strategy.

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Alaska woman gets 60 years for setting couch ablaze with boyfriend on it

An Alaska woman who poured gasoline on a couch where her boyfriend lay and set it on fire before shutting the door and fleeing the apartment will spend 60 years behind bars for first-degree murder.

Gina Virgilio, 32, sat with her face buried in her hands as Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton announced the sentence for the 2012 death of Michael Gonzalez.

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Gina Virgilio leaves the courtroom Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska.  (AP)

Before sentencing, Virgilio indicated to the judge that mental illness drove her to this act.

“I hate me for what I did. I can never bring him back,” Virgilio said.

Gonzalez family members gave emotional victim impact statements to the court on Oct. 4. The rest of the sentencing phase was continued to Monday.

Virgilio entered a plea deal earlier this year, and the state agreed to a sentence of 30 to 70 years. But during sentencing Monday, the state pushed for 70 years, noting circumstances of the crime warranted the higher end.

Speaking on her behalf Monday, Virgilio’s brother Reginald Carney, said she began to change after she started experimenting with drugs – everything from Oxycontin and marijuana to cocaine – at about age 20. She later graduated to intravenous meth use.

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“Her brain was fried from the meth,” said Virgilio’s public defender, Craig Howard.

She lost weight, kept a distance from loved ones and once tried to kill her child. She also became obsessed with fire, Howard said.

On the night of June 7, 2012, Virgilio and Gonzalez held a party for Gonzalez’s 24th birthday. While he passed out or fell asleep on the couch early the next morning, she found a gas can and walked a quarter-mile to the nearest gas station to fill it.

Virgilio walked back to the apartment and doused the couch, the carpet in front of it and the area in front of the apartment’s only doorway with gasoline while Gonzalez slept.

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She lit mail on fire and tossed it inside. When she saw Gonzalez get up and yell “hot, hot” she shut the door and fled. He died from smoke inhalation and severe burns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Dakota man, 68, charged with assaulting 9-year-old boy after being hit by snowball: report

A 68-year-old North Dakota man is accused of shouting profanities and throwing rocks at a group of children in retaliation for being hit with a snowball before pushing a 9-year-old boy into a truck and smashing his face into the ground, according to a report.

Douglas resident Gordon Van Hassel, 68, is charged with felony aggravated assault of a victim under the age of 12, the Grand Forks Herald reported Monday.

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Gordon Van Hassell is accused of sending a 9-year-old boy to the hospital for supposedly throwing a snowball at him. (Ward County Jail ​​​​​​​)

According to the charges, Van Hassel was walking his dog by a group of children having a snowball fight when he was apparently hit.

Van Hassel later claimed the kids were harassing him, so he chased them, catching the 9-year-old who he allegedly pushed to the ground and repeatedly kicked, KFYR-TV reported.

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The boy later told authorities he was afraid for his life and passed out during the attack, according to the affidavit. An adult reportedly carried the boy home by sled before he was taken to a hospital in Minot.

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The assault left him in pain and unable to walk on his left leg, according to a Ward County Sheriff’s deputy.

Van Hassel was being held at the Ward County jail. He was scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Thursday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if he’s convicted.

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Georgia foster mom charged with murder in hot car deaths of twins, 3

A Georgia foster mom was denied bond on Tuesday after being charged with murder in last month’s hot-car deaths of 3-year-old twin girls in her care.

A magistrate rejected Claudette Foster’s request for bond, according to reports. She was being held in the local jail.

Foster surrendered on an arrest warrant Monday following an investigation by police in Hinesville, Ga., into the Sept. 29 deaths of Raelynn and Payton Keyes. She was also charged with cruelty to children, authorities said.

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An autopsy determined that the girls died of heatstroke on a day when the temperature was 92, according to reports.

The car was parked in the backyard of a house that did not belong to Foster.

Police said she wasn’t at the address when the girls died, WTOC-TV reported.

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“It just became who is responsible for these children and why were the children not supervised. How were they missing for such a period of time that allowed them to get into the yard and into a vehicle and then eventually pass from a heat stroke?” Detective Bryan Wolfe told the station.

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Mugshot for Claudette Foster. (Hinesville Police Department)

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Wolfe said Foster also had custody of Raelynn and Payton’s brothers, the station reported. He said the boys were returned to the custody of the biological parents after they were deemed fit by the state.

Skye Keyes said she lost custody of the four children because they were still grieving the premature death of another child, the New York Post reported two weeks ago.

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Salvador Dali ‘Burning Giraffe’ etching worth $20G swiped from San Francisco gallery

A rare Salvador Dali etching estimated to be worth about $20,000 was swiped from a San Francisco art gallery Sunday in a brazen, broad daylight heist, officials said.

Surveillance video obtained by KGO shows an unidentified man casually walking away from Dennis Rae Fine Art on Sunday with the famed painter’s “Burning Giraffe” etching in his hands. As of Tuesday morning, police were still searching for the thief.

“They just popped into the gallery, probably distracting one of my co-workers,” gallery director Angela Kellett told the station. “It was our showcase item. We have a special Salvador Dali show right now and, yeah, they just ran off with it, too quick for anyone to do anything about it.”

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The 1966 artwork was being displayed on an easel at the front of the gallery, according to CBS SF.

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Spanish Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali in Barcelona, Spain, in 1966.

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“It’s a very small edition of etchings, so the number, we know exactly what piece it is, so now it’s a very hot item,” Kellett told KGO.

The man in the surveillance footage was last seen wearing black shorts, a blue shirt with a “Nike” logo on it and a black hat.

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Florida man, 22, allegedly raped 10-year-old girl he met through Snapchat, police say

A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl he met through Snapchat, investigators said.

Austin Altman, 22, drove to pick up the child in nearby Hernando County on Saturday and drove her back to his home in Spring Hill, according to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

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Authorities said the man took the girl — without any consent from her parents — and allegedly raped her “anally, vaginally and orally.” The 10-year-old asked Altman to stop “at least four times,” according to the arrest report, but “he did not stop.”

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Austin Altman, 22, allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat, law enforcement officials said. (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

The girl told investigators Altman “held her down with his hand on her throat” as he allegedly assaulted her.

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Someone reported the child missing to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and claimed the child was with Altman. When a Pasco deputy went to check Altman’s home, he allegedly said he was home alone and claimed he didn’t know the child.

The girl was found in Altman’s bedroom, officials said. Altman later told deputies he met the child on Snapchat and admitted to picking her up, and having “sexual intercourse” with her.

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He was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a child and interference with custody. He was also charged with violating probation, as he had been arrested on a felony charge of forced entry in September 2018.

As of Tuesday, Altman was being held at a jail in Land O’Lakes without bail.

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California man confesses to 4 murders, shows up at police station with one victim’s body: cops

A California man drove more than 200 miles to tell police he had a dead body in his car and three more at his Roseville home — all of whom he had killed, law enforcement officials said Monday.

The man, who has not yet been identified by authorities, walked into the lobby of the Mt. Shasta Police Department just after noon on Monday to report he had murdered four people at his apartment in Roseville, about 212 miles away.

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The man told cops one of the victims was inside his car, which was parked outside.

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An adult male walked into the lobby of the Mt. Shasta Police Department (left) just after noon on Monday to report that he had murdered four people at his apartment in Roseville, about 212 miles away (right).  (Google)

Officers confirmed the man’s story after locating the body inside his vehicle and he was immediately taken into custody, according to a news release.

The Roseville Police Department was notified and officers were dispatched to the suspect’s apartment in the 1800 block of Junction Blvd., where cops discovered the other three bodies.

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Police have yet to identify the four victims, but investigators did say the suspect and victims were “known to each other.”

Roseville police have taken over the investigation.

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Combat troops at higher risk for opioid and heroin abuse, study says

American troops exposed to combat face a higher risk of abusing heroin and prescription opioids than service members who weren’t, according to a paper published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The study, titled “Did the War on Terror Ignite an Opioid Epidemic?,” concluded that opioid abuse among veterans who saw combat was 7 percentage points higher than those who were deployed but never engaged with the enemy.

The authors also noted that heroin use among the same group of veterans was 1 percentage point higher than those who didn’t see action.

Resul Cesur, associate professor of healthcare economics at the University of Connecticut, told Military Times he and his colleagues wanted to understand the relationship between nearly two decades of war with veterans and the opioid crisis.

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Staff Sergeant Matthew Pick, 66th Security Forces Squadron, holds a nasal applicator and naloxone medication vial, designed to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Hanscom is the first U.S. Air Force installation to issue the drug to law enforcement personnel under permission of the base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

“We have an opioid epidemic in the military population. That is well known. And nearly three million deployed since 9/11, so what is the impact of this combat?” Cesur asked. “We wanted to know if it was driven by combat or by some other selection factor. For example, are people who are prone to opioid abuse drawn to enlist? … Our evidence shows strong evidence that the reason why so many military people are using opiates is because they are exposed to combat.”

Cesar noted about a third of opioid abuse among the military and veteran communities stems from injuries suffered during war. Nearly 58 percent of heroin abuse was also linked to war injury, they found.

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Many veterans have been prescribed opioids upon being discharged from a hospital and many continued to take them for a prolonged period, the study concluded.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported in 2015 that it saw a 55 percent rise in opioid use among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, according to the Times. Between 2010 and 2016, nearly 6,500 hundred veterans in the VA health care system died of opioid-related causes.

In fiscal year 2016, the VA reported treating around 68,000 veterans for opioid addiction.

Among active military members, The Army and Marine Corps had the highest rates of heroin use, followed by the Navy and Air Force. However, drug use in the military is still relatively rare.

The study comes at a time when many opioid manufacturers are facing scrutiny over their role in exacerbating the opioid epidemic that has killed thousands and ravaged communities. Multiple states and communities are suing Purdue Pharma — maker of OxyContin — over the pharmaceutical giant’s aggressive marketing model for drugs that netted the company billions.

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On a positive note, the study’s researchers said pain medication prescriptions, opioid-related hospitalization stays and age-adjusted opioid death rates dropped in states where medical marijuana is legal, the Times reported.

“While marijuana legalization is certainly not a silver bullet, evidence that marijuana and opioids are substitutes suggests that access to medical marijuana may provide an alternative, less addictive, and less unhealthy means of treating pain,” they wrote.

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Former Georgia police officer found not guilty of killing unarmed naked man, convicted of other charges

A former Georgia police officer was found not guilty Monday of killing a naked, unarmed Afghanistan war veteran who was mentally ill.

Robert “Chip” Olsen was convicted by DeKalb County jurors of aggravated assault and other charges but was spared from two felony murder charges.

He faces up to 35 years in prison. Olsen’s wife, Kathy, left the courtroom crying as the verdict was read. Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson set Olsen’s bond at $80,000 and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and adhere to a curfew.

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Robert “Chip” Olsen is escorted out of the courtroom after being found not guilty of felony murder for his trial in front of DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur, Ga. ,on Monday. Olsen was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could potentially send him to prison for more than 30 years. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

Olsen was charged in the death of Anthony Hill, 26, an Air Force veteran who’d received diagnoses of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The former officer responded to the Chamblee apartment complex March 9, 2015, after the property manager called the police saying Hill was half-naked and acting strangely.

Hill’s parents asked the judge to deny any bond.

“It’s been four years that we’ve been waiting for this,” said his mother, Carolyn Giummo. “My son is no longer here. … I just feel like it’s time now.”

Hill was squatting when Olsen arrived and ran toward his patrol car, several witnesses testified.

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Olsen yelled,  “Stop! Stop!” before shooting Hill twice, witnesses said. Prosecutors alleged Olsen used unnecessary deadly force, while defense attorneys argued he had little information about the situation and was frightened.

They said he had mere seconds to make a tough decision.

The verdict came days after a judge sentenced former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting Botham Jean in his apartment in September 2018. Guyger claimed she mistook Jean’s unit for hers and thought he was a burglar.

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Carolyn Giummo reacts as the jury reads the verdict for the Robert “Chip” Olsen trial in front of DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur, Ga. on Monday. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston cited the difficulties in prosecuting police officers in cases similar to Olsen’s.

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“I can’t speculate as to what was in all those jurors’ minds, but I think all of you know that these cases are very difficult, not just here in Georgia but across the United States,” Boston said.

In addition to aggravated assault, Olsen was convicted of violating his oath of office and one count of making a false statement. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

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Damaged cranes hampering rescue efforts in partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock hotel

Rescue crews in New Orleans were still searching for a missing worker in the area where a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building under construction partially collapsed over the weekend, voicing concern about two heavily damaged cranes that were in danger of falling down, officials said Monday.

“We’re still in rescue mode,” said New Orleans Fire Chief Timothy McConnell during a news conference. “Our teams are once again, they’re back in the building for the fifth time today. We think we’re close to an area” where the missing person might be, but “we do not have confirmation.”

City leaders were also concerned about rain possibly hampering rescue efforts and causing the structure to further collapse.

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This aerial photo shows the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, after a fatal partial collapse in New Orleans, Saturday. Officials said two damages cranes are hampering rescue efforts to locate a missing worker. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

McConnell said the evacuation zone was slighted widened in response to the vulnerable cranes, as workers continue to move with search dogs through the unstable structure.

“The crane that looks damaged, we’ve known about,” he told reporters. “The engineers determined that the other crane is just as risky.”

Collin Arnold, the city’s Homeland Security director, said experts have been called in to help stabilize the structure and cranes.

“These cranes are both in a bad situation,” he said. “We have great minds here and a lot of equipment coming in. It’s just going to be a matter of time before we can figure out a game plan.”

At least 30 people were hospitalized and two people were killed after Saturday’s collapse. More than 100 people were working on the construction site near the French Quarter when the building gave way.

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A rescued worker, left, and a firefighter look back at the damaged building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

Large sections of the area near the damaged site remained closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said utilities were cut off to nine major businesses in the area and 37 families have been put up at hotels.

She said the city will cooperate with an Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) investigation into what went wrong.

“We’re going to be as cooperative as necessary, to the fullest extent,” Cantrell said Monday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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