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Utah city will replace ‘dummy’ cameras at park where Mackenzie Lueck was last seen

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A Utah municipal council’s members voted 4-3 on Tuesday to replace “dummy” cameras in the park where University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was last seen alive.

On June 17 around 3 a.m., the 23-year-old Lueck met with 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi at Hatch Park near Salt Lake City after she’d been dropped off by a Lyft driver, according to police. Ajayi was arrested and charged with her murder in late June.

MACKENZIE LUECK’S ALLEGED KILLER MAKES 1ST COURT APPEARANCE

Police say phone records indicate that Ajayi was the last person to communicate with Lueck before her disappearance, and that they were both in the area around 3 a.m.

Authorities were not able to use surveillance footage from the 17 cameras at the park because only four of them were functional at the time of her disappearance. This was the case in spite of signs indicating otherwise, City Manager Ken Leetham said in June, according to reports by the Desert News. Many of the cameras were “dummy” units only, meant to deter crime.

The North Salt Lake City Council committed to replacing the cameras, at the urging of Lueck’s friend Ashley Fine. At the meeting, Fine said the faux cameras give people at the park “a false sense of security.”

The council acknowledged that the community needs new cameras because people now know the ones in place don’t work. But Mayor Len Arave would not reveal when they would be replaced. The cameras run about  $6,000 to $8,000 each.

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“I don’t think it would have saved her life, but I think it would have given us a lot more evidence,” Fine said. “It would have saved a lot of tax dollars because the police wouldn’t have had to get as many warrants … and just time, precious time.”

Lueck, who died from blunt-force trauma to the head, was discovered by police with her arms bound behind her, in a canyon 85 miles from Ajayi’s home.

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Ousted Planned Parenthood head says she tried to ‘depoliticize’ group

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The former Planned Parenthood president, ousted from her position after eight months on the job, says the move came as she was trying to “depoliticize” the organization.

“In the end, I was asked to leave for the same reason I was hired: I was changing the direction of Planned Parenthood,” Dr. Leana Wen said in an op-ed in The New York Times on Friday.

Wen said she faced pressure from a new Board of Directors to prioritize doubling down on abortion rights advocacy rather than emphasizing the organization’s “role in providing essential health care to millions of underserved women and families.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRESIDENT OUSTED AFTER JUST 8 MONTHS ON THE JOB

“Indeed, there was immediate criticism that I did not prioritize abortion enough,” Wen said, noting that “the organization and the causes it stands for have long been in the crosshairs of political attacks.” She pointed to seven states across the country that have passed legislation this year to ban abortions for women before eight weeks, several with no exceptions for victims of rape and incest.

“With the landscape changing dramatically in the last several months and the right to safe, legal abortion care under attack like never before, I understand the shift in the board’s prioritization,” Wen said Tuesday in a letter addressed to her former colleagues and announcing her departure from Planned Parenthood.

Still, she said, she preferred trying to steer the organization toward promoting broad access to women’s health care — that includes breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, H.I.V. testing and family planning — through the organization, which has a presence in every state.

“To counter those who associate the organization with only abortion and use this misconception to attack its mission, I wanted to tell the story of all of its services — and in so doing, to normalize abortion care as the health care it is,” Wen said.

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Planned Parenthood announced that Wen would be replaced for now by Alexis McGill Johnson, co-director of a research consortium called the Perception Institute, as acting president of the organization and its political wing, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Planned Parenthood did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the circumstances of Wen’s departure.

The organization’s management shakeup comes days after the Trump administration announced it would enforce stricter regulations that ban taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. Planned Parenthood, which has about 400 clinics nationwide, receives a large chunk of the $260 million in annual grants to independent clinics, funded by taxpayer dollars.

Although the law prohibits the funding from being used for abortions, that has not stopped clinics from making referrals.

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The week in pictures, July 13 – July 19

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Swimmers leap into the water at the start of the 5km mixed relay open water swim at the World Swimming Championships in Yeosu, South Korea, July 18, 2019. 

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‘Cats’ movie trailer unnerves many on Internet: ‘I shrieked out loud’

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The Internet went (apologies) meowt of its mind on Thursday after a trailer for the film adaptation of “Cats,” the hit Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, hit the Web.

Prospective moviegoers were in some cases unnerved by the cats in the trailer, partly human and partly CGI.

Even the stars themselves barely had words to describe the upcoming movie, due in theaters in December. It tells the story of a bunch of, well, cats, who congregate at a ball to decide who will live and who will die.

One of the stars, musician Taylor Swift, posted a clip of herself from the trailer on social media, saying, “I am a cat and somehow that was everything.”

Jennifer Hudson, who delivers a rendition of the show-stopping number “Memory,” didn’t even use her human words, tweeting, “Meow meow meow meow meow (Translation) Here’s a first look inside #CatsMovie.”

For some viewers, one of the oddest elements of the trailer was the image of human butts with tails protruding (because, well, cats).

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Chicago woman, daughter charged with killing baby cut from teenager’s womb with butcher knife

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A Chicago woman and her daughter, accused of strangling a teenage mom, cutting the unborn child from her womb and claiming it as their own, were charged with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of the infant.

The charges are piled on top of at least two dozen counts of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, dismemberment of a human body and concealment of a homicide in relation to the teen mother’s death.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree, 26, her daughter, allegedly hatched a plan to lure 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to their apartment and steal her unborn baby; Clarisa’s own 20-year-old son died of natural causes in 2018.

FAMILY: BABY CUT FROM SLAIN CHICAGO WOMAN’S WOMB DIES

Clarisa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, was charged with helping clean up the crime scene.

Clarisa told family members that she was pregnant in October — a revelation that is said to have come as a surprise because they knew she’d had her fallopian tubes tied. Prosecutors allege Clarisa kept up her pregnancy ruse by posting photos of an ultrasound and baby nursery on Facebook, but as her fake due date grew closer, she allegedly sought out someone whose baby she could claim as her own.

Clarisa met Ochoa-Lopez via Facebook in a group forum for expectant mothers. The two first met around April 1.

On April 23, reports say, the teen mom went back to Figueroa’s house after she was offered free baby clothes.

While Desiree showed Ochoa-Lopez photographs of her late brother, Clarisa strangled the girl with a cable, cut the baby from her womb, placed the teen’s body in a blanket and a trash bag and dragged it to the trash can outside, Cook County prosecutors contend.

Desiree called 911, claiming that her infant was not breathing, it’s alleged. The infant, Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, died in the hospital on June 14 after spending three weeks on life support.

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Assistant Public Defender Vernon Schleyer, who is representing Desiree Figueroa, will seek a gag order at a court hearing scheduled for next week; Schleyer wants the victim’s husband, Yovany Lopez, family and community activists to be prohibited from talking about the case, so as not to interfere with the selection of an impartial jury.

Lopez’s attorney, Frank Avila, told the Chicago Tribune said that he will fight for his grieving client to be heard: “This case needs to be spoken out about, and these victims need to be heard.”

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13 Pa. police officers to be fired over offensive Facebook posts

Thirteen officers in Philadelphia will be fired following an investigation into racist and offensive Facebook posts, the city police commissioner announced on Thursday.

In a news conference on Thursday, Commissioner Richard Ross said the officers are on a 30-day suspension with intent to dismiss.

The department had placed a total of 72 officers on administrative leave in June after a nonprofit group published the results of a two-year review of personal Facebook posts or comments from officers in Philadelphia and seven other departments.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PUTS 72 OFFICERS ON DESK DUTY AMID INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-MUSLIM SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

Ross said about 3,100 offensive or potentially offensive Facebook posts were identified and connected to 328 active-duty Philadelphia police officers, adding that some posts date back to 2010.

He said the posts “clearly advocated violence or death against any protected class such as ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion and race or any speech advocating or supporting crimes affecting the integrity, honesty or trustworthiness of the police department.”

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke during a news conference on Thursday. The Philadelphia Police Department is suspending 13 police officers with an intent to fire them following an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening Facebook posts.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Ross told reporters that all but three of the 72 Philadelphia officers currently on leave will face some form of discipline. Four officers will be suspended for 30 days, while the rest will face disciplinary action ranging from reprimands to a five-day suspension.

The posts included “anti-Islamic posts such as ‘death to Islam,’” as well as “references to African-Americans as thugs,” “encouragement of police brutality,” and “homophobic memes which in some cases suggest violence against transgender individuals,” according to Ross.

“I continue to be very disappointed and angered by these posts, many of which violate basic human decency,” Ross said on Thursday.

“We need to move past this ridiculous hate that has consumed this country and has done so for centuries.”

Ross said on June 28 nearly all of the 72 officers on administrative leave, who have not been identified, received the first in a series of trainings. The department is also looking at software that would track and audit officers’ social media posts.

NEARLY 2 DOZEN ST. LOUIS OFFICERS FLAGGED OVER ALLEGED ‘RACIALLY CHARGED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS’

The president of the Philadelphia police union said the Fraternal Order of Police is disappointed that the officers will be terminated without due process, adding that “the overwhelming majority of our members serve this city with integrity and professionalism.”

After publication of the database, which allegedly included nearly 180 posts tied to Phoenix officers that disparage black people, Muslims and transgender people, the police chief moved some officers to “non-enforcement” assignments while the department investigates.

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In St. Louis, the top prosecutor placed nearly two dozen city police officers on an exclusion list last month after learning about “racially charged social media posts of current and retired city police.” Those officers are not allowed to bring cases to her office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US sailor on USS Abraham Lincoln goes overboard in Arabian Sea, search operation underway

A U.S. sailor went overboard Wednesday from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, prompting a search operation in the Arabian Sea, according to the Fifth Fleet.

The statement Thursday said two U.S. ships, a Spanish frigate and a Pakistani naval ship, are conducting a search-and-rescue operation.

IRAN ADMITS SEIZURE OF FOREIGN TANKER, 12 CREW MEMBERS IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ; US WARSHIP ENTERS PERSIAN GULF

The sailor, whose name was withheld in line with navy policy, has been missing since Wednesday.

The Abraham Lincoln was routed to the Arabian Sea in recent weeks in what U.S. officials say is a deterrence amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

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This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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California man charged with murder in drowning deaths of his 2 autistic sons, prosecutors say

A California man has been charged with murder for allegedly driving his family, including his two autistic sons, off a Los Angeles pier after buying $6 million insurance policies in case of accidental deaths, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Ali Elmezayen, 44, of Hawthorne, faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, allegedly committed in the name of financial gain, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. Prosecutors said further investigation led to the new murder charges against the accused, who was already in federal custody for alleged insurance fraud.

CALIFORNIA DAD CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD AFTER HE DROVE OFF CLIFF, KILLING AUTISTIC SONS: FEDS

Elmezayen is accused of intentionally driving his two sons, ages 8 and 13, off the edge of a commercial fishing dock in San Pedro on April 9, 2015, While Elmezayen swam to safety, and his partner, who couldn’t swim, was rescued by a fisherman, his children, who couldn’t swim and were strapped into child seats, drowned.

Prosecutors said that two years and 12 days earlier, Elmezayen bought the last of his insurance policies, covering his family in the event any of them accidentally died.

Elmezayen, who is Egyptian, collected more than $260,000 in insurance payouts for the deaths and wired most of the money back to Egypt, according to prosecutors in the fraud case.

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In this April 9, 2015, photo, divers emerge from the water as debris believed to be from a car floats to the surface in Los Angeles’ San Pedro harbor district. Los Angeles prosecutors have charged an Egyptian father with murder after he allegedly drove his family off a pier, killing his two autistic sons. (Steve McCrank/The Orange County Register via AP, File) (Steve McCrank/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

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He was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identify theft in November. Initially, the district attorney declined to file charges in relation to the deaths of Elmezayen’s sons because of insufficient evidence.

A police mechanic said a brake pedal didn’t work properly but could not determine if the problem existed before the watery plunge or developed as a consequence of saltwater corrosion.

An attorney representing Elmezayen could not be found, according to The Associated Press.

The murder case will proceed once Elmezayen’s insurance fraud trial is finished.

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If convicted in the murder case, he faces life in prison without parole, or the death penalty. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will pursue the latter option.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tennessee detective, boyfriend arrested after violent incident, allegedly involving a hammer

A Tennessee detective has been decommissioned after investigators said she and her boyfriend were arrested. This, on the heels of an alleged clash between the two that reportedly involved a hammer.

Deputies with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department arrested Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Det.  Megan Hoffman and her boyfriend, Jonathan Mahoney, both 34, on Tuesday after an alleged domestic assault.

Deputies said they were called to the couple’s home in Ashland City, a half-hour from Nashville, about 2:30 a.m.

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Hoffman is accused of punching her boyfriend in the face during an argument. A responding deputy saw bruising on the right side of Mahoney’s face, according to an incident report obtained by Fox News.

Mahoney told deputies Hoffman “destroyed the house” during the fight, according to court documents. He also told deputies that video cameras are set up at the home.

According to court documents, deputies found debris all over a hallway leading to a bedroom. Once in the room, deputies said, they found a computer monitor that was “busted and inoperable.”

Deputies said wires had been ripped out of the DVR linked to the camera system and the DVR was broken, adding that “the bedroom was in complete disarray.”

“There was also a large hole in the bedroom door,” the incident report said.

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Mahoney told deputies Hoffman caused all the damage “during her rage,” according to the report.

When deputies asked Mahoney to go into further detail about the fight, he reportedly declined to offer more information without a lawyer present.

Deputies said when they questioned Hoffman, she alleged that Mahoney had struck her with a hammer. She told deputies she wanted to go to the emergency room for treatment.

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Deputies said Metro Nashville Police Det. Megan Hoffman had a “busted lower lip” as well as “red marks to the right side of her face.” after an alleged domestic violence incident.  (Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department)

Deputies said Hoffman had a “busted lower lip” as well as “red marks to the right side of her face.”

Investigators said they were unable to determine which party was the main aggressor, adding that Mahoney told deputies he and his girlfriend were going through a breakup and had been drinking.

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Hoffman and her boyfriend, Jonathan Mahoney, were arrested and charged with domestic assault on Monday. (Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department)

Hoffman and Mahoney have been charged with domestic assault.

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Metro Nashville police confirmed that Hoffman has been decommissioned, which keeps her from department service. She has been with the department since 2011, a Metro Nashville police spokeswoman told Fox News.

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Indiana police officer who fatally shot black man resigns, union says, due to stress, media attention

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A white Indiana police officer who fatally shot a black man, sparking protests and roiling the presidential campaign of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, has resigned, the local police union announced Monday.

The Fraternal Order of Police said Sgt. Ryan O’Neill’s resignation from the South Bend Police Department was due to stress and media attention given to last month’s shooting of Eric Logan. The union also pointed to “hateful things said on social media.”

SOUTH BEND POLICE CALL OUT BUTTIGIEG FOR SENDING PIZZA RATHER THAN APOLOGY AFTER RACE COMMENTS

“Sgt. O’Neill did his job and was forced to defend his own life from a convicted felon who was armed with an eight-inch hunting knife,” FOP president Harvey Mills said in a release. “We’re confident that the investigation into the shooting will determine that the action he took was justified based on the law and his training.”

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed he received O’Neill’s resignation letter and that his departure was effective immediately.

Authorities have said O’Neill was responding to a report of a person breaking into cars on June 16 and confronted the 54-year-old Logan, and that the officer said he shot Logan after he refused orders to drop a knife.

BUTTIGIEG FACING SCRUTINY AS FAMILY OF BLACK MAN KILLED BY COPS PLANS LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY

A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the shooting, which authorities said was not recorded by O’Neill’s body camera. Protesters, in the wake of the shooting, have called for police reforms and questioned South Bend’s body camera and use of force policies.

The shooting prompted Buttigieg, who’s seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, to leave the campaign trail for several days to answer questions about public safety and race.

In a statement Monday, Buttigieg said efforts to strengthen trust between law enforcement and community members continue.

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“We will await results of the independent criminal investigation, and apply any lessons learned to our work on the future of the Police Department and the community,” he said in the statement.

Logan’s brother, Tyree Bonds, said the family still will pursue a federal lawsuit that alleges O’Neill used excessive deadly force. The city of South Bend is also named in the lawsuit.

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