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Missing Missouri woman Jennifer Rothwell’s disappearance classified as homicide, husband in custody

A 28-year-old Missouri man has been charged by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in connection with his wife’s disappearance, which has been reclassified as a homicide, officials said.

Fox 2 reported that Beau Rothwell was charged Thursday with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.

His wife Jennifer Rothwell has been missing since early Tuesday morning.

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She never returned to their St. Louis County home. Her 2011 Hyundai Sonata was discovered about 2 miles from their home.

Authorities said Beau Rothwell is a danger to the community and a flight risk because of the nature of the charges.

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Beau Rothwell was charged Thursday with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony. His wife Jennifer Rothwell has been missing since early Tuesday morning. (St. Louis County Police Department)

He’s being held on a $100,000 bond.

According to the probable cause statement, the husband was seen on video purchasing cleaning products including bleach, carpet cleaner and gloves the day before his wife vanished, Fox 2 reported.

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Police found a section of wet carpet inside their home that had been soaked with bleach, as well as blood in the carpeting and the underlying padding, authorities said.

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Missing Missouri woman Jennifer Rothwell’s disappearance classified as homicide, husband in custody

A 28-year-old Missouri man has been charged by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in connection with his wife’s disappearance, which has been reclassified as a homicide, officials said.

Fox 2 reported that Beau Rothwell was charged Thursday with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.

His wife Jennifer Rothwell has been missing since early Tuesday morning.

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She never returned to their St. Louis County home. Her 2011 Hyundai Sonata was discovered about 2 miles from their home.

Authorities said Beau Rothwell is a danger to the community and a flight risk because of the nature of the charges.

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Beau Rothwell was charged Thursday with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony. His wife Jennifer Rothwell has been missing since early Tuesday morning. (St. Louis County Police Department)

He’s being held on a $100,000 bond.

According to the probable cause statement, the husband was seen on video purchasing cleaning products including bleach, carpet cleaner and gloves the day before his wife vanished, Fox 2 reported.

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Police found a section of wet carpet inside their home that had been soaked with bleach, as well as blood in the carpeting and the underlying padding, authorities said.

Click for more from Fox 2.

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Life sentence for SC school shooter, 17, who killed 1st-grade student

A South Carolina teen was sentenced on Thursday to life behind bars without parole for murdering his father and a 6-year-old boy.

Jesse Osborne was 14 when he shot and killed his father, Jeffrey, in their home on Sept. 28, 2016. According to a confession he gave following his arrest, Osborne shot his father in the head three times.

Investigators said he then drove his father’s pickup truck three miles to Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, where he opened fire on a group of students playing outside.

Jacob Hall, 6, was shot in the leg and died three days later.

Osborne pleaded for leniency before he was sentenced.

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“I would just like to say I wished this would have never happened. I don’t exactly know why I did this,” Osborne said. “I just ask you give me hope for the future and get me help because I do need help. I want help.”

Judge Lawton McIntosh, The Associated Press reported, handed down the life sentence in Anderson County immediately following several recommendations he give out the maximum punishment possible.

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FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, Jesse Osborne waits for a ruling at the Anderson County Courthouse in Anderson, S.C. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool, File)

A U.S. Supreme Court decision bans the death penalty for juveniles.

Osborne, now 17, was being tried as an adult and faced a minimum of 30 years after pleading guilty to two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

“He killed my second best friend and showed up on my number one BFF’s birthday. I feel very, very, very mad. That is three reasons why he should spend life in prison,” an unnamed child wrote in a letter to the judge.

The defense’s case attempted to show a teen who suffered abuse from his alcoholic father, was bullied at school and isolated himself in what he called a “dungeon” — his basement bedroom where he spent all his time after being expelled from middle school for bringing a hatchet on campus.

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Prosecutors said Osborne was obsessed with school shootings. His internet history included searches for “youngest mass murderer” and mass shootings at an Orlando nightclub, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine High School in Colorado.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach calls Tom Brady ‘the best at what he does’

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Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach told Fox News Tuesday that New England Patriots gunslinger Tom Brady is “an exception” to the rule by wanting to play football until he is 45 years old.

“He’s a fierce competitor,” the Dallas Cowboys’ legend said of Brady on “Your World with Neil Cavuto. “He’s the best at what he does …He doesn’t want to quit.” Staubach,77, also called Brady “one heck of a football player.”

Brady, who turned 42 this past August, has led the Patriots to an 8-0 record through the first two months of the regular season, throwing for 2,251 yards and passing for 13 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

The Patriots quarterback told Westwood One Radio on Monday that “I certainly hope” to play for another three seasons.

“I think it is important for athletes to have short-term goals and long-term goals,” he said. “I have set that number for a long time and I work pretty hard at it every day … A lot of it is, I am not a robot out there. It is a lot of time and energy and I enjoy putting my time and energy in … taking care of myself, [and] hopefully affording myself the ability to play as long as I want to play. I also really love the sport and I enjoy playing. Not many things have changed on that front.”

On Sunday, Brady completed 20 of 36 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to help the Patriots past the Cleveland Browns, 27-13. The win was Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s 300th victory as an NFL head coach, making him just the third man to reach that milestone along with Don Shula and George Halas.

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Staubach, the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner for the U.S. Naval Academy, spoke about his career Tuesday, including the fact he did not join the Cowboys until 1969 –five years after he was drafted — so that he could complete his required military service, including a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam.

After saying he has no regrets on how his career went, the Cowboys’ star said he is still a fan of the game.

“I still love football,” he said.

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Navy upholds sentence reducing rank of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing with corpse

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The Navy on Tuesday upheld the sentence of decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing with the body of an Islamic State (ISIS) captive in Iraq in 2017.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday made the decision after carefully reviewing the trial transcripts and the clemency request by Gallagher’s lawyers, Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Gilday’s spokesman, said in a statement. The decision was first reported by the online military publication Task & Purpose.

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Gallagher’s sentence had stipulated his rank be reduced to a 1st class petty officer from chief petty officer, a reduction which will cost him up to $200,000 in retirement funds. A jury also sentenced the SEAL to pay $2,697 per month for four months.

Under Navy law, Gallagher could have had his rank reduced from chief petty officer to the most junior enlisted sailor because of the time he served in custody, but Gilday opted not to impose that punishment.

Gallagher was acquitted in July of charges that he murdered the ISIS fighter, as well as charges of witness intimidation and assault. He was convicted on one count of taking a photo with a terrorist’s corpse and was sentenced to four months’ confinement in addition to the monthly restitution payments. Gallagher ultimately served no jail time and was only required to pay the forfeiture for two months because he spent nearly nine months in pre-trial custody.

“We are glad this is finally coming to an end but our family has suffered an immeasurable amount of injustice at the hands of the US Navy, UCMJ system, NCIS, JAGs, and even Eddie’s command at Naval Special Warfare,” Gallagher’s wife Andrea told Fox News in a statement.

“Our family will continue to fight for JUSTICE for Eddie and to ensure that every bad actor will be held accountable for their part in this travesty of justice,” she added.

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The case was championed by President Donald Trump, who had intervened to free Gallagher from the brig and congratulated him in a tweet after he was acquitted of murder. Parlatore said the Navy’s case was fraught with misconduct by the investigators and prosecutors who were out to get Gallagher and that they will not be held accountable.

Gallagher’s trial came after a judge removed the lead prosecutor over a bungled effort that used software to track emails sent to defense lawyers in order to find the source of leaks to the media.

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The judge determined the effort violated Gallagher’s constitutional rights and, before the case went to trial, reduced the maximum possible punishment for the murder charge from life in prison without parole to the possibility of parole.

Defense lawyers had argued that Gallagher was framed by junior disgruntled platoon members who fabricated the allegations to oust their chief. The prosecution said Gallagher was incriminated by his own text messages and photos, including one of him holding the dead militant up by the hair and clutching a knife in his other hand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NSC official to testify that he was ‘concerned’ after listening to Ukraine phone call, alerted counsel

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As part of the House’s impeachment inquiry, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a director of national security affairs at the National Security Council, is expected to testify Tuesday that he listened to the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Situation Room, and reported his concerns to the NSC’s lead counsel.

In prepared remarks obtained by Fox News, Vindman wrote: “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine.”

He added, “Following the call, I… reported my concerns to NSC’s lead counsel,” a reference to top NSC lawyer John A. Eisenberg.

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The Democrats’ inquiry was opened after a whistleblower complaint alleged that Trump, during the July phone call, pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as military aid to the country was being withheld.

A whistleblower’s complaint about the contents of Trump’s phone call to the intelligence community inspector general in August has since led to a parade of witnesses testifying behind closed doors about the president’s effort to pressure Ukraine, including allegations that he held back military aid as leverage.

The White House and the president’s allies have maintained there was no such quid pro quo.

“We had a very good conversation with the Ukrainian president. The conversation was — was perfect. They don’t ever talk about the conversation. It started with a whistleblower. Now they don’t want the whistleblower. Then they had a second whistleblower. Now they don’t want the second whistleblower,” Trump said Monday to media about the allegations.

Vindman also is expected to say that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, made political demands of the Ukrainians during a July 10 visit to Washington,“Following the debriefing meeting, I reported my concerns to the NSC’s lead counsel. Dr. Hill also reported the incident to the NSC’s lead counsel.”

Sondland, whose name surfaced in the whistleblower complaint in August, testified that Trump told him there was no quid pro quo when it came to Trump’s call with Zelensky.

Sondland  testified on October 17.

Also expected to testify this week are Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger on Wednesday and the National Security Council’s current Russia and Europe director, Tim Morrison on Wednesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday the House will vote this week on a resolution to formalize — and establish the parameters — of the Trump impeachment inquiry. In a letter sent to Democratic House lawmakers, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the resolution “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation” and “establishes the procedure” for future investigative steps.

Pelosi on Sept. 24 announced the formalization of the Trump impeachment inquiry, saying at the time that “the president must be held accountable” for his “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

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Vindman also is expected to tell lawmakers at his Tuesday morning closed-door deposition about his background and ideology: “I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country, irrespective of party or politics.”

His remarks continued: “For over 20 years as an active-duty United States military officer and diplomat, I have served this country in a nonpartisan manner, and have done so with the utmost respect and professionalism for both Republican and Democratic administrations.”

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.

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Cornell student, 18, found dead in gorge after frat party, reports say

A top Ivy League student was found dead Saturday afternoon in a New York gorge after he left a fraternity party and disappeared Thursday night, according to reports.

Antonio Tsialas, 18, was reported missing Friday afternoon after he failed to meet up with his family for Family Weekend at Cornell University in Ithaca, the Cornell Sun reported.

The South Florida native was last seen at the Phi Kappa Psi house around 9:30 p.m the night before, the Miami Herald reported.

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“The circumstances of Tsialas’s death are still under investigation, but no foul play is suspected,” Cornell University police said in a statement.

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Antonio Tsialas, 18, was reported missing Friday afternoon after he failed to meet up with his family for Family Weekend at Cornell University in Ithaca, the Cornell Sun reported. (NY State Police)

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He had been a star student in Florida.

Tsialas had been a varsity soccer goaltender and received an award for his high AP test scores. He also, the Herald reported, had been a member of his high school’s statistics team.

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Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Rashida Tlaib backs Sanders for president at Detroit rally

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., became the latest of her fellow “Squad” members  to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president, joining him at a Detroit rally.

“We deserve someone who writes the damn bills,” she said, noting Sanders is a man of the people, as Detroit Free Press reported. “We deserve Bernie Sanders.”

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Tlaib noted that Sanders is a transformative leader who offers solutions not beholden to corporations or the mediocre ideologies of the status quo.

“We need a new vision for American and that’s what our campaign is about,” Sanders said. “The most important and significant opposition we face … is the limitation to our imaginations.”

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib address the audience during a Sanders campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

Sanders also took the time to praise Tlaib for her role in representing the party’s progressive wing.

“What Rashida has been doing in less than one year is become a national figure, not just in standing up against the vulgarity and ugliness of Donald Trump, but she has taken on in a very forceful way, the greed and corruption of the economic establishment and stood up to the political establishment as well,” he said.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar., D-Minn., expressed their support for Sanders last week. Ocasio-Cortez recently appeared alongside Sanders at a major rally in Queens, N.Y., that reportedly drew more than 20,000 people. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., is the only “Squad” member who has yet to make an endorsement.

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US Representative Rashida Tlaib attends a campaign rally for Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) 

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Winning the OK of the “Squad” members has been viewed as crucial in attracting young voters, as the top three Democrats in the polls are all senior citizens — Sanders is 78, former Vice President Joe Biden is 76 and Warren is 70 years old.

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) 

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Wildfire threat sparks seed-collection projects to reforest charred hillsides

With warmer temperatures, an increase in the frequency of drought and the severity of wildfires on the rise, many scientists say the necessity of seed collection and reforestation efforts has become more urgent.

“We’ve had so many large, high-severity fires in the state, and without our intervention, there is a possibility that some of those areas will never be forests again,” Sarah Hurteau with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico told The Associated Press. “What we’re trying to do is collect the seed to help reforest these areas. This is a huge effort.”

The goal: 1 million seeds to be used to reforest fire-scarred hillsides in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Similar work was ongoing in South Dakota and other places across the West.

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Ponderosa pine cones cut open during a demonstration at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled huge tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with ponderosa pine cones.

It’s a science, the professionals said.

Crew members were looking for the perfect cones — no curves, no sap, no insect bore holes. The cones were gathered in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.

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Thousands of acres of burned trees that remained years after a wildfire raced through part of Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico has gathered seeds, ponderosa, Douglas fir, spruce and other pine variations, from about 2.5 million trees in over a decade. In the Black Hills of South Dakota, an estimated 2 million trees have been planted since 2003.

“The ability of trees to produce seed has a huge implication for natural recovery,” Kyle Rodman, a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder, told The AP. “If the seed is not being produced, then it can’t get to the places that are disturbed, then the chances for the ecosystem to recover to that forested state are obviously pretty low.”

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A partially open ponderosa pine cone in a tree at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Overall, the number of fires in the U.S. has decreased slightly over the past three decades, but the number of acres burned was on the rise. Every year since 2000, an average of 10,900 square miles have been burned, according to figures compiled by the National Interagency Fire Center.

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Scientists said that the combination of overgrown forests and hotter, drier conditions increased the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Some severely obese kids in US should get weight loss surgery, medical group suggests

Nearly 5 million U.S. children and teens are severely obese, a near doubling over 20 years, and now according to new recommendations, some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery.

The guidance was issued Sunday by the American Academy of Pediatrics; it’s based on a review of medical evidence, such as several studies showing that surgery in teens can result in marked weight loss lasting at least several years with few complications. In many cases, as The Associated Press reported, related health problems including diabetes and high blood pressure disappeared after surgery.

While most of those studies involved teens, one study included children younger than 12 and found no ill effects on growth, the policy said.

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Recent data show, as the AP reported, that pediatric obesity surgery rates have tripled in almost 20 years but still average fewer than 2,000 operations each year.

The academy’s recommendation said children and teens are generally eligible for surgery if their body mass index is 40 or higher, or at least 35 if they have related major health problems.

These criteria may vary by gender and age, said Dr. Sarah Armstrong, a Duke University pediatrics professor and the policy’s lead author.

They are similar to criteria for surgeons from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

A BMI of 30 and above is considered obese.

Most kids don’t get obesity surgery, mainly because most public and private health insurance doesn’t cover it or they live far from surgery centers, said Armstrong.

Costs can total at least $20,000.

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This combination of undated photos provided by the family in October 2019 shows Faith Newsome before and after gastric bypass surgery. At 5 feet, 8 inches and 273 pounds, her BMI was almost 42 and she had high blood pressure and prediabetes when she had the procedure at age 16.  (Family photos via AP)

It’s not a quick fix, she said. “It’s a lifelong decision with implications every single day for the rest of your life.”

Many obese kids already have developed related health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and liver disease.

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The condition of obesity affected 93.3 million adults in the country from 2015 to 2016, per the CDC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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