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Authorities say a Florida woman has been charged in the death of a 4-year-old boy who was left in a hot minivan for more than six hours.

The Orlando Sentinel reports 27-year-old Mariah Butler was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Logan Starling was one of five children that Butler brought to the Elite Preparatory Academy, where she worked as an administrative assistant, in September. Investigators say Butler didn’t realize she left Logan in her vehicle until the boy’s teacher asked about him that afternoon.

The school’s director ran out to the minivan, found Logan and rushed the child across the street to a fire station. Logan was later pronounced dead.

Butler was being held on $15,150 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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The U.S. has started releasing hundreds of illegal immigrant detainees into the country as immigration authorities struggle to find available places to house the thousands of illegal migrants coming through the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most of the released migrants are expected to be those who crossed the border together with their families. Such migrants are given paper notices with a court date and told to stay with their other family members in the U.S.

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At least 250 illegal immigrants were released between Tuesday and Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. Most of the releases happening near Mexico’s border with Texas and more such releases are expected, the officials said.

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told reporters that the releases were being done in a bid “to mitigate risks to both officer safety and vulnerable populations under these circumstances.”

Immigration officials told the Times on Wednesday that the shortage of space for illegal migrants occurred due to an uptick in Central American families coming to the U.S. Due to the lack of space, the authorities can’t follow the protocol and process the migrants’ cases while they are in detention.

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The releases come in the backdrop of President Trump declaring a national emergency on the southern border in a bid to build a border wall to stop the influx of people, a measure he took after Congress gave only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall. Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall.

But some immigrant groups have accused the Trump administration of intentionally releasing the migrants and causing confusion and chaos at the border.

“They are doing this deliberately so they can release a ton of people at once and create chaos,” Efren Olivares, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, told the Times. “The government is trying to do this.”

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Yet an unidentified Border Patrol official dismissed speculation that this is just a political stunt. “It is a crisis,” he said. “It’s not a self-proclaimed crisis.”

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SCALIA’S SON SPEAKS OUT ON 2020 DEMS, EXPANDING SUPREME COURT: Christopher Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, told Fox News that the idea of increasing the number of justices on the high court is "maybe an argument worth taking seriously," but added that some proposals by Democratic candidates were "just unconstitutional" … CLICK HERE to watch Scalia’s interview on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Wednesday, where he took particular issue with an idea advanced by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on "Fox News Sunday" last weekend, where the Democratic presidential candidate proposed expanding the Supreme Court to 15 members.

NEW ZEALAND BANS ‘MILITARY STYLE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS’: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced the country was immediately banning "military-style semi-automatic weapons" after last week’s attack that killed 50 people at two mosques … Speaking to reporters, the prime minister said the weapons would be banned in addition to "all assault rifles," among other firearms. Ardern said legislation is currently being drafted and she expects the law to take effect by April 11.

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KELLYANNE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: For months, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, was placed in an awkward position whenever her husband, George Conway, an attorney once considered for U.S. Solicitor General in the Trump administration, would attack her boss on Twitter. The attacks were as cutting as anything said by any Democratic foe and often personal — and Trump remained uncharacteristically silent.

That all changed this week, as the president responded Wednesday by calling George Conway a "total loser" on Twitter and a "whack job." For her part, Kellyanne Conway sided with Trump, telling Politico, "You think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional, accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?" Kellyanne Conway is scheduled to appear on "Mornings with Maria" today on Fox Business, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET, to discuss President Trump’s trip to a Lima, Ohio, tank plant and more.

AOC STARS IN GOP CAMPAIGN AD: Less than three months after taking office, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose favorability numbers have plummeted in some recent polls, is already front and center in a GOP congressional candidate’s upcoming campaign advertisement The 30-second spot, obtained by Fox News and currently available on YouTube, features Michele Nix, a candidate in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District to replace the late Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., who died in February.

A HEAVEN-SENT CONTRACT: The Los Angeles Angels and star outfielder Mike Trout have agreed to a 12-year contract, the club announced Wednesday evening … The club did not immediately disclose the terms of the deal, but MLB.com reported that Trout’s new contract adds 10 years to his current deal, which is set to expire following the 2020 Major League Baseball season. The total contract is worth $426.5 million, the largest deal in North American sports history.

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DEBATING TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON MCCAIN – "The president might have lied about it. Does that bother you? That he might have lied about what a dead man did?" Neil Cavuto, in a heated exchange with Matt Braynard, former data chief and strategist for the Trump campaign, on President Trump’s recent attacks on Sen. John McCain, during a panel discussion on "Your World." (Click the image above to watch the full video.)

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2018: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for a "major breach of trust" after news that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, whose clients included the Trump campaign, may have used data improperly obtained from Facebook users to try to sway elections.
2006: The social media website Twitter is established with the sending of the first "tweet" by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: "just setting up my twttr."
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A small community in central Washington state on Wednesday mourned the sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a shootout with a road-rage driving suspect, remembering the veteran officer as a family man and “one of our finest.”

Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was shot dead Tuesday night after he and Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez, 22, responded to a driving complaint and attempted to stop a vehicle. After a short pursuit, the suspect exited the car and exchanged gunfire with the officers, killing Thompson and wounding Chavez. The suspect was also shot and later died.

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"Our community has a very heavy heart today. Last night, we lost one of our finest," Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana said at a news conference Wednesday morning. It was the first fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer in the rural county in 92 years, he said.

"Our community has a very heavy heart today. Last night, we lost one of our finest."

— Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana

The tight-knit community of 1,500 was stunned that such violence could descend on the town, whose website brands it as a place “without the crime, noise, traffic jams and pollution of larger cities,” the Seattle Times reported.

“For this to happen here? It’s insane. You don’t get that here,” Ethan Keaton, a 17-year-old high school student, told the paper.

The body of Kittitas County sheriff's deputy Ryan Thompson is draped with a U.S. flag as it is carried out of Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 20 in Ellensburg, Wash. (Associated Press)

The body of Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson is draped with a U.S. flag as it is carried out of Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 20 in Ellensburg, Wash. (Associated Press)

Mourners gathered at a memorial at Kittitas Elementary School, about a block from the shooting scene, to honor Thompson, who was born in nearby Walla Walla and attended Central Washington University, the Times reported. Heart-shaped balloons were strung along the fence with homemade signs that read: “Kittitas Strong.”

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“Maybe you get pulled over for a DUI or speeding. You don’t get people shot here,” Josh Dunn, a 20-year-old who grew up in the town, told the paper. “I don’t even have a word for it.”

Thompson, a 15-year law enforcement veteran, is survived by his wife and three children, FOX13 Seattle reported.

Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez, 22, was shot and wounded in a leg during a shootout with a road-rage driving suspect Tuesday night. He was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday morning.

Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez, 22, was shot and wounded in a leg during a shootout with a road-rage driving suspect Tuesday night. He was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday morning. (Ellensburg Police Department)

Chavez was shot in a leg and suffered a shattered femur, Ellensburg Police Chief Ken Wade said. He was airlifted to a hospital following the shootout and was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday morning. He and his wife are expecting their first child, the FOX13 reported.

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The suspect, who has not been identified, was shot and later died at a hospital. Authorities did not immediately provide information on how many times the suspect was shot or how many shots were fired overall.

Wade said authorities have no other information besides the road-rage incident for what might have prompted the suspect to flee and exchange gunfire with the officers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Five former residents of a New Mexico compound where authorities found the remains of a 3-year-old boy are due in federal court on terrorism-related charges.

The charges include conspiring to attack law enforcement and military members.

The two men and three women living at the compound raided in August are being arraigned Thursday on new federal charges of supporting plans for violent attacks. The charges were included in a superseding indictment last week. The group has been in federal custody since August on firearms charges.

Four members of the group also are charged in the kidnapping of the boy who died at the compound. He had suffered from medical disabilities that authorities say went untreated.

Defense attorneys say the five will plead not guilty to charges.

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A detective says a Salvadoran immigrant charged with four Nevada murders told police he robbed and killed his elderly victims during a 10-day rampage in January because he needed money to buy methamphetamine.

The detective told the grand jury, which indicted Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman in Reno last week, the 20-year-old who is living in the U.S. illegally broke into tears and repeatedly called himself an "idiot" before confessing to the murders during an interrogation hours after his arrest in Carson City on Jan. 19.

According to the grand jury transcript obtained by The Associated Press, Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Stefanie Brady testified March 13 that Martinez-Guzman initially denied any wrongdoing and was smiling and giggling through part of the questioning.

But after she confronted him with several contradictions in his story during a nearly three-hour interrogation, he said through a Spanish interpreter he had "done something that’s unforgiveable."

She says he told her he shot the victims "because of the drugs."

"He said he needed the money for the meth and it was the meth," Brady testified, according to the 268-page transcript filed late Tuesday in Washoe District Court.

The grand jury indicted Martinez-Guzman last week on four counts of murder with the use of a deadly weapon, three counts of burglary while in possession of a firearm and one count each of burglary, burglary while gaining possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf during an arraignment Tuesday. His trial isn’t scheduled to begin until April 2020.

His public defense attorney, John Arrascada, did not immediately respond Wednesday to messages seeking comment.

Federal officials have said Martinez-Guzman is in the U.S. illegally but they don’t know how or when he crossed the border.

The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it shows the need for a border wall.

District Attorneys Chris Hicks of Washoe County and Mark Jackson of Douglas County announced last week they are seeking the death penalty but that Martinez-Guzman’s immigration status had nothing to do with that decision.

The four slaying victims include Gerald David, 81, and his 80-year-old wife, Sharon David, a prominent Reno Rodeo Association couple who had employed Martinez-Guzman as a landscaper last summer at their house where they were found dead Jan. 16.

Police say they were shot with a .22-caliber handgun that Martinez-Guzman stole from them earlier.

Court documents allege that Martinez-Guzman’s DNA was found on the same gun that was also used to kill Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken in their homes in Gardnerville south of Carson City.

Detective Brady told the grand jury that Martinez-Guzman was "engaging" and made "lots of eye contact" during the early stages of the interrogation at the Carson City sheriff’s office.

"He smiled, kind of giggled through some of the questions. But he was very engaged in the conversation," she said.

After she read him his Miranda rights, "he actually acknowledged that he was fine not having an attorney because he hadn’t done anything wrong," she said.

He indicated he had buried "a bunch of stuff" that he found by a river in Carson City. But when she confronted him about several contradictions, his answers became slower, his body posture was more slumped and he started touching his face uncontrollably.

When she asked him about some fishing poles that had been stolen from the Davids, "there was a really long pause. And at that point, he had dropped his head and began to cry with long deep breaths."

"He talked about how he was an idiot. He repeated that several times," Brady testified. "He talked about how he had done something that’s unforgiveable."

"He said … something about if he tells me what he did, it’s not going to bring back the people that he shot," she said, and then shortly after that blamed the killings on his need for money to buy drugs.

She said he initially denied he killed Renken, but ultimately acknowledged he shot her too.

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Prosecutors will call more witnesses to the stand in the trial of a white former East Pittsburgh police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Michael Rosfeld’s trial continues Thursday into its third day in a Pittsburgh courtroom.

The first two days of testimony included compelling statements from witnesses and neighbors, one of whom said he heard Rosfeld panicking, repeatedly saying "I don’t know why I shot him. I don’t know why I fired."

Rosfeld fired three bullets into 17-year-old Antwon Rose II after pulling over an unlicensed taxicab suspected to have been used in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier. Rose was a front-seat passenger in the cab and was shot as he fled.

The trial is expected to take a week or more.

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A Utah teen with a can-do spirit is building 150 beds for shelter dogs of all sizes for his Eagle Scout project.

Chance Call said he’ll donate them to the Davis County Animal Shelter on April 1.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for animals,” Call told Fox 13.  “I remember as a kid, I would always watch TV and see those ads, you can adopt a pet and make their life better.”

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“I’m like, what if I want to do that on a bigger scale and help the animals that can’t get adopted,” he added.

The teen has raised more than $3,000 in donations to purchase supplies to make the bed.

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He and his friends spent about 120 hours constructing the beds.

“I made these beds to help them be more comfortable and more relaxed.” Call said.  “It feels really nice.  I know there are a lot of animals that don’t get a house.”

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Emergency crews in Texas on Wednesday finally extinguished a massive fire that had engulfed a petrochemicals facility for four days.

Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) spokeswoman Alice Richardson said at a news conference that investigators could now begin their probe into what the triggered the massive blaze at the facility in Deer Park, an area just southeast of Houston.

The fire was extinguished Wednesday at 3 a.m. after it had sent a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet into the air when it first began on Sunday.

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The fire briefly flared up late Wednesday afternoon but was contained within 30 seconds by firefighters, the city of Deer Park said in a tweet.

Efforts have now shifted to concerns over air quality and the environmental impact.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted air-quality tests throughout the Houston area, both on the ground and from a small airplane, and "measured no levels of hazardous concentrations," agency official Adam Adams said.

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The EPA also reviewed data collected by ITC, Harris County, where Houston is located, and by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEP), which did not show hazardous concentrations of volatile organic compounds, Adams said.

The state environmental agency said in a statement Wednesday that the benzene levels it found near and around the storage facility did not pose health concerns.

Still, some people living in the area have complained of various symptoms since the fire, including headaches, nausea and nose bleeds.

Sema Hernandez, who lives in Pasadena, just west of Deer Park, said all four of her children have experienced headaches since the fire started Sunday. However, she has not been able to take them to a doctor because she doesn’t have health insurance.

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"This shouldn’t have happened. … But it did. My question is, what do we do now?" Hernandez said.

The EPA and the TCEQ said they were waiting for test results of water samples to determine any potential impacts from the foam used to fight the fire on waterways next to the storage facility, including the Houston Ship Channel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Massachusetts woman who police say was kidnapped in January after a night out with friends in Boston was raped and forced to drink alcohol while she was held captive, according to prosecutors.

The 23-year-old disappeared from a bar in January and was missing for two days, Boston Police said. Authorities said they later found her locked inside an apartment in Charlestown.

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Victor Pena, 38, was charged with kidnapping following her disappearance.

After the woman left the bar, she was spotted on surveillance video with a man who police identified as Pena. She doesn’t remember what happened after she left the bar on Jan. 19, WFXT reported, citing court documents unveiled on Wednesday.

The woman recalled waking up "on a bare mattress in Pena’s apartment," and when she tried to leave, "Pena physically stopped her, told her to be quiet and threatened several times to kill her. … He said he rescued her on the street, he loved her and they were going to start a family."

Over the next couple of days, she said was raped several times. She said that Pena fed her canned pineapple and made her drink whiskey.

The documents allege that Pena installed an unauthorized deadbolt on his front door to prevent her from escaping.

During his first court appearance in January, Pena displayed "bizarre" behavior, reportedly sobbing and sucking his thumb during an initial mental competency evaluation.

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A court psychologist said that Pena might have been exaggerating symptoms of possible mental impairment, and said he didn’t understand why he was in court.

Pena was reportedly held without bail on Wednesday and has a court appearance scheduled in April.

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