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Authorities have arrested a woman on suspicion of murder after the body of her 9-year-old daughter was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say Taquesta Graham is expected to be charged on Wednesday. It wasn’t known Monday if she has an attorney.

Prosecutors last week charged Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, with murder in the killing of Trinity Love Jones.

The girl’s body was found March 5 in the suburb of Hacienda Heights. She was wearing a pink shirt that said, "Future Princess Hero."

Graham was extradited from Texas to Southern California last week and was initially held on an unrelated warrant.

Prosecutors said the 38-year-old Hunt has a previous child abuse conviction from 2005 in San Diego County.

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2020 White House candidate Cory Booker denied he’s a socialist and vowed he would not consider pardoning President Trump if he were elected to the White House, in an interview Monday night.

"I am for capitalism and I’m tired of companies engaging in socialism where they outsource their costs… I am a capitalist. Monopolies are not capitalism… I’m not a socialist. I am a Democrat. I believe in fundamental Democratic principles. I believe that we need more democracy, not less," the New Jersey Democrat told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

The cable news host also brought up then-President Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon in 1974 — and posed a hypothetical to Booker.

“Would you consider pardoning Trump if you took the presidency?” Matthews asked.

“No,” Booker firmly responded.

“Why?” Matthews followed. “You said you want to unite the country. Wouldn’t that unite the country?”

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Booker asked for clarification as to what crime Trump may have committed, which Matthews responded with “obstruction of justice,” something the MSNBC host insisted is “certainly in play.”

“This is why our justice system has lost so much legitimacy,” Booker continued. “We have a criminal justice system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent. There’s a whole bunch of people that, if I’m president, that I’m looking to pardon or who are being punished unjustly in this country.”

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The former Newark mayor cited statistics that showed more arrests in 2017 were related to marijuana than to all violent crimes combined. He said the “privileged” on Yale University’s campus and presidents and senators who have “bragged” about smoking marijuana benefited from a double standard as opposed to young people who have criminal records for doing the same.

“Now we’re talking about a billionaire getting another pardon,” Booker said.

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A child was taken into custody on Friday after a man and a woman were found shot at a New Hampshire home.

Authorities received a call around 7:30 a.m. about a shooting at a residence in Alton, a city roughly 45 miles northwest of Manchester, the New Hampshire Department of Justice stated in a news release.

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Police found Lizette Eckert, 50, dead at the scene, and James Eckert, 48, was later pronounced deceased after being transported to a hospital. Autopsies determined they both died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The state attorney general’s office said that a juvenile — identified by WFXT as an 11-year-old boy — was taken into custody around two hours after the Eckerts were discovered. Officials didn’t say how the boy is connected to the two adults, nor did they reveal any possible motives in the shootings.

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The boy was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. It was not immediately clear if the charges were upgraded following James Eckert’s death.

The Eckerts, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, were active members of the St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Alton.

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“They were here every week. They were very devout, very faithful parishioners,” Rev. Robert Cole told the news outlet. “Beautiful people."

The couple reportedly leaves behind three children.

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A Florida man was killed over the weekend after the car he was working on fell on top of him, investigators said.

Amer Izzo Yasin, 38, was found by his roommate on Sunday afternoon outside their home in Big Pine Key, Monroe County Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said in an email.

The roommate told deputies he had left home around 10 a.m. Sunday and returned after 5 p.m.

He found Yasin under a 2013 Hyundai Genesis that was being lifted by hydraulic jacks. Deputies said one of the jacks apparently fell, causing the car to crush Yasin.

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Linhardt said the roommate tried to pull Yasin out from under the car, then called 911.

No foul play was suspected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., told Fox News on Monday night that he voted against a resolution to stop President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border because "the president is absolutely right" and the emergency declaration "is not a close call."

"I think there are three different issues here," Sasse told "Special Report with Bret Baier." "The first is, do we objectively have a crisis at the border? And, we do … Second, does the president have the authority to declare a crisis in this kind of circumstance? … I think the president does have that authority. That is a different question than whether or not that’s a good law."

Twelve Senate Republicans joined the Democrats’ effort Thursday to block Trump’s emergency declaration, including the party’s 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The resolution, which the president vetoed the following day, would have blocked Trump from seizing billions of dollars intended for other projects in order to pay for his long-promised wall along the southwestern border.

Sasse told Fox News that the 1976 National Emergencies Act used by Trump to justify the emergency declaration "is an unbelievably broad law and I think we should fix it … But I think we should be doing that in a way that applies to every president going forward, not just this president at this time, about this emergency."

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"We should distinguish a lot more between campaigning and governance," said Sasse, who is up for re-election next year, "and at the level of governance, we ought to be dealing with the crisis at the southern border, which is real, and we ought to be reforming the National Emergencies Act, which gives too much power to presidents, going forward."

Sasse also discussed the ongoing flooding in his home state, saying that his hometown of Fremont "became an island for days" and added that he was working with the Trump administration to get federal aid to the state soon.

"It really is quite stunning," Sasse said of the flooding. "We have 93 counties, 53 of them have issued emergency declarations … What we need is no more rain and lots of neighbors helping neighbors right now."

The senator also shrugged off insinuations that climate change was to blame for intensifying the disaster, saying "the if-then connection that a lot of people draw in the midst of a crisis isn’t very helpful."

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"We got a whole bunch of people struggling for life and livelihood, sandbars in the middle of the Platte River filled with cows," he said. " … So politicizing this in the midst of a controversy isn’t the right move. The debate around climate change is important, there is a lot of debate we should be having there, but lots of the folks who are running for office want to pretend that they have certainty about what the solution is, even when their solutions would often be devastating to the economy.

"So, we should be distinguishing between analysis of big problems, emergency response and debates about what you do down the road."

Fox News’ Bret Baier contributed to this report.

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Like Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz," the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies.

About 150,000 people over the weekend flocked to see this year’s rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near the city of about 60,000 residents, about a 90-minute drive from either San Diego or Los Angeles.

Interstate 15 was a parking lot. People fainted in the heat; a dog romping through the fields was bitten by a rattlesnake.

A vibrant field of poppies lures Dorothy into a trap in the "Wizard of Oz" when the wicked witch, acknowledging that no one can resist their beauty, poisons the wildflowers and she slips into a fatal slumber until the good witch reverses the spell.

Lake Elsinore had tried to prepare for the crush of people drawn by the super bloom, a rare occurrence that usually happens about once a decade because it requires a wet winter and warm temperatures that stay above freezing.

It offered a free shuttle service to the top viewing spots, but it wasn’t enough.

Sunday traffic got so bad that Lake Elsinore officials requested law enforcement assistance from neighboring jurisdictions. At one point, the city pulled down the curtain and closed access to poppy-blanketed Walker Canyon.

"It was insane, absolutely insane," said Mayor Steve Manos, who described it as a "poppy apocalypse."

By Monday the #poppyshutdown announced by the city on Twitter was over and the road to the canyon was re-opened.

And people were streaming in again.

Young and old visitors to the Lake Elsinore area seemed equally enchanted as they snapped selfies against the natural carpet of iridescent orange.

Some contacted friends and family on video calls so they could share the beauty in real time. Artists propped canvasses on the side of the trail to paint the super bloom, while drones buzzed overhead.

Patty Bishop, 48, of nearby Lake Forest, was on her second visit. The native Californian had never seen such an explosion of color from the state flower. She battled traffic Sunday but that didn’t deter her from going back Monday for another look. She got there at sunrise and stayed for hours.

"There’s been so many in just one area," she said. "I think that’s probably the main reason why I’m out here personally is because it’s so beautiful."

Stephen Kim and his girlfriend got to Lake Elsinore even before sunrise Sunday to beat the crowds but there were already hundreds of people.

The two wedding photographers hiked on the designated trails with an engaged couple to do a photo shoot with the flowers in the background, but they were upset to see so many people going off-trail and so much garbage. They picked up as many discarded water bottles as they could carry.

"You see this beautiful pristine photo of nature but then you look to the left and there’s plastic Starbucks cups and water bottles on the trail and selfie sticks and people having road rage because some people were walking slower," said Kim, 24, of Carlsbad.

Andy Macuga, honorary mayor of the desert town of Borrego Springs, another wildflower hotspot, said he feels for Lake Elsinore.

In 2017, a rain-fed super bloom brought in more than a half-million visitors to the town of 3,500. Restaurants ran out of food. Gas stations ran out of fuel. Traffic backed up on a single road for 20 miles (32 kilometers).

The city is again experiencing a super bloom.

The crowds are back. Hotels are full. More than 6,000 people on a recent Saturday stopped at the visitor’s center at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest park with 1,000 square miles (2,590 sq. kilometers).

But it helps that the masses of blooms are appearing in several different areas this time, and some sections are fading, while others are lighting up with flowers, helping to disperse the crowds a bit.

Most importantly, Macuga said, the town’s businesses prepared this time as if a major storm was about to hit. His restaurant, Carlee’s, is averaging more than 550 meals a day, compared to 300 on a normal March day.

"We were completely caught off guard in 2017 because it was the first time that we had had a flower season like this with social media," he said. "It helps now knowing what’s coming."

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Watson reported from San Diego. Associated Press writer Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show Dorothy was saved in "Wizard of Oz" by good witch after friends failed to carry her out of fields.

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A former Mississippi Gulf Coast police officer has told a judge that she was having sex with her supervisor while her 3-year-old daughter was dying inside an overheated patrol car.

Cassie Barker pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in a plea bargain. The Sun Herald reports prosecutors recommend the 29-year-old Barker spend 20 years in prison. Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois says he will sentence the ex-Long Beach officer April 1.

Cheyenne Hyer died Sept. 30, 2016, after her mother left her strapped in a car seat for four hours while Barker was with her then-supervisor at his home. The car was running with the air-conditioner turned on, but wasn’t blowing cold air.

The girl was unresponsive when Barker returned. Authorities say Hyer’s body temperature was 107 degrees when found.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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Haitian Prime Minister Henry Ceant has been thrown out of office by a no-confidence vote prompted by government dysfunction and inability to quash inflation, blackouts and frequent opposition protests that have paralyzed the country.

The Chamber of Deputies voted 93-6, with three abstaining, on Monday to replace Ceant as soon as President Jovenel Moise and the heads of parliament’s two houses agree on a replacement. Until then, Ceant and his Cabinet will remain in place with limited powers, raising the prospect of even rockier government performance.

Moise and Ceant have had frequent disagreements that have hampered Ceant’s ability to carry out his constitutional duty to run the state.

Ceant has held office since July, when his predecessor was removed for mismanagement of the end of subsidized oil aid from Venezuela.

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A Santa Cruz, California man who allegedly engaged in a little drunken horseplay last weekend found out that riding a horse while intoxicated can be just as hazardous as operating a vehicle in the eyes of the law.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers arrested a man riding a horse along State Route 152 near Watsonville, in the southeastern part of Santa Cruz County, for public intoxication on Sunday.

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“Remember it is illegal to not only drive a vehicle under the influence, but also a bicycle, motorized scooter, hoverboard, and a horse,” CHP wrote in an Instagram post.

CHP referred to the man as a “suspected DUI rider,” in the post. “Yes, we did say rider!”

The man was not arrested for driving under the influence, but after an investigation, he may be charged with DUI, Fox’s Bay Area station KTVU reported.

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The man was taken to a sobering center and the horse was brought home by a family member, KTVU said.

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President Trump on Monday revealed he donated a quarter of his $400,000 salary to the Department of Homeland Security.

"While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security," Trump tweeted. "If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!"

Trump posted a photo of the check, which was dated March 12 and paid to the order of the Department of Homeland Security. It was signed by Trump, whose address was listed as Trump Tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.

It was not immediately clear for what quarter the paycheck stems from, but the White House in January said Trump donated his salary from the third quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

While a candidate for the presidency in 2016, Trump pledged not to accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary, which, by law, must be paid out.

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So Trump has donated the quarterly payments to various federal departments and agencies — including the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, among others.

Homeland Security is comprised of several different agencies or organizations that focus on securing the U.S. and its citizens. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are among those included under the department umbrella.

Fox News’ Madeline Fish and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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