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February 11, 2019

TEXTING - SUICIDE

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to order a Massachusetts woman to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself.

Michelle Carter will appear in court today for a hearing to consider prosecutors’ request.

Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III. The judge allowed Carter to remain free while she appeals in state court.

Massachusetts’ highest court upheld her conviction last week.

Lawyers for the 22-year-old Carter have said they plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The judge found Carter caused Roy’s death when she instructed him over the phone to get back in his truck that was filling with toxic gas.

Carter’s lawyers say she isn’t responsible for Roy’s suicide.

PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING HEARING SET FOR TODAY

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue in October is expected in court to be arraigned on additional charges.

The hearing this morning in federal court for 46-year-old Robert Bowers is expected to be short.

He will be given formal notice of the additional charges.

A grand jury last month added 19 counts to the 44 Bowers had faced over the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue building.

The new charges include hate crime violations, obstructing religious belief and using a firearm during crimes of violence.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two newspapers are reporting that about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1998, leaving more than 700 victims.

The San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle reported yesterday that their six-month joint investigation found that many of the victims were shunned by their churches.

They reported that at least 35 church pastors, employees and volunteers who exhibited predatory behavior were still able to find jobs at churches. Some registered sex offenders returned to the pulpit. Several past presidents and prominent Southern Baptist Convention were among those that victims criticized for concealing or mishandling abuse complaints within their churches or seminaries.

MAN BURIED BY AVALANCHE WHILE SNOWMOBILING

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a central Utah man is dead after an avalanche buried him while he was snowmobiling about 45 miles northwest of Salt Lake City.

Summit County Sheriff’s officials say the slide triggered Saturday afternoon near Coalville trapped the man in deep snow.

The Deseret News reports two fellow riders were able to dig the victim out after about half an hour. They administered lifesaving efforts for more than 40 minutes until emergency personnel arrived.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter rushed the 49-year-old man to a hospital, but he was declared dead.

His name was being withheld until family members are notified.

CARTOON DROPPED BY NEWSPAPER AFTER INSULT TO TRUMP FOUND

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — At least one newspaper says it has dropped the syndicated cartoon “Non Sequitur” after a vulgar message to President Donald Trump appeared in it.

The Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania reported yesterday that the “shot at President Donald Trump” will cost cartoonist Wiley Miller “his place in the Eagle’s Sunday comics.”

A scribbled message in one panel of that day’s cartoon appears to begin with “We fondly say go ...” followed by the message to Trump.

It’s not clear whether other publications have dropped the strip, which is distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication. The company’s website says “Non Sequitur” appears in more than 700 newspapers.

Miller appeared to acknowledge the message in a tweet that said “some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg. ... Can you find it?”

DOGS - DNA

NEW YORK (AP) — As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man’s best friend is under the microscope, too.

Genetic testing for dogs has surged in recent years, fueled by companies that echo popular at-home tests for humans, offering a deep dive into a pet’s genes with the swab of a canine cheek. More than a million dogs have been tested in little over a decade.

The tests’ rise has stirred debate about standards, interpretation and limitations. But to many dog owners, DNA is a way to get to know their companions better.

“It put some pieces of the puzzle together,” says Lisa Topol, who recently tested her mixed-breed dogs Plop and Schmutzy. Plop was the top-scoring mixed-breed, and Schmutzy also competed, in Saturday’s agility contest at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Judging toward the coveted best in show prize begins today.

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