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    While scientists do not know what causes cancer, they believe childbirth may increase the possibility of a diagnosis, according to a new report.  >> On AJC.com: Avoid this meat to prevent breast cancer, study says Researchers from the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently conducted a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, to determine the association between the disease and childbirth.  To do so, they gathered data from 15 previous studies that examined a total of 889,944 women. They assessed breast cancer risk after childbirth and considered other factors, including breastfeeding and family history of breast cancer. >> Read more trending news  After analyzing the results, they found younger women who have recently had a child may have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to their peers of the same age who do not have children. In fact, the risk for moms 55 and younger was about 80 percent higher and the chances of developing it was highest five years after giving birth. The risk leveled off 23 years after giving birth. “What most people know is that women who have children tend to have lower breast cancer risk than women who have not had children, but that really comes from what breast cancer looks like for women in their 60s and beyond,” co-author Hazel Nichols said in a statement. “We found that it can take more than 20 years for childbirth to become protective for breast cancer, and that before that, breast cancer risk was higher in women who had recently had a child.” >> On AJC.com: What new breast cancer study means for patients facing chemo Despite their findings, the scientists noted overall risk of breast cancer is still low for mothers after pregnancy. They also discovered their results didn’t apply to all younger women. Risk was higher for women who had their first child after 35, but there was no increased risk of breast cancer after a recent birth for women who had their first child before 25. “This is evidence of the fact that just as breast cancer risk factors for young women can differ from risk factors in older women, there are different types of breast cancer, and the risk factors for developing one type versus another can differ,” Nichols said. The authors now hope their investigations will help improve prediction of breast cancer and lead to greater awareness among young mothers.  >> On AJC.com: Breast cancer treatment may trigger heart problems, study says “There are many ongoing studies that are trying to improve our ability to do breast cancer risk prediction on the individual level,” Nichols concluded. “This is one piece of evidence that can be considered for building new prediction models.”
  • The Gold Coin Phantom has struck again, conspicuously dropping a gold coin worth around $1,200 into one of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle donation buckets in Springfield, Ohio. >> Secret Santa drops gold coin into Salvation Army red kettle This is at least the third year in a row an anonymous donor has dropped a gold South African Krugerrand into a Red Kettle donation bucket in the area. The most recent donation was made over Thanksgiving weekend at the Kroger on North Bechtle Avenue. “We were excited again this year to discover the Gold Coin Phantom had struck again,” said Ryan Ray, development director of the Salvation Army Springfield. “They really conceal who they are and what they are doing. I can’t tell you much of anything and we are not planning on investigating either. We are just very honored.” This holiday season, the gold coin has a bit of extra meaning for the Salvation Army because the Red Kettle Campaign is shorter this year and in need of as many donations as possible to average last year’s donations, according to Ray. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The donor uses the same method every year to make the donation, Ray said. “They wrapped it up in a $100 bill, placed it in our kettle and went on about their way, without us knowing who it is,” Ray said Wednesday. The volunteer who manned the bucket, from which the coin was pulled, said he was unaware who placed the coin and wasn’t really sure what was there, “but I kind of figured because I saw the color, but I just say what I say, ‘God’s good, God’s great, He’s awesome all the time; yes He is. God bless you, thank you,’ ” said Michael Davis, a Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer. The “Gold Coin Phantom, sets an example for other people that giving back can be fun, it can be creative, unique. It gives us a breathe of fresh air. It means a lot. We love whoever is doing this,” Ray said. >> Read more trending news  Ray said he wants to remind the community as they walk past Red Kettles over the next few weeks that the Salvation Army uses the money to provide vital services to Springfield area residents. Those services include operating homeless shelters, supplying electricity and heat and clothing and food to those in need, working with at-risk children and providing camp opportunities for children with disabilities. Red Kettle season began Friday, Nov. 23 and ends on Christmas Eve.
  • Pete Davidson made an appearance on this week's 'Saturday Night Live,' putting worried fans at ease hours after the comedian told his Instagram followers that he didn't 'want to be on this Earth anymore' before deleting his account. >> Pete Davidson posts despondent message on Instagram, deletes account 'I'm doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don't know how much longer I can last,' Davidson, who has been vocal about his struggles with borderline personality disorder, wrote Saturday in the Instagram post. 'All I've ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.' >> See the post here >> Read more trending news  The post alarmed many of Davidson's friends and fans, including ex-fiancee Ariana Grande, prompting messages of support and a wellness check by New York police. According to The New York Times, a spokesperson for NBC told police that the comedian was OK. In Saturday's episode, Davidson briefly appeared to introduce a performance by Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson and Sean Ono Lennon. He wasn't in any live sketches, but did appear in one that was taped in advance. >> Watch the clip here After Davidson introduced the musical guests, fans quickly flooded social media with well-wishes. Read more here.
  • Awkward. Less than two weeks after Cardi B announced her split from her husband, Offset, the Migos rapper made a surprising attempt to win back his ex Saturday night as she performed at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles. >> Click here to watch the clip (WARNING: Profanity) According to Variety, Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her fans looked stunned as Offset took the stage. Standing in front of a floral display that read, “Take me back Cardi,” he started to apologize, promising to “do whatever I gotta do to show you I love you.” >> Cardi B announces split with husband Offset: 'We grew out of love' But the 'Money' rapper seemed less than thrilled. She appeared to have a heated conversation with her ex, who then left the stage before the display was removed, Variety reported. >> See a photo here The move came after Offset, legally named Kiari Kendrell Cephus, apologized to Cardi B on social media Friday. >> Read more trending news  'I embarrassed you,' he said in an Instagram video Friday. 'I made you go crazy.' The pair, who were married last year in Atlanta, welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari in July. Read more here.
  • From good food to thoughtful gifts, Christmas Eve is often a time to spend with family. But beware; it’s also the time of year there’s the greatest risk of a heart attack, according to a new report.  >> On AJC.com: Eat this meat twice a week to avoid heart attacks and strokes Researchers from health institutions in Sweden recently conducted a study, published in the British Medical Journal, to explore national holidays and sporting events as triggers of a heart attack. To do so, they examined nearly 300,000 heart attack patients in Sweden over a 15-year period. The data they reviewed included the date and time when the symptoms started.  After analyzing the results, they found Christmastime was peak time for heart attacks in Sweden. In fact, they said the risk of cardiac arrest was 15 percent higher on Christmas Day and 37 percent higher on Christmas Eve, compared with the two weeks before and after the holiday. >> Read more trending news  Furthermore, they said you’re more likely to have a heart attack around 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The scientists also found a 20 percent increased risk on New Year’s Day and a 12 percent spike on Midsummer, a mid-June Swedish holiday.  There was no apparent link between heart attacks and New Year’s Eve, Easter and sporting events.  The authors suspect some holidays can bring on stress. Traveling, dealing with difficult relatives and preparing meals and activities can be challenging.  But despite their findings, they noted association does not equal causation.  >> On AJC.com: You can avoid strokes and heart attacks with these two household fruits, study says “Understanding what factors, activities, and emotions precede these myocardial infarctions and how they differ from myocardial infractions experienced on other days,” the team wrote, “could help develop a strategy to manage and reduce the number of these events.”
  • Beware, Netflix customers: Scammers are trying to get your personal information using a realistic-looking email that falsely claims to be from the streaming service. >> Scam alert: Fake Amazon email targets online shoppers Ohio's Solon Police Department took to Facebook earlier this month to warn subscribers of the phishing scam, an email that asks recipients to update their payment information. 'We're having some trouble with your current billing information,' reads the email. 'We'll try again, but in the meantime you may want to update your payment details.' >> See a screenshot here Police explained that 'criminals want you to click the links, so that you voluntarily give your personal identifying information away.' 'It is very successful,' the Police Department's Facebook post said. 'Don't put your guard down. Contact the source of the email by another method that you trust, to make sure your accounts are maintained. Don't click the links. The links could also be a way to install malware on your computer.' >> Read more trending news  Other versions of the scam email are also making the rounds. Check out some of them below: Customers should 'never enter [their] login or financial details after following a link in an email or text message,' Netflix says on its website, adding that customers should 'never click on any links or open any attachments' in an unexpected message. Read more tips here. To report a suspicious email to Netflix, click here.
  • A Georgia teacher is facing charges after surveillance video captured him stealing a violin from one of his students, police say. >> Watch the news report here Police in DeKalb County told WSB-TV's Michael Seiden that the teacher offered a full confession. Investigators said Brockett Elementary School teacher Kalif Jones, 21, made his move while students were eating lunch in the cafeteria. Days later, he ended up confessing to the crime after learning that security cameras recorded the entire incident, police said. “Oh, my God. That’s not fair. That’s not right at all,” concerned parent Linda Kessie told Seiden. “I think it’s despicable and embarrassing, to say the least.' The criminal investigation began in late November after a 9-year-old student came home from school without his instrument. The violin is valued at $750. Police said the child’s mother became concerned and reported it stolen to the school’s principal.Administrators at Brockett Elementary reviewed surveillance video that showed the teacher committing the unthinkable. According to an incident report, the video showed Jones stealing the instrument from the cafeteria. It also showed Jones walking through the school with the violin case in hand before leaving with it.  >> Read more trending news  “I think it’s really terrible that a teacher would take advantage of a situation,” Kessie said. Police arrested Jones after they say he confessed to the crime, admitting that he stole the violin because he had recently received a $700 ticket and needed some money to help pay for it. When Seiden stopped by his home Friday night to get his side of the story, an unidentified man, possibly the teacher’s father, answered the door.  When Seiden asked the man for a comment about this story, he just walked away.  Seiden contacted DeKalb County Schools for a comment about this story, but he said no one responded to his request.  He also contacted the victim’s mother, but she declined an on-camera interview. She told Seiden that the violin has since been recovered by police, and they are now waiting to get it back. 
  • Newly-married Jessica Bond walked into a Kissimmee, Florida, Target store with her wedding gown on. >> Read more trending news She’d just had her first dance with Brad Bond at her wedding reception. Then he announced she and all their wedding guests would be taking a break from the reception to contribute to a cause dear to their hearts: Toys for Tots. The couple’s relationship started at a Target, shopping for Toys for Tots seven years before. Since then, they say it’s something they prepare for months before collection bins even pop up. “We'll start shopping clearance toys, usually around September-October, and we just stockpile them in our garage,” said Brad Bond. He gave each guest a $10 gift card, but many spent more than that. The Target store manager who helped make it happen and get the wedding party through quickly also donated a cart of toys from the company. Now, Bond says he feels certain this year’s donation will fill a 16-passenger van and Jessica Bond says she feels even more certain she’s met Mr. Right. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”
  • Rocco the parrot is in trouble again. The parrot, which  was kicked out of the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary for swearing too much, has learned how to use Amazon’s Alexa and decided to shop online when his owner was away, according to The Sunday Times. Rocco, who is an African grey parrot and lives in Berkshire, U.K., reportedly learned how to use the smart speaker to order watermelon and strawberries. He has also attempted to order lightbulbs, ice cream and a kite. >> Read more trending news Marion Wischnewski, the sanctuary worker who adopted Rocco after he was removed from the sanctuary for his foul mouth, said that she has to check her account every day to see what he has done. “I have to check the shopping list when I come in from work and cancel all the items he's ordered,” Wischnewski told The Daily Mail. Rocco loves to interact with the voice of Alexa and listen to music from Kings of Leon. “They chat away to each other all day. Often I come in and there's music playing,” Wischnewski told The Daily Mail. Fortunately, none of his orders go on to be purchases thanks to a parental lock that she put on the device.  
  • A passing trucker stopped Saturday morning to rescue two beagle mixes that were thrown from a moving vehicle along a snowy New York highway.  >> Read more trending news  One of the dogs was badly injured and had to have a leg amputated, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reported.  'These animals have been through a lot, and people need to understand that this is not OK,' said Amberly Ondria, shelter manager for the Broome County Humane Society, which is now caring for the dogs. 'This is not something that should be done.' The trucker saw the dogs thrown from the rear window of a rusty Dodge Durango and stopped to bring them to safety, investigators said. He had to carry one of the dogs, while the other followed on his own. State police soon arrived and bandaged the badly injured dog on the side of the highway while the other dog ate dog biscuits. The dogs were later renamed Trooper and Adam in honor of their rescuers. The badly injured dog, Trooper, had to have his front right leg amputated. He also suffered a broken left front leg, broken ribs and bruises to his lungs and shoulder, according to the Humane Society.  'He has quite the road to recovery ahead of him,' Ondria said. Adam suffered a few cuts.  Police are searching for the suspects. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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  • Facing investigations by the Justice Department, his own Inspector General, and Democrats in the U.S. House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post by the end of this year, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday, continuing the high profile staff changes since the elections in his administration. “Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” the President tweeted, not mentioning the investigations Zinke faced, covering excessive travel costs, improper political activities, and potential conflicts of interest. Zinke – like others in the Trump Cabinet – also faced the prospect of actual aggressive oversight in the Congress, with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives in January. The lawmaker who would lead most of those questions is Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), whom Zinke said a few weeks ago was nothing but a drunk. “It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke tweeted from his official account. My thoughts on Rep. Grijalva’s opinion piece. #TuneInnForMore pic.twitter.com/VMGxdtHwvU — Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) November 30, 2018 “This is no kind of victory, but I’m hopeful that it is a genuine turning of the page,” Grijalva said on Saturday. Among the investigations into Zinke, the internal watchdog at the Interior Department found that he had taken a security detail with him for a vacation with his wife to Turkey and Greece, costing taxpayers $25,000. Zinke also spent $12,375 on a chartered flight to take him from Las Vegas back to his home of Kalispell, Montana. During some of the Inspector General investigations of Zinke, the Trump Administration tried to move an appointed from the Department of Housing and Urban Development into the IG office at Interior; after complaints and questions about the legitimacy of the move, the change did not occur. Democrats in Congress, who often compared Zinke’s ethics questions to those of former Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt, had nothing good to say about Zinke, who arrived at the Interior Department for his first day of work in Washington, on his horse. “Glad to see that Interior Secretary Zinke is being forced out,” tweeted Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). “Tired of Trump Administration officials who use their office for personal gain.” “Ryan Zinke kept zero of his promises and used our public lands as handouts to his fossil fuel cronies,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). “Ryan Zinke’s tenure at Interior was a never-ending stream of terrible management decisions,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). “I will not miss him.” Good riddance to Ryan Zinke and the horse he literally rode in on. pic.twitter.com/triFovIXPZ — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) December 15, 2018 The President’s announcement about Zinke’s future came a day after the President announced that his budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, would be Acting White House Chief of Staff starting in 2019. Other Trump Cabinet officials also could be on their way out in coming weeks, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Thank u, next,” tweeted Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV).
  • Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris. “State investigators are awaiting additional documents from parties subpoenaed in this matter and finalizing the investigation prior to the hearing,” the State Board of Elections and Ethics said in a statement. Originally, the board had planned a hearing before December 21. In an interview with WBTV on Friday, Harris denied knowing that McRae Dowless – hired to run an absentee ballot operation in Bladen County – was doing anything which was illegal. “No, absolutely not,” Harris said in his first interview since allegations of election fraud began to surface after the November elections. This means Mark Harris will not be sworn in on January 3. #NC09 #ncpol — Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) December 14, 2018 “In the Marines, I learned what it means to fight for our democracy,” tweeted Democrat Dan McCready, who lost to Harris by 905 votes. “I never imagined I would watch our democracy come under attack right here at home,” McCready added. It’s not clear if the U.S. House of Representatives will also investigate the possible fraud in the Ninth District race, which possibly involved ballot fraud and discarded ballots. The North Carolina board could still order a new election, which may involve a new primary as well, as some Republicans would like to get Harris out of the race for the seat in Congress, worried that he will be too tainted by the charges of election fraud. . @NCSBE will hold public hearing into 9th CD irregularities on Jan. 11. Notice below. #ncpol #ncga pic.twitter.com/5TYZOFhJYC — NCSBE (@NCSBE) December 14, 2018 The decision to extend the investigation of any election fraud into 2019 means that the U.S. House will start the 116th Congress with Democrats holding a 235-199 edge in the House – with the one vacancy from North Carolina.
  • A federal judge in Texas ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act 'invalid' Friday, the eve of the sign-up deadline for coverage next year. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that last year's tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under 'Obamacare' by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.  Supporters of the law immediately said they would appeal.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has been leading the multistate coalition to defend the law, issued a statement saying: 'The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court. Today's misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans.'  Becerra called Friday's ruling 'an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA's consumer protections for healthcare, on America's faithful progress toward affordable healthcare for all Americans.'  President Donald Trump hailed the ruling, tweeting: 'As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.'  But Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become House speaker in January, vowed to fight what she called an 'absurd ruling.' She said the House 'will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process to uphold the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions and reject Republicans' effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act.'  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying: 'We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.'  Twenty Republican-led states brought the lawsuit. After Trump ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the health law, a coalition of ACA-supporting states took up the defense.  O'Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who has previously blocked other Obama-era policies.
  • Update 5:23 p.m. EDT Dec. 14: In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump named Mick Mulvaney, the current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting White House Chief of Staff. Trump deemed Mulvaney his “acting chief of staff” but it was not immediately clear what that meant for the length of his tenure. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position by the end of the year. The president’s first choice was Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, who bowed out after being unable to come to an agreement on how long he would serve in the post. Read the original report below. Trump announced last week that Kelly, who served in the post for more than a year, would soon be departing. Rumors have swirled off-and-on for months that Kelly, a retired four-star general, planned to leave his post. >> Related: Who is Gen. John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff?  Sources with knowledge of the inner workings of the West Wing told CNN that President Donald Trump and Kelly have recently stopped speaking. He reportedly clashed with several members of the administration, including national security adviser John Bolton, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Politico reported. Tension between Bolton and Kelly spilled out into the public earlier this year when The Washington Post reported Kelly stormed out of the White House after getting into a shouting match with Bolton over immigration. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Kelly expected to make his exit over the summer, but the newspaper later reported that he agreed to stay on through the 2020 election at the president’s request. Reports indicate that the relationship between Trump and Kelly has long been fraught with tension. Former FBI director James Comey said in his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” that Kelly was “sick about my firing” in May 2017 and that he intended to quit in protest of Trump’s decision. Comey said he urged Kelly not to quit. >> 'A Higher Loyalty:' Here’s some of what James Comey says about Trump NBC News reported in April that Kelly called Trump “an idiot” who he needed to “save from himself” during a tense meeting on immigration. Kelly later denied making such a statement and claimed he and the president had “an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” according to NBC News. Kelly faced criticism earlier this year after two of former staff secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives went public with allegations of domestic abuse. Porter denied the allegations, but submitted his resignation Feb. 7 amid public outcry. >> White House ‘could have done better’ handling Rob Porter allegations, spokesman says In a statement released after the revelations first surfaced, Kelly stood behind Porter, who he called “a man of true integrity and honor.” He appeared to walk back his comments in a subsequent statement, amid criticism based on reports that the White House knew of the allegations long before Porter’s resignation. The allegations held up the security clearance process for Porter, who was only ever issued a temporary clearance. Amid the media furor, Kelly moved to end or downgrade temporary clearances for all staff members, including some, like Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had regular access to top secret U.S. documents. Kelly joined the Trump Administration as the secretary of Homeland Security in January 2017. Six months later, he was appointed as chief of staff after Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Preibus, submitted his resignation amid tension with Trump. >> Reince Priebus out: Trump names new chief of staff Reuters reported in February that Kelly and Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster were considering leaving their posts because of the way they were treated by Trump in public. Unidentified sources told Reuters that 'Kelly and McMaster have chafed at Trump’s treatment of them in public and in private, which both at times have considered insulting.' The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Two New Orleans psychiatrists have found a man who stabbed his brother 93 times before placing his body under a burning mattress in 2013 “irrestorably incompetent” to stand trial and recommended he be committed to a psychiatric hospital.  Ian Broyard, 27, is accused of murder and tampering with evidence in the Nov. 6, 2013, stabbing death of 23-year-old Michael Broyard III, NOLA.com reported. Ian Broyard was 22 at the time of the crime.  Michael Broyard, a tattoo artist, was working on a degree in social work at Southern University at New Orleans. >> Read more trending news The New Orleans Advocate reported in July 2014, when Broyard was indicted, that the brothers had been in several fights prior to the killing. Their sister arrived at the family home in the Gentilly section of New Orleans the morning of the stabbing to see smoke coming from the front door.  Firefighters found Michael Broyard dead inside but there was no sign of Ian Broyard, who had been home shortly before the fire broke out, the Advocate reported. While police officers and firefighters worked the scene, Ian Broyard showed up, with cuts on his forearms and holding his stomach in pain, the newspaper said.  A witness told police he saw a man, who was riding away from the Broyard home on a bicycle, toss something into a trash can nearby. Investigators found a bloodstained vest constructed out of book covers taped together.  The DNA from the blood on the vest matched that of Michael Broyard, the Advocate reported. Other DNA and fingerprints recovered from the vest matched Ian Broyard, NOLA.com said.  NOLA.com reported that Ian Broyard was diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic in June 2013, just five months before his brother’s brutal slaying. Broyard’s arrest warrant indicated that he sometimes became violent. Broyard was initially found competent to stand trial in August 2014 but was found incompetent during another hearing almost three years later, the news site said. He was sent to Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in June 2017 and has been there since.  Two of the members of the court-appointed sanity panel who examined Broyard have found it unlikely that Broyard will ever become competent to stand trial for his brother’s slaying. NOLA.com reported that Dr. Sarah DeLand testified Thursday that Broyard, who suffers from delusions and auditory hallucinations, would be unable to assist his lawyer at trial. Broyard believes that the IRS and the FBI control him and those around him, DeLand said in court. He also believes that the federal agencies could influence his case based on his outstanding student loans.  A judge will decide next week if Broyard will be committed indefinitely, NOLA said.  Investigators said during Broyard’s March 2014 preliminary hearing that it was possible he was connected to a second slaying 10 months before that of his brother. NOLA.com reported that a homicide detective testified at the hearing that Broyard was related to Edward Richardson, an 83-year-old retiree who was found stabbed to death New Year’s Day 2013 in his apartment at a senior living community.  Like Michael Broyard, Richardson was found stabbed an excessive number of times -- more than 50 -- and his body was under a mattress that had been set on fire, NOLA.com reported in 2014. No physical evidence linked Ian Broyard to the scene.  WDSU in New Orleans reported in 2015 that cold case investigators were still seeking leads in the unsolved case.