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    A foster parent has been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder after the 3-year-old twins in her care were found dead in a car in South Georgia. >> Read more trending news  Claudette Foster also faces two counts of second-degree cruelty to children in connection with the deaths of Payton and Raelynn Keyes, the Hinesville Police Department said in a news release. The Keyes twins were reported missing the morning of Sept. 29, AJC.com previously reported. Later that day, Hinesville police found them unresponsive in a car parked in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Augusta Way in the Griffin Park subdivision. They were pronounced dead on the scene.  Police began to investigate and removed people from the home. Hinesville officials obtained a search warrant for the residence and called the GBI to assist with the investigation. An autopsy by the state agency determined the girls’ deaths were caused by heatstroke, officials said.  The children’s family created a GoFundMe to cover funeral expenses. Warrants were taken out again Foster, and she turned herself in to Hinesville police Oct. 14.  She is being held in the Liberty County Jail without bond. 
  • A famous Tennessee treehouse is no more. >> Read more trending news  The Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville burned to the ground in just minutes Tuesday, shortly after Cumberland County firefighters arrived on the scene, according to the Crossville Chronicle. The newspaper reported that the entire structure quickly collapsed after the fire started just before 10:30 p.m. The structure was billed as the world’s largest treehouse, according to local media outlets.It was some 100 feet tall and was supported by seven trees, WBIR-TV reported. Although recently sold to a new owner, who said he planned to keep it, it was vacant and the repeated target of vandals. It was shut down in 2011 with tours of the structure ending after the fire marshal deemed it unsafe.
  • A man is accused of stealing $241,000 while he was the general manager of the McDonald's in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Charles Hobi allegedly stole the money all within a couple of months, according to the criminal complaint.  The owner of the restaurant told police he was reviewing his bank records in January when he noticed a large amount of money was missing. After asking his bank for a list of deposits made over the course of a few months, he found that there were daily deposits from McDonald's that were never made, according to the complaint. The owner reviewed surveillance footage and saw Hobi pocketing daily receipts.  >> Read more trending news The owner than approached Hobi, who did not deny stealing the money, according to police. Police said Hodi also told them he had a gambling addiction. A criminal complaint said that he 'gambled it away' with intentions of paying it back. The owner immediately fired Hobi from his position.  Hobi turned himself in to district attorney's detectives Tuesday. He was arraigned and put in jail with bail set at $5,000. Hobi posted bond Wednesday and will be released. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31. 
  • A McDonald's customer was caught on surveillance video getting into a fight with a manager that included thrown food and a blender being thrown at her head. WLWT reported Britany Price ordered some Happy Meals from the McDonald's in Colerain Township, Ohio on Sept. 22. >> Read more trending news  According to the local station, Price placed an order at the drive-thru. She went into the restaurant when she discovered her order was wrong. She came into the restaurant with the order and waited for it to be fixed, the video showed.  After killing time by refilling her drinks, video footage shows Price throwing food at the manager, who then threw a blender at Price's head, knocking her to the ground. Price told WLWT she broke her nose and shattered her cheekbone in the incident. 'I've had surgery,' Price said. 'I've had a lot of doctor's appointments, the follow-up. Hard mornings. Hard afternoons.' The manager has not publicly spoken about the incident. “We can confirm that this individual is no longer employed by our organization,' McDonald's told WLWT of the manager.
  • Driven almost to extinction in the 20 the century, the South Atlantic humpback whale population has significantly rebounded. >> Read more trending news The whale’s numbers are now estimated to be around 25,000, which is about 93% of its historical population, according to a new study in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Researchers believe the whales numbered about 27,000 in 1830, but through hunting and exploitation, they were reduced to around 450 by the mid-1950s.  In the 1960s, they became a protected species, and all 14 humpback species were listed as endangered by 1970 under the Endangered Species Conservation Act, then under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  By the 1980s, the International Whaling Commission issued a moratorium on all commercial whaling, helping populations recover. Four out of the 14 distinct populations of humpback whales are still currently protected as endangered, and one is listed as threatened, NOAA reported. Humpbacks are found in oceans around the world and travel long distances every year, with some populations traveling 5,000 miles from tropical breeding grounds to colder areas for feeding. They feast of krill and small fish by opening their huge mouths and filtering huge amounts of ocean water. Scientists said continued monitoring of the whales is needed to understand how they respond to modern threats and the impact of climate change on their habitat.
  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday in 'a major breakthrough' he is lifting all sanctions against Turkey. >> Read more trending news  The sanctions were imposed last week. Turkey will stop combat and the ceasefire will be permanent, the President said. 'We have saved the lives of many, many Kurds,' Trump said. 'We've done something that is very, very special.' Trump said Turkey and Syria must keep the peace.  'It's their neighborhood. They need to take care of it,' Trump said. 'Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand.' The president said a small number of troops would remain in Syria to protect oil interests. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted there was 'Big success on the Turkey/Syria border.' 'Safe Zone created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended,' Trump tweeted. Turkey and Russia reached an agreement Tuesday, installing their forces along the border of northeast Syria after U.S. troops that were withdrawn from the area, The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia, and revealed a 10-point memorandum about Syria, CNN reported. According to the memorandum, Turkish military and Russian military police will patrol the border. The United States was not included in the negotiations.
  • A Missouri man recently fired from his job at Arby’s for allegedly setting fires returned Saturday to the restaurant, where police allege he mutilated and decapitated a cat in the men’s restroom. Tanner Maggard, 19, of Lee’s Summit, is charged with second-degree animal abuse and second-degree property damage, according to online Jackson County court records. The animal abuse charge, which involves abuse by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive, is a felony. >> Read more trending news  WDAF in Kansas City obtained the court documents, including police reports that allege Maggard went to Arby’s on Saturday and placed an order before going into the restroom. When he came out, the records show, he asked the manager, “Oh, I see you remodeled the bathroom, huh?” Maggard went back into the restroom a short time later and was still in there when the manager went in to clean it. The manager told police he could hear Maggard in a stall, coughing and gagging. The manager left the restroom, followed by Maggard a short time later. Maggard went outside, the court documents say, according to WDAF. When the manager returned to finish his cleaning, he found a mutilated and decapitated cat on the diaper changing table in the stall where Maggard had been, the news station reported. Blood covered the walls, door and toilet. The manager told officers he went outside, where he spotted Maggard sitting in his truck, waiting to see his former boss’ reaction to the scene he had left behind, the court documents allege. Maggard then drove away. The records show that responding officers who processed the scene in the restroom did not detect the odor of decomposition, which indicated that the cat was recently killed, WDAF reported. Maggard repeatedly denied knowledge of the cat’s demise when questioned by detectives, the news station said. The restaurant did not have security cameras in place.  The restaurant had to replace the changing table and toilet in the stall and repaint the walls, the documents say. Online court records show Maggard was booked into the Jackson County Jail with bail set at $10,000. Maggard appeared to have bonded out as of Wednesday, according to jail records. Maggard is not allowed within 1,000 feet of the Arby’s. He is also not allowed to have contact with domesticated animals, the records show.
  • Two people will be charged in the death of 3-year-old Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney, the police chief of Birmingham, Alabama, said at a news conference. Here are the latest updates: Update 3:50 p.m. EDT Oct. 23: Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irish Brown, 29, will be charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection with the abduction of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney, who was taken from a playground Oct. 12. Tuesday night, police found what they believed to be McKinney's remains in a dumpster. 'Kamille is gone. Ripped away from her family. The pain her family is enduring is unimaginable,' Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said at the news conference. 'This is tough. This is a tough moment for our city.' Stallworth was jailed on child pornography charges and later released on a $500,000 bond, WTVM reported. Brown, who was arrested on kidnapping charges in 2018, remains in jail without bond for probation revocation, accroding to the television station.. Update 9:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 22: Police in Birmingham, Alabama have found what they believe to be the remains of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney in a dumpster late Tuesday. According to WIAT, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said in a press conference, her remains were found in a dumpster. Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29 will be charged with capital murder and kidnapping. Lawyers for both have said they’re innocent. The child vanished while outside a birthday party on Oct. 12. Smith says investigators know of no link between the suspects and the girl or her family. Please check back for updates. Update 8:26 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: A grid search of a two-mile area Sunday did not produce any evidence that would lead investigators closer to the whereabouts of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney. Birmingham police, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, other agencies as well as numerous volunteers spent more than four hours searching, AL. com reported. Update 1:06 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: Police in Birmingham on Friday released surveillance video taken the night Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney was abducted, AL.com reported. Police believe the video shows the 3-year-old girl seen with two different men at the time of her abduction, the website reported. In the video, two young children -- one believed to be Kamille -- are playing when one man walks by them without stopping, AL.com reported. A second man, who has a limp, walks up to the children moments later and the children leave with him, according to the video. Authorities said that although the video's timestamp is incorrect, it was indeed taken around the time of the abduction, AL.com reported. Police believe the first man is a witness and want to speak with him. The second man, according to Birmingham police Chief Patrick Smith, is a suspect, AL.com reported. Update 3:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: Officials are now offering a total of $25,000 in reward money in the search for Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney. According to Birmingham police, Crime Stoppers of Alabama 'has offered [a] $20,000 cash reward for tips and information leading to the closure of this investigation,' the department tweeted Wednesday. The news came one day after Gov. Kay Ivey offered a $5,000 reward 'for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).' 'What we want is the safe return of Cupcake and her safe passage,' Birmingham police tweeted. 'Return Cupcake to a nearby fire station or police department. Do not place her in unnecessary harm.' Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, WBMA reported. Update 2:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Police confirmed Wednesday that reports which surfaced earlier in the day claiming authorities had located Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney alive and safe were erroneous. Authorities spent hours Wednesday searching an apartment complex in western Birmingham after receiving a tip that Kamille might be there, AL.com reported. During their search, Jefferson County Sheriff Matt Pettway told WIAT that Kamille had been found. Pettway later told the news station he had gotten misinformation from one of his deputies who was at the scene. 'The confusion came in when the crowd that had gathered, they saw another little young lady that was approximately the same size and they mistook her for (Kamille),' Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams told reporters. 'She has not been found. We are still searching for her.' Williams said the search Wednesday turned up no sign of Kamille. 'We have not given up on her,' Williams said Wednesday. 'We don't want the public to give up. We don't want this misinformation to lead everybody in the wrong way in thinking that she's been found.' An Alabama Amber Alert was issued over the weekend after Kamille was reported missing. Police said Monday that they were expanding the alert to neighboring states. Update 4:42 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Birmingham police have identified the two people of interest being questioned in connection with McKinney’s disappearance. According to WIAT, Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, both of Birmingham, are being held on 'unrelated charges.' Authorities arrested Stallworth on child pornography charges, the TV station reported. He was jailed on $500,000 bond. Brown, meanwhile, was arrested on a probation violation, officials said. She is not eligible for bond, WIAT reported. Birmingham police Chief Patrick Smith said interviews with Stallworth and Brown have not provided 'pertinent information' on McKinney's whereabouts, but 'evidence was obtained to allow detectives to obtain warrants on both subjects,' according to WIAT. Update 9:15 a.m. EDT Oct. 15: Family members have released new photos of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney as authorities continue to search for the missing toddler. Authorities said Monday that they were expanding an Alabama Amber Alert issued for Kamille over the weekend to include nearby states. 'Investigators are currently expanding the Amber Alert to surrounding states so that we ensure we have coverage and we're providing a great web for the entire area,' Birmingham police Chief Patrick Smith said Monday at a news conference.'We wanted to make sure we're covering all areas and all angles.' Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: Police said two persons of interest were being interviewed Monday in connection with the suspected kidnapping of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney. 'Unfortunately, investigators have not received any information on the whereabouts of Kamille at this time,' police Chief Patrick Smith said at a news conference. 'Our officers and detectives will continue to canvass the area where the vehicle was located, where the suspects were found and also the location of where she (went) missing.' Smith said that as of Monday, investigators had yet to find any connection between Kamille's parents and the persons of interest in custody. He said police believe other, unidentified people were also involved in her disappearance. 'We definitely remain hopeful that she's still alive and out there,' Smith said. Update 10:22 p.m. EDT Oct. 13: The suspected vehicle involved in the disappearance of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney has been located and a man was taken into custody for questioning, AL.com reported. Police are still searching for Kamille.  Update 9:29 p.m. EDT Oct. 13: Police released an updated description of the vehicle and images of the male suspect believed to be involved in the disappearance of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney.  The vehicle is a 2001 to 2006 blue or gray Toyota Sequoia.   Update 3:41 p.m. EDT Oct. 13:  Police issued an updated description and a photo of the vehicle involved in the disappearance of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney, 3, from a birthday party in Birmiingham, Alabama. According to WTVM, Birmingham police are looking for a blue-green Toyota Sequioa, with the year of the model between 2001 and 2006. The vehicle has either tan or brown trim, the television station reported. Police said a black man and a white woman were inside the vehicle, WIAT reported. Dominic McKinney on Sunday pleaded for the safe return of his daughter, AL.com reported. “I just want my daughter back. I’ll pay anything, I’ll put up anything,’’ Dominic McKinney said. “Everybody knows Cupcake and I’ll do anything to bring that baby back home.” Original report: In an Amber Alert issued late Saturday, authorities said Kamille, an African American girl with brown eyes and black hair, stands 3 feet tall and weighs about 60 pounds. She was wearing a pink and leopard print Minnie Mouse shirt with leopard print shorts, the alert said. Officials described the man's SUV, which may be an older Toyota 4 Runner, as dark-colored, possibly black or blue. The vehicle has 'rims and a tan protruding bumper,' according to the Amber Alert. Investigators are asking anyone who has information about Kamille's disappearance to call Birmingham police at 205-254-0841 or 911. Read more here or here.
  • We told you about the Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe earlier this month, now they're looking to hire young adults on the Autism spectrum. This new Orlando cafe is looking to give Autistic adults a big step towards independence. Heather Strauss is a co-owner of the cafe and a mom to two Autistic kids.  “I want to help take care of other people’s kids, kind of like how I want to take care of my own.” Strauss told me about the Autistic employee she just hired. “His parents started to cry, same way I would’ve. It just means the world because as a parent of kids on the Autism spectrum you’re always fighting for your kid, you’re always fighting for opportunities.” Autism disorders specialist, Kimberly Snoeblen, describes what makes Autistic people such great assets to the workforce.  “They have great abilities. They will be the person that’s always on time. They will be the person that follows the rules to the nth degree.” The Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe will be having its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. Until then, Strauss plans to set up more young Autistic adults for success.
  • The search goes on for the man who a woman said grabbed her while she was jogging along the Northlake Parkway Trail in Lake Nona. According to the Orlando Police Department, the woman was on a run around 6:30 a.m. Sept. 23, when a man came behind her and touched her buttocks and her shoulder.  Police released a composite sketch Wednesday. They said detectives worked with the woman to create it.  Investigators said the man is described as Hispanic and in his early 20s. He stands 5 feet, 8 inches and has black spiky hair.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.  No other details were released.

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  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday in 'a major breakthrough' he is lifting all sanctions against Turkey. >> Read more trending news  The sanctions were imposed last week. Turkey will stop combat and the ceasefire will be permanent, the President said. 'We have saved the lives of many, many Kurds,' Trump said. 'We've done something that is very, very special.' Trump said Turkey and Syria must keep the peace.  'It's their neighborhood. They need to take care of it,' Trump said. 'Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand.' The president said a small number of troops would remain in Syria to protect oil interests. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted there was 'Big success on the Turkey/Syria border.' 'Safe Zone created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended,' Trump tweeted. Turkey and Russia reached an agreement Tuesday, installing their forces along the border of northeast Syria after U.S. troops that were withdrawn from the area, The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia, and revealed a 10-point memorandum about Syria, CNN reported. According to the memorandum, Turkish military and Russian military police will patrol the border. The United States was not included in the negotiations.
  • A Missouri man recently fired from his job at Arby’s for allegedly setting fires returned Saturday to the restaurant, where police allege he mutilated and decapitated a cat in the men’s restroom. Tanner Maggard, 19, of Lee’s Summit, is charged with second-degree animal abuse and second-degree property damage, according to online Jackson County court records. The animal abuse charge, which involves abuse by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive, is a felony. >> Read more trending news  WDAF in Kansas City obtained the court documents, including police reports that allege Maggard went to Arby’s on Saturday and placed an order before going into the restroom. When he came out, the records show, he asked the manager, “Oh, I see you remodeled the bathroom, huh?” Maggard went back into the restroom a short time later and was still in there when the manager went in to clean it. The manager told police he could hear Maggard in a stall, coughing and gagging. The manager left the restroom, followed by Maggard a short time later. Maggard went outside, the court documents say, according to WDAF. When the manager returned to finish his cleaning, he found a mutilated and decapitated cat on the diaper changing table in the stall where Maggard had been, the news station reported. Blood covered the walls, door and toilet. The manager told officers he went outside, where he spotted Maggard sitting in his truck, waiting to see his former boss’ reaction to the scene he had left behind, the court documents allege. Maggard then drove away. The records show that responding officers who processed the scene in the restroom did not detect the odor of decomposition, which indicated that the cat was recently killed, WDAF reported. Maggard repeatedly denied knowledge of the cat’s demise when questioned by detectives, the news station said. The restaurant did not have security cameras in place.  The restaurant had to replace the changing table and toilet in the stall and repaint the walls, the documents say. Online court records show Maggard was booked into the Jackson County Jail with bail set at $10,000. Maggard appeared to have bonded out as of Wednesday, according to jail records. Maggard is not allowed within 1,000 feet of the Arby’s. He is also not allowed to have contact with domesticated animals, the records show.
  • We told you about the Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe earlier this month, now they're looking to hire young adults on the Autism spectrum. This new Orlando cafe is looking to give Autistic adults a big step towards independence. Heather Strauss is a co-owner of the cafe and a mom to two Autistic kids.  “I want to help take care of other people’s kids, kind of like how I want to take care of my own.” Strauss told me about the Autistic employee she just hired. “His parents started to cry, same way I would’ve. It just means the world because as a parent of kids on the Autism spectrum you’re always fighting for your kid, you’re always fighting for opportunities.” Autism disorders specialist, Kimberly Snoeblen, describes what makes Autistic people such great assets to the workforce.  “They have great abilities. They will be the person that’s always on time. They will be the person that follows the rules to the nth degree.” The Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe will be having its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. Until then, Strauss plans to set up more young Autistic adults for success.
  • The search goes on for the man who a woman said grabbed her while she was jogging along the Northlake Parkway Trail in Lake Nona. According to the Orlando Police Department, the woman was on a run around 6:30 a.m. Sept. 23, when a man came behind her and touched her buttocks and her shoulder.  Police released a composite sketch Wednesday. They said detectives worked with the woman to create it.  Investigators said the man is described as Hispanic and in his early 20s. He stands 5 feet, 8 inches and has black spiky hair.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.  No other details were released.

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  • Denouncing the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump undertaken by Democrats in the House, several dozen GOP lawmakers stormed into a secure hearing room in the bowels of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the proceedings be made public, and delaying a scheduled deposition involving a Pentagon official for a little over five hours. 'We're going to go, and see if we can get inside,' said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), as a group of several dozen Republicans pushed their way into the room, unhappy with how Democrats are handling this investigation. 'This is very unfair to the President,' said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). 'The American people deserve a public and open process,' said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), as Republicans prevented three different committees from moving ahead with Wednesday's hearing. Those interrupting the proceedings included Republican lawmakers who are allowed into the secure hearing room - because they are on one of the three committees involved in these closed door depositions - Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs. Democrats labeled the sit-in a political stunt that smacked of desperation. 'Trump wanted a foreign government to investigate his political opponent,' said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). 'That is a crime.' “Today's circus-like stunt will delay but it will not prevent our search for the truth about the president’s stunning misconduct,” said Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). 'GOP 'storming' a classified deposition was a ridiculous stunt,' said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Democrats also criticized the GOP effort for violating rules on security, as a number of Republican lawmakers brought cell phones into the secure facility, which is prohibited.  It resulted in officials having to conduct a sweep of the rooms, to make sure no electronic devices had been left behind. 'You may wonder why is it happening now?” asked Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).  “Because Bill Taylor gave a devastating opening statement yesterday. They're freaked out. They're trying to stop this investigation.” Taylor is the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine - he testified Tuesday before investigators, making the case that President Trump was withholding military aid for Ukraine in a bid to get the Ukraine government to publicly announce investigations which might help Mr. Trump's re-election bid. In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, the President took direct aim at Taylor. Reports indicated the President may have been told by allies in the U.S. House of their Wednesday plans. “This looks awfully like obstruction,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). After ordering some pizza and refusing to leave the room known as a SCIF - Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility - GOP lawmakers moved on after about five hours, as Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant Secretary of Defense began her testimony around 3:15 pm.