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Chris Watts' father-in-law calls him 'heartless monster' during sentencing for killing pregnant wife, young daughters
Weld County Sheriff (DENVER) -- The Colorado man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was called a "heartless monster" by his father-in-law at Monday's sentencing hearing.Chris Watts, 33, was sentenced to five life sentences with no possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4. Shanann's father, Frank Rzucek, said Chris Watts "carried them out like trash.""I trusted you to take care of them, not kill them. And they also trusted you," said Rzucek, who was overcome with emotion. "You disgust me.""They were loving...
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‘You don’t go to jail for lying on TV’: GoFundMe scam suspect allegedly says in bombshell recording
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The lawyer for one of the suspects in an alleged GoFundMe scam released a secret bombshell tape recording Monday that he says shows his client's ex-boyfriend and the homeless veteran they were purportedly helping duped her into joining the $400,000 swindle.Kate McClure's attorney played the tape on ABC's Good Morning America, saying she made it after Johnny Bobbitt accused her and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, of cutting him out of his share of donations.In the tape, which has not been verified by ABC News, McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, engage in a heated and expletive-laced argument...
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California wildfires leave 80 dead, almost 1,000 missing
Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early Monday morning.The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 80 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 63 of the remains have been positively identified so far.The vast majority of the deaths -- 77 total --...
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Northeast braces for frigid weather on Thanksgiving
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Record cold is headed to the Northeast for Thanksgiving. It could be the chilliest Turkey Day on record for New York and Boston, with wind chills below zero in some areas on Thanksgiving morning. Here is what you need to know: -- A minor clipper system is moving from the Great Lakes to the Northeast Monday night into Tuesday morning, which could bring two to six inches of snow to parts of New England, as well as rain for the coast. -- No major storms are in the forecast for Thanksgiving. -- Rain is headed...
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KS governor demands county commissioner resign over 'master race' remark
Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners (TOPEKA, Kan.) -- The governor of Kansas is demanding the resignation of a white county commissioner who claimed he was "part of the master race" when talking to an African-American consultant during a public meeting last week.Gov. Jeff Colyer is asking Louis Klemp, chairman of the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, to step down following his "inappropriate remarks" made during a public meeting on Nov. 13."Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office," Colyer said in a statement. "The inappropriate remarks...
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Body discovery near where San Francisco 49ers' fan went missing
iStock/Thinkstock (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The search for a San Francisco 49ers' fan who mysteriously went missing during a football game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, took a grim turn when fishermen discovered a body in the water near where the man vanished, police said. Santa Clara and San Jose police have been searching for Ian Powers, 32, a U.S. Army veteran from Spokane, Washington, since Nov. 12 when he got separated from his girlfriend and her two children during a Monday Night Football game between the Niners and New York Giants, police said. On Saturday afternoon, fishermen discovered...
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Much-needed rain on the way for California later this week
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The fire danger in California continues on Sunday, but firefighters in the region are about to get a needed respite. A red flag warning is in effect for the Sacramento area, near the Camp Fire, due to low relative humidity and the potential for wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. This will not only make it difficult to fight existing fires, but could spread new fires if they were to ignite. But rain is on the way for the West Coast beginning late Tuesday night. This is extremely good news for the firefighting efforts...
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Amid search for North Carolina 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, authorities ask residents to check properties for 'anything unusual'
FBI Charlotte (WASHINGTON) -- Authorities are asking residents in North Carolina's Robeson County to check their properties this weekend for "anything unusual or out of place" amid the ongoing search for kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. "If you see something that doesn’t belong or is not normal, do not touch anything (you could damage possible evidence) and call the tip line or 911," the Lumberton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post Friday night. "You know your property best and can most easily determine if something is worth contacting law enforcement to help us." Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill told...
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Smoke blankets San Francisco as residents forced to don masks to breathe
iStock/Thinkstock (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Flames from the deadly Camp Fire won't reach California's Bay Area, but that doesn't mean it's not still wreaking havoc on the region. Smoke from the Northern California fire is leading to record-high levels of air pollution.Masks have become the fashion statement du jour in San Francisco the past few days.The air quality index in San Francisco rose to 258 at noon on Friday, a reading that qualifies as "very unhealthy." That reading had only sunk to 209 by 9 p.m. local time on Friday. Meanwhile, across the Bay, the air quality index in Oakland was...
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West Virginia fraternity suspended after member critically injured in fall
iStock/Thinkstock (MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) -- A student at West Virginia University is in critical condition after a fall at the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house -- leading to the suspension of the chapter pending an investigation.David Rusko, 22, remains in the intensive care unit after the fall on Nov. 10. The school said Rusko appears to have fallen down a set of stairs at the home and was knocked unconscious. It then took two hours for his fellow frat members to call an ambulance, the school said."Officers have discovered that more than two hours lapsed between Rusko’s fall and the...
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Snow moves into Northern Plains as Midwest, Northeast brace for arctic cold
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Winter weather alerts are in place across nine states on Saturday as a clipper system will deliver snow from the Rockies through the Central Plains into the Great Lakes.Slick travel conditions are to be expected Saturday morning.Snow associated with a cold front is being pushed to the south by an arctic high pressure system to the north. The snow will begin in Wyoming and move south through the day, ending in Colorado and northern Kansas. Another area of snow will be working through the Great Lakes region on Saturday.Snowfall totals in the Rockies will be...
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California wildfires leave at least 74 dead with more than 1,000 still missing: 'It's going to get worse'
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Search crews have found eight more sets of remains in the burned-out rubble of Northern California, as officials there fear more deaths in the destructive wildfires raging at both ends of the state that has already claimed a total of 74 lives, including three lost in Southern California blazes. The deadliest and most destructive of the two massive blazes is the Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County, which has killed at least 71 people. There were more than 1,000 people still missing in the Butte County fire zones on Friday night, though authorities...
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