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A 46-year-old woman angry over alleged infidelity has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting her boyfriend twice and then lighting him on fire, leaving his body to burn in the street over the weekend, police said.
Firefighters were called to 12th Street in Astoria shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday after getting a call about a fire and found the Shawn McWhorter, 43, ablaze. They put out the fire and McWhorter was pronounced dead at the scene.
A fingernail was found on his body.
McWhorter lived in the area, so detectives began to interview people he knew as part of their routine investigation, including his girlfriend, Dawn Mcintosh. Mcintosh told police she hadn't seen him that day, they had been supposed to meet but he stood her up, authorities say she told detectives.
He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned the out-of-town scoreboard to consider playoff implications. And he waited his turn in the long Citi Field men's room line, just one more fan spending a hot summer day watching the Mets and the Red Sox play. Except this fan had four bodyguards standing nearby.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week faces the first religious objection to reach the justices since the decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, NBC News reported.
A county clerk in Kentucky is asking for relief from a lower court order directing her to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Her lawyers filed an emergency application directed to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such requests from that part of the country.
Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, "holds an undisputed sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, only," her lawyers say in their application.
The requirement to issue same-sex marriage licenses "demands that she either fall in line or leave office."
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump — the two biggest anti-establishment candidates in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary fields, respectively — have seen their support surge, according to NBC News, citing a new survey of voters likely to participate in the Iowa caucuses.
In the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, Sanders is now polling just seven points behind Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, nearly doubling his share of the vote since the last survey was conducted in May.
Sanders takes 30 percent support, while Clinton draws 37 percent, marking the first time she's dropped below 50 percent in the poll.
Trump, meanwhile, has seen a remarkable reversal in both his support and popularity in the state since May. Back then, he was polling at just 4 percent support and his favorability was at -36 points; now, he leads the pack with 23 percent support and his favorability is at +26 points.
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An elaborate, three-story tree house in Orange County has gotten a temporary reprieve from building inspectors, but the high rise hide-out may not be out of the woods just yet. Rossmoor resident Dr. Joni Doherty spared no expense to build the $16,000 tree house that features solar panels, redwood floors, handmade chairs and a top-floor club house. The tree house was a dream she and her husband Jack Chen — a renowned surgeon — shared before he died in a surfing accident in 2013. Her two sons wanted their father's memory to live on in the tree house.
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A fish native to South America being caught in Peru isn't unusual — unless it happens in Peru, Indiana.
Glen Salyer of the northern Indiana community tells the Kokomo Tribune he caught a fish with human-looking teeth Monday on Mississinewa Lake. He took the fish to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and was told it was a red-bellied pacu, which is related to the piranha. The fish are common in rivers and streams around the Amazon River.
Indiana conservation officer Jerry Hoerdt said it's likely the fish was dumped in the reservoir by its owner, who may have given up taking care of it.
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Broadway is mourning the loss of one of its risings stars. “Les Misérables” actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste died tragically on Friday after falling from a fire escape at his mother's home following the show's evening performance. He was 21 years old. Jean-Baptiste made history on July 23, when he went on as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival -- the youngest actor and first African-American to have performed the role on Broadway.
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It's a panda! The National Zoo's nine-day-old panda cub is beginning to get his black and white markings. A pair of newborn cubs were born Aug. 22 to the zoo's female giant panda, Mei Xiang, but the smaller of the two died Wednesday. The zoo has said that the larger, surviving cub is doing well. Panda cubs are born tiny, nearly hairless and blind. What little fur the newborns have is white. But on Sunday, the zoo released three images captured on its panda cams, showing the cub's new markings are beginning to show up. Two of the images feature the cub on his own; the other shows him cradled in his mama's arms.
President Barack Obama is heading to Alaska and taking cameras–and Bear Grylls–with him. The adventure will air as a special edition of NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."
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A 22-year-old mother intentionally drowned her twin toddlers in a bathtub Sunday, according to police in Arizona, NBC News reported.
Mireya Alejandra Lopez also allegedly told investigators that she attempted to drown another child but was stopped by family members.
Police and firefighters responded to a call at a home in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale and found the twin 2-year-old boys lying unresponsive on a bed, the Avondale Police Department said in a statement.
Officers tried to save their lives but both were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Lopez would be charged with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide, the statement said.
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More than 1,000 police officers in D.C. say they have "no confidence" in Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The D.C. Police Union released the result of the weekend vote Monday morning. Lanier and the union have become increasingly at odds over a solution for the recent spike in crime. Rank-and-file officers are questioning the dismantling of vice units and taking issue with fixed posts that prevent officers from leaving designated areas.
Salem High School in Salem, Virginia, will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumnus — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV last week.
The family of Ward, a 2007 graduate of the school, has asked visitors to wear colors of his favorite teams, Virginia Tech and Salem High, where he played football for the Spartans on two state championship teams. His funeral is set for Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Roanoke.
"He was truly a Salem Spartan, born and bred. From childhood, he loved Salem sports, especially football," his obituary says. Ward's father, Charles, is a guidance counselor at the school, which Adam chose to attend even though he lived in another district.
The Ward family has stayed out of the spotlight since Wednesday when he and reporter Alison Parker were gunned down by a former co-worker.
The mother of a man accused of fatally stabbing a co-worker in the kitchen of a P.F. Chang's in Peabody, Massachusetts, says her son "snapped" and had been just one week away from taking anger management classes.
On Saturday evening, 38-year-old Elivelton Dias was working in the restaurant at the Northshore Mall when he was attacked. Police say 23-year-old Jaquan Huston is responsible for the homicide and is charged with murder.
"Just like the show called 'Snapped,' my son snapped," said Shawn Maron-Huston. "That is not him. He's not a murderer."
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The court artist whose sketch of Tom Brady during the first "Deflategate" civil suit went viral has unveiled a new portrait of Brady and says she plans to focus more on Brady during the next hearing Monday.