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Mom Charged for Death of 4 Kids in House Fire

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By Octavio Abea

A Louisiana mother has been arrested on charges for negligent homicide after she allegedly left her four children alone in a mobile home who all later died in a fire, police said.

Capt. Doug Cain, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, told the Associated Press that he is not sure where Shaqueta McDade, the 27-year-old mother, was when the fire started some time before 12:00 a.m.

The children died in the town of Rayne in southern Louisiana and were ages 2, 5, 7, and 8, but McDade's oldest child, Tyron, was staying with relatives when the mobile set ablaze, The Advertiser reports.

Rayne police officers arrested McDade after they interviewed her because they suspected that she left the children unattended, the Associated Press reports.

Neighbors have had trouble in the past with McDade leaving her children alone. Crystal Douga called the police last month because she caught the 2-year-old walking around outside in the middle of the night, The Advertiser reports.

By Octavio Abea

A mob of about 25 people attacked a Starbucks in the East Village in New York after a clash between police and protesters leaving an anarchist book fair Saturday, police said.

At around 8:45 p.m. about 150 people left the Fifth Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair and started marching and chanting anti-police slogans near Washington Square Park, police said, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Customers hid under tables as the group began to try and break windows of a Starbucks, but the Plexiglas windows withstood the attack, police and workers said, NY Daily News reports.

"This is something we don't have anything to do with, we are a book fair," event organizer Wayne Price said, NY Daily News reports.

Two NYPD officers were injured by the mob even though several officers were assaulted. Police were able to arrest three people on charges of assault and inciting a riot, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Five People Died in Motor Home Crash

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By Octavio Abea

Five people died when a motor home carrying 18 people crashed on an interstate highway in northeast Kansas Sunday, according to police.

The accident took place in Osage County on Interstate 35 when the driver of the motor home, which was also pulling a trailer, lost control around 9 a.m., Kansas Highway Patrol said, The Kansas City Star reports.

The 13 others were injured and taken to three local hospitals with three of the people in potentially life threatening condition, Fox News reports.

Trooper Don Hughes said the motor home, which contained adults and children, hit a guard rail and ended up in a ravine, The Kansas City Star reports.

Fox News reports that 30 emergency vehicles were at the scene including at least six ambulances.

By Octavio Abea

A psychologist for one of Sandusky's alleged victims said he was showing patterns of a "likely pedophile" in a 1998 report to the Penn State police.

The report talks about the 11-year-old boy, known as victim 6, and his encounter with the former assistant coach and how he was bear-hugged by Sandusky while they were naked in the shower, Sports Illustrated reports.

Psychologist Lisa Chambers, the therapist for victim 6, wrote in the report that the signs of a male predator are the "building of trust and gradual introduction of physical touch, within the context of a 'loving,' and 'special' relationship," Sports Illustrated reports.

Chambers told NBC News that there was "very little doubt" in her mind that Sandusky was a male predator, which makes this a significant report because it is the first to explicitly cite the concern, NBC News reports.

Penn State police Officer Ronald Schreffler received the report from Chambers on May 7, 1998, but John Seasock, a second psychologist brought in, said no inappropriate sexual behavior had taken place, NBC News reports.

Seven States Challenged Birth Control Mandate

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By Octavio Abea

Seven States filed a lawsuit Thursday in an attempt to block the mandate from the Obama administration that requires birth control to be offered to employees of organizations.

The lawsuit alleges that the rule violates the First Amendment rights of groups that object the use of contraceptives, USA Today reports.

Attorneys general of Texas, Fla., Mich., Neb., Ohio, Okla., and S.C. jointly filed the lawsuit making it the first challenge against the rule, Fox News reports.

The Obama administration has responded to the criticisms by saying that the requirement will shift from employers to the health insurers, USA Today reports.

Religious institutions such as churches, synagogues, and mosques are exempt from the laws requirement, Fox News reports.

Montana Teacher Randomly Abducted and Killed: Affidavit

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By Octavio Abea

According to a police affidvait, a missing Mont. teacher was killed and buried by two men who decided to randomly abduct her after smoking crack cocaine, one suspect said in a confession.

Sherry Arnold, 43, was abducted on Jan. 7 and is still missing, but prosecutors are now saying that the suspects pulled her into their car, choked her to death, and buried her according to an alleged confession in an affidavit filed Friday, the New York Daily News reports.

Michael Spell, 22, told FBI investigators that Lester Waters, 47, began talking about kidnapping and killing a female after they were smoking crack cocaine on a trip to Montana. They spotted Arnold, pulled her into their Ford Explorer, then killed and buried her about 45 miles from her eastern Mont. home,according to the affidavit, Fox News reports.

Police arrested Spell and Waters after they received a tip that brought them to Spell's girlfriend, who he had confided in, according to the affidavit, the New York Daily News reports.

Arnold, who just turned 44 Monday, taught math for 18 years at Sydney High School, Fox News reports.

Woman Induced Labor so Dying Husband Can See Daughter

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By Octavio Abea

A Texas Woman had induced labor so that her dying husband would be able to see their daughter before his last moments.

Mark Aulger, while hooked up to an oxygen mask in the hospital, was able to hold his daughter, Savannah Aulger, in his arms before slipping into a coma the next day, ABC News reports.

Diane Aulger gave birth to Savannah Aulger on Jan. 18 with Mark Aulger in the same room, rested in his bed, to be able to support her, ABC News reports.

Mark Aulger had recently survived colon cancer through chemotherapy, but his lungs deteriorated in the process and could not inhale or pass oxygen to the rest of the body, The Dallas Morning News reports.

On Jan. 23 Mark Aulger died with his family nearby and his daughter under his arm, The Dallas Morning News reports.

New York Police Officer Shot in the Face

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By Octavio Abea

A New York City police officer was shot in the face while chasing a suspect Tuesday, but is expected to survive, police said.

Kevin Brennan, 29, was chasing Luis Ortiz, 21, through a Brooklyn housing project when he was shot in the face after responding to a call of shots fired around 9 p.m., The Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that two shots were fired near an entryway of the Bushwick Houses with one of the bullets hitting Brennan, according to Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman.

Brennan was taken to Bellevue Hospital where they found the bullet lodged in his skull near his ear. They were able to successfully remove the bullet, police said, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Even though Ortiz was apprehended and has charges pending officers were looking for him until at least 11 p.m., The New York Times reports.

10 dead in Fla. car pileup

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By Octavio Abea

At least 10 people died in a series of car crashes on a Fla. highway after drivers were blinded by smoke coming from a bush fire Sunday, according to authorities.

A nearby bush fire covered Interstate 75 in Fla. with a fog causing drivers to pileup on both sides of the highway around 3:45 a.m. killing at least 10 people, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"We had a mixture of fog smoke that combined that kind of laid into that area," Pat Riordan with the Florida Highway Patrol told CBS News

According to the Los Angeles Times, rescue workers had trouble finding the victims through the smoke and were only able to locate them by listening to their screams and moans.

There were no controlled burns, according to a state forestry spokeswoman, leading officials to believe that this might be a case of arson, CBS News reports.

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