Mom drove 2 kids into river, killing 1, reports say

A 26-year-old Missouri woman faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder after loading her children into a car she allegedly stole and driving the vehicle into the Kansas River, according to reports.

The woman, identified as Scharron Renea Dingledine, of Columbia, and her 1-year-old son were rescued Friday, but the body of her 5-year-old daughter was pulled from the river Saturday, near Lawrence, Kan., Kansas City’s FOX 4 reported.

Dingledine had no known connection to Lawrence or Kansas, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Just hours earlier, Dingledine had been released from a 24-hour hold in a mental institution, the daughter’s father told the Kansas City Star.

“She didn’t want anybody to have her kids,” the father, Clinton Bradley, told the newspaper. “She thought someone was going to take them from her.”

Dingledine was admitted into the psychiatric facility following a domestic violence dispute with the father of the boy, Bradley said.

Upon her release, she was scheduled to have a meeting with state Social Services officials, prompting her fears about losing her children, Bradley told the Star.

On Tuesday, a lawyer representing Dingledine said she wanted her client to undergo a mental evaluation to assess her competency to stand trial, FOX 4 reported.

Judge Peggy Kittel granted the request, the Journal-World reported.

The boy remained in intensive care, the station reported. Dingledine’s medical condition after being rescued from the river was not available.

She was being held on $1 million bail, with her next court hearing scheduled for Aug. 28, the Journal-World reported.

Georgia thieves escape with nearly $100,000 worth of ramen noodles, police say

Thieves in Georgia must have been craving a savory snack as they made off with nearly $100,000 worth of ramen noodles, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The thieves, who have not yet been located, took the packages of noodles between July 25 and August 1, Fox 5 reported. The noodles were located inside a 53-foot trailer, which was parked at a Chevron store.

The owner of the trailer, who said he was given permission to park the trailer there, said it was locked at the time the food was allegedly stolen, the Star-Telegram reported.

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The ramen incident is just one in a series of thefts that authorities think are related, according to WSPA-News.

Trump mocks Nancy Pelosi as ‘wonderful person,’ who ‘should definitely be given a 4th chance’

In the midst of a contentious midterm election season, President Trump took aim at Nancy Pelosi on Friday, pleading with Democrats not to “distance” themselves from the House minority leader.

While labeling the Democrat “a wonderful person,” Trump tweeted that although her “ideas & policies may be bad,” she “should definitely be given a 4th chance.”

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“She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!” the president tweeted.

Trump’s latest apparent condemnation of the California Democrat comes as congressional candidates in the party have reportedly startedto turn their backs against her in growing numbers.

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Republican lawmaker from North Carolina weighs in on a growing number of Democrats distancing themselves from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

More than two dozen Democratic House candidates won’t commit to supporting Pelosi, according to a recent report fromThe Washington Post. According toNBC Newsmore than 50 Democratic candidates and incumbents would not back Pelosi for her former job as House speaker — should the party take back the 23-seat majority from Republicans in November.

A representative for Pelosi did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Alabama public schools may soon add ‘In God We Trust’ displays

Public school officials in Alabama are looking to put God back into their schools through displays of the U.S. motto“In God We Trust” —but critics are speaking out against the move, calling it “a constant push for theocracy.”

State lawmakers in February approved legislation allowing such displays on public property. The motto soon could become more common in Alabama schools,Al.comreported, with legal challenges expected to follow.

Blount County’s school board is poised to become one of the first systems to take action, the news site reported. A policy on the issue could be drafted within the next month, Superintendent Rodney Green said.

Observers view Blount County as a testing ground for the upcoming legal battles with organizations that advocate for the separation of church and state.

“You would think that something that passes the Legislature won’t be challenged in the courtroom but we all know that it can and probably will,” said Green, who oversees a school system with more than 7,800 students spread out over 17 schools north of Jefferson County.

State Rep. David Standridge, R-Hayden, sponsored the original legislation that gives public bodies the right to display the “In God We Trust” motto. The Alabama law took effect July 1.

The Alabama legislation is not a mandate, and is a lighter version of what was approved by Tennessee lawmakers this spring that requires the motto’s prominent display inside all public schools.

“My hope is they have the Ten Commandments in the schools all over the state of Alabama as well as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the historical documents that go with this country,” said Dean Young, chairman of the Ten Commandments political action committee. “That way, children will be able to see and ask, ‘What are these documents’ and a teacher can say, ‘Those are the Ten Commandments and they come from God and this is what they say.’”

The critics claim national politics are fueling efforts to incorporate the motto or Christian symbols in government buildings.

“It’s a tsunami of Christian national laws in our country right now,” said Annie Laurie Gaylord, co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

“The upcoming election will say a lot about the direction of our nation,” she added. “With the Republicans in charge of Congress and so many of these states, we are seeing a constant push for theocracy.”

Arizona steps up scrutiny of shelters for migrant kids after workers accused of sex crimes

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has mandated inspections of all facilities in the state run by Southwest Key, the non-profit organization that collected hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the federal government to house immigrant children.

The order follows the arrest of workers at shelters housing migrant children. The workers are accused of sexually assaulting the children.

Ducey ordered inspections for every one of the 13 facilities that Southwest Key operates in Arizona, according to a CBS affiliate in Phoenix.

Cara Christ, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, told the CBS affiliate her agency has visited Southwest Key shelters in recent months to follow up on reports of abuse or other mistreatment.

“We’ve been going out since June to investigate the different allegations that have been showing up,” she said. “We’ve been out to some of these facilities a couple of times.”

Many of the more than 2,000 children who were separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally have been held at Southwest Key facilities. The non-profit, which is based in Texas, houses migrant kids at 26 shelters in Texas, California and Arizona.

Federal authorities allege a former youth care worker at a Southwest Key shelter for immigrant youths in Arizona sexually abused eight teenage boys, one of several cases brought to light in recent weeks as thousands of immigrant children remain detained around the country.

Court documents show Levian Pacheco faces several charges stemming from incidents that allegedly took place between August 2016 and July 2017 at a Southwest Key facility in Mesa. The case was first reported by ProPublica.

Authorities charge Pacheco performed sex acts on two boys and touched six others, all between ages 15 to 17 at the time. Court documents also state Pacheco is HIV-positive, and that some of the teens opted to be tested for the virus.

Pacheco has pleaded not guilty, and denied the allegations. His federal public defender has said in court documents the government’s allegations include an "extraordinarily broad range of dates and lack of specificity."

"We are looking forward to defending Mr. Pacheco in court," attorney Benjamin Good said in an email to The Associated Press.

The revelations came on the heels of another report about a worker at a different Southwest Key facility, Fernando Magaz Negrete, who is suspected of molesting a 14-year-old immigrant girl.

Authorities say Magaz Negrete kissed and fondled the girl in her bedroom on June 27, in an encounter witnessed by the girl’s 16-year-old roommate. They said surveillance video shows Magaz Negrete, 32, approaching the bedroom several times throughout the night, though the bedroom itself was outside the camera’s view.

Southwest Key fired Magaz Negrete. It was not clear if he is represented by an attorney.

Efforts by Fox News to reach Ducey’s spokesman were unsuccessful.

Southwest Key spokesman Jeff Eller told Fox News in a statement that Pacheco was immediately suspended, and police were called when allegations surfaced.

As for Negrete, another statement said: "When a child tells us of inappropriate behavior, we immediately call law enforcement and start an internal investigation as appropriate. That’s what happened in this case. Southwest Key always works with law enforcement to bring the full force of the law to bear when it is warranted.”

Southwest Key continued: "Our number one priority at Southwest Key Programs is to keep the children in our care safe. We have built a thorough infrastructure of both preventative and responsive measures in order to ensure their safety."

"In addition to vetting and training our staff, we educate every minor in our care of their right to be free from abuse or neglect in our program and in this country," said the statement. "This message is shared with them upon arrival and repeated to the children throughout the duration of their stay at our shelters."

The non-profit said that when there is a report of possible abuse, it alerts the federal and state agencies that have a role in such shelters.

The victims in the case against Pacheco were all unaccompanied minors. It’s not clear if they had been separated from their parents or traveled to the U.S. alone, although the government was not widely separating families at the time of the incidents.

The CBS report said that Arizona State Rep. Kelli Butler says she’s drafting a measure aimed at tightening oversight of Southwest Key facilities.Butler wants Southwest Key to report crimes to the Arizona Department of Health Services as well as to police.

“We’re working on legislation to try to close that loophole and make sure the Department of Health knows when these allegations are made,” Butler said. “They need to know.”

Suspected ISIS member accused of killing Iraqi police officer is captured in Sacramento, officials say

An alleged ISIS member was apprehended in northern California on Wednesday after being accused in the 2014 murder of a police officer in Iraq, officials announced.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Omar Ameen, 45, following an Iraqi warrant for his arrest and extradition request, officials said in a news releasefrom the Justice Department.

Ameen allegedly arrived in Rawah, Iraq “with a caravan of ISIS vehicles” — after the organization gained control of the town on June 21, 2014 — and made their way to the Rawah police officer’s home, officials said. The following day, multiple group members, including Ameen, allegedly shot the officer.

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“Ameen then allegedly fired his weapon at the victim while the victim was on the ground, killing him,” officials said.

The suspect is accused of being a member of ISIS and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), as well as carrying out tasks for the groups, “including helping to plant improvised explosive devices,” according to the news release.

Following the alleged incident, Ameen relocated to Sacramento from Iraq “as a purported refugee” and did not mention his alleged ties to the terrorist organizations when seeking refugee status and a green card in the U.S., officials said.

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Ameen appeared in a Sacramento court on Wednesday in relation to his pending extradition “to face trial in Iraq,” officials said.

The Iraq warrant for his arrest was initially issued on May 16 and a subsequent warrant requested in Sacramento was issued by a judge on Tuesday, according to officials.

“In accordance with its treaty obligations with Iraq, the United States filed a complaint in the Sacramento seeking a warrant for Ameen’s arrest based on the extradition request,” the news release said.

California man sentenced for plotting ISIS-inspired San Francisco attack

A Northern California tow-truck driver who told undercover agents that he wanted to carry out an ISIS-inspired Christmas Day bombing at San Francisco’s popular Pier 39 was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill issued the sentence Monday, which came after Everitt Aaron Jameson of Modesto, California, admitted under a plea deal in June that he tried to aid a terrorist organization.

Jameson could have received 40 years in prison.

The 27-year-old planned the attack during talks with undercover FBI agents, including one he thought was with the Islamic State terror group.

Jameson told undercover federal agents that he planned to use pipe bombs to channel victims into part of Pier 39 so he could shoot them. He also offered to provide money to the cause.

Everitt Aaron Jameson (aka Abdallah Abu Everitt Ibn Gordon Al-Amriki) is a former marine from Modesto, California​. In December, 2017 he was arrested for plotting a Christmas Day bomb attack on the Pier 39​ in San Francisco

Everitt Aaron Jameson, of Modesto, Calif., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

In December, through an11-page affidavit,FBI special agent Christopher McKinney alleged that Jameson espoused “radical jihadi beliefs” on social media, asFox Newspreviously reported. According to the agent, Jameson “liked” and “loved” ISIS-related social media posts, including one that threatened a Christmas attack in New York City.

McKinney said Jameson attended Marine basic training “in or about” June 2009, and “graduated several months later.” Jameson trained as a sharpshooter, but later was discharged for failing to disclose a history of asthma.

Defense attorney Charles Lee has said his client was having second thoughts, and didn’t take steps to carry out the plot.

Investigators found no bomb-making materials, and three firearms found during a search were owned by his stepfather, and locked away in a place he couldn’t access.

Jameson was arrested Dec. 22.

Horrifying details released in investigation of ‘extremist Muslim’ compound that allegedly conducted school-shooting training

The children discovered at an“extremist Muslim” compound in New Mexicoearlier this month were both trained to use firearms and taught multiple tactical techniques in order to kill teachers, law enforcement and other institutions they found corrupt, state prosecutors revealed on Monday.

The prosecutors provided more details about the accusations during a court hearing in which they asked that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and four other defendants be held pending trial on child abuse charges.

But the judge in the case ruled against prosecutors’ request.

Judge Sarah Backus said although she was concerned by "troubling facts," prosecutors failed to articulate any specific threats to the community.

She set a $20,000 bond for each defendant and ordered that they wear ankle monitors and have weekly contact with their attorneys.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, accused of training children to commit school shootings

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was allegedly training children to commit school shootings.(Taos County Sheriff’s Office)

It was also announced Monday that 3-year-old Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, who had been missing since December, allegedly died amid a ritualistic religious ceremony intended to “cast out demonic spirits,”Reutersreported.

“It was a religious ritual carried out… a ritual intended to cast out demonic spirits from Abdul-ghani Wahhaj,” Taos County Prosecutor John Lovelace said.

Public defenders argued the boy’s father was trying to heal the child by reading passages from the Koran but prosecutors claimed he was denying the boy medication. One of the children taken into custody claimed that the boy had died in February.

The children said they were told the boy would be resurrected as Jesus and guide them on which "corrupt institutions" to attack,NBCreported citing investigators.

It wasn’t immediately clear if theremains of a child found on the grounds of the compoundwere Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.

Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj are the mothers of the malnourished children

Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj were arrested on earlier this month.(Taos County Sheriff’s Office)

The defendants were arrested and 11 children were taken into custody during a raid Aug. 4 on the compound near the Colorado state line.

Wahhaj and the others were seated with their public defenders in a Taos courtroom Monday as prosecutors presented books that were found at the compound, documents related to Wahhaj’s trip to Saudi Arabia and a handwritten notebook that appeared to be some kind of teaching manual. They also pointed to evidence that Wahhaj had taken a series of firearms courses while in Georgia.

Defense attorneys, meantime, argued that prosecutors were trying unjustly to paint their clients as armed militants. Public defenders also argued that the rifles and handguns found on the property were common guns that could be bought at retail stores and that their clients made no aggressive efforts to defend their compound.

Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam, also named Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, theNew York Post reported.The elder Wahhaj, who heads Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was a character witness in the trial for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S.

Colorado school district slashes Mondays, begins 4-day school week

A Colorado school district is attempting a $1 million science experiment — cutting its school week to four days.

District 27J officially slashed Mondays off the school calendar and started a four-day school week in a move designed to cut costs and attract teachers — but parents are concerned it will cost them money instead.

Students who attend school in the district had their first day of school on Tuesday. Middle and high school students will attend school from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and be off on Mondays, FOX 31 reported. Teachers will have to attend work one Monday a month, but only for half the day.

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The school district, which serves about 18,000 students in Brighton, Commerce City, Henderson, Thornton and Aurora, said the move will save about $1 million per year in costs that would have otherwise gone to paying substitute teachers and running school buses.

Monday was chosen because it gives the students an extra “day to prepare,”District 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler said.

"We really feel like Monday is the day to prepare and to be better for kids," Fiedler told USA Today. "This will give people a chance to have a weekend and then come in on Monday — whether they’re paid to or not because they’re doing that work anyway to be prepared for kids and to be better for kids."

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However, some parents were concerned about who would watch their child on Mondays while they were at work, FOX 31 reported. The district said it would offer child care for children under 12 for $30 on Mondays, KHOU 11 reported.

District 27J is not the first school district to implement four-day school weeks. Several school districts in Oklahoma, Montana and Oregon have also made the change, NBC News reported.

All Florida public schools to display ‘In God We Trust’ motto

Florida students returning to classes this week will see the state’s motto, “In God We Trust,” etched on plaques on campus.

A new statute, part of a sweeping education bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in March, specifically states each school district is required to display the state motto “in all of the schools in the district and in each building used by the district school board.”

The motto must be display conspicuously on school grounds.

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, who runs a Christian ministry. She told the Orlando Sentinel in March the motto is “something so great [that] should not be hidden.”

“This motto is inscribed on the halls of this great capitol and inked on our currency, and it should be displayed so that our children will be exposed and educated on this great motto, which is part of this country’s foundation,” she said when a House committee took up her bill.

“In God We Trust” has been part of Florida’s state seal since 1868 and on the state flag since 1990. However, it has only been the state motto since 2006, according to the Florida Department of State.

The motto is a slight variation of Florida’s first motto, “In God is our Trust.”

In Alabama, legislation approved by state lawmakers in February that would also require schools to display the same motto is facing backlash from critics who call it “a constant push for theocracy.” The legislation is not a mandate.

Tennessee lawmakers approved legislation earlier this spring that requires the motto’s prominent display inside all public schools.