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SEX TAPE - SUICIDE SUIT DISMISSED
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a suburban Chicago school by the parents of a student who killed himself after staff warned him he may have to register as a sex offender because they suspected he made a video of himself having sex with a classmate without her knowledge.
However, the judge yesterday struck a disapproving note in describing how Naperville North High School officials in January 2017 told 16-year-old Corey Walgren any video may constitute child pornography. Hours later, he walked to the top of a five-story parking deck and jumped.
The ruling says there’s no evidence Walgren broke the law and that it’s not surprising his emotional state deteriorated faced with the “implied threat.” But the court says the lawsuit hadn’t met the legal benchmarks for proving wrongdoing, though they could rework it and refile.
AVIAN CHOLERA CLAIMS THOUSANDS OF MIGRATING BIRDS
SALTON CITY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say thousands of migrating birds have died at California’s Salton Sea this month from avian cholera.
The California Department of Fish and Game says ducks, gulls and other birds were found dead at the south end of the state’s largest lake between Jan. 8 and last Thursday.
Testing showed signs of avian cholera, an infectious bacterial disease. It’s spread through direct contact or from contaminated food or water.
Wildlife officials say outbreaks occur annually as a result of birds flocking closely together during migration.
The 350-square-mile lake is located in the desert near the Mexican border. It’s a regular stop for migrating birds.
MAN SENTENCED IN ROLLOVER DEATH OF 2-MONTH SON
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old Kansas man who authorities say suffocated his 2-month-old twin son by rolling over on him while they slept has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
The Wichita Eagle reports Kyle Kempton was sentenced yesterday to 32 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter and four misdemeanor counts of endangering a child.
Police say Kempton and his wife, Christy Rollings, had been drinking for a week before their son, Patrick Kempton, died in August in a Wichita motel.
The other twin was not injured.
Rollings was charged with the same crimes and sentenced to probation for manslaughter and two years for the endangerment charges.
Officers took the twins from the parents two days before the boy died at the Scotsman Inn, but a family member returned the children to them.
WOMAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON AFTER DRIVING HER CAR INTO RIVER WITH TWO CHILDREN INSIDE
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old Missouri woman who intentionally drove her car into the Kansas River with her two children inside has been sentenced to life in prison.
KMBC-TV reports Scharron Dingledine, of Columbia, Missouri, was sentenced yesterday for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said she drove her car into the river near Lawrence in August. She and her 1-year-old son were rescued. The body of her 5-year-old daughter, Amiyah Bradley, was recovered the next day.
Dingledine told police she drove into the river in an attempt to kill herself and her children. She said she knew neither child could swim and would likely die.
She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder charge, and nearly 13 years for the attempted murder charge.
DRONES - NEWARK AIRPORT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark Airport says flight arrivals were briefly suspended because of reports of drone activity, but normal operations have resumed.
The airport said on Twitter yesterday that the Federal Aviation Administration ordered the flights held.
The administration said in a statement that it received reports from incoming flights on yesterday evening that a drone was spotted about 3,500 feet over nearby Teterboro Airport. It said arriving flights were held. Even after they resumed, some incoming flights were delayed while the backlog was cleared.
Newark and federal authorities only mentioned that arrivals were affected, but The New York Times reported takeoffs were halted, too.
Newark is an airport that serves the New York City area.
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOINS CHORUS CRITICIZING NFL OVER NON-CALL IN NFC TITLE GAME
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Add Louisiana’s governor to the list of people chastising the NFL about officiating in the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints.
Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter yesterday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to express the “deep disappointment” of the people of Louisiana and Saints fans.
The Democratic governor complained about the failure of officials to call interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit near the end of Sunday’s game.
Edwards says referees missed “the obvious, blatant and intentional penalty,” undermining expectations that a game’s results will be decided by players on the field.
Edwards is calling on the NFL to make rule changes for next season.