Authorities are searching for a University of Iowa student named Mollie Tibbetts, 20, who disappeared Wednesday while out for an evening jog. Tibbetts was running in Brooklyn, a small town about halfway between Iowa City and Des Moines. She gave no indication anything was wrong before her jog, her boyfriend said.
URGENT: My wife’s cousin, Mollie Tibbetts, has been missing since Wed., July 18.
She’ll be a sophomore at the @uiowa & is home for summer break in Brooklyn, IA. It is so unlike her to be out of touch
from family and friends.
Please RT so we can spread the word. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/Jjn9v9ZIHk
— Brian Wagner (@BrianRWagner) July 21, 2018
"Everything's on the table, unfortunately," said Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel. "We're hoping that she's somewhere with a friend, and she'll show up Monday or Tuesday, and everything will get back to normal." Bonnie Kristian
Ayub Ali, 61, was stocking shelves when a robber forced him to open the cash register. The robber took the money and left, but then returned to shoot Ali, who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
A suspect identified as Tyrone Fields Jr., 19, was arrested Friday based on security camera footage from the store. He has been charged with murder and robbery with a firearm.
Ali is survived by his wife and four children, the youngest of whom is just 22 months old. "It's hard for them to accept it," said a family representative. "He [met] everyone with a smile." Bonnie Kristian
A toddler in Fresno, California, accidentally killed himself Saturday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head.
"At the time that this occurred, there were two adults inside the home with the child," said Lt. Rob Beckwith of the Fresno Police Department, but they were not the boy's parents. It is not yet known who owned the gun, how the boy was able to obtain it, or whether criminal charges will be filed.
"It's just very tragic to have that happen," said a neighbor, Bob Wittwer. "We were in the backyard, and we heard all the police cars show up and came out to see what happened, and then we saw them take the child away in the ambulance." Bonnie Kristian
Oxygen levels have dropped to 15 percent in the cave where flooding has trapped a Thai youth soccer team for two weeks. The risk of hypoxia and a forecast of additional rain in coming days has increased pressure on rescuers, who are considering a "buddy dive" plan, in which each of the boys would be paired with an expert cave diver.
Many of the boys cannot swim, and drilling through half a mile of solid rock to rescue them from above is unlikely to be a feasible solution. It is possible the cave could have a back entrance which would permit rescuers to bypass the flooded areas and raise the boys up through a chute, but so far one has not been found in the thick jungle landscape above the cave.
While rescuers determine the best course to proceed, the team and their coach have written short letters to anxious family members waiting outside. "What we want to communicate: The kids say don't be worried about them," one note reads. "All of them are strong. They would like to eat many different kinds of foods when they come out, and teachers, please don't give them too much homework." Bonnie Kristian
Nine people were stabbed Saturday night at a Boise, Idaho, apartment complex home to many refugee families. A suspect named Timmy Kinner, age 30, has been arrested in connection with the attack. He is not a refugee, but he used to live at the apartment complex until he was asked to leave.
The victims, six of whom are children, have been hospitalized, some with life-threatening wounds. "At this point we haven't lost anybody, but as I said the injuries are very serious," said Boise police chief William Bones. "This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time."
So far, authorities have not released information on Kinner's possible motives or any specific connections he may have to the victims. Bonnie Kristian
Efforts continue to rescue a youth soccer team and its coach seven days after they were trapped in a cave in Thailand. The team of 12 boys aged 11 to 16, plus an adult coach, a week ago ventured too deep into a cave that is a popular tourism spot. They have not been seen or heard from since.
Heavy rains have complicated rescue efforts, which are being conducted by the Thai Navy, U.S. Marines, and underwater cave experts from the United Kingdom. The Australian Federal Police and Defence Force personnel deployed Saturday to help.
The government of Afghanistan has extended its historic ceasefire with the Taliban past the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, with which it was timed to coincide. Unlike the original deal, the extension is unilateral, though the government has urged the Taliban to reciprocate and begin peace talks.
However, this progress was marred Saturday evening by a suicide attack by the Islamic State in Nangarhar. The bomber targeted a gathering of civilians, Afghan forces, and Taliban fighters who were talking and taking selfies together. At least two dozen people were killed and another 54 wounded.
"This violence will not halt the peaceful gatherings in Nangarhar and around the country celebrating a long overdue cessation of hostilities and a chance for lasting peace, or undermine the strength and resolve of the Afghan people and the international commitment to Afghanistan," said U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a representative of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban ceasefire does not extend to foreign forces. Bonnie Kristian
The attacks have been claimed by the Islamic State and were perpetrated by members of a single family: the mother with two daughters, ages 9 and 12, at one church and the father and two sons, ages 16 and 18, at the other two. All six family members died as well, bringing the total death toll to 13. Local authorities said the family was involved in an ISIS-inspired Indonesian group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), and may have traveled to Syria.
Two of the explosions were timed within one minute of each other at different locations. This is the deadliest terror attack in Indonesia since 2005 and the first time children have been used in an attack. Authorities believe it may be linked to a deadly standoff with an inmate at a high-security prison earlier in May.
This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian