June 10, 2018
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An undocumented immigrant from Honduras died by suicide May 13 inside a jail cell in Starr County, Texas, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said Sunday.

Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, was arrested by Border Patrol agents May 11 in Weslaco, Texas. Authorities said he was taken to a processing center, where he became "disruptive and combative," and was moved to a jail. There, he died by self-strangulation. Authorities said he was checked on by officers every 30 minutes, and there was a camera inside his cell.

Border Patrol agents who spoke to The Washington Post said Muñoz had a breakdown when he was separated from his wife and 3-year-old son. An agent said once Muñoz was told his family would be separated, he "lost it" and "they had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands." The Customs and Border Protection agency spokesperson did not mention anything about Muñoz's family.

The Trump administration has announced it is cracking down on people crossing the border illegally, and in order to prosecute adults that are caught, families are being separated, with parents going to jail and children being placed with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. Catherine Garcia

June 8, 2018

Celebrated author and chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's award-winning series Parts Unknown, has died in an apparent suicide, CNN reported Friday. He was 61.

"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink, and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller," the network said in a statement. Bourdain, whom the Smithsonian once called the "the Elvis of bad boy chefs," was in France working on an episode for his show, which explored food and culture around the world, when a friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.

Bourdain was a chef before his 2000 best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly catapulted him to stardom. He hosted shows on the Food Network and the Travel Channel before joining CNN. Harold Maass

June 5, 2018
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A 15-year-old girl learning how to drive hit two men in a Philadelphia shopping center parking lot, killing both, police said.

The incident happened Monday night while the teenager was driving with her mother and two others in an SUV. Police said while the student was pulling into a parking spot, the SUV lunged forward, striking two men who were sitting at the wall of a store. The unidentified victims, both in their 50s, were pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed, but the accident is under investigation, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia

June 4, 2018
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A man suspected of murdering a high-profile forensic scientist and at least three others connected to his contentious divorce killed himself on Monday inside a Scottsdale hotel.

Police were closing in on the man, identified as Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, when he shot himself. His ex-wife, Connie, said on Monday her new husband, a retired detective, recognized the connection between the divorce and four recent murders in the Phoenix area, and notified police.

On Thursday, forensic scientist Steven Pitt was shot and killed outside of his Phoenix office. Pitt had advised police and prosecutors on major cases, including the JonBenét Ramsey murder and Columbine shooting, and also did a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation of Jones during his divorce, NBC News reports.

On Friday, paralegals Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson were killed inside a Scottsdale law office. Court records show that their employer, Elizabeth Feldman, was Connie Jones' divorce lawyer. The fourth victim, psychologist and counselor Marshall Levine, was found dead Saturday in his Scottsdale office. Police said on Monday they also linked Jones to a double-murder in Fountain Hills, but the victims have not been identified. Catherine Garcia

May 28, 2018
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Two journalists with the NBC affiliate WYFF were killed on Monday in Polk County, North Carolina, when a tree downed by Subtropical Storm Alberto fell on their SUV.

The station, based in Greenville, South Carolina, tweeted that its employees are "grieving. We are a family." The incident occurred just north of the South Carolina state line, NBC News reports, in an area considered dangerous and vulnerable to flash flooding. The victims have been identified as anchor Mike McCormick and photographer Aaron Smeltzer.

Alberto made landfall Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida, in the state's Panhandle. Heavy rains are expected in Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama, with forecasters saying there is the possibility of brief tornadoes as well. Alberto is maintaining its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Catherine Garcia

May 21, 2018
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Over the last three days, a heatwave has killed at least 65 people in Karachi, the biggest city in Pakistan.

On Monday, the temperature reached 111 degrees Fahrenheit, and extreme temperatures are expected through Thursday. There have been several power outages, and because it is the holy month of Ramadan, most Muslims are not eating or drinking during daylight hours.

Faisal Edhi, the owner of a company that runs morgues and an ambulance service, told Reuters that most of the people who have died "work around heaters and boilers in textile factories," and lived in the poorer areas of Karachi. He said that most doctors agree they died of heatstroke, but the health secretary of Sindh province said he "categorically" rejects the idea that anyone died in Karachi from heatstroke, since "only doctors and hospitals can decide" the cause of death. In 2015, at least 1,300 people, most of them ill or very old, died in a heatwave. Catherine Garcia

May 6, 2018
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At least 14 people were killed and 33 wounded when a bomb went off inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.

In October, the country is set to hold its first election in four years, and the mosque was also being used as a voter registration center. Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Khost, told The Associated Press the explosion "happened while people were busy with prayers, meanwhile in [another] part of the mosque people had gathered to get their voter registration cards for the election."

A spokesman for the Taliban denied the group's involvement, although the militant organization and a local affiliate of the Islamic State have both previously targeted election activities. Last month, 60 people were killed when an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Kabul. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2018
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Strong dust storms hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday, leaving at least 109 people and countless livestock dead.

The storms uprooted trees and destroyed homes, and many of the people who died were asleep when their houses collapsed, BBC News reports. In Uttar Pradesh, 73 people were killed, more than half in Agra district, home to the Taj Mahal. "I haven't seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years," Shivam Lohia, a hotel owner in Rajasthan, told AFP. "Everyone was scared and running for cover as trees and homes were getting blown away. It was a nightmare."

Dust storms are common in India during this time of year, but usually the storms do not result in so many casualties. In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, more than 41,000 lightning strikes were counted on Wednesday, and more storms are likely throughout the country through the end of the week. Catherine Garcia

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