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Police: Dead body found in abandoned car in Michigan

Police in Battle Creek, Michigan, are investigating what they say is a homicide after a man’s body was found in the trunk of a car.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported Monday that the body of Diabulo White, 43, was found in the trunk of a four-door Toyota Camry, that was being towed by Tiger's Towing.

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Battle Creek police Lt. James Martens said the towing company towed the car after police said the car was on private property. The homeowner said the car was left on the property sometime during the night. A body was found by the female owner of the car once she was contacted by Tiger’s and arrived at the towing company’s lot. She opened the trunk of her car, which was locked, and found the body.

Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott said police think White was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, but not in the car or where the car was located.

“We believe the intent was to hide the body and cover the crime,” Elliott said.

The car was moved to the police department. The death is still being investigated.

25 high school students in Florida treated after girl uses pepper spray during fight, deputies say

Twenty-five students at Wekiva High School in Apopka, Florida, had to be treated Monday after a student deployed pepper spray during a fight, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies. 

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Deputies said three female students between the ages of 15 and 17 were involved in a fight when one of the girls used pepper spray. 

Two of the students will be charged with aggravated battery, deputies said. 

Three of the students who were exposed to the pepper spray were taken to the hospital as a precaution, while the others were treated at the scene. 

Brother says nothing to forgive after man crashes into restaurant killing 2

The brother of a man accused of driving his car into a North Carolina restaurant and killing two family members Sunday said there is nothing to forgive.

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"I didn't need to forgive him. I never was angry at him, and I know what he did wasn't him," Monty Self said.

Police have charged Roger Self with first-degree murder after they say he intentionally drove his Jeep into the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City just after noon, killing two family members.

But Monty Self said the brother he loves didn't commit that deadly act. He said Roger Self is mentally ill, and the demons deep inside got the best of him and brought out the worst.

At a news conference Monday, the Self family's pastor also blamed the incident on severe mental illness. Austin Rammell, pastor at Venture Church, said "there is no way the man I've known for 16 years could do this."

Roger Self’s daughter, 26-year-old Katelyn Self, a Gaston County sheriff’s deputy, was killed when the Jeep crashed through the wall of the restaurant.

The other victim was identified as Amanda Self, Roger Self's daughter-in-law, who worked as an emergency room nurse at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

Other family members were also injured. Roger Self's wife Diane was badly hurt and is in critical condition. His son Josh Self - a Gaston County police officer - was also injured, along with Amanda Self’s 13-year-old daughter.

They are expected to recover.

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Wait staff told WSOC-TV’s partners at the Gaston Gazette that Self took his family into the restaurant and had them seated. He then excused himself, went out to his vehicle and drove it at a high rate of speed into the area where they were sitting.

"It was like a battle zone in a movie," Monty Self said.

Self said during a jail visit he told his brother what happened.

"He was numb. He was numb. He kept saying this was crazy," Self said in describing his conversation with his brother.

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He became concerned about the health of the people who survived the crash that he caused.

"He was distraught," Self said.

"Tragic, tragic loss of life,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said. “I'm asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the sheriff's office, because we're suffering right now."

Rammell said he saw the entire family in church Sunday morning, just a couple of hours before the horrific attack.

“I'm just trying to encourage them,” Rammell said. “This was not a conscious act by their father and they know that.”

Rammell said Roger Self has been dealing with mental illness, including anxiety, depression, and mental breakdowns, in recent months and has sought medical help.

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“Family has been loving him through this,” Rammell said. “He's been taking precautions. He had all the guns removed from his house, so he was taking steps that were rational steps,” the family’s pastor said.

Rammell said he was set to officiate at Katelyn Self’s wedding to her fiance, Alex, in September.

"There's nobody in the world Roger loved more than those people and they know that,” Rammell said. “Even in the most chaotic, senseless, moment like this, they at least cling to the confidence that they know where Kate and Amanda are."

Rammell said that within hours of the tragedy, church members gathered at Venture Church for a vigil for the family.

Caleb Martin, a 14-year-old who buses tables at the restaurant, witnessed the car crash through the building.

"I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” he said. “It went straight through. There's a doorway. There is a wall and he drove in another room."

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Caleb was dazed by the carnage he saw. He said that, for a moment, he didn't know what to do but then he sprang into action.

"The one guy I could help in back, he was pretty hurt,” Martin said, “I helped paramedics move tables off this dude and I moved debris out of the way so they could get to him."

Officials said Roger Self is a private investigator who worked for the Gastonia Police Department years ago.

“He was a regular and we haven't seen him in a while, so when he came back, it was kind of sad,” Martin said.

Area law enforcement agencies offer condolences

Law enforcement agencies from across the area expressed their condolences on social media.

Katelyn Self was a corporal at the Gaston County Sheriff’s Department. "Thoughts and prayers for the Gaston County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Self's family and friends."

The Huntersville Police Department posted on Twitter, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gaston County Sheriff's Office and the family and friends of Corporal Katelyn Self. Corporal Self was senselessly killed today while off duty."

Air pollution during pregnancy tied to high blood pressure in kids, study suggests

Exposure to air pollution in the womb can lead to higher blood pressured in children, a new study suggests.

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“What we found was that air pollution exposure during the third trimester in particular was associated with higher blood pressure in children," study author Dr. Noel Mueller, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told CBS News.

The research by Mueller and his team, which was published last week in the journal Hypertension, studied 1,239 mothers and their children aged three to nine in the Boston area. When the children were sorted into three categories (from highest to lowest exposure to pollution in the womb), the results showed that those in the highest exposure group were 61 percent more likely to have higher blood pressure than those in the lowest exposure group.

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To gauge the levels of pollution in the areas where the women lived during their third trimester, the researchers looked at readings from nearby Environmental Protection Agency monitors. The children in the "high-risk" category were exposed to levels at least twice as high as the "acceptable" amount set by the EPA.

Mueller said exposure to pollution "causes an inflammatory response that alters genetic expression and fetal growth and development, on the pathway to high blood pressure in childhood," The Independent reported. “We know that blood pressure tracks through life. Children who have elevated blood pressure in childhood have a higher probability of having hypertension later in life and cardiovascular diseases.”

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While the study only demonstrates a correlation between pollution and higher blood pressure and does not confirm causation, pregnant woman should be aware, researchers said.

Dr. Melissa Smarr, an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, said there are steps pregnant women can take to avoid air pollution.

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"Spending a limited amount of time near major roadways or heavily trafficked areas is one way to lessen air pollution exposure," she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mueller also suggested pregnant women can avoid exercising outdoors in areas with bad air pollution.

Local and national governments should also work towards improving air quality, Mueller added. He explained that regulations are necessary "not only for the health of our planet but also for the health of our children."

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"The conceptualization and implementation of strategic initiatives to minimize air pollution can be furthered through continued partnerships between research institutions and local, state, and national government," Smarr said.

An increased risk of high blood pressure isn't something to be taken lightly, she warned.

“High blood pressure that goes untreated in childhood may increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and/or cardiovascular disease as an adult," she said. "Left untreated, high blood can adversely affect various organs in the body, ultimately reducing the overall quality of life."

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According to Smarr, the research is an important contribution to the understanding of children’s environmental health “as it highlights the significance of exposure to air pollution during pregnancy as it pertains to offspring health during early childhood, which has potential implications for adult health.”

"I am hopeful that these findings will encourage the design of larger future studies that are able to estimate personal maternal exposure to air pollution in the context of children's blood pressure measured multiple times throughout childhood,” she said.

First lava. Now falling glass in Hawaii

First lava. Now falling glass in Hawaii

National Talk Like Yoda Day, It Is

May the 21st be with you, yes? 

Thirty-eight years ago, on May 21, 1980, the world was introduced to a little green Einstein-looking puppet with terrible grammar named Yoda. 

Today, people are still naming their pugs and french bulldogs after him.

Thanks to George Lucas, it is, hmmm?

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National Talk Like Yoda Day celebrates the anniversary release of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," the movie where Luke Skywalker meets Yoda in the swamps of the planet Dagobah.

To talk like Yoda, but “do or do not, there is no try.” Just switch around your sentence structure.

Speak in object-subject-verb instead of the normal subject-verb-object. Add "yes" and "hmmm" to the end of your sentences for a bonus. 

Love it, your coworkers will.

More "Star Wars" is coming at you this week with "Solo: A Star Wars Story" premiering Friday, May 25.

Man charged in 1987 double murder found using Golden State Killer genealogy technique

Investigators in Washington state last week made an arrest in a 31-year-old double homicide, tracking the suspect down using the same genealogy techniques used to capture the suspected Golden State Killer. 

William Earl Talbott II, 55, of the Seattle-Tacoma area, was booked Thursday with one count of first-degree murder in the November 1987 death of Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, of British Columbia, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office officials said Friday in a news conference

Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, vanished Nov. 18, 1987, on an overnight trip to Seattle to buy furnace parts for Cook’s family’s business. 

They were reported missing when they failed to return home. A man found Van Cuylenborg’s body Nov. 24 near Bellingham in Skagit County. She had been bound with plastic zip ties, sexually abused and shot in the head, the Toronto Star reported

Cook’s body was found two days later, battered and wrapped in a blue blanket that did not belong to the couple, about 75 miles away under a bridge near Monroe, which is in Snohomish County. Cook had been beaten and strangled. 

“It's been 31 years since this horrific crime took place,” Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said Friday. “Today, we are one step closer for justice for Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.”

Investigators from Skagit and Snohomish counties worked the three-decades-long case together. 

Talbott’s arrest comes just five weeks after Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary released composite drawings of a possible suspect that were made using DNA believed to have been left behind by the killer. The images showed a white man with light hair and green or hazel eyes. 

The killer’s DNA, which was found at the scene of Van Cuylenborg’s slaying, was also uploaded to a genealogy website and used to create family trees with people who shared significant amounts of DNA with the unknown suspect, officials said. 

CeCe Moore, the genealogist who worked on the case, said Friday that she traced the suspected killer’s DNA to his great-grandparents, then used “reverse genealogy” to fill in the blanks on the branches. 

“This led me to two descendants of the great-grandparents of the original matches who married, thus tying the two families together,” Moore said

The couple had one son -- Talbott. 

Once Talbott was identified as a potential suspect, detectives obtained his DNA from a cup he used and threw out. 

Reverse genealogy made headlines around the world earlier this year when investigators looking for the Golden State Killer, a serial killer and rapist believed to be responsible for 12 homicides, more than 50 rapes and about 100 burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s, arrested Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 72, after they said they matched his DNA to that of the killer. 

Trenary on Friday thanked the investigators who never gave up on solving the slayings of the young Canadian couple. 

“It’s a difficult thing for us, but candidly, this is what we do our job for,” Trenary said. 

Reichardt said it was the forensic work that detectives did in 1987, which preserved the DNA evidence, that ultimately led to Talbott’s arrest. 

“The next step is prosecution,” Reichardt said. 

Cook and Van Cuylenborg left their Saanich homes bound for Victoria, where they were planning to take the Port Angeles ferry to Seattle. The couple made the ferry and were spotted buying snacks along the way to Seattle in Hoodsport and Allyn, both located in Mason County, Washington, according to Snohomish County officials. 

They were last seen alive buying tickets for the 11:35 p.m. Bremerton-to-Seattle ferry the night they vanished.

KIRO 7 News in Seattle reported that Van Cuylenborg was found six days later, partially clothed, in a ditch. Cook’s van was found the next day, locked and abandoned, in a Blue Diamond parking lot in Bellingham, located in Whatcom County. 

Cook’s body was found the day after the van. 

The victims’ families last month offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who could provide information before the end of the year that would lead to a positive match to the DNA in the case, KIRO reported

Members of the Cook and Van Cuylenborg families were at Friday’s news conference. They expressed a mix of emotions at the news of Talbott’s arrest. 

“Yesterday, the killer had his last sleep in his own bed, his last coffee break, his last day of freedom," Cook’s sister, Laura Baanstra, said. “It’s hard to put into words the relief, joy and great sorrow this arrest brings.”

“They were both gentle souls, caring and trusting kids, and they were betrayed,” Van Cuylenborg’s brother, John, said. “Hopefully, this is a start of some justice for them.”

Talbott has not yet been charged with Cook’s slaying, but investigators continue to process evidence and interview witnesses related to that portion of the case. Detectives are asking anyone who knew Talbott or his activities in 1987 or 1988 to come forward.

Talbott, who was 24 years old at the time of the slayings, was living with his parents in Woodinville, about seven miles from where Cook’s body was found. 

Detectives are hoping to find witnesses who saw Talbott with Cook’s van in November 1987 or with a 35mm Minolta camera that Van Cuylenborg had with her at the time she was slain. 

The camera’s lens was recovered in 1990 and traced to a pawn shop in Portland, Oregon, police officials said. The body of the camera remains missing. 

They are also looking for anyone who knows anything about the blanket Cook’s body was found wrapped in. 

Anyone with information related to the case should call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425-388-3845.

Obamas sign multiyear deal with Netflix to make movies, TV shows

Former President Barack Obama has signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films and television shows on the streaming service with former first lady Michelle Obama.

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According to Netflix, the Obamas’ agreement includes scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features produced by Higher Ground Productions.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.

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“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” the former president said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

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The New York Times first reported in March that the Obamas were in negotiations with Netflix to produce shows, and learned that they don’t intend to use the platform to address President Donald Trump or conservatives.

Instead, Netflix said the plan is to highlight themes the president pursued during his terms in office.

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“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, told the Times.

We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” he said.

Obama has also recently appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix interview series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers at Logan

No one likes being stuck in the middle seat, no matter where their flight may be going.

With that in mind, Delta Airlines partnered up with Coca-Cola for a special treat specific to those stuck in the middle seat.

The Atlanta-based companies are offering a a pop-up "Middle Seat Lounge" at Boston Logan International on Monday for only one day.

“From getting the VIP treatment with fellow middle seat travelers in the lounge to a surprise onboard, we wanted to recognize Boston middle seat customers in a unique way that will brighten their Monday,” said Julieta McCurry, Delta’s Managing Director

Those with a Delta boarding pass showing a middle seat assignment can enter the lounge near Boston Logan’s gate A11, where there will be a Coke beverage station and an appearance by Celtics TV analyst and former NBA star Brian Scalabrine.

Lucky Delta passengers flying out of Logan can even win a trip by posting a selfie with their seatmates.

Middle seat passengers can also bring a "three-pack" of Coke bottles to share with their seatmates.

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“Coca-Cola is excited to partner with Delta to help celebrate middle seat travelers and provide them with a special beverage experience during their time at Boston-Logan International Airport and onboard,” said Lou Grill, Coca-Cola North America’s Vice President. “This unique opportunity to Share a Coke with fellow seatmates is another way to create meaningful moments and enhance our fans’ travel experience.”

Delta is expanding its flights in Boston this summer, and Coca-Cola also has a large presence in the area. The two companies have been partners since 1927 through Delta’s serving of Coke products on flights.

“From growing our Boston network to offering lie flat beds in Delta One on flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles to having two Delta Sky Clubs for guests to enjoy in Boston, we are investing in creating an unmatched experience for customers — one that’s right for every customer on every flight,” said Charlie Schewe, Delta’s Director of New England Sales.

This isn't the first time the two companies have joined efforts to bring a special treat to their clients.

Last year, the companies worked with 12 artists around the world to transform tray tables on a Boeing 767 into art. On that plane, the designs curated were all over the coach class seats for about a month.

Advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy New York worked alongside Delta and Coca-Cola to create the art gallery.

The tray table art was then displayed at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this story.

Milwaukee teen beaten to death in 'senseless act of violence,' family says

A Wisconsin teenager who was missing for a week was found beaten to death Sunday, the victim of “a senseless act of violence,” according to his mother.

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The body of Dennis King, 15, was found Sunday night by Milwaukee police, not far from where he’d last been seen on May 11, WISN reported.

"He was a smart kid," the teen's mother, Dombanee Lincoln, told WISN Sunday night. “He was really sweet. He was kindhearted. He liked to do art. ... I just can't believe this happened to my baby. He didn't deserve this."

GoFundMe account was established to help the family with funeral and burial costs, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“This is the worst news I could ever hear about my young son who had plans on being a artist and a basketball player, Lincoln wrote on the fundraising site. “His life was taken due to a senseless act of violence.

“My heart is broken and words can't explain how I feel right now.”

More than $5,000 has been raised as of Monday afternoon, according to the website.

Lincoln said she identified her son, a freshman at James Madison High School, through a photo provided to her by police, WISN reported.

In a news release Sunday night, the Milwaukee Police Department said it was investigating as a homicide the death of a teenage boy whose body was discovered in the early morning hours. On Monday they identified the victim as King, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Several suspects in the case were arrested, family members told WISN.

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