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Student From Miami Among Victims Killed in Bangladesh Terrorist Attack

An Emory University student from Miami was among those taken hostage and killed by terrorists in an attack in Bangladesh Friday, the school said in a statement.

Abinta Kabir was visiting her family and friends when she was taken hostage and murdered by terrorists at an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.

Kabir was a sophomore at Emory University's Oxford, Georgia, campus.

Emory University President James Wagner said in a statement: "I was able to reach Abinta’s mother, who is in unspeakable pain. Please, as you are inclined, direct your kindest thoughts and sincerest prayers in her behalf and that of her family. "

Wagner added that counseling and other services are available to those of who might benefit from them.

20 people have been killed and 13 others were rescued in the attack by suspected Islamist militants.

State asked to ok 20% rate hike for businesses

Florida regulators are being asked to approve a nearly 20 percent rate hike in insurance premiums paid by the state's business owners to cover their employees.

The organization that submits rate filings on behalf of insurance companies filed the request Friday in response to a recent state Supreme Court decision. The high court in June struck down a law that limited payments to injured workers to two years.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance is asking that regulators approve a 19.6 percent rate hike beginning on Oct. 1.

NCCI was already asking for a 17.1 percent rate hike when the court ruling on payments came out. That earlier request was based on a separate Supreme Court decision that struck down a law that limited attorney fees in workers' compensation cases.

The Office of Insurance Regulation will decide whether to approve or deny the rate hike.

Two charged in toddler's death

A Broward County father and his girlfriend have been arrested and will face first degree murder charges for the death of his two-year-old daughter last November.

After months of investigation, Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives took Larry Haynes, 34, and Amber McCray, 23, into custody for the death of Za’mya Williams while she was in their care.

On November 19, 2015, BSO Communications received a call for a medical alert around 2:43 a.m. after little Za’mya was found unconscious and unresponsive on the bed. Responding deputies quickly began trying to resuscitate the little girl. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported her to Plantation General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The day following the toddler’s death, the medical examiner concluded the death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.

The investigation revealed that Haynes and McCray had lied about their whereabouts prior to Za’mya’s death. The medical examiner determined she had sustained acute abdominal injuries hours before her death and could have survived the injuries had she received medical attention.

Haynes and McCray were booked into the BSO Main Jail on the no-bond charge.

2 football coaches face federal drug charges

Two Florida high school football coaches are facing federal drug trafficking charges.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando says 40-year-old Leonard Charles Agee Jr. and 36-year-old Benjamin S. Jenkins were arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. They each face up to 20 years in prison.

A criminal complaint says Agee started selling heroin to a confidential informant in September 2015. Authorities say he also had been selling cocaine and marijuana. Investigators say Jenkins sold cocaine and prescription pills on multiple occasions in the same year.

Brevard Public Schools posted a statement on its website saying both men have been relieved of coaching and other duties at Titusville High School. They have been placed on administrative leave pending termination.

College student who killed her newborn sentenced to life without parole

A former college student convicted of killing her newborn daughter was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, according to reports.

Prosecutors said that Emile Weaver, now 21, was attending Muskingum University in Ohio when she gave birth in the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house. She discarded the infant in the trash, where the baby later died of asphyxiation. Weaver was convicted of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

In the trial, the judge accused Weaver of not being remorseful of the death, which is why he went with a harsher sentence. “[Judge Mark] Fleegle referred to text messages from Weaver sent afterward to the man she thought was the baby’s father that said, ‘No more baby,’ followed by ‘taken care of.'”

Weaver testified that she thought the baby was already dead before placing it in the trash. She “cried as she read a letter to [the court] before her sentencing, during which she apologized for her crime.” She also claimed to have been in denial about the pregnancy.

“I ask God for forgiveness, and today, all I can do is ask for all of yours,” Weaver said.

Karate instructor accused of sending nude photos to boy

A karate instructor is accused of sending nude pictures to a young boy and asking him for sex, according to Orlando Police.

According to an arrest report, police say 20-year-old Stephanie Figueroa made the advances through the Kik messaging app.

The boy's mother said she found the messages on her son's phone last week and called police.

The boy's mother told police Figueroa wrote "she could not wait for another sleep over at the karate school so she could have sex with him in a hard way." The mom said Figueroa also invited the 11-year-old boy to her home on Sunday to have sex with her on her 21st birthday.

According to police, the boy told his mom Figueroa flirted with him and sent him more than a dozen nude pictures of her private parts.

The boy told police it started back in February. He told police of one encounter when they were alone in the office. He said she put her hand on his leg. He also claimed she wanted to cuddle and kiss him.

Police looked at the boy's phone and were not able to find any of the messages or photographs.

Officers arrested Figueroa on multiple charges, including attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation of a minor, showing obscene material to a minor, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Figueroa worked at Next-Gen Martial Arts on Goldenrod Road in Orlando. Police are investigating whether there are more potential victims.

Investigators find man’s body in Everglades

Crime scene tape wrapped around a silver Lexus sedan parked at the Miccosukee Service Plaza Wednesday morning as part of a murder investigation.

The scene was near Mile Marker 49 on Alligator Alley.

The Broward County Sheriffs Office says they got a request from the reservation police department last night about a possible death investigation.

They say witnesses said a person had been killed and the body dumped in the Everglades.

Early Wednesday morning deputies found the body of a man.

They spent much of the morning looking for and collecting evidence in the area.

Investigators have determined it to be a homicide that happened in Sebring.

It is unclear if the body was found inside the car.

Couple forced to strip naked during beach robbery

Two men who reportedly forced a man and woman to strip naked in the sand on Miami Beach during a robbery have been taken into custody along with their suspected get away driver.

On June 16th, just after midnight, the man and woman were walking along the beach when they were approached by two men near 8th Street.

One of the men, later identified as 21-year old Rafael Monroy, brandished a gun and demanded that they strip naked and hand over all of their property, according to police.

Monroy’s partner in crime, 21-year old Xavier Lopez, then grabbed their cell phones, wallets, two gold rings and three hundred dollars in cash, according to his arrest report.

The woman told investigators that Monroy made a lewd comment to her while pointing the gun at her. She also said that Lopez groped and fondled her breasts before he sexually battered her. That’s when her male companion stepped in between her and Lopez, according to the woman.

Monroy and Lopez then ran south, dumped their victims’ clothes near a trash can, got into a waiting car reportedly driven by 20-year old Michael Martinez.

The woman and man hurriedly dressed and called the police.

When they arrested Monroy, they reportedly found on him the two rings taken during the robbery. During Lopez’s arrest, police found a clear zip lock bag on him which had two Xanax tablets wrapped in aluminum foil.

Monroy has been charged with armed robbery and dealing in stolen property. Lopez is facing armed robbery, sexual battery and possession of a controlled substance charges while Martinez has been charged with armed robbery and credit card fraud.

Homeless man accused of stealing assault rifles from car

Authorities have arrested a homeless man they say stole two assault rifles and a handgun from a car in Miami.

Miami police said Tuesday that they've arrested 30-year-old Robert Patterson on counts of grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and armed burglary.

Officials say Patterson broke into a condominium on June 12 and stole two AR-15 rifles and a handgun from a car parked inside a garage. Police later released surveillance video showing a man getting into a black Mercedes-Benz and removing something from the trunk.

Authorities received a tip that led them to Patterson Tuesday.

Patterson remains behind bars without bond. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Adult refugees enrolled in Canadian high school, harassing young girls

Emails between school officials at one Canadian high school reveal the school has been struggling to integrate into the school adult Syrian refugees, who reportedly are bullying and threatening students and teachers, as well as making advances on young teenage girls.

One email from the head of the school’s international students department expressed concern that the Brussels attack would have a “trickle down” effect on the refugee students.

After receiving a tip about Fredericton High School in New Brunswick, Canada — a region that has been aggressively resettling thousands of Syrian refugees — Canadian news organization TheRebel submitted a freedom of information request to the school, asking for any information regarding problems the school might be having with the integration of Syrian immigrants.

TheRebel received more than 2,700 documents from the school in response to their request. Because of the sheer number of emails, the organization is breaking the story up into several reports this week.

Atlantic City hires lawyers to restructure debt

Atlantic City, New Jersey's fiscally distressed gambling hub, has hired public finance attorneys to restructure some of its $240 million of outstanding bond debt, Mayor Don Guardian said on Tuesday.

New Jersey law firm McManimon, Scotland & Baumann will work on reducing the city's debt load, much of which it took on to pay back casinos that won property tax appeals.

City officials are meeting with the firm this week, Guardian told residents in a meeting Tuesday evening, which was livestreamed by the Press of Atlantic City.

The city's fortunes have faded as gambling competition in neighboring states cut into its casino industry and eviscerated its property tax base.

Under new state legislation passed in May, Atlantic City has until October to craft a recovery plan or face a possible state takeover.

Local resentment lingers, and some at Tuesday's public meeting wondered whether the city could avoid state control if it filed for municipal bankruptcy.

"Bankruptcy scares investors away. It chills financial markets. Bankruptcy doesn't solve our problems," said Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, who noted that New Jersey also controls whether its cities are allowed to file for bankruptcy.

"Atlantic City is a functional, contributing part of the economic engine of the state, so we have to work together," he said.

Guardian said the city will ask private companies for bids to see if they could save money on certain services, including trash and recycling, payroll and towing.

The city has also asked Atlantic County about sharing senior citizen transportation and some other services.

A number of fees have risen, including for parking meters, which are expected to bring in nearly $800,000 this year and $1.6 million in 2017. The city's fiscal year follows the calendar year.

Guardian said that since he took office in January 2014, the city reduced its workforce by 28 percent to 904 as of the end of April, with more employees leaving at the end of this week.

The city will also get $1.7 million for properties it auctioned off on June 23 and potentially another $5 million combined for two other properties.

Supreme Court declines to rehear union fees dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by public school teachers in California asking the justices to rehear a major challenge to fees that unions collect from non-members on which the court split 4-4 in March.

The non-union teachers, represented by the Washington-based Center for Individual Rights conservative group, launched a long-shot effort to get the court to reconsider its decision. That request was denied without comment.

The decision in March was a victory for unions, preserving a vital source of cash for organized labor.

The 4-4 split, which left intact lower court rulings in favor of a teachers’ union in California, was made possible because the court was shorthanded after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

At issue in the case were so-called agency fees equivalent to union dues, currently mandatory for non-union workers under laws in about half the states including California.

In the March decision, the court, which is now evenly divided with four liberals and four conservatives, left intact a 1977 legal precedent that allowed such fees, which conservatives have long abhorred.

Conservatives for years have tried to curb the influence of public sector unions like those that represent police, firefighters, teachers and other government employees. Those unions typically back the Democratic Party and liberal causes.

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