MOTHER CHARGED WITH KILLING FOUR KIDS, THEIR FATHER
Four young children and their father were found slain in a home outside Atlanta early Thursday, and police say the mother — now charged with their deaths — was the one who called 911 to report the killings.
The five were apparently stabbed to death. A fifth child, a girl, survived and was hospitalized with injuries described as serious, police said.
The woman was detained by police after the bodies were found inside the home in Loganville, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said. Police later charged 33-year-old Isabel Martinez with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse.
SPRINGFIELD, ILL.» The state House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation’s longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.
The new budget will be fueled by a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, and it includes spending cuts.
Lawmakers approved the bill to raise taxes by a 71-42 vote. The spending bill passed 74-37. It takes 71 yes votes to override a veto.
Government ethics director who prodded Trump resigns. WASHINGTON»
The government ethics director who prodded President Donald Trump’s administration over conflicts of interest is resigning to take a new job.
Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, is joining the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit in Washington that mostly focuses on violations of campaign finance law.
U.S. judge leaves travel ban rules in place. HONOLULU»
A federal judge on Thursday left Trump administration rules in place for a travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson denied an emergency motion filed by Hawaii asking him to clarify what the U.S. Supreme Court meant by a “bona fide” relationship in its ruling last month.
The Supreme Court ruled the administration could mostly enforce its travel ban but said those “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could enter.
Cosby’s retrial on sex assault charges is set for November.
PHILADELPHIA» Bill Cosby will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on the question after deliberating over six days. Cosby, who turns 80 in July, was ordered Thursday to be ready for trial Nov. 6.
Trump administration to name Georgia health official as new CDC director. WASHINGTON»
The Trump administration plans to appoint Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald to become the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government, given the agency’s role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally. Public health sources said the appointment is expected to be announced as early as Friday.
28 dead after fight among rival gangs in prison. ACAPULCO, MEXICO»
Fighting erupted between rival gangs inside a state prison before dawn Thursday, and 28 inmates were killed and three wounded, officials in the Pacific resort said. The incident began because of the constant dispute between rival groups inside the prison, officials said. — Denver Post wire services