NEWS OF THE DAY
From Across the Nation
Airline inspectors: The Federal Aviation Administration has brought about 500 furloughed safety inspectors back to work and expects more to return this week, potentially easing strains on the aviation system amid the partial federal government shutdown. Most of the FAA’s 3,000 safety inspectors have been sidelined during the shutdown. Inspectors oversee and certify work by airline and repair-shop employees. They’re not considered essential employees who must work during shutdowns. The shutdown has hit aviation hard. About 10,000 FAA air traffic controllers are on the job but not getting paid. Some Transportation Security Administration screeners are staying home rather than working without pay.
Body found: An Albuquerque man says his landscaper requested permission to bury a cat in his backyard, but police looking for the landscaper’s missing 1-yearold daughter found her body instead. Thomas Dunn said David Zuber called in late December and said he needed to bury a cat. Dunn agreed because his family uses the yard as a pet cemetery. Authorities showed up this month and found Anastazia Romero’s body buried inside a duffel bag and under a dog’s remains. Police began looking for the child after a relative of Zuber said he had said the child drowned. Zuber and Monique Romero were arrested and face charges including child abuse resulting in death.
Singer investigated: Illinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert said the application for the Spring Break Jam in April was denied because of security concerns after protests outside Kelly’s Chicago studio last week. Kelly has been under fire since the recent airing of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” He has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and girls.
Drug overdoses: One man died and four are in critical condition after apparent drug overdoses at a house in Chico. A dozen people were taken out of the house Saturday and brought to hospitals, police said. The mass overdose appears to have been caused by the dangerous opioid fentanyl, Police Chief Mike O’Brien said. All of the people hospitalized appeared to be in their 20s, police said.
Vegetative state: Arizona regulators reportedly wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from a Phoenix long-term care facility years before a woman in a vegetative state gave birth. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported Sunday that Hacienda HealthCare faced a 2016 criminal investigation. Authorities accused the facility of billing about $4 million in bogus 2014 charges. The criminal case was dropped in 2017, but a court battle continues over Hacienda’s financial records. Police say the 29-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and gave birth last month. Investigators are collecting DNA from Hacienda’s male employees.