NEWS OF THE DAY

From Across the Na­tion

San Francisco Chronicle - - NATION -

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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.

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