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42 migrants found dead inside tractor-trailer in Texas


42 people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on a Texas roadway, according to local outlets.
The bodies were discovered inside the 18-wheeler on Quintana Road in San Antonio and 16 survivors were rushed to area hospitals in varying conditions, KSAT reported, citing multiple police sources
Local journalists near the scene reported spotting yellow tarps near the back of the open truck, as well as a large “mass casualty – evacuation” ambulance rushing by and dozens of officers from the San Antonio Police Department, Homeland Security and Border Patrol on the scene.
The tractor-trailer was abandoned in a remote area near railroad tracks and the driver remains at large
Officers and first responders were walking the train tracks with thermal imaging cameras to find any possible survivors and the driver,
The deceased are believed to all have been undocumented migrants who crossed into the US illegally, according to the Times.
Officers are investigating how the 42 people died. Temperatures in San Antonio reached a high of 103 degrees amid an ongoing heat wave.
The temperature inside a vehicle can reach over 115 degrees when the outside temperature is just 70 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The death toll was initially reported at 20 people. The new count makes the tragedy one of the deadliest incidents of migrant trafficking in recent years.

Chicago-bound Amtrak train derails after hitting dump truck in Missouri, three dead


An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in Missouri after striking a dump truck and at least three people were killed and multiple people injured, authorities said.
Seven cars on an Amtrak Southwest Chief train derailed near Mendon, Missouri at a rural railroad crossing on a gravel road, the Missouri State High Patrol said.
The train had 243 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, an Amtrak spokesperson said.
Two people aboard the train and one person in the dump truck were killed, authorities said. At least 50 people were injured, Fox Kansas City reported.
The University of Missouri hospital in Columbia told Fox News it has received three patients from the derailment. A hospital spokesperson did not have information on the type of injuries they sustained or their conditions.
Multiple patients were taken to hospitals via ambulances and helicopters from various local first responders.
Passenger Amanda Diehl Drinkhard said she heard a crash before the train fell onto its side.
“We heard a big crash and then a big cloud of dirt with a horrible burning oil smell,” she told Fox News. “In slow motion the car fell off the rail to the right side. People from across the aisle were falling on top of us. Everyone stayed relatively calm and we managed to push everyone out the top through a broken out window. There were helpful people waiting at the bottom to help down from the car.”
Passengers on the train included high school students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were headed to a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago, Superintendent Tim Beying told The Kansas City Star.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was launching a 14-member “go-team” to investigate the train derailment. The team is expected to arrive at the site.
Monday’s incident came a day after three people were killed Sunday when an Amtrak commuter train smashed into a car in California.

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution, a decision that opponents said would open the door to “much more coercive prayer” in public schools.
The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. The case was the latest in a line of rulings for religious plaintiffs.
The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices. The liberal justices in the minority said there was evidence that Bremerton (Washington) High School Coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers at the 50-yard-line had a coercive effect on students and allowed him to incorporate his “personal religious beliefs into a school event.”
Dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the decision “sets us further down a perilous path in forcing states to entangle themselves with religion.”
But the justices in the majority emphasized that the coach’s prayers came after the games were over and at a time when he wasn’t responsible for students and was free to do other things.

The coach and his attorneys at First Liberty Institute, a Christian legal group, were among those cheering the decision. Kennedy said in an interview that his first reaction was one of pure joy.
“Just like in all my football games I just threw my arms up, you know, ‘touchdown,’” he said. He described the seven years since the dispute began as tough on his family but “absolutely worth it.”
Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority in the ruling, declared, “The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike.
Gorsuch noted that the coach “prayed during a period when school employees were free to speak with a friend, call for a reservation at a restaurant, check email, or attend to other personal matters” and “while his students were otherwise occupied.”
It would be wrong to treat everything public school teachers and coaches say and do as speech subject to government control, he wrote. If that were the case, “a school could fire a Muslim teacher for wearing a headscarf in the classroom or prohibit a Christian aide from praying quietly over her lunch in the cafeteria,” he wrote.
He closed by writing that: “Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic—whether those expressions take place in a sanctuary or on a field, and whether they manifest through the spoken word or a bowed head.”
The decision continues a pattern in which the court has ruled in favor of religious plaintiffs. Last week the court ruled that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.
In dissent, Sotomayor wrote Monday that players “recognize that gaining the coach’s approval may pay dividends small and large, from extra playing time to a stronger letter of recommendation to additional support in college athletic recruiting.” And she said “some students reported joining Kennedy’s prayer because they felt social pressure to follow their coach and teammates.”
Sotomayor was joined in her dissent by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
Paul Clement, the attorney who argued the case on behalf of Kennedy, said in a statement that the decision would allow the coach “to finally return to the place he belongs – coaching football and quietly praying by himself after the game.”
Kennedy now lives in Florida, and it was unclear when — or if — he might move back across the country to Washington state for a part-time job that had paid him less than $5,000. He said in the interview that he is in Florida to help his father-in-law but his family remains in Washington and it was never his intention to remain in Florida permanently. He said his lawyers and the school district would need to work things out for him to return to coaching.
He started coaching at the school in 2008 and initially prayed alone on the 50-yard line at the end of games. Students started joining him, and over time he began to deliver a short, inspirational talk with religious references. Kennedy did that for years and also led students in locker room prayers. The school district learned what he was doing in 2015 and asked him to stop out of concerns the district could be sued for violating students’ religious freedom rights.
He stopped leading students in prayer in the locker room and on the field but wanted to continue kneeling and praying on the field himself after games. The school asked him not to do so while still “on duty” as a coach after the games. When he continued, the school put him on paid leave. The head coach of the varsity team later recommended he not be rehired because, among other things, he failed to follow district policy.
In a statement, the Bremerton School District and its attorneys at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said the decision undermines the separation required by the Constitution. The school district said in a statement that it had “followed the law and acted to protect the religious freedom of all students and their families.”
Rachel Laser, the head of Americans United, said the decision “opens the door to much more coercive prayer in our public schools” and undermines the religious freedom of students.
The school district’s attorney, Richard Katskee, said it is studying the decision and considering its next steps.
Three justices on the court — Breyer, Kagan and Justice Samuel Alito — attended public high schools, while the other six attended Catholic schools.

3 killed as train hit car were headed to funeral fundraiser


BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Three women killed when an Amtrak commuter train smashed into their car in Northern California were headed to a fundraiser at a vineyard for a Brentwood resident who died less than a week ago.

The crash occurred around 1 p.m. in a rural area near Brentwood, about an hour’s drive southeast of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Two others had major injuries and were transported to a hospital, said Steve Aubert, fire marshal with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
The Amtrak train slammed into the car, sending it careening off a long dirt driveway and into another vehicle. The private train crossing has no railroad crossing gates, lights or signals, the East Bay Times reported.

Aubert said there are signs posted on both sides of the tracks warning of fast-moving trains. He said the trains are allowed to go up to 80 mph (129 kph) through that area.
The deadly crash happened about 300 feet (about 90 meters) from an outdoor fundraiser for the family of a Brentwood resident who died less than a week ago, Fatima Jimenez, who was one of the people there to mourn, told the newspaper.
Jimenez said she ran out of the fundraiser and found two women dead on the ground, along with a bloodied child, and helped pull a man from the wreckage.

“People fainted when they heard what was going on,” Jimenez said. “It was chaotic. There are no words to describe it — I’m still in shock.”
Mitch Bloomfield, who owns the Bloomfield Vineyards property where the fundraiser was held, told the newspaper he installed his own signs on each side of the tracks declaring “TRAINS!!” after repeatedly asking BNSF Railway to install a railroad crossing gate with lights and signals.
“I’ve called BNSF countless times to have them put in a crossing there,” he said. “They make a lot of money but they don’t like to spend it.”

“Hopefully now this is more of an important thing,” he added.
A message to BNSF Railway seeking comment was not immediately answered.

Authorities turn to toxicology lab in mysterious deaths of 22 teens at nightclub


South African authorities are consulting a toxicology lab after 22 teenagers were found dead inside a nightclub on Sunday.
South African officials confirmed that each of the 22 deceased individuals were minors, with the youngest being 13 years old, according to local media. Police minister Bheki Cele ruled out the theory that the deaths were caused by a stampede, telling reporters outside the nightclub on Sunday that the victims showed no outward signs of injury.
The results of the toxicology analysis have yet to be announced.
Cele went on to condemn the owners of the East London nightclub for allowing minors into the venue and apparently serving them alcohol. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa echoed the sentiment, writing in a statement that the club should have been “off-limits” to the minors.
“This tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month — a time during which we celebrate young people, advocate and advance opportunities for improved socio-economic conditions for the youth of our nation,” Ramaphosa added.
Authorities say the teens were thought to have been celebrating the end of school exams. At least six of the children had yet to be identified as of late night
Local media says the owner of the nightclub, who has yet to be named, may soon face charges for serving alcohol to minors.
The deceased include at least nine girls and 12 boys. Police discovered at least 17 of the teens dead when they arrived at the nightclub at roughly 4 a.m. on Sunday, while at least four others later died at the hospital or on the way to the hospital.

Full House’ star Jodie Sweetin shoved by LAPD during protest of Supreme Court ruling on LA freeway


“Full House” star Jodie Sweetin was pushed from an embankment down to the concrete ground by an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department while protesting the Supreme Court Roe v Wade ruling in Los Angeles.
In a video captured by photographer Michael Ade, the 40-year-old actress appeared to be thrown to the ground while leading a “group of peaceful protestors away from the freeway” as she gathered with a number of activists in the downtown area of the city.
Sweetin was seen wearing a black T-shirt and black leggings with a black backpack and a megaphone attached to her arm. At one point in the video, Sweetin seemed to be pushed from a dirt hill down to the ground.
She skidded across the ground and her hat flew back on her head. A crowd gathered to help her stand up again
Pasadena, California, in 2019 (Rachel Luna)
One protestor could be heard screaming, “What the f— is wrong with you guys?” Another asked, “Jodi, are you good?”
Sweetin almost immediately stood up again, fixed her hat and joined in the chants with other protestors near the 101 Freeway: “No justice, no peace.”
“I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court,” Sweetin told Fox News Digital.
“Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”
Fox News Digital contacted the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.
Sweetin later shared a few words written by ScottyJohns @highroadsaloon on Instagram, which were posted by @saadia_mirza.
The post said: “I said to my wife ‘Do you think anyone will commit suicide because they could not get an abortion?”
“She instantly replied ‘yes.’
“Then she added ‘there will be all those boyfriends and husbands that murder them because they couldn’t get one too’ and that shook my f—ing world.”
Sweetin wrote, “True and tragic.” She used a hashtag to spell out, “you’re not pro life, you’re just pro birth.”
Sweetin is known for playing beloved middle daughter Stephanie Tanner on “Full House” and the most recent reboot, “Fuller House.”
The decision made by SCOTUS on Friday effectively ended recognition of a constitutional right to abortion which has been in place since 1973, and gives individual states the power to allow, limit or ban the healthcare practice altogether.
Jodie Sweetin starred as middle daughter Stephanie Tanner on the beloved family sitcom ‘Full House’
Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh voted in favor of ending the landmark federal abortion protection. Chief Justice John Roberts did not approve of ending Roe.
“The majority has overruled Roe and Casey for one and only one reason: because it has always despised them, and now it has the votes to discard them,” wrote Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in a joint, 59-page dissent.
“In overruling Roe and Casey, this Court betrays its guiding principles. With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent

Arizona woman’s alleged killer found because of picture taken minutes before death


An Arizona woman’s alleged killer has been arrested because of a picture taken right before the incident happened on June 11.

Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, was found dead just before 7:30 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona in her car that had driven off the road and into a landscaping area, according to the Glendale Police Department. Initially, police responded to the scene for reports of a car that had driven off the road.
Martinez was found “in distress and non-responsive” and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

A witness told police that Martinez was initially parked on the side of the road next to a van, and a man could be seen outside of Martinez’s vehicle before getting back into his car and driving away.
The witness told police that Martinez’s car “slowly began to drive off the roadway.”
She was completing her last food delivery of the day with UberEats and, according to police “for some reason” took a picture of the man in a van that was alongside her vehicle.
Police later identified that man as 62-year-old Rusty French.

French was questioned by police on June 15, and when shown the picture of him that Martinez took before her death, he admitted that it was him but must have blacked out and couldn’t remember what occurred.
When a search warrant was executed at French’s home, police found a handgun that police say “was a ballistic match for the handgun used in the shooting.”

Police gathered other evidence that implicated French as the shooter as well. French and Martinez didn’t know each other, according to police.
French was arrested on June 23 and charged with second-degree murder.

Arizona homeowner fatally shoots 2 intruders


A Phoenix, Arizona homeowner shot and killed two men who were attempting to break into the home Saturday morning, police said, according to reports.

When police arrived before 8 a.m. in response to several 911 calls, officers found the two alleged intruders on the ground in front of the home.
“Witnesses told the officers the shooter was inside the home next to where the men were lying,” Sgt. Philip Krynsky said

“The officers were able to successfully carry the men to await paramedics. The officers were able to communicate with the three occupants of the home and they were detained peacefully.”
The two alleged intruders were transported to separate hospitals, where they succumbed to their injuries.
The men, believed to be in their 20s, have not yet been identified.

Krynsky explained that the people detained in connection to the shooting gave consistent stories of self-defense during the investigation into the incident.
In consultation with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the suspects were released, and charges will be submitted for review,” Krynsky said, which is standard practice.

Chicago 5-month-old baby girl dies after being shot in the head: ‘A disgrace


five-month-old baby girl died in Chicago after being shot in the head while sitting in a car.
The Chicago Police Department said the deadly shooting happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the 7700 block of S. South Shore when the female infant was sitting inside a vehicle.
A second unknown vehicle approached, and an occupant fired shots from inside, police said.
The baby girl, since identified as Cecilia Thomas, was struck in the head and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital. She was initially listed as in critical condition but later died from her injuries.
A second victim, a 41-year-old male, was traveling in a separate vehicle and self-transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the eye area, police said
He was initially reported in good condition.
Police said at night that there are no offenders in custody, and area detectives are investigating.
Andrew Holmes, a community activist, told FOX 32 Chicago that the suspect vehicle is possibly a red Chrysler and the shooter is possibly an unidentified female. He said he hoped surveillance cameras or witnesses with her information would be able to help identify her further and bring her to justice.
“And it’s supposed to have been a female shooter, and my message to her, it won’t be long because I hope one of these cameras or somebody got her information and knows how she looks,” he said.
You just took this baby’s life. This baby was an infant, this baby didn’t do nothing to you,” Holmes added. “We understand it may have been two cars shooting back and forth at each other.”

“We’re not going to stand for this in this city,” Holmes told FOX 32. “We need this city to do what we got to do to put eyes on this young lady, on this driver until both of them have been arrested because this is disgusting, this is a disgrace, this is as low as you can get.”
Ja’Mal Green, another community activist who is running for mayor of Chicago, said he is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the 5-month-old’s death.
“A 5-month-old girl was just shot in the head in Chicago. My heart breaks for this young girl & her family,” he said in a statement. “I am offering a $5,000 reward NOW to someone who comes forward to give answers that can lead to an arrest & conviction! $2,500 when they are arrested, $2,500 when convicted. It’s time to get to the root of this violence so we can create a better city for our Children.”
This comes as more than a dozen people have been shot in Chicago so far this weekend. Early Friday morning, the 18-year-old brother of Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell was shot and killed in the 11400 block of S. Vincennes. Chicago police said Sunday that still no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting that also wounded two other people.

Snaps from ‘Gabby Petito’ film released as Laundrie’s notebook reveals murder confession


Stills from an upcoming Lifetime film based on the tragic death of Gabby Petito have been released just as the FBI confirms boyfriend Brian Laundrie confessed to killing the aspiring social media star in his personal notebook.
“The Gabby Petito Story” was spotted filming for the first time in the mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah
Director Thora Birch is seen in a few shots giving direction to the two actors playing Petito and Laundrie.
Burch will also act in the film as Petito’s mother. A full cast list has yet to be released.
The snaps capture a scene where the couple engaged in an intense argument before Laundrie storms off and hops into the white van that he’d later drive home alone in after murdering girlfriend Petito.

Many have taken issue with Lifetime’s decision to move forward with a project about Petito’s death so quickly, as she was killed by Laundrie just last fall.
I can’t believe this even needs to be said but we do NOT need a Gabby Petito murder movie. We don’t,” tweeted one critic, with another adding, “Hollywood is making a movie about the death of Gabby Petito?!?! Unreal. Tone deaf. But I’m not surprised. Hollywood can’t come up with anything original these days.”
The network may have had good intentions, however, as the film will be a part of its Stop Violence Against Women public affairs initiative.
Long Island native Petito went missing on a road trip with Laundrie and was found Sept. 19 strangled to death in a camping ground near the Grand Tetons.
Laundrie disappeared after her death, sparking a nationwide manhunt. He was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a Florida swamp, where his notebook was recently recovered by the FBI.
“I ended her life,” he wrote, claiming that 22-year-old Petito fell and badly hurt herself.
“I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
Last month, Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida against the curator of Laundrie’s estate. She is seeking damages of $30,000.

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