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Chris Watts' affidavit expected to be made public Monday

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An affidavit explaining why investigators believe a Colorado husband and father murdered his pregnant wife and family is expected to be made public Monday, when he will be formally charged, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports. Police arrested Chris Watts, 33, late Wednesday on suspicion of killing his wife and children. Autopsies were completed Friday on Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. The cause of their deaths has not been made public. Chris Watts' attorney filed a motion seeking the DNA samples from the girls' necks suggested that they may have been strangled.A Colorado judge said in an order Friday he would not tell the medical examiner's office involved in the case how to do its job, KMGH-TV and the Daily Camera newsp...
ICE detains man driving wife to hospital to deliver baby, says he is wanted for murder in Mexico

ICE detains man driving wife to hospital to deliver baby, says he is wanted for murder in Mexico

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Last Updated Aug 18, 2018 10:57 PM EDT SAN BERNARDINO — A California woman says her husband was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while he drove her to the hospital to deliver their baby this week. ICE said in a statement Friday that Joel Arrona-Lara was arrested for being in the country illegally, and the federal agency said Saturday that he was wanted for murder charges in Mexico. Arrona-Lara was driving his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday when they stopped to get gas. She said two ICE agents approached them and asked for identification, CBS Los Angeles reports.Venegas showed the agents her ID, but said her husband did not have his with him. When the
ICE detains California man taking pregnant wife to hospital, says he has criminal warrant in Mexico

ICE detains California man taking pregnant wife to hospital, says he has criminal warrant in Mexico

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A man driving his pregnant wife to a hospital for delivery of their baby was detained and taken into custody by immigration agents, according to the couple's lawyer and a news report. Joel Arrona-Lara, 36, was taken into custody when he and his wife stopped at a gas station Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, told Univision in Spanish. They had been on the way to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. ICE said in an initial statement Saturday that Arrona-Lara is an undocumented immigrant now in custody pending removal proceedings. Later, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency issued an updated statement saying he is wanted in Mexico on homicide charges. "Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant iss
Trump's Implicit Defense of Alex Jones Is an Echo of Birtherism

Trump's Implicit Defense of Alex Jones Is an Echo of Birtherism

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The news cameras showed up, like they always do, and Donald Trump was ready for them. He emerged from a helicopter with TRUMP stamped across the side. He grinned. Then he took one of the most absurd victory laps in modern American politics.With every tweetstorm of his presidency, this is the moment—April 27, 2011, on a tarmac in New Hampshire—that should flicker across the national memory.Trump’s story that day was about the birth certificate of the man who was president at the time, the man whom Trump would eventually replace in the Oval Office. After years of badgering Barack Obama about his birthplace, after relentless attempts to discredit the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency by falsely claiming Obama wasn’t really born in the United States, Trump had succeeded in getting the White
ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital To Deliver Baby

ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital To Deliver Baby

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SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — A newborn is without his father Friday after immigration agents detained the man as he was taking his wife to deliver the baby.Security video from the gas station of Joel Arrona being detained (L). Wife Maria del Carmen Venegas is seen on the phone inside the gas station convenience store in San Bernardino, Aug. 15, 2018. “I feel very bad right now,” Maria del Carmen Venegas told CBS2 News in Spanish as she held her baby boy while still in her hospital gown. Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The mother of five was then asked
Were Colorado girls strangled? Father's lawyers requested DNA swabs from children's necks.

Were Colorado girls strangled? Father's lawyers requested DNA swabs from children's necks.

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, Reporter , Reporter August 18 at 2:21 PM The two young Colorado girls who, along with their mother, were killed this past week may have been strangled before their bodies were dumped in an oil well, according to a court document. A motion filed Friday by attorneys defending Christopher Watts, who investigators believe killed his pregnant wife and daughters, asks that DNA samples be taken from the children’s necks. The document cites an expert who argued that DNA would still be present on the bodies — even though they had been submerged in crude oil for four days before they were found — but that evidence would be lost once the autopsies were performed. A Weld County judge, however, denied the request, the Denver Post reported. And authorities said Friday that they had fini
NYT: White House counsel McGahn cooperated 'extensively' with special counsel probe

NYT: White House counsel McGahn cooperated 'extensively' with special counsel probe

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McGahn has provided "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice," including providing information that the Mueller team otherwise would not have learned about, the Times reported, citing a dozen current and former White House officials and other individuals briefed on the matter. CNN has reported that McGahn was interviewed by Mueller's team last last year.McGahn's decision to cooperate was partly due to the fact that the President's initial legal team had decided to fully cooperate with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, believing their client had nothing to hide and they could bring a quick end to the probe, the newspaper reported. But McGahn became concerned that th...
White House Counsel Has Cooperated Extensively With Mueller's Obstruction Inquiry

White House Counsel Has Cooperated Extensively With Mueller's Obstruction Inquiry

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White House Counsel Has Cooperated Extensively With Mueller’s Obstruction InquiryImageDonald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel. For a lawyer to share so much with investigators scrutinizing his client is unusual, but Mr. McGahn views his role as protecting the presidency, not the president.CreditErin Schaff for The New York TimesBy Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie HabermanAug. 18, 2018WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the mat