A Maryland mother from Guyana and her two infant daughters found dead inside a car in June died of accidental heatstroke, the state medical examiner's office said on Tuesday. Police discovered Allison Pluck, 32, and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 9 and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16. The cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure, medical examiner's spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said. The daughters were in the back in safety seats, police have said.
The river otter believed to be responsible for a rare attack on humans that left a Washington state boy and his grandmother badly hurt has been killed, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday. The large male otter was trapped, captured and euthanized just yards from where the late July attack occurred in the Pilchuck River in Snohomish County, about 36 miles northeast of Seattle, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said. The attack appeared unprovoked, according to Captain Alan Myers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The large male otter found Sunday acted aggressively and did not appear scared of dogs or humans, Myers said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is pressing the international community to urgently respond to a shortage of doctors, nurses and equipment to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
A real-estate broker who helps sell multimillion-dollar luxury homes in New York City has pleaded guilty to stealing clothes worth more than $1,000 from the department store Saks Fifth Avenue, the district attorney's office said. Police arrested Kate Meckler, an agent for the New York-based firm Warburg Realty, in April after security staff saw her take a top, a pair of jeans and a jacket from the Manhattan store without paying, according to the prosecutors' criminal complaint. Meckler, 39, was originally charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to the complaint, but pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct in the criminal court in Manhattan on Monday, the district attorney's office said. She is expected to be sentenced to five days of community service, the New York Post reported.
NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK — Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors in the District of Columbia have for now stopped charging people with carrying a handgun outside their home or business after a judge ruled a city law banning carrying a handgun unconstitutional.