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POSTED August 26, 2013 9:36 p.m.

WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF BABY FOUND IN PA. PUB: EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant's toilet, authorities said Monday in charging her with the baby's death.

Amanda Catherine Hein was arraigned and held without bail on one count of criminal homicide in the death of her baby last week.

A cleaning crew found the baby's body Aug. 19 at Starters Pub in Bethlehem, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. Authorities said the baby was at 33 to 36 weeks gestation and viable.

An autopsy found the baby was born alive, the Northampton County coroner said.

In an interview with police, the 26-year-old Allentown woman admitted giving birth to the baby boy in the restroom a night earlier, wrapping him in a plastic bag from a garbage container and placing him in the toilet tank, court documents said.

District Attorney John Morganelli said Hein was watching a pay-per-view wrestling event with several other people when she complained of back pain and excused herself.

One of the men told police she was gone for a long time before returning to the table, getting her purse and going outside to smoke. The man said he saw that she was bleeding and asked if she needed to go to the hospital, but she told him she didn't have insurance and he dropped her off at her house.

RAPPER 'FAT JOE' REPORTS TO PRISON IN TAX CASE: NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rap star "Fat Joe" has reported to federal prison in Florida to serve a 4-month sentence for tax evasion.

An attorney for the performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, said his client surrendered Monday at a federal detention center in Miami.

Cartagena pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of income in 2007 and in 2008.

The 42-year-old Miami Beach resident was charged in New Jersey because some of the companies he earns money from are incorporated in the state.

The platinum-selling artist once topped the Billboard charts with the hit "What's Luv."


21 MEASLES CASES LINKED TO MEGACHURCH IN TEXAS: DALLAS (AP) — A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 measles cases has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said Monday.

The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, located about 20 miles north of Fort Worth, Texas. Officials with area health departments said those affected by the outbreak range in age from 4-months to 44-years-old. All of the school-aged children with measles were homeschooled, and majority of those who were infected had not been vaccinated.

In a recent sermon posted online, senior pastor Terri Pearsons encouraged those who haven't been vaccinated to do so, adding that the Old Testament is "full of precautionary measures."

MANNING LAWYER GIVES MORE DETAILS ON GENDER CHANGE : PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, decided to announce that she wanted to live as a woman the day after sentencing because a military prison said publicly it would not provide hormone treatment, her attorney said Monday.

Attorney David Coombs told The Associated Press that Manning had known for a long time she would make such a statement, but "she wanted, essentially, for the media surrounding the trial to dissipate."

Manning did not want people to think the statement was insincere.

Coombs said he and Manning knew the Army might not provide hormone treatment, but they were hoping the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., would allow it since Manning had been diagnosed with gender-identity disorder by an Army psychiatrist who testified at his trial.

It wasn't until they read a Courthouse News Service story that Manning decided to make the announcement. The story quoted prison spokeswoman Kimberly Lewis saying the prison would not provide hormone therapy. It was published Aug. 20, the day before Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking mountains of classified material the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

“It was Chelsea's intent to do this all along," Coombs said. "It was only after Fort Leavenworth had said that they would not provide any sort of medical treatment that we decided not to wait."

Coombs said he hoped the military prison "will simply do the right thing" so Manning will not have to sue in military or civilian court.

Coombs said at this point, Manning does not want sex-reassignment surgery and expects to be kept with men in prison. The Fort Leavenworth prison is all-male.

Coombs said he had seen online people objecting to taxpayer-funded hormone therapy and said Manning will pay for it.

Hormone therapy, which typically involves high doses of estrogen to promote breast development and other female characteristics, can help Manning, Coombs said.

"It's just to be comfortable in her own skin," Coombs said.

DAIRY QUEEN SETS WORLD RECORD WITH FRUIT SCULPTURE: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dairy Queen now owns the world record for the largest fruit sculpture ever after hiring an artist to build a 10-foot-tall tree.

The restaurant chain sponsored the fruit sculpture in Calgary, Alberta, Canada earlier this month as part of a promotional event for its Orange Julius smoothies.

Sculptor Shawn Feeney used 1,200 pieces of pineapples, oranges, strawberries, peaches and mangos to build the tree.

Guinness World Record officials were present to certify the record.

GRILL EXPLOSION KILLS 1 AT CENTRAL INDIANA CHURCH: NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A large gas grill exploded Monday outside a central Indiana church, killing a man operating the barbecue at the time, authorities said.

The explosion at Grace Community Church in Noblesville was felt by others preparing for a cookout, Police Lt. Bruce Barnes said. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

 

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