A Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates 3,500 sleep-related baby deaths occur each year, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and deaths from unknown causes. CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald said many crib deaths are preventable, reminding that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should sleep on their backs, without any toys or soft bedding, and in their own crib. “Parents are encouraged to share a room with the baby, but not the same bed,” she said.
FTC starts legal action against revenge porn site
The Federal Trade Commission is teaming up with the State of Nevada to put a revenge porn website known as MyEx.com out of business. The FTC said the site invites posting of intimate pictures and videos, along with personal information such as their names, addresses, and employers. In some instances, the FTC said MyEx.com has collected payments of as much as $2,800 to remove a victim’s images and information. At the end of 2017, there were approximately 12,620 entries on the website, the FTC said.
Agents find cocaine in furniture shipment
A truck hauling a shipment of household furniture from Mexico to the U.S. was selected for a second inspection at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Tex. During the ensuing examination that utilized an imaging system, border patrol agents found 45 packages hidden in the furniture that contained 112 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $862,000, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Narcotics smugglers nabbed near U.S.-Mexico border
Two female residents of Phoenix, Ariz., aged 20 and 22, were arrested when border patrol agents found 4 pounds of fentanyl and oxycodone concealed in their clothing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The arrests were made at an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado, Ariz., about 30 miles north of the border crossing at Nogales, Ariz.
Judge charged for stealing dead client’s money
Diane Vettori-Caraballo, 49, an estate planner and an elected judge in Mahoning County, Ohio, was charged with stealing between $96,200 and $328,000 from the estate of a client, Robert Sampson. Vettori-Caraballo filed an application to administer the estate, but the probate court appointed Sampson’s sister, Dolores Falgiani. According to the Department of Justice, Falgiani reported that she’d found “several shoeboxes of cash” stored at her residence, and she was “found dead in her home” several months later. Vettori-Caraballo was later appointed administrator of Falgiani’s estate, the DOJ said.
Neo-Nazi gets five years for storing explosives
Brandon Russell, 22, of Tampa, Fla., was sentenced to a five-year prison term for possessing an unregistered destructive device and storing explosive materials, the Department of Justice said. The explosive materials were found by Tampa police who investigated a double homicide that left two of Russell’s three apartment roommates dead. Russell and his roommates were described by DOJ as active members of Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi group.
DOT agency releases transportation statistics
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released its 2017 annual report to Congress. It was the 22nd compilation of key transportation indicators, including data on passenger travel, freight movement, system reliability, safety, energy consumption, and environmental impacts.
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