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(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport intercepted a traveler attempting to smuggle 35 pounds of liquid cocaine into the United States in shampoo bottles, Nov. 11, 2019. (HOUSTON) -- Authorities confiscated hundreds of thousands dollars worth of liquid cocaine inside two dozen shampoo bottles at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Officials on Wednesday stopped a man who was allegedly trying to smuggle 35 pounds of the drug in 24 full-sized bottles of shampoo, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The 26-year-old man, who was not named, had stashed the liquid cocaine amid his clothing in his checked bag, CBP said.

Upon discovering the bottles, officers used a K-9 to examine them.

The K-9 confirmed there were narcotics inside the shampoo bottles, according to CBP.

The total amount seized came out to more than $400,000, the agency said.

The man was brought back to Colombia, where he is from, and the drugs were turned over to the Houston Police Department for further investigation.

“We take every opportunity to intercept those illicit goods before they enter our communities, in this case it was 35 pounds of liquid cocaine," CBP Port Director Shawn Polley said in a statement.

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(Photo Credit: Melissa Akacha) Lynn Schutzman, a 70-year-old former pharmacist, was living out of a small SUV with her two dogs until two friends came across her car in a suburban Philadelphia store parking lot.(PHILADELPHIA) -- It all started with two best friends who took to a neighborhood social media site to get more information about a stranger they'd noticed living in her car in a suburban Philadelphia store parking lot.

"Does anyone know anything about the elderly woman with 2 dogs that has recently been living in her car under the covered part of the Target parking lot?" Jennifer Husband-Elsier asked on the Nextdoor app in April. "I spoke to the police and they said she's been living like this for over 2 years in different areas of [King of Prussia]. ... It's an awful scenario. Really, really upsetting."

That post brought about a life change that Lynn Schutzman, a 70-year-old former pharmacist living out of a small SUV and battling multiple health issues, could never imagine.

Schutzman and her two dogs now live in an apartment where she receives food deliveries and neighbors stop by to walk her dogs. For the first time in years, Schutzman has Thanksgiving dinner plans with Husband-Elsier's family and others.

"It's incredible," Schutzman told ABC News on Wednesday. "[The community] did a beautiful job. I mean, the apartment is just beautiful with personal touches. ... I couldn't believe it."

In that April post, Husband-Elsier told the app's users that she wanted to do something about Schutzman's predicament.

Husband-Eisler said she and her friend Melissa Akacha approached Schutzman's car.

"Our first question to her was just, 'Are you OK?'" Husband-Elsier said.

Soon, the two women learned of her story: Schutzman had suffered from numerous illnesses following the sudden death of her husband, and that brought about a continuous mountain of medical bills, according to WBUR News.

Schutzman soon found herself unable to pay for her home, so she moved all of her belongings and her two dogs into her SUV. She said she didn't qualify for affordable housing and that homeless shelters would not allow her dogs.

Because Akacha is a pharmacist, she asked people in the field whether they knew of Schutzman. Meanwhile, Akacha and Husband-Eisler paid for Schutzman to stay in a hotel. Akacha said she learned that Schutzman was a respected mentor in the pharmacy field.

"Everybody knew that Lynn was a really wonderful, sweet, loving, giving person who really fell on hard times," Husband-Elsier told ABC News. "That made us confident in our journey to start helping her."

After Husband-Elsier and Akacha each posted about Schutzman on the app to make residents aware, some people brought meals and blankets, and even food for her pets, to her vehicle in the Target parking lot.

Husband-Elsier and Akacha, however, wanted to do more. So, they posted a crowdfunding page for Schutzman.

"This woman has gone completely absolutely everyone in our town for over two years! Up until today, she never wanted to admit to anyone, including her physicians, that she is homeless. She puts on a front to most people who know her because she is embarrassed [as you can imagine] of what has happened to her. ... She is one of 'King of Prussia's homeless,'" Husband-Elsier and Akacha wrote in their posts. "We need to help this woman. NO ONE should ever have to live the way she is living."

Ten days later, they'd raised enough money online to get Schutzman a studio apartment. About a dozen neighbors also came to King of Prussia in May to help paint and furnish Schutzman's new apartment with donated items before she finally moved in. Husband-Elsier and Akacha said there were various committees in charge of fixing Schutzman's car, caring for her dogs and even getting her doctors.

"Everyone wanted to be a part of this," Akacha said.

"I know that Lynn needed us. She needed friendship and love and people who care. ... We learned that we needed Lynn, too. This opportunity has also given us love and friendship and restored our faith in humanity," Husband-Elsier wrote in a post on NextDoor.

In a video that captured Schutzman entering her new home, there wasn't a dry eye in the room as she thanked everyone.

"It was unbelievable the way our community came together," Husband-Elsier said on Wednesday. "We just asked [Schutzman] if she was OK. Really, it's the community who made the big impact."

As of Wednesday, the rent for that apartment had been paid off for the next two years and the crowdfunding page had raised more than $30,000.

"It wouldn't have happened without these angels," Schutzman told ABC News. "I just want people to realize that this can happen to anybody. ... I had a good job. I had good retirement but I got sick and health insurance only covers so much. ... I have no children. I have no family. .. I had nowhere to turn. Sometimes, you know, just the kindness of strangers just makes all the difference in someone's life."

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aijohn784/iStock(DETROIT) -- When a 21-year-old Detroit, Michigan, aspiring nurse did not contact her father as she was heading home from work, red flags were raised.

KaBria Arnold's close-knit family had a system where they would text or call their dad wherever they went. On Sunday, Nov. 10, KaBria Arnold got off work from a local supermarket at 11:30 p.m. and was found dead 20 minutes later.

"KaBria texted dad that she was at work, but never texted when she was leaving," KaBria's sister, Qiana Arnold, told ABC News over the phone on Wednesday.

When KaBria's Arnold's phone went straight to voicemail, her father and his daughters sprung into action.

"My dad and my other sister drove around the neighborhood and drove up and down streets they don't normally drive around," said Qiana Arnold.

Detroit Police Department received a 911 call around 11:40 p.m. Sunday of shots fired on the corner of Pilgrim and Bentler Streets. When officers arrived, KaBria Arnold was laying on the street unresponsive.

"They saw a lot of police cars, drove up and saw my dad's car that KaBria drove to work," said Qiana Arnold, who added, "and a body on the ground."

According to a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman, multiple shell casings "were found near the victim, but the victim sustained one fatal wound."

"KaBria was a loving, beautiful spirit ... everyone in the community knew her," Qiana Arnold said about her younger sister. "We live in Rosadale Park, but in that area we have no idea who she would know over there."

KaBria Arnold played volleyball, softball and ran cross country for Renaissance High School. During the fall of 2018, she spent one semester at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and played on the softball team, a university spokeswoman told ABC News.

"She was studying to become a registered nurse because she loved to help others...she would give her last to make sure her loved ones were okay," said Qiana Arnold, who set up a fundraising page to help pay for her sister's funeral. As of Wednesday morning, more than half of the family's $15,000 goal had been raised.

KaBria Arnold's life was hoping to enroll again at UM-Dearborn in the spring of 2020, according to her family.

Qiana Arnold's voice cracked as she remembered her baby sister's smile and the sadness that she will not meet her fourth niece who is expected to be born in the coming months.

"The police are still trying to put everything together and they are asking us to be patient," said Qiana Arnold.

If you have information on this crime, contact the Detroit Police Department's Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

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WEWS(CLEVELAND) -- A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a 6-year-old girl who was asleep in her Cleveland home when she was fatally shot in the head, authorities said Wednesday.

Lyric Lawson was asleep on a couch when bullets from a semi-automatic rifle pierced through her house at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 5 , said police. She was rushed to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Reporting on the death of a child...never gets easier.

This morning on #WEWS we have the latest in the search for answers surrounding the death of this beautiful baby.

6 yr. old Lyric Lawson was shot in the head while sleeping at home Saturday. Police say it was a drive by.

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Suspect Raysean Howard, 21, was arrested Wednesday morning in Hermitage, Tenn., while he was hiding in the attic of his father's home, authorities said.

Other people are believed to be "directly" involved in Lyric's death and investigators are "following up as we speak on those other individuals," police said at a news conference Wednesday.

"We do believe that this was some continued violence or intimidation directed at someone else. We don't think this was random, we do believe someone else was targeted at that home," police said.

"This is a continuing investigation," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams added. "We are by no means done."

Lyric's aunt, Corday Lawson, said she was "so happy" to learn of the arrest. She didn't expect it to take over one month, but she told ABC News, "I'm just grateful it didn't take longer."

"I just want everyone to remember her as the fun loving tomboy/girly girl she was," Lawson said.

"She was beautiful inside and out," she said, adding that Lyric's older and younger sisters are "missing her every day."

Eric Smith, special agent in charge of the FBI Cleveland Field Office, said Wednesday, "while the arrest will not bring back little Lyric Lawson," he hopes it "will bring some closure to her loved ones."

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DNY59/iStock(BOSTON) -- A former Southern California private school director and test administrator has agreed to a plea deal in cooperation with the government for his role in the college admissions scandal nicknamed "Varsity Blues."

Igor Dvorskiy, who was head of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School and test administrator for the College Board and ACT, appeared in a Boston federal court Wednesday to enter a guilty plea for the charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Prosecutors accused Dvorskiy of accepting bribes to facilitate the cheating scheme at the West Hollywood test center, allowing Mark Riddell, the 37-year-old Harvard grad embattled in the scandal, of secretly taking the standardized tests in place of the children whose parents were working with William "Rick" Singer, the alleged ringleader of the conspiracy.

As a part of the plea deal, the government recommended that Dvorskiy spend 24 to 30 months in prison -- on the low end of the sentencing guideline range. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Dvorskiy will be sentenced on Feb. 7, 2020.

Dvorskiy also agreed to forfeit $149,540, which prosecutors say is equal to the amount he made during Singer's scheme. In addition, he has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify at trial, if called, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dvorskiy's attorney, Melissa Weinberger, declined to provide a comment to ABC News.

Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at an insurance company, was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday for paying $450,000 in bribes to get his two children into the University of Southern California as fraudulent athletic recruits.

Prosecutors initially had recommended a 12-month sentence because he participated in the scheme for more than one child. His son was admitted to USC as a fake basketball recruit, while his daughter was admitted as a fake soccer recruit.

MacFarlane also will serve two years of supervised release and has been ordered to pay a $150,000 fine. His is the longest sentence to be handed out among the 13 parents in the case sentenced so far.

MacFarlane's attorney, Cristina Arguedas, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Last month, a grand jury in Boston returned additional charges against 18 people tied to the scandal, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannuli, both of whom pleaded not guilty to the new charges.

Actress Felicity Huffman served 11 days of her 14-day prison sentence last month for her role in the scheme, in which she paid someone $15,000 to improve and correct her daughter's SAT exam. She was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and serve probation for one year.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An arctic blast is taking over a large swath of the country Wednesday, with brutally cold temperatures paralyzing the Midwest, the Northeast and even the deep south.

The wind chill plummeted Wednesday morning to a bone-chilling 1 degree in Syracuse, 4 degrees in Boston and 8 degrees in Pittsburgh.

Even the South was feeling the arctic blast, with wind chills falling to 17 degrees in Raleigh, 15 degrees in Knoxville and 21 degrees in Atlanta. Temperatures in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday morning were in the 20s and 30s -- colder than any temperature recorded all of last winter.

More than 300 record cold temperatures were reported in the last two days, including in Chicago, where the high of the day Tuesday was 17 degrees -- the coldest high temperature ever recorded this early in the season.

New York City and Philadelphia dropped to a frigid 23 degrees Wednesday morning, breaking daily records in both cities.

By Wednesday afternoon, it warmed up slightly -- to a wind chill of 9 degrees in Chicago, 21 degrees in Boston, 16 degrees in Cleveland and 40 degrees in Atlanta and New Orleans.

Thursday will be another cold morning, with wind chills forecast to clock in at 17 degrees in Chicago, 11 degrees in Minneapolis, 20 degrees in Boston and 26 degrees in Atlanta.

But the record-breaking deep freeze won't last long. By Friday, temperatures will rebound to above freezing in Chicago and New York City will thaw to about 50 degrees.

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MattGush/iStock(WORCESTER, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts firefighter and father of three died while rescuing members of his crew at the scene of a 4-alarm blaze overnight, officials said.

The massive fire in Worcester, about 45 miles west of Boston, was reported just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
Lt. Jason Menard, a member of the Worcester Fire Department since 2010, died rescuing the other members of his crew, officials said.

Menard's family had planned to be leaving for a trip to Disney, said Michael Papagni, president of the local firefighters' union.

"They're now instead planning a hero's send off," Papagni told reporters Wednesday morning.

Menard and the other firefighters were working to rescue a resident and baby when they became trapped by heavy fire conditions, Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said.

Menard "heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to rescue another trapped firefighter, assisting him out the window," Lavoie said at a news conference.

Fire conditions then overtook the third floor and Menard "was unable to escape," Lavoie said.

The high winds and brutally cold temperature made it difficult for the fallen lieutenant to be rescued, officials said.

Three other firefighters were injured while battling the blaze. One remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition and the other two firefighters have been released.

Menard leaves behind his wife, three children and parents, the department said.

"He had a true passion for the job and he'll be missed," Papagni added.

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Chanintorn.v/iStock(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- A YouTube star who was accused of physically abusing her seven adopted children has died at an Arizona hospital.

Machelle Hobson, 48, died Tuesday morning in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. The cause and manner of her death was unknown.

For years, Hobson ran the popular YouTube channel "Fantastic Adventures," which featured her adopted kids in different scenarios. She was arrested on March 15 following a welfare check at her home in Maricopa, Arizona, about 35 miles south of downtown Phoenix, according to the complaint filed in Pinal County Superior Court.
The officers conducting the welfare check found seven children at Hobson's residence "who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale completion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry," according to the probable cause statement.

Some of the children alleged that they were pepper-sprayed, beaten and deprived of food and water if they didn't participate in the YouTube videos, and that they were punished if they forgot their lines or didn't follow Hobson's directions. The YouTube channel has since been deleted.

"This is one of the reasons their mom took them out of school, so they can keep filming their series and they mentioned they have not been in school for years," the probable cause statement reads.

All seven children were removed from Hobson's custody.

Hobson denied the allegations at the time, saying the only forms of punishment she uses are grounding, spanking and making the kids stand in the corner, according to the complaint. Her attorney, Richard Scherb, told ABC News in a statement in March, "The state's case is without merit."

Scherb did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on her death.

Hobson was indicted on Mar. 25 by a grand jury on 30 counts of kidnapping, child abuse, dangerous crimes against children and aggravated assault, according to a press release from the Pinal County Attorney's Office.
Her two biological children, 27-year-old Logan Hackney and 25-year-old Ryan Hackney, were also taken into custody in March on 7 counts each of failing to report child abuse. The brothers were released on their own recognizance and were scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 8. But then the Pinal County Attorney's Office announced its decision not to charge either of them, noting in a statement that the investigation into their "role in the case -- if any -- is ongoing."

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MJFelt/iStock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A 12-year-old California boy has suffered third degree burns across his face, chest and back after his friend attacked him in the shower with a cup of liquid while he was sleeping over at his house.

The incident occurred on the morning of Nov. 4 when Antonio Kemp was taking a shower at his friend’s house while on a sleepover.

The boy’s mother, Elaina Boyd, recalls the moment when her son came home banging on the front door to let him in.

"His skin was hanging off of his body, boils were around his face, and he was running through the house screaming in pain saying I need help, I need help," Boyd told ABC News Fresno station KFSN-TV. "They don't know if it was a chemical or if it was water, hot boiling water. They said we don't know, but there's some type of burn on him."

Now, more than a week later, Antonio -- who has undergone surgery and has pig skin covering some of his wounds as he tries to regrow his own skin -- says he is traumatized by what his friend did to him.

"I see him, I think with a cup, and he splashes it all over me," Antonio said. "And right when it splashed, I started freaking out because it burned. And I looked in the mirror I saw my skin hanging and I saw bubbles. Worst pain I've ever felt … What did he pour on me and why did he do it? That's all I want to know."

Antonio says that he and his friend were not fighting and that it could not have been retaliation.

“I never did nothing to him,” Antonio said.

His mother has a different theory.

"They're good buddies. They are known to kind of play tricks on each other back and forth, and it appears maybe this went a little too far," Boyd told KFSN last week.

"He's just right now, traumatized. He doesn't want to spend the night at a friend's house. He doesn't want to take a shower," Boyd said. "He can't stop crying. He just [has] tears coming down his eyes cause he's looking at himself in the mirror."

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what transpired in the lead up to the incident. ABC News has reached out to the Sheriff's Office but have not heard back.

"Our job is to just collect all the facts and submit it and give it to the Districts Office and let the DA and the family work it out and see if they want to go to the next level and pursue a criminal complaint," said Fresno County sheriff's spokesperson Tony Botti.

However, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office told KFSN that they have yet to question the boy who allegedly caused the burns because the family has invoked his right to an attorney.

Antonio’s family have set up a GoFundMe page and have raised close to $6,000 from more than 100 donors so far.

A criminal case could be pending but, for now, Antonio is focusing on recovering -- both physically and mentally.

"It still kind of hurts looking side to side," Antonio said. "Day by day, I'm getting better each day."

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Macon County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) -- The father of a former teaching assistant at the University of Illinois who was convicted of killing a young visiting Chinese scholar said he believes his son’s actions could have been prevented if the university counselors his son spoke to had taken proper action.

"How can somebody that is like this commit a crime like this? It makes no sense," Mike Christensen told ABC News in an exclusive interview about his son, Brendt Christensen. "Something had to have happened. Something snapped."

Brendt Christensen was convicted of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang in June 2017. He was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.

Both Zhang and Christensen attended University of Illinois’ main campus in Urbana-Champaign. Zhang was a visiting scholar studying environmental sciences.

It took a jury less than two hours to convict Christensen, as his defense attorneys admitted in their opening statement that he had killed Zhang. Rather than argue their client’s innocence, Christensen’s attorneys used the trial to dispute the gruesome details of the killing, as described by prosecutors.

"If, for some dumb reason, the jury found him not guilty -- juries do the weirdest things -- I would've tried to have him committed because you can't have somebody that can do something like this out in society," said Mike Christensen.

Earlier in 2017, Brendt Christensen sought help from the university’s mental health facility, where he described to a doctoral intern how at one point, he had been "planning" a homicide after researching serial killers.

The counseling session was video recorded and entered into evidence at Brendt Christensen’s trial.

The intern suggested Christensen have an assessment so that he might connect with one of the specialized counselors. She also discussed Christensen’s case with counseling center staff, two of whom met with him. One of them noted that there was no need for hospitalization at that time because Christensen stated that he had no current suicidal or homicidal plans or intents. Christensen was scheduled to return for another visit; he never showed up.

"For him to even admit this is not just a cry for help, it’s a huge red flag," Mike Christensen said. "Nothing happened."

Mike Christensen believes Zhang’s killing could have been avoided if counselors took action then and there. "I’m angry that it could’ve been prevented," he told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff.

He added that his son may have "schizophrenia" or "psychosis." But he has not been diagnosed with either and Christensen’s attorneys decided against using the insanity defense prior to trial. He also had no criminal record, according to investigators.

Zhang’s family, who had flown from China to attend Christensen’s trial, agrees that action from the university’s counseling center could have saved Zhang’s life. A lawsuit on behalf of Zhang’s estate was filed in June against two counseling center employees, alleging that they "acted with deliberate indifference" to the risks and warning signs presented by Christensen.

Attorneys for the counselors moved to have the case dismissed in August, on grounds that Zhang’s estate did not make a valid argument that the counselors created or increased a danger for her, and that as government employees, they are immune from lawsuits. The judge has not yet ruled on the motion.

"We will continue to support the [Zhang] family as we have throughout this ordeal, and we will defend the social workers who are named in the civil suit," said Robin Kaler, a university spokesperson in response to the lawsuit and Mike Christensen’s comments. "The professionals and staff of our counseling center are highly qualified and trained to provide care and services to students consistent with the best practices in mental health care, and we are confident they have followed these best practices."

Brendt Christensen was arrested and charged with kidnapping Zhang on June 30, 2017, roughly three weeks after Zhang was last seen on surveillance video getting into a Saturn Astra that investigators traced back to Brendt Christensen. The video showed she had been waiting at a bus stop when she got into the car.

"It took a lot of people by surprise because he was a Ph.D. candidate," FBI Special Agent in Charge Anthony Manganaro told ABC News. "It didn’t, I guess, fit what would be considered a normal profile."

The allegations and the details of the crime shocked Mike Christensen, who at first believed his son was innocent.

"He has no aggression in him," said Mike Christensen. "Very gentle, very private, and like all of us, you know, very logical people. My sons, my daughter, myself, we depend upon logic, and so, we can shove our emotions down."

At trial, prosecutors also presented undercover audio of Brendt Christensen from his girlfriend at the time, who became an FBI informant. He opened up to her while both attended a vigil for Yingying.

"You could tell that [she] was nervous while she was doing these recordings," Manganaro said of the undercover girlfriend. "He described how [Zhang] fought so hard and how she was almost supernatural in the strength in which she fought back against him."

Mike Christensen, however, believes his son was being overzealous in the audio recording, in part because Brendt Christensen was allegedly drinking alcohol.

"I can hear in his voice," Mike Christensen said, referring to the audio recording. "He was getting drunker and drunker throughout that vigil."

In the audio, previously reported on by ABC News, Christensen is heard describing how he beat, suffocated, sexually assaulted and decapitated Zhang.

"He didn’t do half of what he said," Christensen’s father told Woodruff. "It wasn’t as horrendous — I mean sure, killing somebody’s horrendous — but it wasn’t as the prosecution made out."

Woodruff pressed Mike Christensen to identify which details from his son’s admission he took issue with.

"I believe he hit her with a baseball bat. Raped her? Doubt it," Mike Christensen responded. "But also, choked her for 10 minutes? One-handed, his bad arm, 10 minutes? And she's still alive? Does that make sense to you, sir?"

Christensen’s father specifically avoided one topic when he was interviewed by ABC News in July: the location of Zhang’s remains.

"I can’t say anything about that," Mike Christensen said when asked if Brendt Christensen would reveal where he had placed Zhang’s remains. "I can’t get into that any further."

Two weeks after ABC News interviewed Mike Christensen, Brendt Christensen’s defense attorneys released information he had provided them concerning the whereabouts of Zhang’s body.

Brendt Christensen disposed of Zhang's dismembered body in three separate garbage bags, which he tossed in a dumpster outside his apartment in Champaign, according to his attorneys.

Given this information, law enforcement believes Zhang’s remains are scattered throughout a landfill in Vermilion County along the Illinois-Indiana Border.

Even with that knowledge, conducting a search of the landfill could prove challenging -- especially given how much time has passed. To this day, her remains have not been found.

"It is evident that any attempt to recover Yingying’s remains would be complicated and expensive, would require government oversight and the cooperation of the landfill owners and would have no certainty of success," said Steve Beckett, attorney for the Zhang family.

Watch the full story on ABC News' 20/20 FRIDAY, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET

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Kuzma/iStock(EL DORADO HILLS, Calif.) -- A Northern California school and three of its employees have been charged after an autistic student died as a result of being restrained.

Guiding Hands School, a former private school in El Dorado Hills, California, and three of its ex-employees were charged with felony involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday, nearly a year after 13-year-old Max Benson died while in the school's care, authorities said.

The school's executive director, principal and a special education teacher were each charged with manslaughter in connection to the student's death, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.

Max, who was diagnosed with severe autism, died on Nov. 28, 2018, after he was placed in a prone restraint by the teacher, who claimed he spat on a classmate and became violent, according to police.

The student, who was described as being 6 feet tall and 280 pounds, became unresponsive while being restrained. A teacher then began administering CPR until a medic arrived.

He was transported to Mercy Hospital of Folsom in critical condition and later to UC Davis Medical Center, where he died two days later, police said.

Founded in 1993, the private school offered education to students ages 2 to 21 in small class sizes from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to its website.

The California Department of Education later suspended the school’s certification in the wake of the child's death and it shuttered for good in January, Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV reported.

An inspection report from the California Department of Education found sufficient evidence that Guiding Hands staff restrained Benson "for longer than was necessary" and used more than reasonable force, according to KXTV.

A spokesperson for Guiding Hands did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment late Tuesday.

The three individuals charged will appear for an arraignment on Nov. 13.

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Nes/iStock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in four years, reported federal hate crimes have seen a slight dip.

One of those reported hate crimes includes the Kroger shooting in 2018. Gregory Bush allegedly banged on the doors of a historically African American church just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, and then went to a Kroger grocery and killed Vickie Jones, 67, and Maurice Stallard, 69, both black. A grand jury subsequently returned hate crime charges against Bush, who faces other charges.

That shooting made headlines, but the incident was one of the over 7,000 federal hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2018, new statistics released Tuesday show.

In 2017, the FBI reported 7,175 incidents and 2018 saw a slight dip with 7,120 incidents.

Of those incidents there were 8,819 victims with more than half -- 60% -- motivated by race.

In May, the head of the FBI's counterterrorism division, assistant director Michael McGarrity, said officials were investigating nearly 850 people across the United States as possible domestic terrorists and the number of cases targeting white supremacists, white nationalists and other racially motivated extremists have increased this year.

“In fact, there have been more arrests and deaths in the United States caused by domestic terrorists than international terrorists in recent years,” he said.

Anti-transgender incidents also registered for 157 of the 1,404 reported hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation, according to the FBI's report.

Victims include 20-year-old Londonn Moore, a black transgender woman who was murdered in Florida in September 2018. Moore's murder marked the "20th known killing of a transgender or gender expansive person in 2018," according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Anti-Semitic incidents counted for the 896 out of the 1,550 regional incidents.

"While any reduction is welcome, the level of hate crimes around the country are unacceptably high," John Cohen, a former DHS Undersecretary and ABC News contributor, said.

"Law enforcement officials across the nation have been increasingly concerned that incendiary political rhetoric that has become all too common in our public debates, is fueling these acts of targeted violence," he said.

A quarter of the incidents took place in or near residences or homes and 18.7% of the indents occurred on highways, roads, alleys, streets and sidewalks.

"The reporting between 2017 and 2018 is essentially the same. However, people report hate crimes when they believe something will be done about them," Michael Stern, a former federal prosecutor, told ABC News in an email.

By comparison, the 2016 Hate Crime statistics had 6,121 incidents.

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kenlh/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court has cleared the way for families of Newtown, Connecticut, shooting victims to sue gun-maker Remington Arms Co. -- the manufacturer of the AR-15 used in the 2012 massacre -- rejecting the company's request for the court to consider the case.

The case will now proceed to trial in Connecticut for the families of the victims of the shooting, which took place in December 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school.

The justices did not offer an explanation for their decision to deny the request to take up the case.

"The families are grateful that the Supreme Court upheld precedent and denied Remington’s latest attempt to avoid accountability," the attorney representing the families, Josh Koskoff, said in a statement. "We are ready to resume discovery and proceed toward trial in order to shed light on Remington’s profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users at the expense of Americans' safety."

The lawsuit was first filed over four years ago and has overcome a series of hurdles to go to trial.

In March, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled to allow the families to sue the gun-maker. The families argued that the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the weapon negligently entrusted to civilian consumers an assault rifle that is suitable for use only by military and law enforcement personnel and violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) through the sale or wrongful marketing of the rifle.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015, lists Bushmaster Firearms International as the defendant and was the first to be filed in connection with the Sandy Hook shooting.

Remington Outdoor Company, which owns Bushmaster, has argued that it is protected by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) from liability.

A representative for Remington did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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KXLY(PULLMAN, Wash.) --  Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Washington State University student who was found dead at a fraternity house near campus.

The male student was found at the Alpha Tau Omega house in Pullman, Washington, on Tuesday at around 8:30 a.m. after fellow frat members reported that he was "unconscious and not breathing," police said.

Other students attempted to perform CPR, but first responders pronounced him dead on the scene, the Pullman Police Department said.

A preliminary investigation indicated the death may be alcohol-related, police said, but the Whitman County Coroner's office has yet to determine the exact cause of death.

"I think our primary responsibility is just to make sure that if there's alcohol involved -- and obviously anytime you pay attention to the news and the media you have to be aware of possible hazing implications," Jake Opgenorth, operations commander for Pullman police, told Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY. "So we just want to make sure that we're not looking at a hazing incident; so we're gonna investigate it and talk to everybody that we can and try to get to the bottom of this."

The university did not disclose the student's identity, but described his death as a "tragic loss." All university fraternity and sorority events have been suspended amid the ongoing investigation.

"The university extends its deepest condolences to all those impacted by this heart-breaking situation," the university said in a statement. "WSU counselors and Student Affairs staff have met with those most closely affected by this tragic loss."

"In response to this situation, all fraternities and sororities within the WSU Greek community have self-imposed an immediate suspension of all social events for the remainder of the semester," it added.

The national Alpha Tau Omega fraternity released only a brief statement, saying in part, "Alpha Tau Omega mourns the death of a member who passed away overnight. The chapter is working with local officials and university administrators in their investigation."

The WSU student's death comes just two days after a San Diego State University freshman, Dylan Hernandez, died after leaving a fraternity gathering. Hernandez died when he fell off a top bunk following an event at the school's Phi Gamma Delta house. All 14 fraternities at the school were suspended in the wake of his death.

Separately, an Arizona State University student was found dead Monday at the Greek Leadership Village, but school officials have not released details about the circumstances of his death.

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Leo Malsam/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Police in the San Francisco Bay Area are on the hunt for a man who allegedly injured two homeless men by using an unknown weapon to shoot arrows at them.

The Saturday morning attack left the two men impaled with arrows, according to the East Bay Regional Park District Police.

The alleged arrow shooter was riding a purple Cannondale bicycle near the homeless men's encampment in Richmond, near the San Francisco Bay Trail at the time of the attack, police said.

The men, whose identities were not made public, were taken to the hospital and underwent surgery, police said. They are listed in stable condition.

Police said in a press release that the alleged suspect -- a black man in his early to mid-20s, about 5-foot-6, 130 pounds with an athletic build -- was an acquaintance of the victims.

Police also described the alleged suspect as clean cut” with short curly hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray or blue heavy jacket with white fleece and an old blue backpack.

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