Rapper YNW Melly could face the death penalty in Florida killings

(CNN)Florida prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in connection with the killing of two men. ‘They took my brothers from me’ YNW Melly was arrested after the deaths of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., both of Vero Beach, Florida, according to Miramar Police. On October 26 at 4:35 a.m., police said, Henry drove up to the Memorial Miramar Hospital with both victims in the vehicle. They had multiple gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. Henry gave a statement to police, but the facts discovered during the preliminary investigation did not match what was presented to detectives, police said. Further investigation and forensic evidence found that YNW Melly shot and …

Louisiana arson suspect expressed disgust with Baptist churches on Facebook

(CNN)Four days before his arrest in connection with the three Louisiana Baptist church fires, Holden Matthews expressed disgust with Baptist beliefs on Facebook, CNN has learned. All three churches authorities say Matthews burned down were black Baptist churches in the heart of south central Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole country. The suspect is the 21-year-old son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy and may have been influenced by “black metal” music and its “associated history with church burnings,” the state fire marshal’s office said. CNN reached out to Matthews’ lawyer and the prosecutor’s office but have not yet received a response. When CNN asked authorities if they were aware of the posting, they said because the investigation was ongoing they …

Two of five inmates who escaped from a North Carolina jail have been captured, sheriff’s office says

(CNN)Two of five inmates who escaped Monday night from the Nash County jail in North Carolina have been captured, according to the sheriff’s office. The inmates escaped by pulling at a fence in the exercise yard that was already weakened and had been worked on months before, Stone said. A camera monitoring the inmates was facing a different direction and Stone believes the inmates found a blind spot in the yard to escape. The inmates were identified as: David Ruffin Jr., charged with possession of heroin. Being held under $10,000 bond. David Viverette, charged with robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle. Being held on bond in excess of $100,000. Last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts. Keonte …

The anonymous winner of the largest lottery jackpot is donating part of it to Alabama tornado victims

(CNN)The winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history — $1.5 billion — is sharing her newfound wealth. Kurland added the winner doesn’t want to announce exactly how much she’s donating to the charities. “We spoke with the charities and agreed it would be best not to announce. We want to announce the charities to spread awareness,” Kurland said. The other organizations include the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, South Carolina; In The Middle, a charity that helps women with breast cancer; the City of Simpsonville Art Center; and the One SC Fund for Hurricane Florence relief. “Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the winner said in a Thursday statement through her lawyer. …

West Virginia teachers strike to continue Wednesday

Charleston, West Virginia (CNN)West Virginia teachers plan to stay on strike Wednesday, with union leaders saying there is a trust issue with the Legislature, even after the state House of Delegates decided to “postpone indefinitely” any decision on proposed legislation that spurred the teachers to strike. “We have heard loudly and clearly from our members,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association. “We believe that there is still a minute opportunity for something to happen (by lawmakers).” Lee’s announcement that teachers from the state’s 55 counties were expected to stay on strike was met my deafening shouts and applause by the crowd gathered inside the state Capitol. “I think it’s very clear here tonight, and it’s clear …

Denver is so expensive that teachers have to get creative to make ends meet

(CNN)For 14 months, teachers in Denver have been negotiating with Denver Public Schools for more pay. On Saturday, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association said talks had broken off and they’ll walk on Monday. They split the $2,500 rent. He lives in the smallest room and pays $600. Change is coming, though. Two of Bowers’ roommates are dating and they’ll be moving out in May. That fact of life has Bowers trying to figure out what he’ll do. Splitting that much rent between two people is more than he can afford. “We’re just at that time of our life and it’s getting harder and harder to find roommates,” said the high school physical education teacher. “All my friends are either married …